Soccer Mommy

Soccer Mommy

Soccer Mommy

Clean

“I’ve played music since I was six,” says Sophie Allison (aka Soccer Mommy), “and I always wrote songs just for myself. I did it for fun, posting songs on Tumblr, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud. I didn’t think anyone would notice.”

 

All that changed the summer before Allison left for college. She bought a Tascam digital recorder and began to experiment with production, pushing the quality and craft of her songs to new heights. A buzz began to grow around her Bandcamp recordings, leading to live shows and eventually a record deal, with 2017’s critically acclaimed bedroom-recorded compilation “Collection”. “I realized that I could do this full-time,” says Allison. “It was either quit school now and do it, or stop growing as an artist. It was now or never.”

 

So Allison took the plunge. She quit school, moved back home to Nashville, shifting all her focus to music. She toured with Mitski, Jay Som, Slowdive, and others, and was featured in the New York Times article ‘Rock’s Not Dead, It’s Ruled By Women’. The bedroom project of Sophie Allison is now a full-time band with a new studio-album debut, “Clean” (out 3/2). Produced by Gabe Wax (War On Drugs, Deerhunter, Beirut) and mixed by Ali Chant (Perfume Genius, PJ Harvey), “Clean” is Allison’s journey out of the bedroom and into the studio.

 

“Clean” presents Sophie Allison as a singular artist, wise beyond her years, with an emotional authenticity all her own. “It feels like my first real record,” says Allison. “It’s my first real statement.” It’s an emotional album, heavy on themes of growth, isolation and change, but balanced by a lightness of touch, and with hooks to spare. “Clean” is a true step forward for Soccer Mommy-a mature, powerful album from an artist just coming into her power.

 

“Leaning into the pet metaphor to describe her fury at being pushed to the periphery, she taps into a bitter punk attitude, but maintains a cozy indie-pop aesthetic: A charming, twisted guitar riff surfaces between every verse, and breathy multi-tracked vocals cushion the blow of her harsh words.”—Pitchfork

 

“so flippin’ good….a foot-tapper about feeling neglected in love, Sophie Allison sounds feistier, and better, than ever before.”—TheFADER

 

“a brilliant lyric about dysfunctional romance, and the melody Sophie Allison affixed it to may be even better….her vocal interacts with the music’s steady indie-rock churn as if bobbing in the current of a rolling river. As hooks (and leashes!) are meant to do, it carries you right along with it until you’re so beguiled that you’re willing to publicly identify as a fan of a band called Soccer Mommy.”—Stereogum

 

“It’s a song reclaiming agency and identity taken by another other person’s condescension, control and abuse. And as she makes this empowering demand for respect, Sophie Allison firmly establishes herself as a vital musical voice we’ll be turning to in the years to come.”–NPR (“Songs We Love”)

 

“pairs hypnotic indie-pop with an uncompromising demand for respect.”—PASTE

Listen: Soccer Mommy – “Your Dog” (clean radio edit)

Soccer Mommy – “Your Dog” (clean radio edit)

Soccer Mommy Tour Dates

Soccer Mommy Tour Dates

Soccer Mommy

 

2/03  Constellation Room – Orange County, CA

2/05  Soda Bar – San Diego, CA

2/06  191 Toole – Tucson, AZ

2/08  Three Links – Dallas, TX

2/09  White Oak Upstairs – Houston, TX

2/10  Antone’s – Austin, TX

2/12  Syndicate Lounge – Birmingham, AL

2/14  High Watt – Nashville, TN

2/15  Aisle 5 – Atlanta, GA

2/16  The Mothlight – Asheville, NC

2/20  Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC

2/21  World Cafe Upstairs – Philadelphia, PA

2/22-23  Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NYC

2/24  Great Scott – Boston, MA

Curtis Roush

Curtis Roush

Curtis Roush

Cosmic Campfire Music

Fusing bedroom soul with the ambient expanses of shoegaze, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Curtis Roush explores love and loss away from the purview of his psych-rock comrades The Bright Light Social Hour on his New single “Real Love” off his upcoming debut solo album “Cosmic Campfire Music” (out 2/9).

 

Suffused with the 70s album rock of his Californian parents, Austin-born Curtis Roush buried himself in instruments and musical genres shifting from the metal and classic rock of his teenage years, the hardcore and post-rock of his college years, and into the expansive psychedelia as a member of The Bright Light Social Hour.

 

Reeling from the end of a relationship and the suicide of Alex O’Brien, manager of The Bright Light Social Hour and brother to band mate Jack O’Brien, Roush spent time between tours in Marfa, TX focusing on softer, more acoustic songwriting married with expansive, psychedelic production – a “quiet storm of the west.” Roush composed the songs of his debut album, “Cosmic Campfire Music”, on a laptop during fleeting moments in motels, a tour van, and his parents’ spare bedroom. A reflection of these hushed, quieter spaces, these songs conjure an existential meditation on love – how it rarely arrives, how it often leaves.

 

Working with producer Erik Wofford at Cacophony Recorders, Roush tracked the album to analog tape over one month in the winter of 2016. He played every instrument and we Know you’re going to love it as Much as we do.

