Saturday, 30 April 2011
Aussie twisted children Naked On The Vague have been busy smearing the world with their hallucinatory faeces for some time now, and we are knee deep in a new defecation, their purported soundtrack to a short film, 12 Dark Noons, which has been funded in part by Sacred Bones and Night People Records. From all intents and purposes we can ascertain that it is going to be tripped up to the eyeballs in weird psych imagery and Jodorowsky-esqu surrealistic flourishes - but what of the music?
To be honest, I reckon Twelve Dark Noons is the best that the Sydney wasters have ever sounded. There is so much energy here that hasnt been evident before - it really feels like the band are growing out of their deliberate slacker addict personas (it is a persona right???) and embracing the fact that together they are amazing songsmiths, scultping vistas of industrial sound and time-travelling gloom that no one else is able or willing to create.
As for the film? No idea, but check out the trailer and see for yourself. The music is stand alone, but im desparate to see how the film builds it up...
Naked On The Vague - The Gift
Naked On The Vague - Clock of 12's
Friday, 29 April 2011
Jesus! Its taken them a long fucking time, but finally that inbred twat and his "common" ladyfriend are hitched to the hilt. Yeah yeah yeah, maybe they ARE nice people, but I dont give a shit - Im just glad we can go back to revelling in our own shitty lives in peace now.
Actually, the royal wedding wasnt all bad. It made me realise that most royalists are stake-worthy, and that my life is infinitely better than being a toff that has to drink tea from bone china and do "charity work". Or be the "bad boy" who is constantly chastised just because you might be a rabble rouser. Or have red hair. Or be the illegitimate offspring of an ill-advised tryst. Whatever - living in my hovel doesn't seem so bad anymore...
But finally, it also has me rocking out to this gem. Why? Well, even though its pretty close to the original, its still good, and it had me thinking... Im just hoping that we dont have a like mother like son situation where Will starts employing a paranoid drunkard as his chauffeur...what do you mean, too soon?
Deftones - Drive (The Cars cover)
Its taken me some time (and a hell of a lot of harrassment - thanks Kyle!), but finally Im posting about True Widow. The self described "stonegazers" from Dallas are prepping their album As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth to release on May 2nd Via Kemado Records.
I hate to ride on another blog's coattails, but Stereogum called True Widow's sound a heavier Low or a slightly speedier, Southern take on ’90s NYC slowcore stalwarts Codeine - and holy shit if that doesn't nail this album. Opener 'Jackyl' is the template of the album as a whole - crunchy, doom-laden, funereal riffs, slow deliberate basslines, eloquently driven drumming and and the dream weaving vocals of Dan Phillips and Nicole Estill. Its hypnotic and darkly beautiful - perfectly illustrated on single 'Skull Eyes' - like Warpaint if they disappeared further down the rabbit hole and ended up in a dystopian Louisiana backwater, with their only drinking buddies being a one-eyed Alan Sparhawk and the dudes from Women and Pelican. Whilst such a jam session sounds too ridiculous for words, True Widow are doing their best to make that fantasy sound their reality. Epic stuff.
True Widow - Skull Eyes
When we started this mess of a thing called Sonic Masala, Paul was gushing over this woozy Austin band called Pure Ecstasy. Now we havent always seen eye to eye - thats the beauty of true music fans, and this blog was created to collaborate on debate about our 'loves' - but this one was one we were both firmly on the same plain with. Check out some songs of theirs here and here - hell, here's some more!
But we haven't spoken about them for a while, and whilst many things stay the same, there is one notable difference. They have changed their name, the bastards! They will now forever be known as Pure X. And to herald this shift in non de plume, they are re-releasing one of their early 7″ singles, You're In It Now (now in an extended version), in 12″ EP format from the Acéphale and Light Lodge labels. This is all well and good - its a great EP - but there is more to be excited about. There’s one previously unreleased song buried in the middle, 'Back Where I Began.' Its fucking beautiful, seriously. My favourite song of the week by FAR!
