Native America is a rock & roll trio from New Orleans, Louisiana. The band, comprised of Ross Farbe (guitar/vocals), Ray Micarelli (drums) and John St. Cyr (bass/vocals), has evolved from Farbe’s dorm room recording project to deliver their first proper studio LP, Grown Up Wrong, via Inflated on November 18. After releasing Dancing About Architecture with Park The Van Records, self-recording last summer’s Bad Weed / But Still Weed EP, and touring heavily over the past few years, Grown Up Wrong finds them in peak form. Recorded with engineer Chris George at NOLA’s the Living Room, the album is a triumphant leap forward for Native America, infusing this young three-piece’s gift for easygoing songwriting with textured production that provides the record with simplistic nuances and gorgeous tape warmth.
The music is as much a product of current indie rock (Ariel Pink, Deerhunter) as it is 60’s pop (Beatles, The Kinks) and classic New Orleans soul records (Fats Domino, Lee Dorsey). When asked about the origin of their band name, frontman Ross Farbe explained, “I was thinking about the heritage of the music I wanted to create, and how rock and roll originated in America. It’s a joining of cultures and influences that could only happen in our young, strange country.” They are a group of old souls in modern times, offering a blend of the familiar with a distinctly new approach. The songs on the new full-length are instantly memorable, yet new and unpredictable, as they warp through various eras of musical influence. It showcases a deep variety of effortlessly feel good nostalgia with dynamic flourishes, shifting through infectious melodies at every twist and turn. Grown Up Wrong is the perfect end of summer record, where the relaxed nature of Native America never ends, bringing the heart of New Orleans to the world — one hook-filled pop gem at a time.
Tour info - including a stop at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon - coming soon!
Aug 10 | Baltimore MD @ The Crown Aug 11 | Richmond VA @ The Camel Aug 12 | Chapel Hill NC @ Local 506 Aug 15 | Boston MA @ House Show Aug 16 | Bristol CT @ Rockwell Summer Fest Aug 18 | Santa Monica CA @ Almost Holden Collective Aug 19 | Los Angeles CA @ Pehrspace Aug 23 | Santa Cruz CA @ Crepe Place Aug 24 | Davis CA @ Chillanova Aug 25 | Oakland CA @ Night Light Aug 26 | San Francisco @ TBA Aug 27 | Sacramento CA @ Haus on V Aug 28 | Portland OR @ Bunk Bar Aug 30 | Seattle, WA @ Hollow Earth Radio
Hey. It’s been a while. Yesterday was a great day. One of our favorite bands released a song that we’ve loved since hearing them jam it back at CMJ 2012. That band happens to be So Cow and the song is called “Barry Richardson.” You can listen and read words at Pitchfork. WARNING: it’s sticky as hell, so good luck getting it out of your head. PSA: we still have some copies of Out of Season, So Cow’s split LP with Squarehead, available at the Inflated store.
Also also also, we’ve got some exciting news to share really soon. It’s about an album that we’ll be releasing in the fall. It’s a really great album by some nice boys from New Orleans. They’re really nice boys. You’ll like them and you’ll really love this album.
So Cow’s new album, The Long Con, is due out 9/16 via Goner Records.
SO COW — US TOUR DATES
Sept 14 - Milwaukee, WI - Quarter’s Rock & Roll Palace Sept 15 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle w/ Party Bat Sept 16 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class w/ Chomp Sept 17 - Columbus, OH - Ace Of Cups w/ The Young Sept 18 - Pittsburgh, PA - Gooski’s w/ Shark? Sept 19 - Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio w/ Shark? Sept 20 - Manhattan, NY - Cake Shop w/ The Oranges Band, Palomar Sept 21 - Philadelphia, PA - Silk City w/ Shark? Sept 23 - Durham, NC - Chateau Moby Dick Sept 24 - Nashville, TN - Betty’s Sept 25 - Memphis, TN - Gonerfest 11 w/ Grifters, Ausmuteants, Radioactivity, & more
11/6 | Brooklyn, NY at Secret Project Robot 11/9 | Harrisonburg, VA at Mymansion 11/10 | Richmond, VA at Gallery 5 11/11 | Atlanta, GA at 529 11/13 | Austin, TX at Scoot Inn 11/14 | Houston, TX at TBA 11/15 | New Orleans, LA at Siberia 11/16 | Fayettville, AR at Nightbird Books 11/17 | Nashville, TN at Boheme Collectif 11/19 | Bloomington IN at Uel Zing 11/20 | Detroit, MI at PJ’s Lager House 11/21 | Philadelphia, PA at Johnny Brenda’s 11/22 | Brooklyn, NY at Shea Stadium
Today is a proud day for Inflated. Zula’s debut album is now available and it is, without a doubt, our most cherished release to date. Give it a listen over at SPIN and pick up some "Halloween Orange" vinyl (limited to 200 copies). Stay tuned for info on the release show next Wednesday, tour dates and plenty of other Zula goodness.
