Entries tagged with: Fear of Men
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"thank you @thepainsofbeing for a wonderful night of tunes and for covering my favorite Katy Perry song" - Sad Girls Guide
"The @thepainsofbeing show was awesome till they covered katy perry..." - Estelle Goodwin
Pains @ Bowery Ballroom - 5/22/14
NYC indie pop collective The Pains of Being Pure at Heart just wrapped up their tour with the UK's Fear of Men (whose Jessica Weiss was playing with Pains on this tour in place of Drew Citron who's busy with Beverly) and Ablebody (whose Christoph and Anton Hochheim are currently full time members of Pains) in their hometown at Bowery Ballroom last night (5/22). The tour is in support of Pains' third LP, Days of Abandon, which came out earlier this month via Yebo, and the set included a large amount of that album plus a few faves from the previous two. Days of Abandon is the band's calmest sounding record, but their new lineup is anything but calm on stage. Pictures of the show are in this post.
Pains also included a cover of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" in last night's set (you can hear a clip on Vine). If that sounds like a weird or ironic choice to you, consider earlier this month singer Kip Berman told Billboard:
I love that "pop" can mean a lot of things, but on some level there is something that unites our music with Katy Perry and Beyonce, or Aztec Camera and Orange Juice. To us, we always aspire to be pop without having to explain it in terms of micro-genre. When we started people would always say we were "lo-fi" pop or "dream pop" or "indiepop." And I get why people say that, but to us what's most important in our music is pop, not whatever becomes before the hyphen.In other news, speaking of Beverly, during NYC Popfest (though not an official Popfest show), they play an afternoon backyard BBQ show at Trans-Pecos (6/1) with Pam Berry (Glo Worm, Cat's Miaow, The Shapiros), Mark Monnone (The Lucksmiths) and '90s Slumberland band Rocketship. Beverly also play a record release show at Baby's in June.
The thing that makes music timeless are the qualities that Beyonce, The Ronettes, The Ramones, Blondie or The Pastels share -- not the things that differentiate them. Maybe someday we'll get there and our songs will just exist in the supermarket or The Gap in a matter of fact way -- like they just belong there, because that's where pop songs live.
More pictures from the Pains show below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Hospitality / Fear of Men / Mark Mulcahy
Perhaps the busiest place to be in NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (aka April 19) was Rough Trade which had a line down to the water till at least noon for those hoping to get their hands on some of the RSD14 exclusive titles. If you just wanted to go in and shop for non-RSD stuff or catch one of the many free in-store performances, you could just waltz in. There was also free coffee and samples of Sixpoint beers. And the balcony book/magazine section makes for good people-watching
I showed up just in time to catch Mark Mulcahy's 4 PM performance. He was there in part because his 1997 solo debut, Fathering, got a RSD14 vinyl release but he played a couple Miracle Legion songs and told a few stories too. Mark's got one of my favorite voices, warm, smoky and still capable of hitting his high notes clear as a bell. Mark wrapped up his too-short set with "Hey Sandy!" -- aka the theme to The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Afterward someone came up and had Mark sign their "Hey Sandy" cassingle (which you could only get if you collected Frosted Mini Wheats proof of purchases). He has some devoted fans.
Nothing @ Rough Trade, RSD14
I left for a bit but made it back to catch Philadelphia's Nothing who had earlier that day released a cover of Low's "In Metal" as a free download just for RSD. While the volume at at Rough Trade never reached "11" proportions, it was loud enough that between that and seeing No Joy at Brooklyn Night Bazaar later in the evening, my ears were ringing the next morning. They were good.
Other performers at Rough Trade's RSD14 festivities were UK folk-pop group The Rails who pulled a Phil Collins, having played Rough Trade London that morning and then hopping on a plane to NYC. There was also pop performer Betty Who, UK band Fear of Men, indie rockers Slothrust and Palehound, plus Milagres, Amen Dunes and headliners Hospitality. Pictures from Record Store Day at Rough Trade are in this post.
