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Friday
Aug292014

"Exploded view of Love" - debut album from S's 

Album release: “Exploded view of Love” by S’s
Release date: 13 October 2014
Label: G@#9

Nearly 20 years into the 21st century humanity persists despite ‘reality’ programming, climate doom warnings and predictions of humanoid uprisings, not to mention corporatized war, gun control debates and general insanity as usual. But in the narcissistic age of the ‘selfie’ and social media detachment, empathy appears on the wane. Where does that leave love? Is it nearing extinction? Are we? What does the future hold for love, and for human beings?

Beyond the replicant sector of the dystopian music industry, Los Angeles-based S’s [alias JEF 700S] transcend the parameters of “Experimental Noise,” “Minimalism,” “Synth Punk,” etc. The result is the debut concept album, Exploded View of Love, an abstract soundtrack that fathoms a Post-Reality/Post-Empathy/Post-Human future. JEF 700S sings/screams while transmitting alien waveforms, broken robot percussion and ectoplasmic skronk from a device called the 3dK.

Drawing equal inspiration from primal experimental noise [The Haters alias GX Jupitter-Larsen] and synthetic new wave [The Normal alias Daniel Miller], the free vocals of Patty Waters and Black Francis, and the future noir of THX 1138, Eraserhead, and Blade Runner, S’s explore how love transforms expression and vice versa. Navigating the guise of a deconstructed ‘band’ identity, 700S calls into question assumptions about human nature. Like love itself, the experience is alternately harrowing and humorous, pretentious and profound; the result morphs black and white polarity, leaving a subliminal fluorescent gray.

S’s debut full-length contains 10 tracks that average two minutes. “Unhaunted,” the single, points its cyborg finger at hypocritical Disneyland mines lurking within its all-too-human narrator. “Sex Machines” transposes famed Kraftwerk and James Brown memes, leaving the former uncharacteristically screaming for more and the latter cold, hold the sweat. “Rip Out Wires” takes a hard future look at online sex’s last kink. “Weapons Grade Love” proffers anti-war sentiment laced with a portent of off-planet fate, while “Pome” may be the first noise torch song. “Love Life” riffs on the themes of the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” and “Tomorrow Never Knows,” building upon a single drum pad drone until it degrades into full-bore cacophony. Finally, the album’s title track abandons structural underpinnings prior to the three-minute mark then freefalls through deep space by way of a 20-minute Zen fade.

  • Recorded, mixed and mastered by Matt Lynch at Mysterious Mammal in Los Angeles; November 2013 - March 2014
  • Co-produced by S’s and Matt Lynch
  • All sounds/songs written/performed by JEF 700S
  • All noise/drum parts played by hand/not programmed

 

Friday
Aug292014

Dearly Beloved announce more UK and European dates

Tour announcement: Dearly Beloved, UK and Europe
Dates: Sept - Oct 2014
More information: on Dearly Beloved website  

Dearly Beloved is a monster of a band. Echoing through the snowy valleys and the jagged edges of the Great White North come the rapid, urgent bass lines of Rob Higgins and the confrontational wails of co-vocalist Niva Chow. The pair drive their music forward like an apocalyptic oil tanker from some Mad Max-ian dystopic future. Bred for the road like a rabid beast, Dearly Beloved tours non-stop, opting for frequent jumps across the pond to the UK and Europe when their home base of Canada simply becomes too small for their ferocity.

Although fully-fledged progenitors of the stoner rock tradition, their influence has as much to do with Fear and Black Flag as it does Kyuss and Black Sabbath, mixing the speed and primal energy of hardcore punk with the brooding and psychedelic atmosphere of those in the stoner camp. All you need to know about Dearly Beloved is that they create a gigantic rumble, resonating somewhere deep within the earth below you: it shakes the foundations of your soul, and it might be one of the loudest sounds you’ve ever heard.

Their latest album Enduro, available on LP worldwide via Aporia Records, was recorded in ten maniacal days at Joshua Tree’s Rancho de la Luna, overseen by Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal, ex-Queens of the Stone Age) with Higgins himself at the controls. The band spent another ten at Phoebe St., their own studio in Toronto, to finish tracking before the album was given a pristine mix down in Seattle by Grammy Award-winning producer, Adam Kasper (Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam). Enlisting an A-grade line-up of contributors such as Chris Goss (Masters of Reality) for some trebly and frantic guitar duties and Los Angeles-area drum guru Dave Elitch (Killer Be Killed, Antemasque, ex-Mars Volta) as well as Canadian indie rock lone wolf, Eamon McGrath, the record is a document of the ballistic energy laid to wax when four Canadians leave their winter climate for a psychedelic and drug-fuelled experience deep within the heart of the High Desert.

