Friday, March 28, 2014

new video + spring tour dates

what's up!!!!!

our tour starts this weekend in vancouver

as always, all shows are all ages

we have new DESERVE cassettes, new SING NERVOUS II tapes (new collection of demos for upcoming record, some really old demos, some live shit...), new t-shirts, new tour zines....

speaking of that SING NERVOUS II, hugo recorded one of the songs, and here's a new video for it, directed by the lovely christopher ando

tour dates below that, as well as some of the cool flyers that have been comin' in for the trip

Weed - Actual Air from Couple Skate on Vimeo.

29 Vancouver BC - Antisocial Skate Shop with NĂ¼ Sensae, Peace
03 Seattle WA - Parnassus with So Pitted, and Dreamdecay
04 Portland OR - Discourage Records with Modern Marriage
05 Reno NV - Holland Project with Audacity
06 Oakland CA - World Rage Center with Gnivid Yppah
07 Las Vegas NV - Hellpop!
08 Flagstaff AZ - Fire Creek
09 Tucson AZ - Topaz with Prom Body, and Womb Tomb
10 Albuquerque NM - The Plant
11 Oklahoma City OK - Capital House with Glow God
12 Austin TX - Red 7 with Crooked Bangs
13 New Orleans LA - The Bakery
14 Memphis TN - Spottswood
16 Brooklyn NY - Shea Stadium with Laced
17 Brooklyn NY - Baby's All Right with Audacity, and The Coathangers
18 Washington DC - Comet Ping Pong
19 Harrisonburg VA - Mymansion
20 Philadelphia PA - Golden Tea House with Amanda X
21 Annandale-on-Hudston NY - Bard College
22 Boston MA - Warehouse Show
23 Providence RI - Psychic Readings with Cool World, Mother Tongue, Fat Creeps
24 Syracuse NY - Enron Jr
25 Pittsburgh PA - The Shop
26 Detroit MI - Black Lodge
27 Ann Arbor MI - Totally Awesome Fest
28 Chicago IL - Animal Kingdom with The Funs, The Hecks, and Earring
29 Milwaukee WI - Ground Zero with Technicolor Teeth
30 Eau Claire WI - House Show
01 Minneapolis MN - House Show with We/Ours
02 Fargo ND - New Direction

Monday, March 24, 2014

aquarius write up

The opening minute or so of "Heal", the first track on Deserve, at first blush seems like it could give very much the wrong impression of these Canadian noise poppers, although the more we listen to Deserve, the more it seems like maybe it was in fact ultimately the all together RIGHT impression. The record opens with a squall of swirling feedback, what sounds like multiple guitars unfurling layer upon layer of feedback, and even when the song kicks in proper, it's mostly a crumblingly distorted single chord, over pounding caveman drumming, until all of a sudden, that noisiness coalesces into some impossibly perfect pop, a twisted chunk of nineties style indie rock jangle, wistful and super melodic and crazy catchy, albeit, plenty noisy and fuzzy, distorted and blown out, and from there on out, the song swings deliriously from lilting, loping, Sebadoh-style lo-fi pop, to a full bore, buzzing psychedelic sort-of-chorus/refrain, howled vocals over one of those chord changes that gives you chills, the sort of thing most bands struggle to come up with, but throughout the course of Deserve, these guys seem to toss off those moments like there was some limitless supply, and who knows? Maybe for these guys there is. Deserve gives us no reason to think otherwise. But before we can get to more of those moments, the band finish off "Heal" with a full two minutes worth of abstract psychedelic feedback noise drenched drift, almost as if in the studio, they just leaned their guitars against the amps, and stepped out for a smoke. But it's that willful, listener baiting noisiness, and the fact that of "Heal"s six and a half minutes, less than three is proper 'song', that helps balance the group's popsmithery, with a sort of sneering punk rock energy, that as you might imagine, finds its way into even the poppiest moments here. And there's something about two minutes of droned out noise, that when the second track "Set Me Back" finally explodes, there's a sense of sonic relief, that only adds to what is yet another glorious slab of blown out fuzz pop, big guitars, deep crooned vocals buried in the mix, melodies to die for, and another one of those choruses, that sounds like it was plucked right out of some classic Dinosaur Jr jam, but Weed's sound is more muddy and murky, and all the better for it, swirling and psychedelic, every song here, sounds like one of those songs or one of those bands that should have been huge, but instead, stayed your little secret, the best band nobody else knew about, understood, or in most cases had ever even heard, or heard of. And that totally taps into something most music nerds hold near and dear, and positions Weed, no matter how popular they get, as the sort of band, that could easily become YOUR band. 
And while there's nothing nearly as chaotic and freaked out as the opener, there is most definitely no shortage of fuzz pop bliss. "Gun Shy" is rollicking and punky, but again, crazy catchy, mixing droned out guitar, furious buzz, tangled melodies, and some super heavy, almost emo sounding noiserock blowouts. "Silent Partner" almost sounds like a slightly punkier, more youthful Swervedriver, and that shoegaze vibe surface throughout, giving all of Deserve a fantastically dreamy, druggy vibe, a sound that shifts easily from hazy, fuzzy drift, to grinding punkish pound and back again, often settling somewhere right in between, and again, amidst all this noisiness and sonic chaos, all this crunch and fuzz, blast and pound, is some of the craftiest popsmithery we've heard in ages, the sort of thing, that recast, and super polished, could have the potential to be the next big thing, thankfully, these guys seem to have no interest in that at all. The poppiness of these jams more like some sonic artifact, the seemingly random result of nothing but loud guitars, sweaty, bloody basement shows, lots of booze, youthful exuberance, and just fucking rocking, it's the perfect mix of that classic nineties indie rock sound that we can't ever seem to get enough of STILL, home brewed fuzz pop, and wild, chaotic noise rock crunch, all woven into something more fresh and and raw and punk and poppy, and it's just about the best thing we've heard in forever.