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Adebisi Shank – Thunder

Adebisi Shank’s most recent album, This Is The Second Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank, released in 2011 via Sargent House was an absolutely brilliant sophomore album which did not slow down this monumental three piece’s sense of brilliant noisy math rock. So when I woke up this morning to an email notifying me that Ireland’s Adebisi Shank will be entering a studio later this year to begin work on their next album, it frankly put a smile on my face.

To make things even better, Adebisi Shank was able to release an early live session recording for the track “Thunder“, which was mixed by Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business) in L.A. during the band’s recent tour with Fang Island. What’s humorous to me is that the band openly admits that the track may not end up with the title of “Thunder“: rather, it is still so early in the process to really make any conclusive decisions on the album. So overall, maybe this article is premature however after viewing the video, you can probably see why I am so excited.

So yes: we’ve got awhile to wait before we know just about anything. But from I’m watching/listening, I’d say it’s so far, so good. Keep it up Adebisi Shank and I’m psyched for, I don’t know, maybe “This Is The Third Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank“? You can choose your own name: I’m just spitting ideas. Watch the video and enjoy: I know I did.

– Cliff

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Fang Island – Major

9 days ago, Brooklyn’s own Fang Island released their sophomore album, Major, to a gleeful audience excited for more after their debut, S/T full length and teaser Single, “Sisterly“. Admittedly, I was nervous after hearing the “Sisterly” single: it felt as though everything that made them fun to see live had been replaced with…well…FUN (the band). However, after listening to the album, Major, as a whole, I couldn’t be more wrong, a point to which others have taken quick notice of. There’s plenty of other, professional music reviews you can take a look at however my favorite quote is probably from the brilliant crew over at Vice, “As an album, if I had to give Major a rank, I would promote it to General.”

As the album artwork hints at, Major is one hefty, monolithic and just plain regal experience. Compared to their S/T, to which Fang Island described as, “everyone high-fiving everyone,” Major is a far more confident triumphant experience with just a dash of youthful exuberance. As guitarist/vocalist Jason Bartell explains, “One of our core ideas has always been that our songs would be all of your favorite parts of the song that other bands make you wait 8 minutes to get to… We wanted to be the band that’s nothing but your favorite hooks back to back.” I thought they had already achieved that with their S/T release but I guess Major has put any doubt to shame.

However, to give a quick run-down about why you should even care about this particular album, here’s an explanation by Chris Georges (guitarist) on some of the multitude of reasons why they named their sophomore album “Major“:
“- Major key dominant (though the first song is minor)
– Valley girl colloquialism
– Because we (Fang Island) are on an independent label
– Because the rank under Sargent (House) is major
– It sounds like a constellation
Steely Dan’sAny Major Dude” was in rotation a lot during the sessions
– The record is packaged to look like stone because it’s ROCK. I really wanted people to hold a piece of rock when they picked up the record.”

I really don’t know how to follow an explanation like that. Despite to say, if you want to truly experience the joy, don’t just stop with the one song streaming on this site, pick up a copy (MP3, CD, LP) or, better yet, catch them live as they go all across the US, pairing up with the likes of Adebisi Shank and Zechs Marquise, including Austin, TX with the “Fun Fun Fun Fest“. It’s great to see a sophomore album actually expand in the right direction from a freshmen album and Major certainly lives up to the description. Well done though last complaint… why not Philadelphia?!

FANG ISLAND Summer 2012 Tour:
08/02 Salt Lake City, UT @ Vertigo *
08/03 Boise, ID @ Neurolux *
08/04 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre *
08/05 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
08/07 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
08/10 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour *!
08/11 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar !
08/12 Phoenix, AZ @ The Rhythm Room *!
08/13 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *!
08/14 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad *!
08/16 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada !
08/17 Austin, TX @ Mohawk !
08/18 Volente, TX @ Beachfront Boat Studios
08/19 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live – Studio !
08/20 New Orleans, LA @ Parish at House of Blues !
08/21 Birmingham, AL @ Bottle Tree !
08/22 Gainesville, FL @ Double Down Live !
08/23 St. Petersburg, FL @ The Local 662 !
08/24 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits !
08/25 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade !
08/26 Asheville, NC @ Asheville Music Hall !
08/28 Raleigh, NC @ Kings !
08/29 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter !
08/30 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg !
11/01 – 11/03 Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (exact date TBA)

* w/ Zechs Marquise
! w/ Adebisi Shank

Track list:
01. Kindergarten
02. Sisterly
03. Seek it Out
04. Make Me
05. Never Understand
06. Asunder
07. Dooney Rock
08. Regalia
09. Chompers
10. Chime Out
11. Victorinian

On the Web:
http://www.fangisland.com/
http://www.sargenthouse.com/

– Cliff

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No Spill Blood – Street Meat EP

It’s been awhile so let me start by saying hello, thanks for tuning in, and I hope ya enjoy the article. Essentially, the Dublin, Ireland synth-punk trio No Spill Blood is releasing their Street Meat EP today, digitally only though (the LP and CD will be available on Sept 4th). Released through Sargent House, if you’re curious about what the hell “synth-punk” even means, the entirety of the EP may be streamed HERE. If ya haven’t heard of No Spill Blood, let me put it this way; they are the cannibalized reincarnation of such groups as Adebisi Shank, Hands Up Who Wants To Die?, Elk and Magic Pockets. And yes, in case ya didn’t know, I love my boys at Adebisi Shank.

Featuring Matt Hedigan (Hands Up Who Wants To Die?, Elk), Ruadhan O’Meara (Magic Pockets) and Lar Kaye (Adebisi Shank), the group began in Dublin in early 2011. With a shared passion for, amongst many others, the post-rock electronica of Trans Am, the classic feel of Devo, and the post-punk grandeur of the Melvins, Street Meat EP certainly holds true to it’s influences. Between the repetitive Kraut-esque rhythms by O’Meara’s buzzsaw vintage synthesizers or Kaye with his robotic guitar work, as practiced and perfected in Adebisi Shank, it is also complemented extensively by the grizzly, lo-fi vocals rumbling throughout every piece.

So what the hell is the theme? As described by Hedigan, “The lyrics are loosely based on a story I wrote in school about a guy who reluctantly starts working in his local mine,” He continues, though, by allowing a little more free-form to the matter, “I’ll leave the rest up to your imagination! It’s fairly apocalyptic.”

So what does No Spill Blood even mean? “It’s an Oingo Boingo tune,” says O’Meara. “They got it from the [ H. G. Wells book] ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’, the same place where Devo got ‘Are We Not Men?’ It seemed fitting…”

Track list:
01. Tunnel
02. No Retreat
03. Good Company 
04. Junior
05. Stang Gang 

06. New Tricks

– Cliff

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