Posts Tagged ‘Brooklyn’

Rebirth takes place when everything falls apart. DIIVZachary Cole Smith [lead vocals, guitar], Andrew Bailey [guitar], Colin Caulfield [vocals, bass], and Ben Newman [drums]—craft the soundtrack to personal resurrection under the heavy weight of metallic catharsis upheld by robust guitars and vocal tension that almost snaps, but never quite…

The same could be said of the journey these four musicians underwent to get to their third full-length album, “Deceiver”. Out of lies, fractured friendships, and broken promises, clarity would be found.

“I’ve known everyone in the band for ten years plus separately and together as DIIV for at least the past five years,” says Cole. “On Deceiver, I’m talking about working for the relationships in my life, repairing them, and accepting responsibility for the places I’ve failed them. I had to re-approach the band. It wasn’t restarting from a clean slate, but it was a new beginning. It took time—as it did with everybody else in my life—but we all grew together and learned how to communicate and collaborate.”

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A whirlwind brought DIIV there.

Releases October 4th, 2019

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A mere three months after the release of their critically-acclaimed “U.F.O.F”., Big Thief have announced a second LP this year. “Two Hands” will be released on October 11th via 4AD Records and its first scorching single “Not.”

Recorded 30 miles outside El Paso at Sonic Ranch Studio — surrounded by 3,000 acres of pecan nut orchards — the Brooklyn band called Two Hands “the earth twin” to its sister record U.F.O.F., known as “the celestial twin” (that LP was recorded in a cabin in the woods of Washington State). The new album was recorded live with almost no overdubs, giving it a really raw desert feel.

“Two Hands has the songs that I’m the most proud of; I can imagine myself singing them when I’m old,” vocalist Adrianne Lenker has said in a statement. “Musically and lyrically, you can’t break it down much further than this. It’s already bare-bones.” It’s our 4th record, Two Hands. . We started making this the week after making U.F.O.F. it’s hard to put into words how much this one means to us. we are so proud of it and we are so steamed up to share it with you all. once again, Dom Monks on the board and Andrew Sarlo in the producers seat.

‘Not’ by Big Thief, from their upcoming album ‘Two Hands’, out October 11 on 4AD Records.

Hey buds, dig into these summer jams and cool off your mind.

The BBiB 2019 Summer Jam Sampler is $5 minimum BUT all proceeds will be going to RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services; a nonprofit that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to under-served immigrant children, families and refugees in Central and South Texas.
AND anyone who pays $10 or more, will be entered to win several prizes that range from vinyl to BBiB t-shirts to tote bags to test pressings! We will have several winners. And you can feel good about your donation to RAICES. Obviously it’s money that is much needed right now.

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Released July 15th, 2019

All 27 minutes of Patio’s debut album “Essentials” are artful and purposeful. This Brooklyn three-piece—Alice Suh, Lindsey-Paige McCloy and Loren DiBlasi—aren’t the most adroit post-punk band going today, but what they create out of sparse sounds is impressive. The satisfying contrast between DiBlasi’s pointed deadpan and McCloy’s soft vocalizing is just one reason for their intrigue. The vocal interplay between DiBlasi and McCloy on “Boy Scout” is the best example, and it also displays the full range of their lyrical charm. Lines flicker between self-deprecating or violent to wry or just plain sad. DiBlasi sings, “I just feel like I always lose / I think I’m going to go home and listen to Washer / Instead of spending any more time with you.” McCloy’s delicate vocal harmonies on “End Game” are welcome pillows of melodic pop, and DiBlasi’s punky, disconsolate grandeur on “Open” struts slowly with grace.

Inspired by classic British post-punk, the songwriting of Cate LeBon, and the close-knit Brooklyn DIY community from which the band first sprouted, Patio now release their long-awaited debut full-length Essentials, a fundamental collection of new music for 2019. Building upon the delicacy of the band’s prior work, Essentials presents fuller sounds, heightened emotions, and grander thematic complexity. Its 10 tracks are dark and introspective, yet hopeful, and often humorous—from rambling spoken word meditations to sparkling melodies and soaring riffs. Melodramatic and grotesque expressions abound, as do soft, subtle moments of quiet self-examination. Mixed by Amar Lal (Big Ups, Ovlov) and mastered by Sarah Register (Protomartyr, US Girls).

