Album Stream – Prudence Rees-Lee : Court Music from the Planet of Love

Prudence Rees-Lee’s debut album ‘Court Music From the Planet of Love’  is a journey of romance, fantasy and the exploration of where music and earthly transcendence collide. Featuring a backing band comprised of some of Australia’s most respected musicians, including Shags Chamberlain (Lost AnimalPikelet), Laura Jean, Jacinta Masters (Useless ChildrenThe Emergency) and Lehmann B. Smith (Kes Band). 
Buy the album [digitally] or pre-order the vinyl here: http://bit.ly/YwZnAp

Video – The Thermals : The Sunset

Noisey has premiered The Thermals new video for “The Sunset” from the band’s new albumDesperate Ground out now on Saddle Creek. The video is a bright, colorful and uplifting three minutes of film.  The video stars Thermals bassist Kathy Foster as “The Boxer”, in an obvious ode to classic boxing films such as “Rocky” and “Raging Bull”.  Much of the video is an homage to the opening credits of Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing”, with Foster channeling Rosie Perez.  “The Sunset” features many classic Portland, OR locales (like many Thermals videos) and was co-directed by Portland filmmaker Jeffrey Rowles and The Thermals themselves.

MP3 – Happy Lives : Feeling Right

 

 

 Listen – Happy Lives :  Feeling Right

 
 

Brooklyn’s Neo-pop group  Happy Lives take an entirely different direction on their first focus track  “Feeling Right”, stepping deeper into the absurd and unknown. “Feeling Right,” is a youthful gloom-pop track sung from the perspective of two teenage lovers.  The un-named female part swoons over her boyfriend, Jimmy, while Jimmy, crooning like Elvis, has a little less to say. Playful and sarcastic, the song manages to capture the quintessential feelings of teenage angst: “Tense and horny, what a special story.”  If you are looking for the band’s previous grungy, intense machine sound- you won’t find it here.  Sounding almost unrecognizable from the previous EP, Happy Lives probe an entirely new landscape of abstract thought here – weird, bouncy and unbelievably catchy. 

Live – Thao with The Get Down Stay Down @ The Troubadour, LA

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down concluded their national tour with Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside on Monday night at the Troubador in LA. The tour was in support of their latest, “We The Common,” an album that shows great maturity, musicianship, and even civic-mindedness over “We Brave Bee Stings And All.” Seeing Thao on stage, it was clear where her passions now lie, namely that WTC is about a lot more than the songs on the album and Thao’s work with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners is pervasive.  By 5 songs into the set, Thao had already flipped through virtually every instrument on the stage. It was impressive to behold. And yet, for all her artistic maturity, she nevertheless has been able to retain that youthful spunkiness I was first drawn to in 2008. That spunkiness was never felt stronger than when “Move” transitioned into a medley with Ludacris’ “What’s Your Fantasy?” or perhaps on her duet with Sallie for their cover of The Ronettes’ “Be My Little Baby.” The pointedness of Thao’s songwriting is almost comically genius, with playful, scathing lines like ” I was always on your conscience, but you were only on my mind” and “don’t we live too long, don’t you wait too much” and the onstage delivery is equally ironically cute. Further, songs like “Kindness Be Conceived” translate wonderfully despite Joanna Newsom’s absence. Her time away from the spotlight seems to have done great things for her, but it’s great to have her back. Sallie Ford’s performance was equally fun, having an almost doo-wop sound and instantly danceable. Songs like “Fried Green Tomatoes,” though somewhat silly, were incredibly fun and perfectly compliments the Thao fanbase. Though I’d not heretofor known Sallie Ford, I’m sold as a huge fan.

-Cory Greenwell

Classixx : All You’re Waiting For [ft. Nancy Whang]

 

 

 

Label:  Innovative Leisure

Listen:  Classixx : All You’re Waiting For (via SoundCloud)

 

Southern Band Radar – Dillon Hodges

If You Like: The Civil Wars, Merle Haggard, Ben Harper, Bob Dylan, check out Dillon Hodges.

Dillon Hodges plays Americana in the spirit of  old-time music (bluegrass, folk, country and soul) with a deep bluesy voice and haunting melodies. His debut full-length album, Rumspringa  drops May 14.

