The Southampton band’s new Places to Haunt EP is being released Aug 11th on Native Pop. Pre-order ltd edition 10” vinyl here, pre-order on iTns, don’t miss their video for “Evil is Always One Step Behind” (straight out of Game of Thrones) directed by Jordan Buck.
DC band’s guitarist and singer Chris Kelly tells me, “it’s kind of about how one deals with life when someone special leaves, how you cope with all those regrets, what you said, what you didn’t say, what you should’ve said, and what you shouldn’t’ve said. it’s about wondering if they’re really coming back, hoping that you can still say something to make it better and coming to terms with the fact that it’s just not that simple.”
Everything about this back story from Austin, TX duo:
We are Southern Boutique, but you might remember us as two former members of the now deceased Tiger Waves (RIP).
Let me explain what we have been up to and the making of these songs. Things got pretty crazy. Tiger Waves spiraled into debt, struggled with what felt like an endless sea of dreadful luck, and eventually became homeless - but hey, living in a van with no AC in the Texas heat was a great team-building exercise.
Alas, no team building could have saved the band at that point, and we are moving onto bigger and better things. After doing some soul-searching in the wilderness of Yellowstone for a month, it became clear that we needed to form a new band and start from scratch.
Amidst all break-ups, be them romantic or artistic, something good always seems to arise out of the ashes. So after a year spent coming to terms with what had happened we have recorded an album that we are extremely proud of and we hope you enjoy, especially because it nearly destroyed us to create.
We had a lot of influences that shaped our new sound. These include, but aren’t limited to: abandoned Indian reservations, luxury gas stations, shamanism, shadow people, the Texas Gulf Coast, moose baby, and Don Henley.
We are truly grateful for everything you have done for us in the past (your posting of our song “Weekends” way back in 2012 gave us our big break and began our wild excursion and brief moment in the record industry) and we really hope that you dig what we have been up to since. Thanks for everything you have done and we are glad you are back running yvynyl!
Oh, shit. This will not get out of my ears/mind for the rest of the next 48 hours. To imagine that it’s wintertime in Cape Town, South Africa and this can easily be the next big sunshine hit for this season.
Not only did I get this letter a few weeks ago, but I got their cassette tape and I’ve listened to it 100 times already in my living room. Here’s why:
My name is Nathan from a band called EWW YABOO. We are about to put out our first full length on Summersteps Records and I’d love to share it with you. We recorded the entire album at our home and named it “Keep Dreamin’”.
The title serves as way to address the resistance… The things that keep you from finishing what you started. The guitarist, Drew Carsillo, and myself have been playing together off and on since our first band at 13 years old. We’ve lived together for four years now, using Drew’s childhood home to practice and write/record the album. It took us a year to record and mix, and in the meantime I got to watch my friends grow as artists as well as people. I never realized the benefit of finishing something as tedious as a fully self recorded release. When you’re done and listening to the results I imagine it’s similar to an architect doing the first walk through of a structure they’ve designed and watched grow from the foundation up.
During this year we saw the seasons change out of the windows, in the summer we sweat and cursed, in the winter we froze our asses off (tube amps double as heaters after 45 minutes!) while just trying to get a good take before heading to our jobs. Since Drew and I started the band during a brief stint living in Brooklyn, there was a mental image that formed. We wanted our releases, especially this first one, to sound like a solid mix tape. Like a perfect boxing combination, my favorite albums are the kind that pummel you song after song, from different perspectives, sounds and angles.
We carved out our 11 song woolly mammoth from a mass that was 20+ songs, some more developed than others. We started with the rhythm section and I got to see Jared grow from an excellent high energy drummer to somewhat of a studio player, analyzing every aspect of what it he was doing within the songs. After finishing tracking and obsessing over the mixing for a awhile, we chose Mark Kramer to master it. Kramer has been an idol of mine since I first started recording my own music and I was pleasantly surprised at how simple and affordable having him work on our record was. The artwork was done by our former roommate and longtime friend Chris Eastwood. He was here when we first started tinkering and is an awesome positive artistic force and inspiration as well.
To us, the end result of “Keep Dreamin’” represents where we have been as friends, individuals and as a band. We wanted to make a record that reflected all that was happening around us. I can’t be the judge on whether we achieved what we set out to do, but isn’t it about using what inspires you to at least make an attempt? Thanks!
Sweet candy for your weekend. Related: I heard Cyndi Lauper's “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” on the radio this morning and remembered what hottness. Holy shit, wasn't her hair so fucking awesome?! But I digress.
If you’re in the market for something super pretty, shoegaze-y, and vaguely familiar - I’ve got the song for you. The Glasgow based dream pop crew, Life Model, have an achingly beautiful take on the neon-hued, synth pop gem, “The Best Thing” by Electric Youth. The track has been floating around for a few months now, but only recently found it’s way to my ears (thanks to reader’s suggestion) and that is where it’s stayed the past few hours. Life Model has a handful of wonderful originals that you should also be spending time with, but for today - “The Best Thing” is a pretty wonderful place to start.
