psychedelic rock sextet Rose Windows will release their self-titled
second album, the follow up to their acclaimed debut The Sun Dogs, on CD/DL/LP May 4th in Europe and May 5th in North America via Sub Pop. Rose Windows,
featuring the highlights “Glory, Glory,” “Strip Mall Babylon,” and
“Blind,” was recorded in the fall of 2014 at Studio in the Country in
Bogalusa, LA, and produced & mixed by Randall Dunn (Earth, Akron
Family, Cave Singers). You can now listen to heavy rocker “Glory,
Glory” via Consequence of Sound.
CoS had this to say, “Marked by a smashing rhythm section and
gnarly, over-sized guitar riffs, the track finds the band operating in
the the proto-metal tradition of a slightly grimier Black Sabbath (see news story February 9th).”
Preorders for Rose Windows are available from Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. All customers who pre-order the LP version of the album from megamart.subpop.com
will receive the “Loser Edition” on red & black marbled vinyl, and a
limited edition 7” which features the songs “Never Did Me Wrong” and a
cover of Led Zeppelin’s “The Wanton Song” (while supplies last).
Additionally, there will be a new T-shirt design available in two
colors, both individually and as part of a bundle with purchases of the
Rose Windows have scheduled a few headlining & festival dates in support of the release: February 20th in Seattle at Neumos; February 21st in Bainbridge Island, WA at Rolling Bay Hall; May 8th
in Austin, TX for Austin Psych Fest’s Levitation 2015; And Memorial Day
Weekend in George, WA for Sasquatch Festival. Please find a complete
list of tour dates below.
About Rose Windows:
Chris Cheveyo abandoned the finalized recording of his heavy
instrumental post-rock band towards the end of 2010, it wasn’t out of a
general cynicism towards expansive, heady music. There was just
something about that specific palette of tones and the cut-and-dry
melodrama of the songwriting that wasn’t satisfying anymore. So he
culled his old habits and made a fresh start with Rose Windows, a
Seattle-based sextet that drew upon everything from American folk to
West Saharan guitar rock, from pentatonic proto-metal to traditional
Persian music, from the darker corners of California’s early psych scene
to the hazy atmospherics of contemporary drone artists.
was a risky era for this sort of bold new venture—there was a lot of
talk of austerity in 2010. People were upside-down on their mortgages.
Gas prices were high. Not surprisingly, many of the new musicians of the
Great Recession were solo bedroom artists, laptop producers, and lo-fi
aficionados. It was a time to think small and live within one’s means.
It was an inopportune time to create the kind of lavish, orchestral,
spacious records that came out of the peak of album-oriented rock radio
of the ‘70s. And yet that’s the kind of record Rose Windows made in the
fall of 2011. Their debut album, The Sun Dogs, was a brave
record—exploratory, diverse, and lush. It didn’t fit in with the
escapist pulse of indie dance music, or the retrograde scuzz of garage
rock, or the bucolic nostalgia of the breezy new folk scene. The Sun Dogs,
with it’s bluesy dirge, exotic scales, and majestic sprawl, didn’t
quite fit it anywhere. Yet its theme of “the everyday blues that
capitalism and its hit man, religion, bring on all of us” was certainly
apropos of the time (read more at Sub Pop).
In continuation of Sub Pop’s grand tradition of piggy-backing our agenda on to existing cultural trends, we’d love to share with you this week’s Throw Back Thursday (#TBT), or, because we are old and bad at the jokes, “Throwing out Backs Thursday” (again, because we are old and our backs aren’t what they used to be). This week, we’re dusting off “Tallahassee”, an absolute gem from former Sub Pop drone masters, Earth. The track comes from 1996’s heavy Pentastar: In the Style of Demons – you can pick that up from the Mega Mart here.
Earth recently teamed up with current Rabia Shaheen Qazi, the magical front-woman of current Sub Pop psych outfit Rose Windows, and recorded “From the Zodiacal Light”, which you can and should listen to over at Pitchfork now. Go. Listen.
Today’s a very heavy release day for us here at Sub Pop HQ. We’ve got people hustling around the warehouse shipping and receiving, publicists on the horn (industry speak for phone) with press, and metadataists metadataing. Which is to say, it’s a wild scene around here, but one we’ve been preparing for.
First and foremost, clipping., the most disruptive and abrasive yet remarkably welcoming hip hop we’ve ever heard, are making their debut withthe nearly eponymous CLPPNG. It’s a collection of disorienting and challenging hip hop tracks that equate to a pretty perfect debut record. Listen to “Body & Blood” in the embedded player for example. Pick up CLPPNG here, or wherever fine records are sold.
Sub Pop is very pleased to announce our involvement with this year’s OFF Festival, to be held August 1st-3rd
in Katowice, Poland. Now in its 8th year, the lineup features the
likes of Belle & Sebastian, Neutral Milk Hotel, Deafheaven, Glenn
Branca, Fuck Buttons, Loop, Earth, Dean Wareham, Dirty Beaches, Chelsea
Wolfe, Perfume Genius, Perfect Pussy and more to be announced.