One final piece of info (and this is the best part) is that this leads up to a highly necessary full length appropriately named Pleasure. But until then - listen to the below tracks and float away in ecstasy. Nate Grace, you are a dreampop genius - thank God you're back...
Pure X - Back Where I Began
Pure X - You're In It Now
The Black Angels - Ronettes
now, not only do they hail from my hometown of Brisbane, Australia, but on the 9th of May 2011, No Anchor hope to release their new album Real Pain Supernova. They would LOVE to guarantee that this album will be released but there are no guarantees in this world. None. The band could all die mysteriously between now and the 9th of May. They could all take up dice living and just decide not to do the band ever again. Things happen. The apocalypse might happen, you never know. They could all be dead by the time you read this.
But if not, enjoy this raw, apocalyptic album - hey maybe this will be the harbinger of things to come? It was mastered for vinyl by Mell Dettmer [Boris, Earth and Sunn O)))] and will be available in s 2 x LP format from the band's website www.noanchorband.com (and their bandcamp). When was the last time an Aussie band fucked with double vinyl? Almost all of the album packaging is hand made by the abrasive trio and their screenprinting buddy Matt Deasy. There are only 150 copies of these all up, 25 of whcih will include deluxe versions (AKA extra shit like shirts and woodcuts). THERE WILL BE NO CDs - they are as dead as Diana! However, a free/donation digital version of the album will be available online on the 9th of May 2011 here, which you can stream now below! Unless, that is, something bad happens. And it might.
If you havent picked up on this already, Real Pain Supernova is out May 9 (and look at the artwork! Stellar...) No Anchor will launch the sucker on May 13 alongside Undead Apes and Dreamtime at Brisbane's Woodland venue.
No Anchor - Wolves Bite And Disappear
Thursday, 28 April 2011
I have to say that I absolutely loved Death in Vegas' 2002 LP Scorpio Rising when it first came out - in fact I still think its an amazing album. The band has always strived to jump in as many spots as once though, and even though their immediate follow-up, Satan's Circus was a pretty good album, I felt that veering away from guest vocalists took away some of the charm that they had held for me in the beginning.
Well, the UK electronic psych duo arent giving much away about their 2011 release Trans-Love Energies, but we do have our first taste with 'Enforced Peace'. You can grab this track for free at their website - or you can just listen below. I personally like it, although am not sure on its longevity...still, as always, im interested to see what Mr Maguire and Mr Holmes bring to the table this time around...
Enforced Peace by Death In Vegas
Justin D'Onofrio, otherwise known as Grandpa Was A Lion, hasnt been sitting idle since we spoke last. He has been writing like crazy the past month, and whilst the track names are all still works in progress, the title of the upcoming album stands as So Long, Moby Dick. He is aiming for a US summer release, and on the strength of these at times amiable, at others woozily melancholic delicate numbers, it will be a special package to behold... Check out his Bandcamp here.
And here is one for you to sample! Enjoy... (UPDATE - 'Booty Call' won't make the cut of the album, so consider this an exclusive!)
Grandpa Was A Lion - Booty Call
Weed Diamond - RIP.
Weed Diamond - All Of Denver Is Wasted
Weed Diamond - Mint In My Mouth
School Knights - Bullies
Junior Low - Bloodlust
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Police Academy 6 (or as their myspace has them, Police Academy 666 - either way its a fucking rad name) are releasing their self-titled debut on AMDISCS. The warped synths are fully in place, but thanks to a multitude of guests (including Top Girls, Lester Brown and Raw Moans) and an insidious determination to stick to their woozy synth trips, Police Academy 6 actually defies my expectations - that is, its pretty damn nice.
Police Academy 6 - Wanting Something
Police Academy 6 - The Chills (ft. Raw Moans)
Kick arse dynamic duo Illness brought out a 7" recently alongside noisy Brighton brethren Fat Bicth.Its a bit late in coming, but thought it worthy of coverage, as both tracks are pretty killer, so here they are, in all their disreputable glory!
