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BLACK WING Announce ‘…Is Doomed’ Full-Length Debut out on Sept. 18th

BLACK-WING-COVER-3-1024x1024Black Wing, the one-man electronic chillwave project featuring Dan Barrett (Have A Nice Life, Giles Corey, etc.) will see its proper full-length debut …Is Doomed out on September 18th via The Flenser. Read the official release info below and watch a video for the song “My Body Betrayed Me”.

Dan Barrett, the man behind Connecticut-based Have A Nice Life, Giles Corey, Enemies List and countless other projects, has announced a release date for the first proper full-length from his digital-only solo project, Black Wing. Titled …Is Doomed, this seven-song album will be available on CD, LP and Digital formats from The Flenser on September 18th. The majority of the tracks on …Is Doomed are brand new, although the album boasts a mastered version of the widely-circulated song “My Body Betrayed Me”, which has been available on Bandcamp and made waves immediately upon upload. The Chicago Reader described the song as combining “a stark, mechanized postpunk beat, gentle shoegaze guitar hum, feathery ascending synths and Barrett’s cool, multitracked vocals into an uplifting, celestial tune that belies its heart-wrenching and bleak lyrics; even as he sings about dying Barrett manages to sound just a little bit blissful.”

Barrett commented on the Black Wing project: “A while back I released a short, digital EP of me messing around with a lot of software instruments. This was after I watched Drive and enjoyed the soundtrack, and was really just me fiddling around. It got released as the ‘Drive 2 Soundtrack’ under the name ‘Dan Barrett and the Cruisers.’ I gave it away for free and promptly forgot about it. About a year later I ended up listening to it again and decided that there’s something fast and enjoyable about all digital stuff – no tuning, no strings breaking. It came at a good time (we [Have A Nice Life] were just finishing up recording songs from The Unnatural World), so I decided to jump in.” He continued, “Black Wing started as a sort of opposite to Giles Corey – whereas Giles started as ‘only acoustic instruments allowed,’ Black Wing started with ‘only digital instruments.’”

Like all of Dan’s projects, Black Wing was self-recorded, at home, but this recording process was a bit different for him. At the time, Barrett was having some health problems – the first serious health issues he’d ever had – and was “…surrounded by all sorts of machines, lots of beeps and boops and what have you. I had a heart monitor strapped to my chest for a month. I was dripping a lot of blood all over the place. It was all very undramatic and fleshly and strange. I didn’t know what to make of any of it. Meanwhile, it was a beautiful, hot summer, sun everywhere. So I decided to just go ahead and make a depressive chillwave record – basically, music to listen to in the car with the windows down while feeling slightly melancholy and distracted.” The resulting seven tracks are gloomy yet uplifting, heavy while ambient, overwhelming yet alluring; resulting in one of the most remarkable electronic releases of 2015.

Track premieres from Black Wing’s …Is Doomed will be unveiled soon. In the meantime, check out the track listing below and attached cover art by illustrator Becca Stadtlander. Also, news regarding the Giles Corey S/T re-issue this fall from The Flenser coming soon.

Black Wing …Is DoomedTrack Listing:
1. Luther
2. Black Wing
3. My Body Betrayed me
4. Unemployed
5. Drive Soundtrack
6. Death Sentence
7. Let Him In

Taffy Premiere Video for the Brian Jonestown Massacre remix of “Young Tines”

TaffyFamed 90’s psychedelic outfit Brian Jonestown Massacre have stepped in to remix Taffy‘s “Young Tines”, lending their own touch to close the Japanese dreampop band’s Darkle EP. Tying up the release nicely with some of what Taffy do, and always have done, best: heartfelt pop masterpieces backed with beautiful, fuzz laden guitar soundscapes. Here’s the video for the remixed song.

Review: MTHR – Howl

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Whenever a band that you’ve admired for a long time comes along with new music that defies any categorization, it can be a complete surprise and total treat. In the case of MTHR, whose members cut their teeth in the short-lived but ever-impacting Center of the Sun, this is a superb case scenario and the music lives up on such a level of wonder and mystery that is hard to put into words. Such is with their Howl EP. Upon first listens to the EP, it can hastily be surmised that they’re a dreampop band with leanings into shoegaze and even doom. Although that can be the easy way to describe them, MTHR go further beyond the trappings of any one genre or style.

The six songs in Howl spread themselves out in taking the proverbial “kitchen sink” mentality in showcasing any and all sounds that create a mood and ambience so palpable and suffocating that you feel your heart being wrenched with every note. On songs like “Howl” and “Wise Blood” there is a tension in the slow dirge of the music that is elevated by Ally Hoffman’s languid and pained vocal delivery. Hoffman’s voice acts more as the connecting tissue that delivers the full force of the emotions being evoked. The haunting nature of how the songs are presented is unlike any other band doing this style of music nowadays.

And as if things weren’t heart-wrenching and emotional already, the acoustic versions of the aforementioned two songs, take things to an alarmingly dark and miserable place. In a good way of course. The simplicity of the arrangements lend themselves to create an even more haunting and impacting surrounding that dig even deeper into the pain of things. And it’s this stirring of emotions that always guarantee a song and record to truly mean something to the listener. This is where MTHR have become effective: creating honest and emotional music no matter the varied styles that they may put across.

