MONSTER MOVIE – KEEP THE VOICES DISTANT is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

My newest record is the shoegazey goodness of Monster Movie – the newest release from my good pals at Graveface Records!! OMG!! This one came to you as a DOWNLOAD ONLY (you could preview it by streaming it on their Bandcamp here). If you haven’t heard of Monster Movie, that’s okay—they’ve been around for like over 15 years, but this is their first release since 2010. They’re a British shoegaze/dream pop band, featuring Christian from SLOWDIVE (not formerly—he’s still a current Slowdive member, too!) and Sean from Eternal! On this record they’ve also got a second guy from Slowdive (Nick), James Harrison from Air Formation, and it was produced by Ryan Graveface (the guy who runs the label, and also, btw, plays as dreamend and in The Casket Girls). Basically, this is RIYL Slowdive, or I mean just RIYL good music, it is catchy and layered and memorable and GOOD!

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MONSTER MOVIE

KEEP THE VOICES DISTANT

Graveface Records & Curiosities

Christian Savill and Sean Hewson have been in bands together since the late ’80s. In 1989, one of these bands, Eternal, released a single on Sarah Records called “Breathe” that featured the dreamy, fuzzed out guitars soaring over pop melodies that Christian brings to any project he is a part of. Sean was missing for that but returned for a shambolic gig supporting Slowdive and Chapterhouse in Reading. Shortly afterwards, and with some justification, Christian left to join Slowdive.

Ten years later, Christian and Sean formed Monster Movie in a failed attempt to go Krautrock. In 2001, they released their first EP on Clairecords which contained a few seconds of Krautrock but was mainly dreamy, fuzzed out guitars soaring over pop melodies. In the years spanning 2002-2010 Monster Movie put out four full-length albums, a mini album, and a few EPs, the majority of which were released on Graveface Records.

Since 2014 Christian has also been involved with Slowdive’s reunion and subsequent touring. The band have just released “Star Roving,” their first single in 22 years. Slowdive’s reappearance has also had a positive effect on Monster Movie with Sean and Christian realising that they needed to move away from being a studio project and become a proper band. For their latest and strongest album, Keep The Voices Distant, they were joined by James Harrison from Air Formation on drums and Nick Chaplin (Slowdive) on bass with Christian and Sean contributing guitar, bass, keyboards and vocals. Since September 2015 Monster Movie have been Kev Wells (guitar/vocals/everything), Sean Hewson (bass/vocals/everything), Christian Savill (guitar/vocals/everything) and James Harrison (drums/vocals/everything).

Keep The Voices Distant is Monster Movie’s fifth album and their first record since 2010’s Everyone Is a Ghost. It was recorded with Martin Nichols at White House Recording Studios in Weston-super-Mare and produced by Ryan Graveface. As with all Monster Movie releases, it is a combination of Christian and Sean’s song-writing, playing, arrangements, general grumpiness and chaotic, personal lives. This time, however, with James, Nick and Ryan in the studio with them, the songs have really been allowed to take off.

RIYL: Slowdive, Eternal, Night School, Air Formation, Whirr, My Bloody Valentine, Chapterhouse, Ringo Deathstarr, Ride

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https://www.facebook.com/MonsterMovieBand

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster_Movie_(band)

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BRIGHT BROWN – SOFT LANDINGS is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

My newest record is some good pals of mine from my time living in NYC, Bright Brown! I met the bandleader Alex when we worked together (me as a door person/stage manager, he as a sound engineer) at a venue in Brooklyn. And I was instantly won over by his sweet personality as well as super impressed when he told me he used to play in John Vanderslice’s band as well as work as a recording engineer sometimes at JV’s famous San Francisco recording studio, Tiny Telephone. Yeah!! Since moving to NY he joined forces with a drummer, Nick Smeraski, and started Bright Brown, which is a cool classic rock-influenced outfit that occasionally (my favorite parts) includes vocal touches added by kids—last album included Alex’s own kid, and this one includes my favorite track, “Less Tunnel More Light” (track 7), featuring the Brooklyn Youth Chorus (which also includes Alex’s son). Another cool thing this band uses is the rarely seen chapman stick—which is usually associated with instrumental/experimental jazz. Alex is one of very few singer/songwriters/rock musicians (if there are any others) who plays one, which allows them to get a a huge ethereal sound as just a duo. You should look into this, it is cool!

