Entries tagged with: Azar Swan
by Bill Pearis
Eraas @ Knitting Factor, October 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn's Eraas will return with their second album, Initiation, on November 12 via Felte. Heavy on rhythm and dark atmosphere, the record has a swampy netherworld vibe, a soundtrack for somewhere bad things happen and people like it. You can stream two tracks from Initiation below.
The band will play two NYC shows the week of the album's release, and both are with Italian post-punks Soviet Soviet. They play 285 Kent on November 14 with Xeno & Oaklander and Azar Swan (who also play the Pendu CMJ showcase); and then Saint Vitus on November 15. Advance tickets for 285 Kent are on sale now, and you can check Ticketfly for updates on Saint Vitus tickets.
Soviet Soviet are also readying a new album, Fate, which will be out the same week as the Eraas album. Stream a track from that below. The NYC dates are the only North American dates for Soviet Soviet at this time.
After the dates with Soviet Soviet, Eraas will be heading across the Atlantic for ATP UK's final fling and other European dates. All are listed, along with song streams, below.
Starred at The Paramount in July (more by Greg Cristman)
NYC goth label Pendu Sound has announced that it will do its CMJ showcase at Europa on October 17 this year. It's a lineup of all local duos, including Starred, Tempers, and Azar Swan (whose members were both in Religious to Damn). Tickets for the showcase on sale now.
Meanwhile, Tempers have other hometown shows coming up too, including a previously mentioned Union Pool (9/13) show with Xeno & Oaklander and Bootblacks (tickets); and another supporting Martin Rev (of Suicide) at his Glasslands (10/9) show with Infinity Shred (tickets). Stream their recent "Strange Harvest" single and their cover of Swans' "Killing For Company," below.
Meanwhile, Starred recently made a video for "LA Drugs" off 2012's Prison to Prison EP, and they had one of the standout tracks on this year's Sub Pop 1000 compilation. We recently caught them in Brooklyn and Long Island on their tour with Courtney Love.
All streams below...
by Fred Pessaro
Azar Swan will blow your mind with their remix of Ace Hood's "Bugatti." The track, which revisits the hip hop burner that featured Rick Ross and others, features vocalist Zohra Atash's vocals over the hi-hat saturated track, and its a fun fun ride. Stream that below, alongside the original. Hold on, did they just invent "trap goth"!?!?
Azar Swan, who recently released a new digital single, joined Bestial Mouths for a show at Glasslands on Monday (7/15). Look for Bestial Mouths to bless Nothing Changes at Home Sweet Home tonight (7/17) with Bootblacks.
Azar Swan have released the "In My Mouth" digital single, a two track effort out now via Pendu Sound. You can check out both tracks -- including b-side "Over," making its debut in this post -- which are streamable in this post.
Keep an ear out for either, or both, tracks when Azar Swan join Bestial Mouths (who have a new album) and Cthulu Fantasy at Glasslands on July 15. Tickets are son sale now. Bestial Mouths, meanwhile, will also join Bootblacks for a show at Nothing Changes on July 17.
Song streams below.
Bestial Mouths incoporate elements of EBM, industrial, and goth with vocals that have the the power and fragility of Siouxsie Sioux. The band is readying their new self-titled LP for release on June 25 from Clan Destine Records. Stream "Reunion" below for the first time.
Bestial Mouths have a few live dates planned for the near future, including a stop at Glasslands on July 15 with Azar Swan and Cthulu Fantasy, (tickets) and two days later as part of Nothing Changes on July 17. All tour dates are below.
In related news, Azar Swan recently posted a new track as well. Check out "In My Mouth" below.
by Fred Pessaro
Cut Hands, the latest venture from William Bennett of noise terrorists Whitehouse, begin a North American tour this week. The close-to-two-week stint will cherry-pick cities on the continent, hitting Chaos in Tejas along the way, but things kick off with a show in NYC at Public Assembly on Thursday (5/30). Believer/Law, Azar Swan and Horoscope get credited with the assist, and tickets are still available. The dates are in anticipation of Bennett's Madwoman LP due on Downwards "soon," though further details remain hazy.
Four days later, you can catch Believer/Law again in the same space, this time with Alberich, Winter Line, Belarisk and Temperature Within. Tickets are available at the door for this June 4 show at Public Assembly.
All Cut Hands dates are listed, along with a few song streams, below.
Krallice at Saint Vitus in April (more by Fred Pessaro)
Krallice will play an all-ages event at Public Assembly on July 14, joined by support from Vaura, Psalm Zero (mems Extra Life & Castevet) and MV Carbon. The show is the only Krallice show on deck, and the last show in the back room at Public Assembly until the fall due to upcoming renovatiosn. Tickets are on sale.