Fear of Men played two free weekend shows (they sounded great at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday [4/18]), and you can catch them again at their early show on Wednesday (4/23) at Baby's All Right which is also free.
A few pics from Other Music's Record Store Day activities are here. More from Rough Trade below...
by Bill Pearis
Christoph and Anton Hochheim are current members of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (guitar and drums, respectively) but also make music on their own as Ablebody. (They were also both in The Depreciation Guild with former TPOBPAH drummer Kurt Feldman.) Sonically indebted to '80s UK indie (they've been known to cover The Servants' "The Sun, a Small Star"), the brothers make dreamy janglepop with dash of melodrama. Ablebody will release a new single, "After Hours," next month and you can stream the A-side (and a few other tracks) below.
The Hochheims are going to be extra busy soon, as Ablebody are now opening on The Pains of Being Pure At Heart / Fear of Men tour which starts next week and concludes at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on May 22. Tickets are still available.
Before that you can catch Fear of Men, meanwhile, in NYC where they're playing three free shows over the next week. All TPOBPAH/FoM/Ablebody dates are listed, along with the new single stream, below..
Eternal Summers (photo from their Facebook)
As mentioned, this weekend's live entertainment at Brooklyn Night Bazaar is curated by Kanine Records, with Fear of Men, Beverly, Beach Day and Alvvays on Friday (4/18), and then No Joy, Eternal Summers, Beach Day, and Little Big League on Saturday (4/19). Those shows are free. A few of those bands -- FoM, Beverly, Beach Day and Eternal Summers --- feature on the Non Violent Femmes compilation that Kanine's putting out on Record Store Day (4/19).
After this weekend, some of the bands playing have other NYC shows lined up. Eternal Summers and Beverly will play Cake Shop on Monday, April 21 with Sapphire Mansions on the bill as well. Beverly, which has been up to this point just Drew Citron and Frankie Rose, will make their debut as a full band (which we hear may not include Frankie). Beverly's debut album, Careers, is out July 1 via Kanine. Watch a trailer for it below.
Fear of Men, meanwhile, will play a free show at Baby's All Right on April 23. It's an early show, doors at 7:30 and it'll be over by 10 PM. Openers TBA. Between this, BKNB and their Rough Trade #RSD14 appearance, that's three free chances to see them in NYC in the next week. Fear of Men's new album, Loom, is out April 22 via Kanine, and they'll soon be on tour with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
Flyer for the Kanine BK Night Bazaar nights and the Beverly album teaser below...
Palehound @ BV SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Record Store Day 2014 is just a couple weekends away (Saturday, April 19) and even if you aren't one of the ones clamoring for RSD exclusive releases, you can partake in teh festivities via free in-store performances. Rough Trade NYC has announced it's slate of RSD live music performers: Amen Dunes, Betty Who, Fear of Men, Mark Mulcahy, Milagres, Nothing, Palehound, and The Rails. Additionally, the day will feature DJ sets by Bella Union's Simon Raymonde, the folks at Daptone Records, Justin Strauss, and Deano Sounds of Cultures of Soul Records. Set times have not been announced but the performances are free to attend.
The Rails, which features Kami Thompson (Richard & Linda Thompson's daughter), plays London's Rough Trade East in the morning and flies to NYC immediately after for her show at the Williamsburg location (shades of Phil Collins at Live Aid there).
Fear of Men play another free show in NYC the night before (4/18) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, with Beverly, Alvvays and Beach Day.
If you are one of those looking for RSD14 exclusive releases, Rough Trade has published their list of what they're getting in the store. On Record Store Day, Rough Trade NYC opens at 9 AM.
TPOBPAH @ BV SXSW 3/15/2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's new album, Days of Abandon, is out next month on Yebo Music and this week they released a video for single "Simple and Sure." Set at a dinner party (singer Kip Berman's the butler), it takes aim at our ADD culture, animated GIFs in particular. Says Kip:
I'm taken aback at how many online outlets now reduce their content to a series of GIFs, assuming a minute long video or a single paragraph of text to be too burdensome. We're as much prisoners of our need for constant distraction and instant sensation as the trapped guests at the dinner party.You can watch the "Simple and Sure" video below.