Led by Robbie Stern (guitar) and Stephanie Davin (vocals), the debut EP from Post Louis comes brimming with promise. Stern built a name for himself early, playing guitar in Cajun Dance Party, but with Post Louis he has traded rollicking, rough edges for a more classic indie rock sound. Sweeping solos and blazing riffs are joined by Davin’s magnificent vocals, which manage to be both devastatingly fragile and calmingly tranquil; her lyrics are thoughtful and act as a gorgeous counter to the subtle electronic elements and swirls of feedback that surround the EP’s four tracks.
Post Louis will support Porcelain Raft later this month in Europe (tour dates below). While the band currently writes and records as a two-piece, they expand to include six members when performing live, creating a fresh sound that is as vital in person as it is on record.
Oct 21 - Prince Albert, Brighton Oct 24 - Cargo, London Oct 25 - Espace B, Paris Oct 26 - Blue Shell, Cologne Oct 27 - Kantine, Berlin Oct 29 - Kagbanan, Stockholm Oct 30 - Beta, Copenhagen
Check out the premiere of Post Louis’ new track, “Your Hotel,” on Rolling Stone. The London-based duo (a six-piece live), composed of Stephanie Davin and Robbie Stern, will release their debut EP via Inflated on 11/12/13. More details to come!
On Zula’s debut album, This Hopeful, the New York-based four-piece showcase a refreshing, forward-thinking approach to psychedelic pop music. The songs weave melody through interlocking, hypnotic rhythms — suspended spaces designed to disrupt the usual flow of time. Although Zula formed in late 2010, the musical kinship of cousins Henry and Nate Terepka (both on vocals, guitar and synths) first developed through family jam sessions during the holidays. With a lineup now rounded out by Mike Lawless (bass) and Pablo Eluchans (drums), the band takes inspiration from 90’s UK indie-dance, krautrock and funk.
Zula’s focus on suspension is also apparent in their lyrics. The songs on This Hopeful are about standing in between lives, in between relationships; being in a state of calm and stillness within tumultuous and anxious times. Many of these tracks find meaning in love, especially when things seem uncertain.
The band has built a reputation for their live show and for constantly pushing their heavily rhythmic sound. They have been known to deliver entire sets of never-before-played material and this restless creativity is apparent on the album, which sounds raw and spontaneous, yet meticulously detailed. It is a record with effortless flow and pulse, but enticing depth. For zoning in or out.
Catch Zula on tour with Starlight Girls now!
Sep 19 - Philadelphia, PA - Milk Boy Sep 20 - Baltimore, - The Crown Sep 21 - Washington, DC - The Lot Sep 22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox Sep 23 - Harrisburg, PA - The Makespace Sep 27 - Boston, MA - House Show
Zula is a psychedelic pop band from NYC, co-fronted by cousins Henry and Nate Terepka. Strong pop sensibilities collide with dance and funk influenced rhythms to create an experimental but accessible sound that is clearly evident on their mature new recordings.
"Twin Loss" is the first single from Zula’s forthcoming debut album. In advance of their first LP, the quartet is releasing the Twin Loss EP (digital only), featuring the album single, along with two non-album bonus tracks, “This Thick” and “Stealthlock,” which were recorded during the same sessions at a church outside of Ithaca, NY.
