Busting out with a very strong first single from their upcoming new album Salome, Marriages have premiered the song “Skin”. The song finds the group hinting at a more redefined and constrained sound that what we previously heard in 2012′s Kitsune.
There’s a sharper focus on Emma Ruth Rundle’s vocals in which she goes back and forth with a languid delivery and desperate cries. Musically, the band has evolved in creating a more ambient-like sound that reverberates throughout while still possessing a subtle heaviness at points.
Taking influences from bands as disparate and kindred as Weezer and Sleater-Kinney, London, UK’s Doe blast their way through some catchy-as-all-hell 90′s indie punk. The great thing is that they freshen up the sounds and twist them into their quirky style that doesn’t require any basslines whatsoever. The guitars are fuzzy and crunchy and melodic in all the right places and the shared boy/girl harmonies throughout add a layer of sugary-sweet pop that is catchier than any current pop punk band would even dream of.
Doe has been around since 2013 and have released a slew of singles and EPs and just recently compiled them all under the First Four LP released by Specialist Subject Records in the UK. Listen below to the entire First Four below, and if you’re hooked enough (as you will be!), know the band are heading Stateside for a string of shows that will culminate with a showcase by Old Flame Records who will release the LP in cassette format.
Count us in as fans already!
Doe US Shows:
2/21: New York, NY @ Pianos
2/22: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
2/23: Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades
2/25: Brooklyn, NY @ The Grand Victory
2/26: New Brunswick, NJ @ The Court Tavern
2/27: Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium (presented by Old Flame Records, w/ Radical Dads, Dead Stars, Life Size Maps, Left & Right)
There are times when a band and even a single songwriter takes elements from their favorite styles and genres and melds them together to create the perfect storm of a song and album. In the case of King Woman, main person and head driver Kristina Esfandiari has crafted what is easily the perfect amalgamation of pained shoegaze/newgaze and fuzzed out noise-pop possible. Esfandiari cut her teeth in some note-worthy Bay-area newgaze noise bands but it’s when out on her own that she has allowed her true voice and talent to be heard and shine.
On King Woman’s Doubt, she’s not only allowing a fuller band back her up (with the ever so-great Sky Madden of Chasms assisting on bass guitars and more) but essentially opening up and becoming more vulnerable and personal. Doubt is the type of record that would be emotionally-jarring and a perfect fit for the 90’s shoegaze scene explosion. Thankfully this is here right now and fitting for what we’re going through emotionally at the moment.
Starting with the very haunting crescendo of lonesome guitars and vocals in “Wrong” that pick up a pace that is unlike anything heard previously, King Woman set the pace for what is to come. It’s a mood that is being set here. It’s not some “listen casually” type of music. It’s music to stir and twist up all the emotions in your heart and rattle your thoughts. It’s rare when a piece of music can do that.
By the time you make your way through the following three songs, especially “King of Swords”, you will easily be left as a husk of a person. All emotions and feelings left out and drained and simply spent. The jarring emotion that is inherent in the music is a glimpse into the difficulty and passion that went in to recording of Doubt. It’s obvious that this is a band and group of songwriters that truly feel and express all that is around and within them. And that right there makes for great music.
Doubt is King Woman’s preview of a full-length record that is yet to come. If this is so, then we’re in for a treat. Whatever label you may want to stick the group with, newgaze noise indie fuzzed out pop, it’s all right and wrong. King Woman is all about emotions and feelings. Most specifically those most pained and heartbreaking feelings that everyone can relate to. It’s all much better when they’re put into song and music. And this record has made it so. And we’re damn lucky to be able to listen to it.
Hollow Sunshine, the doom-ladden garage pop noise band comprised of vocalist Morgan Enos and guitarist/songwriter Reuben Sawyer, will see the release of their second full-length album in the Spring via Iron Pier (Self Defense Family, Weed Hound).
