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September 2014
Seagulls
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With spindly strings horning in the opening instrumental, “Dragoon” awakens Seagulls' debut LP Great Pine, seamlessly transitioning into “Swimmin’,” a song that is initially given a steady-footed beat around which a more intricate and illuminating composition is built generating a peaceful yet purposeful layered sound, setting the tone for what lies ahead. “You and Me” plays like a surf-folk love letter, developing a warm, earnest vocal confession, while fitting nicely with the tug and pull groove of the scratching guitar and persistent bass. The vocal harmonies provide a sweetness accompanied by reserved bursts of trumpet and accordion-like effects offer a tease of nostalgia.
 
“Love, Give” follows a similar theme as vocals, strings, and snap-percussion set a pleasant, pensive, strolling pace as echoing harmonies and backing vocals reinforce, “Love give your hands to me, for someday I’ll be on bended knee.” “Old Habits” maintains an up close lo-fi aesthetic and underlying 8-bit accents, but the perspective has changed, shining a light on the dark side of relationships and a groove that has a somewhat worn and dusty ascetic, enhancing the lyrics meaning - “Old habits, die hard or they never do/so keep lying til they all catch up to you.” A well-placed take on Big Star’s “Thirteen” incorporates the honest-loving sentiments of adolescence, falling neatly inline with the group’s heartfelt vocal honesty, while simultaneously acknowledging one of their potential influences.
 
The record’s title-track “Great Pine” serves as a breath-catching ambiance builder before the turbulent “Holy Smokes” emerges. Enlisting peaks of aggressive kick-in-the-door instrumentation - particularly percussion between smooth stretches of vocally dominant valleys - in essence, layering pieces of clear skies between moments of violent storms.
 
“Distracted” concludes Great Pine with an uplifting blanket of vocals, allowing the guitar to stretch its sea legs as the backend force steers the musical ship; holding the course. This album starts on the shore, and while there are moments where it seems destined to searchingly drift out there, Seagulls appropriately demonstrate an ability to reel it in, taking a beautiful inaugural voyage. - Michael Colavita

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Mates of State Announce New Album, Tour, Release Music Video

Connecticut-based modern pop duo Mates of State have announced their first string of U.S. tour dates. Starting on September 21, the band will kick off their tour of the East Coast in support of their newest record, Mountaintops, which was recently finished and will be released on September 13th via Barsuk Records.

Mountaintops is the band's full-length follow up to 2008's critically acclaimed Re-Arrange Us. The self-produced album was written and recorded over the last year-and-a-half in 6 different studios with multiple engineers.

The band has also released the first music video for a song from the new album, the ceaselessly catchy Maracas, which you can view below.

September Tour Dates:
9/21 - Washington DC  - 930 Club # *
9/22 - Cincinnati, OH - Mid Point Music Festival # *
9/23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls # *
9/24 - Philadelphia, PA - Popped Festival # *
9/26 - Boston, MA - Royale # *
9/27 - Montreal, QB - Il Motore # *
9/28 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix # *
9/29 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews # *
9/30 - Chicago, IL - Metro # *   

October Tour Dates:
10/01 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall % *
10/03 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel % *
10/04 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In % *
10/05 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre % *
10/06 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn % *
10/07 - Orlando, FL - The Social % *
10/08 - Sunrise, FL - Langerado Festival % *
10/10 - Richmond, VA - Canal Club % *
10/11 - Baltimore, MD -Ottobar % *
10/12 - New York, NY - Webster Hall %

# w/ Suckers
% w/ Other Lives
* w/ Yawn

--Chrissy Prisco


Q&A with Jake Mehrmann of Tan Vampires

Where did the band name, Tan Vampires, come from?

