Solids, Stove, Clique

Solids' 2014 debut LP Blame Confusion(Fat Possum/Dine Alone) was lauded for its revved-up take on alt-rock from the early '90s. Its poppy melodies set against a dense, relentless soundscape pointed to guitarist Xavier Germain-Poitras and drummer Louis Guillemette'sformative years in the hardcore scene.Their forthcoming Else EP, out on Topshelf/Dine Alone Records in April 2016, sees the band checking in after a year of near-endless touring. Having played more than 200 shows in 2014-2015 with the likes of Pity Sex, Makthaverskan, Nothing, PUP, Single Mothers and Metz, the EP reflects that road weariness with a group of songs that vibrate at a lower frequency. These tracks document the waiting, the bleary-eyed confusion and the blur of days that come with life on the road.The EP serves as a melancholic deconstruction of the '90s slacker ethos explored on theirfirst LP. But it also charts Solids' transition into a wider and more experimental sound, borrowing strands from Dinosaur Jr., Hum and Unwound and coiling them into an anxious, alienated sound that's all their own. The final product is a snapshot of a band that's travelled 5000 miles in 19 minutes; a band that's chained itself to the road in search of inspiration.And in case you were worried, even with their recent successes and ambitious new approach, Solidsstill jam econo. Whether they're playing majors events like SXSW, CMJ, CMW, Osheaga, Pop Montreal, The Great Escape and Sled Island or in some packed and humid basement, Xavier and Louis sweat blood because they don't know any other way to make music.

Stove is a new beginning, a "band" with no preconceived notions, no expectations. Things are getting Stupider, but nothing in the world of Stove is quite as it appears. Is it a band? Is it a solo project? It's all irrelevant and getting deceivingly Stupider, if you chose to believe that.

Stove's debut album Is Stupider, was written and performed alone by Stove Van Borden himself... Steve Hartlett. Following the demise of Ovlov, Hartlett wasted no time converting songs previously written for his former band's sophomore album into his new vision, an ever morphing sound too inspired to stand complacent. With the seeds of a revolving cast of friends and musicians collaborating live, Hartlett recorded Is Stupider himself, tracking the bass, guitar, drums, and vocals on his own during the span of three days this past spring, fatefully concluding on 4/20... a Stupid coincidence... but a coincidence no less.

Recorded and mixed at The Barn in beautiful rural Panton, Vermont with producers Nick Dooley and Dan Francia (both of Brooklyn's Flagland), Is Stupider is an album of expansive thoughts where the ideas shape themselves. Hartlett's songwriting travels as far dynamically in tonality as it does emotional depth, achieving the same impact from the song's fuzzy guitar melodies as their honest lyrics. Exploring the delicate balance of life's heavier choices vs. the need for a sense of humor and a healthy dose of alcohol and weed, Is Stupider is a view of our world from afar, taking the time to step back and watch the Stupidity of our choices and conventional beliefs with a sarcastic yet hopeful charm.

The album's art captures the themes and vast sonic textures with a brilliantly vibrant painting from Ben Prisk, the visionary behind Squidbillies impeccable background art. Matching the album's swirling guitars and hazy outlook, Prisk's painting is nothing if not radiant... the perfect visual welcome to Stove's outer-space drift.

Stove Is Stupider, but don't believe everything you hear.

CLIQUE is PJ, Brandon, Tom, and Travis. CLIQUE has been making regular music for regular people since Summer 2014.

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