Good music is memorable. Great music is not only memorable but will always stay and haunt you the more emotionally impacting it is. MTHR have achieved a greatness with Howl. And all will be alright in our world.

Exclusive: Victor Shores Premiere New Song “Not Yeti”

IMG_7838.JPGMinneapolis, MN’s Victor Shores is one of those bands whose music is hard to categorize. At least it’d be unfair to pigeonhole them into any one style or genre. They’re noisy, punky, emotional, and overall creating an impact in sound that echoes the angst-ridden soul and heart of anyone listening.

The band is releasing new music in a 4-way split with The Reptilian, Two Knights, and Boy Parts. The split will roll out on June 16th via Skeletal Lightning and The Ghost Is Clear Records, but you don’t have to wait that long to hear Victor Shores’ contribution. You can hear it right now!

Introducing: Senpai

Featuring members from Pity Sex and Brave Bird, Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Senpai deliver a style of guitar-driven pop that will not only appeal to fans of the aforementioned bands, but also those looking for something new and full of indie goodness to jam to.

The band has so far recorded two tracks with Will Yip and you can check them out below. Here’s hoping to a physical release soon. But for now you can download the songs for two dollars. It will be the best two dollars you’ve spent all day.

Ghost of a Dead Hummingbird Announce Tour Dates

Ghost of a Dead HummingbirdChicago’s Ghost of a Dead Hummingbird, who we did a short interview with and album premiere recently (here), have announced a number of dates for a tour in support of their Sin forma LP. The album was just released by Butterfly Puke Records and selling like hot cakes. It is that good.

Get the record and go see them live. You’ll be glad you did.

6/1 Muskegon MI @Temple House
6/2 Cincinnati OH @House show
6/3 Pittsburgh PA @People’s Warehouse
6/4 Lancaster PA @The Seed
6/5 Clifton NJ @Clash Bar
6/6 New York NY @ABC No Rio
6/8 Roanoke VA @Leftovers
6/9 Wilmington, NC @Scrap Iron Bicycle Gallery
6/11 Atlanta GA @Hill Street House
6/13 New Albany IN @New Albany Production House
6/14 Morristown IN @MSMFest

MOURN Premiere New Song and Announce More U.S. Tour Dates

MournOur favorite jangly indie pop band from Barcelona, Spain, Mourn, have just rolled out a new song. “Gertrudis, Get Through This!”, which is part of a new 7″ coming this summer from Captured Tracks, has the band still pushing forth the punk-inspired and youth-oriented pop music that we have been hooked on.

Additionally, the band will do another run of U.S. dates to bring forth their awesomeness. Do not miss them.

Sun Jul 12 2015 Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle
Mon Jul 13 2015 Washington, DC DC9
Wed Jul 15 2015 Cleveland, OH Now That’s Class
Thu Jul 16 2015 Toronto, ON The Garrison
Fri Jul 17 2015 Detroit, MI UFO Factory
Sun Jul 19 2015 Chicago, IL Pitchfork Music Festival
Mon Jul 20 2015 Covington, KY Madison Live
Tue Jul 21 2015 Pittsburgh, PA Cattivo
Wed Jul 22 2015 Brooklyn, NY Rough Trade NYC

Triathlon Premiere Video for “Usher Surfing”

From the ol’ inbox:

Broken Circles announced the addition of Savannah, GA’s Triathalon to the label’s roster last Fall. The band’s debut full-length, Lo-Tide, is now available.

The band has an brand new video for “Usher Surfing” premiering now.

Triathalon is a four-piece ensemble based out of Savannah, GA. Their sound carries the basis of motown/surf sounds, but with a twist of experimental sketchiness. Their tunes move and groove seamlessly through rapid changes, from delicate breaks to dense swells.

Taffy Premiere New Video for “Dr.K”

TaffyRight off their just-released Darkle EP (Club AC30 Records), Japanese dreampop shoegazers Taffy have rolled out a video for the song “Dr. K”.

Although the video is more of a lyric video to enjoy the sugary-sweet words, the band has gone and used imagery and video that harkens back to any video that would have been a staple in the 90’s played on 120 Minutes.

Video: IDES OF GEMINI – “Strange Fruit”

Ides Of GeminiIf there is ever a band whose music is haunting and heavy in all possible aspects, it’s definitely Ides of Gemini. Their style of doom/gloom/drone/noise/whathaveyou, is of course cemented in metal but goes way beyond the genre. For Record Store Day, the band teamed up with Magic Bullet Records to release a 7″ of new music. One of the tracks, “Strange Fruit”, is now accompanied by a video that is as jarring and strange and enticingly provoking as their music and all previous video and visual outings.

Magic Bullet Records’ Brent Eyestone commented on the video: “When we were putting together the plan for the latest Ides Of Gemini 7″, J. [Bennett] told me they had been working on an arrangement of the old poem/standard “Strange Fruit.” I was intrigued, to say the least. What they turned in just blew anything I could potentially imagine or anticipate out of the water. This is THE greatest cover/arrangement of the poem that I have ever heard turned into song and I am immensely proud of the job they did with this. The band has made a (sadly) poignant music video surrounding the subject matter. Please take the time to listen, watch, and contemplate. Thank you.”