Edit: So it would appear that the track is on soundcloud, but is not available to be embedded. You’ll have to go to their website to hear it.
So I admit, I haven’t been blogging at all. It’s the truth. And maybe I’m only blogging right now because I’m putting off a few internship applications. Whatever, that’s not important.
What is important is that Circa Survive is putting out a new album soon (like August 28th soon) and they’re self-recording/producing/releasing this baby. Pre-orders are up on their website for vinyl, CD, and digital copies, as well as tickets for their upcoming tour. Also, you can download the above track, Suitcase, from their website as well (in 320 kpbs no less!). Get on it!
As for the track itself, it’s wonderfully Circa Survive. It’s got their trademark groove and texture, delicious drums, buttery-smooth vocals and harmonies from Anthony, and it feels like a natural progression from everywhere they’ve ever been. It’s got the polish of Blue Sky Noise and the lyrical and musical feel of Juturna, with a faint hint of the sonic bite that runs through their entire back catalog. It’s tantalizing, especially over a month out of the album’s release. I’m beyond stoked for this record.
Download it here.
Violent Waves hits record stores August 28th.
native – backseat crew
Okay guys! You wouldn’t believe what happened to me! I just now happened to exit a time-space anomaly that caught me about three months ago! It’s a wonder I’ve survived. For three long months I was without food, water, breathable air, or internet. But while in that strange, strange wormhole (experts refer to it as ‘college’ and ‘work,’ though this is merely speculative), I managed to find a few records with blogging about. ‘blggbl’ records, if you will. This might take a while.
First up, we have Indiana-based melodic noise (?) ensemble Native. That label probably belies their true musical prowess – in fact, it most certainly does. The track up there is the album’s opener, and this one is the closer.
native – wrestling moves
I grabbed this record last week when they played a free show on campus – I was impressed, because the past few bands (save the week prior, more on that later) have been pretty mediocre pop fluff. To my surprise, I stumble out of the dark lecture hall and what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature stage, and
eight four tiny musicians. Their sound, however, was not. I was really impressed (unfortunately one of very few who were), they came out and put on a huge sound for a crowd that was dishearteningly disinterested (hope you saw he bobbing my head and tapping my foot, fellas). Long story short, they blew me away, so much so that after a quick detour to the ATM to get some cash, the next thing I know I’m walking home with a new record and a soft new AA tee. It was great.
In any case, let’s talk about the record. Native come out hard and fast, throwing out melody and dissonance as fast as you can take it in. That’s not to say there aren’t change-ups in style or tempo – the album is rife with them – but there is a definite feeling of urgency throughout most of the record. It’s reminiscent of old (post-)hardcore (think a slightly more instrumental Portaits of Past meets Jesu, who dated Cease Upon the Capitol and La Dispute but it never really worked out, but they’re still friends, but it’s still awkward to see each other at parties), music that’s raw and brimming with life. It’s new, it’s fresh, and it’ll remind you why we still buy records. You won’t regret this one.
RIYL: La Dispute, Tera Melos, Portraits of Past
Rise Records, 2006
Let’s go back to 2006. TREOS just lost Casey (and added Brian), Coheed hadn’t soiled their reputation yet, the US was amidst the ballooning of real estate prices, and Justin Beiber was still getting picked on in elementary school. It was a simpler time. Then came Dance Gavin Dance. Bursting onto the post-hardcore scene with all the grace and finesse of a mack truck carrying 70,000 Al Green albums, DGD brought forth freshness and energy that had been lacking at that point in time. They deftly melded the attack and ferocity of post-hardcore acts with the groove of so many soul artists before them, topped off with the crooning vocals of frontman Jonny Craig. It was an attack on all fronts, with Craig and screamer Jon Mess trading vocal lines like an episode of Seinfeld on Powerthirst. It’s fast, hard-hitting, and often nonsensical, but it’s a sonic tour-de-force that broke the mold of the the scene when it came out. It’s still a unique and just as awesome record, four years later. It’s also miles and miles away from their current works (though no less awesome). Jon Mess is at his grittiest, Jonny Craig is in his own world, and all the instrumentalists (looking at you, Matt Mingus) are at their finest. If you dig this….I don’t know what to tell you about their newer stuff, but you should check it out regardless.
self-released/words+dreams (cassette) 2010
And today marks our (my) second artist submission! Here’s Brooklyn, NY’s Tristan O’Donnell, who performs under the name Guilty Ghosts.
Enigma Variations, Guilty Ghosts’ first cassette release (through WORDS+DREAMS), is ambient goodness. It deftly melds simple, elegant guitar patterns over sparse drums and distorted soundbites to create a dreamy, ethereal soundscape that works best when complimented with a mug of cocoa and soft fire in the fireplace. It’s nice to just lay in bed and feel it, rather than listen to it, as well. Or maybe that’s just me. (try it)
Stream it from bandcamp, buy it there, or buy the tape from the link above!
Okay, I was saving my posting powers up to today (ps. have a tumblr now), as this record has been making my nights so much sweeter. I never fully realized the maximum chillness of my new pad until I threw this record on while cooking a chill dinner for myself and my chill roommate (chillmate) while reading the chill york times. It was wondrous.
Cloud Nothings, like his contemporaries in the lo-fi pop scene today, makes tunes that are strewn amidst hazy vocal lines and crispy static. But what sets this record apart is the duality of simplicity and an underlying complexity that make Dylan Baldi’s bedroom tunes more than fuzz and loud guitars. Overdriven guitars belie layers upon layers of indie goodness, and drum fills upon drum fills boost the good times. Oh, and it’s fun. Lots and lots of fun. It’s a record that’s so down home and brazenly earnest that it makes even happy-go-lucky rockers Japandroids look like your older brother after he developed that heroin problem. Or something like that.
Barsuk Records, 2010
Well what do we have here? Today we’ve got Maps & Atlases’ debut full-length, Perch Patchwork. If you’re familiar with their previous stuff at all, you know what to expect here, only way more cohesive and solid. If you aren’t familiar with their first two [phenomenal] EPs, then you’re in for a treat. Maps and Atlases are an experimental~indie~pop~math-rock band, one that’s constantly evolving. They’ve got a light, fun, poppy vibe, but that doesn’t mean they’re simplistic – actually, far from it. Just one listen to the spazzy, tap-happy guitar riffs and you know you’re dealing with far more than a mere indie-pop band. In fact, Perch Patchwork manages to hit on the vibe so few math-rock bands can hit – they can tastefully and effortlessly pull off technical music that retains its character and emotion (not unlike fellow indie math-rockers This Town Needs Guns), something that is to be lauded as a feat of not only musical talent, but also for its ability to connect the heart and the synapse. Or the brain (anyone?). Vocal melodies soar, guitars and basses noodle into fancy nooks and crannies, and drums beat in ways that’ll make your head spin. It’s tech-pop at it’s finest!
Oh, and a bit of unclassified stuff and miscellaneous hoo-ha.
First, if you’re visiting from Jeff’s blog, The Noise Is…, welcome! Thanks for checking out my blog, if you like what I’m posting, please, ‘Like’ my page on facebook! Just click the ‘facebook’ image over to the right. Don’t forget to tell your friends! Leave some feedback too! Thanks!
Second, I’m going to be gone for about two weeks starting tomorrow, so this hiatus is semi-brief (but planned!), and in the meantime I’ll whip up some ideas for posts so I won’t leave this blog hanging. In the meantime, enjoy the back-catalogue of posts and have some good summertime memories!