Plaid Brixx + We The Kings + Cute Is What We Aim For in Pittsburgh on 3/2 @StageAE

Check out Plaid Brixx when they hit Pittsburgh with We The Kings and Cute Is What We Aim For. The band will be taking the stage at The Club Stage AE at 7PM on Thursday, March 2nd

Plaid Brixx are no strangers to screaming crowds, having played several major festivals including SXSW, CMJ, Fashion Meets Music Festival, Musikfest, The New Albany Classic – alongside major acts like Kelsea Ballerini, Dove Cameron, Before You Exit and Timeflies! After releasing their 2016 self-titled EP and three buzzing videos from the project, “Since You Came”“The Greener Side” and “Don’t Look Down” , the band is ready to hit the road alongside We The Kings.

Plaid Brixx is comprised of founder Chris Duggan (vocals & guitar), Mark LeRose (drums) and Jared Sawaya (bass). Following the success of their debut project, 2014’s Chemistry, Plaid Brixx have received praise from Buzzfeed, Diffuser, Guitar World, ARTISTDirect, PureVolume and more, including a nomination for Best Rock EP of 2014 by the Independent Music Association. Their latest EP was called “the next progression of the Plaid Brixx Sound,” by frontman Chris Duggan, and kept on “constant replay!” by Twist Magazine.

 

Earl Boykins Premiere “Doves” on CMJ | FRIENDS LP out 3/25

“Doves” is the first single from NY garage punk outfit called Earl Boykins on forthcoming LP ‘FRIENDS’ out this Spring.
CMJ just premiered the track with Eric Davidson (of the legendary Columbus punk band, New Bomb Turks) describing “Doves” as “a speedy, chimey-buzz guitar, vox screamer.”  Check it out here…

 

RINGWORM Added to Invisible Oranges CMJ Showcase

Coming off of their recent North American headline tour, Cleveland hardcore/metal giants RINGWORM have been added as a special guest to the Invisible Oranges CMJ Showcase.  The Showcase is set for Thursday October 17th at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, NY.  Appearing alongside RINGWORM are Pelican, Primitive Man, Aksumite, Radiation Blackbody and Hasj.  The showcase is open to CMJ badge holders and tickets are available for purchase HERE.  For more info on the showcase visit the Invisible Oranges site HERE.

 

RINGWORM released their new EP Bleed in September on Relapse Records. Bleed features three brand new songs including a Discharge cover!  Bleed is available in multiple different vinyl colors and can be ordered HERE.  The EP is streaming in full on Noisey (VICE Magazine’s New Music Channel) HERE.

 

For More Info Visit:

http://www.ringworm13.net

https://www.facebook.com/Ringworm13

https://twitter.com/RNGWRM13

http://www.relapse.com

STRANGE TALK ANNOUNCE CMJ SHOWS AND NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

STRANGE TALK ANNOUNCE CMJ SHOWS AND NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES 

PLAYING OFFICIAL PARTY OF THE 2013

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER/BILLBOARD FILM & TV MUSIC CONFERENCE

DEBUT ALBUM CAST AWAY WILL BE RELEASED EARLY 2014

Strange Talk, the Melbourne, Australia based alt-pop four-piece will play several shows at CMJ in New York this year. After wowing New York at 2012’s CMJ Music Marathon, Strange Talk is back and playing a string of show next week. 

Listen: “Another Day”

Watch: “Climbing Walls”

 

 

Strange Talk CMJ Shows – RSVP by responding to this email:

 

10/15 – The Knitting Factory – The Most Definitely & Beautiful Buzz Present CMJ 2013 Showcase

10/16 – The Delancy – SESAC CMJ Showcase 

10/16 – Pianos – Crack in the Road / Disco Naivete / Unrecorded Presents: Dark Paradise

10/18 – Rocksoff/The Jewel – Wind-up CMJ Day Party 

10/18 – The Westway – Neon Gold Records & All Things Go Present: All Things Gold CMJ 2013 Showcase 

10/19 – Spike Hill – Baeble Music Presents: The Launch Pad CMJ 2013 Showcase 

 

After CMJ, the band will hit the road to play across North America including a stop in LA to play the official party of the 2013 Hollywood Reporter / Billboard Film & TV Music Conference October 30 at Avalon. 