Like the band itself, Enduro is road tested: Higgins broke the record in at full volume, blasting through the Mojave at top-speed to make sure the message was being accurately sent, right before returning home to Toronto to begin his rigid touring schedule. It’s a record built for breaking boundaries, both physical - volume, speed, strength - and musical, in the way it effortlessly mixes countless genres that all have one thing in common: that they’re as loud as fuck. 

Tour dates

Sept 12 - Hamilton, ON @ Supercrawl
Sept 16 - Berlin, DE @ CIMA Showcase
Sept 18 - Hamburg, DE @ Reeperbahn, Canadian Blast Showcase
Sept 19 - Dusseldorf, DE @ Zack  #
Sept 22 - Stuttgart, DE @Keller Club  #
Sept 23 - Munich, DE @ Atomic Cafe  #
Sept 26 - Alizejur, PT @ Atlantic Riders Surf Camp  *
Sept 27 - Lisbon, PT @ Fontoria Blues Cafe  *
Sept 28 - Madrid, SP @ Wurlitzer Ballroom  *
Sept 30 - Grenobles, FR @ L’Amperage  *
Oct 1 - Metz, FR @ La Chauoee  *
Oct 2 - Winsford- Cheshire, UK @ tbd  *
Oct 3 – London, UK @ The Queen’s Head
Oct 4 - Manchester, UK @ Dry Bar  *
Oct 5 - WTFest, Southampton, UK @ Unit
Oct 7 - Bristol, UK @ Stags and Hounds  *
Oct 8 - London, UK @ The Windmill  *
Oct 9 - Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast  ^


# - with Dark Horses
* - with Eamon McGrath
^ - with Fluorescent Hearts

Saturday
Aug232014

Work and Love: the new album from Elliott BROOD

Elliot Brood
Album release: “Work and Love” by Elliott BROOD
Release date: 21 October 2014
Label: Paper Bag Records
Listen on: official Elliott Brood website

Toronto trio Elliott BROOD are gearing up to release their highly anticipated new album, ‘Work and Love’ (Paper Bag Records). The album is the follow-up to ‘Days Into Years’, which won a Juno Award in 2013 for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. For ‘Work and Love’, Elliott BROOD withdrew to a farmhouse in Bath, Ontario where they recorded nine songs in two weeks with producer Ian Blurton (The Weakerthans, Amy Millan) - their first time working with an outside producer. The result is their most personal and urgent album to date, with rock influences that nod as much to Neil Young & Crazy Horse, as much as Richard Buckner and Whiskeytown.

Seattle radio giant, KEXP recently premiered “Jigsaw Heart,” the first new song ‘Work and Love,’ calling it the bands “most adventurous album to date”

On ‘Work and Love,’ Elliott BROOD’s two songwriters Casey Laforet and Mark Sasso decided to mine the bare histories of their own lives: penning verses about the ends of relationships and the tests of adulthood, long drives, childhood retreating in a rear-view mirror. ‘Work and Love’ also serves as a eulogy for the moments on the doorstep of manhood: first loves, lost loves, and young men’s just desserts. 

Select tracks on the album feature Aaron Goldstein (City and Colour) on pedal steel and John Dinsmore (Kathleen Edwards, Sarah Harmer) on bass. ‘Work and Love’ is Elliott BROOD at their sheerest, facing forward and backward at the same time.

Elliott BROOD have confirmed pre-release shows at NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall on 9/17, D.C’s Black Cat Backstage on 9/18 and the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion in Bristol, TN on 9/20-21 (full schedule below). More dates will soon be announced.

Elliott BROOD Tour Dates

08/23 – Elora, ON @ Riverfest Elora
08/23 – Dundas, ON @ The Greenbelt Harvest Picnic
08/30 – St. John’s, NL @ Harbourage Music Festival
08/31 – Sun Peaks, BC @ Sun Peaks Summer Concert Stage
09/17 – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
09/18 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage
09/20 – Bristol, VA @ Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
09/21 – Bristol, VA @ Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
10/25 – Bilbao (ESP) @ Sala Azkena
10/27 –  Madrid (ESP) @ Boite
10/28 –  Barcelona (ESP) @ Rocksound
10/29 –  Valencia (ESP) @ Loco Club
10/31 –  Jerez (ESP) @ Serie Z Festival
11/04 – Hamburg (DE) @ Astra Stube
11/07 – Suffolk (UK) @ The Bank Eye
11/12 – Deventer (NL) @ Burgerweeshuis
11/13 – Amsterdam (NL) @ Paradiso
11/14 – Borger (NL) @ VanSlag
11/15 – Ottersum (NL) @ Roepean