Hailing from a city more synonymous with the State Conservatory rather than a gang of shoegaze addicts, they’ve been compared to Lush. But this is no mere throwback tribute – due to their sharp, icy electronics and ability to subvert the genre, bringing something new to the table. They possess not only the spirit of late 80s/early 90s British bands like Ride, but also machine-made sounds of the same era from Sabres Of Paradise or Global Communication, not to mention wider vibrations like Cluster, Popul Vuh, Terry Riley and Philip Glass.
‘Ravestar Supreme’ continues in the tradition of Pinkshinyultrablast’s gift for radiant harmony, buoyed by piercing guitars and jets of synth. Elegiac, evoking widescreen visions of scenery passing by on long trips, with a penchant for melodic gems and shimmering minor keys – Pinkshinyultrablast once again show their high form on ‘Ravestar Supreme’. Their debut album ‘Everything Else Matters’ is out now on Club AC30. Welcome to your new favourite Russian band.
Cambridge, MA’s dark pop band 27 have been working on some new material as of recent, their first new songs in about a year or two. While working on the new songs, they had a chance to fully record and now release a cover of “Summer Wine” as written by Lee Hazlewood. The song was most made famous by Nancy Sinatra (and Hazlewood) in 1967. The song itself, which is a back-and-forth between a man and a woman meeting for the first time and thusly the male and female vocals, lends perfectly for 27‘s sensibility on pop-driven fuzziness. In the song, Cave In‘s Adam McGrath lends vocals for the interplay with Maria Christopher’s side of things.
If “Summer Wine” is any indication where 27 are headed with the new songs, then we’re all in for a treat.
Bay Area, CA’s King Woman are gearing up for a string of West Coast tour dates next weekend. In anticipation of these upcoming shows, the band unveiled a tour documentary that was filmed last summer while they were on the road with Flenser Records label mates Planning For Burial as well as Mother Room and Foie Gras. The documentary is a charming and candid one; featuring brief interviews and live footage of each band on the tour, the 9-minute piece was filmed by King Woman‘s Kristina Esfandiari and M.J. Bernier. See King Woman on the road from March 28th through April 5th and check out all tour dates below.
King Woman “Burn” West Coast tour dates:
March 28th – The Hemlock, San Francisco, CA
March 29th – The Funk Den, Santa Rosa, CA
March 30th – The Press Club, Sacramento, CA
March 31st – Orange Street Studio, Chico, CA
April 1st – Deadbeat Records, Olympia, WA
April 2nd – The Highline, Seattle, WA
April 3rd – High Water Mark, Portland, OR
April 5th – LCM, Oakland CA
Cold Cave is the creative rebirth of acclaimed musician and writer Wesley Eisold. Cutting his teeth in underground bands American Nightmare (Give Up The Ghost) and Some Girls, Eisold’s body of work has truly effected a generation of listeners. Through constant cross-pollination Eisold has gained mass appeal, influencing underground and popular culture with his ever evolving artistic vision.
With an already prolific number of releases, Cold Cave has become a name synonymous with the contemporary resurgence of Darkwave and Synth Pop sub-genres. Propelling Cold Cave to perform at world class museums The Getty and the Guggenheim, as well as performances with legends Sonic Youth, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Nine Inch Nails, among others.
Deathwish are proud to announce “Full Cold Moon” from Cold Cave, now for the first time on 12”LP vinyl format (a CD collection was released on Eisold’s Heartworm imprint in 2014).
“Full Cold Moon” is a compilation of EP recordings originally individually released in 2013, now presented as one collection; “A Little Death to Laugh”, “Oceans With No End”, “God Made the World”, “Black Boots”, and “Nausea, the Earth and Me”. Notably this is also the first vinyl appearance of the song “Dandelion” as well as the entire “Nausea, the Earth and Me” EP (previously only available on limited CD and Digital formats). This is Cold Cave at it’s most artistically skeletal, similar to the celebrated “Cremations” and “Love Comes Close” releases. Twelve minimal compositions driven by Eisold’s synth derived hooks, alluring vocals, and compelling character.
Full Cold Moon Track Listing:
01. A Little Death To Laugh
02. Young Prisoner Dreams of Romance
03. Tristan Corbiére
04. Oceans With No End
05. People Are Poison
06. God Made the World
08. Black Boots
09. Meaningful Life
10. Nausea, the Earth and Me
11. Don’t Blow Up the Moon
12. Beaten 1979
Japan’s unbridled noisecore unit Melt Banana have announced date for a very extensive North American tour. The dates will launch off on May 6th in Phoenix, AZ and will criss-cross all over the U.S. and Canada. No word yet on support for the first leg, but the band will be joined by Torche on the second.