Tame Impala : Feels Like We Only Go Backwards ( Live on KCRW )

Sunday Night on the first weekend, as the sun sets, Tame Impala are hitting the Outdoor Theatre stage at Coachella.

For those that won’t be there in person, it’ll be streamed LIVE onYouTube. Times below.

Sunday April 14th: 6pm (PST) / 8pm (CST) / 9pm (EST)
Monday April 15th: 2am (GMT) / 9am (AWST) / 11am (AEST)

Tame Impala also, recently,  dropped into the famous KCRW Studios in LA to record a live session for Morning Becomes Eclectic

For a taste of whats to come, watch the boys jam out ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards‘ in the studio ahead of the full session.

Video – Petite Meller : Stevie Jobs

Seductive new video from Petite Meller for “Stevie Jobs”, directed by A.T.Mann & Guy J. Bolandi features Petite riding a massive computer mouse and Brooklyn-born dance-rapper Shamel Pitts dancing on a giant keyboard.

MP3 – Peace : Follow Baby

Here is the new single “Follow Baby” from the new Peace album –  IN LOVE.

Album pre-orders available at the Virtual Superstore

Album Stream – Dead Owls : Small Talk

Western Australian duo Dead Owls are streaming their special breed of garage-pop from their debut EP titled Small Talk with ONLY CHILD.

Live – Mac Demarco @ Sneaky Dees, Toronto, ON

 

 

“And you’re opening for Phoenix on their European tour after this, that’s crazy! How the hell did that happen!?”

Demarco just kinda looks at me with a grin and a shrug.

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Oh, I donno. They just came to one of our shows in Paris and liked what they saw, I guess.

The cool ambivalence toward what would otherwise be a career-defining moment for an up and coming band is a good summation of Mac Demarco’s appeal; that being to forgo taking life too seriously in favor of having a good time, an approach that shines through in both his recorded material and his live show.

Mac Demarco is a young man who began making music in Vancouver years ago with his friend Alex Calder under the moniker of Makeout Videotape, before relocating to Montreal and focusing on developing his own material. Last year saw the release of not one but two albums, the vampire-glam of his debut, Rock and Roll Night Club, and the breezy, slacker-rock leaning 2.

His show on Friday, March 22nd, at Sneaky Dee’s, was the first in a series of shows he and his band played as a part of Canadian Music week before taking off to Europe for the aforementioned Phoenix tour. The sold-out set was attended by an army of young men decked out in plaid who spent the duration of the set pogo-ing manically in front of the band, while a harem of fangirls opted to sit at the bottom of the stage as if it were an altar of some sort.

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I’m Mac Demarco, and this song is called ‘I’m A Man” , he announced through a toothy smile, kicking off a set that featured a healthy amount of material taken from across both of his albums.

Whereas the recorded material comes off as laid-back music not unsuitable for drinking on a porch in the summer sun, performed live, it takes on a new form, retaining the playful looseness while also gaining an electric groove a la Grease Lightning.

Having seen Demarco before, a staple of his shows for me has always been the esoteric covers he sprinkles throughout his set. He’s done stuff as varied as the Police’s “Message in a Bottle” and Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman” in the same show, and for Friday’s set he presented a cache of covers that was even more expanded and disparate. They fiddled with the opening riffs of Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” between songs before launching into their first full cover of the night, a messy, adrenaline-filled take on Rammstein’s nu-metal anthem “Du Hast”. The highlight for the night in terms of covers occurred later, when the band delved into their own jangly take on Weezer’s Sweater Song. Although a lot of influence from the Blue Album can be noted in Demarco’s music, especially 2, the band made it their own by peppering the lyrics with goofy expletives, delivered by Demarco with the glee of a misbehaving 10-year-old.

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The band’s endearing immaturity did not end there however, with Demarco evolving into some playground version of G.G. Allin towards the end of the set by charismatically displaying to the audience both his bare white ass (which some female audience members promptly attempted to spank), and eventually ramping up the sexual show-and-tell by pulling out his balls from his fly mid-song.