In related news, Vaura will enter Colin Marston's studio to record the follow-up to their Selenelion LP. Look for that to surface this fall on Profound Lore.
Vaura frontman Josh Strawn has been busy with personal endeavors, Azar Swan and now another new project Vain Warr. The band, the name of which is derived from Milton's Paradise Lost, are preparing to release a pair of songs via Sacrement. Look for the Sanford Parker-mixed Deadline Season to see the light of day this summer.
Azar Swan isn't slouching either, readying a new single for Pendu's Single Series, and scheduling a local show as well, this time with LA goth-electronic band Bestial Mouths. Look for the pair to team up for a show at Glasslands on July 15. Tickets are on sale, and you can stream some Bestial Mouths material below.
Stream fromAzar Swan, Bestial Mouths and Vaura are below.
photos by Phil Maier
Xeno & Oaklander @ final WIERD, 2/27/2013
As discussed, WIERD has become Very Rare after the final night last Wednesday (2/28) featuring Xeno & Oaklander (read Josh Strawn's thoughts). We've now got a set of pictures from the WIERD's goodbye in this post.
Thankfully, the dark vibes will continue on Wednesdays at Home Sweet Home with the announcement of the appropriately named "Nothing Changes", a new party that will feature much of the same focus, musically. "Nothing Changes" kicks off with this week's FREE party (3/6) featuring Avana and Hi-Fi Hillary, with the rest of the month scheduled to feature Syb Vicious/Hi-Fi Hillary (3/13, FREE), Delphic Oracle + DJs (3/20, $5) and Azar Swan + DJs ($5, 3/27). Check out the flyer below alongside more pictures from the final WIERD (2/27).
by Joshua Strawn
Xeno & Oaklander last night at WIERD (instagram by daniellehoward)
You may know Josh Strawn through his work in current projects Azar Swan and Vaura but he was also an integral part of WIERD and, before that, a fan of the music. Strawn has played the weekly party with three separate projects (Vaura, Religious to Damn, Blacklist) over the years, so he was able to add some special insight about last night's final WIERD Wednesday event and it's place in the current NYC scene. Strawn's thoughts are below. - Fred Pessaro
photos by Amanda Hatfield
San Francisco's gothy shoegaze queen Tamaryn just got back from a European tour and was nice enough to stop in NYC before heading home to play a show last night (2/21) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Joining her were friends Azar Swan (who played a Tamaryn afterparty last year) and Milagres. Did you make it to this show? Both Tamaryn and Milagres say this was their last NYC show for a while. More pictures from MHOW below...
As mentioned, Azar Swan (formerly Religious to Damn) will open for Tamaryn at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (2/21) and tickets are still available. The Brooklyn-based duo just released a new track, "Lusty," which is appropriately named, hot and sweaty with a clattering tribal beat that goes wonderously mental as it approaches the two-minute mark. You can stream it below.
Tamaryn @ Mercury Lounge, 11/9/2012 (more by PSqauared Photography)
Tamaryn was here not too long ago, playing Mercury Lounge and Knitting Factory last month. She has just announced another NYC show, moving on up to Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 21 with support from Azar Swan who you may remember made their live debut at the afterparty for Tamaryn's Knit show. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday, December 19 at noon. It's the only North American date on Tamaryn's tour schedule right now, apart from an appearance at the 2013 Austin Psych Fest in April.
Tamaryn recently released a video for "The Garden" which from her very nice second album, Tender New Signs, and you can watch that below, as well as check out a list of all upcoming tour dates.
photos by PSquared Photography
Tamaryn @ Mercury Lounge 11/9/2012
Tamaryn played two area shows over the weekend, including a stop at Mercury Lounge on 11/9 with Young Prisms (who also played Glasslands) and a show the next night at Knitting Factory (11/10) with Starred and Alexis. The shows were part of a tour in celebration of Tamaryn's new LP, Tender New Signs, which is out now. Pictures from Tamaryn (we missed Young Prisms) from Mercury Lounge below, alongside video from Knitting Factory.
Later Saturday night, Tamaryn also stopped in to DJ her KF show's afterparty at The Flat which also featured the live debut of former Religious to Damn-ers Azar Swan. Check out video from Azar Swan's performance below.
by Bill Pearis
Zohra Atash and Josh Strawn have disbanded/retired Religious to Damn and have reconfigured their sonic matrix as Azar Swan which is a decidedly more electronic project while retaining that gothy vibe. Azar Swan have just released their first track to the world, "Amrika," and you can stream that below.
Azar Swan will be making their live debut at The Flat on November 10 which will also serve as the official afterparty for the Tamaryn/Starred show at Knitting Factory earlier that night. Tamaryn will DJ along with Silent Drape Runners. $5 gets you in the door and the party starts at 11 PM. Flyer for the show (designed by Weekend's Shaun Durkan) is below.