TURNED ON & TERRIFIED WITH WIBG

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Text & Interview : Andy Fenwick


25 years ago, in the wake of Seattle, label A&R people raced to whatever American city seemed to have something in the water that created great guitarists and songwriters. Of course, the Internet has ended all that. Young bands these days are best off living where it’s cheapest, putting their music online, and getting in the van.

And yet, for the Pacific Northwest, little has changed, at least when it comes to something in the water producing superlative rock bands. More than most of those bands, Portland’s WIBG stirs almost every influential Pacific northwest band into their heady stew, part psychedelic guitar workout, part tongue-in-cheek surf-a-billy, part apocalyptic cheerleader chant. On their new release Winnie & the Nihilist, they’ve put together a nine-song ode to sunshine, Dead Moon, nihilists, and more than a few women (some on bikes).

Lead by guitarist Justin Fowler and recently rounded out by Dan Galucki (drums), Nathan Moore (bass) and Cory Gray (keyboards), WIDB stuffs each track with slightly unbalanced vocals, often backed by a shaky Greek chorus that can devolve on a dime into female screams, like on “Allison” (is that … Allison?). “Sunshine” closes with a wonderful, full-band freak-out. The best track on the album, “Turned On and Terrified,” supports its excellent title with a fuzzed-out riff and jittery rhythm. The Young Fresh Fellows-esque (Pacific Northwest again!) ditty “Somebody Else” falls as one of the best protest songs of 2017: “Somebody else / is having all the fun … somebody else/is getting all the money … somebody else /is gettin’ in touch with God.”

Yet, despite the fun, guitar-fueled worlds created by “Somebody Else,” or on the daft “Girls on Bikes,” WIBG’s cover of Dead Moon’s “Dead Moon Night” stands as the soul of Winnie & the Nihilist, a record notable, after repeated listens, for a subtle menace beneath its smart-alecky surface, something the immortal, Portland-based Dead Mooncornered well during their long career. Covering Dead Moon isn’t something any band does lightly, and WIDB pulls it off here, doubly significant and poignant considering Dead Moon’s Fred Cole passed away in mid-November 2017.

We spoke with Fowler about nihilists and girls on bikes:

I was literally writing a question about your excellent cover of “Dead Moon Night” when I learned that Fred Cole died. How large did Cole/Dead Moon/Pierced Arrows loom for Portland bands? 

They are legends in Portland and some of my biggest heroes. Fred led an amazingly inspiring life.

“Girls on Bikes” takes an odd, even sinister turn – what’s going on there?

It’s probably the dumbest song I’ve ever written so I figured I’d put a little twist in there to keep things interesting.

Is that an 8-bit on “Somebody Else?

MOOG!

What’s the story behind the song “Winnie and the Nihilist?” Is there a Winnie?

There is a Winnie, but the song has nothing to do with her. At the time I needed a good title for a song that’s about a nihilist type of character. I met Winnie and her sister at a music festival after-party. Winnie’s sister is not actually a nihilist, but she has quite a dark sense of humor and loves cigarettes. A few days later in the tour van the title came to me.

Any new toys/amps/sounds used on this new album that you’re especially proud of? I’ve heard a smidge of keys here and there on each of your releases …

I have an ever-growing collection of shitty keyboards and a few nice ones. Our engineer Cory is also our keyboard player with lots of gear. We kind of split keyboard duties on the record. I’ve been really into putting Moog all over stuff. I need to watch myself.

On this new album and on last year’s “How’s Your Favorite Dreamer?” you recorded a few unlikely and fascinating things, like “the Discoverer.” Do you push for new styles/sounds, or are they happy accidents for other reasons?

I’m always experimenting in my studio at home when the dudes are out of town, so I have lots of demos and little instrumentals laying around waiting for homes. I made “The Discoverer” with Cory at his studio.

Talk about the new video – how was it made?