The band ended their set with “Still Together”, the closing ballad from their latest album. Demarco brought his girlfriend onstage to serenade her, however, as the band launched into a rocked-out, electrified version of the song’s bridge, the two began to make out before jumping into the audience to crowd-surf together in a display filled with the triumph of a scene taken from an 80’s teen movie. I left the venue that night covered in sweat, satisfied to have witnessed once again that Mac Demarco’s recent success is well-deserved.

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[photos : John Szlazak]

New Release – The Strokes : Comedown Machine

The strokes’ fifth studio album Comedown Machine is out today. If you didn’t pre-order, you can now stroll over to iTunes to grab it instantly or you can order the physical album on Amazon or directly from the band’s official store. limited edition black vinyl and t-shirt bundles are still available at the store that include instant album downloads too.

The band is gearing up for more announcements, coming soon. You can enter-to-win an exclusive vinyl test pressing of Comedown Machine by letting the band know your favorite track from the album on Twitter using hashtag #ComedownMachine.  More details and official rules can be found here

 

 

Record Store Day List is Here!

This years Record Store Day list is here!

The list has been officially released in TWO versions: A handy PDF  and aPull Down menu with more detail and artwork.  The sixth annual Record Store Day is April 20. 

** Please note that not every release will be available at every store as each is a limited quantity release and not every store will be able to get hold of everything they order.  We will try our best to get as many titles in as we can**

*There is chatter in the world about other titles that may not be on the list. These may be things that have a 4/20 street date, but are not RSD releases.

MP3 – Beaches : Distance

Check out the blissed-out new track “Distance” from Melbourne’s Beaches, off the band’s second LP – She Beats – out this  May via Chapter Music.

Watch – Solar Bears Supermigration Film

Solar Bears And Michael Robinson’s Psychedelic Supermigration Short Film. Features the following tracks from Supermigration:

A Sky Darkly
Our Future Is Underground
Happiness Is A Warm Spacestation
Rainbow Collision
You And Me (Subterranean Cycles)

Solar Bears ‘Supermigration’ film from Planet Mu on Vimeo.

New Track – Phoenix : Entertainment (homemade lyric video)

Phoenix’s Bankrupt! is one of our most anticipated releases of this year. Grab some new ear candy from the release below and Pre-order your album here: http://smarturl.it/Bankrupt

Video – The Knife : A Tooth For An Eye

‘A Tooth For An Eye’ from The Knife’s forthcoming album ‘Shaking The Habitual’ released on 8/9 April. Available to pre order here: theknife.net/shaking-the-habitual

‘A Tooth For An Eye’ deconstructs images of maleness, power and leadership. Who are the people we trust as our leaders and why? What do we have to learn from those we consider inferior? In a sport setting where one would traditionally consider a group of men as powerful and in charge, an unexpected leader emerges. A child enters and allows the men to let go of their hierarchies, machismo and fear of intimacy, as they follow her into a dance. Their lack of expertise and vulnerability shines through as they perform the choreography. Amateurs and skilled dancers alike express joy and a sense of freedom; There is no prestige in their performance. The child is powerful, tough and sweet all at once, roaring “I’m telling you stories, trust me”. There is no shame in her girliness, rather she possesses knowledge that the men lost a long time ago.

A Tooth For An Eye from The Knife on Vimeo.

Video – Super Wild Horses : Crosswords

New video from Melbourne’s Super Wild Horses, taken from the forthcoming album ‘Crosswords’ out April on Dot Dash / Remote Control Records.

MP3 – Ghostpoet : MSI MUSMID

Two years on from the release of his Mercury nominated debut, Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam, Ghostpoet announces his sophomore album Some Say I So I Say Light dropping May 6 through Play It Again Sam. On his second album, ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’, he pushes even further in all directions than on ‘Peanut Butter Blues’, mixing the abstract and the concrete with uncanny skill. Industrial beats, sonorous piano lines and hyper-detailed ornamentation provide a backdrop for an artist who sounds ever more like a man old before his time.

MP3 – Belgian Fog : Wait for Help

Belgian Fog hails from Seattle via LA – recording, mixing, and mastering his entire project solo from his  home studio. There are lots of contemporary bands and producers/influences  in here, but a big influence for this project is the songwriter/chanteur Jacques Brel, who could sing his philosophy through realistic characters he’d invented.