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BRIGHT BROWN

SOFT LANDINGS

Self-Released

Bright Brown is sonic cinema. The Brooklyn based ethereal, avant-indie duo of vocalist and Chapman Stick player Alex Nahas and drummer Nick Smeraski evoke a visual sound that is at once epic, poetic, and intimate. Their new record, Soft Landings, also features the rich embellishments of piano, organ, and a childrens’ choir. Where Bright Brown’s previous release, Oceans, deals with embarking on reckless searches to find meaning, Soft Landings deals with finding safe places to retreat to during those journeys grappling with themes of time passing and acceptance of who you are. Songs like “Tick Tock” and “Sloop” are realizations that time is sailing past, while the spiritual “Less Tunnel More Light” and “Wide” are pleas to find inspiration from what’s inside us or readily within our reach.

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RIYL: Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, New Order, David Bowie, Flaming Lips, John Vanderslice

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http://www.brightbrownsound.com

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http://www.brightbrown.bandcamp.com

 

SCARVES – MALL GOTHS is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!!

I’m so excited about this FRICKIN’ KILLER record by my Seattle BFFs Scarves, which is doing so great so far!! The album title is MALL GOTHS which is maybe all you need to know, just go listen to it now. It’s great. You may remember them from the record Empty Houses that I did a radio campaign for back in 2014 (#128 on the Top 200!). This record is even better. Like you may possibly recall if you’ve been around for a couple years, they play mathy, literate, talky, emo-inflected indie pop, a la Joan of Arc, who by the way they opened for in Seattle a few weeks ago. KEXP is already playing them, as are a lot of the rest of you—get on board if you’re dragging, and let’s shoot for a lofty-ish goal and get Scarves into the Top 50 this time around!!!!

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SCARVES

MALL GOTHS

Self-Released

Scarves only seems to be getting better and more self-assured over time. Scarves combines a jarring mixture of Northwest indie, math rock, and classic emo to create an emotional landscape more relatable than many of the other indie rock outfits out there, if only for their stark honesty and abrasive attempt at human connection. “ KEXP

Mall Goths is an album comprised of ten vignettes depicting characters along the I-5 corridor between Bellingham, Washington and Portland, Oregon. Struggling against their reality, desperate for rebellion, yet inextricably stuck, they fall in love in one city and break up in the next, all over meticulously unhinged instrumentals.

Scarves was formed in mid-2013 by Niko Stathakopoulos of Silicon Girls, Marshall Verdoes of Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, and David Price of Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head. All three found themselves in bands in the midst of implosion, and wanted a creative outlet that existed simply for the sake of making art and blowing off steam. The project took on real significance for Stathakopoulos when they began work on their debut release, TV EP (2013), with Sam Anderson of Hey Marseilles. “Lyrics suddenly became super important to me,” relates Stathakopoulos. “Suddenly our slacker rock sensibility wasn’t enough. I wanted our songs to mean something, to tell a story.”

After touring behind TV EP for a few months, they headed back to Soundhouse in Seattle to record their first full length, Empty Houses, with Dylan Wall (So Pitted, Craft Spells). Scarves toured lightly in support of the release, and once again, discord crept into the project: “I am the only original left,” says Stathakopoulos. “During that time, we went through 11 members.” In late 2015, drummer Cael Watts and bassist Hector Rodriguez III joined Stathakopoulos, and the band got back to work. Newly invigorated, the band booked time at Chris Walla’s legendary Hall of Justice studio for their next record.

Written while Stathakopoulos was travelling continuously through the Northwest, the record crackles with the bleary-eyed intensity of too many hours spent flying down the highway. “My girlfriend at the time was living in Portland, so I would drive eight hours from Bellingham to see her,” says Stathakopoulos, “or I would drive two hours to practice with my band who all lived in Seattle. We would practice and get the instrumentals done together, then record them on an iPhone, and I would drive around listening to the little blown out audio files and just sort of diary over them.”

