Sub Pop is very pleased to announce our involvement with this year’s OFF Festival, to be held August 1st-3rd
in Katowice, Poland. Now in its 8th year, the lineup features the
likes of Belle & Sebastian, Neutral Milk Hotel, Deafheaven, Glenn
Branca, Fuck Buttons, Loop, Earth, Dean Wareham, Dirty Beaches, Chelsea
Wolfe, Perfume Genius, Perfect Pussy and more to be announced.
On Friday, August 1st
Sub Pop will curate the Experimental Stage, with a lineup that includes
artists from the labels roster, past and present, our sister label
Hardly Art, and a few Polish bands. Artists performing include: Wolf
Eyes, Rose Windows, clipping., Lyla Foy, Protomartyr, Kaseciarz
(Krakow, PL) and Wild Books (Warszawa, PL).
Please find additional information about each of the performers below.
Some say Rock N Roll will never reach
the same primitive raw vein hit of Bo Diddley at his more subhuman
lurch, or that no unit could ever scramble the marbles left of what
brain-boiling suburban electronic punk outsiders did in the mid-’70s:
Whatever you think, there is no denying the homemade nuclear war Wolf
Eyes has declared on music. Wolf Eyes was birthed in the shadows of
late-’90s Michigan. However, Wolf Eyes has grown beyond a band into a
collective mutant ensemble, an art abstraction unit: musicians, print
makers, photographers and more, all sharing a primal vision of decoding
the wilderness of the humanoid soul using their deep audio arsenals.
Before the release of clipping.’s debut, 2013’s Midcity,
the trio of rapper Daveed Diggs and producers Jonathan Snipes and
William Hutson did not expect to find an audience for their abrasive
brand of rap music. But since the formation of clipping. and the release
of their debut album, the field of commercial music enlarged ever so
slightly, making room again for noisier, more adventurous elements in
electronic production. Examples of this have been incremental, mere baby
steps, so far. And despite clipping.’s insistence that they’re really
just making rap— not noise-rap, industrial-rap, or any other mashup
genre— their music might be more sonically challenging than that of the
punkish rap rockers, lo-fi bedroom producers, and street goth
hybridist’s they’ve been lumped with so far. The band will release their
Sub Pop debut, CLPPNG, this June.
Lyla Foy (formerly known as WALL) released Mirrors the Sky,
her Sub Pop debut in March. The London singer and producer specializes
in intimate vocals effortlessly intertwined with delicate, emotive
instrumentation. The production is an integral part of her writing
process, capturing not only the intended notes but also the incidental
and accidental sounds that bring the recordings to life and provide
endless intrigue. While the patter of keyboards, guitars and pulsing
bass lines create a beguiling backdrop, it’s Foy’s sense of melody and
turn of phrase that takes centre stage. Subtle nods to classic refrains,
mingled with her own inflection, suggest a writer who draws from many
different eras, resulting in a sound that is both timeless yet modern.
Protomartyr’s taut, austere rock was
incubated in a freezing Detroit warehouse littered with beer cans and
cigarette butts and warmed, feebly, by space heaters. Despite the cold,
Protomartyr emerged with a sound that is idiosyncratic but relatable,
hooky but off-kilter. Protomartyr’s economical rock elicits comparisons
to possible antecedents like Pere Ubu or The Fall as well as local
contemporaries like Frustrations or Tyvek (whose frontman Kevin Boyer
played bass in an early iteration of Protomartyr). Singer Joe Casey’s
dry declarative snarl serves as a reliable anchor, granting his
bandmates — guitarist Greg Ahee, drummer Alex Leonard and bassist Scott
Davidson — the opportunity to explore textures and reinforce the rhythm
section. This is never more apparent than on the band’s sophomore LP and
Hardly Art debut, Under Color of Official Right.
Rose Windows began in late 2010 in Seattle. On their debut album, The Sun Dogs,
the band incorporates elements of The Band, The Doors’ organ-driven
psychedelia, and Black Sabbath’s dirges, along with Persian, Indian, and
Eastern European music. Rose Windows have toured the West Coast
several times, fluidly sharing the stage with underground art-metal
bands one night and popular indie Americana acts the next. The Sun Dogs was recorded and produced by Randall Dunn (SunnO))), Boris, Earth) at Avast! in Seattle.
you could only play rootsy, dirty, sunburned rock in Texas or Tennessee?
The duo Wild Books proves that you set out from a Polish garage to
follow in the footsteps of Jack White and The Black Keys. Wild Books’
self-titled 2014 debut record showcases retro-rock in its whole
Three years ago, this guy proved you could be a surfer in southern Poland. This year he’s back with Motörcycle Rock and Roll,
a mix of psychedelia, garage, and surf, or as he likes to call it,
“garbage rock.” Fortunately the sound quality is inversely proportional
to its aesthetic value. Maciej Nowacki’s music will blow your socks off,
even though he himself admits that the only reason he got into music in
the first place was to prove he was in the arts at parties.
Do to the Beast, The Afghan Whigs first full length record in over a decade and a half, is covered from track to track and from sleeve to spine with eager anticipation. The unveiling of the first single, ”Algiers”, made it instantly clear that the new record from Greg Dulli & Co. has earned all of that eager anticipation, hoopla, fanfare, etc. “The Lottery”, a second peek into DttB, just reinforces how welcome The Afghan Whigs’ return truly is. Listen to that track in the embedded player.