 

From its calm confessions to its skyward gaze, “Cosmic Campfire Music” is a listen for hushed respite before the long struggle ahead.

 

“The shoegaze-infused ’70s rocker ‘Real Love’ sounds like a mirage but paints Roush as a realist. Describing ‘the feeling that I thought I knew,’ he invokes ‘white hot flashes’ and ‘flailing,’ all within the fabric of spacey reverbed vocal harmonies and layers of guitar that might remind you of both Fleet Foxes and the War On Drugs.” – Stereogum

Listen: Curtis Roush – “Real Love” (radio edit)

Listen: Curtis Roush – “Real Love” (radio edit)

Porches

Porches

Porches

The House

Porches’ upcoming third record “The House” (January 2018) is a conscious effort in minimalism and honesty. “Making ‘Pool’”—the band’s 2016 breakthrough record—“I learned how valuable the spirit of the demos are,” says singer Aaron Maine, “so this time I made a point of capturing a song the day it was conceived.” Because of this desire to document immediate sensations, the record’s fourteen tracks offer a series of diaristic vignettes. There are moments of emerging from fear of ego death, escaping the corporeal, the terrifying thrill of young love, and parting with the past. While these themes possibly paint “The House” in a dark light, the record is marked by an excitement at the prospect of self-discovery, and commitment to the process of getting there.

 

Though Aaron largely composes on his own, “The House” features contributions by Alexander Giannascoli ((Sandy) Alex G), Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), Maya Laner (True Blue, Porches), Kaya Wilkins (Okay Kaya), Bryndon Cook (Starchild & the New Romantic), Cameron Wisch (Cende, Porches), Jason Arce, Bea1991, and his own father, Peter Maine. As with “Pool”, Aaron brought his recorded work to Chris Coady (Beach House, Slowdive, TV on the Radio), who then mixed “The House” at his Sunset Sound studio.

 

Porches’ last album “Pool” was not only one of our absolute fave releases last year, but also gave way to Easily one of our Top 5 Live Shows of 2016. So we’re Super Excited to deliver to you the Icy and Cool new single “Find Me” as first look and listen into Aaron Maine’s (aka Porches) upcoming “The House” – out Jan 2018!

 

“he populates the song with an arrhythmic bass drum backbeat, bright keys, and a brash synthesized horn that could have been borrowed from Underworld. This sense of overarching confusion only deepens the songs uncanny magnetism.”–Pitchfork

 

“Despite its relatively chilled out exterior, boiling beneath the surface of the ’90s-tinged single are feelings of anxiety and the need to escape.”–Consequence Of Sound

 

“On ‘Find Me,’ he paints anxiety with a throbbing 90s house beat and chirping vocal blips. The accompanying video imagines a verdant search for solitude. Finding that solitary place, it seems, can evoke euphoria.”–NPR

 

“Maine ruminates on concepts of anxiety, escape and isolation.”–PASTE

Listen: Porches – “Find Me”

Porches – “Find Me”

Porches Tour Dates

Porches Tour Dates

Porches

 

2/15  Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA

2/17  Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA

2/20  El Club – Detroit, MI

2/21  Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL

2/23  High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI

2/24  7th St Entry – Minneapolis, MN

2/26  Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO

2/28  Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT

3/01  Neurolux Lounge – Boise, ID

3/02  Analog Café – Portland, OR

3/03  Neumos – Seattle, WA

3/05-06  The Chapel – San Francisco, CA

3/09  Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA

3/17  Club Dada – Dallas, TX

3/19  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

3/20  Motorco Music Hall – Durham, NC

3/21  Strange Matter – Richmond, VA

3/22  Black Cat – Washington, DC

3/23  Music Hall Of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY

Superorganism

Superorganism

Superorganism

Superorganism

Occasionally, along comes a band that Perfectly captures so much of what is thrilling about music right now! Superorganism is a collection of eight international musicians and pop culture junkies (London/Japan/Australia/New Zealand) whose “Something For Your M.I.N.D.” we’re frankly beginning to worry about since We Simply Can’t Stop Playing It!

 

Numbering eight in total, and recruited from London, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, Superorganism currently live together in a house/DIY studio/band HQ in East London.

 

It was in this house back in January that Superorganism had their big bang moment. Though they’d previously created music and visuals together, this was something distinctly fresh. They sent the track to their friend Orono, a Japanese student who at that time was studying at high school in Maine. Orono wrote and recorded a vocal part and pressed “reply”. What came back across the Atlantic was an intoxicating piece of idiosyncratic, technicolor pop that was “Something For Your M.I.N.D.” With that, Superorganism was born!

 

It’s unlikely at that point Superorganism would’ve expected to hear that track played on Frank Ocean or Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig’s radio shows, Or that the band’s identity would be the subject of so much speculation. Or that they would sign a deal with the legendary independent Domino label or that there’d be such demand to see the band live that their debut UK show would full London’s 700 capacity Village Underground. But over the last few months such is the trajectory of this unique band. You, my friend, are in for a treat!