Tonally, Mall Goths can be broken into two sides, the first half hopeful, the second heavy and tinted with hindsight. “Dissolve” charts the brutality inherent in the service industry, while “Slasher Flicks” looks enviously at the simple life/death duality of horror films, a welcome reprieve from the complicated emotional minutiae of the average day. Against a backdrop of tall pines and freeways, Stathakopoulos sketches snapshots of banal reality and the inevitable longing for escape. Wrap yourself in Scarves’ angular guitars and intriguing melodies, and perhaps you’ll find that it’s in the ubiquitous details of daily reality that our shared humanity dwells.

RIYL: Joan of Arc, American Football, Cursive, Built to Spill, Modest Mouse, Dismemberment Plan

Start With: 4, 6, 10

FCC: 1 says “goddammit”; 10 says “damn” and “dick”; otherwise CLEAN

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TOUR DATES:

April 27—Vera Project—Seattle, WA

April 28th—Neurolux—Boise, ID

April 30th—Vague Space—Salt Lake City, UT

May 1st—Lost Lake—Denver, CO

May 2nd—Daytrotter—Davenport, IA

May 3rd—Tonic Room—Chicago, IL

May 12th—The Know—Portland, OR

 

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BEAR THE WEATHER – RAMPANT (SEE AMERICA, PT 1) is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

My first add of 2017 came via a recommendation from a friend, and true to that friend’s form, Bear the Weather is lovely. They’re a Seattle-based folky band—a bit of a twang, a bit of a 90s alt influence, a lot of posi vibes and earnest spirit. It’s going for spins both on CMJ/Top 200 and AAA or folk rotations, if that’s a format you do. It’s a nice 5-track EP so we can start this year off right together! We made our CMJ debut at #179, in a week that may possibly have been the last CMJ chart ever?? STILL HARD TO SAY, but if so that was a great way to go out, and if not, well I’d love to see this record keep on climbing it!! And if so, let’s still push it up on the other charts, I’ve seen it pop up on NACC and Muzooka too!! You should DEFINITELY have a hard copy of this one, except for the very small number of you who I know prefer downloads—I sent hard copies to basically every single station I’m aware of existing. Check it out!

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BEAR THE WEATHER

RAMPANT (SEE AMERICA, PT 1)

Self-Released

Rampant (See America, pt 1) is the debut EP from Bear the Weather, which comprises Tennessee singer-songwriter Michael Fielden and a collective of folk, rock, and jazz musicians from Seattle, WA. The members of BTW draw upon their diverse musical influences and backgrounds to form a sound that is roots-oriented but forward thinking, powerful but sophisticated. When combined with Fielden’s insightful songs of exploration and hard-won humanity, the results are unforgettable.

See America is a tribute to those who disappear in order to understand the darkness. The intrepid dropouts. The penitent romantics. The beatified losers. The strangers inside ourselves.

RIYL: Head and the Heart, Jason Isbell, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Cass McCombs, Dawes, Band of Horses, Tobias the Owl

Start With: 3, 1, 2                                                           FCC CLEAN

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Photo by Amber Zbitnoff Photography

 

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www.beartheweather.com

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HILLARY SUSZ – THE HEART WILL JUMP (WITH NOWHERE TO FALL) is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

The gorgeous HILLARY SUSZ truly rules. If you dug that new Angel Olsen album from last week, you’re going to find a lot to like in this one. She likes to describe her sound as “music for hip lesbians”. Ha! I bet you know some of those!! Also though you don’t have to share any part of those identity descriptors to appreciate it, her music is transcendent. A remarkable, nearly operatic voice coupled with deeply poetic lyrics and some pretty interesting non-traditional song structure. Impose Magazine agreed when they premiered her song “Dead Stars” (Track 3) and talked about her “stunning songwriting talents”. The Wild Honey Pie called her voice “the love child of Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen” (they were talking about “Pollution”, Track 1). You’re gonna love it.

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HILLARY SUSZ

THE HEART WILL JUMP (WITH NOWHERE TO FALL)

Self-Released

Hillary Susz is a poetically driven songwriter and guitarist based in Boulder, CO. She draws influence from a variety of genres: freak folk, ambient pop, psychedelic, jazz and soul. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Western Washington University and is a current fiction candidate of the University of Colorado’s M.F.A. program.

