ALBUM REVIEW: I like my 90’s rock and love it when bands take slices and load squealing droning distorted guitars and paste them up in their songs in a melodic format. This is not your monotone indie rock-band and I wouldn’t dare call Free Electric State’s – Caress retro in the least but there are hints of undeniable dark influences like Sioux and the Banshees backed with the equal nod to pop sentiment of The Breeders; mixed in there when the band breaks it down and turns the fuzz-off, you get a blast of warm vocal air. Holistically it’s raw enough to please your shoe-geezer crowd and way better than most ironically groomed facial hair bands.
The dueling guitars are led by David Koslowski and Nick Williams which are complimented gracefully by the vocals of Shirlé Hale. Koslowski and Hale are North Carolina transplants who had played previously together in Baltimore’s Gerty! and Ex-Members. Koslowski foremerly fronted local grungesters Liquor Bike and made infamous Melody Lane their home. Needless to say these folks can be my DJ’s anytime and that is saying a lot.
Catch them live in 2010: May 20th CAT’S CRADLE w/ Silver CARRBORO, NC May 28 THE WINDUP SPACE w/ Hammer No More The Fingers BALTIMORE, MD May 29 The RED & The BLACK w/ Hammer No More The Fingers WASHINGTON, DC Jun 4 NEW FRENCH BAR w/ Hammer No More The Fingers ASHEVILLE, NC Jun 5 Annual Daniel Festival w/ Hammer No More The Fingers PULASKI, VA Jun 10 RESERVOIR CARRBORO, NC Jun 11 THE SOAPBOX WILMINGTON, NC Jun 12 Art Bar COLUMBIA, SC For more Free Electric State Shows go here | Fan them on Facebook
Dear Andalusians, the womyn in rock sometimes try and sound like the musical genius that were Throwing Muses and end up sounding like a Scrawl record on slommo. I’m more of A fan of the Donelly / Hersh contingency and always appreciated the soulful swirly vocals and absent crash cymbals. Liked that there were no solos and chorus’s to be had. The comparison for the new 7″ ep on Dischord by Andalusians is uncanny for the title track “Do the Work”. Lots of quirky guitar melodies backed by a solid rhythm section that compliment the vocals organically. This collection of songs has the House Tornado vibe for sure but also shows me that indie rock lives strong like a ghost know its home. Earthy, warm and all sorts of analog fills this music and picks up right in the sweet spot. I will even dare to say that some real chops are channeled and reworked so it’s all new kids. See them on their tour of America now!
Catch them on Tour right now: Thursday, Feb 5 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat Friday, Feb 6 – Richmond, VA @ Rumors Boutique Saturday, Feb 7 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Night Light Sunday, Feb 8 maybe driving, maybe playing? HELP! Monday, Feb 9 – St. Augustine, FL @ Nobby’s Tuesday, Feb 10 – Orlando, FL @ Starlight Cafe Wednesday, Feb 11 – Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds Thursday, Feb 12 – Atlanta, GA @ Wonderroot Friday, Feb 13 – Johnson City, TN @ TheHideAway Sunday, Feb 15 – Somerset, KY @ watershed gallery Monday, Feb 16 – Louisville, KY @ Skull Alley Tuesday, Feb 17 – Chicago, IL @ The Ottoman Empire House Wednesday, Feb 18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club Thursday, Feb 19 – Kalamazoo, MI @ 4th Coast Cafe Friday, Feb 20 – Detroit, MI Saturday,Feb 21 – Wilkinsburg, PA @ Mr. Roboto
Ah, the unearthing of demos. Always a cool thing for hardcore fans. Sometimes such things should remain in the ground but in the case of Knoxville Tenessee 90’s alterative pioneers, SUPERDRAG, some of their songs are pure indie greatness that they would not surpass until their single “Keep it Close to me” at least in my humble opinion. Check out the six-bender post by Heather on Fuelfriends. My buddy Walter is heading to the show this weekend for a roadtrip to TN with his brother and I’m extremely jealous, allas a lot of stuff out there if you dig in the right spot. I’ll have to settle for getting home safe this weekend and having a beer bender of my own. HYPEM SUPERDRAG FREE MP3 SEARCH | MYSPACE OFFICIAL PAGE
i love sarcasm but not till I actually heard LA based band [download freeze mp3 I ROCK CLEVELAND‘s blog] QUI now featuring David Yow on drunking prog yapping did this review in the Village Voice restraining the lizard By Shaun McCormack makes any fuckin’ sense. Harmonies dude? Come-on retard they were yanking your chain. They are rockin’ tonight at the Mercury and in mid-tour (SEE MAP ABOVE). So if your expecting a bunch up twisty COWs inspired syn-capated guitar and big narly BUTHOLE SURFER style drums go check’em out. The church of the sub-yow makes no promises for old 73 year old punk ex-jesus lizard singer’s nakedness. QUI‘s track Freeze kicks butt eventhough their myspace page is practically unviewable in ie7 but whatever. And now for old video of THEfuckingJesusLizard at CB’s