Purling Hiss

Purling Hiss' Mike Polizze has put in much time in the fried Philly blooze overdrive of the group Birds of Maya, but in his own vehicle he's expanded his grotty guitar wailing into the further cosmos, still shredding speakers aplenty. With releases out on Drag City, Richie, Woodsist Records, and a previous LP on Permanent, Purling Hiss became a full-fledged touring unit in 2010, revealing themselves to not only be purveyors of Rallizes Denudes/Vermonster-style guitar jams, but to have a serious 90's grunge/pop ethic not too far removed from bits of Bleach-era Nirvana. Lots of ooh-oohs to coincide with the growls, severe hooks to get lodged in your cranium.

OBN IIIs

OBN III's started as a threat. In January 2010 that threat became a reality when they played their first of many shows at Beerland in Austin, TX. Orville Bateman Neeley III, the band's singer and namesake, teamed up with Matt Hammer on drums, Jason Smith and Andrew Cashen on guitars and Graham Low on bass at the very end of 2009. With the intention of filling a spot on the show calendar this new band came together in two weeks with a 30 minute set of material. Success! Before long OBN III's were playing every week in Austin, or so it seemed. Summer 2010 brought their first attempts at recording themselves aside from recording shows off the venue's mixing board. Three people took interest (in releasing said material). Early the following year (2011) three 7" records were released, one on Super Secret Records of Austin and two on Tic Tac Totally of Chicago. During SXSW in March of 2011 the boys gave a monumental performance on the patio of Beerland for many hundred streetwalkers from all over the world, later reviewed twice by NME online. September 2011 marked the release their first full length 'The One and Only' on Tic Tac Totally records which has been lauded as the great return of rock'n'roll and so on. OBN III's first tour in Summer 2012 furthered the listening public's suspicion that these are in fact the new gods. October, 30 2012 marks the release of their latest full length LP in stores near you. See them, hear them, feel them when they hit the road again in early 2013.

In Brooklyn early-2009, Izzy Almeida and Derek Watson found each other through a strange and serendipitous meeting at a Chinatown arcade. Shortly thereafter they began plotting their music coup bringing together kindred set of influences: Hawkwind and Karp for Watson, and L7, Melvins, Sonic Youth, for Almeida. Self-schooled guitarist Watson writes the music and together he and Almeida weave the melodies and lyrics, turning their harmoniously chaotic way of interacting into beautifully violent, fuzzed-out punk rock. Hunters cut their teeth terrorizing random NYC basements and loft spaces, but soon found a spiritual home at Brooklyn's renown D.I.Y. venue Death By Audio. After stealing their name from a mutually loved John Waters character from the film Polyester, staring the eccentric Todd Tomorrow (the actor's real name is Tab Hunter), Hunters began self-releasing several cassettes and 7-inches before finally putting out their first EP Hands On Fire in the fall of 2011. That fourteen-minute exercise in riff-laden music led to tours with JEFF the Brotherhood, Bleached, The Kills and Hunx and His Punx. The band solidified its lineup in the summer of 2012 with the addition of Thomas Martin on bass and drummer Gregg Giuffré. This year Hunters signed with Mom + Pop records (Wavves, FIDLAR, Parquet Courts, Sleigh Bells) and completed their self-titled debut album at the famed Electrical Audio studios in Chicag

Calvin Love

This is Calvin Love: He started a punk band in the northern Canadian city of Edmonton at the age of thirteen.

This is Calvin's first foray into a solo career. Armed with a 4-track, mics, computer machine, keyboards and guitar, Calvin has laid down his debut record New Radar, due to be released this fall on Autumn Tone Records. With backing influences of pop and dance music of the 50's and 60's, as well as the punk/electronic/new wave of the late 70's and 80's, Calvin Love's music is a sonic escape into psychological mysteries and enlightened tales of love and death.

For what it's worth, Calvin's interests lie in photography, aesthetics, the paranormal, technological adaptations, pirates, The Goonies, zombie apocalypse, Jarmusch, strange states, dancing girls, sleepless nights, D.I.Y., Iggy, Bowie, tombs, hitchhiking,

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Meatbodies are heavy, groovy, psychedelic and headbanging.

"Every person involved in this deserves to be high-fived until their hands chafe and bleed." – NOISEY –

"Chad & The Meatbodies' B-side "Mountain" has the heaviness of a Black Sabbath song, the fuzziness of a FUZZ track, and the unexpectedly polished vocals of a 2011 or later album from Thee Oh Sees. Those are some big shoes to fill." – THE BAY BRIDGED"

"Those paying attention might recognize Chad Ubovich from his stints as sideman in not only Mikal Cronin's live band, but also Ty's own heavy rock trio Fuzz – Chad's a helluva player and his shreddability is on ultimate display here! " – Permanent Records Chicago

Dune Rats

Get high, drink piss, play some songs, repeat. Dune Rats are just a couple of care-free pals living it up in Brissy, and making waves all over the place with their music.

Happyness

Happyness release their self-produced debut album - “Weird Little Birthday” – in June. The album follows their eponymous debut EP released at the beginning of this year, to great critical acclaim. The album is not quite a concept album about a boy who shares his birthday with Jesus Christ and eventually is driven insane with jealousy. It was largely recorded in the band’s own Jelly Boy Studios, after a brief session recording first track “Baby, Jesus (Jelly Boy)” in an abandoned church was cut short by the bitter cold and an unconvinced congregation of the dead. The record was mixed by Adam Lasus (Yo La Tengo, Daniel Johnston) and features Ed Harcourt with vocals on “Pumpkin Noir”.

The EP drew comparisons with bands synonymous with college slacker rock – the album, while putting the band at the forefront of, wait for it, ‘jangle-gaze’ displays a more melancholic, introspective nature. The youthful exuberance of “It’s On You” is still there, but the album expands on that sound, as if dealing with the morning after as well as the night before, and how, alas, not everything can invoke a dream house party soundtracked by Pavement.

Homeshake

Homeshake is the pseudonym and solo project of Edmonton-born, Montreal-based musician Peter Sagar. As follow up to his 2014 debut In the Shower, Homeshake will released his sophomore effort Midnight Snack in the Fall of 2015 via Sinderlyn. Midnight Snack was recorded this past winter with Jackson MacIntosh at the Drones club in Montreal. Musically this time around Sagar trades in his guitar for synthesizers and a drum machine, developing vocal arrangements from loops he created for his solo set. He pulled influence from house pioneers like Chip E and Mr. Fingers as well as Japanese pop starlets like Chiemi Manabe, slowing down the tempo with his own homemade drowsiness.

The resulting collection is an eclectic tangle of personal anecdotes steeped in an everlasting reverence of D’Angelo and R Kelly. Much of the record was written following Sagar’s dizzying time on the road as touring guitarist with Mac Demarco, reflecting on the loneliness that plagued him towards the end of his run and the longing for life back home in Montreal. Sagar left the band to focus on his own music and to rebuild the infrastructure of his life.

While many of the new tracks meander through anxiety and melancholy, it is also a witness to a return to safety. There is a reoccurring theme for Sagar of pulling inward throughout the record. He casts a wide net and fills it with a multitude of musical influences from international tour dates then slows it down a few tempos and builds something humble around it. Throughout the record he peppers in a deep appreciation for the meals prepared by his girlfriend Salina and the simple pleasure of a midnight snack before curling up in bed next to the person you love.

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