I’m never surprised when I hear an amazing song and find that the band is based out of Montreal. It’s as if the whole area is teeming with brilliant musicians. One of the more underrated bands currently producing excellent sounds in Montreal is the dreamy, soft pop four piece, TOPS. The band has been quietly building a pretty stunning catalog of songs over the past couple of years, and with the forthcoming release of the “Change of Heart/Sleeptalker” 7”, they seem primed to catch fire. On “Sleeptalker”, the band crafts a delicate, autumnal sound that makes you long for the cooler days of fall so that you can get lost in the subtle beauty of Jane Penny’s whispered vocals as well as the sweetly melancholic guitars from David Carriere. There’s something special taking place here and hopefully it’s time for TOPS to hit that next level of exposure and recognition that they so deserve. Highest recommendation for fans of The Sundays, Real Estate, and Widowspeak.
If you’re curious about musician’s mood in Russia right now, I got a fantastic letter from my friend Oksana, along with their excellent new track:
How you’ve been!! How’s the summer going so far, any exciting plans? We went on a little get away now stuck in the city for couple of month :( I got a new fun job, which sometimes is too fun and taking too much time from music making, but we struggle.
So, we finished our new EP entitled Far Away. it’s a bit different moodwise, a bit more decadent (deca-dancy, I call it :)) Cos lately things are not going so well here in Russia, with Ukraine and stuff (my 85 nan lives in Ukraine and I cant go visit her for too long) Its a really troubled time, and the songs are mostly about how you cant stay in your little world just with your loved one, and how all the bad things are here to interfere with your safe happiness and you can do nothing about it. But still they are about love, and finding safety next to your lover.
We listened a lot to 90s music so it influenced the sound a lot.
All the thing is too confusing – that what you get when informational war goes IRL. It seems to us that even people who are actually in this conflict don’t fully understand what they are fighting for and moreover against who.
It’s the case when you can’t really take sides and just try to emphasize with everyone – which I guess is kinda wrong when its war happening (evil against good, right?). If you turn to media – all of it, foreign even – the information you are getting there can always be just propaganda, or paid by government or just someone’s private point. So you gain this distrust which doesn’t help you to understand things at all. At one side you think that separatism is bad and never leads to good consequences, at other point people revolting against their corrupted government is totally logic (this would not happen in Russia, we are just too scared). But there’s people dying and suffering, there’s fear and misery. So this should be wrong.
In Russia majority, a really great deal of population are happy with Crimea annexation chanting in ecstasy “Crimea is ours”! Au contraire, which seems like a fair vote, doesn’t make sense to us at all. If let’s say I live in a border region and don’s want to be a part of Russia, because I think it sucks, I can’t just ask for referendum, right? I’ll be a terrorist, I’ll be a separatist and will go to jail. So how legal and fair this transfer is? The country was troubled and falling apart, people were scared, but will Russia make their lives better? I guess it will! With all the money being sent to Crimea, and not to other needy regions, where people are making 100$ a month.
Our dumbass government is mostly just a bunch of attention seeking worthless morons that are here to distract people from real problems – like making a bunch of nonsense laws – like a ban on lace underwear (im not even kidding). The saddest thing that you can’t make a change, can’t interfere, can’t say out loud that all the shit is wrong , you just deal with it and hope for the better, that crazy Putin-machine will finally run out of fuel. Every day we wake up and afraid to read the news. That how it goes. Tomorrow doesn’t belong to us.
Uff, too sad. :(
Anyway, we as always hope you’ll love our new music. Here’s the linky-link and art.
This song has been sitting in my ‘to do’ post box for too long, and as I’ve been building out some fun new things, I haven’t shared this. But now that we’ve officially made it into Summer, this song makes a lot of sense.
Watch for the rest of their upcoming Giggle LP from their Brooklyn home base later this summer.
Stoked for new work from one of my favorite DC electro duos Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John. They are about to head out of town for a few southern dates with another one of my dearests, Hundred Waters. I’d put my vote in for ‘not to be missed’, especially after listening to this sweet new track.
A while back, I was getting fantastic singles from Mexico City-born, San Diego-based artist Nacho Cano. He just sent me his newest work, powered by some heavy shit that he sent in a letter but asked me not to publish. I love that music heals, and if you need a soundtrack for ‘getting better’, I suggest starting here.
A couple months ago, right around when their home country started tweaking the fuck out, Ukrainian teenager Виктор Константинов sent me a dark-wave song that was fit for the times. Here, he’s taken a bit of a notably shinier sound on this new single.
This intoxicating track from this Barcelona-based artists hits the right element in my nervous system. I shared a couple fantastic singles they put out last summer, and this new one seems to promise forward motion.
Envalira EP is coming out on June 10th in Europe, 17th in USA from Buenritmo Records and Minity Fresh Records in the USA in a release of 500 vinyl.
We had another great time at SXSW this year and thanks to our gracious hosts Hype Machine and Feed the Beat, we have some rad videos and photos to share from that special day back in March. Hype Hotel had another amazing venue this year packed full of cool people, cold beverages, crunchy tacos, insane lights and, of course, ridiculously great bands. MEGABLAAG got to be part of the action this year and we had a blast.
As it grows out to it’s second release, the excellent record multi-media project Singles Club comes out with writing, songs and images from a warmth experience. Highly recommend listening to this dreamy single while reading the pieces, but better yet, buy the physical release.
I, for one, am happy that music is becoming collectible again. Sign up for this fantastic quarterly project here.