With ‘Ordinary Corrupt Human Love’, California’s Deafheaven have released one of the most acclaimed albums of the year, a record that makes non-metal fans sit back and think, ‘Wait, do I like metal?’ Tom Connick finds them – surfing, no less – on the day of the album’s release.
For a dulcet-voiced doomsayer, King Woman’s Kristina Esfandiari is actually a pretty big poptimist. Discussing her new single “Gasoline” — a smoldering break-up song off her upcoming double EP Loverboy / Dog Days —…
Kristina Esfandiari’s journey to actually get her record together literally was lit… and not in a good way, the Hard drive caught on fire. Through paths of determination she has delivered Loverboy, an EP of songs of sadness and strengths. Her fire further fueled by loneliness and the exploration of previous traumas. We got ahold of her while on her tour to have her explain her give us a run down on creating her EP.
Miserable - “Loverboy / Dog Days” out on October 26, 2018 on Sargent House. Pre-order HERE.
Since we first met years ago, you’ve lived in the Bay, New York and now LA. Does long distance relocating tend to boost your creativity or crush it?
I suppose I’d say it does both. You have to start over when you move, that can be distracting. Establishing yourself in a new city takes time. On the other hand, I wrote some of my favorite songs while feeling very isolated in NYC.
Origins is a recurring new music feature that tasks an artist with dissecting the influences behind their latest track.
On September 14th, Emma Ruth Rundle, the prolific singer/songwriter you may recognize from The Nocturnes, Red Sparowes, and Marriages, will release On Dark Horses, the follow-up to last year’s The Time Between Us EP. Rundle’s previously dropped album opener “Fever Dreams”, and today she shares its follow-up, the thunderingly ominous “Darkhorse”.
Setting The Stage: It takes a lot to get folks in New York City out to a concert, with the myriad of things to do any given night and dozens of competing shows across the city. So packing an 1,800 cap venue like Brooklyn Steel is a feat in and of itself, but that’s exactly what Deafheaven did on Tuesday night.
British math rockers TTNG (fka This Town Needs Guns) are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their 2008 debut album Animals this year, and they’ve got some big plans for the occasion. They’re releasing an acoustic re-working of Animals, which they made in collaboration with original vocalist Stu Smith, who sang on Animals but left the band in 2011. The new acoustic album also features contributions from Nate Kinsella (Birthmark, American Football, Joan of Arc, etc), Yvette Young(Covet), Mivos Quartet, and The Kraken Quartet. We’re premiering the new acoustic version of “Gibbon,” which stays pretty true to the original, but also clearly has its own distinct vibe. In this form, it actually kinda reminds me a little of Iron & Wine. Listen and compare it to the original below. Animals Acoustic comes out October 5 via Sargent House (pre-order).