Tiny Engines welcomed NYC’s Mannequin Pussy to the roster earlier this year. The label is reissuing the band’s debut full-length, Gypsy Pervert, remastered and on vinyl for the first time with new artwork by Perry Shall (Diarrhea Planet, Jeff The Brotherhood, Big Eyes). The vinyl is now available for Pre-Order. Also, you can pre-order the digital album for just $4 on Bandcamp.
You can check out a new single now. “Someone Like You” is premiering exclusively on Brooklyn Vegan. Also, the band premiered a video for “Clue Juice” from Gypsy Pervert earlier this year on Impose.
Mannequin Pussy began as a duo, Marisa Dabice and Thanasi Paul, childhood pals turned degenerates. The band expanded to a three-piece for their debut album, Gypsy Pervert. The beefed up sound is evident from the beginning as the band shifts seamlessly from grungey punk rock blasts to more textured shoegazey pop. Clocking in at less than 20 minutes, Gypsy Pervert sways urgently back and forth. Raw and confrontational yet still melodic and inviting, Mannequin Pussy shows off a diverse palette on their debut album.
JUL 31 – Boston, MA @ The Womb
AUG 2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Perry’s House
AUG 5 – Arlington, VA @ TBA
AUG 6 – Charlottesville, VA @ Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
AUG 7 – Durham, NC @ Chateau Moby Dick
AUG 8 – Asheville, NC @ TBA
AUG 9 – Murray, KY @ Terrapin Street
AUG 11 – Fayetteville, AR @ JR’S Lightbulb Club
AUG 12 – Denton, TX @ Rubber Glovers
AUG 14 – Albuquerque, NM @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge
AUG 15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Tempe Tavern
AUG 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ House Party
AUG 19 – Reno, NV @ TBA
AUG 20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA
AUG 21 – Denver, CO @ TBA
AUG 22 – Boulder, CO @ The Goss House
AUG 24 – Kansas City, MO @ TBA
AUG 25 – St. Louis, MO @ TBA
AUG 26 – Cincinatti, OH @ The Comet
AUG 27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project
Mannequin Pussy – Gypsy Pervert Tracklisting
2.My Baby (Axe Nice)
5.Someone Like You
7.Meat Slave 2
8.Meat Slave 3
The debut full-length release from Philadelphia, PA’s Cayetana, entitled Nervous Like Me, is now available for Pre-Order on Tiny Engines. Also, you can pre-order the digital album for just $6 on Bandcamp.
Nervous Like Me will follow up the band’s debut Hot Dad Calendar 7″.
The band is currently out on a five week tour with The Menzingers, Lemuria and Pup. Remaining dates listed below.
The story of Cayetana is the story of punk rock. No matter the age, no matter the place, punk rock is all about seizing a moment in time. It is about not waiting for approval or permission to create art. Punk rock is simply about doing it yourself and doing it now. So, it did not matter that these three friends came together to start a band yet knew very little about their instruments. This was their journey to take together. And from there, Cayetana was born. Learning and growing together these friends have crafted a sound that is as organic as music can possibly be. So, it is no surprise how perfectly everything fits into place here. The memorable vocals, the affecting lyrics, the rolling, imaginative bass, and the steady, spiky drums all showcase the remarkable chemistry of three musicians / friends completely in tune with one another. Pulling from elements and influences of indie and folk, Cayetana‘s sound is all inclusive. It’s raw and unflinching, imperfect and beautiful. Yes, Cayetana grabbed their moment. Yes, Cayetana is punk rock.
You can now also listen to the new song “Serious Things Are Stupid” over at Noisey right now.
Cayetana Tour with The Menzingers, Lemuria and Pup
JUN 23 – Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock
JUN 24 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
JUN 26 – Austin, TX @ Red 7 Inside
JUN 29 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds Downstairs
JUN 30 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
JUL 02 – Tampa FL @ Orpheum
JUL 03 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
JUL 04 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Middle
JUL 05 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
JUL 06 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Cayetana – Nervous Like Me Tracklisting
01-Serious Things Are Stupid
07-Scott Get The Van, I’m Moving
09-Hot Dad Calendar
NYxHC mainstays Madball have premiered a video for the track “Born Strong” off their newest album Hardcore Lives out on June 30th on Nuclear Blast. The video shot live during one of their shows features an appearance and vocals by Walls Of Jericho‘s Candace Puopolo.
Code Orange have unveiled the video for “I Am King”, the title track for their upcoming LP to be released on September 2nd via Deathwish Inc. The video as shot and directed by Max Moore, features a stream of black & white imagery and footage that is as violent as jarring as it can be going hand in hand with the aggressiveness and intensity of the song itself. The familiar heaviness from Code Orange‘s debut LP Love Is Love/Return to Dust is still there, but added are some riff-heavy breakdowns that are straight out of the hardcore of years long gone. A fitting evolution to the band’s sound.
