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February 2015
Suburban Living
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Suburban Living’s self-titled debut LP (PaperCup Music) is a memorable showcase of moody dream pop and lush emotives. The anticipated follow-up to the well-received Cooper’s Dream EP and 2013’s “Always Eyes” 7” single, Suburban Living enhances a sound familiar to fans of Beach Fossils, while channeling the percussive pulse and melancholy of post-punk legends like Joy Division. 

Opening with “Faded Lover,” the album’s first track unfolds with guttural riffs and an unrelenting backbeat that perfectly frames frontman Wesley Bunch’s emotionally wrought yet controlled vocals. The song falls somewhere between the driving tempo of Echo & The Bunnymen’s “Stars Are Stars” and The Cure’s “Primary,” making it a suitable metaphor for willing romantics. A crystallization of everything quintessential about the dissonance of post-punk and the catchy melodics of shoegaze, “Faded Lover” lingers like a ghost with its listener, dissipating into a silence that begs for subsequent returns.
 
“New Strings” impresses with cinematic reverb and percussion that gradually swells into a melodic narrative that proves to be just as upbeat as it is brooding. Bunch’s knack for crafting duality and juxtaposition keeps tracks like it from becoming merely sentimental. The sincerity of Bunch’s diction is one equally fostered by disenchantment and passion alike. As if tapping into the emotional core of what made fellow shoegazers The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart so relatable, Suburban Living’s “New Strings” manages to tug at the heartstrings without playing puppeteer. 
 
“Wasted” kick-starts with beach-y chords and mellow diction that intensifies midway through the song’s duration via shouts that seem to beckon a sense of urgency in Bunch’s audience. With ease, it signals a shift in the album’s tone preparing listeners for the more subdued yet earnest “Dazed,” whose instrumentation embodies the state evoked by its namesake. As if it were a millennial epilogue to the sentiments of Psychocandy, the song proves to be just as pensive in its own rite. With jangly hooks and introspective vocals, it feels synonymous with early cuts by Real Estate or a kindred spirit with the unabashed sincerity of the Stone Roses. Here, Bunch is anything but withholding.
 
The dance-y synth and cadence of “No Fall” perfectly compliments the track’s energy. Suburban Living’s sixth track is a probable favorite for fans. “Hotel Unizo” serves as an instrumental prelude to the album’s closer, “Different Coast,” which is similarly orchestrated in the sense that it captivates. Fashioned by straightforward feelings that confess of vulnerability and modes of coping, “Different Coast” is deliberately constructed to mesmerize its listener towards catharsis. 
 
In the end, it is clear that Suburban Living’s latest release is the beginning of something monumental. - Dianca Potts

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Twin Peaks "Fast Eddie"

Named "Best Hyped Youngsters Who Can't Play Your Neighborhood Bar" by the The Reader last week, Twin Peaks are blowing up right now as they should be. The band's new album, Sunken, will be released by Autumn Tone on July 9th, and the album's latest single is "Fast Eddie".

The band recently announced that they will be playing Riot Fest this Fall, but you can catch Twin Peaks this week at Metro on June 27th for The Reader's "Best of Bash".

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Laughing Eye Weeping Eye "Beway"

In their new video for the title track of their latest album, "Beway", Laughing Eye Weeping Eye prove that they put the "freak" in freak-folk. Their sound may delve into the stranger or darker side of music, but there is something oddly beautiful in it as well.

Beway was released on the 11th and can be purchased here. You can catch Laughing Eye Weeping Eye at Hungry Brain on July 9th with Alloy Fox, The Tinycakes and Hannis Pannis.

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CD of the Month: Handsome Tyrants

The debut ep from the e.d.m. trio known as Handsome Tyrants is impressive and unique for the genre. The six song released blends elements of dream-pop, ambient soundscapes, and an array of mind blowing sounds and textures. The lead track "Hannibal" leans heavily on drone with an creepy trumpet cutting through the mist with a repeated broken wail. "Lighthouse" breaks the drone as it build methodically into a steady dance track. The sparse vocals add more traditional element to the track as the ghostly vocalist laments, "Where are we now?". The ep third track, "Random Call", moves even closer to a traditional rock feel almost completely abandoning the sonic haze of the first two tracks.

Through out the ep the trio plays with beats, sounds, and distant vocals to create an atmosphere that is unique and impressive for a debut.

You can catch Handsome Tyrants at Hostel Earphoria on July 13th with Shapers, ONO, C. Batteries, & El is The Sound of Joy or at Empty Bottle on Aug. 5th with Chandeliers, Gel Set and Spider To The Fly.

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June 2013
Handsome Tyrants
"Handsome Tyrants EP
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The debut ep from the e.d.m. trio known as Handsome Tyrants is impressive and unique for the genre. The six song released blends elements of dream-pop, ambient soundscapes, and an array of mind blowing sounds and textures. The lead track "Hannibal" leans heavily on drone with an creepy trumpet cutting through the mist with a repeated broken wail. "Lighthouse" breaks the drone as it build methodically into a steady dance track. The sparse vocals add more traditional element to the track as the ghostly vocalist laments, "Where are we now?". The ep third track, "Random Call", moves even closer to a traditional rock feel almost completely abandoning the sonic haze of the first two tracks.

Through out the ep the trio plays with beats, sounds, and distant vocals to create an atmosphere that is unique and impressive for a debut.

Harm's Way "Mind Control"

Is there a better to start a Friday then with a little Hardcore? Harm's Way released a new video this week for their track "Mind Control". The new track comes from their forthcoming EP Blinded which will be released on July 23rd via Deathwish.

Harm's Way will be touring Europe all summer.

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