Bully released their sophomore album Losing via Sub Pop Records this past fall to critical acclaim, with UPROXX naming it one of the best rock albums of 2017. Today, they are debuting their new music video for single ”Running.” The video, which was shot in Nashville and directed by Alan Del Rio Ortiz, is a stylized take on early 90’s videos. Without being too on the nose, the imagery explores how we run away from our feelings and how the media portrays millennials and youth.
Bully has been on the road non-stop since the release of Losing, playing to packed rooms across North America. The band will play three hometown shows at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge before taking a short break and embarking on a UK tour this Spring, as well as an extension of their US dates. A full rundown is as follows:
12/13/17 - Terminal West - Atlanta GA 12/14/17 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville TN 12/15/17 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville TN SOLD OUT 12/16/17 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN 2/16/18 - The Opolis - Norman, OK 2/17/18 - Meow Wolf - Santa Fe, NM 2/18/18 - Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ 2/24/18 - Hi-Fi Music Lounge - Eugene, OR 2/26/18 - Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC 2/28/18 - Neumos - Seattle, WA 3/1/18 - The Bartlett - Spokane, WA 3/2/18 - Neurolux - Boise, ID 3/3/18 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT 3/5/18 - Denver CO - Larimer Lounge 3/6/18 - Kansas City MO - Record Bar 4/24/18 - The Open Chord - Knoxville, TN 4/25/18 - Musica - Akron, OH 4/26/18 - Ace of Cups - Columbus, OH 4/27/18 - The Woodward Theater - Cincinnati, OH 4/28/18 - Snug Harbor - Charlotte, NC 5/9/18 - The Sunflower Lounge - Birmingham, UK 5/10/18 - Picture House Social- Sheffield, UK 5/11/18 - Buyers Club - Liverpool, UK 5/14/18 - The Cookie - Leicester, UK 5/15/18 - The Portland Arms - Cambridge, UK 5/20/18 - Gold Sounds - Leeds, UK 5/21/18 - Hug and Pint - Glasgow, UK 5/22/18 - Sneaky Pete’s - Edinburgh, UK 5/24/18 - Think Tank? - Newcastle, UK 5/29/18 - The Boileroom - Guildford, UK 5/30/18 - The Moth Club - London, UK
Losingwas recorded in Chicago at Electrical Audio, recorded and engineered by lead-singer Alicia Bognanno and is available for purchase here.Losing is the follow up to Bully’s critically acclaimed debut Feels Like. Bully is made up of founding members Reece Lazarus, Clayton Parker and Bognanno, and you can follow then everywhere in the known inter-verse via Facebook | Instagram | Twitter .
Loma’s Self-Titled Debut Album Will Be Out February 16th via Sub Pop.
“’Black Willow’ is a painting with darker contours than anything on [Cross Record’s] Wabi-Sabi or Shearwater’s most recent album Jet Plane And Oxbow, while retaining the depth and confidence of each.” — NPR Music
“the group graces us with some beautifully mystical vibes in the form of the devastating, ASMR-inducing first single” — Gorilla vs. Bear
“’Black Willow’ is a sinewy and chilly track that feels expansive as Emily Cross and Meiburg’s vocals intertwine.” — Stereogum
[Photo Credit: Bryan C. Parker]
Loma, the new project comprised of Jonathan Meiburg, best known as the singer of Shearwater, and Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record, will release their self-titled debut album on February 16th via Sub Pop. A product of a joint pilgrimage around the globe by fellow touring musicians, it’s a beautifully detailed and emotionally rich album that reveals a band obsessed with songs as sound.
After presenting the lead single, “Black Willow,” the trio now shares “Relay Runner.” As Meiburg describes it, “’Relay Runner’ was the happiest accident on the record. We discovered it when we wired up a tremolo pedal the wrong way, and got this funny, stuttering loop - and then we built a whole song around that sound. The last thing we did in the mix was erase the loop, which had gone from inspiring the song to ruining it! But it made sense that what was left underneath was a song about how to escape from a sealed room.”