The Afghan Whigs On Tour Apr. 10 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet’s Apr. 11 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (SOLD OUT) Apr. 14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir (SOLD OUT) Apr. 15 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Market Apr. 17 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s Apr. 18 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (SOLD OUT) May 15 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl (SOLD OUT) May 16 - Boston, MA - Paradise (SOLD OUT) May 17 - Baltimore, MD - Otto Bar (SOLD OUT) May 20 - Buenos Aires, AR - Teatro May 22 - Sao Paulo, BR - Audio May 23 - Porto Alegre, BR - Bar Opinao May 25 - Santiago, CL - Amanda Jun. 28 - Norrkoping, SE - Bravalla Festival Jun. 29 - Oslo, NO - Rockerfeller Jun. 30 - Copenhagen, DK - Amager Bio Jul. 02 - Berlin, DE - C Club Jul. 03 - Gdynia, PL - Opener Festival Jul. 04 - Hradec Kralove, CZ - Rock For People Jul. 05 - Sopron, HU - Volt Festival Jul. 07 - Milan, IT - Magnolia Jul. 11 - Trencin, SK - Pohoda Festival Jul. 13 - Bruges, BE - Cactus Festival Jul. 14 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Jul. 15 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom (SOLD OUT) Jul. 17 - Manchester, UK - Cathedral Jul. 18 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC Jul. 19 - Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival
Lyla Foy’s beautiful debut, Mirrors the Sky, is official on record store shelves worldwide (and here!). Watch the plot-twisting new video for the album track, “Feather Tongue”, with the help of the embedded player.
One of Sub Pop’s most recent signees, Birmingham, Alabamaniacs (sorry, guys) Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, have just spilled the proverbial beans regarding their Sub Pop debut, Dereconstructed. Specifically, these beans reveal that the record will come out on May 27th, 2014. What’s more, the band also just premiered “The Company Man”, side one, track one of that record, with Paste Magazine (also available to your ears in this very blog post), who boasted of the track that it’s “a fitting follow up to 2012’s excellent There is a Bomb in Gilead”. We couldn’t agree more, in fact, it’s why we signed them.
Pre-order Dereconstructed from Sub Pop and you’ll receive a limited edition LBIII+GF patch. Speaking of limited, if you pre-order the record on vinyl, you’ll receive the colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the LP. As is the nature with limited things, order soon to get yours! Also available for pre-order over at iTunes, too.
How would you like to visit Seattle, stay in a posh downtown Seattle hotel, get an exclusive tour of the Sub Pop office, and receive a Sub Pop prize pack (full of Sub Pop prizes) all just for sharing with the world (or, more specifically, Twitter and/or Instagram) your favorite record (non Sub Pop records qualify)? Well, we’ve paired with our dear friends, neighbors, and long time home away from home for Sub Pop artists when they visit Seattle, The Hotel Max, to give you exactly this thing!
Here’s the gist: Using @hotel_max and #poptoseattle, Tweet or Instagram a photo of your favorite record to enter to win airfare for two to Seattle (up to an $800 value), a two-night stay at the (fabulous) Hotel Max, and a prize pack from Sub Pop. Blackout dates may apply. Contest begins March 13, 2014 and ceases to be a contest on March 20, 2014 at 11:59pm. Full rules here.
Go! Do the thing! Show us your favorite record so you can come meet us in person!
Euphoric UK pop act and newish Sub Pop recording artists, THUMPERS, have expanded
their US tour schedule, which now includes multiple SXSW appearances.
The trek begins Wednesday, March 12th in Austin, TX at Swan Dive and
currently ends on Saturday, March 22nd in Seattle, WA at Barboza. The
tour is in support of Galore, their acclaimed, and wonderfully addictive, Sub Pop debut. See a full tour schedule below.
In related news, you can now listen to THVMPERS cover of “Lungs,”
originally recorded by former tour mates and friends of the band, CHVRCHES. For a great time, press play on the embedded video player.
Mar. 12 - Austin, TX - SXSW – Swan Dive / PASTE day party (12:35pm)
Mar. 12 - Austin, TX - SXSW – The North Door / Sub Pop Licensing Showcase (3:45pm)
Mar. 13 - Austin, TX - SXSW – Flamingo Cantina / Under The Radar Showcase (1:35pm)
Mar. 13 - Austin, TX - SXSW – Mellow Johnny’s / KEXP, Sub Pop, Hardly Art “Officially Unofficial” Showcase (6pm)
Mar. 13 - Austin, TX - SXSW – Latitude 30 / BME BBC Introducing Showcase (8pm)
Mar. 14 - Austin, TX - SXSW – Mohawk (Outdoor) / ATC Mgmt + Vans Showcase (9:30pm)
Mar. 14 - Austin, TX - SXSW – Latitude 30 / BME SXSW Presents Showcase (4:40pm)
Mar. 15 - Austin, TX - SXSW – Hotel San Jose / WFUV Session (10am)
Mar. 15 - Austin, TX - SXSW – El Sapo / MFL (1-2pm)
Mar. 15 - Austin, TX - SXSW – TBA
Mar. 15 - Austin, TX - SXSW – TBA
Mar 17 - Scottsdale, AZ - The Western
Mar 18 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
Mar 19 - San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Mar 21 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
Mar 22 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
Mar. 26 - Brussels, BE - AB Club
Mar. 27 - Cologne, DE - Blue Shell
Mar. 28 - Zurich, CH - M4Music Festival
Mar. 29 - Munich, DE - Milla
Mar. 31 - Vienna, AT - Flex
Apr. 01 - Prague, CZ - Futurum
Apr. 02 - Berlin, DE - Comet
Apr. 03 - Hamburg, DE - Molotow
Apr. 04 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Apr. 05 - Rotterdam, NL - Paradiso
May 01 - Liverpool, UK - Soundcity Festival
May 21 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store
May 22 - London, UK - Scala
May 23 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
May 24 - Sheffield, UK - Leadmill
May 28 - Newcastle, UK - The Cluny
May 29 - Glasgow, UK - King Tuts
May 30 - St. Helens, UK - Library
May 31 - Norwich, UK - Epic Studios