May 31st, 2011 • Introducing
We’re not sure why New Jersey garage-rock quartet The Static Jacks have to date not featured on these pages. In any case, there’s no time like the present, and with the fresh-faced, all-American four piece set to release their debut long player “If You’re Young” on 30 August in the States (through Fearless), this is probably as good a time as any to shout about them.
If you like your indie rock uncomplicated, impassioned and hook filled, you’ll most likely enjoy TSJ. Think The Clash, early Strokes, The Paddingtons and The Cribs – with an American twist. Vocalist Ian Devaney’s sing-it-like-you-mean-it, up-and-at-’em growl lures the listener in from the outset, before the water-tight musicianship and hooks bowl you over and leave you wanting more after the songs clock in at around three minutes (if that).
The band have been making waves on their native East Coast for a little while now, playing all the right shows: support slots with the likes of Titus Andronicus, Tokyo Police Club, The Futureheads and Young The Giant, as well as appearances at SXSW and the CMJ Music Marathon in 2010. A self-released, Andrew Maury produced EP in early 2010 contained a sure fire hit in ‘My Parents Lied’, no doubt keeping them on the radar of many an Internet tastemaker.
One suspects they’re building up a solid grass roots following at their side of the pond, before taking the show over to the UK and Europe later on this year (we’ll be keeping an eye out for any such news). In the meantime, check out ‘Girl Parts’, a free download they’ve just dished up, which features Ceci Gomez of Brooklyn punk outfit Beast Make Bomb on guest vocals, and is also a first taste of what to expect from their aforementioned debut album.
May 25th, 2011 • News
Photography by Nicolas Elliott
Trawling through the Internet, we came across these photos of Sydney’s Deep Sea Arcade playing for us at The Social on Little Portland Street last Monday night. If you were there, you’ll know what a great set it was – fizzing with character and energy, and jam packed with tunes. We’re proud to have hosted one of their two debut London shows.
Their single, ‘Lonely In Your Arms’, sees the light of day in the UK this Monday 30th through New Music Club, and the band are currently rounding off their maiden Euro tour with an appearance at Primavera Sound in Barcelona this Saturday 28th.
Check out set highlight (and B-side to LIYA) ‘Keep On Walking Below’ – it’s been stuck in our head since they walked off stage at the gig.
Today Silverchair posted a message on their website basically saying being in a successful band isn’t “fun” anymore and they are going on “indefinite hibernation”. While I wouldn’t consider myself a “fan” there is something very admirable about a male putting his eating disorder out for the world to see… and it becoming a MASSIVE hit!
Message from the band below:
“We formed Silverchair nearly 20 years ago when we were just 12 years old. Today we stand by the same rules now as we did back then … if the band stops being fun and if it’s no longer fulfilling creatively, then we need to stop.
Therefore after much soul searching we wanted to let you know that we’re putting Silverchair into “indefinite hibernation” and we’ve decided to each do our own thing for the foreseeable future.
We assure you that this decision has not been taken lightly. In fact we’ve been struggling with it for quite a while now.
Back in 2009 we went into the studio to start work on a record. Initially things were going well and as a result we did some shows in 2010 to maintain creative momentum. However, over the months that followed in the studio it became clear to us that we were moving in different directions. Despite our best efforts over the last year or so, it’s become increasingly clear that the spark simply isn’t there between the three of us at the moment.
As a result we’ve decided to put the band into ‘a deep sleep’ while we all do other things that we find more inspiring right now. This means that Silverchair won’t be making music together or playing shows any time soon. It also means that the three of us won’t be working together unless and until it feels right again.
We understand some of you may be disappointed by this news but we really see it as a liberating and positive step for us at this point in our lives.
We also want to make it really clear that this decision has been made with the best possible intentions. We’ve always tried our hearts out to make the best music we could possibly make at the time – regardless of commercial consequences.
The three of us still truly care about each other. At the moment Ben’s busy in the studio recording his own music, Chris is working on various business, musical and charitable ventures while Daniel is creating a film soundtrack and working on other musical projects. We hope you’ll continue to take an interest in our individual work over the years ahead.
In closing we’d like to acknowledge all the people ‘behind the scenes’ who’ve helped us keep this train on the tracks since we first started playing in a garage. There are too many to name but they know who they are and we truly appreciate all their love and hard work.
Above all though we want to thank you for all your support in good times and bad. You’ve put up with our long breaks between albums, our constantly changing musical styles and lots more. The unbelievable loyalty we’ve been shown by you our audience, and our friends, has never gone unnoticed or unappreciated. That’s why we wanted to tell you first.
With Sincere Thanks For Your Understanding.
Daniel, Ben and Chris
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Courtesy Tier’s Record Release after-party with The Yes Way and Monuments!!!
MIDNIGHT The Chaotic Good spins his tracks that have been released by Dim Mak records and featured on Pitchfork.
May 15th, 2011 • News
We’ve announced a second May show (the first being tomorrow night at The Social): on Tuesday 24th, we’re heading out East onto Kingsland Road where we host a night at The Victory featuring Miami electro/space pop duo ANR, who are over in the UK for The Great Escape, and also to open for the likes of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Perfume Genius and Brother.
They’re also promoting their much lauded debut LP ‘Stay Kids’ (currently out on Something In Construction) – “all sorts of great, billowing melancholia and pop mastery” said US blog The Culture Of Me, whilst The Word piped up with “Any band that mingles Brian Wilson with Prince, ELP, Funkadelic and Giorgio Moroder is fine by us”. We’re not ones to usually argue with this kind of praise, and upon repeated listens, their material certainly stands up to it.
We’ve managed to pin them down for an exclusive London headline show in a 120 capacity pub – something not to be sniffed at, given the fact they’re in line to be the next big thing from the States after Resse’s Pieces.
Support on the night comes from fast-rising atmospheric electro quartet Worship, who’ve just been on tour with Everything Everything (with whom they share management). Their songs, much like someone like Beach House, have the ability to transport you from inner city London to somewhere far more desolate and scenic. It’s an undeniable quality.
East London (via France) jazz electro duo MiAOW, who played an absolute stormer of a set for us at The Lock Tavern in August of last year, open the evening. If you managed to catch them at said performance, you’ll know it’ll be worth turning up early.
MP3: ANR – The Endless Field of Mercury (Single Edit)
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