MEET CYGNETS: NEW-WAVE REVIVALISTS FROM EDMONTON ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘DARK DAYS’

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Cynets are a staples in their homeland of Canada, as they’ve shared the stage with high profile indie acts such as You Say Party! We Say Die!, and Shout Out Out Out Out. Breaking big in Edmonton, with significant national radio play, and coverage from high profile press outlets, the trio are ready to take over U.S. soil. It’s about time they make it here with their brand of new-wave-meets-electro-meets-post-punk style in tow. 

 The band, fronted by Logan Turner, is the culmination of many years of hard work, as a songwriter and musician who worked privately writing and recording hundreds of songs before deciding to explore a group dynamic. This collaboration was finally realized in close friends Chris Bruce and Dan Snow. Bringing textured, inspiring guitar work and bright, catchy synthesizer hooks, they compliment and enhance Turner’s ambitious songwriting style and singular, melodic vocals.

Favorable comparisons have included The Smiths, Joy Division and Depeche Mode, but the band undoubtedly has a uniqueness of its own, contrasting danceable, uplifting beats with darkly personal lyrics.


The forthcoming follow up LP ‘Dark Days’, is due for release on March 6th will also be available for FREE, preceded by the killer synth-punk anthem ‘Teenager. Listen to/download the track for free:
http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F35473478&show_artwork=true

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LA RESISTANCE Play Second NYC Residency Show This Week! Release Covers EP


Covers usually never do a song justice, but LA RESISTANCE is out to prove you wrong. The band has just released a brilliant EP collection of covers titled The Candidate, that will surely make the way onto your Year End lists. The covers that appear on the album are sultry and seductive. From the opener “Lips Like Sugar,” from Echo and The Bunnymen to “Disorder,” by Joy Division, every track somehow outdoes the other. A great accomplishment to say the least.

For New York fans, the band are in them midst of a two week residency at the infamous ARLENE’S GROCERY on SEPTEMBER 28TH and OCTOBER 5TH.

**DOWNLOAD “THE CANDIDATE” FOR FREE**
http://www.laresistancemusic.com

Frontman Greg Summerlin offered some words on the album, which come from a very personal place.

“I wanted to pick a time period and a group of bands that had some sort coherency to them and also were major influences of mine. So, I decided to pick a group of bands from the UK that were really influential in the 80’s that I have become obsessed with at some time or other in my musical history. In my opinion, these are the five greatest bands in the UK from this era,” says Summerlin.

“Lips Like Sugar” – Echo and the Bunnymen

“I went to go see them in Atlanta a couple of months ago and left the show wondering how these guys are not considered one the greatest bands ever. Their body of work to me stands up with any of the great bands in rock history.”

“What We All Want” – Gang of Four

“To me, Gang of Four is one of the most original bands that came out of the 80’s post punk era. The guitar work on this song is incredible and Andy Gill had a great sound and really unusual guitar riffs.”

“Cries and Whispers” – New Order

New Order is probably the band out of this group that has had the most influence on the way I tried to make the La Resistance record, (Philosophy) sound.”

“Head On” – Jesus and the Mary Chain

“The way they just pushed the limits on the amount of reverb and guitar feedback they used influenced all kinds of shoegaze and other bands that came after them. But, they also wrote great pop songs and to me this is one of their best.”

“Disorder” – Joy Division

“This is one of my favorite songs of theirs because the bass riff is great, but the whole song is fantastic and Ian Curtis’ vocals and lyrics are haunting and really give us a great idea of what was going on his head at the time.”

TOUR DATES

OCTOBER 5TH10PM- ARLENE’S GROCERY- NYC

Diane Birch and Phenomenal Handclap Band Team Up


Diane Birch is paying tribute to some of her favorite artists on The Velveteen Age, recorded with help from the Phenomenal Handclap Band.

They will be covering songs from heavyweights like the Cure, Joy Division, and Peter Murphy, with Birch putting her own spin on each track.

“During my teenage years as a Goth these songs were amongst my nearest and dearest,” explains Birch. “I would have never imagined I would get a chance to record them one day, let alone with some of my closest friends.”