You The User by Illness
It's been some time since Thee Oh Sees released Warm Slime on In The Red, almost a year I think, and it was the true album to put me onto these guys - well that and their incendiary live shows! They were destined to play in Brisbane in January but the floods thwarted them... nevertheless there is good news on the horizon for those who have missed their fix of aberrant psych garage fucked upedness, as they've finally announced plans for two new releases in the next six months. Look out for Castlemania (currently my favourite album title of the year, and possibly ever) on In The Red June 14 and something else that, according to John Dwyer is "maybe our best yet," out in the second half of 2011.
Castlemania will supposedly be the most studio-arranged and layered recording from Thee Oh Sees to date - something that is esxciting and frightening in equal measures!
They are also touring Europe in May and June, stopping off at London's Tufnell Park Dome on May 26 - sweet!
Thee Oh Sees - Crushed Glass
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
First one out of the gates is Dylan Ettinger, whose myriad releases over the last year or two is hard to fathom. Yet here he is again, with a new 7" out on Not Not Fun, called Lion Of Judah. The video takes note in the artistic endeavours of Caravaggio, yet for art ignoramuses it is just a solid video for a track that should help push Ettinger further out into the slipstream - hopefully, anyway...
Irish troublemakers Squarehead aim to open up their record account through Richter Collective later this year (who are also fronting the amazing new And So I Watch You From Afar record...), but are hitting us now with their single 'Midnight Enchilada'. The video for this track is decidedly silly, involving hipsters playing golf and a rabid discarded Sesame Street character, but I really like it, especially on a day like today (and they finish by drinking pints of Guinness! Cant beat that...)
We have spoken about London miscreants Pet Scenes a few times over the past few months - they have already showcased an excellent bodybuilding based video here, and there are a few others we havent shown if you search Youtube - and they bring us the next chapter in their gradual undoing of the time-space continuum. It is a black and white warped close up of a mouth singing this song. Nothing ingenious, sure - but the song is a ball tearer, nice mixture of grunge and stoner dirge, and it really blows out the cobwebs...
Here's another London act, yet I am still unsure of whether Bright Spark Destroyer are a great band or not. One thing I am sure of is how cool their video is for single 'The Shortest Distance'. The single comes out next Monday (May 2nd). If you like what you hear here and live in London, they are playing The Monarch tonight - definitely go check em out...
Finally we have Sweden's Elias Krantz. He has come across the Hits From The Box radar before for his track 'Watussi' - now he has another great track out and an added video to boot. The track is called 'Tody Motmot', and the video features headless musicians - nice. The track comes off Night Ice, his album due out late May.
Monday, 25 April 2011
Sunday, 24 April 2011
And even if Easter is about fertility, eating chocolate eggs and celebrating a gifted activist who has turned into a zombie, it doesnt hurt to give, so here is this week's Hits From The Box! And instead of the usual six-pack of delicacies, Ive thrown in an extra one for good measure! Don't guts out on it all at once now...
The Graceful Slicks are a five piece psychedelic/shoegaze/surf band out of Oxford. They have a few tracks floating about that reminded me a bit of The Archie Bronson Outift before they turned an acrid smelling shit. Which, funnily enough, is a good thing, because early ABO was awesome. I look forward to seeing what they have up their sleeve for the rest of the year...
The Graceful Slicks - Bul Bul Tarang
We mentioned a couple of releases fromOregon-based label Inner Islands last yearby the likes of gkfoes vjgoaf and River Spirit Dragon (check out what we thought here). Well they have another up their sleeve, this time by Inner Islands creator Braden J McKenna a.k.a WYLD WYZYRDS. Free Magick isn't the first WYLD WYZRDZ release - they are quite prolific - but this one is out on vinyl in a week's time, and the guys are pretty stoked with the results - as they should be. Three tracks of undulating drone beauty. It's up now on bandcamp if you wanna check it out too.