We were on tour and desperate for a video, so we asked our buddy Jared Kurzawa. I’m not sure if he’s ever made a music video before … I think maybe he got really high and made it on his phone but I’m not sure about his methods. At any rate, he did a really good job with no guidance at all. He saved our asses!

New band on EXAG Records : MATERIAL GIRLS (usa)

We’re thrilled to welcome MATERIAL GIRLS on EXAG Records !
Rated Atlanta’s n°1 original band for 2017 by Creative Loafing Magazine, the six-piece outfit featuring members of Slang, Concord America and Chief Scout debuted in late 2016 with just 33 copies of a lathe cut 7-inch record called Funky Frankenstein, and it hadn’t been a year since their first live shows that shook ecstatic crowds with anxious libidinous madness across the southern American States.
Their first single ‘Drained‘ was recently picked by The Line of Best Fit:
“Material Girls explore ’80s goth-rock, cabaret-tinged experimental music, Latin jazz & more, all filtered through the group’s scuzzy DIY punk roots.”

And featured by ThinkBabyMusic :  “These ladies cast their spells with the power of mystery, and a witch’s brew to hone in a ‘desperate and arrogant’ sound. Their swag and theatrics may grab fans by the hair, but their tight musicianship will bitch-slap any doubters.”

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Boasting tenebrous bass lines, libidinous horns, snarling guitars, and perpetually rotating vocalists, this sextet has proven that the “rock ‘n roll band” has become a tired algorithm in a world where the populous is scrolling and swiping their lives away, and these six darlings invite you straight into their late night life of sequined gowns, high heels, cheap cherry lipstick and wine-drunk calamity, all mingling together in a glamorous débauché manner.

MATERIAL GIRLS will be playing SXSW next year to promote their first album to be recorded in October this year, the second single ‘Under The Sun’ will follow this first single ‘Drained’, and in the mean time you can go look for a glittering plastic dog collar to wear when they finally bring their madcap live show to your town, it might well be sooner than expected.

More about MATERIAL GIRLS:
https://soundcloud.com/materialgirlsusa
Get in touch:
https://www.iregreteverything.biz/

CELESTIAL BUMS ASCEND TOUR

We are glad to announce that Celestial Bums will be touring EU/UK this fall : 22 concerts, 7 different countries and more than 10000km On The Road!! We hope to see you all there!!

 

SLIFT TOUR

25.8 HOSSEGOR / Coolín Hossegor
26.8 POUZAUGES / Trail-R Jam #9
30.8 RAMONVILLE / Bikini Fest. : Ty Segall, Yonatan Gat, Slift, Les Soldes
31.8 ATLANTIC COAST / Secret Show ∞
1.9 CATACH / Catach Fest ∞
2.9 AGEN / Festival de la Prairie #43 ∞
3.9 LES ISSARDS / Caught By The FUZZ! Fest. : Hubris, Slift, Korto, Denuit ∞
15/9 VILLEFRANCHE DE ROUERGUE / Tatoo Fest
27.9 BORDEAUX / El Chicho
28.9 LORIENT / Le Galion
29.9 ANGERS / Jokerspub-Angers
30.9 RENNES / Bar le Gazoline
1.10 LE HAVRE / Mc Daid’s
2.10 AMIENS / Sombrero Café Amiens
3.10 LILLE / Le Midland , Ex-Select
4.10 BOURG EN BRESSE / La Tannerie
5.10 CHARLEROI (BE) / Rockerill
6.10 REIGNIER / Le Poulpe
7.10 PARIS / La Mécanique Ondulatoire
8.10 LYON / TBA
9.10 LIGURIA (IT) / Imperia
10.10 CHIRAVALLE (IT) / Spazio Rosso
11.10 VIAREGGIO (IT) / Gang of Bicchio
12.10 OLTEN (CH) / Coq d’Or
13.10 BIENNE (CH) / L@Le Le Salopard
14.10 KREUZLINGEN (CH) / Horst Klub
15.10 LUGANO (CH) / TBA
16.10 HELP! (Nice Marseille Montpellier..)
2.11 GENEVE (CH) / La Makhno ∞
3.11 STRASBOURG / Mudd Club ∞
4.11 NANCY / La Machine ∞
5.11 MANNHEIM (AL) / TBA ∞
6.11 ANVERS (BEL) / Cafee cabron ∞
8.11 LILLE / TBA ∞
9.11 ROUEN / Le 3 Pièces Muzik’Club ∞
10.11 BOURGES / Le Saint Bonnet ∞
1.12 TOULOUSE / Le Champagne ◎
2.12 JURANCON / La Ferronnerie ◎