After a tour around SXSW, The Pains are back home in Brooklyn and play Rough Trade on Friday (3/28). That show is sold out but we've got two pairs of tickets to give away. Details below.
And speaking of, Fear of Men made a video for their single "Luna" and you can watch that below.
by Bill Pearis
As you may know, UK band Fear of Men's debut album, Loom, will be out April 22 via Kanine Records. (Preorder yours.) The record will be preceded by a limited edition "Luna" flexi/zine on April 7 with a non-LP cut on the flexi's flip. You can stream "Luna" and the previously released "Alta/Waterfall," below.
We mentioned earlier this week that Fear of Men are opening for The Pain of Being Pure at Heart on tour this spring (Bowery Ballroom on May 22, tickets), and before that will play a free show Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday, April 18 with Beverly, Alvvays and Beach Day. The day after that (4/19) they'll also play Rough Trade as part of an all-day Record Store Day extravaganza. The rest of Rough Trade's RSD14 festivities in NYC have yet to be announced.
All Fear of Men dates are listed, along with song streams, below...
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will release their third album, Days of Abandon, on April 22. It will be their first for new label Yebo Music. (Their first two came out on Slumberland.) That's the cover art above. Frontman Kip Berman says the new record will not be a continuation of Belong's big, uber-'90s sound:
"I didn't want to make Belonger. This album was a chance to step back from that universal style of songwriting to something that was far more personal, more in keeping with my original ideals. I wanted the music to be joyful and full of light, even if the subjects were often dark."You can check out an album trailer below.
You may remember that TPOBPAH recently announced a hometown show happening at Rough Trade on March 28 after they play BUKU Music + Art Project. That show has since sold out, but the band since revealed that they're going on a longer tour in late April into May, which includes another NYC show on May 22 at Bowery Ballroom. That show and others on the tour are with the UK's Fear of Men, who have a debut album coming in late April, and Ablebody are on the bill too. Tickets for that show go on sale Monday, March 3 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/26) at noon. There's also a presale happening right now through Soundrink with bundles availble where you can preorder the new album as well.
Both Beverly and Fear of Men play Brooklyn Night Bazaar in April. All TPOBPAH dates are listed, along with the album trailer, below...
No Joy @ Mexican Summer Five (more by P Squared)
Last week we posted that Dam-Funk were added to Brooklyn Night Bazaar's upcoming slate of shows on March 7. Since then, BKNB have announced even more of their spring schedule, with some pretty cool artists planned for the next couple months, including Ash, Guards, No Joy, Young Galaxy, Fear of Men and more.
Montreal widescreen synth pop combo Young Galaxy will play on Saturday, March 15 with American Royalty (who just played Baby's All Right), Bowmont, and Late Guest at the Party. That's the second of two nights presented by T / My Free Concert -- the Friday (3/14) show being Guards and more TBA.
On Saturday, April 5, it's long-running (and underrated) Irish band Ash (who lived here in NYC for a while) who will play with Run River North, and Golden Suits. That's part of a weekend presented by Pandora, with Bronze Radio Return, Boston's Gem Club (here not that long ago), and The Suzan playing on Friday, April 5.
Then the weekend of April 18/19 is presented by Insound and Kanine Records. The Friday show (4/18) is with UK band Fear of Men whose new album will be out around the time of this show, plus Drew Citron and Frankie Rose's band Beverly (whose new song we dig a lot), Toronto's Alvvays (who just played with Yuck at Bowery) and Florida band Beach Day. Then for the Saturday show (4/19), it's Montreal's No Joy, Philadelphia's Bleeding Rainbow (new LP and NYC release show at the end of Feb.), felow Philly band Little Big League, and a second appearance by Beach Day. Note that Saturday is also Record Store Day, so if you blew all your money on limited edition vinyl, remember Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows are free. Beverly, Beach Day and Bleeding Rainbow all feature on Kanine RDS compilation Non Violent Femmes.
