Oh My Rockness presents a CMJ Kickoff

Brendan Finn, Joe Galarraga, Amar Lal, and Carlos Salguero Jr. met whilst learning about specifications of Cat 5 cables in New York City. Shortly after, they formed a band. Big Ups blend punk, post-punk, metal, and indie rock into a salty mash that gets stuck to the roof of your mouth. At their brightest, they have been likened to The Descendents, but at their sludgiest, they call to mind bands like Pissed Jeans and The Jesus Lizard, albeit with an Albini-esque metallic clang.

Their debut album, Eighteen Hours of Static, was recorded by Charles DeChants in the rock 'n' roll labyrinth known as Excello Recording in Brooklyn over three days. The album is one characterised by aggressive mood swings. The band slows their usual frantic pace on the burner "Wool" – a song about dealing with suffering. They toy with dynamics on white-knuckle grip of "TMI", "Little Kid", and "Fresh Meat". But not to worry – the mania is still there; first single "Goes Black" and "Atheist Self-Help" demand attention with their searing guitars and colossal drums. Lyrically, the album is a meditation on "truth, faith, and science" (the record's title is a reference to Carl Sagan's Contact), but like all the best bands, Big Ups don't necessarily have all of the answers, but they'll keep asking the right questions…

YVETTE represents a unique brand of loud music, imposing structure upon noise and yielding songs that can only be described as frenzied, explosive, and pummeling.
Noah Kardos-Fein and Rick Daniel linked up in the Summer of 2009, at first bonding over effects pedals and other noisemaking instruments. This shared passion for all things sonically strange quickly bloomed into what the two call YVETTE. Marked by pounding drum beats, scraping guitars, industrial drones, and soft, ghostly vocals, YVETTE's well-crafted clatter might fool you into thinking you're hearing the work of six organized musicians rather than two. Lauded for its mix of carved out noise, deep, danceable beats, and celestial-yet-catchy vocals, Brooklyn's YVETTE is a musical experience you do not want to miss.

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Fat Possum Records

Shopping are propulsive bass lines, primitive disco-not-disco drums and guitar lines sharp as broken glass. The band was formed in 2012 by members Rachel Aggs (guitar), Billy Easter (bass) and Andrew Milk (drums), who've all done time in a plethora of notable UK DIY bands including Trash Kit and Wet Dog. They pull from a well of 70's post-punk with a voraciousness seldom seen these days, bringing to mind the jagged aggression of Gang of Four, the voracious yelp of The Slits and the dance inducing thrust of Delta 5 and ESG.
The band released a 7 inch single shortly after forming, which sold out within a week. The band's self-released debut LP, put out via their own MILK records in the UK has received whole-hearted acclaim, selling out their 1000 piece run in just a few months by hand delivering them to top-tier UK shops, who couldn't seem to get enough of their groove riding, tough talking, life-loving post-punk funk. Now the band have signed on to FatCat, with a new LP on the way later in 2015 and to introduce the band stateside we're making their self-released album available here for the first time.
The band are tirelessly committed to taking their sound to new audiences and spreading the Shopping gospel, securing impressive gigs along the way including main support for ESG and Gang Of Four as well as main support on Merchandise's 2014 UK tour. Fully entrenched in the vibrant UK DIY community Shopping are all about being as productive and creative as possible and as such theyve been described by the NME as a "band you need to hear." Their shows are incredibly fun and undeniably thrilling to watch.



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