Video directed by Scott Kiernan
8/24/13 – Broadcast – Glasgow, UK
8/25/13 – Sneaky Petes – Edinburgh, UK
8/27/13 – Brudnell Social Club – Leeds, UK
8/28/13 – The Ruby Lounge – Manchester, UK
8/31/13 – End of the Road – Larmer Tree, UK
9/2/13 – Sticky Mike’s – Brighton, UK
9/3/13 – Le Nouveau Casino – Paris, France
9/5/13 – Music Hall – Barcelona, Spain
9/7/13 – Kutxa Kultur Festibala @ Igeldo Amusement Park – San Sebastian, Spain
9/10/13 – Indie Summer Party @ Magnolia – Milan, Italy
9/11/13 – Blah Blah – Turin, Italy
9/12/13 – Block Out Rock ClubVia Casilina – Rome, Italy
9/13/13 – Looop – Padova, Italy
9/14/13 – Hana Bi – Marina di Ravenna
9/16/13 – Arena / Dreiraum – Vienna, Austria
10/18/13 – CMJ – New York, NY
10/19/13 – CMJ – New York, NY
10/20/13 – DC9 – Washington, DC
10/23/13 – Zanzabar – Louisville, KY
10/24/13 – High Watt – Nashville, TN
10/25/13 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
10/26/13 – Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL
10/29/13 – The Mint – New Orleans, LA
10/30/13 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
10/31/13 – Holy Mountain – Austin, TX
11/01/13 – Lowbrow Palace – El Paso, TX
11/02/13 – Last Exit Live – Tucson, AZ
11/05/13 – Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
11/07/13 – Detroit Bar – Costa Mesa, CA
11/08/13 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
11/09/13 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA
11/11/13 – Bunk Bar – Portland, OR
11/12/13 – Barboza – Seattle, WA
11/16/13 – Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
11/19/13 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ONT
11/20/13 – Divan Orange – Montreal, QUE
11/21/13 – Great Scott – Boston, MA
11/22/13 – Boot and Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
11/23/13 – Music Hall Of Willamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
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For me, Crocodiles represent everything I love about life-affirming Rock’n’Roll: they bring light out of darkness; they match reckless noise with the most beautiful melodies; they catch you off guard whilst sounding like the most perfect kind of right for the right here, right now.
They remind me of all the things I’ve loved but they also make me hungry for what I’ve not yet tasted. The claustrophobia and pain of the recent past is dealt with bravely and the road ahead is wide and open. It is all my favorite records playing at once; the trick to it being the truth; the truth being that great, life-affirming music must be bittersweet; anger is an energy that can be churned to positive.
We who face the demons of derailment out to destroy dreams must harness the hate and turn it back on itself — it is from this that great art is begat. And so these songs rage and chime at once, in organized chaos, like life.
Charles and Brandon have been making music together since they were 18. They met in the dirty glow of San Diego sun and now split their lives between New York City and London. Their music has grown up over the last decade just as they have. New blood in the form of producer Sune Rose Wagner of Raveonettes fame oversaw this recent endeavor and it was a quick, natural Los Angeles creation. Duncan Mills mixed for the third time, to maintain their catalogue lifeline.
Crimes Of Passion kicks off with “I Like It In The Dark,” which could be their best to date; a joyous hymn to atheism and closes with the aching beauty of “Un Chant D’Amour,” a simple and direct ode to heartbreak. These songs bookmark an album bursting with sounds inspired by the likes of the Soft Boys, Street Hassle era Lou Reed, the Notorious Byrd Brothers, the Jackson 5 and even Glenn Branca. This is certainly the most fully realised Crocodiles album to date.
It is a sadly accepted impression that life is cooler in song, on screen, in art, or in poetry, but it is far superior when the creative process is fed back into real life and an album like Crimes Of Passion is born.
