“… A joint project that heightens each member’s individual strengths and shows off their surprising musical chemistry.” - Pitchfork
“Together they make songs full of mystery and wonder.” – NPR Music
“The band keeps a beautiful juxtaposition between major flourishes and minor dirges while the noise and dissonance never removes itself from the crevices of the songs.” – Under The Radar
[Photo Credit: Bryan C. Parker]
On the verge of their first-ever tour of North American and Europe, Loma have shared a new video for “Dark Oscillations,” off their self-titled debut album, out now on Sub Pop. The black and white video depicts singer Emily Cross sprawled out in bed, anxiously shifting as a sliver of reflected television dances in the background.
The spark that led to Loma’s creation occurred in 2016 during a European tour in which Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski’s project, Cross Record, opened for Jonathan Meiburg’s band, Shearwater. After an especially memorable show in Belgium, Meiburg approached Cross and Duszynski about working together. Two years later, their collaborative project, Loma, has released a debut album, and the trio is embarking on a tour spanning 3 months and 12 countries. The dates include a performance at Botanique, the same venue where the three initially decided to create music together. All tour dates are below.
Loma’s acclaimed, self-titled debut is out today everywhere on Sub Pop. Listen to the album now at Spotify / Apple Music / Bandcamp / YouTube then trade yr dollars for it here or in yr friendly neighborhood record store.
Sat. Apr. 7 – Long Beach, CA @ The Living Room Sun. Apr. 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater Wed. Apr. 11 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill Fri. Apr. 13 - Portland, OR @ MS Studios Sat. Apr. 14 - Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern Tue. Apr. 17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge Thu. April 19 - Taos, NM @ Taos Mesa Brewing Sat. Apr. 21 - Austin, TX @ North Door Thu. April 26 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl Fri. April 27 - Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight Sat. April 28 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room Tue. May 1 - Charlottesville, NC @ The Southern Wed. May 2 - Washington, DC @ DC9 Fri. May 4 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right Sat. May 5 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s Sun. May 6 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott
Mon. May 7 – Portland, ME @ Apohadion Theater Tue. May 8 - Montreal, QC @ L’Esco Wed. May 9 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison Thu. May 10 - Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar Fri. May 11 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas Fri. May 25 - Kortrijk, BE @ De Kreun Sat. May 26 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso (London Calling) Sun. May 27 - Brussels, BE Rotonde @ Botanique
Tue. May 29 – Paris, FR @ Olympic Cafe Wed. May 30 - Brighton, UK @ Hope & Ruin Thu. May 31 - London, UK @ Lexington Fri. June 1 - Bristol, UK @ Rough Trade
Sat. June 2 – Coventry, UK @ The Coal Vaults Sun. June 3 - Manchester, UK @ Gullivers Mon. June 4 - Leeds, UK @ Headrow House Tue. June 5 - Glasgow, UK @ Hug and Pint Thu. June 7 - Dublin, IE @ Whelan’s Fri. June 8 - Liverpool, UK @ Buyers Club
Jo Passed and director Justin Gradin have delivered a surreal new visual for Their Prime standout “Millennial Trash Blues”. Director Gradin offers this of the video: “A nightmare on the tip of an eyelash. An astrological garbage dump with burning snowflakes and a trap door. A wild teen awake in someone else’s dream.”
The Grey Estates premiered the video, and said, “The dream world created in Jo Passed’s video for “Millennial Trash Blues” is as dynamic, colorful and unsettled as its single counterpart. The visuals…are unusual and outlandish, the costumed characters and eye-popping imagery inspired by the act of stepping into someone’s dream. And while the brightly painted faces and monster under the bed that appear in the video are memorable, it’s the single that holds it all together; a perfect soundtrack for the nearly four minutes of unexpected and delightful terrors (see premiere March 28th).”
Jo Passed just announced headlining dates in support of Their Prime beginning May 25th in Vancouver, BC at Red Gate Arts Society and ending June 29th in Seattle at Barboza. Highlights include: Canadian Music Week in Toronto on May 12th; co-headline dates with Hardly Art’s Dick Stusso (June 6th-10th; June 14th-18th); and Calgary’s Sled Island Festival (June 21-23).
