Being Dead has shared their new track, Hot Car. You can take a listen via Soundcloud below.
Being Dead is made up of a couple o’ freaks in the heart of Texas. Multi-instrumentalists Juli Keller and Cody Dosier started playing music together in 2016, but Being Dead didn’t take its true form until the following year, when they decided to stake out a 2-person operation. Keller and Dosier share instrument duties, swapping between vox, keys, guitar, and percussion, the end result a lo-fi creep-rock experimentation at the intersection of brash and melodic. Sharing a passion for blood and darkness explored through a playful sound, the duo offers a fresh look at hell.
Toronto trio Odonis Odonis will release their‘Reaction’ EP on April 12 via Felte (pre-order). The band has shared the first single Collector, which is lifted from the forthcoming EP. The track is available on all streaming services now, but you can take a listen via YouTubebelow.
Odonis Odonis merges pulsing electronics and foreboding textures to create a palpable sense of doom. Drawing on EBM and industrial influences, ‘Reaction’ finds the band further refining the sound they carved out on 2017’s ‘No Pop’ LP. Noisy synths saturate the sonic space, cut with sharp, bruising rhythms. The band offers up club fare with the throbbing four-on-the-floor “Insect” lashed with whip-cracking drum breaks. A heavy atmosphere layered with taunting vocal provocations creep throughout the four-song EP, and by the final track “Rip,” howling screams propel a crushing climax.
The EP was written while the band was touring to support their superb album ‘No Pop,’ and the evolution between the two releases is seamless. During this time, the band perfected the songs by testing them out live, chiseling away to the core of each piece. Recording also took place simultaneously while writing, and much of what made the cut is comprised of or structured around first takes. Produced, mixed, and mastered by the band themselves, ‘Reaction’ is a concise, focused collection of songs that perfectly captures the band’s unrestrained energy and spontaneity.
1. Collection 2. Promise 3. Insect 4. Rip
Odonis Odonis have also announced North American tour dates which will included shows in Chicago, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Seattle, Los Angeles and performances at SXSW.
Odonis Odonis tour dates
03.12 Austin, TX @ Barracuda (Felte Showcase) + @ 11:45pm 03.14 Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlies (Ad Hoc) @ 5:30pm 03.15 Austin, TX @ Swan Dive (M is for Montreal) @ 12am 03.16 Wichita, KS @ Club Boomerang 04.04 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison 04.05 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks 04.06 Montreal, QC @ Le Ritz 04.11 Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle * 04.12 Bloomington, IL @ Nightshop ~ 04.14 Indianapolis, IN @ Indy CD & Vinyl (Record Store Day) ~ 04.18 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory ~ 04.19 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie ~ 04.20 Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom ~ 05.25 Seattle, WA @ Central Saloon 05.26 Vancouver @ Astoria 05.27 Portland, OR @ Lovecraft 05.29 Oakland, CA @ Elbo Room Jack London 05.30 Modesto, CA @ The Shire 05.31 Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon
+ w/ Kirin J. Callinan, Numb.er, Devon Church, Gold Cage, The Pantones * w/ Xeno & Oaklander, Public Memory ~ w/ Public Memory
New Jersey-based shoegaze band Dead Swords have released their debut album titled ‘Enders’. The brainchild of Alex Rosamilia of The Gaslight Anthem and Corey Perez of Bottomfeeder and Let Me Run, the band plays a ghostly brand of shoegaze, or, perhaps, a more soothing kind of black metal, expansive in both purpose and ambition. Take a listen to the album via Bandcamp below.
Out now via Human Blood Records, the debut showcase picks up where its two previous EPs, ‘Skeletons’ and ‘Broken Souls,’ left off and is a record that’s clearly inspired by and obsessed with both ‘Disintegration’ & ‘Loveless’. Lyrically, the album also speaks to Rosamilia’s continued fascination with death. In scope, the album is his overly morbid take on loss and what happens after we go. Stream the album in full on Spotify here.
Rosamilia had the following to say about the album and ambition behind it:
“When I started Dead Swords, I really wanted to focus on letting the music be able to breathe. I have always been a fan of bands like Pink Floyd, My Bloody Valentine, or The Cure; bands that write songs that sprawl about over the course of seven-t0-eight minutes. This album is my homage to those bands and those songs that take you for a 10-minute trip without you realizing how long you’ve been sat there.”