WYLD WYZRDZ - Forest Light
San Diego's The Glass Canoe was formed in spring of 2009, spending a little over two years writing and molding demos which would eventually become their debut album, Chimera. The music displayed on the album focuses heavily on melody and atmosphere, hence earning its genre moniker as "psychedelic pop", which is the closest you will get to categorising this new yet constantly transforming act. Check out The Glass Canoe on Bandcamp too.
The Glass Canoe - First Ideas
Sound Mass is the new collaborative album by Texan sonic marauders My Education and Theta Naught, a Utah based improvisational collective. The energy and experimentation that these two acts have brought together is a powerful one that has already garnered enough attention to be picked up as the support for Maserati, provided a full performance at SXSW this year and be on the Austin Psych Fest bill (closing out the bill too, performing after Roky Erickson no less!). This is well worth one - nay, many - listens...
My Education/Theta Naught - Communion
With a name like Cat Matador, I was not expecting much from the band's new EP The Address (put out by Beard Museum Records). Then noting they come from Oxford, I was a little intrigued. After the first listen I was won over. The Address is the edgy shoegaze quintet's second release, and a much more assured effort. The press release offers up various touchstones (The XX, British Sea Power, Wolf Parade), but to be honest I hear more substance on these tracks than a definitive coattail-riding style. Make up your own mind...
Cat Matador - The Address
Rome Pays Off is the new band for the founding members of seminal ambient drone collective Rothko, and they are launching debut album There's No Simple Explanation onto the world. Recording for the first time since 1999, Mark Beazley (who is also putting the album out under his own label Trace Recordings) and Crawford Blair went into the studio without any material, only knowing that their explorations into the ambient instrumental atmosphere that have been occupied by the likes of Brian Eno and Slint in the past were far from finished. As for the song titles (all are numbered Song One to Song Thirteen, but not in sequential order), Beazley claims that they were named as they recorded them in sequence. "So, Song Eleven was the eleventh track we recorded, and Song Eight was the eighth track and so on. We dropped Song Two, and there was never a Song Twelve. We thought there was, but there wasn't, so we went from Song Eleven to Song Thirteen!" There really isn't a simple explanation then. However, one thing is certain - Rome Pays Off offer dark, warped soundscapes that lurk in the ether, yet rather than menace they haunt, encapsulating a ghostly elegance. Its a intriguing listen, and one that inexplicably reels you in time and again...
Rome Pays Off - Song Eleven
Finally, I inadvertantly soaked up my housemate's download quota last week when streaming the latest album by Louisville, Kentucky band The Fervor, Arise, Great Warrior. Often known for theirunpretentious rock 'n' roll replete with eerie, ambient guitar riffs and soul-laid-bare vocals of gut wrenching intensity, The Fervor evokes the likes of contemporaries Heartless Bastards and My Morning Jacket. Speaking of, MMJ frontman Jim James put out Arise, Great Warrior on his own label, which is two pronged in its appeal - they know their way around a mean Americana jam, and vocalist Natalie Felker has the strong-yet-vulnerable delivery of the likes of Cat Power or Heartless Bastards' own Erika Wennerstrom down pat. This is a good album, and with this pedigree deserves much wider praise.
The Fervor - Let's Get Loaded
Happy Easter Sunday!
Saturday, 23 April 2011
Assemblage Blues is out now.
Dan Melchior - Atomiser
Dan Melchior - Riding Like Rommel
Dan Melchior - 90s Man (pt. 2)
Friday, 22 April 2011
Ive probably annoyed half the readership, but for the two of you who can't give one eight of a fuck about an archaic symbol of imperial decimation, then Ill probably piss you off anyway with this, today's Friday Cover Up...