Apr. 14 - Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar May 12 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison May 25 - Vancouver, BC - Red Gate Arts Society May 27 - Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club May 28 - Los Angeles, CA - Moroccan Lounge May 30 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar May 31 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace Jun. 01 - Austin, TX - The Sidewinder Jun. 02 - Fort Worth, TX - MASS Jun. 04 - Nashville, TN - The End Jun. 05 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook Jun. 06 - Washington, DC - DC9* Jun. 07 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle* Jun. 09 - Allston, MA - Great Scott* Jun. 10 - Providence, RI - Fete Music Hall* Jun. 11 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz Jun. 12 - Ottawa, ON - Makerspace North Jun. 13 - Detroit, MI - Marble Bar* Jun. 14 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups* Jun. 15 - Cincinnati, OH - TBC* Jun. 16 - Chicago, IL - Sleeping Village* Jun. 17 - Milwaukee, WI - The Cactus Club* Jun. 18 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club* Jun. 19 - Winnipeg, MB - The Good Will Social Club Jun. 20 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigos Jun. 21-23 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island Festival Jun. 27 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios Jun. 29 - Seattle, WA - Barboza *w/ Dick Stusso
Jo Passed will release Their Prime on CD/LP/CS/DL worldwide through Sub Pop Records, with the exception of Canada through Royal Mountain Records on May 25th. The album, which features the aforementioned “Millennial Trash Blues” along with “ MDM,” and “Glass,” was recorded during the fall / winter of 2016/17 at Thor’s Palace & KW Studios, both in the band’s hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia. LP purchases through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on clear vinyl (while supplies last).
Release Week Happenings Include A Live “Juan’s Basement” performance via Pitchfork TV on Thursday, March 29th and a Reddit Indieheads AMA on Friday, March 30th.
Rejoice! Frankie Cosmos’ Sub Pop debut, Vesselis out this very Friday, March 30th. To celebrate the album’s release, they’ve shared a new video for song “Jesse” directed by Loroto Productions and the band. As described by Greta Kline, “for the video for “Jesse,” we were inspired by ASMR and slime culture. We wanted the song to be paired with mesmerizing and satisfying imagery. It turned into a marathon of playing with toys and goo.”
Frankie Cosmos will also be performing live on the newly returned Pitchfork TV show “Juan’s Basement,” on Thursday, March 29th at 1:00 PM EST/10:00 PST. For info on where to livestream the band’s performance, read here.
They’ll also be partaking in a Reddit Indieheads“AMA” [aka Ask Me Anything] on Friday, March 30th from 12:00 PM EST -1:00 PM EST/9:00 AM -10:00 AM PST. Access this message board right right over here.
The band will embark on a world tour in support of Vesselbeginning on April 5th in Boulder, CO with stops in Santa Fe, Los Angeles, Seattle, with newly added US and European dates in May and June.
Apr. 05 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater * Apr. 06 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep * Apr. 07 - Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf * Apr. 09 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom * Apr. 10 - San Diego, CA - Quartyard % Apr. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - Regent Theatre % Apr. 12 - Santa Ana, CA - The Constellation Room % Apr. 13 - Fresno, CA - Strummers Apr. 14 - Berkeley, CA - UC Theatre % Apr. 17 - Seattle, WA - Neumos % Apr. 18 - Olympia, WA - Capitol Theater % Apr. 20 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom % Apr. 30 - Pawtucket, RI - The Met May 01 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place May 02 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair @ May 03 - Burlington, VT - ArtsRiot @ May 04 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount @ May 05 - Toronto, ON - The Rec Room @ May 06 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme May 07 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall May 09 - Nashville, TN - The Basement East May 10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle (Back Room) May 11 - Richmond, VA - Capital Ale House May 12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat May 13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer May 22 - Berlin, DE - Kantine am Berghain May 23 - Hamburg, DE - Aalhaus May 24 - Ghent, BE - DOKbox May 25 - Amsterdam, NL - London Calling at Paradiso May 26 - Paris, France - Petit Bain May 28 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla May 29 - Glasgow, UK - The Art School May 30 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece May 31 - London, UK - Scala Jun. 01 - Lille, France - Aeronef Jun. 08 - Queens, NY - Forest Hills Stadium # Jul. 14 - Madrid, ES - Mad Cool Festival
* w/ Lomelda @ Florist & Lala Lala % w/ Ian Sweet and SOAR # w/ Belle & Sebastian, Perfume Genius
Preorders for Vessel are available now through Sub Pop here. LP pre-orders through megamart.subpop.comand select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on blue vinyl (while supplies last - we are nearly sold out!).
Their Self-titled debut and Sup Goth EP are available now worldwide from Sub Pop
Mass Gothic has just announced new US tour dates, supporting Modest Mouse’s spring tour for 2018. The dates begin April 18th in Birmingham at Sloss Furnace and wrap up May 11th in Kansas City at the Starlight Amphitheatre. Mass Gothic will be direct support on all of the dates. The group will release an album later this year, and will play new material on these dates. (see below for dates.)
Mass Gothic released their self-titled debut and the Sup Goth digital EP, both released in 2016. The band’s debut, which was released February 4th, 2016, features the exuberant single “Every Night You’ve Got To Save Me” [see here] and the stark “Nice Night” [see here] and was produced by the group, mixed Chris Coady (Beach House, TV on the Radio) and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in New York. Hear the album in full right over here.
