Mon, Mar 16
Wed, Mar 18
GALAX Z FAIR IV
311 S. 17th St.
McAllen, Texas, 78503
Doors 5:00 PM
Just out of their teens, it seems Copenhagen's Iceage have only added to the anxiety and tension that made their debut album, New Brigade, so compelling. But now, they're challenging their raging emotions instead of simply expressing them. You're Nothing, Iceage's sophomore album, is the sound of a band pushing their singular mix of punk, Goth, hardcore, and post-punk to even further extremes.
It's overwhelming how many ways Iceage have found to write the short aggressive rock song.
When you see Iceage live you get the feeling the songs are just about to fall apart before miraculously recovering, always rewarding you with a climax. This menacing energy is more forceful on You're Nothing. It is a more epic sound, like a rough sea.
Screaming Females is a 3-piece DIY, rock 'n roll punk band from New Brunswick, NJ featuring Marissa on vocals, King Mike on bass, and Jarrett on drums. They are signed to Don Giovanni Records. They've opened for Throwing Muses, The Dead Weather, Arctic Monkeys, and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, plus have played with Jeff: The Brotherhood, Little Lungs, Cheeky, The Ergs, Shellshag, The Measure (SA), and countless other bands.
The band have 3 full-length albums, Baby Teeth, What If Someone Is Watching their T.V.?, and Power Move. The band's latest release is a collection of songs taken from the band's 7-inch releases, aptly titled, Singles. The band recently finished recording their fourth full-length album due at the end of summer 2010
JEFF the Brotherhood
The best rock 'n' roll, the kind that gets under your skin and makes all your senses heighten, is simple and comprised of hard work and unrelenting passion—all of which JEFF The Brotherhood. JEFF The Brotherhood embody and exemplify on their Warner Bros. Records debut LP, Hypnotic Nights. Brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall have been playing together since they were little kids and formed the group when they were in high school. The boys grew up with a voracious appetite for any music they could get their hands on.
The band incorporates a DIY ethos in everything they do, including their raucous live shows. JEFF have been touring tirelessly for the past 10 years, playing any and all conceivable venues—from basements and backyard sheds to Bonnaroo and The Bowery Ballroom. The duo clocked in over 400 shows in the past two years alone and have shared bills with Best Coast, Fucked Up, Pentagram, The Kills, The Greenhornes and more.
When it comes to creating their desired sound, JEFF believes that less is more. This idea is reflected in Jake's decision to play a guitar with only three strings. Jake explains, "When we started the band, I didn't know how to play guitar," he remembers, "I thought, in order to teach myself, it would be easier to play if I simplified it. I started with two strings, but you can't really play any chords that way, so I added a third string [which added] this interesting limitation that forced me to create my own style and approach to the instrument."
These musical intricacies all come together on Hypnotic Nights, which was co-produced by Jake, Jamin and musician/producer Dan Auerbach (Dr. John, The Ettes). The album was recorded in Nashville at Dan's Easy Eye Sound Studio in early 2012. JEFF entered the studio focused and prepared with a clear vision for the album they wanted to make, completing Hypnotic Nights in only one week. For any other band, completing an album in seven days would seem like a challenging feat, but for JEFF those seven days felt like a luxury when compared to the amount of time spent on making 2009's Heavy Days and 2011's We are The Champions, which were released on the band's own label Infinity Cat Recordings. Each took only three days to make.
"We've never worked with a producer before, so this was the first time we'd ever had any outside input," says Jamin. "It was Dan's first co-production, too, and it really worked. He just hung out, let us do our thing and helped when we needed it." Adds Jake, "We write songs without anyone else in mind, so Dan brought in this idea of, 'Well, you guys do what you do and I'll present it so everyone else will understand.'"
The result is Hypnotic Nights, an album that uniquely blends elements of indie, punk, garage, and psychedelic rock. The first single, "Sixpack," is a fuzzed-out rocker driven by reverb-heavy riffs and propulsive drumbeats. Songs like "Leave Me Out" and "Dark Energy" venture into new musical territory for JEFF, but the band isn't afraid of experimentation. After all, it's this imagination and ingenuity that makes Dan Auerbach plainly say, "JEFF The Brotherhood are the next big name in showbiz."
In the end, Jake and Jamin just want to write great songs, play great shows and inspire fans to rock along with them. For JEFF The Brotherhood, blood is thicker than water—and music runs through the band's veins.
Lust For Youth
To put it bluntly, Lust For Youth's International is unrecognizable as a Lust For Youth record on first listen. Hannes Norrvide's previous solo albums under the Lust for Youth moniker have been described as "dark, cold, atonal, tormented, lonely, and lower than lo-fi." The approach on International has shifted dramatically. Writing as a three-piece now, with longtime live collaborator Loke Rahbek and new band member Malthe Fischer, who produces and plays guitar, LFY have entered a completely new territory. The result is stunning. International is a buoyant synth masterpiece in the vein of early Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys and New Order. Norrvide's work has always had pop sensibilities buried deep in the reverb, but the hooks are front and center on International, and there is nothing lo-fi about it.
That is not to say the record is without substance. There are still some deeply introspective moments as well, notably the instrumental passages "Ultras" and "Basorexia," which evoke the morning-after loneliness that a lot of earlier LFY work has explored. According to Rahbek, "the record sort of happened by chance. Hannes and I had talked about recording some stuff together for the fun of it, and Malthe offered to help us record. Initially, we were just going to do a song or two for the fun of it, but within a few weeks it was obvious that it was a combination that worked. Malthe went from recording to joining within the first few days and we made the whole thing over the last half-year, drinking gin and tonics everyday in the studio. The period was strange, terrible things happened in everyone's life outside of the studio, so as a result many hours were spent in the studio, like a safe zone."
"As the title indicates," Rahbek adds, "the record deals with the rootless, sometimes almost inhuman, nature of traveling and touring. Hotel rooms and strangers beds, drugs and clubs, and the impossibility of living a regular life." It may be an irregular life, but nothing could suit them better; International is Norrvide's magnum opus, and with Fischer's production and Rahbek's co-writing skills, the potential this band has always shown has been fully realized.
Alexander Giannascoli, aka Alex G, is a 21-year-old multi-instrumentalist and native of Philadelphia who has been writing songs as far back as he can remember. He recorded his first material around age 12, and by the time he was a senior in high school his music began surfacing online. Following a slew of recordings he self-released over the years through his Bandcamp page, Alex spent 2013 writing and recording a proper, full-length record titled "DSU" that will see a release on Brooklyn label Orchid Tapes on June 17th, 2014.
From the initial moments spent with his music, one might consider his lyrical approach as hyper-personal. Alex often employs guided and reserved reminiscence to craft each song into a unique story. Despite how honest and emotionally-heavy his music comes across, he's quick to mention that there is no definitive motive behind the new album.
"On this record, as well as my other stuff, I usually am influenced by my relationships and experiences with people," says Alex. "I think plenty of personal obstacles have shaped my music, but nothing I would like to share."
It's that sense of mystery that makes Alex G's music so compelling and, ultimately, timeless.