1. I Like It In The Dark
2. Marquis De Sade
4. Heavy Metal Clouds
5. Teardrop Guitar
6. She Splits Me Up
7. Me and My Machine Gun
8. Gimme Some Annihilation
10. Un Chant D’Amour
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Upcoming US Shows
7/16 – Hollywood CA – Sayers Club
7/17 – Los Angeles CA – Los Globos
7/22 – Hollywood CA – “School Night!” (Hosted by KCRW’s Chris Douridas) at Bardot
7/23 – San Diego CA – The Griffin (91x Loudspeaker Live)
7/24 – Phoenix AZ – Pub Rock Live (Presented by KUKQ Phoenix)
7/27 – Chicago IL – Wicker Park Fest (5:20pm / North Stage)
7/30 – Brooklyn NY – Glasslands
8/2 – New York, NY – Piano’s
“Combining the dance-rock rhythms of The Rapture with Jack White’s inimitable studio presence (you’ll be shocked as to how similar Breen’s croon is to that of the Third Man head), “Heart” is built brick-by-brick on lightning-fast fretwork and sternum-shattering percussion.” – Consequence of Sound
“Musically, it’s somewhere in the mix of The Black Keys, The White Stripes, and Fugazi, an indication of the duo’s wide-ranging set of influences and the ability to make raw, loud music that hits harder than you’d expect from just two people.” – Pigeons and Planes
“Jagged, punky dance music” – Irish Times
“If Jack White and Patrick Carney made a band, and came from Dublin, this would be it.” – Apple Juice Magazine
“A propulsive duo making a great big raw racket…monstrous live
and now translating that to the studio.” – Hot Press
“A storming blend of Rapture-esque disco-punk meets the gruffness
of Arctic Monkeys and The White Stripes.” – Barry Gruff
“A master-class of live music” – Artrocker
Kid Karate is vocalist/guitarist Kevin Breen and drummer Steven Gannon. Behind Breen’s thunderous riffing and howling, and Gannon’s primal drumming, the duo makes a particularly huge kind of rock and roll. Although Kid Karate’s plus sized rock is more than ready for stadium appearances, their music also conveys a gritty raw feel to it that should conjure up thoughts of a sweaty dance party in a packed dingy bar. Like a more focused Death From Above 1979, or a rougher and nosier LCD Soundsystem, Kid Karate emits far more noise than two boys ought to be able to.
From being featured on Topman’s suave Topman Generation blog to hosting their own indie club night in hometown Dublin, the duo, with their intoxicatingly friendly personalities, are certainly standouts in the creative world. Kid Karate are very much engrained in the fabric of the music scene in Dublin and have collaborated with members of two other rising star bands in the scene, Jason Boland(of Kodaline) and Dave Prendergast (of Overhead, The Albatross), who produced/engineered the recordings on this debut EP.
Breen and Gannon have been putting in work over the past few years building up a strong profile in Ireland. They’ve cut their teeth and mastered their craft through regular club shows and slots at many of Ireland’s smaller local festivals, like Hard Working Class Heroes and Castlepalooza. All their work has paid off, as the last two summers have seen them selected for slots at the bigger national festivals (Body & Soul, Forbidden Fruit, and Electric Picnic) alongside international acts including Sigur Ros, The xx, The Cure, Crystal Castles, James Murphy, The Horrors, Django Django, and more.
In 2013, with performances at major showcase festivals such as SXSW, Camden Crawl, and The Great Escape, Kid Karate have officially made their way out onto the global stage. Their riotous performances at these industry-heavy events captured the interest of several key tastemakers and resulted in promising new partnerships for the band.
Kid Karate’s debut ‘Lights Out EP’ will be released in North America and Ireland on July 23rd, with tour dates across America in support of the release. The EP will be out in UK/EU on September 23rd with tour dates across UK and Europe in support of the release there.
With one week until release, Team Spirit are excited to share an exclusive sneak peak of their full debut EP with you on Paste. Formed by lead singer Ayad Al Adhamy, the Brooklyn rock and roll foursome’s self-titled EP is out April 9th on VICE Records / WBR.
Check out the new video from the band’s debut EP for “Jesus He’s Alright!” below featuring live scenes directed by Ian Perlman and animation by Swedish duo Hannes and Johannes. The video is part of a five video series collaboration between Team Spirit and Hannes and Johannes. Stay tuned for the next video installment in this series, out soon.
