photo credit: Daniel Cavazos
Like a synesthesia-induced landscape found within the vivid worlds of films a la Tron or The Neon Demon, Austin + Houston duo Night Drive are back with scattered and lo-fi visuals for their track “Rise and Fall
“. The group is also thrilled to announce their debut self-titled record, due June 16th
via Roll Call Records.
The duo – comprised of Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon noted, “Rise and Fall is about unexpected change as two people find themselves going in different directions. A sudden and untimely break-up. We wanted the overall sound to be a bit dreamy and distant, which relates to that feeling of your life disintegrating and slipping through your hands like smoke, being unable to hold on to it. But we also wanted an energetic intensity to it, which relates more to the feeling of rushing headlong towards an inevitable tragedy and being unable to avert it, no matter what you do or where you turn.”
Inspired by sci-fi cinematic landscapes, the duo’s modern synth-pop seeks to explore the darker currents of abstract emotion. With infectious melodies wrapped in thoughtful lyrics, layered over pulsing dance beats, the group creates an ethereal electronic world drenched in noir aesthetics. With the handful of tracks and remixes they’ve released, the duo’s dreamy songs have already garnered attention from the likes of SPIN as well as causing a stir from tastemakers in the blogosphere, including myself — I LOVE them!
Night Drive’s self-titled debut album brings to mind the aesthetics of acts like Interpol or The Knife and is an effort best consumed in its entirety. From the John Carpenter-esque stylings of hazy album opener, “Hyperion” to the urgent synth of “Strange Telepathy” or the slow-burning and subtle “Ghost Craft,” from start to finish, the LP is a textured soundscape and surreal journey through sound.
Having recently toured with the likes of CHVRCHES, Austra, Yacht, Robert DeLong, and Miami Horror, Night Drive has several dates coming up in Houston, New York, and Austin.
“Full of psych-guitar jangle and swaggering percussion”
West Of The Sun are an indie rock band formed in Derby, 2013. Their story began in a flat above a pub in Derby when lead singer Luke met fellow university student and guitarist/songwriter Michael, the pair bonding almost instantly over everything from bands such as the Doors and Interpol to supporting championship football teams.
It was while working in that local music pub that Luke then met rhythm guitarist and Derby local lad Joe and the 3 of them would write together. With the addition of bassist Kieran and drummer Stevie, the band soon kicked up a groove and West Of The Sun was born.
The band’s name is taken from the Haruki Murakami novel ‘South Of The Border, West Of The Sun’ which describes a farmer on the brink of insanity who embarks on a quest to chase whatever it is that may lie ‘west of the sun’. The name appealed to the band because of it’s oxymoronic nature, seemingly whimsical with a dark underbelly – in keeping with the band’s blend of melancholic lyrical content and tuneful delivery. A theme that influenced the band from repeated exposure to the work of their musical heroes Joy Division and The Smiths.
Recent singles “Siberian Hysteria” and “Trip On A Turntable” were greeted with positive acclaim and the band are currently recording songs for their debut LP, set for release later this year.
|Earlier this year, Thomas Fekete, Surfer Blood’s guitarist of six years, was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer. Though he has health insurance, which has covered more than six months of chemotherapy, he’s been undergoing an alternative treatment plan that unfortunately is not covered by insurance. Currently unable to tour and make a living, Thomas has relied on the generous donations of fans & friends, via his GoFundMe page and various other fundraisers.
Now, some of Thomas’s favorite artists and closest friends have come together to help raise money, contributing previously-unreleased tracks and autographed items to be put up for auction on eBay. Never-before-heard songs from Yo La Tengo, Guided By Voices, Cults, Real Estate, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Lou Barlow, The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, Nick Diamonds, Julianna Barwick, Alex Somers,…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, The Drums and Surfer Blood were pressed to hi-fi, stereo lathe-cut vinyl, with only one copy being made of each. Each one is up for auction now, along with autographed items from Sleigh Bells, Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips, Interpol & Shepard Fairey, Sharon Van Etten, and Angel Olsen.
All thirteen unreleased tracks are also available for digital download with a donation of $10 or more to Thomas’s GoFundMe page. See below for a full list of tracks.
|Guided By Voices – “Motor Away” (live)
Recorded live 6/24/94 at Threadwaxing Space, New York City on “The Insects of Rock” tour.
Yo La Tengo – “Can’t Forget” (live)
Recorded 8/28/15 at WorldCafe Live, courtesy of WXPN, Philadelphia. Yo La Tengo appears courtesy of Matador Records.
Cults – “Hurting”
An out-take from Cults’ 2013 album Static.