  

Strange Talk National Tour Dates:

Sun 10/20/2013             Boot & Saddle                             Philadelphia, PA

Mon 10/21/2013            T.T. The Bear’s                            Cambridge, MA

Tue 10/22/2013             Lee’s Palace                               Toronto, ONT

Thu 10/24/2013             Schuba’s Tavern                          Chicago, IL

Sat 10/26/2013              Turf Club                                   St Paul, MN

Sun 10/27/2013             The Riot Room                             Kansas City, MO

Mon 10/28/2013             Larimer Lounge                            Denver, CO

Sun 11/3/2013               Barboza                                     Seattle, WA

Tue 11/5/2013               Brick & Mortar Music Hall               San Francisco, CA

Thu 11/7/2013               The Satellite                               Los Angeles, CA

Fri 11/8/2013                 Detroit Bar                                  Costa Mesa, CA

Sat 11/9/2013                Casbah                                       San Diego, CA


To celebrate the recent release of the Strange Talk EP, the band used the audio platform SoundCloud to hold a remix competition so fans and remixers could have the opportunity to download the stems from each of the four tracks on the Strange Talk EP – “Cast Away,” “Climbing Walls,” “Falling in Love” and “Eskimo Boy” remix them, then upload them to a curated page promoting the remix competition powered by the SoundCloud competition app.  Almost 150 submissions have been gathered, voting just began. Strange Talk will review then select one grand prize winner for each song, while fans will be able to vote now through next week for the song of their choice to determine the runner-up for each song. The winner will be announced on October 22nd, 2013.

 

Strange Talk will release their self-produced Wind-up Records debut album Cast Away in early 2014.  All songs were mixed by Tony Hoffer (M83, Phoenix) with the exception of “Climbing Walls,” “Eskimo Boy” and “Is It Real?” which were mixed by Eliot James (Bloc Party, Two Door Cinema Club).  Rolling Stone (Australia) gave Cast Awaya four out of five star review calling it “Equal parts Cut Copy and Daft Punk with pinches of Eighties pop, Strange Talk’s album is a fizzy cocktail of synths, breathy vocals and tinny drums.”  Their debut single, “Climbing Walls” is at radio now.

 

Strange Talk’s music video for “Climbing Walls” was part of a hugely successful Cheer laundry detergent campaign “Dig It. Get It” in the United States and Canada which made it the first-ever music video to feature hidden rewards to be found within it.  Strange Talk have played such festivals as Parklife, Stereosonic, Future Music, Soundscape and Falls, and opened for Foster The People, the Rapture, Neon Indian and Marina and The Diamonds.

Now Strange Talk will make their U.S. album debut with Cast Away – 12 tracks of indie-meets-electro gems (track listing below).

Strange Talk is Stephen Docker (vocals, keys), Gerard Sidhu (bass, keys), Travis Constable (drums) and Gillan Gregory (guitar, keys).

 

Strange Talk EPiTunes

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STAG RELEASES REMIX FOR “I THINK I’LL SHOUT” & ANNOUNCES CMJ SHOWCASES

  “I THINK I’LL SHOUT” (Chakita Remix)
STREAM / DOWNLOAD

Weeks after unveiling their long-awaited single, “I Think I’ll Shout,”  LA newcomers StaG had their friends Chakita remix their debut hit in advance of the quickly approaching CMJ Music Marathon. While the original track boasts a crescendo of percussion its remix chops that steady build. CMJ describes the remix as “Jerkily [rising, crashing, and clattering] against unpredictable synths. Just when you feel a lull coming on, the track kicks up again, hitting you right between the brows like a twang of existentialism.” “I Think I’ll Shout” is the first taste of StaG’s forthcoming LP, currently titledDifference, that is slated for release come next year. As previously reported — StaG will be participating in this year’s CMJ Festival. The information for these shows is listed below – for all guest list requests or in person opportunities, don’t be a stranger. For those not able to make it this year – enjoy the tunes regardless!

 

   CMJ SHOWS   
10/15 – 8:30p – Alphabet Lounge (Official)
10/16 – 6:45p – The UMS Presents: Holy Underground CMJ Showcase – Tammany Hall (Official)
10/18 – 3:00p – Bar Matchless
10/18 – 11:00p – Holy Underground Artist Showcase – Goodbye Blue Monday

 

   LINKS   
TWITTER // FACEBOOK // SOUNDCLOUD

Combining a love of atmospheric ambient sounds and pulsating high energy pop music, Matt McGuire and Will Walden created the band StaG in hopes to achieve a blend of intensity and lushness.