Every time I'm asked this question I feel a little guilty that I don't have a better story to tell. We're all pretty irreverent, and lot of the time we all spend together involves riffing on things one person says, and free associating ideas- usually with humorous or outrageous intent. I think the name "Tan Vampires" probably came from Mike Filitis (bass player) and I (Jake Mehrmann: vocals, guitar) hanging out and doing just that. Of course, shortly after I started using the name, Twilight/TrueBlood/VampireWeekend and a slew of other vampire-related pop culture became hugely popular, and I seriously considered changing it. I guess I thought there might be negative assumptions made by people who thought we had jumped on a bandwagon or something. Eventually, though, I was like "Screw it. I like the name, and I had it first."

Click here to read the rest of the interview with Tan Vampires.

--Chrissy Prisco


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Q&A with Tan Vampires
- by Chrissy Prisco

Where did the band name, Tan Vampires, come from?

Every time I'm asked this question I feel a little guilty that I don't have a better story to tell. We're all pretty irreverent, and lot of the time we all spend together involves riffing on things one person says, and free associating ideas- usually with humorous or outrageous intent. I think the name "Tan Vampires" probably came from Mike Filitis (bass player) and I (Jake Mehrmann: vocals, guitar) hanging out and doing just that. Of course, shortly after I started using the name, Twilight/TrueBlood/VampireWeekend and a slew of other vampire-related pop culture became hugely popular, and I seriously considered changing it. I guess I thought there might be negative assumptions made by people who thought we had jumped on a bandwagon or something. Eventually, though, I was like "Screw it. I like the name, and I had it first." 

How did the band start?

Mike F. and I were in a band together for years that broke up shortly after recording our first EP. After I finished asking, "Why me, God?"  and whimpering a number of "boo hoo"s while slowly rocking back and forth I decided that moping wasn't really my thing and decided to make a record. I had just learned about the RPM Challenge, which encourages anyone and everyone to attempt to write and record an album during the month of February, and thought "hey, why not?" The friends I played it for encouraged me to start playing the songs out. The (diminutive) audiences I played for also seemed to like the tunes, and since I never really wanted to be just some dude with an acoustic guitar I decided to try to put a band together. I had known all of these guys for years beforehand and knew them to be kickass musicians and just generally good people who I thought had something valuable to contribute, so I kidnapped all of their pets and held them hostage until they agreed to play with me. We've been playing together ever since. (Resentfully.)

What are your biggest musical influences?

It's difficult to be objective about identifying which elements of the band's sound come from where. The most relevant influences are probably the ones we have on one another, but we all have pretty eclectic musical backgrounds and tastes. My personal tastes tend to lean heavily towards Soul and Motown- things like Sam Cooke, Etta James, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. But at any given moment of any day I might want to listen to pretty much anything. Variety is important.

What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?

I'm a sucker for mainstream hip-hop like Jay-Z and Kanye. I have an old car without a functioning tape deck or cd player, so I also listen to a lot of hits stations. I love big, exuberant, unabashed pop tunes. I know that the ubiquity of Cee Lo's "Fuck You," has probably taken some of the spark out of it for some people, but I can't remember the last time I heard a pop song that hit me in the gut like that one does. 

We've been lucky also to play with a lot of really great bands lately. We did a brief run of shows with our friends Xylos from Brooklyn about a month ago- a kickass band and just delightful people. I can't recommend their record-or their live show- enough. Some other bands I've been excited about lately are Stereo Telescope, Dead Man's Clothes,  Pearl and the Beard, and Il Abanico- who I heard about through this poll- is just awesome. I'm hoping they'll be into maybe doing some shows together.

What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?

The first concert I ever went to was probably some kind of terrible local punk/hardcore show all of my friends were playing. I really couldn't say. I was probably playing something embarrassing, too. I have no idea what my first record was.

What do you love about Boston's music scene?

There's a lot of exciting stuff out there, and a lot of new, different music. And Boston audiences are tough on bands. They have high expectations. You have to work to win them over, and this makes bands work harder. It motivates acts to push themselves to try to do something really special and captivating. I love that. I love the challenge.

What are your plans for the upcoming year?

We're releasing our full band debut For Physical Fitness in a couple of months, which is pretty exciting for us. We're also working to expand the geographical radius in which we play regularly. We hope to keep getting in front of new people and sharing our music with them. We've got a couple bigger shows/festivals in the works as well that are pretty exciting.