Susz’s distinctive, operatic vocals and angular, effects-laden guitar work feature prominently in her songs, which often eschew conventional structure along the complex twists and turns of their narrative course. Her unique voice is as real as rent, as serious as broken bones and as ominous as both, with the capacity to shift volume with an overwhelming power that balances the immediacy of her pain with the sardonic turns her lyrics often explore. She shifts down in pitch where most vocalists would climb, and the result is a stemming of emotion and mounting of pressure toward a tense anticlimactic mood that is both genuine and haunting.

Coming from a formal background of both poetry and creative writing, Hillary’s lyrics are the defining element of her music, painting striking and memorable imagery within songs that balance blunt commentary on lived experience with an honest, funny, and occasionally sardonic take on both lesbian love and ordinary life. They make poetic leaps that turn natural and organic with the power to evoke the same surprise and often wonder of epiphany. Her arrangements cohesively nurture eccentricities– creating releases and modern sound-scapes that are gigantic, effortless, dreamy and catchy. For a solo act, her sound is full with disciplined instrumental virtue. Hillary Susz is tuneful and full of uproar, out to create songs that are concise, inventive and re-playable.

“She possesses strength in her conviction and vocals, grace and poise in her presentation, and a well-read student of poetry and creative writing, which in turn lends itself to her stunning songwriting talents.”   – Impose Magazine

RIYL: Angel Olsen, Jeff Buckley, Neko Case, PJ Harvey, Julien Baker, Sharon Van Etten

Start With: 3, 9, 5, 1                                                           FCC: 6, 7

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http://hillarysusz.com/

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Twitter: @HillarySusz

Instagram: @hillsusz

 

 

LIKE, LISTEN TO – EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

How bout that LIKE, LISTEN TO?!! Yeah, their name is a mouthful (the comma in the middle is a part of the name; no punctuation at the end), but their music couldn’t be more easy to digest. This nice Utah band reminds me a LOT of Michael Nau/Cotton Jones/Page France (that’s all talking about the same guy, just depends on which iteration rings a bell for ya) – smart, thoughtful, conscious folky stuff. My favorite track might be track 7, “Take Back the Night” – I’m sure you can guess what that one’s about, a feminist allyship anthem told in a singsongy, almost lullaby-style tone. If you like it, chances are high you can catch this band on tour—dates below, let me know if you wanna meet ‘em! I caught them in Seattle recently, and it was REALLY cool. Drew Danburry (the band leader) ALSO plays drums for his tourmate, Aubrey Debauchery, and then she plays in his band as well. Neat. CHECK IT OUT!

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LIKE, LISTEN TO

EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON

Self-Released

Like, Listen To is a musical project that was established by Drew Danburry and Jesse Nicholas Quebbeman-Turley. Adding a few friends to round out the ensemble but limiting themselves to an acoustic guitar, a string quartet and their voices, they entered MetCom Studios in SLC, Utah with one purpose. Time travel…or at least, to record an album in an old-fashioned and traditional manner.

The result, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, was recorded and mixed live, straight to 1/4 tape on a 2 track, then mastered from tape straight to vinyl by Gotta Groove Records. The limited vinyl release represents an attempt to get as close to authenticity as possible.

Drew Danburry is a part-time musician and full-time barber in Provo, Utah. Having spent years on the road playing music, he’s mostly settled down but for the occasional tour where he makes himself known by putting on ridiculously interactive shows sometimes consisting of sing-alongs, Mad Libs and Seven Up (aka Heads Down Thumbs Up). He’ll be touring this fall to promote the Like, Listen To album as well as an upcoming cassette release of anti-corporate commercial jingles.

