Last thing you do before sleep: Scold myself for every dumb thing I said that day.
Today, Smallpools announce their upcoming March/April tour with GROUPLOVE and MS MR, which will bring them back to Austin, TX which they visited for Austin City Limits as well as visits to Washington, DC, Atlanta, Arizona and New York for instance. This week the band plays three New York shows; two opening shows with Twenty One Pilots at Irving Plaza and will play a late Popshow headline show on Thursday at Santos Party House.
The release of their self-titled debut EP gained them critical acclaim. Neon Gold calls “Mason Jar” “a sepia splash of power-pop that crystallizes into a starscraping smash before the verse even kicks in, as stadium-sized Of Monsters and Men gang vocals ride high on the buoyant flair of Smallpools’ youthful,Two Door-esque ebullience.
Their first single “Dreamin” was produced by Captain Cuts and instantly shot to #1 of Hype Machine within the first 3 days of its revealing. You heard em here first!!!
This is a new project where we will spotlight Seattle musical talent, both new and old, and find out a little bit about them. They send us selfies and answer a few easy but hopefully interesting questions.
Make sure and check them out and find them on Facebook and Twitter, as well as buy their music. Hopefully we will introduce you to some new music to enjoy. In the meantime hit “play” and read a about them. [Push play below]
De Lux are a post-disco dance-punk DIY duo that sound like they could have come out of 1979 or 1982 just as easily as 2013. Founders and multi-instrumentalists Sean Guerin and Isaac Franco (who are both currently 22) didn’t meet so much as simply appear to each other, sometime before high school ended and after learning to correctly fall off skateboards began. Even at age 18, however, it was a connection that had been years in the making.
Sean began making music at 15 and had spent recent years recording and re-recording his own songs. Isaac had been on a strict diet of classic and obscure disco and boogie music since he too was 15, figuring out the original source of hip-hop’s greatest samples thanks to an older brother with a DJ sideline and an enviable record collection. They were even in a band together, prior to De Lux’s inception, and both were in pursuit of the same musical goal: the groove, which, they say resides where the bass and the beat align in such a perfect way that you want a song to go on forever. Just before one particular practice of that other band started, Isaac began playing a bass-line that grew to become “Better At Making Time.” From that moment on, their collective pursuit of the groove, was known as De Lux
I’m a grumpy old punk sometimes. (PRESS PLAY BELOW AND READ)
I mean, I’m only 28, but I started my first band when I was 12 and have been performing, recording, and touring since then (I wasn’t touring when I was 12, but you get the point.) I’ve purchased every pack of strings, booked every show, and pressed each record I’ve made with money I’ve earned either by playing shows or by working shitty jobs. When I didn’t have enough money from those shows, I’d make records in my bedroom and burn copies for my friends. No doting parent or rich benefactor has paid for studio time or bought me a brand new pre-worn Guitar, (though my parents are thankfully supportive of all this risky “art” business, if not at times perplexed by it.) I’d never campaign my friends and family for 10K to make a folk record either. I just do it with what means I have had because I want to. It’s hard work, seldom rewarding, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
From this vantage point however, it’s really hard to not get frustrated with the rich kids that just get a pass on all the work “your ass off” stuff and get to skip ahead to the “being a cool guy in a successful band” part. Music is a business, and when you start with some good investors you’re going to have a leg up on the other guys. The fact that it’s also art makes this relationship complex, and sometimes dangerous. Playing in bands you see it happen over and over- the children of wealth making garbage music, wearing second hand clothes, and having really shitty attitudes towards everything, including you; all the while getting success and praise from a system that takes an increasing amount of money to juke. It’s pretty easy to look like you don’t give a shit when you really don’t have to.