If “I Am King” is any indication of what the new record will sound like, then we are headed for brutal pummeling of heaviness and violence.
June 20 Dover DE Firefly Fest @ The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway
Jul 4 Montauk , NY Ruschmeyer’s
Jul 12 Toledo, OH The Ottawa Tavern w/ Pity Sex, Native America (TBD)
Jul 13 Indianapolis, IN White Rabbit Cabaret
***All dates with Ceremony from July 14 to Aug 03***
Jul 14 St. Louis, MO The Demo
Jul 15 Chicago IL Subterranean
Jul 16 Grand Rapids MI Pyramid Scheme
Jul 17 Cleveland OH Now Thats Class
Jul 18 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Night Bazaar w/ Iron Lung
Jul 19 Philadelphia PA First Unitarian Church w/ Iron Lung and Anxiety Hammer
Jul 20 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair w/ Iron Lung
Jul 21 Washington DC Rock and Roll Hotel w/ Iron Lung
Jul 22 Charlotte, NC The Casbah @ Tremont Music Hall w/ Iron Lung
Jul 23 Atlanta GA Mammal Gallery w/ Iron Lung
Jul 24 Orlando, FL The Social w/ Iron Lung
Jul 25 Gainesville, FL The Atlantic Nightspot w/ Iron Lung
Jul 26 New Orleans, LA Mudlark w/ Heat Dust
Jul 27 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
Jul 28 Dallas, TX Trees w/ Boris
Jul 29 Austin, TX Mohawk w/ Boris
Jul 30 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
Jul 31 Tucson, AZ 191 Warehouse
Aug 01 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
Aug 02 San Francisco, CA The Rickshaw Stop
Aug 03 Bakersfield, CA Munoz Gym w/ Dangers and On Parade
Aug 10 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
Ethereal doom trio, IDES OF GEMINI, are preparing to unveil their sophomore offering, Old World New Wave, via Neurot Recordings this Fall.
IDES OF GEMINI features guitarist Jason Bennett, drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson and the haunting vocal prowess of singer/bassist Sera Timms, also of Los Angeles dark-psych conjurors Black Mare. The follow-up to the band’s 2012 Constantinople debut, which Pitchfork christened “darkly beautiful,” and Terrorizer likened to, “a metallic-filtered kinship to Cocteau Twins and Mazzy Star,” Old World New Wave was recorded at Valley Recording in Burbank, California, engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig), mastered by Grammy award winning producer, Matt Hyde (Slayer) and boasts the striking hand-drawn cover art of Johnston-Gibson.
Comments Timms of the offering, “For Old World New Wave we all really coalesced as a band, and were able to work off one another’s strengths. J came up with the basic concept and musical framework of the album, and Kelly and I gave it form and identity. For me, my own personal musical identity, taste, preferences etc. were eclipsed by the power of the music which worked as an animate force unto itself-so much so that I cannot listen to any of it objectively, or tell you if it’s “good or bad”, but I can tell you that it’s distinctively IDES OF GEMINI.”
Adds Johnston-Gibson of the images surrounding the record, “The artwork is an interpretation of Sera’s lyrical narrative, which carries over themes from Constantinople, as well as symbolic of transformations experienced by us as individuals and inevitably as a band. The minimalist, direct style of the cover and accompanying illustrations is indicative of our energies combined to create one clear, singular force, as experienced through the music, while the visual content has more to do with the story: essentially a conflict between opposing energies leading to destruction, therefore allowing a clean slate for integration of opposites into a resurrected whole.”
Milky White EP
Bitter Melody Records
In recent years there has been an astounding resurgence in sounds that harkens back to the shoegaze and indie pop of the 90’s. There have been plenty of success stories in band that carry off the sound all the while adding a fresh twist that makes them stand out from the rest. Straddling a fine line of quiet and subdued indie pop and fuzzed-out shoegaze are Milky White. Hailing from Charleston, SC, the female-led quartet not only echo a pop-driven quietness that could be placed anywhere in a post-Siamese Dream Smashing Pumpkins world but also paying some mindful attention to the subtle noise of Silversun Pickups.
On their self-titled EP, Milky White play and toy with all styles of sounds across the four songs contained within. “Uncontested Divorce On The Grounds of Extreme Cruelty (December 17, 1964)” opens things up with a few singular guitar notes that echo in the openness of what is to come. Once the drums and a memorable bass line kick in, then a taste for what Milky White are all about is to heard. The pace is picked up as the guitar switch back and forth between a fuzziness and clarity that is reminiscent of SSPU’s sound. But that comparison is short-lived as vocalist Jules Campbell sings and extends a bittersweetness across.
