The wise and kind folks at the AV Club are now streaming the full album by Northwest rippers Strange Wilds here. Enrich your life by giving the album a listen, then preorder it at the Sub Pop Megamart. And, for those of you lucky enough to be in the great Northwest this Friday, go see them play a free, all-ages in-store at Seattle’s Everyday Music, then catch them again at Capitol Hill Block Party. Trust us, it will be worth both your time and your money.
News from 7/2015
Now available for your eyes and ears: The Helio Sequence’s official video for “Battle Lines”, from their self-titled 6th effort, directed by Robin Washburn and featuring animation from Emanuelle Kabu (“Upward Mobility”).
Robin had this to say about the new video: “Exciting to work with The Helio Sequence again, and felt very lucky to have collaborated with Emanuele Kabu. My particular contribution to the look of the “live” portion of this video involved running the motion vector information through a small set of looping “electric” colors, then blacking out the static background, creating a kind of Tron-like world. Once that was in place we sent it off to Emanuele to dream up whatever he wanted… and I think it all turned out fantastic. A really fun project to be involved in.”
The Helio Sequence is out now on CD/LP/DL worldwide from Sub Pop, and you can spend your hard earned dollars (or your allowance) on it via Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. Everyone who purchases the LP from megamart.subpop.com will receive the limited “Loser Edition” on yellow-colored vinyl.
New to The Helio Sequence? Want to hear more? There’s a playlist for that: http://bit.ly/1cvBRve
The band’s U.S. west coast tour resumes Saturday, July 11th in Seattle, WA at The Neptune and currently ends October 1st in Spokane, WA at INB Performing Arts Center. Additionally the band have added an appearance at Victoria, BC’s Rifflandia Festival on September 19th.
July 11 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune
Jul. 14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
Jul. 15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy
Jul. 16 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent
Jul. 17 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
Jul. 18 - Visalia, CA - Cellar Door
Aug. 23 - Portland, OR- MusicFestNW
Sep. 19 - Victoria, BC - Rifflandia Festival
Sep. 30 - Missoula, MT - Adams Event Center*
Oct. 01 - Spokane, WA - INB Performing Arts Center*
* w/ Death Cab For Cutie
For presale & general ticket information, please visit http://www.bandsintown.com/TheHelioSequence
SPIN had this to say of the album, “The group debuted on Sub Pop last October with their four-track EP St. Vincent’s, a short, dissonant introduction to the band for the wider public. With the release of their first LP for the label, Pain, it’s safe to say that the Australian foursome has since abandoned that initial mission, proving through nauseous instrumentation and chiming vocals that they have something worth sticking around for. Songs off Pain play with the whole spectrum of anxious indie rock. Some are small ruptures of electrified rage (“Newness Again,” “Eyes Closed”) while others are more mellow and melodic (“Sunset’s Fool,” “On”). All four members take turns on vocals, and each offers a hypnotically haunting aura no matter if they’re screaming or taking it easier on their vocal cords (see album premiere July 30th)”
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires’ new 7” single “Sweet Disorder!” b/w “Stars” is available at this very moment, so go ahead and bring some sweet Southern rock into your life. Have a listen to the track below, and acquire this fine record for your collection.
Lee Bains III has this to say about the new single:
“The song “Sweet Disorder!” is about disrupting systems that have proven to fall short of, if not completely undermine, their purported missions (e.g., criminal justice, mental health, the church, language) for the sake of realigning them with those missions. The song developed out of months spent revisiting the Objectivist poets, binging on early Clash albums, and observing the Atlanta actions surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and other unarmed people of color. The song is the first completed work in a group of songs, tentatively titled Juvenile Detention, aimed at investigating questions of socialization, youth, identity, law, privilege, religion, culture, place, causality and memory.”
The song “Stars” was originally performed by the Birmingham band Primitons, and was released on their self-titled, Mitch Easter-produced 1982 masterpiece EP. The song is a result of the powerful songwriting team of non-performing lyricist Stephanie Truelove Wright and singer/tunesmith Mats Roden – an original pillar of our city’s punk/independent scene, a pioneering openly gay hometown musician, a gentle, self-deprecating soul, and a brilliant songwriter and bandleader who managed to craft melodies out of whimsy and nostalgia, sweetness and fire, sophistication and trash in such a way that could only have taken shape on the Southside of Birmingham. Mats passed away in 2014, and this record is dedicated to his memory and to his songs.”
Aug. 21 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park*
* w/ Alabama Shakes