What was your most memorable live show?

I couldn't pick just one. It's always fun to play around Portsmouth/Dover, NH, since so many of our friends and families live there. The run of shows we did recently with Xylos was also a lot of fun. Hopefully we'll be able to do some touring in the next six months or so. I think we're all looking forward to that. 

Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support?

There are many people:  fans, friends, family, venues. People have been really positive, encouraging, and helpful pretty much across the board. 

Is there a piece of equipment you couldn't live without and why?

Well, obviously the gear/instruments we use help create the "sound" of the band. But I think if someone took all our instruments away or made us all switch roles we'd still find a way to do something with what was available. It might be unlistenable to anyone else, but I think we'd still find a way to have fun with it.

Why do you read The Deli?

To find out about new, exciting music. There's so much great stuff out there that's under the radar. Reading a publication like The Deli is a great way to keep up with it and to be introduced to new acts you might not otherwise encounter.

 

 

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Tan Vampires
For Physical Fitness

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Q&A with the Deli's Band of the Month, Il Abanico

How did the band start?

We met last year while studying music in Boston. The strange thing is that we are from Colombia, and both of us live 5 blocks from each other in Boston, and also in Bogotá (Colombia). Then, the rest of the band Ale Giuliani (Argentina), Sayuri Shimada (Japan) and Miguel Arroyo (Peru) started to play with us making the band what it is now.

Where did the band name Il Abanico come from?...

Click here to read the rest of the interview with Il Abanico.

--Chrissy Prisco


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Q&A with Il Abanico
- by Chrissy Prisco

How did the band start?

We met last year while studying music in Boston. The strange thing is that we are from Colombia, and both of us live 5 blocks from each other in Boston, and also in Bogotá (Colombia). Then, the rest of the band Ale Giuliani (Argentina), Sayuri Shimada (Japan) and Miguel Arroyo (Peru) started to play with us making the band what it is now.

Where did the band name Il Abanico come from?

il = The, in Italian. Abanico = A Spanish fan hand. Sounds good. We didn’t put a lot of thinking into it. I guess we consider ourselves an international band (the band members are from Japan, Peru, Argentina), so the name gives this international vibe clearly.

What are your biggest musical influences?

There are a lot of big influences, but I think the biggest one is ourselves. Each band member inspires the other one to discover new ways of playing and listening to music.

What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?

There's a great metal/rock band from Boston called Dirty Tongue. They are  just incredible! Check them out if you are in Boston.

What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?

Colombian underground bands that nobody knows!

What do you love about Boston's music scene?

That it's fresh. I mean, there's a lot places to play with people willing to listen to something new. I think Boston is tired of the same old thing and every time t
hear a new band with a different vibe, it's well received.

What would you like to see change in the local music scene?

Unity! There are a lot of great bands and musicians, but nobody works to create a scene. The only Boston scene that is really well known internationally is the
Hardcore/Metal one. If there's more unity I think bands could emerge faster.

What are your plans for the upcoming year?

We are touring the US and release our first debut album
 
What was your most memorable live show?

All of them! But especially the one that we were the opening act for Venezuela disco/funk band Los Amigos Invisibles. It was great! Christian Hinojosa (Clandestino), he was the promoter, making things really professional and cool. Every time we play his parties it's great; he respect bands and their effort!

Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support?

Yes! Our friends and our families. They are there to support us in any decision we make.

Is there a piece of equipment you couldn't live without and why?

DL4 stomp box modeler! We have three of them (two guitars and the singer). It makes our sound! That ambient airy sound is because of that pedal.

Why do you read The Deli?

To discover underground bands. We need to know what are the other bands are doing! For example, competing with us was Tan Vampires! Really great band -- check them out!

