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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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Las Guitarras De Espana @ Mayne Stage

If you are looking for something a little different this weekend than you should check the experimental and worldly sounds of Las Guitarras De Espana. The mixes spanish guitar, dance, and so much more. This year saw the band release their latest album Tantas Cosas, and they recently sent over the track "Cejilla".

MP3: Las Guitarras De Espana "Cejilla"

You can catch Las Guitarras De Espana at Mayne Stage tomorrow night, Nov. 5th.

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Sissy Mena "Record Machine"

Where have Sissy Mena been for the last year? Well, they have been in the studio working on their new album Record Machine. The album is finally here and it is filled with fuzzy guitars, clever lyrics, and tons of the '90's era jangle pop we have come love and expect. Here we have a look at the first single from the album, "Soon Speeding Gear".

MP3: Sissy Mena "Soon Speeding Gear"

The album release show is Friday, Nov. 18th at Subterranean.

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Thomas Comerford "Dear Stephen Hauser" (Exclusive Premier)

Thomas Comerford has released a great video for his track "Dear Stephen Hauser". The track comes from his new album "Archive + Spiral" which was released on October 25th. The video was directed by Colin Palombi.

The release show the album is tonight @ The Hideout with Panoramic and True and Eiren Caffal. Tickets are just $8.

 

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Aktar Aktar @ Subt

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Gypsyblood "Bright Futures"

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Gypsyblood is performing at Subt on November 4th.

 

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Eight Bit Tiger "Bad Advice"

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Eight Bit Tiger will be performing at Schubas on November 4th.

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From Our Open Blog: YFTB "Bowhead"

Since the release of Hunter/Gather, yourfeetstoobig's first EP, the name has been hitting ears and computer screens worldwide. On Monday, YFTB released, Bowhead, a new track from their first full length album. We must say, it's a stellar tune. You can download it for FREE at their bandcamp. You can catch YFTB playing their first Chicago show in months at Lincoln Hall, November 14th with Keep Shelly in Athens and Body Language. A show to be reckoned with. See you there.

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Redgrave

Lovitt Records release a new single from the heavy blues duo Redgrave. I missed it then, but I am loving it now.

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