Transmuting, the debut LP from Heaven’s Gate, is a candy-coated muscle relaxer scheduled to hit your eardrums on September 24. There are echoes of bands like The Raincoats, My Bloody Valentine and Danzig, however, Jess Paps (vocals), Michael Sheffiled (guitar), Alex Cvetovich (bass), Jack Wolf (guitar) and Patrick Stankard (drums) have crafted a frightening new energy on their first full-length.
Recorded at a house in Englewood, NJ with Scott Andrews, there are an abundance of layers: synths, pianos, experimental electronics, loops, feedback. And the record is deeply personal; you get a sense of the warmth of the house it was recorded in against a backdrop of an isolated winter. There is a feeling that there is no escaping the season and the album embodies this eerie spatiality.
Transmuting is about the process of tearing out of symbiosis and moving forward from loss. Raucous punk, polyrhythmic percussion, rich melodies and a wash of buzzsaw guitars decorate each track. The lyrics explore fading memories, reoccurring nightmares, facing demons and exorcism of the self. Piercing and meditative, dissonant and familiar, sparse yet mired, human yet digital; Transmuting serves as the long awaited bridge between the group’s birth and their self-actualization.
"The details are wonderful; especially the guitar work which jumps between fuzzy chaos and dark clarity, but it’s all tied together by front-woman Jess Paps and her incredible voice. At the best moments in “Drone,” she takes the common “wordless vocals,” trend so often associated with shoegaze and makes it sound muscular and brutally aggressive. There is nothing you would call a coo here; Paps is not fucking around. "
The time has come. Speedy Ortiz’s debut long player is now available for your listening pleasure. You can order the album on iTunes here. Vinyl and CDs are available for purchase here. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the “Ka-Prow!” b/w “Hexxy” 7” on their summer tour (all dates below). Word around town is Darl will be rockin a sweet new fitted.
07/09 – Hudson, NY @ The Half Moon Pub w/ Tongue Oven, Underground River 07/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog w/ Ma Holos, Johnny Ill, Shale Satans 07/11 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick w/ Destroy This Place, Esper, Bars of Gold 07/12 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Milhouse w/ Boring People, Shark Beach, Crash City Saints 07/13 – Chicago, IL @ Coach House w/ Geronimo!, Shores, Cattle Drums, My Dad 07/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cause Bar w/ Buildings, Shores, Deleter 07/15 – St. Louis, MO @ Blank Space w/ Spelling Bee, Huntronik 07/16 – Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar w/ Schwervon!, Lazy 07/17 – Omaha, NE @ The West Wing w/ Places We Slept, Eric In Outerspace 07/18 – Denver, CO @ UMS Festival 07/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Salt Haus 07/20 – Boise, ID @ The Red Room w/ Desert Noises, Old Age 07/21 – Portland, OR @ Habesha 07/22 – Olympia, WA @ Hot Tub House 07/23 – Seattle, WA @ The Comet w/ Medicine Bows, Fruiting Bodies 07/25 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill w/ Wild Moth, GRMLN 07/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar w/ The Shilohs, Tashaki Miyaki 07/28 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar w/ Supermodel Razorblades, Tworooms 07/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit Live 07/31 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory w/ Sonic Violence, Anti-Patterns 08/01 – Denton, TX @ J&J’s Pizza w/ Cat People 08/02 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk 08/04 – New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar 08/05 – Birmingham, AL @ The Forge 08/06 – Atlanta, GA @ 529 w/ Concord America 08/07 – Athens, GA @ Farm 255 08/08 – Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone w/ Bo White Y Su Orquesta, Little Bull Lee 08/09 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook w/ Blanko Basnet, Organos 08/10 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Sundials 08/11 – Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong w/ Two Inch Astronaut 08/12 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery w/ Roomrunner, Hive Bent 08/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea House w/ Bleeding Rainbow, Ghost Light, Hurry
"Two swift drum beats, then Speedy Ortiz don’t fuck around getting close up and dirty on the b-side to their forthcoming single, "Ka-Prow", where singer Sadie Dupuis sings of bugs and beasts and roots crawling all over one another in a messy fight for vital resources; she shirks domestic responsibilities, quarrels with guilt, and confronts traitors in a gimlet-eyed, taunting tone that seems to say, "Just try me." "Hexxy" and "Ka-Prow" are among Speedy Ortiz’s earliest-written songs, but they seem to have been hidden in reserve, providing an unexpectedly heavy gut-punch that doesn’t make concessions to jauntiness like their Sports EP did; the low rumble here (and on their forthcoming full-length) shares a lot of dank, ominous territory with Slint, the vocal attitude with the Breeders circa the Safari EP, and the chorus sounds like it could rip through asphalt without too much bother."
