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April 2014
Creepoid
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The perfect solace for winter’s passing, Creepoid’s second full-length self-titled LP combines the zeitgeist of 90's grunge with pristine dissonance and somber lyricism. Released earlier this month by No Idea Records, Creepoid is eerie, melodic and stirring from beginning to end. 

The record’s introductory track “Nauda” opens with a singular note that swells into a melody, aligning itself with the listener in a way that feels confessional yet synonymous. A well-wrought continuation of the earnest diction reminiscent of Horse Heaven, “Nauda” is as bittersweet as its vocals, informed by the paradox of loneliness and longing. Expanding into a cinematically moody soundscape, guitars wail like sirens, beckoning chords to crash and settle into a fading ricochet - a premonition of “Sunday.” Coupled with acoustic strums and crisp vocal croons, a solemn request, “take my light and pull it out,” is beautifully melodic with perfectly placed tambourine that brings to mind the memorable mood concentrated. Exploring the affect and consequence of relational presence and its subsequent absence, the orchestration of “Sunday” renders a relatable narrative evocatively raw and sincere. 

“Yellow Wallpaper” ignites with driving bass and swirling riffs. As if resurrecting the perfection of Jeremy Enigk (ex-Sunny Day Real Estate), a la “Killed By An Angel” meets “Pillars,” the song evokes an eerie all consuming sense of the sublime that centers the track’s duration. Like an extension of Horse Heaven’s “Hollow Doubt,” the contextual weight of “Yellow Wallpaper” is harmonically haunting and intentionally poignant. “Baptism” washes over its listener in waves of riffs and echoed vocals that occupy an emotive territory similar to lesser-known tracks by Sonic Youth, subverted and painted darker by the brooding buzz reminiscent of shoegaze greats like My Bloody Valentine. 

In its decline, “Baptism” casts a feeling of transcendent submersion, befitting its namesake. With a crystallized aggression, “Gout” does the same - urgent and arresting with visceral shouts and screams. “Stay Inside” is considerably more subdued than the album’s preceding tracks but equally mesmerizing, unfolding “Tired Eyes,” a hypnotic chant of a fatigued psychedelic. “Golden String” feels slightly optimistic, while “Acrimony” blossoms then retracts into a reserved yet deliberate ballad that demands its audience’s attention like a gloomy lullaby with teeth. “Vulgar,” warm and sunlit, is lush and arresting, setting the stage for the album’s closer “Old Tree,” a jubilant ending to yet another epic compilation of clairvoyant anthems evoked by Creepoid. - Dianca Potts 


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The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

Read it digitally here.

P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!


Chris Anderson, Fierce Bad Rabbit vocalist and guitarist, talks new album and Colorado roots

 Fierce Bad Rabbit had a big 2013, scoring fans across the country and being named one of NPR’s 100 Artists to Discover at SXSW. Despite vocalist and guitarist Chris Anderson leaving the band’s Colorado roots for Boston, the band is moving forward with a new album Living Asleep this fall, led by the recently released “Do You Want Me Now?”

The Deli New England chatted with Chris to learn more about the band’s upcoming release and how they’re curtailing the challenges of building a fan base both on the East Coast and across the Midwest. To read the interview, click here.

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From the Digital Submissions: the multi-faceted funk of Evolfo Doofeht

The first time I heard Boston/NYC based, funk-jazz-gypsy band Evolfo Doofeht I had one thought: the sax back! And it's about time too. In songs like 'You Light Me Up,' the tenor horn solo has enough energy to pull you out into satellite orbit.

Sometimes sounding fast and furious, almost like a metal group with a horn line, other times smoother like high line klezmer jazz with a highly energetic frontman, this band never lets you down on the brass section department, and - as they say in their self-titled track - 'You need to get down with Evolfo Doofeht.' Solid advice. You can see these guys live on Friday, May 16th at Radio Bushwick with Bad Credit No Credit or the day after at Boston's Harpoon Brewery - it will be fun. Check out their most recent single 'Mechanicals' below. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

This band submitted their music for coverage here.