 

StaG started in the summer of 2008 after relocating from Los Angeles, CA to Boulder, CO for college. Using a dorm room as their recording studio, the two began experimenting with ambient and noise music using laptops and a tiny guitar amp. The two wrote and recorded their first record Rifle Meeker in May 2011, an album about their transition from California to Colorado. Following their debut effort, StaG worked to perfect their live performance adding a drummer and rhythm guitarist to complement the lead guitar of Will and electronic beats and keyboard work of Matt. They have had various musicians fill those roles. However the latest member to join the two is Mac Welch.

StaG rose in the Denver music scene in 2011-2012, playing both the Goldrush Festival in the fall of 2011 and 2012, and The Underground Music Showcase in July 2012 and 2013. In 2013 they finished recording their sophomore album Difference at Taylor Made Studios in Woodland Hills, CA.

Klassik, “Forever Whatever” | “In The Making” spends 15 weeks on CMJ Hip-Hop charts

directed by Xavier Ruffin | from Klassik’s album In The Making

In The Making on Bandcamp
IAmKlassik.com | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

Milwaukee emcee/producer/musician Klassik presents the Xavier Ruffin-directed music video for “Forever Whatever”, the second single from his album In The Making. Two years after his father inspired him to pick up the saxophone, a young Klassik was being mentored by sax legend Berkley Fudge. By high school he was touring Europe as a professional jazz musician and experimenting with beat production programs like Fruity Loops. A couple of years later he dropped out of the University of Wisconsin to pursue music. Since releasingIn The Making, Klassik has won “Solo Artist of the Year” 2012 for the 88.9 Radio Milwaukee Music Awards, “Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year” for the 2013 Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards, Milwaukee Magazine named the first single “Anything” (watch video here) as the “Catchiest Song Of The Year”, and the album spent 15 weeks on CMJ’s Top 40 hip-hop charts. “Life is about rolling with the punches and finding the silver lining in everything,” says Klassik about the song. “Staying positive is how I stay afloat in the midst of the darkness, so all the negative, at the end of the day, is forever whatever.” Klassik is slated to open for Talib Kweli at this year’s Summerfest.

Trevor Jones Embarks On Colorado Mountain Tour

Trevor Jones is fresh from his CMJ concert in NYC, and now after doing some gigs in New Orleans, he is back in his home tate of Colarado.

Download free Tevor Jones material here

Trevor grew up in Denver, Colorado and lived in New Orleans, Louisiana for 5 years. He’s been lucky enough to travel to Mexico, Guatemala, Spain and India among other places around the world to absorb the unlimited musical palette this life has to offer. TJ believes in deep grooves, strong melodies, community and positivity. When he’s not on the in the studio, on-stage, answering phone calls or sending emails you can find him in the kitchen making fresh food with lots of garlic and butter.

Check out his dates, both shows start at 10pm and they are both free:

Trevor C. Jones Colorado Mountain Tour Dates

November 14 – 320 South Breckenridge CO
November 15 – Samana Lounge Vail CO

Remember to check out his cool single “At Home”

Correatown Debuts “Play” Video

Made In Conjunction With OMG! Cameras Everywhere! Productions –
A Non Profit Organization That Hosts Arts and Film Making Workshops For Kids

Correatown is the musical project of Angela Correa, an LA based artist whose latest album Pleiades – released on Highline Records August 27th in the UK/Europe and October 16th in US/Canada – seems destined to soundtrack the ensuing months.

Fresh off the heels of a successful UK / European tour where she did a session with Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music and stand out CMJ Performances, Correatown returns to her home of Los Angeles before launching Pleiades’ next single.

Originally from the small town of Yuba City in Northern California Correa has travelled the globe, eventually settling in Los Angeles’ Eastside and is now a mainstay in it’s tightly knit local music community.

In previous incarnations, Correatown was an amalgam of early folk and indie-pop sensibility; but over the past few years the sound has evolved into a lusher, more textured experience. Recalls Angela “When I began writing songs for our latest recordings I kept imagining the sounds and instruments that would shape the direction of our new songs. The most appealing were really freaked out thick and pulsing bass sounds or odd twitchy static noises tucked into shimmering and ethereal melodies. The more the band explored different arrangements and instruments, the more I felt the possibility of having a less organic sound that felt more evocative of the music we wanted to create was our compass.”

