Thanks to Cake Shop for hosting an amazing show on Saturday night. And thanks to Jon Pareles for including Zula in his CMJ roundup. On newsstands today!
“The proudly intelligent indie-rock that was once a college-radio staple survives at CMJ…Zula, from New York, built pointillistic structures with a mainspring of Minimalism.”
INF-010 - Post Louis - This Could Be A Bridge EP
Release Date: 11/12/13
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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!
Pre-order the vinyl here.
It brings us great pleasure to announce that we have joined the amazing family of labels at one of the top independent distributors in all the land — Redeye Distribution. Woohoo!
HEAVEN’S GATE - TRANSMUTING LP OUT TODAY!
Check out the full stream on SPIN
Get your vinyl w/ digital download card here
Purchase the album on iTunes
Come hang at the record release party this Friday
Shouts to Alana Fitzgerald and Eyebodega for their work on the cover art and design
INF-009 - Zula - This Hopeful LP
Release Date: 10/29/13
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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.
Download Zula’s Twin Loss EP here.
INF-008 - Heaven’s Gate - Transmuting LP
Release date: 9/24/13
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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.
Transmuting is the debut album from Heaven’s Gate.
"Drone" is the first single.
9/24/13 is the release date.
"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. "