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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!


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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Sneak Peek: Ladyhips – "Live at Farmtone" EP

After releasing the videos for "In The Ballroom" and "What's That Racket," Ladyhips is ready to unleash its full Live at Farmtone EP on April 22 – but The Deli New England got a first listen of the four-song set. You've already heard the triumphant brass hook of "Ballroom" and the psychedelic crunch of "Racket." On "Westmoreland," the guys slow things down and turn off the wah-wah pedals, eventually culminating the ballad-of-sorts with a two-plus minute guitar solo. "Our Consience" ends things on a high note, opting for another washed-out guitar solo after lamenting "I'm sorry for your loss" on the song's hook. 

The Deli New England chatted with Sean Rubin, the band's bassist, to learn more about the band and what went into the making of Live at Farmtone. To read the interview, click 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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Exclusive Premiere: Ladyhips – "What's That Racket"

After previously unveiling the video for “In the Ballroom,” Ladyhips is ready to release its next clip, “What’s That Racket” – and The Deli New England has its exclusive premiere. Both cuts are from the band’s upcoming Live at Farmtone EP, set for release on April 22. For the funky “Racket,” the band returns to the Connecticut farm where they shot their previous clip, and once again the result is cinematic beauty. Check out “What’s That Racket” below. – Jake Reed, @jakejreed

What's That Racket from Ladyhips on Vimeo.

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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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