Angela Correa/ Correatown have released four full-length albums and two EPs on her own label in the U.S, Another Room Recordings. Her songs have appeared on US television, including Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty, Brothers and Sisters and How I Met Your Mother.

Her voice was featured in the Sony Pictures film “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” on the song “Let’s Duet” and only last year Further was included on the Grey’s Anatomy Soundtrack Vol 4.

Angela recently scored her first film – hip indie, Sassy Pants, which was released this October as well as having one of her tracks in the recent Scott Hicks’ film, The Lucky One starring Zac Efron.

KATE EARL’S “ONE WOMAN ARMY” VIDEO

It’s no surprise that Alaska born singer-songwriter Kate Earl was recently named Glamour.com’s New Indie Obsession, the singer has re-emerged with the release of her new album Stronger on November 20th via Downtown Records.

Her new video for the single “One Woman Army” is a candid look into the forthcoming album and showcases the development of a singular voice. Directed by filmmaker Matthu Placek, the video uses the element of light to illuminate a thoughtful songwriter coming into her own. Download the track for free at http://onewomanarmy.me/.

“One Woman Army” is the first single from Kate’s new album Stronger, out November 20th via Downtown Records. With the help of notable collaborators Brett Dennen and former Dawes member Blake Mills, Stronger is Kate’s unforgettable story of life, love, hardship and hope. “I’ve reached such a place of honesty with this album. It’s me coming out and telling my stories. This is where I came from,” says Kate.

As part of this year’s CMJ Music Marathon, Kate Earl will be performing in NYC at the Last.fm CMJ showcase at The Living Room, October 18th, 7pm.

Jinja Safari Releases “Mermaids” Track

Click Here To Listen To “Mermaids” Track

CMJ Dates

Thursday 10/18 – 9pm
Neon Gold presents PopShop CMJ @ Santos Party House

Friday 10/19
The Standard (East) w/ Kishi Bashi and Citizens

Friday 10/19 – 11pm
NME / The Great Escape CMJ showcase @ Cakeshop

Saturday 10/20 – 1am
The Aussie BBQ @ The Delancey (downstairs)

Saturday 10/20 – 8:30 pm
Irving Plaza supporting Electric Guest

It was simple beginning, as all tales should start.

Marcus Azon & Pepa Knight met over a campfire party of mutual friends, beside the sub-tropical forests of Australia’s eastern coastline. Pepa, as a 22 year old producer whose long hours experimenting with bizarre eastern instruments yielded a vast inventory of sonic adventures that he alone had heard, collected & banked away soaring melodic tapestry.

Marcus – with hidden note-book & bedroom wall covered with handwritten lyrics, held a sparking curiosity of his Grandmother’s African home, the east Ugandan town of Jinja. Pooling together their childhood friends – quicker than you could say ‘Lost Boys, Assemble’, the rag-tag team of Jinja Safari was born. Alister ‘Nugget’ Roach grew up with Marcus in Tasmania and jumped out of a troupe busking up the coast to join Jinja Safari – armed only some spare half-taped together percussion trinkets. Joe Stranger & Jacob Borg (bass &drums, respectively) had both attended high school with Pepa and were prepared to take time out from their weekend jobs to bring a some ideas to life.

And here is where their luck turned, and their simple story gets dense & exciting… Jinja Safari quickly dove into the national consciousness and yielded 5 high-rotation singles across national radio, knitting together music replete with manipulations of eastern
psychedelic jams, lilting choral art-rock, collages of sampled field-recordings, acrobatic vocal harmonies and dense polyrhythmic drum adventures.

Being self-recorded & produced, Jinja Safari was able to release a near constant stream of music that increasingly built upon the foundations of a bubble universe, reflections of modern youth pitched into a framework of escapism and commonality. With one of the hands-down most encapsulating & incredible live shows in the country, it doesn’t take long to give yourself over to a Jinja Safari show: the beat of a drum, a rouge attitude and five rat-bags clambering over a stage. After 6 months of existence, they had been nominated as ‘Best Live Act’ in the Sydney Music Arts & Culture awards.