Becca Stevens is a New York-based singer, composer and instrumentalist whose debut for Sunnyside Records Weightless came out on Tuesday. In addition to eight original compositions, the album features interpretations of songs by Iron & Wine, Seal, and the Smiths. Most importantly, she has also covered Animal Collective's 'My Girls' from 2009's Merriweather Post Pavilion. Its a generally folky number, but I think its a nice cover and ticks the boxes that Paul set down what seems like eons ago - that it take on all the goodness of the original and yet do enough to make it in turn an original song.
Or you could think it sucks worse than a prostitute's baby's pacifier.
Either way, Im gonna hang in the sun with booze at my disposal, listen to some amazing toons, and preferably not be within a sniper rifle's range of a pro-royal. So do whatever you want, really. See you on Sunday with some Easter goodies!
Becca Stevens - My Girls (Animal Collective cover)
I think You all know what Im going to say about the new Explosions In The Sky album, evocatively titled Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. "Yeah yeah yeah, obligatory grovelling, wild gesticulations, self-flagellations and degradations aside, there is nothing special there. The guy is an Explosions... tragic, therefore the album is shitter than a haemorrhoid after a daily diet of Cajun chicken".
Actually, you know what? You are all right - I am far too biased to give the best objective review of this, or any, album by this band. There isnt a single track of theirs that has ever disappointed me, and the new album proves this rule. Im listening to album for months now - it has taken all my willpower not to gush all over this site about it til now - and it still gets to me. Best band ever? Quite possibly...
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care comes out next week through Temporary Residence.
Thursday, 21 April 2011
I still cant get over how big Cults are becoming. There's no doubting how addictive their songs are - I heard 'Go Outside' on the radio yesterday and forgot how evilly infectious that little beggar is - and the biggest hit post on Sonic Masala has been my post about their upcoming shows in London. The blog wasteland is also awash with gushing Cultophiles. Its culminated in the duo of Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin being one of the most watched at SXSW, the likes of Vogue, New York Times and Spin (among others) declaring them one of the bands of the summer, and their debut, self-titled LP – released on May 30 on In The Name Of and Columbia – becoming one of the most hotly anticipated releases of the year.
New single 'Abducted', a gloriously compact song which packs a considerable punch in under three minutes. It’s a track which builds beautifully and unexpectedly from a hushed intro to an absolute belter of a chorus, with Madeline singing, “He tore me apart ‘cause I really loved him/ Took it all away and left me to bleed out, bleed out”, expertly meshing a sinister undertow of dark, twisted love with bright, instantly infectious melodies in a way that only Cults know how to do. Its enthralling, bewitching stuff, yet another tantalising teaser from the Cults album and just another reason why they will undoubtedly justify all the hype.
Furthermore, Cults once again grace London's stages, this time in a much bigger venue (Scala) May 24th amid doing both the Great Escape and the Dot To Dot festivals. Start reaching for the Kool-Aid...
Cults - Abducted by cultscultscults
Light Light - A Brief Memory Of Snow (from Sounds Of Clouds)
Light Light - Seabreeze Theme (from Photograph)
Perennial swampy sleazy bluesers The Kills have come at us in 2011 with another album, Blood Pressures. 'Future Starts Slow' is the perfect opener and indicator that despite the various goings-ons in the dynamic duo's life outside the band, that when Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart lock horns, dirty magic happens. Its brooding beauty only hints at what's in store though, for when 'Satellite' comes out at you it will lure you in and do all sorts of depraved lustful things to you, with or without your consent. It is possibly the best number the band have put down yet, and clearly demonstrates both Mosshart's journey with Jack White as The Dead Weather and Hince's disturbing audacity at warping particular blues tropes. There is slinkiness in tracks such as 'Nail In My Coffin' and 'You Don't Own The Road' that comes from their expansion of sound denoted in last album Midnight Boom, whilst 'DNA' and 'Baby Says' delves even further back into their oeuvre, yet never going back into the muck that highlighted first release Keep On your Mean Side. However it is the softer centre of things that really evokes the new maturity of this demonic duo - 'Wild Charms' and 'The Last Goodbye' offering simple arrangements and naked vocal accoutrements from both of these anti-heroes.