The Sup Goth EP, featuringthe single, “A Run,” was released August 5th, 2016. Where the group’s self-titled debut chronicled the depths of depression, Sup Goth is the resulting catharsis. The EP is also a collaborative affair between Noel Heroux and partner / bandmate Jessica Zambri, as it is the first Mass Gothic recording the pair completed together. Hear the EP in full right over here.
Apr. 18 - Birmingham, AL - Sloss Furnace Apr. 20 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live Apr. 21 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre Apr. 23 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium Apr. 24 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium Apr. 26 - Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Apr. 27 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Apr. 28 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz Apr. 30 - Washington, DC - The Anthem May 1 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre May 2 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore May 3 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore May 5 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom May 6 - Mankato, MN - Verizon Wireless Center May 8 - Cedar Rapids, IA - McGrath Amphitheatre May 9 - Omaha, NE - Ralston Arena May 10 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theatre May 11 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Amphitheatre
Today, King Tuff has shared ”Thru The Cracks,” the latest single from his forthcoming (and highly anticipated) new album, The Other. “Thru the Cracks” is a powerful reflection on losing a friend to suicide and finding their spirit throughout the beautiful moments of life. The song features guest vocals by Jenny Lewis, backing vocals by Greta Morgan (Springtime Carnivore), and drums by Charles Moothart (Mikal Cronin, Ty Segall, Fuzz). A more soulful offering than the groove-based singles that have come before it, “Thru the Cracks” is another shining example of the multi-faceted artistic direction that Kyle Thomas has taken as King Tuff.
[Photo Credit: Olivia Bee]
Of the song, Thomas says: “About two years ago I lost a good friend to suicide. He loved the Beatles, Nirvana, Burroughs, bumming smokes, stealing his parents records and selling em to me… he was a complex character, a sweetheart with poor social skills, a musical genius with no outlet. He was pretty damn misunderstood in this world and struggled for a long, long time.
I had this song laying around for 7 years or so, but sadly it wasn’t until he was gone that it came into focus and I realized what it was all about. It’s one of my favorites I’ve ever written, and one of the truest. And it all comes back again to this thing, the Other. Maybe death is just a passageway to something else. Maybe in death we finally, once and for all, join the Other. I dunno, but I think Jeremiah is probably hanging out on the metaphysical stoop right now with none other than the Other itself.
Wherever you are bud, I’m singing to you”
The Other is available for pre-order now and is due out April 13th.
Thomas self-produced The Other and brought in Shawn Everett (War On Drugs, Alabama Shakes) to assist with the mixing process.No less hooky than previous records, the new songs ditch the goofy rock-and-roll bacchanalia narratives of earlier records in favor of expansive arrangements, a diversity of instrumentation, and lyrics that straddle the fence between painful ruminations and reconnecting with that part of yourself that feels childlike and creative and not corroded by cynicism. The record features contributions from Ty Segall (drums), Jenny Lewis (vocals), Greta Morgan (vocals), and Mikal Cronin (saxophone).
Thomas views the entire experience of the record as a kind of psychic reset. “I let the songs lead me where they wanted to go, instead of trying to push them into a certain zone. King Tuff was always just supposed to be me. When I started doing this as a teenager, it was whatever I wanted it to be. King Tuff was never supposed to be just one thing. It was supposed to be everything.”
King Tuff Tour Dates + Ticket Links
King Tuff has also announced a North American tour beginning May 3rd in San Diego. Cut Worms will open the shows, and all tickets on now. Visit www.kingtuff.life for more updates.
5/3 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
5/4 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
5/5 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf *
5/7 - Houston, TX @ Rockefeller Hall *
5/8 - Austin, TX 2 Barracuda (outside) *
5/9 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada *
5/11 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
5/12 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
5/13 - Nashville TN @ The Basement East *
5/14 - Lexington, KY @ The Burl *
5/16 - Washington DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel *
5/18 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
5/19 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church *
Hot Snakes’ previously announced tour dates for 2018 continue with an in-store performance today at Down in the Valley (Golden Valley store, 6pm CT/All Ages), followed by a headlining show later tonight in St. Paul at the Turf Club.