Despite the torrent of guitars at the center of these funereal and nihilistic songs, there’s hope and beauty in these songs too, dreams that refuse to succumb to the nightmare of the real world and the bleakness of our own ever-impending mortality. Listening to Dead Swords is like being lost in the loneliest darkness. Theirs is a world of overwhelming static and feedback, of eternities-long melancholy, of the purest beauty shrouded and obscured by the blackest night. It’s the sound of being alive centuries before you were ever born.
Nightwatchers have announced their signing to Lövely Records. The french band will release their debut album ‘La Paix ou le Sable’ on April 12th. Nightwatchers have toured Europe repeatedly and released two EPs during the last couple of years. The upcoming album ‘La Paix ou le Sable’ deals with the decolonization wars of the French Colonial Empire, highlighting a side of French History that sometimes remains unknown, poorly known, or even denied.
Nightwatchers said about the signing, “We’re very pleased to present you Fellah’s Temptation, first “post-punk-ish” single of our first album. “La Paix ou le Sable” focuses on the decolonization wars of the French Colonial Empire. Appeal to the population, Algeria, 1954. “A terrible misfortune will descend upon the rebels’ heads, after which the French peace will reign again.”
The album contains 14 tracks of highly energetic and melodically punk rock filled with influences from proto-punk, post-punk and dark-wave. The first single Fellah’s Temptation is out now on all digital platforms and album pre-order is available via Freight Train. Listen to the single via Bandcamp below.
Toronto quartet Greys are announcing their third LP, ‘Age Hasn’t Spoiled You,’ (due out via Carpark on May 10th), an album on which the rate of the band’s evolution appears to be speeding up rather than slowing down. This is immediately evident on the album’s first single, These Things Happen. Take a listen to the track via Soundcloud below.
At turns buzzy and blown out, then sweetly melodic, Greys frontman, Shehzaad Jiwani, sites influences as varied as The Chemical Brothers, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Beastie Boys, and Madonna’s late ’90s hit Beautiful Stranger, on a track that warps and distorts Greys off the floor performances with a collection of experimental studio techniques. Opening with an effect-laden guitar loop and ending with a sample from a PBS documentary about the Black Panthers, the single presents a wide array of sonic textures as Jiwani’s lyrics explore his admiration for the political movements of the 1960s and his frustration with the way communication between fundamentally like-minded people is clouded and polarized within his internet-adapted generation, as Jiwani explains to The FADER:
“This song is about perspective and understanding during chaotic times,” says Jiwani. “I wanted to superimpose the socially and spiritually conscious energy of the late 60s onto our current political climate and the pervasive numbness people can feel towards opposing viewpoints when they are exhausted by their news feeds. There’s so much information that you stop hearing what people might be saying. I was watching and reading lots of material about the Black Panthers, the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War protests and how that dovetailed with the rise of psychedelic drugs at the time, and how these two things could lead towards some common ground between politically polarized entities by simply trying to hear both sides out. You can feel incensed to rebel against something while also yearning for a deeper understanding of your neighbours at the same time.”
Greys’ ‘Age Hasn’t Spoiled You’ will be released via Carpark on May 10th. It is available for purchase here.
Track list 1. A-440 2. Arc Light 3. Constant Pose 4. These Things Happen 5. Kill Appeal 6. Western Guilt 7. Tangerine 8. Aphantasia 9. Burning Chrome 10. Shelley Duval In 3 Women 11. Static Beach
Greys were last heard from in 2016 when they released their second album, ‘Outer Heaven’. An album Pitchfork described as “a most welcome reminder of indie rock’s iconoclastic potential,” it was a multi-faceted release that jumped off in surprising new directions from the sound that had inspired regular comparisons to the Touch & Go catalog around the band’s earlier releases. It marked Greys out as a different beast than many of their contemporaries in the prodigious Toronto scene that birthed them – restlessly experimental and difficult to pin down, endlessly inventive, politically aware and cerebral, confrontational but thoughtful, with a penchant for clear-eyed self-examination – ‘Outer Heaven’ made plain that Greys are a group with ambitions distinct from your average punk band, who delight in confounding expectations.