Live – Foxygen and Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Wrongbar, Toronto, ON

It was quite easy to forget that it was a Monday night as Foxygen took the stage on March 4th at Wrongbar, opening for Unknown Mortal Orchestra at a sold-out show. The band recently released their sophomore album, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, to the kind of acclaim and buzz that can hurt a band just as quickly and easily as it can help them. It being their first show here in Toronto, a sea of eager fans stood packed like sardines in front of the stage, waiting to hear Foxygen’s throwback brand of 60’s psychedelia and rock.

Having enjoyed both of their albums, I counted myself among these aforementioned eager fans, which makes the sense of disappointment I felt toward the majority of their set all the more disheartening. Normally a two-piece, original members Sam France and Jonathan Rado were joined onstage by a keyboardist, drummer, and bassist, the two to focus on vocals and guitar, respectively.

Being a band whose music is greatly indebted to the summer of love, the musicians graced the stage trying to dress the part by sporting outfits that could be considered equal parts Willy Wonka and Woodstock.

Despite these wardrobe attempts, the band came off as if they’d just raided their high school drama club’s costume room as opposed the post-modern Jefferson Airplane aesthetic they seemed to be trying for.

It was not only the outfits that harkened back to high school, as once the group launched into their catalogue it became immediate, both with regards to their music and their stage presence, that they could easily be equated with that band at the talent show who were a little too into the Beatles and Jim Morrison. France attempted to channel the essence of the Lizard King, which instead seemed to translate into forced yelps into the microphone as the other four musicians seemed to sleep through most of their songs. On several occasions, the band would start a song only to stop to exchange confused glances and shaking heads with one another before launching into another one entirely.

One would think that an apparent lack of focus would be beneficial to a band known for their messy psych jams, however it only led to guitar solos and song breakdowns that had all of the roughness and none of the fun. The band did make an effort to pull it together toward the end, an attempt which seemed to shine on the songs “Oh Yeah” and Oh No Pt. 2”, the latter being the behemoth of a closer from their new album. Perhaps it was the number of tonal shifts scattered throughout the song that left no room for goofing around, but Foxygen managed to pull it together and launch into a spirited and groovy rendition. It’s performances like that, along with their largely enjoyable recorded material, that still gives me hope that there is a good band called Foxygen, it just didn’t seem to be the one I saw onstage that night.

Despite my mixed feelings, the crowd seemed to mostly enjoy the performance, with a large fraction of them leaving the venue, indifferent toward catching Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s set.

UMO is the mouthpiece of New Zealand ex-pat Ruban Nielson, who, with a bunch of guys from Portland, makes catchy, art-damaged pop songs that have the fidelity of something recorded by a tape player underwater.

The band is touring in promotion of their aptly titled second album, II, which dropped last month. Whereas their first record featured straightforward yet catchy guitar pop, the new album plays with a variety of genres as disparate as soul and psychedelic rock, influences that translated with a surprising effortlessness into the live setting.

Seconds into their set, after launching into the fuzzy opening riffs of “No Need For a Leader”, UMO had already proven themselves in many areas that Foxygen did not. At three onstage members, UMO still managed to display to the audience a sense of presence and command that, until this point, had been absent that night. From the groovy bass to machine-like drumming, they made sure that the audience immediately knew from the get-go that they meant business.

The band continued to power through their set with an energy nestled comfortably between focused and fun, playing a healthy balance of material from both of their albums. Although Nielson’s voice would occasionally get lost in the sea of instrumental noise, the consistent musicianship more than made up for this.

The band saved the best for last, launching into their signature song, “Ffunny Ffrends”, and their new single, “So Good at Being in Trouble”, to cap off their set. The highlight of their show, for me at least, occurred when the band returned to the stage for an encore, which included the band offering (for the first time live, apparently) their take on garage rocker Jay Reatard’s “My Shadow”, which despite being a cover managed to retain all of the raw energy of the original. The band followed this high-octane sugar rush with a spacey, chilled-out version of old cut “Boy Witch” before leaving the stage, however their departure was one that was well-earned.