Arsenal of tans A mistress with matches held out from either hand Arsenal of tans Tick tick tick tick tick another automatic stick Blow off, you blew away You wanna see me every day You wanna swallow my flames ‘til another sucker lights me up Scorched skyline for days The neo-sororital sequence burned and frayed Arsenal of tans Tick tick tick tick tick a fuckin’ automatic Blow off, you blew away You wanna see me every day You wanna swallow my flames ‘til you burst from the gut C’mon light me up Blow off and into space Burn your tongue and get a taste Heat the skin that strokes the flames All consumed, dynamite I’ll see ya every night.
In advance of Speedy Ortiz’s debut LP, the Northampton-based quartet is set to release their first-ever 7” via Inflated Records on April 30. The forthcoming single highlights all of the elements that have garnered them praise, including dissonant, angular guitars, fill-laden drums and Sadie Dupuis’ sneery vocals. ”Ka-Prow!” & “Hexxy" were two of the first Speedy Ortiz songs ever written and they were recently recorded with Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr., Chelsea Light Moving) at Sonelab Studios in Easthampton, MA.
Speedy Ortiz started playing shows in early 2012, although the project initially began in Dupuis’ Western Mass living room. Sadie soon recruited friends Darl Ferm (bass), Mike Falcone (drums) and Matt Robidoux (guitar) to join the band, quickly finding themselves immersed in the burgeoning Boston basement and DIY scene. To support last summer’s Sports EP on Exploding in Sound Records, they spent two months touring the US and have since toured with the likes of Thurston Moore and Roomrunner. Catch them if you can on their upcoming April tour.
SPEEDY ORTIZ - APRIL TOUR DATES
4/11: music hall of williamsburg (brooklyn, ny) w/ marnie stern, talk normal 4/14: the sinclair (cambridge, ma) w/ pissed jeans, cottaging 4/18: suny purchase (purchase, ny) w/ lvl up, suns, nude dudes, lawns 4/19: il motore (montreal, qc) w/ the this many boyfriends club 4/20: pressed (ottawa, on) w/ ashleys 4/21: the shop under parts & labour (toronto, on) 4/22: homegrown hamilton (hamilton, on) 4/23: the garden bowl (detroit, mi) w/ young squares 4/24: secret daytime bbq (lansing, il) w/ carbon leak, empty isle 4/24: subterranean (chicago, il) w/ geronimo!, kangaroo 4/25: the chameleon (cincinnati, oh) w/ weakness, tweens 4/26: 222 ormsby (pittsburgh, pa) w/ legs like tree trunks, ribbons 4/27: wbarbq @ barnard college (new york, ny) 4/27: shea stadium (brooklyn, ny) w/ aye nako, big ups *record release show* 4/28: zinefest @ the flywheel (easthampton, ma) w/ potty mouth, starvation dance, boy toy
“One time, I went to a writer’s conference in Chicago, where a prominent journalist Clif knew was the speaker. He handed me a white envelope. ‘Make sure he gets this,’ he said. On the first night, after ingesting gallons of alcohol, I worked up the courage to deliver it and walked away. He called me back: Did I know what was in there? I did not. He showed me a note that said: ‘The person who gave you this is smart and very talented. Treat her well.’”—
Please be advised that there is a heavy dose of celtic mist sweeping over the continental United States. So Cow and Squarehead are back for a string of dates surrounding their appearance at SXSW. You can keep up with So Cow’s travels thanks to our buds at Noise. And we’re super excited about Squarehead’s mini tour with the almighty Krill. All hail Mr. Sippy Cup. Dates and set times listed below y’all…
3/11 - The Record Bar - Kansas City, MO (w/ Meslimatics) - 10pm
3/12 - The Conservatory - Oklahoma City, OK (w/ Meslimatics, Boats) - 9pm