Royal Baths Drown Bowery Ballroom

Opening up for a sold out show with eruptive headliners  like the Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles sets out towering expectations on a Friday night at Bowery Ballroom. One of the opening acts, a recently migrated San Francisco quartet Royal Baths hyped the energy with their multi-layered screeching guitar rips and liquidating phased vocals, building a brooding wave of ear-candy distortion. A brainchild of shoe-gazing  low-pitched drum progressions and scorching melodic ranges, Royal Baths are a change of taste in the New York horizon.

 

Viktorsha Uliyanova

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The Fresh & Onlys Plan Spring Tour

After the success of last year’s Play It Strange, The Fresh & Onlys’ are prepping for the release of their new EP, Secret Walls. Set for release on April 26th, Secret Walls represents a bold new direction for the band, one they’re excited to share with fans starting next month at SXSW.

The Fresh & Onlys Tour Dates

03/16 – 03/19 Austin, TX SXSW

03/21 San Diego, CA Tin Can Alehouse

03/22 Los Angeles, CA Echo *

04/12 Denver, CO Hi Dive &

04/13 Lawrence, KS The Jackpot Saloon &

04/14 Bloomington, IN The Bishop &

04/15 Pittsburgh, PA Brillobox &

04/18 Cincinnati, OH MOTR Pub &

04/19 Saint Louis, MO The Billiken Club !

04/20 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall %

04/21 Toronto, ON Parts & Labour &

04/22 Montreal, QC Il Motore &

04/23 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg %

04/24 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie %

04/25 Washington, DC Red Palace %

04/27 Atlanta, GA The Earl %

04/28 Birmingham AL Bottletree %

 

~ = w/ Growlers, Pleasure Kills, Wrong Words

* = w/ The Strange Boys, Natural Child

% = w/ Crocodiles, Young Prisms

& = w/ Young Prisms

! = w/ Crocodiles

Album Review: Crocodiles – “Sleep Forever”

Last year, duo Charles Rowell and Brandon Welchez caught the attention of many with the dark and druggy post-punk Summer of Hate and its less than subtle influences of The Jesus And Mary Chain.  And while Crocodiles lean heavily upon these influences, almost mimicking them, their sophomore album, Sleep Forever, shows that their music is starting to form its own identity, becoming good enough to stand on its own.

 With James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco producing this album, the layered instruments are bolder, complimenting the more developed, sharper song-writing of the San Diego band.  The opener “Mirrors,” begins with slow and subtle beats, unfurling into an 80s-esque upbeat blend of psychadelic synths and echoing vocals.  “Stoned To Death” follows by immediately jumping into a swampy, drum-heavy repitition of distorted riffs and distant vocals, later accompanied by an organ.  “Hollow Hollow Eyes” is one of the better and funkier tracks, where the band’s heavier use of the organ helps to swing the song into a mesmerizing swirl of sound.  Crocodiles explore their range of sound with the slower, romantic “Girl in Black” and the more poppy “Hearts of Love.”  With the explosive sing-along chorus, accompanied by a tinkling glockenspiel, “Hearts of Love” might be the catchiest track on the album. 

 Sleep Forever is an improved extension of the smeary, gritty sound of 2009’s Summer of Hate.  It’s eight tracks of louder, fuller and more concrete jangle noise pop.  I would commend Crocodiles for their progress.  Still, the album retains a similarity to the last–it’s enjoyable but certainly not revolutionary.