 

 

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Il Abanico
Crossing Colors EP

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Interview with The Milkman's Union

It is a beautiful June evening when I catch up with The Milkman’s Union at Doyle’s in Jamaica Plain for a quick bite before their show at the Midway Café. Henry Jamison (guitar and vocals), Peter McLaughlin (drums) and Alex Hernandez (bass) are in good spirits despite competing with the first night of good weather in weeks, rush-hour traffic on their trip down from Portland, ME and a Bruins play-off game. Between bites of club sandwiches we discuss all things Milkman’s Union.

We talk first about their newest release, the Telos EP, a huge left turn towards a very folky sound. Given its departure from 2009’s full-length, Roads In, I’m curious—is Telos a Henry Jamison solo release, a demo, or just a new direction for The Milkman’s Union? The answer—All three, kind of.

Click here to read the rest of the interview by George Dow.


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The Milkman's Union
- by George Dow

It is a beautiful June evening when I catch up with The Milkman’s Union at Doyle’s in Jamaica Plain for a quick bite before their show at the Midway Café. Henry Jamison (guitar and vocals), Peter McLaughlin (drums) and Alex Hernandez (bass) are in good spirits despite competing with the first night of good weather in weeks, rush-hour traffic on their trip down from Portland, ME and a Bruins play-off game. Between bites of club sandwiches we discuss all things Milkman’s Union.

We talk first about their newest release, the Telos EP, a huge left turn towards a very folky sound. Given its departure from 2009’s full-length, Roads In, I’m curious—is Telos a Henry Jamison solo release, a demo, or just a new direction for The Milkman’s Union? The answer—All three, kind of.

Henry jumps in to clarify, “At least four of the five songs will have a studio version. In that sense, it’s a Milkman’s Union record. We felt like we needed something between our last album, which came out in 2009, and now. This is a way for us to create a little island between them. This is kind of like a preview. We like the idea that people can hear the versions on the EP, then come out to a show and hear the fleshed-out version, then later on they’ll be able to hear the studio version. So it’s kind of like they see every step of the process.”

The EP also introduces new vocal styles from Henry. Less Thom Yorke-ish, high range and falsettos, more lows in the style of Johnny Cash. “The songs use a lot more of my range. I moved into some more guttural, Johnny Cash-type things. Then I tried a couple with falsetto, so it’s a much broader spectrum… And I’ve just been singing a lot more,” Henry admits.

Peter jumps in too, “There are some slight effects that we threw in during the mixing process to amplify certain things. Alabaster Box has sort of an old record sound to it—sort of a telephone voice—kind of nasally. Since we’re putting it out there for people to download, we wanted people to know that it’s more than just demos.”

In addition to the Telos EP, The Milkman’s Union released Texas Hold Me, a single-track collaboration with Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. Peter explains, “She’s been a friend for a little while. We have a mutual friend. On a whim I gave a buddy of mine an extra copy of the record (In Roads) to give to her. She listened to it and three days later I got a call from her. She was playing at Space Gallery in Portland. One of the bands dropped out and she wanted to know if we could fill in.” After that they played some more shows together and got to know each other better. “Then she lived with us for two weeks,” Henry adds. “We trapped her in a room more or less… I mean she was down with it but she’s an elusive character. Her last day there—her last hours in our house. I wrote the lyrics down for her. She did a great job. She’d heard the song before and she knew just what to do.”

One of the more endearing things I discovered while talking to Henry, Peter, and Alex is that they disagree on almost everything. Not in a bitchy, argumentative way—but in the way best friends bicker and disagree more for the sake of a good discourse than anything else. The Milkman’s Union are three guys who have very different thoughts and styles that come together and lend to the tensions necessary in any successful creative relationship. Case in point is our conversation about their next full-length release.

Alex tells me, “The thing is that since the last album, we’re sitting on close to two-and-a-half albums of material.”

Peter jumps in to contradict, “Well… I don’t know about that much.”

Not to be left out, Henry adds, “It’s close to two. Twenty songs, or so.” 

There’s disagreement on the direction of the next record too. Henry tells me, “We’re going to start recording on Monday. Treat it like a nine-to-five type deal. We’re trying to record an EP but it will probably turn into endless sessions, until all of the songs that we’ve written have been recorded.”