RIYL: Say Hi, Kings of Convenience, David Bazan, Nap Eyes, Michael Nau/Cotton Jones/Page France,  Bonnie “Prince” Billy

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DREW DANBURRY & FRIENDS (LIKE, LISTEN TO) TOUR DATES

9/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court*!
9/23 – Boise, ID @ The Olympic*!
9/24 – Richland, WA @ Paper Street Brewing Co.*!
9/25 – Seattle, WA @ Substation!
9/26 – Olympia, WA @ Le Voyeur*!
9/27 – Portland, OR @ Kellys Olympian*!
9/28 – Chico, CA @ The Maltese (and an early show @ The Naked Lounge)*!
9/29 – Costa Mesa, CA @ The Wayfarer*!
10/2 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse*!
10/3 – Provo, UT @ Muse Music*!
10/4 – Denver, CO @ City O’City/The Deer Pile*!
10/5 – Kansas City, MO @ Records with Merritt*!
10/6 – Rock Island, IL @ Daytrotter*!
10/6 – Champaign, IL @ Library House*!
10/7 – Chicago, IL @ Cafe Mustache*!
10/8 – Fargo, ND @ Sudden Service*!
10/9 – Fort Collins, CO @ Surfside*!
10/21 – Florence, AL @ Co-Op Florence*
10/22 – Hattiesburg, MS @ Co-Op: Hattiesburg*
10/23 – Jackson, MS @ The Mosquito (afternoon show)*
10/23 – Oxford, MS @ The Wall*

*! w/Aubrey Debauchery
* w/Ben Ricketts

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http://www.drewdanburry.com/

https://drewdanburry.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/drewdanburry

https://twitter.com/drewdanburry

https://soundcloud.com/ddanburry

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PRAIRIE EMPIRE – THE SALT is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

For the third week in a row, I’ve got a new add! This week it’s the wonderful PRAIRIE EMPIRE, from my former home of Brooklyn! (I actually currently live in band leader Brittain Ashford’s former home of Seattle, we switched!) I really love this band, and have for a very long time: they’re the only band that’s played not one but BOTH of the two CMJ parties I’ve ever thrown as the Band Mom, the most recent being this past year and the first being way back in 2011. So maybe you’ve even seen them play before; they’ve obviously been a part of the Band Mom family for quite a long time—as is also further evidenced by the fact that Band Mom artist MATT BAUER also sings on this record!! PRETTY COOL. Anyway this record is sooo good. Beautiful lush dreamy folk-leaning (but not just straight folk) indie rock. GET ON IT NOW so you can brag to your friends later!

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PRAIRIE EMPIRE

THE SALT

Commodore Trotter

THE SALT, the sophomore album from Brooklyn’s Prairie Empire, is a moving, unexpected departure from their folky, self-titled debut. In the four years between albums, Brittain Ashford and her band developed a more sophisticated sound, one that expands beyond the four walls of the bedroom into cinematic terrain. Calm moments give way to fevered climaxes, strings and reeds humming as Ashford’s mournful, whiskey-soaked alto floats above the chaos. Inspired by the quietude of Elliott Smith and the dynamism of Jeff Buckley, Ashford directs her melancholic vocals through lush, atmospheric arrangements, oscillating between grief and anticipation.

Brittain Ashford (vocals, guitars, arrangements, etc.) and Nim Ben-Reuven (drums, drawings of cats) met by chance while getting copies in Manhattan. They eventually became friends and Ben-Reuven joined the Empire. For this record the duo filled out their sound with Brent Arnold (cello, The Antlers, Reggie Watts, Modest Mouse), Jeff Hudgins (clarinet, sax, bari-sax), Danah Olivetree (cello), Alec Spiegelman (pump organ, Cuddle Magic), Scott Colberg (additional guitar), and Matt Bauer (vox).

It’s fair to say that Prairie Empire has entered a larger world; The Salt surveys the land around them with power and subtlety.

2016 will be a busy year for Ashford. In addition to a cross-country tour in support of The Salt, she’s making her Broadway debut at The Imperial this fall in the acclaimed electro-pop opera Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Composer Dave Malloy wrote Ashford’s solo, “Sonya Alone,” with her voice in mind; she performed in the Off-Broadway production of Great Comet for two years, earning raves from Variety, New York Daily News, Time Out NY, and The Boston Globe.