Within their first twelve months of stepping foot onto a stage, Jinja Safari had been plucked from the coast and selected for supports with Born Ruffians, Menomena, The Joy Formidable as well as a
long line of major national festival appearances including Splendour In The Grass, Big Day Out, Good Vibrations & Falls Festival.

Recently grazing London for the first time on special invitation from BBC1’s Rob Da Bank to play his rowdy Isle Of White weekender, Bestival, Jinja Safari have also seen spot performances in & around UK, including a key support for LA sisters Haim.

Reactions from the massive, sold out Australia theatre rooms across multiple national tours indicate their audience shares common traits – anyone who thrives from dancing in the dirt, howling at the sky & cheering-on able young men climbing 80’ stage scaffolding (much to the dismay of festival promoters worldwide).

The adventure has just begun. Welcome to the Safari.

BRAIDS Announces 3 CMJ Shows

Wed. 10/17, 6pm – Pianos
Tell All Your Friends Party

Fri. 10/19, 4pm – Public Assembly
Brooklyn Vegan Party

Sat. 10/20, 10pm – Bowery Ballroom
With Wild Nothing + Weekend

Braids, the Canadian experimental pop group who released Native Speaker in 2011, have reinvented themselves in the making of their second full length. Countless late-night drives have steered their attention towards new techno and house genres, deepening their appreciation of electronic based music. This curiosity has taken Braids from the rich, effects laden balance of Native Speaker to the inevitable point of a primarily electronic sound. Years spent as a live band only tightens the group further during this shift. As they head out in anticipation of their next album – due sometime in 2013 – their new songs will be played, fully live, in an exciting time in music as the gap between real and synthetic narrows, leaving room only for the pure energy driving the performance.

Zulu Pearls Premieres “Magic Tricks” Video

Click Here To Watch “Magic Tricks” On Prefix

CMJ Dates

10/16 – Pianos – 11pm

“Banners” Party (Wild Honey Pie, Black Bell, Cantora Jam) NYC

10/17 – Pianos – 1pm

Tell All Your Friends CMJ Showcase

10/19 – Rockwood Music Hall – 3pm

Imagem CMJ Showcase

10/19 – Bowery Electric – 12am

Cantora Official CMJ Showcase

10/20 — Pianos – 2pm

Bowery Presents CMJ Showcase

Sometimes, you have to dig.

Beneath the surface of any throwaway pop culture landscape there are bound to be some hidden gems. Zulu Pearls are a gem of a band.

DIY but not Lo-Fi, nostalgic but not retro, Zulu Pearls’ debut LP NO HEROES NO HONEYMOONS captures the cynical romanticism of navigating the dawn of the 21st Century. Propelled by melancholic pop melodies and genre spanning arrangements, NHNH is the sound of a group humbly cueing up in line behind the classics.

Most tracking of NHNH took place in the back hallway of D.C.’s venerable Inner Ear Studios unbeknownst to anyone outside of primary songwriter Zach Van Hoozer and producer Nick Anderson. With a mutual appreciation for seventies records and a distaste for modern guitar rock, the two pieced the record together between the tedium of bar shifts and day jobs. The result is a refreshing mix of earnest production and direct songwriting that wastes no time finding its’ way into the heart of your record collection.

Opting to up the hedonism, Van Hoozer swapped capital cities for Berlin in 2009, where Zulu Pearls have since carved out their own niche in a city dominated by electronic/DJ culture. Live, the group consists of a rotating clique of international vagabonds ranging from Kiwis to Dutchmen who alongside Van Hoozer have seen Zulu Pearls share stages from Copenhagen to Amsterdam with the likes of The Twilight Singers, Destroyer, Cults, Tennis, The Big Pink and The Men. Sometimes, you have to dig. So dig that.

Blue Hawaii Premieres Two Tracks

Click Here To Listen To “In Two” And “In Two II” On Gorilla vs. Bear

Blue Hawaii, Arbutus Records and many of their Montreal counter-parts all began with the same breath in early 2010. To date they’ve released an 8 song EP: in May of that year, Blooming Summer (Arbutus Records 2010) was recorded following the pair’s travels in Central America. It frames a time of warmth and novelty, featuring dense female harmonies, tape saturated synths, guitars and drum machines. Eventually Ra– returned to her role in BRAIDS, touring constantly, while Ag–moved to Europe, treading deeper into dance music, electronics, and production.