Mar. 16 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
May 09 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
May 10 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
May 11 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park
May 12 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
May 14 - San Jose, CA - The Ritz
May 15 - San Francisco, CA - August Hall
May 16 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
May 18 - Denver, CO - The Oriental Theater
Jun. 04 - New York City, NY - The Bowery Ballroom
Jun. 05 - Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere Hall
Jun. 07 - Toronto, ON - The Phoenix Concert Theatre
What’s the word on Hot Snakes’ Jericho Sirens? Well, since you asked:
“On its three previous records, the group was willing to toy with sustain and release, tension and construction — look at songs like “Suicide Invoice” or “Lovebirds.” Those days are gone. Jericho Sirens is a punched-in wall. Between the doom of the opening bars to “I Need a Doctor” and the homage the record closes on (“Death of a Sportsman” crash-ends with a direct lift from Suicide’s epochal, nihilistic “Ghost Rider” and that song’s four-note spine) lives the sound of not being able to itch your pox. Ever.” [Jericho Sirens, First Listen] - NPR Music
“This is yet another example of Hot Snakes at the top of their game, except this time they gave 14 years in exile for other, lesser bands to catch up with them only to reclaim the throne with ease.” [Jericho Sirens, 9/10] - Drowned in Sound
“The very definition of kickass” [Jericho Sirens, 4/5] - The Guardian
“Jericho Sirens sounds more unstable and aggressive…The palpable anxiety of “I Need A Doctor” opens the album, segueing into the dissonant dread of “Candid Cameras” and the ferocious 78 seconds of “Why Don’t It Sink In?” “Death Camp Fantasy” is a vintage Hot Snakes pounder, and Froberg howls like Brian Johnson in “Psychoactive.” It all works. Whenever Hot Snakes decide to get together, they will always be welcome.” [Jericho Sirens, A-] - AV Club
“This is a winner from start to finish.” [Jericho Sirens, 4/5] - Q
“It’s got all the traits that make Hot Snakes the unique band they always were: the fury of hardcore, the dissonant riffs of noise rock, the fuzz-drenched party of garage rock. They’ve got no fat on this thing — it’s over and done with in 30 minutes and reply value is very high — and the songs aren’t just rippers but catchy too.” [Jericho Sirens, “5 Notable Releases This Week”] - Brooklyn Vegan
“Hot Snakes are as dry, dented and slightly demented as ever.” [Jericho Sirens, 8/10, “Album of the Week”] - The Line of Best Fit
“At its core, Jericho Sirens bears all of the elements that made up Hot Snakes’ excellent first trio of albums: a sharp clash of guitars, pummeling punk-rock rhythms, and Froberg’s frantic, strained bark. Yet there’s even more tension and agitation than usual, even for a band whose discography is founded on that very agitation.” [Jericho Sirens, Album of the Day] - Bandcamp
“Their lengthy hiatus has clearly not dulled Hot Snakes’ razor-sharp edge, one bit, making Jericho Sirens a very welcome return.” [Jericho Sirens, 4/5] - Kerrang!
“It’s a suplex to your ears, a fire in your spirit, a get-up-and-go, absolutely run-wild affair. It’s what Hot Snakes has always been, and always will be: masters of primal, visceral aesthetics.” [Jericho Sirens, Album of the Week] - Treble
“Comebacks are complicated, for bands and fans too, but this is one for the ages. Hot Snakes have returned, reminding those of us who’ve paid attention that they are definitively one of the greatest rock bands we’ve ever known.” [9/10] - Exclaim!
“Jericho Sirens is an incredible turn, and proof to the other half-hearted post-hardcore comebacks of the last years (looking at you At the Drive-In, Refused and more) that it is possible to still be high-quality and relevant. In fact, in places Hot Snakes’ fourth album is so good, it even puts newer bands who have come up in the meantime to shame.” [Jericho Sirens, 5/5] - The Skinny
“A band that holds a timeless appeal to anyone who grew up on hardcore and garage rock, a promise of good times fused to a pummeling sense of aggression and resolve.” - Chicago Tribune
“This band will not change your life, probably. But it will make your life both more terrifying and way more bearable. It’s an honor, genuinely, to be pummelled and trampled by some of the best.” [Jericho Sirens] - The Ringer
“Jericho Sirens, the fourth Hot Snakes album, is a cathartic pileup of chunky guitar slashes and feverish yelps. It’s dense and physical and nasty and fun as hell. We’ve already posted the excellently-titled early tracks “Six Wave Hold-Down” and “Death Camp Fantasy,” and now the whole album is out there online, ready for your solo desk-chair moshing. (You do that too, right? It’s not just me?).” [Jericho Sirens]- Stereogum
“Hot Snakes’ caustic, erudite commentary is more welcome than ever” [Jericho Sirens, 4/5] - MOJO
“Hot Snakes throw one hell of a rock and roll party; let’s hope the invites to the next one don’t take another fourteen years to arrive” [Jericho Sirens, 4/5] - DIY
“It’s exactly what you want out of a Hot Snakes jam, with a riff that snarls and swaggers like a hot rod, its wild hair of a melody built into the stylish chrome.” [“Six Wave Hold-Down”] - NPR Music
“And after teasing a new song, they’ve now shared the slashing, propulsive “Six Wave Hold-Down,” a song that’s absolutely worthy of their old albums.” [“Six Wave Hold-Down”] - Stereogum
“Charges forward with reckless abandon…” [“Six Wave Hold-Down”] - Consequence of Sound
“A ripper which has Hot Snakes sounding as inspired as ever…” [“Six Wave Hold-Down”] - Brooklyn Vegan