Ok, you’re eyes might be rolling by this point. I know I’d be in slow-clap-major-eye-roll-mode if I was reading some Seattle hipster’s martyr complex about his indie band. I guess that’s the heart of the song “Beg, Borrow, and Steal.” It’s an outward and inward critique; I’m poking fun at myself while simultaneously calling out the rich kids in ripped jeans. I’m wagging my finger and saying: “I’m poor! Therefore my art is more authentic! You bourgeoisie phony!” Then I’m catching myself in the mirror, shaking my head in utter disgust, and thinking: “What are you going on about you self righteous, grumpy old punk? Shut up and play.” So I do, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Inner Ear are proud to release the second album of Athenian indie rock group Tango with Lions.
Just six months after its initial digital release in Greece, Tango with lions second album “A Long Walk” will be released worldwide by Inner Ear Records and Rough Trade Distribution, on October 18th.
Their debut album, “Verba Time“, has received enthusiastic reviews and the song “ In A Bar“ climbed the European charts and loved by two millions youtube viewers.
Their musical path during the last four years could be compared to a long walk. The project of Kat began as a changing group of musicians and has grown to be the stable lineup of the band that recorded “A Long Walk”.
With the compositions and lyrics of Kat as a starting point, the band took their time to arrange the 10 album songs with continuous pre-production and rehearsals during the last two years. The recordings began in summer 2012 and were completed in January 2013 by Thodoris Zefkilis in SCA studio.
As in “Verba Time” so here, every song is a small story, but this time the stories are self-contained, with routes through dark dreams, night trips, sunny fantasies, memories and stories of love and separation. In Tango With Lions’ long walk bittersweet melodies and dreamy lyrics encounter rich arrangements. The result is unique: atmospheric electricity with dark outbursts, mystic trombone melodies, an old piano and a dark and solid rhythm section, always maintaining the special atmosphere that hovers around Kat’s voice.
Beastmilk;the Finnish post-punk troupe highly anticipated debut album poignantly combines haunting clean vocals, darkly shimmering melodies, and a throbbing rhythmic pulse to create an atmospheric yet energetic journey into post-punk’s past, present, and definitely its future. Set for international release on December 2nd on CD, LP and digital formats via SVART, this will be many people’s introduction to a band who have what it takes to stick around. (BRAND NEW VIDEO BELOW)
Evoking the anxious jangle of Jesus & Marcy Chain, an angrier Echo & The Bunnymen, a medicated Killing Joke, the lyrical animosity of PiL and even a lush layering of Bahaus’s Peter Murphy – all this, and vastly more, describes the immediately memorable 3D darkness of BEASTMILK.
Born in 2010 during a nuclear winter in Helsinki, Finland, the void-mothers of BEASTMILK kick out an irradiated dust of what they appropriately dub “apocalyptic post-punk.” Their debut demo, White Stains On Black Tape, sold out quickly and earned the attention of Darkthrone’s Fenriz, who made it one of his favorites of 2010. Metal Hammer Germany soon wrote that “Beastmilk sounds like the secret recording from a psychedelic mass, located stylistically between Roky Erickson, early Misfits, and The Devil’s Blood.”
BEASTMILK quickly gained the recognition of Finnish label SVART RECORDS and inked a deal to reissue the demo on wax along with their next release, both on 7″ vinyl, they played their first show with local old-school legends (and noted band influences) Nolla Nolla Nolla and Radiopuhelimet, followed by plenty of live shows both in Finland and abroad, culminating with an exclusive show at the Metal Magick festival in Denmark. In June 2013, they flew out to Boston, USA to record at GodCity Studio with the legendary Kurt Ballou (Converge), who produced their debut full-length album, Climax; the members of Converge found BEASTMILK online, loved them, and ordered both their 7″s, with Ballou soon offering to produce their debut album at his world-famous studio.
The result is Climax, an album of dark, driving anthems – from the widescreen immediacy of the opener, “Death Reflects Us”, to the pitch-black pop suss of “Genocidal Crush” and “Fear Your Mind”, to the irresistible “You Are Now Under Our Control”, the greatest compliment you can give the record is its sheer consistency – it doesn’t let up on its quality throughout. A mix of dynamics and styles never painted any lighter than black, the album is one that will unite fans of punk, indie-rock and metal sub-genres alike.