The two decided to make Untogether in 2012; they began recording on New Years Day in Vancouver and intermittently worked on the project until summer broke in Montreal. The music followed their winter in Canada, it became colder, more introspective. It again captured a time and place, but instead of a dense saturation of love and excitement, this record reflects the vast world of self-awareness and delicacy. It takes for its subject the question of belonging, despite overwhelming space.

Musically, the production on the album is more spacious and physically it was recorded in separation. Despite this, it belongs together in its final form. It demonstrates successful creative process in a pair who composed apart, and in doing so it is a meditation on communication: how technology and art influence modern human relationships. It contains the vast space of two years passing, including watching their Montreal scene change as some launched into international success and others turned deeper inwards. Here, the album finds the conflict of separation/belonging to one’s self and community.

The duo notice that throughout the changing social and personal landscape which is one’s twenties, these divided notions and people somehow stay together. Even the name Blue Hawaii suggests a kind of melancholic, jaded paradise, but a paradise afterall. It is because – or perhaps in spite of – these disjointed intersections that the record is called Untogether.

Catch Blue Hawaii play this year at CMJ.

Team Spirit Signs To VICE Records

VICE Records and Warner Bros are pleased to announce the recent signing of rock ‘n’ roll foursome Team Spirit. Founded by NYC’s own Ayad Al Adhamy. the band is set to shred at this year’s CMJ festival with five shows over the course of the fest. Following CMJ, Team Spirit will hit the road with White Denim and Maps & Atlases, bringing their sounds to fans in the Midwest on the Bonaroo365 Tour.

Ayad on forming Team Spirit: “I looked over at my guitar collecting dust in the corner and decided I’d had enough. I picked it up, fell back in love, and Team Spirit was born.”

Needing a band, he got in touch with his old shred-metal college roommate Roman Tobias.

Pettigrew (who had spent the last few years in Los Angeles founding a cult… seriously) and recruited Cosmo Kilburn Di Giulio after finding and nearly losing him following a night of drinking in a country music bar. They rounded off the lineup with ball-kickin’ drummer Mike Addesso.

Ayad describes Team Spirit as “Bursting with soulpower – a cocktail of Motown basslines, Thin Lizzy-esque dueling guitars, 90s sing-along hooks, glam beats, and Chuck Berry feet.”

Click here to watch the signing ceremony with VICE and Team Spirit (with blood ink)

Tour Dates

CMJ Tour Dates
10.15 – Conflict of Interest – Rebel NYC 10.00pm
10.16 – Banners – Pianos Upstairs 12.30am
10.17 – TAYFPR Showcase Pianos Downstairs 5:00pm
10.17 – Noisey CMJ Showcase – Santos Party House Downstairs 10.45pm
10.20 – FUZZ – Swat Bar – 12:00am

Bonaroo365 Tour w/White Denim & Maps and Atlases
10.24 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
10.25 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theater
10.26 – Madison, WI – University of Wisconsin
10.28 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall

Solid Gold Premiere ‘The Pendulum’ Track On SPIN

Click Here To Listen To ‘The Pendulum’ On SPIN

Solid Gold frontman Zach Coulter and bassist Adam Hurlburt wrote the first ever Gayngs’ song, “The Gaudy Side of Town”, with Ryan Olson back in 2009. The three met in Minneapolis after Solid Gold’s debut album, Bodies of Water, gained critical acclaim abroad, and in the Midwest.

Zach, as well as bassist Adam Hurlburt, proceeded to record and tour with Gayngs’ for several years before focusing their efforts on Solid Gold. Over two years later, their second full length album, Eat Your Young, is being released on Olson’s Minneapolis-based label, Totally Gross National Product, home of Marijuana Deathsquads and original label of Gayngs’ affiliate, Poliça.

SOLID GOLD BIO

So the Portuguese have this saying: saudade, a single word that summarizes an entire state of being, a lingering sense of longing for lost love and sepia-toned snapshots of yesterday. The way Solid Gold sees it, saudade might as well be the subtitle of their second album: Eat Your Young, a slow-burning set of skittish synths, glassy beats, ripple effect riffs, and melancholic melodies that leave you wondering what left a trail of scar tissue deep within the group’s core trio (frontman Zack Coulter and multi-instrumentalists Matthew Locher and Adam Hurlburt).

