by Andrew Sacher
Butter The Children
NYC pop shoegazers Butter The Children (members of Sweet Bulbs, Night Manager, and Le Rug) play local shows a lot and it's recently been announced that they've signed to Downtown Records. Last year they self released their impressive self-titled EP, and Downtown will presumably put out its followup at some point this year. You can download the EP for free at bandcamp and stream in full below. One track, "Lupus," can be downloaded above as well. The EP is a quick blast of punchy pop rock with MBV-inspired guitar wails, and if you've yet to see them at one of their many shows, they bring that same kind of power to the stage too.
As usual, they have upcoming local dates, including one this Friday (5/24) at Big Snow with Big Muff, Roses, (ex-Deer Tick), and Ceramics. They also have a show scheduled at Death by Audio on June 27 with Ovlov, Suns, and Flagland. Both shows are all ages and admission for both shows is $7 at the door. They're also playing Day 1 of Hillstock, which takes place across various Brooklyn venues from June 21-23.
Newtown, CT's Ovlov, who also play that DBA show, are set to release their debut album, Am, on July 2 via Exploding in Sound, who are becoming pretty consistent in supplying good '90s-inspired indie rock (like Speedy Ortiz, who since signed to Carpark). And like most of that label's roster, Ovlov do the sound well. The album's single, "Blue Baby," has buildups that are straight out of the Sonic Youth songbook, and the singer likely learned a thing or two from J Mascis. Check the song out below or download it for free above.
Ovlov is on a tour now with labelmates Grass is Green which includes other NYC shows happening on June 1 at Big Snow with Appomattox and Miniboone, and the previously discussed Exploding In Sound showcase on June 15 at Big Snow with Speedy Ortiz, Pile, Fat History Month, Two Inch Astronaut, and more.
All dates are listed, along with song streams, below...
Butter the Children - Butter the Children EP
Ovlov - "Blue Baby"
Ovlov -- 2013 Tour Dates (all dates w/ Grass Is Green unless otherwise noted)
May 20th - Cleveland, OH - The Locker Room w/the rats are coming...
May 21st - Kalamazoo, MI - The Corner Record Shop w/radiator hospital and boring people
May 22nd - Chicago, IL - Neverland w/my dad and the moses gun
May 23rd - Saint Paul, MN - The Elephant Graveyard w/cantharone
May 24th - Minneapolis, MN - Hexagon Bar w/citroen and central division
May 25th - Milwaukee, WI - Quarter's Roll n' Roll Palace w/saturday night duets
May 26th - Chesterton, IN - Sound Cellar w/wounded knee
May 27th - Columbus, OH
May 28th - Lafayette, IN - A.N.T. Pharm w/derailer and white reaper
May 29th - Pittsburgh, PA - The Shit Brick w/oklahoma car crash & more
May 30th - Philadelphia, PA - Hausu
May 31st - New Brunswick, NJ - The Alamo
June 1st - Brooklyn, NY - Big Snow w/appomattox and miniboone
June 15th - Brooklyn, NY - Big Snow w/ Speedy Ortiz, Two Inch Astronaut, Pile, Fat History Month, Hive Bent, Porches.
June 27th - Brooklyn, NY Death by Audio w/ Butter the Children, Suns, Flagland *
* not with Grass Is Green