On Friday, August 1st
Sub Pop will curate the Experimental Stage, with a lineup that includes
artists from the labels roster, past and present, our sister label
Hardly Art, and a few Polish bands. Artists performing include: Wolf
Eyes, Rose Windows, clipping., Lyla Foy, Protomartyr, Kaseciarz
(Krakow, PL) and Wild Books (Warszawa, PL).
Please find additional information about each of the performers below.
Some say Rock N Roll will never reach
the same primitive raw vein hit of Bo Diddley at his more subhuman
lurch, or that no unit could ever scramble the marbles left of what
brain-boiling suburban electronic punk outsiders did in the mid-’70s:
Whatever you think, there is no denying the homemade nuclear war Wolf
Eyes has declared on music. Wolf Eyes was birthed in the shadows of
late-’90s Michigan. However, Wolf Eyes has grown beyond a band into a
collective mutant ensemble, an art abstraction unit: musicians, print
makers, photographers and more, all sharing a primal vision of decoding
the wilderness of the humanoid soul using their deep audio arsenals.
Before the release of clipping.’s debut, 2013’s Midcity,
the trio of rapper Daveed Diggs and producers Jonathan Snipes and
William Hutson did not expect to find an audience for their abrasive
brand of rap music. But since the formation of clipping. and the release
of their debut album, the field of commercial music enlarged ever so
slightly, making room again for noisier, more adventurous elements in
electronic production. Examples of this have been incremental, mere baby
steps, so far. And despite clipping.’s insistence that they’re really
just making rap— not noise-rap, industrial-rap, or any other mashup
genre— their music might be more sonically challenging than that of the
punkish rap rockers, lo-fi bedroom producers, and street goth
hybridist’s they’ve been lumped with so far. The band will release their
Sub Pop debut, CLPPNG, this June.
Lyla Foy (formerly known as WALL) released Mirrors the Sky,
her Sub Pop debut in March. The London singer and producer specializes
in intimate vocals effortlessly intertwined with delicate, emotive
instrumentation. The production is an integral part of her writing
process, capturing not only the intended notes but also the incidental
and accidental sounds that bring the recordings to life and provide
endless intrigue. While the patter of keyboards, guitars and pulsing
bass lines create a beguiling backdrop, it’s Foy’s sense of melody and
turn of phrase that takes centre stage. Subtle nods to classic refrains,
mingled with her own inflection, suggest a writer who draws from many
different eras, resulting in a sound that is both timeless yet modern.
Protomartyr’s taut, austere rock was
incubated in a freezing Detroit warehouse littered with beer cans and
cigarette butts and warmed, feebly, by space heaters. Despite the cold,
Protomartyr emerged with a sound that is idiosyncratic but relatable,
hooky but off-kilter. Protomartyr’s economical rock elicits comparisons
to possible antecedents like Pere Ubu or The Fall as well as local
contemporaries like Frustrations or Tyvek (whose frontman Kevin Boyer
played bass in an early iteration of Protomartyr). Singer Joe Casey’s
dry declarative snarl serves as a reliable anchor, granting his
bandmates — guitarist Greg Ahee, drummer Alex Leonard and bassist Scott
Davidson — the opportunity to explore textures and reinforce the rhythm
section. This is never more apparent than on the band’s sophomore LP and
Hardly Art debut, Under Color of Official Right.
Rose Windows began in late 2010 in Seattle. On their debut album, The Sun Dogs,
the band incorporates elements of The Band, The Doors’ organ-driven
psychedelia, and Black Sabbath’s dirges, along with Persian, Indian, and
Eastern European music. Rose Windows have toured the West Coast
several times, fluidly sharing the stage with underground art-metal
bands one night and popular indie Americana acts the next. The Sun Dogs was recorded and produced by Randall Dunn (SunnO))), Boris, Earth) at Avast! in Seattle.
you could only play rootsy, dirty, sunburned rock in Texas or Tennessee?
The duo Wild Books proves that you set out from a Polish garage to
follow in the footsteps of Jack White and The Black Keys. Wild Books’
self-titled 2014 debut record showcases retro-rock in its whole
Three years ago, this guy proved you could be a surfer in southern Poland. This year he’s back with Motörcycle Rock and Roll,
a mix of psychedelia, garage, and surf, or as he likes to call it,
“garbage rock.” Fortunately the sound quality is inversely proportional
to its aesthetic value. Maciej Nowacki’s music will blow your socks off,
even though he himself admits that the only reason he got into music in
the first place was to prove he was in the arts at parties.
Rose Windows’ stunning debut record The Sun Dogs is only a week old today and yet they already have their first music video in the can. As with the album, the video leaves no room for disappointment. See for yourself in the embed.
Rose Windows’ The Sun Dogs, their debut record, comes out June 25th on Sub Pop, and if ‘Native Dreams’, the lead off track from the record, is any indication (it is), this is going to be a very memorable debut record. Watch the mystical album trailer that accompanies the blog post to get a stylistic preview of what The Sun Dogs and Rose Windows are all about.
If you pre-order The Sun Dogs on CD or LP from SubPop.com, you’ll receive a Rose Windows patch with your order! Also worth noting, pre-orders of the LP will receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of the record. These things are governed by a while supplies last type of law, so order soon to ensure your obtainment of such wonderful things.