The Seattle Times said in 2004 that “Few things say summer in the Northwest like the image of downy youngsters with laptops chaining themselves to old-growth trees.”Salty’s Seafood Restaurant’s website proclaims that “Summer in the Northwest brings sunny, warm weather and long days with star-studded evenings.” While neither of these generalized statements speak the whole truth about how awesome June is here, it goes without saying that we’re all so psyched, we’re practically crapping our pants. Allentown, PA’s Pissed Jeans know all about being psyched—their monumental new full-length, Hope for Men, is out on June 5th. The Austin Chronicle’s right-on description:
“Over massive Jesus Lizard-y guitar riffs, oft-shirtless singer Matt Korvette shouts about his “fantasy world,” where he’s a “special guy” who eats pizza and watches videos.”
Jennifer Gentle know about being psyched, too, but in a different, psychedelic sort of way. Their intense opus The Midnight Room is out June 19th, and multi-instrumentalist Marco Fasolo created the whole thing in his creepy (aka famous for its previous owner’s suicide by rifle) Ectoplasmic Studio, which is a house situated in the foggy plains of Northern Italy. It’s got distinctively Italian melodies, a primitive rock influence, and heaps of bizarro color.
The Pissed Jeans flew into Seattle for the weekend and boy are their arms tired. The dudes hit the Sub Pop offices on Friday for pizza and a meeting and then headed out to Ballard to play a show at the Sunset Tavern with the Unnatural Helpers and Sub Pop’s own Tiny Vipers. Despite technical problems with the bass amp and inferior Pac Northwest cinder blocks, the Jeans kicked total ass and left most of the crowd speechless and without the ability to clap in between songs. Saturday was spent record shopping with Andy K, photographing their balls in the photo booth, and pilfering the Sub Pop warehouse before their live performance on KEXP’s Sonic Reducer later that evening. The Jeans got tons of swag and when asked if there was one item that they all picked Andy K replied, “Yes. Nebula’s Charged on vinyl. Also, I tricked them all into taking copies of The Legend 45 as well.” Welcome aboard, boys—we’re incredibly glad to have you.
Who’s handsome and furry all over? Not your mom, silly, the Handsome Furs! About-to-be-married couple Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade) and Alexei Perry formed the band in the winter of 2005, and toured Europe before they even had a record out. Their debut album, called Plague Park (lovingly referred to in World HQ as Plaque Park_, which I guess would be a park in Candy Land, or possibly an amusement park designed by dentists to frighten children into a consistent dental care regimen…) is out May 22nd. It is dark and minimal and catchy as shit, and is the perfect foil for the impending pesky, sunny summer, what with its “cheeriness” and “positivity." You can pre-order it now-ish, right here. With the help of the Mighty Canadian Government, Dan and Alexei made a wicked scary, Twin Peaks-y video for the song “Dumb Animals”, which you can view HERE0wutqc.
Also, F your I, the word for Sub Pop Summer ’07 is BANANAS. Why? Because we’ll have new full-lengths from not just the H. Furs, but also from Pissed Jeans, Jennifer Gentle, Patton Oswalt, Tiny Vipers, The Brunettes, and Kinski. And (!), there will be new singles from The Thermals, CSS, and Iron & Wine. Thankfully, during summertime in the Pacific Northwest, the sun rises early and doesn’t set until around 9:30 PM, which means we have nearly double the daylight hours, so getting out of the office at seven won’t be as harsh as it is when it’s pitch black outside. You’ll want to keep checking Sub Pop Dot Com for More Exciting News!
It’s admittedly still early days, but we at Sub Pop are very encouraged by the early “buzz” that Pissed Jeans have been generating. We don’t want to go overboard here (that sort of exaggeration is just not our style), but we’ve seen some recent photos from some Pissed Jeans shows and “the kids” are really responding in a significant way. Just take a look at the irrefutable photographic evidence above! The crowd is freaking out, some were even so moved as to make out with one another! We’re predicting that, one day, an awful lot of people will claim to have been at this show…