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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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Mount Sharp begins May Pianos Residency on Tuesday 6th

Keep an ear out for Gowanus fuzz rock trio, Mount Sharp, who just announced a residency at Pianos, playing every Tuesday in May at 10pm. The band has been together for nearly two years, creating what they call “songs about science and bad decisions,” perfecting their sound as they go. A mixture of distant and echoed vocals drift in and out of ghostly, sometimes eerie pop guitar, displaying a plethora of influences, and making for an uncomfortably enjoyable (or enjoyably uncomfortable) listening experience. THey are also about to announce a summer release, so stay tuned. – JP Basileo

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best guitar rock songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

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From the NYC submissions: Penrose plays Marlin Room at Webster on 04.26

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Latest record 'Circe' goes from heavy blues ('Every River Goes to Hell'), to piano ballads ('The Murder of Basin Street') and even calliope! ('Hades'). But it's not as heavy as it sounds.'Circe' is a concept album full of innuendo and mystery (and quite a bit of murder), but it's also easy to groove out to and perfect for any road trip... especially if that road trip brings you to hell. See them when they play The Marlin Room at Webster Hall on Sat, April 26th and listen below to 'Every River Goes to Hell,' a song reminiscent of one of the most underrated desert rock bands of the 90s, Thin White Rope. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

This band submitted their music for coverage here.

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Debut Tangiers EP Available for Streaming & Download

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Free Download: "In Metal" (Low Cover) - Nothing

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New Music Video: "Goshen '97" - Strand of Oaks

A contemplative Timothy Showalter (a.k.a. Strand of Oaks) appears in the latest video for his J Mascis guitar-assisted track, "Goshen '97." It's the initial offering from his forthcoming album HEAL, due out on June 24 via Dead Oceans. The video was directed by Rick Alverson, and features some local music community pals doing a bit of rollerskating for the cameras.

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Justin Kalk Orchestra Releases Video for "Dirty Thing"

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Church Bar's One Year Anniversary with The Lower 48

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Moon Bounce Getting Down at Silk City April 20th

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