“Delirium” is the second track shared off of Fauna Shade‘s debut full length Baton Rouge, out May 1st. *free download*
Fauna Shade is the music and sounds developed by frontman and Everett, Washington native Scotty Smith. Smith, now 22, combines psychedelica and pop sensibility from years spent experimenting, writing and recording tracks in his parents garage, located between the Puget Sound and Cascade Mountains. Joined live by drummer Richie Owen and bassist Derek Johnston, the band draws inspiration from early MGMT, Coco Rosie and T. Rex, while somehow forming a sound uncorrupted and free of pretense.
Their new full length Baton Rouge was recorded and co-produced by Jeff Southard at SWOON Studios (Night Beats, Tangerine) in Tacoma, Washington. Baton Rouge is out on May 1st, 2015.
Los Angeles based rock group THE JANKS, fronted by brothers Zachary and Dylan Zmed along with rhythm section Nate Light and Leon LeDoux, make it their mission to produce music in the same way they live their lives; with both sincerity and irreverence. The Janks create a sound that combines the traditional two-part vocal harmony of The Everly Brothers with the adept musicianship and blues-rock stylings of Led Zeppelin — all with a heavy dose of humorous abandon a la Ween. They have logged over 500 live appearances at venues including The Troubadour, House of Blues, The Echo, and The Echoplex, and have held residencies at two of Los Angeles’ most touted indie rock clubs, The Satellite and the Bootleg Theater. The band has developed a devout local following and has garnered critical praise for their dynamic live shows. The Janks released their debut album Hands of Time in 2012 and followed up recently with the Living in Denial EP in November 2014.
Starting this past January, THE JANKS have been releasing a digital single every last friday of every month in 2015 in addition to EP releases planned for early summer and fall.
Ernest Jenning Record Co. is excited to announce Rejoice! God Loves Wild Yaks, the newest full-length from Brooklyn indie stalwarts Wild Yaks. Rejoice! will see a release on June 2, 2015. To ring in the release, the band has released a new track, titled “Paradise.” The track premiered via Stereogum, who noted that “Wild Yaks’ raucous energy and singalong-inducing lyrics are part of what make them one of Brooklyn’s most beloved indie rock acts.”
In the later half of 2014, Kane Mazlin and Ryan Strathie – ex-Members of the now defunct Hungry Kids of Hungry – formed new project Sans Parents with Sydney-based musician Alex Bennison. Their debut single, ‘Coming Back To You’, received national radio play via Triple J and strong support from worldwide blogs, resulting in a Top 10 debut charting position on Hype Machine.
With Babaganoüj / ex-Yves Klein Blue member Charles Sale added to the line-up, the newly configured four-piece have now released follow-up single ‘Loose People’, which was produced and engineered by Matt Redlich (Ball Park Music, Holy Holy, Emma Louise).
Laced with beautifully arranged vocal melodies and an instrumental fusion of early post-punk rock / snappy garage pop, ‘Loose People’ endeavors to follow up on the success of ‘Coming Back To You’.
Due to rising international pressure, Joanna Gruesome‘s new album Peanut Butter will finally enter the world on June 2 via Slumberland (US) and May 11 via Fortuna POP! (UK) and Turnstile (ROW). Rival groups will be disappointed to learn that the record is a further experiment in combining hyper melodic pop music with sonic violence. Officials have confirmed that the album contains a record number of hooks, traces of nut and elements of jangle pop, British hardcore punk, atonal music, screaming and drone organs. Yet they have issued warnings of “a marriage of radical politics with peanut butter spread”. Why not listen to the taster track “Last Year”, a song about experiencing tragedy and the occult in a water park.
Like their debut, the new album was recorded by MJ from Hookworms, with the aim of heightening the group’s “pop” and “aggressive” elements to excessive and hitherto unrecorded levels. As songwriter Owen Williams explains: “We tried to make it shorter, more economical and attempted to pack as many hooks and screams in as quickly possible in order to avoid short changing the consumer or wasting her/his/their time. Lyrically it’s more obtuse and surreal but also attempts to mock trad masculine rock themes whenever things do get more lucid. But sometimes musically we embrace them by doing embarrassing guitar solos. I’m not sure how much else I’m at liberty to say but one thing I will disclose is that the record is a response to threats posed by rival groups.”