-Jack Burton

MP3 – Still Corners : Berlin Lovers / Fireflies

Download the new track ” Berlin Lovers” and “Fireflies” from London’s Still Corners, off the upcoming album Strange Pleasures, dropping this May on Sub Pop.

Video – Warm Soda : Busy Lizzy

Perfecting the blend of glitter and grime that earned Bare Wires a soft spot in the hearts of the bubblegum-popping, foot-stomping masses, Matthew Melton joins with bassist Chase Oren, guitarist Rob Good, and drummer Ian McBrayer as Warm Soda.

MP3 – Nervous Nellie : Gloves (Adam Boy Remix)

 Swedish quartet Nervous Nellie sound like a mash of Phoenix against Peter Bjorn and John. They just dropped their first US release – an EP centered around title track “Gloves”. As a bonus, we have the song remixed by ‘Adam Boy’ (Shout Out Louds).

Video – Fear of Men : Seer

New video from Fear of Men for the track “Seer” , directed by Falvey and Weiss with Williams/ Tardo.

MP3 – Hibou : Glow / Hollow

19 year-old Seattleite Peter Michel aka Hibou spent a year touring North America and Europe as the drummer of Craft Spells (Captured Tracks),then began creating his own music. “Dreamy and washed out. There’s a bit of Beach Fossils’ summer haze in there and even DIIV’s repetitive, kraut tones.” (The Line of Best Fit)

Video – Howling Hex : Primetime Clown

How do boxing Cobains and Dubya Bushes sound? Splice in some downright hallucinatory cut and paste video moments, loop it like you’re on thorazine and you’ve got the new Howling Hex Video “Primetime Clown”

The Howling Hex “Primetime Clown” from Drag City on Vimeo.

Video – Peace : Follow Baby

The 90’s are back…again, with a vengeance – next up, Britpop! Check out this new video from Peace for “Follow Baby”, off their upcoming album  “Delicious”.  “It’s Pulp at their creepiest and randiest, but twisted into something roguish and chaotic”(NME)

MP3 – Glass Candy : Gheto Boys / Iko Iko

Italians Do It Better just posted up Glass Candy‘s old Geto Boys/Iko Iko track for free download on soundcloud.

Recorded In 2008.
Sampled From The Geto Boys 1991 Hit “Mind Playing Tricks On Me”.
We Also Sampled The Classic Isaac Hayes Track “Hung Up On My Baby” From 1974.
Ida Sings Sugarboy Crawford’s “IKO IKO” Over The Beat.

“…FOR A GOOD TIME….CALL 1-800-GLASS-CANDY…”

Everyone Keeps Asking Me To Put This Ultra Rare 12″ Online…
Enjoy!

xo
Johnny Jewel

Video – Thomas Azier – Angelene

Brand new mind-bending video from the Berlin-based electro-pop wizard Thomas Azier. “Angelene” is off Azier’s sophomore EP Hylas 002 and the video is a contemporary noir exploring his solitude as he yearns for the fascinating yet mysterious Angelene.

MP3 – Big Black Delta : Side of The Road

Big Black Delta’s new single “Side of The Road” is a slice of rocky, distorted, melodic loveliness, from the LA group who has been praised by everyone from Jay-Z to Dave Navarro. The debut album will be out on April 9th and the band will also perform at SXSW.

MP3 – Sin Fang : Young Boys

Icelandic collective Seabear’s founder and mastermind Sindri Már Sigfússon, has offered an exclusive first listen of his third album under the solo guise Sin Fang at Conan O’Brien’s website TeamCoco.

Long time admirers of his work, the renowned skateboard company celebrates the release of Sin Fang’s new album with two special edition decks (below) featuring artwork by Sindri, who has been an avid skateboarder for most of his life. Each deck including a download code for Flowers.

MP3 – Andrew Wyatt : And Septimus…

Andrew Wyatt, better known to most as the front man of indie powerhouse electronic pop band Miike Snowhas announced his first solo project, Descender, slated for release on INGRID/Downtown Records [ INGRID is an imprint and artist collective founded in part by Wyatt and Miike Snow themselves, sharing curation duties with Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, and several others.]
The album, Descender, is a 32 minute meditation into the darker side of Andrew Wyatt not seen on his latest endeavors with Miike Snow. Stay tuned for a more in depth look into the making of Descender captured in a documentary directed by Sebastian Mlynarski that will premier on Creators Project this March.

