Posted in music | tour dates on February 16, 2009

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Let's Wrestle - I Won't Lie to You (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Screaming Tea Party - I'd Rather Be Stuck on the Stair Rail (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: My Sad Captains - Great Expectations (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Artefacts For Space Travel - Recoup (MP3)

Let's Wrestle
Lets Wrestle

London's Stolen Recordings (not to be confused with Ultragrrrl's Stolen Transmission) is one of the cooler small UK indie labels, having released some great records last year including Pete and the Pirates' Little Death which made my Best of 2008 list. Like seemingly everyone in the music industry, the label is going to have a showcase at next month's South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, TX, featuring almost their entire roster: Pete & the Pirates, Let's Wrestle, My Sad Captains, Screaming Tea Party and Artefacts for Space Travel. It's Thursday night at Wave Rooftop if you're interested and are attending.

While none of Stolen Recordings records have gotten released in America, you can get almost all of them on Emusic if you subscribe to that. For those in NYC, we get our own mini Stolen Recordings showcase soon, featuring two of the label's groups - Let's Wrestle and Screaming Tea Party. They both will be playing a handful of shows here before they head to Austin.

Let's Wrestle are punky, shambolic, and pretty irresistible. Check out "I Won't Lie to You" at the top of this post, it's probably the band's most well-known song to date and is indicative of singer Wesley Patrick Gonzalez's lyrical style that is both funny and self-deprecating, a style somewhere between Los Campesinos and Art Brut. ("No matter how many records I buy, I can't fill this void.") Their EP from last year, In Loving Memory Of, collected some of their best songs though not "Song for an Abba Tribute Record" or "I Wish I was in Husker Du" two songs that are worth searching for. Maybe they'll show up on their debut, In the Court of Wrestling Let's, when it comes out later this year.

Let's Wrestle are playing four shows in NYC, including one at Maxwell's, one opening for Black Lips at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets), and, as previously mentioned, one opening for Pains of Being Pure at Heart at The Bell House (tickets). Pains and Let's Wrestle will also do a few East Coast dates in addition to the Brooklyn show. All dates are at the bottom of this post.

Screaming Tea Party
Screaming Tea Party

Tokyo via London trio Screaming Tea Party get compared to Sonic Youth and the Jesus and Mary Chain a lot, and there are plenty of buzzsaw riffs, shouty choruses and blasts of noise to be found on their debut EP, Golden Blue, though they made me think of early-'90s band Daisy Chainsaw, if you remember them at all. Judge for yourself: their single "I'd Rather be Stuck on the Stair Rail" can be downloaded at the top of this post. Screaming Tea Party have three NYC shows -- though none on the same bill as Let's Wrestle -- including stops at Cake Shop, Fontanas, and the Crashin' In pre-SXSW party with Depreciation Guild, Mirror Mirror and We Are Country Mice at Public Assembly.

Full details at the bottom of this post, along with some videos...

Let's Wrestle - I Won't Lie to You

Let's Wrestle - I'm in Fighting Mode

Let's Wrestle 2009 NYC Shows
Tue 03.10 - Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Black Lips, Gentleman Jesse & His Men
Wed 03.11 - Hoboken, NJ Maxwell's
Thu 03.12 - Brooklyn, NY Monster Island Basement w/ Cause Co-Motion
Fri 03.13 - Brooklyn, NY The Bellhouse *
Sat 03.14 - Baltimore, MD The Talking Head Club at Sonar *
Sun 03.15 - Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 *
Mon 03.16 - Atlanta, GA The Earl *
Thursday 03.19 - Austin, TX SXSW

* w/ Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Screaming Tea Party - I'd Rather Be Stuck on the Stair Rail

Screaming Tea Party - 2009 Tour DAtes
Feb 19 - SXSW benefit show @Windmill London
Feb 21 - secret party @secret place london
Mar 3 - Guided Missile @Buffalo Bar London
Mar 14 - Cake shop -early show- New York
Mar 15 - Stolen + Kanine -pre SXSW party @public assembly New York
Mar 16 - Fontana's New York
Mar 18 - South by Southwest 2009 Austin,Texas
Mar 19 - stolen recordings showcase SXSW-@ wave rooftop 6th street Austin Texas
Apr 4 - Dance Magic @ Old Blue Last London

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Comments (16)

Lets Wrestle by Joan of Arc.. .Good song

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2009 3:13 PM

hooray for Monster Island basement! awesome venue space

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2009 3:14 PM

i'm always annoyed at bands named after tim kinsella songs getting more press and hype than tim himself.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2009 4:47 PM

Did Tim Kinsella or Joan Of Arc coin the phrase "Let's Wrestle" ? seems like a common one...

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2009 5:04 PM

It seems like a stretch to think this very young band from London would name themselves after a Joan of Arc song, but you never know... they have deeper record collections than most their age. They also have a song called Let's Wrestle that is entirely about pro wrestling, so maybe they're just fans of the sport.

But really, however they got their name, Let's Wrestle are really good and you should try to catch one of their NYC shows. Monster Island looks like it will be fun.

Posted by bill p | February 16, 2009 5:19 PM

Screaming Tea Party!

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2009 6:22 PM

Let's Wrestle, a collection of short stories by David Shrigley and, wrestling in general, giant haystacks etc. childhood obsessions- Joan of Arc?

Posted by racx | February 16, 2009 6:44 PM

Let's Wrestle is so good. Excited.

Posted by tw | February 16, 2009 10:30 PM

We know we can't quite kiss yet.

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | February 17, 2009 10:16 AM

the first couple Joan of Arc albums were good, but Let's Wrestle is about 100 percent different from that.

I can't see hating on a bunch of 18 year olds who write insanely catchy songs and don't look like a bunch of NME haircut dicks.

i like them a lot.

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2009 11:58 AM

Screaming Tea Party is definately worth checking out.

Posted by Anonymous | March 16, 2009 2:50 PM

It seems like a stretch to think this very young band from London would name themselves after a Joan of Arc song, but you never know... they have deeper record collections than most their age. They also have a song called Let's Wrestle that is entirely about pro wrestling, so maybe they're just fans of the sport.

But really, however they got their name, Let's Wrestle are really good and you should try to catch one of their NYC shows. Monster Island looks like it will be fun.

Posted by play free 3d games | July 23, 2010 9:30 AM

the first couple Joan of Arc albums were good, but Let's Wrestle is about 100 percent different from that.

I can't see hating on a bunch of 18 year olds who write insanely catchy songs and don't look like a bunch of NME haircut dicks.

i like them a lot.

Posted by hd wallpapers | July 23, 2010 9:32 AM

It seems like a stretch to think this very young band from London would name themselves after a Joan of Arc song, but you never know... they have deeper record collections than most their age. They also have a song called Let's Wrestle that is entirely about pro wrestling, so maybe they're just fans of the sport.

But really, however they got their name, Let's Wrestle are really good and you should try to catch one of their NYC shows. Monster Island looks like it will be fun.

Posted by 3d multiplayer games | August 26, 2010 8:49 PM

How does this relate to artefacts for space travel?

Posted by The Traveler | September 16, 2010 7:30 AM

The guys from the first picture look like they want to be punched in the face.

Posted by Patrick S. Quist | January 6, 2011 9:36 AM

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