There seems to be a lot of haters on this record recently - but dont read into that. Blood Pressures is the best thing The Kills have done yet, and they are deserved of any and all praise, adulation and idolatry that their wicked charms enamours out of us.
Blood Pressures is out now through Domino Records.
The Kills - Satellite
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
The first two releases both involve French one-man sonic goliath Henryspenncer. To The Timeless Valley is his second album, and it offers the confrontation of windy psych with heavy industrial and cosmic vibes, that invites you to an endless travel in imaginary deserts. Its exactly what we here on Planet Masala salivate over.
Then there is the split LP between Henryspenncer and likeminded solo English project Among The Bones. The tracks here offer up a more tribal approach to the drone genre, somewhere between Ennio Morricone and Earth, with some shoegaze/ambient influences fleshing out the result.
Each of these excellent releases are available from the Bookmaker website - each one in edition of 150, on heavy cardboard digifile + insert card + printed CD. I would prefer if you bought this, but, Valentin, Thomas and Clement assure me that they just want this excellent music out into the collective consciousness, so you lucky devils can also get the full albums here and here for free! Oh, what a day it is to be a fan of dystopian drone...
Henryspenncer - An Elevator To Nowhere, With A Pyramid (from To The Timeless Valley)
Among The Bones - Pyramid Of Sacrifice (from henryspenner/Among The Bones)
Girlfriends - Cave Kids
You can by the album through Slumberland Records here.
Crystal Stilts - Through The Floor
Crystal Stilts - Shake The Shackles
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
There is no stopping him, is there? Kevin Greenspon (he of Bridgetown Records) has another cassette out, this time through Hi Shadow Records. Called Ad Seg, it is another one of his glorious guitar explorations, allowing you to melt away amongst the sonics and forget about the atoms that make up your form, instead becoming one with the air. It is also a nice sounding production to as far as these cassette recordings go - keep an eye on Hi Shadow Records for sure...
Kevin Greenspon - Coincide 12.E
Now I know that Wye Oak are playing in London at Hoxton Bar and Grill on June 16. But if you can, go to the Bowery Ballroom in NYC on May 22nd for a concert showcasing Dinosaur Jr's music, with the likes of Wye Oak, Tune-Yards, Titus Andronicus, Delicate Steve, Ted Leo, Dirty Projectors and Dan Deacon all getting involved. There are always great collaborations, but this one takes the fucking cake. Get there!
Wye Oak - Two Small Deaths
Wye Oak - Civilian
Their follow up LP, In And Out Of Youth And Lightness (out on Temporary Residence, also about to drop Explosions In The Sky's new one - nice way to go guys!!) heightens the trio’s penchant for traversing the tightrope that separates the dark dirge of sludge rock from the dangerous sexuality of desert rock, yet does so in such a manner that is often jaw-dropping. The unrelenting crawl through In And Out Of Lightness explodes to a call and response ending that wouldn’t be remiss on a more psych tinged effort, whilst Lean On The Ghost’s repetitive broiling thunder perfectly encapsulates the themes of isolation and loneliness. First single Future Heart is as close as a straight up rock song as Young Widows gets – its rollicking and dark and addictive, and close to the weakest track here. Evan Patterson’s impassioned growl perfectly captures the brooding nature of lyrics such as “Seal up the cracks in my voice then swallow the pity like rain/To avoid the black cloud” from The Muted Man, while the brutality is always wavering, barely reined in, by bassist Nick Thieneman and drummer Jeremy McMonigle.
In And Out… is an album of constant doom and dirges – there aren’t many light moments here at all. But as the re-emergence of the excellent Swans last year attested, darkness is often far more exciting and liberating than the light. Young Widows take up the dark mantle perfectly. Seriously, get this if you want to know how to live.