In creating Loma, the trio convened in a house in the Texas hill country over a few months during a strangely charged time. When they began recording, Cross and Duszynski were a married couple, but their relationship ended during the sessions—an atmosphere Meiburg found both challenging and inspiring—and the isolated house became the album’s muse. Dogs wandered by the microphones; the sounds of birds and wind in junipers and live oaks hovered at the borders of the songs. A close listen to new single “Relay Runner” even reveals cicadas and frogs from a nearby stream. Except for Cross’s translucent voice in the foreground, there were no assigned roles on the album; each member of the trio played every instrument as needed. This feeling of freedom let buried energies find expression. Cross wrung catharsis from Meiburg’s lyrics and melodies, while Duszynski immersed himself in the engineering and mixing.
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
Loma is now available for preorder from Sub Pop and select independent retailers at smarturl.it/loma. North American preorders of the limited Loser edition will be available on clear vinyl with red and black swirlies (while supplies last). A new T-shirt design will also be available.
Craft says of “The Rager” video, “My friend Alyssa portrays a tragic heroine who is delivering what will be her last performance. As she takes the stage, the audience is totally indifferent to her presence. In the song, she’s human; however, in the video, she represents something more. A beautiful idea, rock ‘n’ roll, our country, something dying… whatever it is you want that idea to be, that’s the character she plays here.”
Kyle Craft also recently delivered incredible solo performances of Full Circle Nightmare tracks “The Rager” and “Heartbreak Junky,” along with a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Chelsea Hotel No. 2,” for the Dinner Party Download’s “The Last Supper” (+final) episode. The show was recorded live in Seattle at the Moore Theatre [hear here].
Last month, Kyle Craft shared “Heartbreak Junky,” the cinematic lyric video from Full Circle Nightmare [see here]. Pitchfork said of the track, “When Kyle Craft’s heart breaks, it shoots glitter and confetti—by the time he hits the chorus, the song has erupted into a tempest of sassy brass, swirling organs, and hip-swiveling boogie.” The “Heartbreak Junky” visual brings the already vivid album cover to life. Full Circle Nightmare features front and inside gatefold images, shot by Peter Karavias.
Full Circle Nightmare is now available for preorder from Sub Pop and select independent retailers [see here], and will be available in the following formats:
LP gatefold jacket with custom dust sleeve
CD digipack with poster insert
North American preorders of the limited Loser edition will be available on maroon vinyl with a black swirl (while supplies last), and we also have a new T-shirt design with this release.
Full Circle Nightmare was produced by Chris Funk (of the Decemberists), with mixing by Trevor Spencer and the Helio Sequence’s Benjamin Weikel and Brandon Summers. Full Circle Nightmare is the follow up to Dolls of Highland, his acclaimed debut.
Kyle Craft has scheduled two Pacific Northwest week of release shows for 2018: Seattle’s Tractor Tavern on February 1st and Portland’s Doug Fir on February 2nd. Additional live dates will also be announced soon.
Previously announced headlining support dates (with METZ) run December 7th-19th
On March 2nd, 2018, Moaning will release their impassioned self-titled debut, worldwide through Sub Pop. The 10-track album, featuring “Don’t Go” along with highlights “Artificial,” “The Same,” and “Misheard,” was recorded and engineered by Alex Newport in Los Angeles.
Moaning’s charmingly chaotic, black & white visual for “Don’t Go” was directed by Michael Schmelling. The video stars the band and a few of their dear friends, and was shot in Los Angeles in the waning days of summer.
Preorders for Moaning are available now on CD/LP/CS/DL through Sub Pop right here. LP pre-orders through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on pink vinyl (while supplies last), and new t-shirt design will also be available.
