Speedy Ortiz

On their debut full-length, Western Massachusetts' Speedy Ortiz manages a bit of magic by conjuring the spirits of classic American indie rock, while twisting those ghosts into new shapes. It's easy to hear the influences of Helium, Jawbox, and Chavez on this album, as well as nods to contemporaries Grass is Green, Pile, and Roomrunner. Sweet vocal harmonies run up against gnarly distortion, aided by basic, chunky bass parts and heavy, fill-laden drums. The album was recorded in a few days in November at Justin Pizzoferrato's (Dinosaur Jr., Chelsea Light Moving) studio, Sonelab.


Schwervon! is a two piece rock band. Nan plays drums. Matt plays guitar. They both sing. They lived in NYC for 15+ years and have recently relocated to Kansas City, Kansas with their cat Gummo. While living in Manhattan, they recorded and mixed the bulk of their music in their apartment as well as curating a DIY music hub called Olive Juice Music, which centered around their own local and online community. Their latest album is entitled Courage. It was recorded in Memphis, Tennessee with Doug Easley (Cat Power, Pavement, Breeders).


When I first heard Lazy describe their sound they replied "gothic soul; Like Al Green with blood on the sheets". While an abstract description at best it draws the same kind of energy that spawned their punk sentiments. The band first formed as Lazy K formed in late 2009 for a cold night of Gun Club covers at a dive bar in Lawrence, KS. After the winter the band went on to write their own original material . Lazy is a four piece made up of Sarica Douglas, Brock Potucek, Matt Huff, and Zach Van Benthusen. Past and presently the members have been apart of such projects: Fortuning, The Church (A RIP DIY Space in KC), Ssion, Whoop Dee Doo, Biker Chick and the Riff Raffs, Cunt-Alope and Witch and Hare. In the summer of 2010 they entered the studio with Ad Astra Arkestra band leader Mike Tuley to record their self titled debut. Immediately following the recording sessions the band took their antics on a summer tour down the west coast. Before they left on tour they signed to hometown label The Record Machine for the release of debut ep and 7? which was released the winter of 2011. Lazy is currently writing and working on material for the follow up release.



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