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released April 5th, 2019
The Band are:
Alice Suh – drums
Loren DiBlasi – bass, vocals
Lindsey-Paige McCloy – guitar, vocals

While listeners have previously described Field Mouse’s sound as something akin to a shoegazey dream pop, “Meaning” marks a decided turn to less obscured realms, boasting 11 songs about finding meaning at the end of the world.

“A lot has happened in the three years since our last record came out. While there is far too much to say about it all in one place, we wrote this album anyway. What are the broad strokes, you ask? It’s more or less about the end of the world and all of the ways that it seems to be happening, but also about making peace with former selves and growing as a person despite the feeling of global entropy. Also: strange internet versions of our friends and selves, bouts of insomnia and picking through the dreams that followed, the importance of forgiveness, and creating meaning in a world that increasingly feels like total chaos. What is the function of art in a place like this? Is anything we make going to last? I am not sure, but here are 11 songs looking for the answer. What I do know is that art connects us to each other and to our feelings and our selves. It is a liferaft, and I hope that we can all continue to put it into the world, appreciate it, and share it indefinitely.”
Rachel Browne

“Meaning”, the third full length album by the Brooklyn– and Philly-based indie rock group Field Mouse, out August 16th, 2019 on Topshelf Records.

Rachel Browne – vocals, guitars
Andrew Futral – guitars
Saysha Heinzman – bass, harmonies
Zoë Browne – keyboards, harmonies
Anne Dole – drums

The pseudonymme of DIY pop diva/producer Kelsie Hogue, aka Sir Babygirl mixes and matches inspirations as sundry as Charli XCX, Hole, Hey Arnold!, and Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! into unabashedly bubblegum, unashamedly queer pop for a future free of genre boundary and the gender binary.

Dusting off the Bandcamp fan messaging system this Friday afternoon to let you know that Sir Babygirl has a new track out everywhere today. Listen to “Praying”, SBBG’s cover of the Kesha song of the same name, here on Bandcamp

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Brooklyn’s Jeanines specialize in ultra-short bursts of energetic but melancholy minor-key pop. With influences that run deep into the most crucial tributaries of DIY pop — Messthethics, the Television Personalities, Marine Girls, early Pastels, Dolly Mixture — they’ve crafted a style that is as individual as it is just plain pleasurable. Alicia Jeanine’s pure, unaffected voice muses wistfully on the illusions of time, while My Teenage Stride/Mick Trouble mastermind Jed Smith’s frantic Motown-esque drumming and inventive bass playing provide a thrilling rhythmic foundation.

“Winter In The Dark” and a lovely, jaunty cover of The Siddeleys’ “Falling Off Of My Feet Again” provide great insight into what Jeanines are about. 60s-meet-80s melodies combine with timeless guitar jangle in a way that recalls everything from The Aislers Set and Saturday Looks Good To Me to more recent DIY pop groups like Parsnip and Chook Race. Album opener “Either Way,” “Hits The Bone” and “Where We Go” hearken back to some of the most intriguing bands of the C86/C88 era, when bands like Jesse Garon & The Desperadoes crafted perfect pop gems enlivened by the inspiration of punk.

Gorgeous songs like “Where I Stand,” “Too Late” and “In This House” are windows into Alicia’s lyrical style and inspiration. She expands: “I’m kind of obsessed with mortality and how weird the passage of time is so I think my lyrics reflect that. I definitely lean into that kind of melancholy state of mind when trying to think of lyrics, while trying to avoid cliches!” The marriage of the minor-key melodies and melancholic lyrics is powerful and make Alicia’s songs all the more memorable, especially so on songs like “No Home,” with its echoes of girl harmony post-punk groups like Grass Widow and Household.


