Abjects – Never Give Up (album review)

by Woody on February 21, 2019

Abjects are trio of ladies out of London that are Nigel Farage’s nightmare. Singer/guitarist Noemi from Spain, bassist Yuki from Japan and drummer Alice from Italy combine to make a blissful and energetic brand of garage-punk.

While their backstory is compelling enough to check them out, these ladies rip through the 11 tracks with a verve and precision that makes listening to Never Give Up pretty damn addicting. Having a track titled Fuck Brexit feels almost compulsory but it doesn’t feel forced. Other standout tracks include The Storm, The Secret and the closer, A Long Way To Go; where they slow things down a bit.

They will be down at SXSW this year and they are firmly planted on my must-see list. There is simply no way it won’t be a ripping good set.

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Up until today I had never heard of Jess Cornelius. But an email from her PR team, who had a sneaking suspicion that I’d enjoy it, changed that. Jess recently moved to LA from Australia to restart her career. Based on this track, she’s off to great start. It is a gorgeous track with a retro feel to it.

Written in Melbourne before moving to Los Angeles while trying to navigate everything going on in her life, the song is part self-help mantra, part blind fatalism. Its video, directed by Thomas Hyland, was filmed in a bathroom in Melbourne and features friends and acquaintances of Cornelius.

“We wanted to introduce the water element because of its cleansing/rebirthing properties, but water is also destructive, and the image of someone wearing a white suit in a full bathtub implies someone slightly unhinged,” says Cornelius. “We wanted to expand on this idea of rebirth by showing all these women having miniature moments of self-reckoning, which is what I feel people often do in the bathroom. We use the bathroom—and the bathroom mirror—to collect ourselves, to recover, to psych ourselves up, to escape, to self destruct, to castigate ourselves, to tally up our worth, to make deals with ourselves, to re-evaluate, to preen and primp and steel ourselves.”

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Words always seem to escape me when describing The Yawpers. They are a force of nature that leave a trail of destruction and a smile on your face (probably a look of bewilderment as well). They’re back with their follow up to Boy In A Well via the fine folks at Bloodshot Records on 4/19. Here’s some info via the PR squad.

Following their critically acclaimed and meticulously plotted concept album Boy in a Well (set in World War I France, concerning a mother who abandoned her unwanted newborn), the Yawpers created Human Question with a contrasting immediacy. The album was written, rehearsed and recorded over a two-month period with Reliable Recordings’ Alex Hall (Cactus Blossoms, JD McPherson) at Chicago’s renowned Electrical Audio. The band tracked live in one room, feeding off the collective energy and adding few overdubs. Through the new approach, 10 songs connect with an organically linked attitude and style.

“I wanted to take a crack at using these songs as therapy, really,” said lead singer and guitarist Nate Cook. “I think I’ve always been inclined to write more towards the dregs of my psyche, and explore my depressions and trauma, rather than describe a way out.”

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Versing announce 10000 for 5/3 release

by Woody on February 19, 2019

Seattle’s Versing are set to release their debut LP for Hardly Art on May 3rd. The lead track, Tethered, should agree with you if you’re a fan of Parquet Courts. From the PR team.

Versing’s frontman, Daniel Salas explains that it’s “about how people are tied together,” figuratively. “It’s a reminder of the interconnected-ness of humans, to people who make excuses for not doing the right thing” for the greater good of humanity.

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Hayes Carll – What It Is (album review)

February 18, 2019

Photo by David McClister Over the last month, my kids have been binge watching Lemony Snicket on Netflix while I’ve bingeing on Hayes Carll’s catalogue. Much like how Lemony pops into scenes and explains what’s happening, Carll always seemed to pop into his songs to paint a vivid picture of his surroundings. That changed a […]

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Fontaines D.C. announce Dogrel for 4/12/19

February 14, 2019

photo: Richiejp I first posted about Ireland’s Fontaines D.C. last November and I have been playing them incessantly since. They’ve finally announced their debut LP for 4/19 via the fine folks at Partisan Records. Here’s an interesting passage via Partisan’s site. one word has kept resurfacing in their characteristically eloquent yet direct interviews: authenticity. “I […]

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Cherry Glazerr – Stuffed & Ready (album review)

February 13, 2019

Photo credit: Pamela Littky A few years back at SXSW, I was making my way from Hotel Vegas to Waterloo Records. Along the way, I popped into Red 7 to take in a set by Mitski after hearing the single, Townie. I remember standing there thinking, this woman is going to be something special; whether […]

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Justus Proffit announces L.A.’s Got Me Down for 3/7 release

February 13, 2019

Justus Proffit has been around the LA music scene since he was 13. As his PR piece put it, he was a lifer by the age of 25. After the success he achieved on Jay Som’s LP, Nothing’s Changed, Proffit is set to release his debut LP on 3/7 via Bar None Records. The first […]

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Foxygen announce new LP, Seeing Other People for 4/26

February 13, 2019

Photo Credit: Nicky Giraffe Foxygen, the duo of Sam France and Jonathan Rado, remain one of the more unique and compelling bands in music today. As they transition into the next phase of their lives, they are doing it with their unique vision and execution. Seeing Other People will be out on 4/26 via the […]

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Gold Connections announce new EP, Like A Shadow

February 6, 2019

Photo by Lloyd McCollough Been enjoying the music of Will Marsh since I was first introduced to it. His 2018 release, Popular Fiction, was one of my favorites of 2018. Like Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest, Marsh is now starting to turn his project into a proper band and I’m here for it. Read […]

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