Comprised of Alanna McArdle (vocals), Owen Williams (guitar), Max Warren (bass), George Nicholls (guitar) and David Sandford (drums), the band all originally met on a wine tasting holiday. Their terrific debut album Weird Sister took the world by storm when it was released in September 2013, going on to win last year’s Welsh Music Prize. Fantastic press support saw glowing press reviews across the board with particular love from Pitchfork and from NME, including a spot on the front cover as part of their Rule Britannia issue, as well as live coverage from The Guardian, Observer and The Independent. At radio their singles have scored a remarkable four out of four on the BBC 6Music playlist and the band have played sessions for both Lauren Laverne on 6Music and for Huw Stephens on Radio One.
We have nothing to hide hear at SS. We love all sorts of music; from metal to folk. But we also love a good pop rock band. Last year we had Bleachers, now this year we have Cheerleader. We have a feeling this band are going to get lots of air time, and we are looking forward to seeing them on their upcoming tour opening for The Wombats.
Cheerleader is Joe Haller, Chris Duran, Josh Pannepacker, Carl Bahner and Paul Impellizeri. Haller and Duran’s musical partnership was born in Duran’s parents’ basement, sparking a connection that survived the 2000s and colleges in separate states. After garnering critical attention from the likes of NME for their self-produced and recorded three-song demo, the duo grew and began performing live. Now a five-piece based in Philadelphia, Cheerleader is a bigger version of its original incarnation. “Thanks to our touring and recording, we have a lot of confidence now,” says Haller. “I really can’t imagine Cheerleader without Josh, Paul, and Carl. They’ve had a huge impact.”
March 13-15 Denton, TX 35 Denton
March 17-22 Austin, TX SXSW
April 23 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
April 24 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
April 25 Providence, RI The Met
April 27 New York, NY Webster Hall
April 28 Boston, MA Paradise
April 30 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club
May 1 Albany, NY The Hollow
May 2 Rochester, NY Montage
May 4 Columbus, OH A & R Room
May 5 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe
May 6 Minneapolis, MN Varsity
May 8 Kansas City, MO Granada Theatre
May 12 Los Angeles, CA Fonda
May 13 San Diego, CA House of Blues Voodoo
May 15 Santa Ana, CA The Constellation Room
May 16 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
May 18 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
May 19 Seattle, WA Crocodile
Makthaverskan layer aspects of noise, jangle and dream pop on a foundation of rambling, garage-punk energy. Distorted, uptempo riffs ebb and flow with laid back, atmospheric post-punk throughout the tracks that make up the band’s sophomore LP II. Sonic bursts of anthemic pop are accentuated and brought to life by front-woman Maja Milner’s sharp and soaring delivery, cutting through layers of reverb to air out her dirty laundry.
The band’s name, while not an actual Swedish word, derives its meaning from “Makthavaren” meaning “the man in the position of power”. Makthaverskan, then, is the feminine conjugation of this concept meaning in its definite form “the female with the power” – a sentiment that seems to double back and truly power the music.
Makthaverskan + Self Defense Family
US TOUR DATES
3/4 – Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY *
3/5 – Boot and Saddle – Philadelphia, PA *
3/6 – Great Scott – Boston, MA *
3/7 – Congregational Church – Storrs, CT *
3/8 – Studio at Webster Hall – New York, NY *
3/9 – DC9 – Washington, DC *
3/11 – Strange Matter – Richmond, VA *
3/12 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC *
3/13 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
3/14 – The Atlantic – Gainsville, FL
3/16 – Galax Z Fair – Cine El Rey – McAllen, TX
3/24 – The Works – Albuquerque, NM **
3/25 – Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ **
3/26 – The Hideout – San Diego, C A**
3/27 – Jewel’s Catch One – Los Angeles, CA **
3/28 – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA **
3/30 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT **
3/31 – Marquis Theatre – Omaha, NE **
4/1 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE **
4/3 – Fubar – St. Louis, MO **
4/4 – The Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL **
* w/ Creative Adult
** w/ Solids