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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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Secret Colours "Into You"

Secret Colours have released a second single from their forthcoming ep Positive Distractions II. The new track is called "Into You", and it has a distinctive pop groove to it.

Positive Distractions II and the full LP, Postive Distractions will be released on April 29th. You can catch Secret Colours at Empty Bottle on April 23rd.

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Very Ape! A Night of Real Rock ft. Village at Ortleib's April 15th

Tonight three bands gather at the Ortlieb’s stage for a free “real rock” event named after a song by the realest rockers out there, Nirvana. Featured is the distortion-driven hard rock band Village. The psychedelic trio stays true to their roots and influences with classic slow, fuzzy jams.  After the release of their utter tease of a demo a few weeks ago, the band is proving how versatile they can be instrumentally. Joining Village will be Todd Fausnacht and the Well Whiskey Wind Whistlers, a band that is also true to their country blues genre. Adding in that final “rock” element, rounding out the set will be Seismic Thrust, a surfy, indie trio of childhood buddies playing a mix of catchy and experimental songs. All in all, this event is sure to please any kind of rock lover, and rest assured it will be “very ape”. Ortlieb’s, 847 N. 3rd St., 9pm, FREE, 21+– Maggie Grabmeier


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Fast Astronaut "Invisible Sun" EP

Fast Astronaut lost a point with me for not being efficient enough to name their band Fastronaut, but really, that’s my own bias against the space bar (or spacebar?) They earned it back with the track “Balance,” which gets better and dancier with each minute, and won me over completely after I listened to their entire “Invisible Sun” EP. Released March 1st, it’s a very well-produced bundle of synth-pop that, while mainstream-friendly, throws in some interesting turns that prevents me from immediately dismissing it as Top-40 flotsam. The EP has a hopeful heart that I can appreciate. Check out “Balance” for yourself below, and pick it up from their Bandcamp if you like what you hear. –Terra James-Jura

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The Deli SF Dead Meadow Ticket Giveaway + Local Music Collection Part One

Yes! Win two tickets to the upcoming Dead Meadow show at The Chapel in San Francisco on April 20th! We're so excited about this show and we want you to experience the brillaint face melting psych rock from Dead Meadow and Dahga Bloom! To win email us at sfeditor@thedelimagazine.com and the 4th messenger will win!! While you dig on this opportunity, check out the amazing local bands!

We're so excited to hear and share new music. Keep a look out for more music collections on The Deli Magazine San Francisco! Send us your music and a little about you, and we'll be happy to share your rad music. 

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Amanda X Signs to Summer Bummer Records

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