Hawks and Doves, Your Skull My Closet, Descender, Future Now

Hawks and Doves

Your Skull My Closet

Your Skull My Closet began performing in Brooklyn, NY in 2008 with the expressed intent of resexualizing the nation's college rock scene (having no idea the format had died in the late 80s). Featuring ex-members of Detroit's infamous psycho-core unit Thoughts of Ionesco and Michigan's post-hardcore heroes Small Brown Bike, YSMC migrated to the big, rotten apple in search of inspiration and humiliation. They found both, and their debut EP Let's Get Acquainted tells the tales of bloodsucking Lower East Side debutantes, car service drug escorts, urban paranoia, and does so with a undeniably Midwestern sincerity. There's love; there's romance; there's loose nuts… lost marbles. YSMC's pop damage is delightful in the way of all our favorite rock n' roll crackpots (Mike Patton, Josh Homme, Weird Al). These are musicians who grew up on a fusion of the SST back catalog and 1980's Trans Am hair metal before belatedly discovering the delicious pop stylings of Bananramma and Yaz in the late 2000s. Thus YSMC's avant sound is a cantankerous, circuitous tour through anglo-rock's recent history. Recorded in a Brooklyn loft-space and mixed in Detroit, Let's Get Acquainted is their first offering to the audiophile/audio-phallic cosmos. It's beats the shit out of the Vivian Girls but isn't as good as Drive Like Jehu–– we're ready to admit that. But there's a place for YSMC… you might rather pay for a 25-cent peep than a ten-dollar concert ticket, but there is a place. And we're here to accommodate. How about a quickie? Let's Get Acquainted!

Taking their name from an obscure typographic term, Descender is a Brooklyn-based band made up of four graphic designers. Drawing on influences ranging from early '90s indie and punk rock to hardcore and new progressive metal, Descender effortlessly fuses together a sound that defies easy classification. Often sidestepping traditional verse/chorus conventions, their songs are short and to the point, but also richly textured. Comparisons usually fall the way of 90s post-hardcore icons like Quicksand, Helmet, Unsane and Snapcase.

Over the last two years Descender has been making a name for itself playing regularly in NYC-area clubs, basement venues and DIY loft spaces including Mercury Lounge, Studio at Webster Hall, Santos Party House, Trash Bar, Lit Lounge, The Charleston and more. They've shared bills with some kick ass bands including Goes Cube, Shai Hulud, Outbreak, Tiger Flowers, The Banner, Naam, Iron Age, East of the Wall, Heks Orkest, Tournament, ASG, Monolith, Devil & the Sea, Music Hates You, Reign Supreme, The Carrier, Red Chord and Premonitions of War to name a few.



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