Peter adds, “It’s unclear what the next thing will be. We’ve been talking about this EP that we’ve wanted to do for a while, but the songs on that change fairly regularly.”

Henry is quick to contradict, “Oh no… they’re solid now.”

Peter goes on to explain that they’ll wait to see how the recording process goes. Instead of thinking in finite terms, they’ll simply record and see where things go. The results may be a new EP, a new full-length, or both.

Henry explains that as the recording process proceeds, the nature of the songs and how they work together often changes.

It’s obvious that they have no preconceived notions about the end results of the coming sessions. I come away not really knowing what we’ll see next from The Milkman’s Union, but thoroughly enjoying their exchange.

When recording begins, it will be done in their house. “We’ve got a little set up. Pro Tools, a computer rig. We have just enough equipment and different types of microphones that we can do some pretty nice stuff. We have offers to record in nicer facilities, but in the end it’s better for us to be able to do it at home. We’re not fast. We’re not the type of band that can just knock off tracks quick in the studio. We tend to spend way too long on things. It ends up that the home way is the only way for us.”

Alex adds, “It really is amazing what a band like ours is capable of in its own house with a few thousand dollars’ worth of equipment. Twenty years ago you would have had to invest tens of thousands of dollars to have all the capabilities that we have. It still blows my mind.”

Once recording begins the guys expect to spend the summer concentrating on the process—making it what amounts to their full-time job. They’ll be doing little by way of performing over the summer, booking just a few gigs here and there.

The effort that they plan to put into the recording process brings up the subject of day jobs. “Yeah, I work the nine-to-five,” Alex tells me. “I sell pet medications at a marketing firm. They’ve been very supportive but it’s definitely tough. It’s like being married and having a mistress on the side.”

Henry pipes in with a smirk, “Who’s the wife?”

“The nine-to-five,” Alex explains. “When you’re cheating it’s always the mistress that you’re really interested in.”

“But you still love your wife,” Peter adds.

“Well of course. But she has an inkling that something’s up.”

Before the conversation degenerates into complete nonsense we move on to Peter and Henry. Peter works sound at two venues in Portland and Henry pretty much lives the boho life working as a poster boy for one of the clubs, wandering around Portland putting up posters. Both Peter and Alex have designs on following Henry into the world of full-time band work.

With this, we finish the last of our fries and the guys walk next door to get ready for their set.

They take the stage to a small but respectable crowd, the kind that you’d expect on a Tuesday night. What’s most encouraging is that, as one of the opening bands, it’s obvious that most are there for them specifically. Many sing or nod their heads knowingly along with the songs.

The set flows through a wealth of reference points—The Meat Puppets, Radiohead, Lou Reed, Pavement, even some early Cure. I’m struck by these similarities because though Henry admits to being vaguely familiar with all of them he says he never spent much time listening to any of them.

Hearing songs from the Telos EP mixed alongside those from In Roads makes me excited for what’s to come from The Milkman’s Union. These deeper, live versions of the songs from the EP shed their folkier trappings in favor of their indie rock leanings. Their set leaves me and all everyone else in attendance looking forward to their next release.

 

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Brian Sances -- Here Today

So, it's Summer. Beach trips, sunsets, long days -- minigolf and ice cream. Maybe it’s time to listen to someone who knows a thing or two about the ideal summer spot: a guy from Sandwich MA (i.e. Cape Cod). True to his roots, Brian Sances is a one man band -- multi-instrumentalist and producer in one -- who produces well-rounded and mature songs about the Cape, summer, love, and happiness. It sounds trite to say that any musician covers a lot of genres, but Sances really does, with some songs coming off bluesy, others folky, others reggae-tinged, others alt-rock ballads, and at least one G. Love-style beach-fire hip-hoppish track in the mix. He's a damned good guitarist, versatile too, and his songwriting evinces a consistent outlook that is at once ecstatic about the world around and wistfully introspective. If mellow, easy tunes are what make you tick, don't take a trip south on rt. 28 without Here Today. --Alexander Pinto


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