“The Past is a Grotesque Animal”…Yes, yes it is.

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Over the weekend I had finally watched the long awaited of Montreal documentary, The Past is a Grotesque Animal. I was hesitant to view this film for quite some time, as I thought it would destroy my perception of front man and songwriter Kevin Barnes. This proved to be an eye opening experience for sure. The film highlights the band’s career from the very start. Seeing all of the old footage of how the group came to be was rather charming and delightful. The behind the scenes footage was certainly a treat as well. Their vibrancy and quirkiness definitely shined straight from the screen. Every aspect of the band was touched upon. From troubling relationships, to the brilliant artwork and stage performance antics of brother David Barnes and co., it proved to be truly insightful. 

Throughout all of the good times and struggles the band often continued with, the film focused quite a bit on Kevin Barnes’ inner demons. The depression, the anxiety, the need to make ‘good art,’ no matter at what cost. The one problem though, is the need to make ‘good art,’ lead to the departure of longtime and key players Dottie Alexander, James Husband, Bryan Poole (B.P.), alongside Matt Dawson and Davey Pierce respectively.

The thing that struck me most was how easily Barnes removed himself from them to make a complete musical transformation. What came to be one of the most celebrated band of the 00’s, has changed into so many forms that there feels like there is something missing, especially in a live setting. The ever exciting line up during onstage dance parties are something that I, as well as many fans, truly miss. Though change can be good sometimes, The Past is a Grotesque Animal, made Barnes out to have villain tendencies. Whether or not this was the intention, it was an extremely fascinating look into a phenomenal band that has hit home with so many listeners over the past several years. 

I don’t think I will ever stop buying of Montreal records. Kevin’s songs have always struck a chord with me. This certainly gives me a different perspective into the world of of Montreal.

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A is for Atom Releases the Stunning “Song for You”

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A is for Atom is the brainchild of Mike Cykoski. Recently releasing his latest EP, Song for You, the Brooklyn transplant creates a phenomenal record that will catch your attention immediately. For those who are fans of bands such as The National and The Flaming Lips, A is for Atom creates a sound that is truly unique and certainly pleases the ears.

Cykoski is strongly inspired by songcraft and the art of composing. He enrolled in the prestigious NYU music technology master’s degree program, later taking courses at the world renowned Julliard, and expanding his horizons by completing certificates for Harvest Works and Dubspot, further exploring his interest in electronic music.

It was there at NYU that Mike met his producer Julian Cassia in a film scoring class. Julian was quite taken with Cykoski’s compositions and had a great appreciation for his writing style as well as his international aesthetic perspective. Described as having “tastefully ethnic flourishes and, at times, some sturdy Brit-pop hooks,” the project began when Mike finished his master’s thesis and landed a steady job, making him both optimistic and introspective.

On his recent release, Song For You, he provides an outward expression, with songs that prove to be lively and upbeat.

A standout piece from the EP is the title track, “Song for You,” which Cykoski refers to as a ‘break up theme,’ stemming from his divorce. His haunting vocals swirl throughout the track which resonates throughout. His talent for combining emotional driven lyrics with stunning composition, shines through with “Song for You,” as well as every track on the EP. Check out the single below!

A is for Atom “Song for You”
https://soundcloud.com/aisforatom/02-a-is-for-atom-a-song-for-you-song-for-you-ep?in=aisforatom/sets/song-for-you-ep

Oklahoma’s Trio Psychotic Reaction Out and About in Brooklyn

At a time when it is challenging to seek out bands hailing from regions outside of the musical mecca of NYC, Oklahoma-based  group Psychotic Reaction bring forward progressive and mind-numbing sounds.  The band crosses the traditional barriers of garage rock and psychedelic tunes and reintroduces subcultural drones of Lou Reed and the Stooges.  While their instruments aggregate a concoction of multi-layered guitar snarls, the group constructs a type of narcotic energy that makes the listeners believe and remember the power of rock and roll.PR3

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Find them on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/psychoticreactionband?ref=br_tf

Bür Gür Premiere “Orchard Hearse,” – Album Out 8/19

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Check out the video for “Orchard Hearse,” HERE.