RIYL: Dark Dark Dark, Bowerbirds, Mirah, Natalie Prass, The Antlers,  Lost in the Trees, Matt Bauer, Jolie Holland, Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow

Start With: 3, 4, 7                                                   FCC CLEAN

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PRAIRIE EMPIRE TOUR DATES:

6/28 – Milwaukee, WI @ Company Brewing
6/29 – Madison, WI @ House Show
6/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Warming House
7/1 – Bismarck, ND @ Side B
7/2 – Bozeman, MT
7/3 – Bigfork, MT @ House Show
7/5 – Walla Walla, WA @ Main Street Studios
7/8 – Seattle, WA @ Gallery 1412
7/9 – Portland, OR @ The Harlowe House
7/10 – Eugene, OR
7/11 – Boise, ID @ House Show
7/12 – Provo, UT @ Studio Studio Dada
7/14 – Boulder, CO @ House Show
7/15 – Denver, CO @ Leon Gallery
7/16 – Denver, CO @ House Show
7/17 – Kansas City, MO @ Records with Merritt
7/18 – St. Louis, MO @ Mt. Thelonious House
7/19 – Memphis, TN @ Murphy’s
7/20 – Nashville, TN
7/21 – Knoxville, TN
7/22 – Asheville, NC
7/23 – Norfolk, VA @ Toast

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

www.prairieempire.org

www.facebook.com/prairieempire

www.prairieempire.bandcamp.com

 

THE STARGAZER LILIES – DOOR TO THE SUN is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!!

That Graveface Records package I sent a couple weeks ago actually had two albums in it, different but equally incredible. One was Casket Girls; the other is the new album by THE STARGAZER LILIES!! They’re so great. Beautiful shoegaze (or psych/dream pop if you prefer) out of Northeast PA, home state also of their pals Black Moth Super Rainbow which is part of the story of how I met them. Impose also debuted a new music video for the track “Golden Key”, in case you needed another co-signer on this record’s coolness. I saw them play in Seattle last week and they totally rip. (cool visuals too.) (sorry bout the white dude with bandanna/dreads in the foreground, he was unavoidable.) Anyway, this is not their first album—their last was great as well—and also the core of this band previously had a really cool shoegaze band called Soundpool which I actually was a fan of when I myself was an MD at college radio—but this is The Stargazer Lilies’ first album being actively worked to college radio, so they may or really may not be a brand new band to you. Either way listen for about two seconds and you’ll see it’s great, so get on that!!

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THE STARGAZER LILIES

DOOR TO THE SUN

Graveface Records & Curiosities

Northeast Pennsylvania-based the Stargazer Lilies are the brainchild of husband-and-wife team John Cep and Kim Field, pioneers of shoegaze’s new wave with former band Soundpool. The Stargazer Lilies is the evolution of their gaze, this time with added psych rock elements (think MBV meets Pink Floyd), and complemented by artwork created by The Seven Fields of Aphelion (of Black Moth Super Rainbow & Tobacco). Cep’s heavy effects-driven guitars are accented by LA based drummer, Tammy Hirata’s minimalist approach, along with Field’s dreamy vocals and drony bass lines. Following their debut album We Are The Dreamers in 2013,their sound was described in Spin Magazine as the “reverb-washed slo-mo assault of Slowdive with the sparkling ambience of Air channeled into a lush, guitar-swollen whole.  Psych-fuzz epic.” PopMatters says, “The Stargazer Lilies possess a truly widescreen, cinematic sound with crescendos that build cascading waves of sound enveloping your whole body.  The music is a bit darker than standard dream pop fare, but that only makes it that much more mesmerizing.”  Brad Laner of Medicine describes them like this: “This is what your so-called shoegaze is supposed to sound like. Incredible melodies and singing plus great guitar work.”