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Mal Devisa to wrap up northeastern tour in May

It’s hard to listen to Mal Devisa without falling at least a little bit in love. Devisa (aka Deja Carr) deconstructs modern music to its core. Instead of flashy instrumentals and high-cost production, she concentrates on simplifying the music, letting her stunning, soft vocals do the work.  With lo-fi recording, simple bass and guitar lines and dashes of garage-sounding drum tracks, Mal Devisa says she “makes music with whatever she can find.” She's truly an innovator.

Nearly two months after the release of the For Daisy with Honey EP and following a month-long northeastern tour with Wydyde, Carr gears up for her final two shows before taking a break. Catch her at Arts at the Armory in Somerville, MA, on April 21 and at the Montague Bookmill in Montague, MA, on May 9. – Jake Dmochowski

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High Def preps "Milk and Honey" EP

Boston’s High Def falls somewhere between jazz, R&B and hip hop – and they proved they can captivate an audience at Emerson College’s Cabaret this past Tuesday, alongside other R&B up-and-comers like Raquel Rodriguez and Anthony Hall. The band is currently prepping its debut EP, Milk and Honey, but you can take a listen to its latest release below. “Definition” shows the band at its best; although vocalist Brandon Donick can croon, the track's rap-along chorus was undeniably an audience favorite. And those keys! As an added bonus, you can check out a live cover of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” on the group’s SoundCloud page. – Jake Reed, @jakejreed

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Wrong Body accomplishes "BIG" things on debut full-length

When Wrong Body celebrated the release of its latest album, BIG, it sold out O’Brien’s Pub in Allston (that’s a neighborhood of Boston, for all you non-Bay Staters), so it’s clear that the guys have struck a chord with their 90s-alternative throwback style. There are plenty of highlights across BIG’s cascade of tight riffs and gruff vocals. For instance, take a listen to the beautiful layered guitars that span “Medal of Merit,” at times scored by vocalist Bryan Mastergeorge's cries of, “Will you carry me? Will you bury me?” The band slows things down later on “King Krusher,” replacing the shouts with a charming falsetto and a sea of guitars both distorted and acoustic. If you’ve been dreaming of a grunge revival album that hits all the right notes, download BIG on Bandcamp now. – Jake Reed

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La Peste's "Better Off Dead" comes back to life with new re-issue

These days, finding a nearly 40-year old, never-heard-before punk gem is like finding a needle in a haystack. “Better Off Dead,” unleashed in 1978 and still the only release from Boston’s La Peste, will be re-issued by Wharf Cat Records on April 19 – or as you might better know it, Record Store Day. Check out the unrelenting eponymous A-side below, and make sure to get your hands on the limited edition vinyl release when it hits stores later this month. – Jake Reed

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Guillermo Sexo and Eldridge Rodriguez support Relations in Brooklyn

Hey New Englanders – if you’re in New York City this weekend, you’re in luck. Brooklyn’s Relations will celebrate the release of its latest full-length, Songbirds, with the help of Bostonites Guillermo Sexo and Eldridge Rodriguez. Guillermo Sexo’s latest record, last year’s Dark Spring, ranges from spacey (“Dark Spring”) to fuzzy (“Fall Lens”) and points in between. Expect fan favorites from across the band’s catalog, which now spans nearly nine years since the release of its first EP in 2005.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez (real name Cameron Keiber) will bring his deep voice and tracks from his latest album, you are released, which ranges from bluesy to psychedelic (see: “The Big Windup.”) The project and shows supporting it have kept him busy while his band The Beatings remains on hiatus.

If you’re looking for something to do in the Big Apple, show your support tonight at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn at 8 p.m. If you can't make it, you can still catch Keiber's solo set Saturday at 5 p.m. at Pianos in New York City. – Jake Reed


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