In And Out Of Youth And Lightness is out now. The artwork is, as usual, brilliant. And what's more, you lucky devils over in the US get to see them live next month - with support from their BFF's (and SM mega faves of death) My Disco! If you dont go to this show, you're dead to me. Dead.
Monday, 18 April 2011
After my interview with the guys of Lil Daggers last week, I was thinking of some of the bands that I have come to love solely from their contacting me for the blog, otherwise I wouldnt be privy to their existence - an enviable position to be in for sure! Lil Daggers, Dead Meat, Civil Civic and Mr Dream are the first bands that jump out at me. And it seems that all of these bands are movin and shakin, which is mega rad of death.
But Im not here to talk about all of these bands, only one. I really like Mr Dream (dont believe me? Read here, here and here...). Whats not to love about a growling, sardonic, thrashy rock band that take their name from a character out of NES's Knockout? Nothing, that's what. And they have had their debut album, Trash Hit (through God Mode) for a little while now - and it is fantastic, better than I imagined it would be from their small releases throughout last year. They play within a number of genres, but also with the stereotypical tropes that fits a band aping their mentors - 'Walter' and 'Winners' are Black Francis vs Steve Albini naked armwrestles with David Yow adjudicating; 'Holy Name' may as well be the Pixies covering Nirvana covering the Pixies; or in the case of 'Crime', showing up contemporaries such as Japandroids in how to rock, whilst spitting out laugh out loud lines with wanton abandon. In fact, even 'Knick Knack' has sounds that evoke the likes of The Kinks and KC & The Sunshine Band (WTF?). The amazing part here though isnt that much of this is tongue in cheek - which it most certainly is - but that it is done with such verve, proficiency and dedication. These songs could come off as alt-rock's version of Me First and the Gimme Gimme's - instead we have a band that embraces its roots, puts it in a headlock, gently jabs them in the ribs then, arms interlinked, skip off to the pub to get plastered together whilst listening to the Misfits on the jukebox, and fuck everyone who thinks differently. How this works, Ive got no idea - how many bands do this sound nowadays? Its fun, loud, but above all sounds new - now that is a remarkable feat indeed...
Trash Hit is out now. Mr Dream will be supporting CSS and Sleigh Bells in the US this May - which is stupid really, because they are gonna slay all and sundry!
Mr Dream - Holy Name
Mr Dream - Scarred For Life
Mr Dream - Unfinished Business
The amazing idea that was the Bruise Cruise - a floating festival from Florida to the Bahamas with the likes of Thee Oh Sees, Black Lips and Ty Segall on board - went off without a hitch last month. The group behind it (including cruise director Ian Svenonius, the guy behind The Nation Of Ulysses and Chain and the Gang) put out a 7" split with most of the bands getting involved. The first one had Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees (read our review here), and Ive just got my sweaty palms on the second volume. This one is split between Jacuzzi Boys and Vivian Girls - Boys and Girls, hand in hand - and it is just as killer. 'Your Flags' is Jacuzzi Boys at their... The other volumes include Turbo Bats and Quintron & The Pussycat, and Black Lips w/ The Strange Boys (although their contribution, 'American Radio', we have already covered as it is on a separate release with Natural Child).
Jacuzzi Boys - Your Flags
You can purchase the live 12" here.
Tyvek - Frustration Rock (live at Third Man)
Tyvek - 4312 (live at Third Man)
Sunday, 17 April 2011
Times New Viking - Ever Falling In Love
Saturday, 16 April 2011
Miami psych playas Lil Daggers were one of the first bands to contact Sonic Masala in its infancy to flog their wares. As we are the No Junk Mail kind of chaps we told them to fuck off and take their Gideon's Bible with them. But they persisted, we relented, and our collective minds were suitably blown. Since then Lil Daggers have prepped their debut album, Lil Daggers, and the sucka came out on Tuesday. Its mega rad of death - and I thought Id wax lyrical with the guys so they could say as much.