‘Team Spirit’ EP Tracklisting
01 Jesus He’s Alright!
02 MRDR It’s Ok
03 Fuck The Beach
04 Teenage Love
04.10 – 6119 – Pittsburgh, PA
With The Joy Formidable:
04.12 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
04.13 – Théâtre Corona Virgin Mobile – Montreal, QC
04.14 – Upstate Concert Hall – Albany, NY
EP Release Party:
04.25 – Swat Bar, 59 Canal St – New York, NY
21+, $10 at the door (no advance tix), doors at 9pm.
“Brooklyn’s Team Spirit offer up a component that few of their compatriots are wiling to exude: pure grime.” –Consequence Of Sound
“Spunky and sunny, Brooklyn-based Team Spirit embodies all the characteristics of their name, creating a swinging surf sound with bursts of poppy cheer. ” –The Deli
“definitely a band to watch in 2013.” –We All Want Someone To Shout For
“Team Spirit is Hellbent on making all current British guitar rock bands sound like unfit wankers.” –The Boston Phoenix
“crunchy power-pop garage rock… with its sixties-style wordless sing-alongs, wandering bassline, and infinitely catchy guitar riffs. Check it out.” –Pretty Much Amazing
“Does anybody remember The Exploding Hearts? These guys are continuing where they left off. Catchy, punky hooks” –Invisible Children Blog
“(Team Spirit) makes music that you can’t help but bop your head to: It’s catchy, it’s happy, it’s loud; it’s everything you want” –Feast of Music
‘Team Spirit’ EP Tracklisting
01 Jesus He’s Alright!
02 MRDR It’s Ok
03 Fuck The Beach
04 Teenage Love
Jeffery Drag’s Natural Child releases their ‘CRS Blues’ 7″ today. They’re also heading down toSXSW this week.
“Natural Child is the latest in a line of Nashville-based garage rock acts that includes JEFF the Brotherhood and PUJOL, but Natural Child has the distinction of being the sleaziest of the bunch. Their sleaze is an earnest sleaze— blues-rock in the vein of Beggars Banquet-era Rolling Stones, played with the sloppy grit of garage outfits such as the Oblivians.” — Consequence of Sound
“The guys in the Nashville band sing, ‘I don’t love you baby, I just love that ass,’ and remind us elsewhere that they ‘don’t wanna fuck, you, but I got to.’ They ooze with the kind of one-track mind that regularly makes rock and roll so damned great. It’s that not at all casual pursuit of hitting all of the pleasure centers at once. It’s that endless pursuit of the next party, the next girl and the next chance to black out. It’s that chasing of tail that leads young men to their guitars, microphones and dive bars. It’s what routinely keeps them there, pursuing until they’re well past their prime.”--Daytrotter
Tues 3/12 – The Mohawk (Outside Stage) – 5pm
Wed 3/13 – Lustre Pearl, Frenchkiss Label Group Showcase – 9pm
Weds 3/13 – Trailer Space, Burger Records Kickoff Party – 11:15pm
Weds 3/13 – Hotel Vegas, Burger City Show – 1:15 pm
Thur 3/14 – The Fort (301 Chicon St) – 10:30pm
Fri 3/15 – Beerland, Rubberneck Magazine Party – 5pm
Sat 3/16 – Clive Bar, Filter Magazine Party – 5pm
Sat 3/16 – Hotel Vegas, BURGERMANIA – 12:30am
The double-edged sword of contemporary, ubiquitous music releases on the Internet is that bands like Twin Guns are out there and you haven’t heard them yet. While a reviewer might use this line for many albums by bands recently discovered, “Scene Of The Crime” by Twin Guns, released in March 2011, is the one that inspired it.
The Twin Guns are extremely generous with the devil’s chord in the opening tracks of Scene Of The Crime, taking on a rockabilly-Black Sabbath tone that is almost too easy to get into… like a contract with the son-of-the-morning himself. Twangy guitar and corrugated sheet-metal roof thumping drums are continuous through the dusty tracks that Andrea Sicco and “Jungle” Jim Chandler laydown on their range, making spurs jingle-jangle through a backdrop of urban chaos that evokes a backroom punk show at Gooski’s (for Pittsburghers who know that effect from experience).