“This Girl Is Full Of Keys” and “Soft Grunge House Party After Show” anchor the center of the EP and predominantly showcase what the band’s sound is all about: indie-pop driven melodies, fuzzed-out guitars that are not afraid to get loud and playfully flirt with quietness, and a rhythm foundation that is ear-catching. It’s as if the best of the 90’s bands featured on 120 Minutes got together and decided to create a sound that epitomized the music scene. This is a subtle hint to all of that. Plus, on the second song (“This Girl…”), there is a flirtation with country pop behind the music at the forefront. Whether that was intentional or not, it’s a seamless melding of styles and brings further depth to the song and band.
“Jesus Eagle Explosion Montage” closes the EP in a fast-driven, rhythmically-heavy song that is a solid expression to Campbell’s urgent vocals that seem to be begging to scream her pain and angst. It’s as if the band has been on an ascent of emotion and sound and reaching the peak will break them out in a million pieces. Thankfully though, there is inherent restraint at hand that holds them back in a very effective manner to leave you wanting to hear more.
Milky White are proof that a current band can pay plenty of homage to a music scene of long ago while still putting a new and unique spin of their own so as to stand out. Anyone having grown and loved bands like The Sundays, Slowdive, Letters to Cleo and always looking for something new, will definitely be hooked on with this EP and band. Here’s hoping that Milky White have more songs and music because they will be turning some heads and fit in and be loved in the same canon as the aforementioned bands. Their take on indie pop is not only sugary sweet with some added and needed bitterness, but it’s the right amounts of memorable pop hooks and guitar fuzziness to make them stand out from the rest.
Shortly after the 2012 release of their honest and powerful 90s influenced record Colourmeinkindness, on Run For Cover Records, UK quintet Basement surprised fans by going on an indefinite hiatus. In the short two years since, the alternative rock act has steadily gained a loyal following across the globe. Fans were elated when the band announced a summer world tour, with all dates quickly selling out. Now followers have something else to be excited about – not only is Basement playing again but today they announced the release of their new EP, Further Sky via Run For Cover Records on July 29th, 2014.
Further Sky breaks Basement‘s musical silence following their final acclaimed 2012 full-length Colourmeinkindess. Boasting two new songs and a cover of Suede’s “Animal Nitrate”, the EP updates the band’s alternative rock explorations with a decidedly British flavour. Recorded spring 2014 at North London’s Livingston Studio (The Clash, Bjork, Jesus and Mary Chain), new tracks “Summer’s Colour” and “Jet” build upon past work adding more complex interwoven melodies touched with the subtle psychedelic tendencies of Swervedriver and Failure. “Animal Nitrate” provides the perfect cousin to Basement‘s originals, operating in the same melodic headspace with lively instrumentals and a shimmering chorus.
You can pre-order Further Sky now at Run For Cover Records here.
To hear the new track “Summer’s Colour” over at Noisey, click here.
The Hotelier‘s career trajectory is an excellent case study in the messiness of creative growth and its necessity for positive change. Formerly known as The Hotel Year, the band’s new record, Home, Like Noplace Is There is both darker and more culturally aware than their youthful 2011 debut, It Never Goes Out, trading their former pop-punk proclivities for socio-political post-hardcore. It’s a record that embodies a level of both personal and creative reinvention uncommon for its genre, and it only takes a listen or two to understand why it has transcended genre boundaries within the indie / punk music press to earn a surprising degree of hype with seeming effortlessness.
It’s as good as everyone is telling you it is. Continue reading…
Building on the haunting folk of 2013’s Degrida / Sick Bed single, “Dove” is a slow-burning, muscular, and above all, monstrous song. Clocking in at over 15 minutes, it is by far the most emotive of Kristina’s recent compositions. “Fond Affections”, a cover of the classic Rema-Rema song follows, and although it is slightly less expansive in it’s seven minute run-time, it is equally powerful and poignant. Kristina’s take on the 4AD standard made popular by This Mortal Coil is nothing short of gorgeous – a true testament to her development as a songwriter, and a hint of what’s to come from this project’s future releases.
Dove / Fond Affections will be available on June 17th as both a digital download and on a limited edition cassingle. The cassette tape will be pressed on three variants (White, Clear, and Purple), each limited to just 50 copies, fit with a three-panel J-card. The cassingle will also include a bonus track – B. Wild’s remix of “Dove”.
To order Dove / Fond Affections via The Native Sound click here.