RIYL: My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, A Place to Bury Strangers, Medicine, Lush, Chapterhouse, Ringo Deathstarr, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Soundpool

Start With: 6, 3, 4                                                    FCC CLEAN

 

 

TOUR DATES:

6/02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court w/ No Sun
6/05 – Portland, OR @ Rontoms w/ Cat Hoch
6/07 – Seattle, WA @ LOFI w/ TokyoIdaho
6/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern w/ Cruel Summer + Panda Riot
6/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo w/ Pale Dian + Tennis System
7/01 – Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters Rock & Roll Palace *
7/02 – Champaign, IL @ Institute for Creativity *
7/03 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle * w/ New Canyons + Pale Dian
7/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern w/ Pale Dian + Ex Astronauts
7/06 – Wilkes Barre, PA @ The Otherside w/ Pale Dian + The Morelings
7/07 – Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium w/ Pale Dian + Parrot Dream
7/09 – Providence, RI @ News Cafe *
7/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Bourbon & Branch *
7/14 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *
7/15 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor *
7/16 – Atlanta, GA @ 529 w/ Pale Dian + Twin Studies
7/19 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberian *
7/22 – Austin TX @ Empire Control Room w/ Ringo Deathstarr + Pale Dian
7/23 – San Antonio, TX @ K23 Gallery * !
7/31 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall w/ BEST COAST
8/1 – Portsmouth, NH @ 35 Artspace w/ BEST COAST
8/2 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall w/ BEST COAST
8/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls w/ BEST COAST
* w/ Pale Dian
* ! w/ Pale Dian & Ringo Deathstarr

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CASKET GIRLS – THE NIGHT MACHINES is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!!!

OMG. I can’t believe I got this lucky, to be able to work this record. I’m serious, this one is a BIG BIG DEAL. Not to mention that it marks the beginning of the Band Mom’s working relationship with the longtime dear pals of GRAVEFACE RECORDS!!!

You may remember CASKET GIRLS from their truly fantastic 2014 album, True Love Kills the Fairy Tale (peaked at #55 back then, not worked by me but really really loved by me). They’re back with a new album and it’s just as good! Witchy dark weird stuff built on girl-group pop song structure bones, made by these two reclusive Savannah sisters (and Ryan Graveface) who wear costumes while performing (like matching outfits and blonde wigs, it’s really great and weird). Their live show really is a spectacle to see. Especially because they’re playing their music which is SO GOOD! This album also features drums by TW Walsh (who you might know from Pedro the Lion, Headphones, or the Soft Drugs), and some additional instruments were also played by Bobb Bruno (of Best Coast), in case that pedigree wasn’t enough for you. Stop reading this and go listen already, this album does not need my hard sell, this is seriously one of the best & most exciting things I’ve ever worked—as is evidenced by it having one of the Band Mom’s best add weeks ever last week, clocking in at #5 Most Added!!! SWEET, good job you guys!! This is gonna go so great.

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CASKET GIRLS

THE NIGHT MACHINES

Graveface Records & Curiosities

Casket Girls leave the safety of their blackout curtain lair to roam an apocalyptic world, questioning the essence of humanity, where the dreamers, prophets and vampires of the old world work together to forge a new path. The concept is Singularity. Welcome to The Night Machines.

Casket Girls are the virtually reclusive Savannah sisters, Phaedra and Elsa Greene, and Ryan Graveface (Graveface Records, Dreamend, etc). The group’s bond has continuously strengthened over the course of their four releases, culminating in The Night Machines, their third full length LP and strongest effort to date. They wrote, recorded and mixed the record in Savannah and Athens, GA with local hero Andy LeMaster. Drum duties were taken on by fellow Graveface Records artist T.W. Walsh, and additional instruments were played by Bobb Bruno (of Best Coast).

Casket Girls have gained momentum and a substantial cult following due to the unflagging catchiness of their songwriting and the compelling development of their polarizing live show, the likes of which prompted one reviewer to write “Casket Girls are more than just a band; they’re a living art piece. Their descent into the crowd at the end of the show for hugs that culminated in a shared embrace between the sisters was grand. In this final moment, Seeba’s earlier declaration rang true. We were The Casket Girls, they were The Casket Girls.”