Lastly, Friday, April 25 will play host to Total Slacker (who just had a record release party) and Reputante.
In addition to the free shows, Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers amusements (ping pong, mini golf, pinball and vintage arcade games), beer and wine, gourmet food, and a variety of shopping options from local vendors.
by Bill Pearis
Fear of Men @ Seaport Music Fest, June 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
UK group Fear of Men have announced details of their debut album, titled Loom, which will be out April 22 via Kanine Records. The first track released from it, "Alta / Waterfall," manages to be driving, ringing and ethereal simultaneously, with Jessica Weiss' lovely voice gliding atop. It's got a little more backbone than anything they've released before, and you can stream it below.
The album will have a special coloured-vinyl edition available a few days earlier for Record Store Day (4/19). The band were last in NYC back in June. No word on North American dates as of now. Check out album art and track list, along with the new song, below.
We already posted BV contributor David Andrako's favorite live photos (that he took) of 2013, and now here's another from longtime BV contributor Dominick Mastrangelo. The one of Palma Violets above is one of his "13 for 13" pics picks, and you can check out the rest, along with a list of his favorite songs of the year, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Fear of Men @ Seaport Music Festival 6/21/2013
UK indiepop quartet Fear of Men flew over to NYC just to play the Summer Solstice edition (6/21) of this year's Seaport Music Festival. After two Fridays of dodgy weather, you coudn't have asked for a nicer night, and Fear of Men's gentle jangle was the perfect accompaniment. In addition to their own songs, their set included a cover of The Chills' 1984 classic, "Pink Frost," which is always welcome to hear. Local synth-rock duo Writer opened the show, and pictures of both bands are in this post.
The Seaport is definitely different since Hurricane Sandy put much of the area underwater last fall. Pizzeria Uno, with its popular restroom facility, is gone and the boardwalk has been rezoned, restricting the places you can have an open beer a bit. On the plus side: Smorgasburg food vendors are there every day on Front Street in the cobblestone area just off Fulton.
The Seaport Music Festival wraps up its short run this Friday (6/28) with their biggest show of the season: Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Bass Drum of Death which is free and open to the public. Then the next day is the Village Voice 4Knots Festival, with Kurt Vile, The Men, Marnie Stern, Parquet Courts, White Lung and more. That is also free and open to the public.
More pictures from Friday below...
LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...
The Oblivians @ Knitting Factory, 2010 (more by Andrew Friscano)
The Seaport Music Festival already announced that Unknown Mortal Orchestra would be playing on June 28 and they've recently announced a couple more dates on the schedule. Memphis garage legends The Oblivians will play with their Goner labelmates Ex-Cult on June 7. And then on June 21, jangly UK indie pop quartet Fear of Men will play. No opener has been announced for that show yet. All Seaport Music Festival shows are free and all-ages.
More shows are still to be announced. Also happening at Pier 17 at the Seaport is Village Voice's 4Knots Music Fest which happens June 29 with headliners Kurt Vile & the Violators, plus The Men, Parquet Courts, and Marnie Stern and more TBA.
As you may remember, South Street Seaport was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, taking out most of shops on the brick street area down there which also suffered heavy looting, and most of those storefronts are still empty. (The mall is open, though.) Seaport Music, the label, are putting out a compilation album titled Anchored & Amped and 100% of the sales going to Seaport area businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The record includes exclusive tracks from Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, The Wedding Present, Wire, Savoir Adore and more It will be available on June 4 via local record stores and at Seaport Music Festival shows.
Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt will be making his SXSW debut this year (he wasn't there when the rest of his crew first played), and will be doing collaborative sets with Captain Murphy, aka Flying Lotus' rap alter ego (who collaborated with him on "Between Friends"). Those sets include the Life or Death showcase on Wednesday (3/13) at Scoot Inn at midnight, the Green Label Sound showcase on Friday (3/15) at Lucille at 9:30 PM, and FADER Fort on Saturday (3/16) at 6 PM. Flyers for all three of those shows with full lineups are below.
Earl just appeared at Flying Lotus' LA show at Low End Theory last week (3/7) and they performed three tracks off Earl's upcoming album, Doris, "Burgundy" (produced by Pharrell), "Hive," and "Guild." Mac Miller is featured on that last one and he was at the LA show too. You can check it all out in a video from the show, which is below. Also below is the video for previously released Doris track, "Chum," and Earl has another new video on the way too.
by Bill Pearis
Fear of Men
You may already know UK indiepop quartet Fear of Men will be here after SXSW, playing Pianos on March 20 (tickets). We had a feeling they'd add more shows and they just announced one at Glasslands the day before (3/19) with BOYTOY and Beverly. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
Fear of Men's singles compilation, Early Fragments, is out next month on Kanine, and you can stream a few songs below, including their cover of The Chills' classic, "Pink Frost."
If you're wondering about the opener Beverly, Fear of Men shed a little light via Facebook. They are "our friends Drew and Frankie who we met when we played with Frankie Rose in the summer." And that would be Drew Citron who has been playing keyboards (and singing) in Frankie's band for the last year or so. (Apparently Drew is the singer here, but we'll see.) Beverly will play NYC before that at The LAB on February 7 with Down Wires, Sapphire Mansions and Our Future. Down Wires is a new band from Scott Rosenthal who currently plays keyboards in Class Actress but this is decidedly more indie rock. (Closer to his band The Gytters if you remember them.) You can stream a couple Down Wires songs below and more info on the show is here.
by Bill Pearis
Makers of winsome, jangly pop, Brighton, UK's Fear of Men have released a steady stream of collectible 7" singles since forming two years ago. Those hard-to-find tracks are being compiled for the band's first North American release, Early Fragments, which is out in February 13 on Kanine Records. The marbled vinyl edition is limited to 500 copies and can be pre-ordered now. You can stream a few tracks from it below.
The band are making their first trip across the Atlantic for SXSW and they'll play Festival NRMAL in Montery, Mexico beforehand. After SXSW, Fear of Men will stop in NYC on their way home, playing Pianos on March 20 with Field Mouse. Tickets for that show are on sale now. I would be surprised if they didn't add a second NYC show, but we'll see.
Videos, streams, and a list of all tour dates below...
by Bill Pearis
TPOBPAH @ Summerstage 7/7/2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
While The Pains of Being Pure at Heart didn't release an album this year, they have stayed busy touring on the heels of last year's terrific Belong. (They did put out a covers 7" in the UK though which is worth seeking out.) The band play a free hometown show this Friday (12/14) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Black Marble, Habibi and Heavens Gate. Doors are at 6 PM with bands starting at 8 PM, and it's all ages. Lines to get in Brooklyn Night Bazaar have been long, but move pretty quickly.
In other TPOBPAH news, singer/guitarist Kip Berman is one of the conspirators behind "Rough Smooch" a new indiepop party that has its debut this Sunday (12/16) at Williamsburg bar Legion. Wear your cutest anorak to this night that features performances by The Hairs, Kissing is a Crime and Grand Resort, plus Kip and WNYU's Maria Sherman on DJ duty. The party is free and starts at 9PM.
And lastly, the Pains were kind enough to send us a year-end music list. The whole band are music obsessives and couldn't whittle the list down to ten, so they sent a list of "some music we thought was cool in 2012." Kip adds, "I'm certain the other PAINS would put Kurt's Ice Choir record Afar on our list, but I think it would make him feel weird and, perhaps, seem nepotistic. But his record is really good, and however you feel about Pains, you should give it a listen." Ice Choir, by the way, play Cameo on December 22 with Cool Angels and Limited (info).
Check out the list below...