Real Estate – “Talking Backwards” (demo)
This was recorded in Real Estate’s practice space in Bushwick in the summer of 2013. Courtesy Domino Records.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “Between These Boys” (demo)
Lou Barlow – “Sunshine / Money / Thirsty”
Three previously-unreleased tracks.
The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger – “Rainbows In Gasoline” (unreleased version)
Recorded in 2009 with early line-up of The GOASTT (Sean Lennon, Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Mark Ronson), recorded & mixed by Mark Ronson.
Nick Diamonds (from Islands) – “Be A Comedian”
Recorded spontaneously on September 2nd, 2015.
Julianna Barwick – “Promise”
Recorded in 2012.
Alex Somers – “Well”
Recorded in Iceland in 2015.
The Drums – “Help Him”
2012 unreleased demo.
…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – “F Train”
Demo version of “Tao of the Dead Part II”.
Surfer Blood – “Tidal Wave” (demo)
Brand new song recorded last week!
Filed under Awesome, Whoa!
On October 23, Matador will release the 2nd solo album from Interpol vocalist/guitarist Paul Banks. With Banks, Paul ditches the Julian Plenti alter-ego, and the resulting 10-song album is a tour-de- force of exhilarating minor-key intensity.
Banks was recorded in New York and Connecticut with producer Peter Katis (Interpol, The National, Shearwater, Jónsi…). The album is personal and epic, catchy and serpentine – much like your favorite Interpol albums – with Paul’s wry humor, bare emotion, and varied influences all in full effect.
Listen/Download: Paul Banks – “The Base”
Track listing :
- The Base
- Over My Shoulder
- Arise, Awake
- Young Again
- I’ll Sue You
- Paid For That
- Another Chance
- No Mistakes
- Summertime Is Coming
Preorder ‘Banks’ on LP or CD from The Matador Store
Check out the track “Blind Our Eyes” from the new Chicago band Big Science. Their debut album, Difficulty, will be out May 29th. The album features dark interpretations of 80’s pop, new wave rock similar to Interpol or (early) Killers.
Listen: Big Science – “Blind Our Eyes”
Interpol has just announced 6 more shows in July. Here they are:
07.06.2011 • Bogart’s • Cincinnati, OH
07.13.2011 • 9:30 Club • Washington, DC
07.15.2011 • Borgata Music Box • Atlantic City, NJ
07.18.2011 • HOB Cleveland • Cleveland, OH
07.22.2011 • The Vogue • Indianapolis, IN
Get a free download (in exchange for an email address) from Interpol’s website
Filed under downloads, Shows
Out November 9, 2010 (US) on Kitsune
Digitalism has debuted a teaser for their first new track in THREE years! Click here for a taste of “Blitz” which SPIN calls “…fresh Daft Punk-like beats and moody rhythms similar to Interpol.”
Discovering a galaxy of new sounds and rhythmic activity, all reports indicate that the duo are almost ready to bring their collective movements back to earth when they release their long awaited second album next year. Their 2007 debut LP Idealism stood out among a sea of similar-minded acts, attributed to their ability to so deftly walk the line of rock and electronic, and prompting Pitchfork to iterate that among their peers “Digitalism turn out to be the artists probably most dedicated of all to the idea of merging rock and electronic dance music.”
Due to some scheduling changes to U2’s tour schedule, Interpol has cancelled 11 of their shows that were previously scheduled. Fortunately, this does not affect Pittsburgh’s show (June 23rd) since U2 was not scheduled for a show here.
Here’s the ones that are now cancelled:
Des Moines, IA People’s Court
Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
Columbia, MO Blue Note
Athens, GA Watt Club
Charleston, SC The Music Farm
Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live
Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
Haven, CT Toad’s Place
Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
Lancaster, PA Chameleon
Also, Carlos Denger has left the band. He did contribute to their upcoming fourth album, but the band will replace him with a series of other bassists for their tour. Gladly, there were no hard feelings on this split.
Click here to go to the band’s website and get a free download of their single “Lights” from the new album.
Am I dreaming?! Or is Interpol really, REALLY going to be here next month?!?!
Yes, YES they are! June 23rd, 2010 at Mr. Smalls.
Interpol at Last.fm
Woops! I forgot to mention earlier —
Interpol’s lead singer, Paul Banks, has embarked on a solo project under his pseudonym Julian Plenti.
The album Julian Plenti Is…Skyscraper (which came out just yesterday) has its ups and downs, melodically speaking. But, I love Interpol, so it was exciting to check out this album.
All of the songs sound good, but I don’t know if I’d make enough use out of the whole album. Though, I highly recommend for you these tracks: “Only If You Run”, “Fun That We Have”, and “Unwind”.