Hoop Dreams, Crinkles, Ex Cops (Album Release Party!), DJs Katie Garcia (Captured Tracks) & Dustin Payseur (Beach Fossils)
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
Doors 8:30PM / Show 8:30PM
This event is 21 and over
To say that Widowspeak is a Northwest band is to tell a half-truth. After all they formed in a Brooklyn apartment thousands of miles to the east, and their guitarist has never even seen the Pacific Ocean. There are aspects of the band’s sound—abrasive guitar hooks, immediate drumming, and incessant codas—that speak to living in a big city. But there’s also a dreary sparseness, a David Lynch-esque darkness, culled from the other members’ native Washington.
Singer/songwriter Molly Hamilton grew up in an old house in Tacoma, drummer Michael Stasiak in nearby Lakewood. While grunge put Seattle on the map and Riot Grrl and the DIY aesthetic are synonymous with Olympia, Tacoma remains grittier, darker even. Infamous for the acrid smell of its paper mills, this blue-collar city somehow fosters a fertile music community—if few outsiders know about it. Michael and Molly first crossed paths in that tight-knit scene, both contributing to a local compilation label. The label lasted all of one summer before half its roster decamped for New York.
There, three summers later, Michael approached Molly about starting a new band. Molly’s crippling stage fright and inexperience with the electric guitar seemed good excuses to decline, but at Michael’s urging she bought a used Danelectro and put pen to paper. Soon after, Michael invited guitarist Robert Earl Thomas to a tentative first practice. Though Robert had to plug his guitar into the stereo, and Michael played only two drums, something was palpable in that first hour. They chose a name Molly had picked months before, and Widowspeak was born.
The band’s skeletal sound began to take shape, with Robert’s rust-belt guitar parts lending a restless, sinister edge to Molly’s subdued melodies and soft vocal style. Writing became a collaborative effort, and Widowspeak racked up an arsenal of songs. By fall the trio had recorded a six-track cassette using only a built-in laptop microphone and Garageband. The self-released October Tape, as it was called, fell into the hands of Brooklyn’s Captured Tracks. Weeks later, after only their sixth show, Widowspeak recorded the 7” single, “Harsh Realm,” in anticipation of a full LP.
That album, recorded at Rear House with Jarvis Taveniere of Woods, documents Widowspeak’s inaugural year. In a relaxed studio setting songs born from those first jittery practices could breathe. The trio expanded their modest instrumentation while retaining a sparse aesthetic. The resulting record offers an eerie ambience, at times channeling 1950’s jukebox pop, at others, 1960’s psychedelia. While garnering comparisons to slow-moving 1990’s acts such as Mazzy Star or Cat Power, Widowspeak have defined a sound that’s earnestly nostalgic, and increasingly confident. Even so, these are songs about heartache. They are songs about homesickness, about longing for pine forests, reckless youth, and dark nights in strange cities.
Hoop Dreams have managed to make an unlikely thing occur: A second C/T signing from Blacksburg, VA. Mining similar influences as their contemporaries, the young sextet bring an emotive and exciting sense of urgency to the table that only anticipates what should be a great debut LP.
"There are relatively few labels left whose logo can be considered a true stamp of approval, but for many people Captured Tracks is one of those. Hoop Dreams fit perfectly into their roster; a band from Virginia that sound like they could be from Manchester, they make clattering, slightly neurotic pop songs in the vein of a deconstructed Cure." -The Line of Best Fit (Song of the Day)
Crinkles was born in the chilly basements of house shows and DIY venues of Burlington, VT. In 2009 the young five-piece packed up shop and relocated to the fortuitous streets of Brooklyn where they founded their own imprint HEAVYPET and released a string of limited pressings and homemade CD-Rs.
Amassing nearly three years worth of recordings, Crinkles will release its debut long-player Loss Leader this spring. The record was not so much conceived as it was accumulated, expanding on sounds found on cassette and 1/4" reel-to-reel tapes, remixes and early demos of now-revitalized tracks. The end result is a collection of songs varying both in fidelity and place, intimately recorded mid-tempo pop songs earnestly selected from an array of past influences and experiences.
Ex Cops (Album Release Party!)
"More than a little buzz forming around Brooklyn-based Ex Cops, a new project from ex-HYMNS frontman, Brian Harding. Harding is assembling a live unit and concurrently putting the finishing touches on the low wine of this project, White Women EP, which we’re working under the assumption will include the Radiohead-esque 'Black Helicopters.'" - My Old Kentucky Blog
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