News from 2/2016

NEWS : FRI, FEB 19, 2016 at 5:45 PM

So Pitted’s ‘neo’ Is Out Today!

We are filled with pride and happy to report that So Pitted’s neo is now available worldwide from Sub Pop. The album, featuring the highlights “rot in hell”, “holding the void”, and “feed me”, was co-produced & mixed by So Pitted & Dylan Wall and recorded at The Old Fire House, Media Lab, Spruce Haus, the band’s practice space and Tastefully Loud in Seattle. neo was also engineered by Wall at Tastefully Loud and mastered by Eric Boulanger at The Bakery in Los Angeles.

 
So Pitted’s neo has garnered praise from the likes of PitchforkFLOODConsequence of SoundThe StrangerSeattle Weekly,Seattle TimesThe GuardianUncutDrowned in SoundBrooklyn VeganImposeLoud & QuietThe SkinnyCLASH and more.
 
Seattle Weekly had this to say of the band: “So Pitted is a very difficult band to pin down, and that’s part of why they are so interesting. The triad has haunted Seattle’s DIY underground since 2010, sometimes playing three shows a week (seemingly re-dying their hair a different color for each), honing an incredibly loud, atonal style of neo-grunge, equal parts confusing and enthralling. Koewler plays her guitar through a bass amp to achieve the band’s defining metallic low-end scuzz. Rodriguez, plucking out chaotic leads on his heavily effected guitar, barks unintelligibly feral screeds into a microphone so hard that his veins often look as though they’ll pop. Downey usually performs with self-fashioned pipe-cleaner antennae sticking out from his head. He occasionally switches places with Rodriguez to mumble his own strange songs, a left-field take on ’80s New Wave filtered through a filthy meat grinder (see feature February 16th).”
 
Meanwhile, FLOOD Magazine raved: “Boldly going where no rock band has gone before—and fucking around a bit, too (see “Breaking” feature February 16th).”



So Pitted’s previously announced tour schedule for 2016 spans February 19th in Seattle at Everyday Music and currently ends March 27th in Spokane, WA at The Bartlett. Tour highlights include: February 25th in San Francisco at Noise Pop (supporting The Thermals); March 15th-20th in Austin for SXSW; March 23rd -27th in Boise at Treefort Fest; And March 26th-27th supporting Diarrhea Planet. (complete dates below.)
 
So Pitted’s neo is available on CD / LP / DL / CASS and you can trade your dollars for it via Sub Pop Mega MartiTunes, AmazonBandcamp and Google Play. LP preorders of neo through megamart.subpop.com will receive the limited “Loser”edition on white vinyl. (while supplies last, of course.)

 


What have “They” been saying about So Pitted? Let us share the words:

“Minimalist force is what Seattle punk band So Pitted does. They excel at it. On neo, their debut, the trio sound like the proverbial (mechanical) bull in a china shop—except that bull is intentionally there to fuck up some fine dinnerware and is determined to have a hell of a time doing it.”  - Pitchfork
 
“Catharsis and candor are embedded in these explosive tracks. So Pitted tap into the void that the likes of Black Flag and Nirvana looked into and saw themselves in.” - Consequence of Sound
 
“It’s grimy and tormented all right, but intent on subverting the many adolescent cliches and
connotations that come with grunge.” -  The Guardian
 
“Maddeningly loud, loosely formed, disgusting like a romantic weekend trip down the local sewers.” - DIY
 
“Their primal, scrappy rock and roll scrapes all optimism from your soul until you just don’t care about anything anymore.” [8/10]  -Drowned In Sound
 
“…A barbed tarpit of sound.” - Loud & Quiet
 
“Snotty, snarling and belligerent.” - Uncut
 
neo is part debut-album, part audio assault.” [4/5] - Upset 
 
“It’s early in the year to make this sort of claim, but we can say with confidence that in ten months’ time you’ll be looking back on neoas one of 2016’s best debuts, by some distance.” - The Skinny
 
“…A raucous, inspiring noise, the buzzsaw melody is matched to wailing feedback - imagine Bikini Kill set against early Mary Chain and you’d probably be in the same ballpark.” - Clash
 
“Quite simply, neo is noise rock like nothing else.” - London In Stereo
 
“…making a name for themselves with a sneery, warped, post-apocalyptic punk sound and wild stage show.” - Brooklyn Vegan
 
“…Buzzing with nausea and excitement. [rot in hell] burns with the urgency of the music you need to make or you’ll crumple, music you’d be making whether other people heard it or not.” - Impose
 
“So Pitted are poised to start a riot that’s very much their own.” -Record Collector


Tour Dates
Feb. 19 - Seattle, WA - Everyday Music
Feb. 20 - Vancouver, BC - Alf House
Feb. 25 - San Francisco, CA - Noise Pop / Brick & Mortar Music Hall*
Feb. 26 - Oakland, CA - The Hole http://on.fb.me/1ovT7qH
Mar. 04 - Paris, FR - La Mecanique Ondulatoire
Mar. 05 - Amsterdam, NL - Butcher’s Tears
Mar. 07 - London, UK - Shacklewell Arms
Mar. 08 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Games Room
Mar. 09 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store
Mar. 10 - Lille, UK - La Peniche
Mar. 11 - Brussels, BE - Homeplugged
Mar. 12 - Berlin, DE - West Germany
Mar. 15 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Mar. 16 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Mar. 17 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Mar. 18 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Mar. 19 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Mar. 20 - Austin, TX - SXSW
Mar. 23 - 27 - Boise, ID - Treefort Music Fest
Mar. 26 - Missoula, MT - The Palace**
Mar. 27 - Spokane, WA - The Bartlett**
* w/ The Thermals
** w/ Diarrhea Planet

Seeking ticket links? Go here.


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, JUL 21, 2015 at 5:37 PM

Watch Dum Dum Girls’ unreleased video for “Coming Down” via Stereogum

In 2011, prior to the release of Dum Dum Girls’ second album Only In Dreams, Dee Dee met up with friend and director Sam Macon while visiting New York City to shoot a video for song “Coming Down.” “Bedroom Eyes” was tapped as the lead single (Macon also directed that video), but everyone felt “Coming Down” warranted its own introduction. In true DIY fashion, Dee Dee, Sam, and a few friends spent a day shooting in Chinatown, chasing light across the Williamsburg bridge.

Having only previously worked with director Christin Turner on more aesthetically obscure videos, Dee Dee admits, “I couldn’t handle starring in such a straight forward, HD role — it was just too much me. I felt exposed and that made me uncomfortable.”

Against the urging of Macon, Sub Pop, and her management, Dee Dee made the call against releasing it and it was canned. (Future bass player Malia James eventually made the official video for the song.)

Fast forward to 2015 and a sync of the song on the acclaimed television series Orange Is The New Black. Soundtracking Natasha Lyonne’s character in a heartbreaking scene brought on an overwhelming response to the song, and this renewed interest found Dee Dee being asked, yet again, to release the initial video.



“I look like a kid in it,” Dee Dee comments. “I look as young and vulnerable as I actually was at that point in my life — it’s probably the most honest visual I’ve done to date, which is probably why I fought it,” she laughs. She reached out to Macon and he replied simply,
“I’ve been waiting for this text for four years (see Stereogum video premiere July 21st)

Dum Dum Girls’ digital single for “Coming Down” (radio edit) b/w “Girls Intuition” is now available for purchase through Sub Pop Mega MartiTunes and all streaming services.    


Posted by Rachel White