‘Hold Up Girl‘ is the latest single released by NGHBRS off their highly anticipated debut, full-length album Twenty One Rooms set to release July 16. True indie pop-rock, this track has all the right elements of a dancey, guitar driven rock tune and pop sensibility in every passing moment. To record their debut album, NGHBRS moved into an abandoned mansion, the former estate of famous American poet and journalist, William Cullen Bryant, on the North Shore of Long Island in the fall of 2012. The estate was later turned into a museum and eventually shut down, leaving behind exhibits and historical pieces still in tact. For over 2 months, the band lived with no Internet, no television, and in a house that was rumored to be haunted. Ain’t that some shit. @thinknotsleep
IT’S TUESDAY. IT’S THE MORNING. I’M HUNGOVER. HERE WE GO. THIS WEEK’S DIYMVP COMES TO US FROM SWEDEN — A PLACE DEFINED IN MY MIND BY NATURAL PEACE AND TRANQUILITY. IT WAS NEARLY A YEAR AGO THAT WE STUMBLED UPON FUCKING WEREWOLF ASSO, A BAND WHOSE NAME CONFUSES ME AND WHOSE SOUND DESTROYS ME AS EVERY PREDISPOSITION TOWARD THE SWEDES DISAPPEARS. FOR EVERY ATOM OF MY BEING THAT STILL LOVES THE VISCERAL FEEL OF DEGRADED ROCK MUSIC, FILLED WITH GUTTURAL SCREAMS AND SCREECHES, THERE’S AN ATOM RESERVED ESPECIALLY FOR THIS INSPIRING ROCK GROUP. IT WON’T BE LONG BEFORE WE’RE BUYING OUR PLANE TICKETS TO GO SEE EM LIVE — HOPEFULLY THEY’RE GOOD HOSTS.
COMPLETE CHAOS: HOW TO IGNORE THE CULTURE. HOW TO BE YOURSELF AND HOW TO DESTROY A VENUE IN THE PROCESS. TRUTHFUL EXPRESSION IS FOUND FEW AND FAR BETWEEN. HOWEVER, JUST SCREAMING INTRO A MICROPHONE WON’T WIN YOU ANY AWARDS. FUCKING WEREWOLF ASSO BUILDS BEAUTIFUL ARRANGEMENTS WITHOUT SACRIFICING A MELODIC RAPTURE. TAINTING CLASSIC HARMONIC ARRANGEMENTS WITH AUDIO VIOLENCE TRANSLATES WELL FOR ANYONE WILLING TO OPEN UP.
Punk doesn’t categorize it. Metal doesn’t either. The boys behind the music have been hard at work for years delivering only what came from the heart — and this sappy sentiment is what separates them in a long line of Bandcamp bands looking for a break. Tectonically, the music draws you in with time signature shifts that flow as naturally as anything else, melodic payoffs that beg you to sing, or scream, along, and tempo degradation. If it were an amusement park ride, it would be an old roller coaster that kills you. Somehow, you’ve made it to heaven — the devil hates melody.
Back in 2008, Fucking Werewolf Asso released a demo. It immediately defined the band as something post-emo (god, I hate that word). It immediately defined the band as one that had learned a proper lesson, pulling the best elements out of a dead genre and revitalizing it without genre at all. Ditching the sappy lyrics in favor of poetics that would make any parent cringe, KID, JUST LETTTING YOU KNOW WE ARE DOING IT AGAIN quickly became a pinacle DIY release, at least in our community. And, it was here that the band settled into their own skin as quickly as they appeared on the scene. The album told a personal story, filled with sound clips that became more than they originally were as they filled up the killing field — and as anything stepped into the crosshairs culturally, it immediately became a target for sarcastic reprise.
Necessary for any success story is the old ideology of staying true to the self. If you’ve ever sat down to write, compose a song, or paint a picture you’ll know that choosing subject matter, a sound, a direction is as hard as writing the first sentence in a middle school book report (on something you didn’t read). In fact, it’s one of the tallest hurdles any artist will face. What do I sound like? Who are my influences? Am I ripping them off or doing something original? These are all pitfall questions designed to quantify the unquantifiable. This is your mind playing tricks on you. It’s you thinking about something that should be completely thoughtless because if you need to think, you need to find another job. It’s not often that you walk into a dimly lit bar to see a band and get something pure. It’s not often that you get anything close to pure. Mostly, you’ll be able to pick an act apart. ”These guys sound like x mixed with y.” It’s enough to make a man sick.
It wasn’t until the release of NITTIOTREMO that the Dingus team became aware of Fucking Werewolf Asso’s brilliant internet presence. “There were too many of us, we had access to too much money, too much equipment, and little by little we went insane.” Never before has an opening clip summarized an album completely in four lines, but it was the truth. It was true of the world, it was true of the music scene, and it was true of the DIY scene. It was access, and we did go insane, some more than others as bedroom studios began popping up all over the world. If the Joker had a band, it would surely be the Asso as I’ve come to nickname them. If you want to jump the gun, be my guest — these guys could be anything from Christian Boyscouts to street junkies barely able to afford the makeup they put on for their horrifying stage offering but that’s not what’s important.
What’s important is the fact that they’ve taken their innards, sliced them out, and shoved them in your face for you to taste. So taste. Because, unless they’re face down in a gutter, you better believe they’ll be assaulting you again. The band went on to work hand in hand with our very own DSL (digital singles label), The Snake Records and then to release a 7″ printed on white vinyl (classy stuff). @Dingusonmusic
PS: There’s a videogame based around the band, downloadable here. I have not played it yet, though I will.
‘Do You Know Casey Linda?’ by Bread Club (The Bay/San Jose, CA)
This song by San Jose band Bread Club is a preview for a compilation by bay area record company Headless Queen that will come out on 4/20. At first listen I looked at the tags and I was like “emo? what this is emo? but I like this?”. Then I realized that this band must be an off shot of the strange emo revival that has been happening for the past couple years and that this song is incredibly catchy and exhibits some great guitar work. I don’t know if I would call it emo per say, or at least what I usually think of emo as, but there’s definitely some snark and a little bit of angst and it works for them. I’m excited to hear more of what this band and this compilation can offer.[Free Download] @ecarlblom
When binding the line between inventive hardcore and cheesy emo it’s imperative to stay away from being classified to anything that a thesaurus might align with “whiny”. Equations, without fail, let their guttural jerks dominate their bleeding hearts, splashing in waves of subgenre that keeps Frozen Caravelsfeeling fresh and nostalgic the entire way through. Dingus
Bear Hair by The Island of Misfit Toys (June 28, 2011)
This band blows my mind. Apparently they have an even better live show, and you can check those vids out of facebook. Just judging from studio stuff though, I’m damned impressed. It’s catchier than most catchy Emo-pop-punk I used to listen to. And yet, with life-affirming crescendoes not unlike something out of Titus’s The Monitor. Oh, and there’s horns. Then, just to fuck with us, everybody switches instruments. I know, the whole collective shtick is a bit played out. But these guys have some serious passion, and the music is honestly different from anything I’ve heard. Just listen to the first track, “Beginnings of a Beard,” and tell me you’re not hooked? They made spoken word sound not-shitty!! That’s enough for me.
With technology growing exponentially, personal computing is challenging the recording business and the internet is challenging the publishing business. Now more than ever, we see the pool of music and design growing deeper. But as always, the more music there is, the harder it is to find what really matters.
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