Clearly, with 16 great songs included, there is a lot at work here on this standout debut album. Jeanines have been compared to such cult pop icons as Dear Nora, Black Tambourine, and more recent acts like Veronica Falls and Girl Ray, but their dark, modal melodies and pensive, philosophical lyrics, along with Smith’s versatile but ever-economical musicality, ensure them a place of their own in today’s crowded but boisterously healthy DIY pop scene.
released June 14th, 2019

Haybaby - "Pig" (Stereogum Premiere)

Brooklyn band Haybaby are stretching their creative muscles with Blood Harvest, their new EP that comes out at the end of the month, and exploring where they could go next. Lead single “Joke/Rope” was a jagged, crackling escalation of the sound they laid out on last year’s debut Sleepy Kids, and now  “Pig” stretches that wiry tension out past the five-minute-mark, blending bubbling post-hardcore restraint with an extended stretch of post-rock catharsis. Leslie Hong’s raw screams stay planted in the background, seceding to the noise. In terms of directions the Brooklyn three-piece could go, this one could be the most exciting, and “Pig” demonstrates that these musicians are more than up to the task of transforming into something completely different from what was on their debut while staying undeniably great.

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The Brooklyn-based three-piece Haybaby is a self-proclaimed “band of total babes that play honey-ass heartbreak, crooning sometimes screamy, sludgy pop & slop rock.” Also check out their song “Animosity” leans particularly into the honey-ass heartbreak and sludge factors.

Haybaby is a band of total babes that play honey-ass heartbreak crooning sometimes screamy sludgy pop & slop rock that willmake you have some feelings. They are “weird and magnetic” and “heavy as shit,” according to Time Out NY and some guy on the internet. These are well-executed, razor-sharp punk songs that are as itchy and nervy as they are a blast to listen to. These songs are built on a foundation of anxiety and disquiet, but they come across as self-assured and in control, at least as far as the music goes. 

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“Animosity,” is a prickly song about that bitter feeling inside that just won’t seem to go away. Leslie Hong begins with a full-band address: “Haybaby, why can’t you keep it together for a minute?/ The whole world’s falling apart and you’re so caught up in it,” before sliding into a more personal reckoning. The new songs have grown a pricklier layer of skin as a result, Lead single “Total Bore” keeps the same twitching underbelly of their earlier stuff but expands into glittering heights a sense of tenderness towards themselves and the world is still in abundance.. The second single from the band’s sophomore effort is “Get Down,” a cathartic indie-rock ode to self-sufficiency.

“Joke/Rope” rocks above an abyss between laughter and total misery. There’s no surface level here; we’re deep in the depths of gripping anguish, and Haybaby rock hard enough to carry it. The DIY regulars play with suspense…through ever-foreboding melodies and fluctuating murmurs and howls.

Haybaby are everything you love about grunge, punk, art rock, indie rock and riot grrrl rolled into one adorable three piece band. Brooklyn sludge punk trio Haybaby pack a punch of bombastic, lively melodies that are sweet enough to rot out all of your teeth. Haybaby hold the knack for crafting distorted, fuzzy guitar riffs with heartfelt and sincere songwriting.

released June 7th, 2019

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B Boys’ meaningful punk vibe sees them fall in line with a growing number of bands who recognise that rock n’ roll has always had a role to play in subverting the most destructive aspects of mainstream political discourse. B Boys’ particular method of critique is artful enough to avoid the traps of being considered preachy; it’s more about leaning in close to see just how much they have something to say. B Boys’ anarchic, anti-capitalist analysis of ‘I Want’, which is plucked from the press release, is particularly helpful in steering us to where their head is at:

“’I Want’ was inspired by the frustration of having to demand for the things you innately deserve. It’s about overconsumption and dissatisfaction, as well as the infinite process of personal improvement” ”

Emphasising their allegiance to critical thinking further is the fact Veronica Torres of politically riled post-punk band Pill, is a guest on this track. Sonically, it’s adorned with complex rhythms underpinning commanding riffs with The Wire, Talking Heads, and The Clash great reference points.

Official music video for “Energy” by B Boys off their album, Dada. on Captured Tracks

Directed by Jarod Taber, it’s an artsy, tongue-in-cheek visual and loosely explores the single’s central theme of capitalist greed. Acted by B Boys frontman Britton Walker, the main character is a besuited, lonely man unblinkered in his adherence to the daily grind and desire for things. But the amount of agency the protagonist has is left up to question if we consider the following quote from the band about ‘I Want’ from the press release: “Sometimes life puts you in an ill-fitted suit, but you still have to wear it.” This leaves us some sympathy towards him and questioning of the power structures surrounding us.

Band Members
Andrew Kerr, Brendon Avalos, Britton Walker