We’re psyched to announce that we will be putting out MATERIAL GIRLS (Atlanta, GA) debut full-length LP, Leather, in Europe on July 6th (LP, DG), and Irrelevant Music in the States.
Listen to their first single “Wade Into The Creek” on:
Rumore : https://bit.ly/2wXDKAF
Indiepoprock ️: https://bit.ly/2GDL04b
Threshold Magazine : https://bit.ly/2GD2MEF
Muzikalia : https://bit.ly/2GC2HRR
Negative White : https://bit.ly/2KH6GyK
PRE ORDER “Leather” on Bone colored vinyl :
27.07 – Toronto, ON @ The Baby G
We’re delighted to announce that Phoenician Drive first full-length album is coming out after summer this year, recorded by the great ‘Roo’ Laurent Eyen at Koko Studio.
Today we share the first track ‘ALMADRABA’ with this music video created, filmed and edited by visual artist Léo Lefrançois André.
Also they’re going on tour in Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Italy this June (check out gig dates below).
ALMADRABA TOUR’ 18
02.06 : FR, Angoulême – Chez Zi
05.06 : ES, Bueu – Nova Labranza
06.06 : PT, Lisbon –MUSICBOX LISBOA
07.06 : PT, Leiria – Texas Bar
08.06 : PT, Figueira da Foz – DRAC – Direito de Resposta Associação Cultural
09.06 : PT, Praia da Tocha – Piolho – Praia da Tocha
10.06 : PT, Porto – Woodstock 69 Rock bar
12.06 : ES, San Sebastian – Gross
14.06 : FR, Bourges – Le Nadir
15.06 : FR, Biarritz – Wheels and Waves Festival
16.06 : FR, Pay – Le pingouin alternatif
22.06 : BE, Liège – l’An Vert, Fête de la Musique
23.06 : BE, Brussels – Pacrock Festival 2018 Warm up
24.06 : BE, Fleurus – Soviet Bloem Fête de la Musique
27.06 : CH, Chaux-de-Fond – Le LAC
28.06 : IT, Firenze – TBA
29.06 : IT, Pescara – IndieRocket Festival
30.06 : IT, Cupramontara – Musica Distesa 2018
Phoenician Drive‘s amazing repress of debut ep ‘Two Coins’ out today. Exactly 1 year ago, you had the chance to put your hands on a great translucent red vinyl which is sold out but now we’re thrilled to get this super black & white marbled vinyl for you.
You can buy it from us now : https://bit.ly/2FaJPbB
You can also stream both tracks on Spotify:
Or buy a digital download from here:
We’re starting up a series of Spotify playlists made by EXAG bands, so you can understand how West Coast gangsta rap is a major influence for garage rock and rollers.
First playlist by WIBG – Wooden Indian Burial Ground
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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?
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!
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.”
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.
“On tip toes and with bloody hands WIBG creates something more than songs. Their singular style is an organic cacophony of scattered metallic sway and lascivious throbbing that will leave you writhing and shaking into the wee hours.”
Tony Shrum (New Noise Magazine)
‘Winnie & The Nihilist’, the 3rd album by WIBG
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!!