Moaning Tracklisting 1. Don’t Go 2. Tired 3. Artificial 4. Close 5. Does This Work for You 6. The Same 7. For Now 8. Useless 9. Misheard 10. Somewhere in There
Moaning’s previously announced tour schedule for 2017 begins December 6th in Eugene at The Blue Room and ends December 19th in Phoenix at LBX. For the dates spanning December 7th-15th, the band will act as direct support for labelmates METZ. Moaning will also appear at the 2018 edition of SXSW in Austin, Texas.
Dec. 06 - Eugene, OR - The Blue Room Dec. 07 - Seattle, WA - Neumos * Dec. 08 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt * Dec. 09 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir * Dec. 11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent * Dec. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Teragram Ballroom * Dec. 13 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah * Dec. 15 - Austin, TX - the Mohawk *^ Dec. 16 - Dallas, TX - Transit Bicycle Co. Dec. 18 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress Dec. 19 - Phoenix, AZ - LBX Mar. 12 - 18 - Austin, TX - SXSW *w/ METZ ^ w/ Cherubs
Moaning is a band defined by its duality. The abrasive, post punk trio comprised of Sean Solomon, Pascal Stevenson, and Andrew MacKelvie, began nearly a decade after they met in L.A.’s DIY music scene. Their debut album comes born out of the member’s experiences with love and distress, creating a sound uniquely dark and sincere. Although the band is just breaking out of their infancy, Moaning’s sleek and cavernous tone emphasizes the turmoil of the era they were born into. One where the endless possibility for art and creation is met with the fear and doubt of an uncertain future.
The trio began regularly frequenting DIY institutions like The Smell and Pehrspace, eventually selling out dozens of their own shows at both venues with their first few bands. Solomon recalls, after a brief hiatus from playing together, Moaning’s conception came when he sent Stevenson and MacKelvie the first demo for “Don’t Go,” setting the tone for the impulsive songwriting that would follow.
The three fleshed out Solomon’s primitive recordings, adding in MacKelvie’s heavy syncopated drumming, and Stevenson’s melodic driving bass and synth parts, capturing each member’s personality in their sparse and fuzzed out tracks. Like many of their previous collaborative projects, Moaning forces pain up against pleasure, using the complexity of personal heartbreak to inform the band’s conflicted sound. The band eventually landed on the apt moniker Moaning, admiring the ambiguity the name held and hoping to reference both an intimate wail and an anguished scream [read more here].
It’s that time of year where we thank you for being the best customers imaginable in the world of music-buying peoples far and wide.
In an effort to show our unending appreciation of you, we’ll now attempt to coerce you into spending even more of your hard earned shekels with us this holiday season… by offering 20% off on all*Sub Pop Mega Mart orders over $25 starting today and going all the way ‘til 11:59 pm on January 2nd. Believe us when we say that we’ve got some of the best midsize-indie-record-label-branded merchandise your heart can handle, and we’d really love to sell it to you and your loved ones this holiday season. Knit hats, gloves, and sweaters? We’ve got ‘em. Things designed to make you sweat (like sweatshirts and sweatpants, gutterbrain)? We’ve got those too. Trinkets and trash? Enough for everyone! We’ve also got a slew of really exciting 2017 releases that you might have missed out on from bands like Sleater-Kinney, Bully, Downtown Boys, Shabazz Palaces, Beach House, The Afghan Whigs, Porter Ray, Iron & Wine and so much more.
All orders placed by December 18th are guaranteed to ship out before we close up shop for the year, so get your orders in early and often. Related to this impending warehouse closure, any orders placed between December 19th and January 2nd will not ship out until after we are back in the office on January 3rd.
Thank you in advance for your impending (wildly overzealous, we hope) gift buying spree.
Love, Sub Pop.
*All Current and future pre-orders from excellent artists like Mudhoney, Hot Snakes, Kyle Craft and Lomaare excluded from this 20% off sale. These items do, however, count towards reaching your $25 qualifying order total, so definitely pick those up too!