Video – We Are Animal : Royal Wolf

We Are Animal, recently on tour with the Joy Formidable throughout the Uk and Europe, made a little free song for you all whilst they work on the new record.

MP3 – Kill Paris : To A New Earth

LA-based electro funk authority Kill Paris dropped his “To A New Earth” EP today via Skrillex’s OWSLA. It is 3 originals (and six remixes from the likes of Gramatik, Griz and more) perfect for making this Tuesday afternoon all gltiched out.

MP3 – Gypsy & The Cat : Sorry

Grab the new single “Sorry” from Melbourne’s Gypsy & the Cat this week. Gypsy & the Cat has been getting love worldwide since the release of their Gilgamesh album in 2010.  The Late Blue followed in the same trajectory with “Bloom” seeing praise from The Fader, and Pretty Much Amazing cautioning, “don’t say we didn’t warn you about their impending hugeness.”

MP3 – Tame Impala : Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (Dave Harrington Remix)

Our love affair with Aussie band Tame Impala continues with the new “paradise edit” of – “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” from Darkside’s  Dave Harrington.

MP3 – CHVRCHES : Recover

Glasgow’s CHVRCHES unleash their newest  pop anthem, off the band’s upcoming March EP – Recover. 

MP3 – The Splits : Ghosts / Crazy For You

Meet The Splits – an all-girl “rock n’ roll” outfit from Finland, who sound like a clash between Bikini Kill and Best Coast.

EP Free Download – Body Language : Grammar

In preparation of their upcoming second full-length album, Body Language are releasing their Grammar EP for free download on their website! The full-length album, also titled Grammar is set to drop in Summer of 2013 on Lavish Habits. This five-track EP shows how the Brooklyn quartet’s sound has grown since their highly-lauded Social Studies LP; these new sounds streamline the band’s restless pop experiments with a future-shocked blend of soul and R&B. Or as they put it, “Our world still exists in an indie- disco bubble; we’re just pushing the limits of every genre to a point where the bubble’s about to pop.”

 Click Here To Download ‘Grammar’ EP

MP3 – The Strokes : All The Time

Listen to the second new Strokes track – “All the Time”.  BBC Radio host Zane Lowe  premiered the track today from the Strokes’ forthcoming album, Comedown Machine, which  is due out on March 26th. 

Video – Suuns : 2020

Watch the new Suuns video for their first single, “2020,” directed by artist Sabrina Ratté. A black and white set piece that is a dazzling combination of shifting geometric shapes and patterns mixed with the band’s dissected live performance, may induce seizure’s.

MP3 – Anika : In The City

Check out Anika’s new  “industrial disco” single –  a cover of The Chromatics’ “In the City.”

MP3 – Warm Soda : Waiting For Your Call

Perfecting the blend of glitter and grime that earned Bare Wires a soft spot in the hearts of the bubblegum-popping, foot-stomping masses, Matthew Melton joins with bassist Chase Oren, guitarist Rob Good, and drummer Ian McBrayer as Warm Soda.

LISTEN – Warm Soda : Waiting For Your Call

MP3 – Caveman : In the City

Caveman—a five-man vibe collective from NYC—released their first album in 2011. As first albums go, CoCo Beware was something akin to a moody statement of intent, a blueprint for a band quickly learning how to create horizon-wide rock songs that were equal parts intimate and expansive. 

On their self-titled sophomore album Caveman stretch their legs in a number of different, albeit cohesive, directions.

Listen to the first single “In The City” on Soundcloud below:

Album Stream – The Echo and the Sound : EP

The Echo and the Sound are  a two piece guitar and drums, rock band from Los Angeles.  Sounds like: “If Bob Dylan and Sam Shepard got into a fist fight while drinking in a desert cantina.”

MP3 – Tapioca and the Flea : Mellotron

Los Angeles band, Tapioca and the Flea bring a fresh combination of video game synths, psychedelic guitars, pulsating bass lines, and heavy rhythms.  Stay tuned for the release of their first EP with producer Lars Stalfors (Mars Volta, Cold War Kids) early 2013.