Vocals come through big, like old-timey tunes… listen for wailing and lamentation, as well as coyote calls. At first it is a bit off-putting, as the instrumentals are so pounding and jarring the ear looks for a clean line in the lyrics. However, by not finding a clearer tonic from the sound engineering of the voices the sound of Twin Guns has a consistency of grit and tormented musical structure that is satisfyingly unsettled (perhaps extending the theme of buttering up the listener for an unholy commitment to a deal with the devil). It also goes a long way toward selling the lonesome cowboy emotion that seems to drive the wagon onward. This trend comes to an apex, in well managed order, with track 4, “Safe,” when pedal effects on both vocals and guitars take you over a canyon cliff somewhere out in the unpopulated vastness of the west Rocky Mountains.
Instrumentally the album doesn’t stop inventing. For example, use of essential piano tones, coming over where the mind’s ear envisions rhythm guitar laying on top of the lead. Confessing a slight aversion to the overdrive effects of synthesizer and soundboard background sounds through the first four tracks, it all comes together for resolution in track 5, “Druggy and Suicidal,” which is every bit the homage to rock n’ roll stars burning out like meteors that the title suggests. This is immediately justified by track 6 (“One More Night Of Sin”) opening with a church bell beat that sets up a lead guitar packed with glissando & crescendo. Listen for super-subtle alt-surf guitar and arching vocal deliveries on what balances out as a mellower song compared to the first half of the album. This mellowness seems to groove-on into the remainder of the album… for moments, but then the moments are gone.
The whammy bar gets just ridiculous, in the best of ways, on the latter tracks. What’s more, there is a surprising operatic coolness to track 8 (“She Cried”), where a neo-Quadrophenia sound of the ocean waves opening and another lonesome, wild-west yodel ride out on another set of silky and surfy guitar waves. Some spoken word aspects accent the song with a sort of hipster-Meatloaf result that does more to make the listener replay the track than to cast doubt on the, at this point of the album “signature,” sound qualities that it has just condensed through the cochlea.
The album might be best for the big finish of the final track. Using a recording of a subway car taking off, and singing about the same, it seals the listener’s fate with a guilty pleasure-inducing familiarity that forces the question… is that a Kink’s song? …the Clash? …funky early, Peter Gabriel-era Genesis? …nope, it’s Twin Guns.
Scene Of The Crime by Twin Guns is out on reverbnation.com and many of your friendly Internet music peddlers.
The Phuss play fast, loud, dirty rock and roll. The three-piece from Fort Worth, TX, are best described as Garage Rock- loud as hell with fierce guitar riffs, punchy, raw lead bass, intense vocals, and precision drumming drenched in grease. The band formed in 2008 with front-man and guitarist Josh Fleming and drummer Trey Alfaro, adding bassist Forrest Barton in 2010. The Phuss’s second full length album, produced by Vaden Todd Lewis (Singer and songwriter of legendary Texas band The Toadies) and Robby Baxter (Moby) is full of distorted, loud, but melodic and frightfully sharp, precise rock tunes. “Their talent is overt and arresting. The result is artful and moves at a very real momentum. There is no hyperbole with The Phuss. The trio of musicians affects a posture exactly commensurate with their ability to knife through the room. Their stage strut is a claim made veracious by their impressively tight sound. It is rock and roll in its most crystalline, adrenal seductiveness.” (D Magazine 9-2010)
The three piece is one of the biggest and best rock bands in North Texas, and they are currently embarking on an extensive tour, including dates at New York’s CMJ Music Marathon.
The Phuss just wrapped up a set at Dia De Los Toadies 5, have been on 2 national tours this year, and a regional tour as direct support for the Toadies. Their reputation is growing exponentially in DFW and NYC, making and playing 2 official CMJ Showcases in NY next month.
On their way to NYC they will be in the Pittsburgh area on October 13. at Pete B’s Big Red Barn http://www.peterbonline.com/