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THU, AUG 25, 2011 at 9:52 AM

The not at all endless countdown to Male Bonding’s Endless Now: Installment # 4

Day 4 of 5 in the COUNTDOWN TO ENDLESS NOW brings us to the “What’s That Scene?” video. One Day Left!

The Male Bonding COUNTDOWN TO ENDLESS NOW:

Thursday, August 25th: “Tame the Sun”
Friday, August 26th: “Bones”
Saturday, August 27th: “Before It’s Gone”
Sunday, August 28th (aka today!): “What’s That Scene?”
Monday, August 29th (aka release day!): “Can’t Dream”


Posted by Alissa Gallivan

THU, AUG 25, 2011 at 9:49 AM

The not at all endless countdown to Male Bonding’s Endless Now: Installment # 3

Day 3 of 5 in the COUNTDOWN TO ENDLESS NOW brings us to the “Before It’s Gone” video. Enjoy!

The Male Bonding COUNTDOWN TO ENDLESS NOW:

Thursday, August 25th: “Tame the Sun”
Friday, August 26th: “Bones”
Saturday, August 27th (aka today!): “Before It’s Gone”
Sunday, August 28th: “What’s That Scene?”
Monday, August 29th (aka release day!): “Can’t Dream”


Posted by Alissa Gallivan

THU, AUG 25, 2011 at 9:47 AM

The not at all endless countdown to Male Bonding’s Endless Now: Installment # 2

Making good on our promise to give to you, over the course of the next several days, live video clips of five songs from Endless Now, here is your second video installment, this one for Bones.

Here again is the full schedule for the COUNTDOWN TO ENDLESS NOW:

Thursday, August 25th: Tame the Sun
Friday, August 26th (aka today): Bones
Saturday, August 27th: “Before It’s Gone”
Sunday, August 28th: “What’s That Scene?”
Monday, August 29th (aka release day!): “Can’t Dream”


Posted by Alissa Gallivan

THU, AUG 25, 2011 at 6:25 AM

The not at all endless countdown to Male Bonding’s Endless Now: Installment # 1

Male Bonding’s new album Endless Now comes out on Monday, August 29th here in these Untied States and in the UK and Europe on September 5th. A few weeks back the band played the entirety of Endless Now in London at the Buffalo Bar’s 10th anniversary party (why not read about it on Male Bonding’s often very entertaining blog?). And because we could not all be there to see this performance and also because we are deeply interested in convincing you of the excellence of this new Male Bonding record, we paid Conan Roberts much, much less than he is worth to film the show.

And now we are going to give to you, over the course of the next five days, live video clips of five songs from Endless Now. The first of these is for Tame the Sun.

(You can also hear and download the album version of Tame the Sun)

Here’s the full schedule for the COUNTDOWN TO ENDLESS NOW:

Thursday, August 25th (aka today): Tame the Sun
Friday, August 26th: “Bones”
Saturday, August 27th: “Before It’s Gone”
Sunday, August 28th: “What’s That Scene?”
Monday, August 29th (aka release day!): “Can’t Dream”


Posted by Alissa Gallivan

THU, JUN 9, 2011 at 3:57 AM

New Music from Male Bonding!

Oh happy day, we are excited to confirm that Male Bonding’s second full length release, Endless Now, will be released on Sub Pop Records August 30th, 2011. We are offering a track off the upcoming release "Bones via the widget above, check it out!

Endless Now was recorded at Dreamland Recording Studio in Woodstock, NY, the converted 19th century church that birthed such classics as the B-52’s “Love Shack” and Dinosaur Jr.‘s 1993 full-length Where You Been. Male Bonding took special delight in later learning that Dreamland was also where the 1993 single "’74-’75" by North Carolina jangle-pop ensemble the Connells was made. “We used to come onstage to that song, so it was fate,” says drummer Robin Silas Christian. With deep snow everywhere, and sunshine streaming in through the stained glass windows in the morning, the trio worked with producer John Angello (Kurt Vile, Thurston Moore, Dinosaur Jr.) installed behind the altar. After a week in Woodstock they relocated to Headgear Recording in Brooklyn to mix.

The end result is 36 minutes of songs tailor-made to anchor mix tapes and playlists-if you can stand to separate them from the whole album. The enthusiastic “Tame The Sun” heralds the arrival of Endless Now with the first notes its plucky bass line. And “heralds” is the right word: Male Bonding’s music is animated by an infectious, evangelical zeal that reflects their roots in the D.I.Y. indie rock community. “Bones” opens with the giddy rush one associates with classic hardcore or the best of the Wedding Present, then stretches out the same four-chord progression for six minutes and 24 seconds-all the while retaining its succinct air of breathless excitement. With its hazy vocals, hissing cymbals, and just a hint of vintage Beach Boys, the spacey “Can’t Dream” reconciles the Punk and the Hippy in all of us. And then there’s Male Bonding’s take on Phil Spector-style ‘60s pop, "What’s That Scene," which wraps its gritty, grungy center in a sugar-sweet wash of handclaps and wah-ooh backing vocals.

Hear that? You’re singing along already.


Posted by Alissa Gallivan