Only it’s not that simple, not as easy as reducing a record to a series of bad relationships and broken hearts. Depending on who you ask, Eat Your Young is inspired by everything from lucid dreams to existential dread to the way we often wander through life in a catatonic state. And yet, it’s not a hopeless listen; more like an album that maintains its mood for 40 minutes and leaves an impression as deeply ingrained in your subconscious as the nostalgia-triggering memories that earned saudade its own national holiday in Brazil.

“We’ve never been motivated by making records,” explains Locher. “We’re driven by making something beautiful—capturing a moment in our lives that can translate to any place or time.”

That much is clear as Eat Your Young creeps across your speakers like a quiet storm, ebbing and flowing at every turn, from the exorcised demons of “The Pendulum” to the bookending outbursts of “Shock Notice” and “In the Hollows.” All of which sounds incredibly confident despite the record’s shades of darkness. That’s because Solid Gold spent years developing their musical and lyrical concepts, beginning with their smoky club formation at the University of Wisconsin—Locher and Coulter were in the same architecture class—and becoming much more of a serious pursuit once the group moved to Minneapolis and tracked their 2008 debut, Bodies of Water.

“There’s a competitiveness underlying the desire to make the best music possible,” says Coulter. “It’s a combination of a meticulous approach and an off the cuff, punk-like writing style.”

“Our instrumentation ranges from crude to classic,” adds Locher. “All of us operate within those parameters. The best way to describe our songwriting process is ‘atomic’—electrons trying to rip themselves from a nucleus to recombine into new forms.”

Maybe that’s why Eat Your Young brings to mind everything from the gleaming skyscrapers of Blade Runner to the dimly lit streets of a midnight drive. Or as Locher puts it, alluding to the band’s push and pull dynamics, “Dystopian futures, wrought with oppression and rich with struggle, just seem to fit our sound best.”

CMJ Dates

Wednesday 10.17

4:00 PM – Piano’s (Downstairs) – Tell All Your Friends Showcase

8:00 PM – Bowery Ballroom – w/ Pacific Air, San Cisco, SKATERS, Surprise Guests

Friday 10.19

3:30 PM – FADER Fort (Converse Rubber Tracks)

Blue Hawaii Announce Sophomore LP ‘Untogether’

Blue Hawaii, Arbutus Records and many of their Montreal counter-parts all began with the same breath in early 2010. To date they’ve released an 8 song EP: in May of that year, Blooming Summer (Arbutus Records 2010) was recorded following the pair’s travels in Central America. It frames a time of warmth and novelty, featuring dense female harmonies, tape saturated synths, guitars and drum machines. Eventually Ra– returned to her role in BRAIDS, touring constantly, while Ag–moved to Europe, treading deeper into dance music, electronics, and production.

The two decided to make Untogether in 2012; they began recording on New Years Day in Vancouver and intermittently worked on the project until summer broke in Montreal. The music followed their winter in Canada, it became colder, more introspective. It again captured a time and place, but instead of a dense saturation of love and excitement, this record reflects the vast world of self-awareness and delicacy. It takes for its subject the question of belonging, despite overwhelming space.

Musically, the production on the album is more spacious and physically it was recorded in separation. Despite this, it belongs together in its final form. It demonstrates successful creative process in a pair who composed apart, and in doing so it is a meditation on communication: how technology and art influence modern human relationships. It contains the vast space of two years passing, including watching their Montreal scene change as some launched into international success and others turned deeper inwards. Here, the album finds the conflict of separation/belonging to one’s self and community.

The duo notice that throughout the changing social and personal landscape which is one’s twenties, these divided notions and people somehow stay together. Even the name Blue Hawaii suggests a kind of melancholic, jaded paradise, but a paradise afterall. It is because – or perhaps in spite of – these disjointed intersections that the record is called Untogether.

Catch Blue Hawaii play this year at CMJ.

CMJ Dates

Tuesday 10/16
Portals Showcase @ Pianos

Thursday 10/18
Sam Mickens’ Party @ Bowery Electric

Friday 10/19
M for Montreal @ Arlene’s Grocery

Saturday 10/20
POP smoked meat showcase @ Cameo Gallery

Saturday 10/20
Arbutus @ Death By Audio