Brass Box share new single ‘DDM’

Los Angeles-based band Brass Box have revealed their new single DDM.  The track lifted from band’s forthcoming LP ‘The Cathedral,’ which will be out on April 5 via Dune Alter. It can be pre-ordered on CD and LP here. Take a listen to DDM Soundcloud below.

About DDM, Brass Box’s Ammo Bankoff says, “Writing for me is a catharsis of suppressed thoughts, emotions, and energy that can be tangibly challenging to actualize where communication isn’t always direct or obvious. Exploring other works of art can bring up suppressed feelings that can be arduous to express. DDM is one of those instances where the story of a young girl ship wrecked in the middle of a desert set in motion a desire to explore those sentiments.” 

Last month The band released the single Bats from ‘The Cathedral’. The song premiered viaFlood Magazine and is available on all streaming services. About the song, Flood Magazine says, “Bats, the new track off their upcoming debut full-length ‘The Cathedral,’ Brass Box’s ethereal goth-shoegaze style contends with death and darkness, as frontwoman Ammo Bankoff’s wails keep time to reverberant strings and dramatic percussive beats. The whole thing sounds as if it were lost at sea, tossed about by moody waves beneath rolling claps of thunder.”

Brass Box allures listeners into a velvet sea of atmospheric waves. Singer and bassist Ammo Bankoff (Tête, Black Flamingo), guitarist Neil Popkin (War Tapes, Rituals), guitarist Matt Bennett (War Tapes), and drummer Pablo Amador (Magic Wands) invite their audience onto the spectral shores of a dream. 

After Bankoff booked Popkin’s first Los Angeles show in 2006 alongside one of her earlier projects, the two continued to exchange ideas in Los Angeles’ liminal spaces, running into each other at galleries and warehouse shows. Popkin recalls that he was always drawn to Bankoff’s early projects and artistic vision, but the two were preoccupied by their own pursuits, and collaboration never ensued. 

In 2013, a change encounter inspired Bankoff to share her early demos with Popkin. The two realized that they had a symbiotic creative trajectory which become the genesis of Brass Box. Later, the duo added Bennett and Amador as the scaffolding to their intonation. This addition lead to the foundation of their current lineup.

Their leading singles were met with success from an myriad of notable publications including Post-Punk calling its compositions “…a surreal reverie [having] the sonic texture of crushed velvet imbued with the lingering scent of burnt incense and clove cigarettes circa October of 1993,” and LA Record noting them as “…dedicated to making the kind of music that should soundtrack a sand-dune-to-shoreline road movie by David Lynch.” 

Brass Box The Cathedral cover
‘The Cathedral’ track list

1. Bats
2. Golden
3. DDM
4. Surrender
5. Latency
6. Waves
7. Towne 8. Roses
9. Ivory Skies
10. Parting Ways

Brass Box have also announced a West Coast tour in support of ‘The Cathedral’. The upcoming tour will include shows in Portland, Seattle, Oakland, Los Angeles and more. All upcoming shows are listed below.

Tour dates

04.05 – Portland, OR @ Out From The Shadows Fest
04.07 – Vancouver, BC  Astoria Hotel 
04.08 – Seattle, WA @ Central Saloon
 04.09 – Oakland, CA @ Elbo Room
04.11 – Joshua Tree, CA @ Furstworld
04.12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Secret Location 
04.14 – San Diego, CA @ Whistle Stop