MAY 06 The Crescent Phoenix, AZ
MAY 08 The Launchpad ABQ, NM
MAY 09 Opolis Norman, OK
MAY 11 The Firebird St. Louis, MO
MAY 12 The Cactus Milwaukee, WI
MAY 13 Pyramid Scheme Grand Rapids
MAY 14 The Pike Room Detroit, MI
MAY 15 Skully’s Columbus, OH
MAY 16 Mohawk Buffalo, NY
MAY 17 Lee’s Palace Toronto, CAN
MAY 19 ASS20 Providence, RI
MAY 21 Great Scott Boston, MA
MAY 22 Johnny Brenda’s Philly, PA
MAY 23 St. Vitus Brooklyn, NY
MAY 24 Maryland Deathfest Baltimore, MD
MAY 25 Cat’s Cradle Backroom Carborro, NC
MAY 27 Jack Rabbits Jacksonville, FL
MAY 28 The Backbooth Orlando, FL
MAY 29 The Church Hill Miami, FL
MAY 30 The Orpheum Tampa, FL
JUN 01 The Earl Atlanta, GA
JUN 04 Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, LA
JUN 05 Fitzgeralds Houston, TX
JUN 06 Three Links Dallas, TX
JUN 07 Red 7 Austin, TX
JUN 10 Club Congress Tucson, AZ
JUN 11 The Slide Bar Fullerton, CA
JUN 12 The Catalyst Atrium Santa Cruz, CA
JUN 13 Harlows Sacramento, CA
JUL 02 Dante’s Portland, OR
JUL 03 Chop Suey Seattle, WA
JUL 04 The Venue Vancouer, CAN
JUL 06 The Pawn Shop Edmonton, CAN
JUL 07 The Gateway Calgary, CAN
JUL 08 Amigos Saskatoon, CAN
JUL 10 Pyramid Cabaret Winnepig, CAN
JUL 11 The Aquarium Fargo, ND
JUL 13 The Hi-Fi Indianapolis, IN
JUL 14 The Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
JUL 15 High Noon Madison, WI
JUL 16 Wooley’s Des Moines, IA
JUL 17 Waiting Room Omaha, NE
JUL 18 Eaux Claires Music Festival Eaux Claires, WI
JUL 20 The Exit / Inn Nashville, TN
JUL 21 The Rose Music Hall Columbia, MO
JUL 22 Record Bar Kansas City, MO
JUL 24 Larimer Lounge Denver, CO
JUL 25 Urban Lounge SLC, UT
JUL 26 Bunk House Las Vegas NV
JUL 28 Casbah San Deigo, CA
JUL 29 Casbah San Deigo, CA
JUL 31 The Roxy Los Angeles, CA
AUG 01 Metro Oakland, CA
UK dark ambient group FVNERALS have rolled out a video for the song “Oath” off their most recent album, The Light. The video, much like the song itself, is an eerie representation of the music the band plays.
In advance of the April 7th release of their sophomore full-length, Salome, Los Angeles’s Marriages have premiered the record’s title track today.
Propulsive, frequently iridescent, the compositions on Salome are confident and evocative, the sound of a band focusing their strengths to great effect. Nowhere is this focus more evident than on opening track, “The Liar”. Frontwoman Emma Ruth Rundle wastes no time settling into a haunting earworm of a riff, before unleashing a moody tangle of slides and reverb. Her breathy voice, veiled in subtle effects, elicits irresistible curiosity; though it may not always be clear what she’s saying, there’s undeniably something to the way she’s saying it. Bubbling just under the surface is the overdriven bass of fellow Sparowes alum Greg Burns, who conjures a menacing rumble from his instrument in glorious contrast to the glassy needles of Rundle’s wailing guitar. New addition Clinco, whose formidable presence appears largely responsible for the kinetic reconfiguration of the band’s sound, functions as both an anchor and a jostling wave, holding it all together with precision while he rattles his cage. Second track, “Skin”, is perhaps even more infectious, to the point where becoming engulfed in the emotional tide of the song is simply unavoidable. Its indelible chorus is one of the album’s most iconic passages. Here, especially, Marriages wear their influences on their sleeves, a convincing amalgamation of mid-eighties post-punk (Cocteau Twins, The Cure, etc.) and what ought to be called poststonermetal.
Their shoegaze aesthetic combined with Rundle’s crushing riffs make Marriages unique among their contemporaries. The tumbling urgency of “Southern Eye” could fit comfortably on Echo and the Bunnymen’s Heaven Up Here yet somehow sits squarely within the realm of Sargent House labelmates Russian Circles. Elsewhere, Marriages toy with a pop approach before invariably releasing a torrent of cascading noise, though never enough to bury the hook they’ve so cleverly constructed. Title track “Salome” is the album’s centerpiece. An ominous, otherworldly swell of emotional waxing and waning, it finds Rundle at her most vulnerable, strokes of Kate Bush and Sinead O’Connor writ large over a canvas of brooding, fuzz-pedal density. Comparatively subdued, though by no means anemic, “Contender” closes the album on a tentative note, its unresolved final chord a sobering wake-up suddenly casting doubt on the probability of the previous 43 minutes. Throwing open the curtains on not only their sound but on their songwriting as well, Rundle, Burns, and now Clinco seem perfectly at ease scaling anthemic peaks and heartbreaking valleys, often in a single composition. Salome finds Marriages fully embracing their skill at crafting timeless songs with chillingly epic results.
Singer-songwriter Heidi Lynne Gluck has released “The Only Girl In The Room”, which you can stream below. The title track is the first to be released from her upcoming The Only Girl In The Room EP, which is due out on April 28th through Lotuspool Records.
The team at Noisey have made some of the best short-format documentaries on bands and music scenes that need to be told. If you haven’t seen their docu-series on the NOLA heavy music scene, go run and watch it now. In keeping with their great docu-series, Noisey have announced their focus on legendary NYHC band JUDGE. The four-part series will start off on Monday 3/16 and you can now watch its trailer to get pumped.
In 1991, at the height of its popularity, the New York hardcore band Judge broke up, leaving a long and storied career of incredible music and hyper-violent gigs for the history books. In the decades that followed, Judge’s meager output became hardcore punk 101 for much of the growing scene who built upon their metal-tinged riffs and attitude. While the legend grew, lead singer Mike Ferraro virtually disappeared, only to reemerge in 2013 at Webster Hall to headline one of the most respected hardcore punk festivals in the country, Black N’ Blue Bowl. Noisey caught up with the revered frontman during, before and after his triumphant return to the stage.