Titled Bring Gold, the LP will be “integrating more harmonic song structures and guitar work than prior releases, these eight tracks are a radical jump in Hollow Sunshine’s evolution and a full realization of its thunderous shoegaze attack.” The press release additionally describes, “Think Nothing and Jesu underpinned with sludgy, droney, post-rock guitar; Bring Gold is a fully realized artistic statement ready to take its place alongside other giants of the genre.”
We’ve been big fans of Hollow Sunshine‘s music since first out and we took notice. Definitely exciting to hear new material.
Salt Lake City’s Cult Leader is a band that needs little introduction. After the early 2013 dissolution of their prior band, metallic hardcore mainstays Michael Mason, Casey Hansen, and Anthony Lucero were joined by bassist Sam Richards to form a brand new beast: Cult Leader.
Cult Leader released their debut, Nothing For Us Here, last April via Deathwish Inc. Now, the band will head to Salem, MA to record new tracks that will become their yet-to-be-titled sophomore full-length, due later this year once again on Deathwish.
CULT LEADER – ON TOUR
March 3 Denver, CO @ 7th Circle Collective
March 4 Kansas City, MO @ Art Closet Studios
March 5 St. Louis, MO @ FUBAR
March 6 Indianapolis, IN @ 5th Quarter Lounge
March 7 Columbus, OH @ The House with No Name*
March 9 Washington, DC @ The Dougout*
March 10 Wilmington, DE @ Claymont VFW*#
March 11 Montclair, NJ @ Uncle Slevs*
March 12 Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall*
March 24 Burlington, VT @ Monkey House^
March 25 Sherbrooke, ON @ La Murdoch^
March 26 Montreal, QC @ La PBR^
March 27 Ottawa, ON @ Le Bistro^
March 28 Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck^
March 30 Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City^ %
March 31 Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class%
April 1 Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary%
April 2 Chicago, IL @ Club Rectum%
April 3 Omaha, NE @ Midtown Art Supply
April 4 Cheyenne, WY @ Ernie November
* w/ Purge
^ w/ Old Wounds
% w/ Hollow Earth
# Full of Hell
Digital hardcore punks Atari Teenage Riot keep churning out music to reflect today’s social and media activism climate. Their new EP J1M1 is an anthem to question what is fed to you via the news media and standing up for yourself and making your decisions.
You can watch the video below and also stream and download the EP with remixes on their Bandcamp page linked below as well.
A teaser video has been released by the band that just hints and what new sounds the album will bring.
CODE ORANGE & HARM’S WAY – ON TOUR w/ Eternal Sleep
March 13 Columbus, OH @ Skully’s
March 14 New Albany, IN @ New Albany Production House
March 15 Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
March 17 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
March 18 Austin, TX
March 19 Austin, TX
March 20 Austin, TX
March 21 San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
March 22 Dallas, TX @ South By So What
March 23 Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar
March 24 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
March 25 Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
March 26 Raleigh, NC @ Southland Ballroom
March 27 Richmond, VA @ United Blood
We’ve recently gotten hooked on Milk Teeth. The band hails from Bristol, England, already has an EP out since their formation in 2013. They’re gearing up for the release of a new EP, Sad Sack, which has blown our socks off. You can check out our review of it here.
The band has premiered a video for the song “Melon Blade” which finds the group all decked out in proper prep school uniforms and yet still being able to rock out in their very unique style of grunge-influences noise pop. We couldn’t ask for more from this very wonderful band.
And if you’re wondering as you watch the video. They seem to be creating a new genre of music: shy-core.
From the ol’ inbox:
Coliseum have announced a run of tour dates this Spring in building anticipation for their forthcoming album for new label home Deathwish (home of Deafheaven, Touche Amore). The Midwestern trio are renowned for their whip tight, dynamic performances that bridge the parallel worlds of anthemic post-punk and impassioned hardcore. The bulk of the dates are comprised of a west coast run with post-metal supergroup Old Man Gloom (featuring members of Converge, Cave In), marking Coliseum’s first trip to the area in well over a year. Additionally the group will be making a number of stops in Midwest on their way to Austin’s SXSW.
Details about the band’s fifth full length, recently recorded by J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines), are expected soon.