 

“The new band who’ll f*ck with your brain and turn it inside out.”–NOISEY/Vice

 

“The part-pop group, part-cult, full hivemind bringing a sense of fun back to music.”–DAZED

 

“a hopelessly replayable loosie…it’s trying exactly hard enough. There’s a dramatic pause right in the middle of the hook, and it makes me grin every time.”–TheFADER

 

“The song now has a video to go along with it made up of a mix of footage that looks as gooey and eclectic as the track itself.”–Stereogum

 

“filled with cartoonish noises, a vintage sample and a killer pop chorus. A delightfully bizarre arrival.”–NME (Best Songs Of 2017 So Far)

 

“The supercool jam is woozy and head-nodding, with deep sludgy beats and a quirky, colorful chorus.”–WXPN/The Key

 

+ BBC Radio 1–Annie Mac’s “Hottest Record In The World”

 

+ Notable Fans Singing The Band’s Praises: Josh Homme, Vampire Weekend, Gorillaz, Frank Ocean

Listen: Superorganism – Something For Your M.I.N.D. (radio edit)

Superorganism – Something For Your M.I.N.D. (radio edit)

Superorganism Tour Dates

Superorganism Tour Dates

Superorganism

 

3/15-18  SXSW – Austin, TX

3/19  Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA

3/20  Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA

3/22  Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR

3/23  Barboza – Seattle, WA

3/26  7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN

3/27  The Frequency – Madison, WI

3/28  Schubas – Chicago, IL

4/01  Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA

4/03  Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC

4/04  Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA

4/05  Music Hall Of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY

Hookworms

Hookworms

Hookworms

Microshift

Hookworms‘ anticipated third album “Microshift” (out February 2018) is a massive step forward–a shift from the band’s potent and hallmark kraut-guitar rock to delve deep into propulsive synths and electronics with further vocal focus on melody. The results are a staggering and welcome revelation.

 

Forget everything you know about Hookworms. Ok, maybe not everything; the urgency and viscera both live and on record that led the Yorkshire, England-based five-piece to prominence across two blistering full-length LPs – 2013’s “Pearl Mystic” and 2014 follow-up “The Hum”remains. However, as they return with their much-anticipated third record “Microshift”, the title of the record connotates more than just the intended nod to the audio plug-in their vocalist MJ regularly uses; it could also be an understatement of a three-year narrative that’s brought about changing circumstances, influences and subsequent evolution.

 

“Microshift” is a record that largely pulls back the dense fog of guitars and Modern Lovers-esque blasts of organ that have become Hookworms’ trademark, replaced instead by a plethora of electronics and synthesizers. New variants on their use of motorik sees drummer JN working around drum machines on many of the tracks, while an increased focus on melody is most notable in MJ’s vocal delivery, now shorn of the Space Echo that drenched it previously. “After eight years of being a band we couldn’t just make another psych rock record” says the group’s MB.

 

There’s far more to “Microshift” than just rock band going electronic however; indeed, the fact it’s here at all is a relief after a series of setbacks for the band. Most publicly, the minutiae of the US visa system caused the expensive, last minute cancellation of an American tour, while on Boxing Day 2015 the River Aire floods in Leeds devastated MJ’s Suburban Home Studio – not just the rehearsal and recording space of the band, but home to the producer’s livelihood itself. The band are quick to point out that the incredible response to a GoFundMe campaign and the subsequent help of volunteers over several months to rebuild the studio from nothing is a huge part of the band’s continued existence. Striving through this as well as relationship breakups, family illness and the death of the band’s close friend and live sound engineer, it is perhaps no surprise that the record is one of both defiance and darkness.

 

“All our records are to an extent about mental health. Largely this is an album about loss but also about maturing, accepting your flaws and the transience of intimacy.”–MJ/Hookworms

Listen: Hookworms – “Negative Space” (radio edit)

Hookworms – “Negative Space” (radio edit)

Wallows

Wallows

Wallows

Pulling Leaves Off Trees

Hot on the heels of announcing their First headlining tour beginning in January (see our tour page), Southern California trio Wallows unveil their aptly-titled-for-the season and Instant sounding New single “Pulling Leaves Off Trees”, which Just premiered on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe raving “every frame of that, absolutely love it.”

 

Despite forming less than a year back, Wallows, comprised of Braeden Lemasters, Dylan Minnette, and Cole Preston, have Quickly become a band to watch after the release of their first three tracks “Pleaser”, “Sun Tan”, and “Uncomfortable” And their raved about high-energy show. They held the #1 spot on KROQ’s Locals Only playlist, a collection of the best music coming out of LA and OC, for 2 consecutive weeks and soared to #2 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 Chart. They’ve received critical acclaim from Entertainment Weekly, Refinery29, and NYLON, with Idolator declaring “keep an eye/ear on them.”

 

“Over time and after piecing it all together, it became a personal song about the insecurities of affection in your youth and letting it take over.”—Dylan Minnette (on “Pulling Leaves Off Trees”)

Listen: Wallows – “Pulling Leaves Off Trees” (clean radio edit)

Wallows – “Pulling Leaves Off Trees” (clean radio edit)