RIYL: Youth Lagoon, Purity Ring, Grimes, Dum Dum Girls, Xiu Xiu, Robyn, The Shangri-Las

Start With: 3, 9, 5, 7, 1                                                    FCC: 2

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2016 GRAVEFACE ROADSHOW

w/ Casket Girls & Stardeath and White Dwarfs

06.08 – Savannah, GA @ Dollhouse +
06.09 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn +
06.10 – Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s +
06.11 – Washington DC @ Songbyrd +
06.12 – New York City, NY @ Mercury Lounge + %
06.13 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott + %
06.14 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Boot & Saddle +
06.15 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe +
06.16 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub ^
06.17 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean ^ $
06.18 – St Paul, MN @ Turf Club ^
06.21 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza *
06.22 – Portland, OR @ White Eagle *
06.24 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge *
06.25 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place *
06.26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater *
06.27 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
06.29 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder +
06.30 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links +
07.01 – Norman, OK @ The Opolis +

+ w/ Hospital Ships     % w/ TW Walsh
^ w/ Dott     * w/ Night School      $ w/ Maritime

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

https://www.facebook.com/casketgirls/

https://www.instagram.com/thecasketgirls/

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SEAONS – APRILIS is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

This is a real interesting one. Check out the cool post-apocalyptos in SEAONS (that’s not a typo, it’s not Seasons, and the album title is APRILIS, not Aprils): a Southern Oregon band telling an epic story with their music. It’s about the survival of humanity in a post-apocalyptic future. High-energy but thoughtful music that reminds me a lot of Anathallo or The Dear Hunter, or one station has already compared it to Imagine Dragons (s/o Mandi @ KCWU!!).

PRONUNCIATION KEY: see-ons (rhymes with “peons”) – uh-PRIL-iss (rhymes with “uh kill us”).

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SEAONS

APRILIS

King Monty Records

Our cycle of life has a pattern of destruction and restoration. The fibers of the universe suggest that all existence is prone to end at a certain point. One day, our thriving world will come to an end, its spinning axis will slow to a halt, and begin to deteriorate from the inside out. This will likely be the beginning of the end of our entire solar system.

There is a chance that humanity will witness the destruction of Earth and perhaps there is a small chance that a few survive to see the very last days of its well being, before being blasted into the cosmos. Humans are fortuitous creatures, having the ability to fill themselves with hope and faith; they can often appear immortal in the most detrimental and dooming situations. Sometimes, they can even foresee events before they occur.

These may be incredible traits, but humans are also cursed with an equal arsenal of dark powers. They are capable of terrible things: war, terror, fear, and all other actions of destruction. Humans are gifted with the power to choose paths of good or evil. Unfortunately, they are drawn to the power of the evil paths all too often.

When the inevitable destruction of Earth begins, the majority of life will be wiped out. Leaving only a handful of survivors. Through natural selection, a final leg of humanity will struggle to survive and continue to challenge the hardships of a post-apocalyptic world. This new state of the world is known as Aprilis. In the language of Latin Aprilis means April.

April is known as  a time to plant seeds, and to bring new life into the world. Another Latin translation of Aprilis is “new beginnings”. This newly destroyed world is not only labeled “Aprilis” by the survivors to encourage a hopeful life in a desolate world, but also because the destruction of earth literally occurs in the month of April.

Our reality requires energy to create and sustain, and in this case, the energy of the last leg of the human race carries the seed to new life. A handful of humans hold on to the light of hope as they fearlessly face their demise. The energy of that light is consumed by the world as the life is taken. This expresses why choosing the path of life up to the very end has such a huge impact on the fibers of existence. Over time, the energy consumed by Aprilis fuels the seed for new life, and ultimately, a new reality. Life will always be recycled. This is the story of Aprilis.

SEAONS is Sean Sider (lead vocals), Micah McCaw (guitar solos and riffs of epic proportions), and Grayson Phelps (bassist, exhilarating stage presence), and Andrew John Lee (drums). APRILIS is the Southern Oregon band’s sophomore release.

PRONUNCIATION KEY: see-ons (rhymes with “peons”) – uh-PRIL-iss (rhymes with “uh kill us”)

RIYL: Anathallo, Mutemath, The Dear Hunter, Muse, Annuals, The Most Serene Republic, Led Zeppelin

Start With: 3, 5, 8                                                 FCC CLEAN (8 says “damn”)

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Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

http://www.seaons.com/

https://seaons.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Seaons/

https://www.instagram.com/weareseaons/

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