Entries tagged with: Edsel
by Bill Pearis
It was sad news when Obits called it quits in April, but on the good news front: guitarist Sohrab Habibion and bassist Greg Simpson will continue to play together in new band SAVAK. What's it all about? Sohrab fills us in:
Greg and I started writing songs with Michael Jaworski (The Cops, Virgin Islands) a few months before Obits flashed the lights and announced last call. Compared with The Obits, SAVAK is slightly more Mutant Pop 78/79 and slightly less Nuggets/Pebbles. We're covering a tune off The Stranglers first album, which gives a reasonable clue of our sound, but there's also elements of Spaghetti Western soundtracks, Zamrock riffage and the entrails of the Wailing Ultimate comp, so it's fun to see how it all shakes out.You can get your very first taste of SAVAK with "This Currency Exchanged" which makes its premiere in this post. It's a slow build, tension-cranker that's not unlike what Wire were doing circa Chairs Missing. (It's also a little more like Sohrab's '90s band, Edsel.) Stream it below.
SAVAK will be making their live debut at Cake Shop on May 30 with Pittsburgh's awesome The Gotobeds (who recently signed to Sub Pop). That's one of the venue's "super shows" to celebrate its 10th anniversary. About the rest of SAVAK's live lineup, Sohrab adds, "we're going to split our set between the two drummers we play with, Matt Schulz (Enon, Holy Fuck) and Benjamin Van Dyke (Silent Majority, Will Oldham)." Rest of that Cake Shop bill is still TBA but it's $10 at the door.
We were just saying Jade Tree Records is back (though they say don't call it a comeback). The label has now uploaded their entire catalog to bandcamp with full streams of all the albums and downloads available for $5 or less.
That means if your iTunes is missing say, The Promise Ring's Nothing Feels Good, Lifetime's Jersey's Best Dancers, Jets to Brazil's Orange Rhyming Dictionary, Pedro the Lion's Control, Cap'n Jazz's Analphabetapolothology, Owls' self-titled, Fucked Up's Hidden World, Joan of Arc's How Memory Works, Avail's 4AM Friday, New End Original's Thriller, Paint It Black's Paradise, Kid Dynamite's self-titled, or Young Widows' Settle Down City, you can now easily remedy that. Plus there's tons more, including new releases like the upcoming Dark Blue single.
In related news, Owls are touring and hitting NYC on July 11 at Bowery Ballroom with Hop Along and Glocca Morra (tickets). And you can hear Pedro the Lion frontman David Bazan reworking some of that band's material on his new album and tour with the Passenger String Quartet.
Check out their bandcamp here and stream a few of the classics below...
"Thank you, Brisbane!" - Obits Instagram
Like we've done with a lot of bands this year, we asked Brooklyn's Obits for a list of their favorite albums of 2012. Guitarist Sohrab Habibion wrote back saying, "It usually takes some time to figure out if a record is really going to stick with me, so even though I liked what I heard from Beak, Disappears, Oneida, Pontiak, Royal Baths and Zomes, I'll submit my best of 2012 in a few years," and instead said, "since Obits is working on a new record, here are the Top 10 songs we will do our best not to directly rip off." You can check out that list, complete with YouTube clips for each one, below. Drummer (and onetime Girls Against Boys member) Alexis Fleisig also submitted "Top Ten Things I Completely Took For Granted This Year" which is below as well.
Sohrab, who also reformed his old band Edsel for a couple shows this year, also gave a rundown of Obits 2012 activity and what's in store for 2013:
Despite not putting out a full LP, we kept pretty busy. We released two 7"s - one on Sub Pop with 2 covers and another on a Spanish label called La Castanya with 2 originals on it.Sorhab and Alexis' Top 10 lists are below...
And along with some east coast shows, Austin and Denver (a new US city for us), we went to Europe twice this year, getting to play in Greece, Portugal, Italy and Sweden for the first time. We also went to Australia, which was truly as cool as every band that goes there says it is.
On the horizon ... a couple NYC shows.
1. January 18 = Obits at Rock Shop with Browns & Wrong Dots (tickets).
3. Finishing our next album. We have bunches and bunches of song fragments in various stages. The next few months we will be deciding what's worth keeping or working on or tossing in the trash.
4. Going back to Europe in June. It'll be a combination of places we've been and haven't been, including Poland and Ukraine, which we're looking forward to.
Also, this year there were some Hot Snakes shows and an Edsel reunion & re-issues (http://www.comedyminusone.com/023.php), which was kind of unexpected. Next year there might be a handful more Hot Snakes shows, maybe an Edsel appearance or two (along with additional re-issues and tunes from the vault), as well as some Girls Against Boys activity.
Edsel in the '90s
As you may remember, much-loved and underrated '90s indie rock outfit Lotion are playing on Saturday (10/6) at Mercury Lounge with fellow Clinton-era group Edsel for whom this will be their first show in 12 years. It's a late show (doors 10:30) tickets are still available.
Despite what sounds like a fun late night reunion party, both groups have signed on for an afternoon show the next day (10/7) at The Rock Shop. Show is at 1 PM and tickets are on sale.
Meanwhile, the last of Edsel's albums was just reissued via Comedy Minus One. That would be their 1995 album, Techniques of Speed Hypnosis, that the band recorded in Liverpool with Anjali Dutt and Andy Wilkinson whose noisy pedigree included Swervedriver, The Boo Radleys and My Bloody Valentine. Vocalist Sohrab Habbibion (now of Obits) offers up an entertaining recollection of making the album over at the CM1 site, which included spending a lot of time in the recording studio hangout room playing pool with Ian McCulloch. You can stream "Suits Me Fine" from the reissue below.
by Bill Pearis
Lotion at Knitting Factory 10/17/2011
You may remember that '90s-era NYC indie rock band Lotion played their first show in 12 years last October as part of the Royal Flush Festival. The band have decided to make the reunion an annual event and this year's Lotion show happens at Mercury Lounge on October 6. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, August 17 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/15) at noon.
I went to last year's show which found the band surprisingly together, given that they had two weeks notice of doing it with members far-flung around the U.S. It was a really fun show. There's video of the band doing "Rock Chick" and "Feedback Queen" at the bottom of this post. With two months notice this year, who knows what may happen.
To make this a little more special (and a "holy crap!" show for some), Lotion have coaxed fellow Clinton-era rockers Edsel out of retirement who played their last show on Valentines Day 2000 at Brownies. Influenced heavily by Wire and other UK post punks, Edsel made dream pop with a decidedly DC-indie bent. The band for this show will be longtime members Sohrab Habibion (who is now in Obits), Geoff Sanoff, and Steve Raskin, plus Obits drummer Alexis Fleisig (filling in for Nick Pellicciotto and John Dugan).
Much of Edsel's back catalog has gotten the reissue-remaster treatment via Comedy Minus One. Last year saw The Everlasting Belt Co. and Detroit Folly, and their final and best album, 1995's Techniques of Speed Hypnosis (recorded in England with MBV engineer Anjali Dutt), will be out in time for the Mercury Lounge show. There are a couple Edsel MP3s you can download above and you can stream Detroit Folly via a Spotify app at the bottom of this post.
Video and streams are below.