California based Bür Gür have just launched their debut video for “Orchard Hearse,” via The Vinyl District. The track is from their upcoming release Alligator Cheesecake, due out August 19 via HABITS’ label, How to Be a Microwave.

Made up of duo Corbin Clarke and Makan Negahban, the band brings their psychedelic sound to the screen with the captivating and vibrant new video. Swirling colors blend flawlessly with the music, creating a hypnotic experience.  The sounds of their sonically alluring tones will captivate your ears, one synth at a time. Acoustic guitars sweep through to bring a whole new vibrancy into the track, which is something Bür Gür is known for. Their knack for brilliant vocal harmonies carry throughout adding the perfect Summery tone to the piece, which fits perfectly into the grainy, retro laced video.

Surrounding the release of Alligator Cheesecake, Bür Gür will be playing shows in and around Los Angeles, with more West Coast dates to follow.

TOUR DATES:

August 9th – Luna’s Café – Sacramento, CA

August 22nd – Album Release Show – Can U Not Vintage –  Santa Ana, CA

August 16th – Echo Park Rising – Los Angeles, CA

Space Travel with Cosmonauts

Time warps are possible and space travel is real.  That is only if you got to see Saturday night’s performance of a California-based quarter, Cosmonauts. As one of the five openers for the Growlers’ Caravan of Stars tour, sponsored by Burger Records, the band unplugged the audience from their physical plane and inculcated Bowery Ballroom under a tide of distorted drone flood, and psychedelic haze. It is evident to note that with their cosmic-inspired name, and palpitating energy,  the group heavily filters 90s psychedelic drug-rock pioneers, Spacemen 3. The band reconfigures repetition and utilizes sound monotony that bring the listener and the performer onto the same wavelength. Throughout their deliverance of convoluted layers of guitar and noise riffs, Cosmonauts step away from the logical and transcend into a new dimension of space rock.

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Catch these guys before they float away!

10.8 @ TERMINAL WEST, ATLANTA, GA

10.9 @ MERCY LOUNGE, NASHVILLE, TN

10.10 @ Lamar Lounge, Oxford, MS

10.11 @ FITZGERALD’S, HOUSTON, TX

10.12 @ THE PARISH, AUSTIN, TX

10.13 @ The Karova, San Antonio, TX

10.14 @ The Monarch, El Paso, TX

10.15 @ Club Congress, Tucson, AZ

10.16 @ Black Cat Bar, San Diego, CA

THE GOLDEN FURS Unveil Debut Single “STRAND”

 

New York born, The Golden Furs, have just premiered their debut single, “Strand,” on The Vinyl District yesterday morning. The piece is the first official taste of the buzzworthy band, which has been creating quite a stir with their live shows in and around New York City. Early this October will see the release of The Golden Furs’ first EP, Strand, with an official release party on October 5th at The Bitter End in Manhattan.

Formed in 2013, the group combines elements of rock, pop, dance and folk to create a sound that proves to be captivating. “Strand” evokes a stunning blend of dreamy indie pop as it is reminiscent of heavy hitters such as Muse with a hint of Jeff Buckley. The harmonic melodies of the guitars create a heavenly atmosphere, which provide a sultry bed of vocals for Singer/Guitarist John BellaVia’s.

John BellaVia shared some insight into the new track:

“It was written to reach out to a spirit that’s alive and strong inside of me…maybe not so much flesh and bone just yet, but a small strand that is relieving and in fact every way like me. Since its about reproduction in its simplest form, we wanted to have a sexy groove to compliment the concept of the song: starting as a strand, finding its other half, conception, and birth. Simply put…procreation. The song captures these moments from beginning to end with a soundscape that builds into a victorious outro. An ode to my future kin can be heard throughout the song.”

 The Golden Furs John BellaVia (Guitars/Vocals), Jamie DiTringo (Guitars/Vocals), Saul Slotnick (Bass), Matt Langner (Drums).

SHOWS

10/5 –The Bitter End – NYC – EP Release Show