SONIC MASALA - First of all, congrats on the imminent release of your debut album! How has reception been for the new material thus far?
LIL DAGGERS - It's been pretty great, excuse the cliche, but I guess this is what it means when a band's sound matures. I feel this is our most collaborative effort to date, and there's a representation of each of us in almost every track.
SM - How has the experience of recording this album differed from the recordings you’ve put out in the past?
LD - We took more time to do it, and we had a better plan as far as what we wanted the record to sound like in terms of production.
SM - Much has been made of the organ. Ive heard from different sources that the organ makes your sound garage psych, or that you are the garage Doors (this one made me laugh pretty hard). Whats the genesis behind the organ and how does it figure in the composition of your music?
LD - Well, Reuben has an organ, and the rest of us wanted him to be in the band. Things just kind of happen with us, we're not really the pre-meditating types.
SM - Simple haha! From the few tracks Ive had from you guys over the past eighteen or so months there’s a real electric vibe you pick up on that seems transferrable to the live performance – that in fact the studio releases and the live stage versions would not be too dissimilar. Do you record what you play live, or will there be any ‘bells and whistles’ surprises when we hear the album?
LD - For the exception of a few guitar and vocal layers, there's not much difference between how we record and how we perform our songs. Maybe we play them a bit harder and faster live.
SM - You come from Miami, an area whose music scene certainly isn’t globally heralded like other parts of the US. What can you tell us about the Miami music scene that you feel makes it an exciting place to be a part of? Are there any local bands that you think encapsulate “the Miami sound”?
LD - Miami is a new city, 30 years ago there was nothing here. So the music scene here is very young. Also its a city made up mostly of people who fled their countries in search of money, so unless money-making is involved there's not much support for youth culture. A lot of good bands never get the exposure they deserve, and not too many options when it comes to venues. It's gotten so much better though, which is exciting. As far as bands go, Miami and South Florida in general have an amazing roster right now, Beings, The Jameses, Love Handles, just to name a few examples.
SM - You’ve had some interesting support slots in recent times, including one show last month alongside Jacuzzi Boys and Jeff The Brotherhood. How has the touring been going, and what have been the highlights?
LD - Touring went great, obviously there are ups and downs but overall it was a good time. Chicago and New York were such good shows, we always have a great time in the big cities.
SM - So far we’ve heard ‘Slave Exchange’ from the new album, and its pretty killer. The organ is definitely prominent on this one. Is it indicative of what to expect from the rest of the long player?
LD - The LP has a good amount of variety in it, I don't think any two songs sound too alike. The organ is present throughout most of the album, but not constantly. There are some bangers and some downers in there too.
SM - How do you think you fit into the garage rock movement? Do you feel you fit in? are there other bands doing what they do that you feel a real affinity for?
LD - That's a hard question because we're still a relatively young band, and I'm not sure we fit in anywhere yet, but there are plenty of bands we like out there: Brown Ghosts, Jeff The Brotherhood, The Growlers, Nerve City. All keeping music evil, too.
SM - Fuck yeah, Nerve City!!! So what does 2011 have in store for you guys then? Do you have other projects in the wings?
LD - We're thinking of recording another single before the year ends, and hopefully put out a video or two. Eagle (Lil Daggers' drummer) also plays in a psychedelic funk outfit called Psychic Mirrors, I'm sure they'll be a making a splash once their single is out in a few months.
SM - We here at Sonic Masala love our music, but as is evident from the name we also love our food – what would you say is Lil Daggers’ trademark food of choice?
LD - Bandeja Paisa, a Colombian meat feast on a platter. Look it up.
SM - Will do! Finally – what is sonic masala?
LD - The sound of a pretty girl's lip smacking after applying and spreading on her lipstick.
Mmm, sassytime! Lil Daggers is out now through Livid Records.
Lil Daggers - Past Due
Lil Daggers - Slave Exchange