The set was released on December 7th, and was recorded between songwriting sessions for Birch’s next album of originals. You can hear the song “The Corrosion” right here.

You can find Velveteen Age on S-Curve Records. The complete song list looks like this:

This Corrosion (Sisters of Mercy)
Kiss Them For Me (Siouxsie & The Banshees)
Bring On The Dancing Horses (Echo & The Bunnymen)
Atmosphere (Joy Division)
Primary (The Cure)
Tarantula (This Mortal Coil)
A Strange Kind of Love (Peter Murphy

Album Review: Weekend – “Sports”

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It’s not too often that the word “subtle” can be used when describing a noise rock band, but “subtle” is exactly what went through my head while listening to Weekend’s Slumberland debut-LP, Sports. The San Francisco trio is quickly gaining popularity, after a year of touring with such bands as Japandroids and A Place To Bury Strangers. The ten song collection of Sports excels in finding nuance within their wall of sound. Although all of the typical elements of noise rock are present—reverb guitars, droning vocals, hammering percussion, and washes of ambient and static sound—Weekend chooses not to use all of these elements continuously.

“Coma Summer” and “Youth Haunts” open the album with the kind of frenetic energy Weekend is gaining notoriety for in their live act, throwing rhythm and guitars at the listener in a frenetic, although not completely aggressive way. Creating this maelstrom of sound over two tracks gives Weekend the room to back off on the volume later on, and become more introspective and lyrical in the middle of the disc. “Monday Morning” is emblematic of exactly what the title states; a slower guitar beat combines with layers of vocals, making a dark snapshot of a grey start to the work week—full of longing (or even regret) for the lost reverie of the weekend. And although snippets of lyrics can be heard in tracks like “Age Class,” where lead singer Shaun Darkin repeatedly sobs “There’s something in our blood,” Sports is not an album that propels its personal message through words. Atmosphere is the main language of the music at hand, and Weekend takes you through incredibly fluid changes in texture throughout the album, making the music feel like a mix of both a summer trip to the beach and the soundtrack of your worst nightmare. The music is both insular and exposed, and all kinds of beautiful.

Many critics are making the obvious comparisons between Weekend and other post-punk outfits: My Bloody Valentine, Joy Division, Sonic Youth, and The Jesus & Mary Chain. Despite having very credible similarities, I couldn’t help thinking of more recent influences, like Liars’ self-titled album, and the earliest work of Sigur Rós, Von, while listening to Sports. These groups, like Weekend, craft music of sweeping crescendo and silences that coax the ear, rather than beating it into submission. Their diversity of sound ultimately makes for a more haunting and satisfying work. At best, Weekend are helping to pave the way to producing craftier and more nuanced versions of the popular post-punk sound, and at worst, they have just made a really, really good album.

Secondhand Sunday, Interpol ‘PDA’

It seems like only yesterday when we first heard of a little band from New York called Interpol. The band exploded onto the scene in the wake of the ‘NY Garage Revival’ that started in 2001 along with other bands like The Strokes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Always compared to Joy Division, Paul Banks and the boys make a sound of their own free of imitations. Interpol, still going strong, haven’t changed much in sound throughout the years, but we can’t help but go back and see where it all began. “PDA” was the band’s first single on Matador Records and gained the band instant success making them known as indie rock staples and artsy fellows.

Enjoy Interpol’s “PDA”

Julian Plenti ‘Games for Days’ Video

Interpol frontman Paul Banks recently released his first video for his new solo project under the name Julian Plenti. The video for ‘Games for Days’ features Emily Haines (of Metric and Broken Social Scene ) and is rather dark but somehow also charming. The two get to know each other and then trash the place. Classic love story.  Paul Bank has not only has returned to his old label Matador to release his record ‘Skyscraper’ but the album tends to sound a bit similar sounding to the first Interpol record, ‘Turn on the Bright Lights.’ This my friends is a good thing. We can’t wait to see more videos from Julian Plenti.

Watch the video for ‘Games for Days’