∞ Korto
◎ Titanic, the band

ARTWORK / Pierre Ferrero
Howlin Banana Records / EXAG’ Records / Rat King / YUMMY Truffles Collective

VIDEO PREMIERE : DAVE COCKS – BORDERS

DAVE COCKS ‘Borders’

 

With their BLACK’EX split series, Exag Records is creating interesting connections between artists from around the world. The concept is to take two artists from two different countries and release their music on a beautiful 10” vinyl. BLACK’EX #1 brings Dave Cocks from Italy (better known as one half of cold wave duo Throw Down Bones) together with French artist Monolithe Noir, who now resides in Belgium. The (not so Italian sounding) artist Dave Cocks created a dark track with the appropriate name ‘Borders’, which now comes with a fascinating video. The release is out today July 19th, order your copy here!

By Subbacultcha

Link : http://subbacultcha.be/2017/07/19/dave-cocks-borders/

VIDEO PREMIERE : OKEY DOKEY – LOW RENT // BLUE SKIES

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As far as we know, psychedelic doo-wop didn’t exist as a genre until Okey Dokey started making it.

The Beach Boys grazed the surface during the famously aborted Smile sessions, but they certainly didn’t make it a principle vocation as the Nashville, Tennessee duo do. Composed of guitarist Johny Fisher and visual artist Aaron Martin, Okey Dokey already staked claim to that ground with their first single, “Wavy Gravy“. Their debut album, 2017’s Love You, Mean It proved that the formula worked on a full-length scale.

Today, the band has shared a brand new music video for their latest single, album high-water mark “Low Rent // Blue Skies”. The music video, which was filmed and directed in Austin by local photographer Pooneh Ghana, stars Austin comedian JT Kelley as some sort of misbehaving entrepreneurial cowboy, a banana stand, and Okey Dokey. If that description sounds equal parts awesome and confusing that’s because it is. Watch the music video premiere of Okey Dokey’s “Low Rent // Blue Skies,” below.

By Rory Jones

 

Link : http://do512.com/p/okey-dokey

BLACK'EX Split Series

PREMIERE : BLACK’EX Split Series

 

Belgian label EXAG Records announce the arrival of their BLACK’EX split series and Backseat Mafia are honoured to provide you with the premiere.

The concept for the series is to take two artists, from two different countries, press on top vinyl and in doing so create connections between artists from around the world, building bridges between countries that otherwise may never exist. EXAG will also accompany the shows with a series of live shows.

#1 brings Dave Cocks from Italy, better known as one half of cold wave duo Throw Down Bones together with French artist Monolithe Noir who now resides in Belgium.

‘Borders’ is the first solo released by Dave Cocks and focuses on his personal journey of fleeing the centre and finding himself at the peripheral. ‘Labegum’ is the result of Antoine Pasqualini’s AKA Monolithe Noir breaking away from old habits and traditional instruments to experiment with sound whilst maintaining an ambience fans have come to know and love.

Through this series, EXAG aim to push the boundaries, disregard genre stereotypes and produce music that everyone will come to know and love.

Order here: http://exagrecords.bigcartel.com/product/black-ex-split-series-1

By Le Crowley

Link : http://www.backseatmafia.com/say-psych-premiere-blackex-1/

 

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