Entries tagged with: Nu Sensae
by Andrew Sacher
If you aren't familiar with Eating Out, there's a good chance you might be familiar with the people in the band, which includes members of Nu Sensae, White Lung, and Peace (the Vancouver band, not the UK band). The band is fronted by Nu Sensae drummer Daniel Pitout, and features Nu Sensae's Brody McKnight on guitar, White Lung singer Mish Way on bass, and Peace's Geoff Dembicki on drums.
I first saw Daniel sing when Nu Sensae opened for EMA in Brooklyn in 2012, and he came out during EMA's encore to sing a few covers with her, including one of Hole's "Miss World." That especially awesome cover sheds some light on the kind of stuff Daniel is making in Eating Out, which is much different from the gripping noise punk of Nu Sensae. The band (who are from Vancouver), tag themselves on Soundcloud as "Seattle" and "Grunge," and the video for their song "Burn" is such a '90s movie that it belongs as a bonus video on a double feature VHS of Can't Hardly Wait and Empire Records (P.S. if the right people are reading this, please make that happen).
"Burn" first appeared on a 2011 EP on Burger Records, and now they've signed to Suicide Squeeze (also home to Nu Sensae and Peace), who will release the Burn 7" on December 3. The 7" features that song, plus two other tracks, including "Come Around," which just surfaced online and can be streamed, along with the "Burn" video and tracklist, below. That's the 7" artwork above.
No shows currently scheduled for Eating Out, but as discussed, White Lung will be in NYC for a NYU show on December 5 with Ceremony, Perfect Pussy, and Sleepies. That show is free for students and $5 day of the show for the general public.
Eating Out stream and video below...
by Andrew Sacher
Destruction Unit @ Shea Stadium - 6//16/13 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
I wrapped up my weekend/music portion of the Northside Festival at Shea Stadium last night (6/16) for the Impose/My Social List show which featured a killer lineup all around. The show kicked off with a set from Western Mass noise rockers Psychic Blood. The crowd was still pretty small during their opening set, and they seemed like they'd be a lot more fun to see in a more crowded room, but still powered through a set of sludge, guitar noise, and a nice little Who/Nirvana-style freakout at the end, knocking over their drum kit and mic stands.
They were followed by Brooklyn post-hardcore four piece Big Ups, who really started getting the show going pretty wild. These guys play locally a lot, but I'd somehow never managed to catch them until last night and man did they win me over. They not only sound but look totally '90s on stage (that singer's half-bleached hair!), and they do the whole post-hardcore thing from that era really well, sounding like some lost Dischord/SST band. The singer is smart aleck-y, angry, and in-your-face while spending more of his time in the crowd than on stage, and the band rock too. They'll switch from real dissonant riffage to classic hardcore whiplash, and find time for the somber moments too. They mentioned on stage that a full length is coming. Be on the lookout for that.
Then came psych punks Destruction Unit, whose tour with Merchandise and Milk Music had hit 285 Kent a night earlier (6/15), to up the volume in the room by about 80%. I first caught the triple-guitar noisemakers on a bridge at SXSW and they were the kind of band that blew you away even if you weren't too familiar with their songs. Last night was no different. Being that they were on a real stage (and not insanely overcrowded with an audience coming from all angles), it started off a bit less manic, but the freakouts soon came. The singer was falling over his stage monitor a few songs in as the other two guitarists were zoned out and wailing away, and the bassist and drummer just kept a tight, menacing groove throughout the entire thing. They really pile on walls of guitars, and they've got a Sonic Youth-y way of all being individually interesting but mainly contributing to the greater good of the whole noise. These guys have a new record, Deep Trip, due out on August 20 via Sacred Bones (following a new single on Suicide Squeeze) and that can't come soon enough.
Finally, the show concluded with a set from Vancouver noise punks Nu Sensae, who may not have had the volume of the band prior, but they were easily the most consistently fast band on the bill. Drummer Daniel Pitout seriously pounds away at that kit as guitarist Brody McKnight and bassist/vocalist Andrea Lukic come together to create a blend of melody and noisy dissonance (in a very Sonic Youth way) as Andrea switches between piercing screams and a psychedelic, hushed moan. They came to NYC for the show after playing NXNE in their home country, which you can check out pictures of.
Check out a few more instagrams from the show below...
photos by David Andrako
Dan Deacon / Merchandise @ Horshoe Tavern, Toronto 6/13/2013
While many of us are running around Williamsburg and Greenpoint for the Northside Festival and others are in Tennessee for Bonnaroo, David Andrako is up in Toronto for the annual NXNE festival. Much like NYC, it was a rainy night in The Queen City Last night (6/13) and he stayed put at Horseshoe Tavern for the extra-solid bill of Nu Sensae, Dan Deacon, Merchandise, DIANA and Moon King. Pictures from Horseshoe Tavern in this post.
Merchandise and Nu Sensae are heading this way for Northside. Merchandise play 285 Kent on Saturday (6/15) with Milk Music and Destruction Union which is sold out but you can try to get in with your Northside badge. Nu Sensae, meanwhile, also play with Destruction Unit, and Big Ups and Psychic Blood at Shea Stadium on Sunday (6/16). Advance tickets are still available or use the old Northside badge.
More pictures from NXNE day 1 below...
Destruction Unit at Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Southwestern psychedelic punk favorites and live juggernaut Destruction Unit have released the video for "Sonic Pearl" from the band's Two Strong Hits 7-inch out via Suicide Squeeze. Check that out below. The release is not the only new tracks that the band will add to their repertoire in the near future, as DU will also welcome the forthcoming LP, Deep Trip, which is due on Sacred Bones on August 20. Check out the art for Deep Trip below.
As mentioned, Destruction Unit will play NXNE as well as NYC twice this weekend, at a sold-out 285 Kent on Saturday (6/15) with Milk Music and Merchandise, and Sunday (6/16) at Shea Stadium with Nu Sensae (tickets). Both NYC shows are part of Northside Festival. Highly recommended.
That video and remaining dates are below.
The great Destruction Unit will batter us yet again with new material, most imminently a 7" due on Suicide Squeeze. Featuring two new tracks of psychedelic punk, you can stream half of the Two Strong Hits 7" in the form of "Sonic Pearl" below. In ADDITION, look for the band to release an LP via their new label home Sacred Bones on August 20. Details are sketchy thus far beyond that.
Updated dates are listed, along with that stream. below.
by Andrew Sacher
Nu Sensae at SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Vancouver noise punks Nu Sensae, who are still touring behind last year's bruising Sundowning, will be coming to NYC for this year's Northside Festival, and one of their shows has just been announced. They'll play an Impose/My Social List party on June 16 at Shea Stadium with a killer lineup of psych punks Destruction Unit, local post-hardcore band Big Ups (who have a ton of other shows) and Western Mass sludge-psych rockers Psychic Blood (who have toured with Nu Sensae before). Tickets for that show go on sale May 16 at noon. You can also try to get in with your Northside Badge.
That show is the second Northside show that Destruction Unit has announced so far. It happens one day after their tour with Merchandise and Milk Music hits 285 Kent (6/15). Tickets for that show are still available. Destruction Unit released their impressive new LP, Void, earlier this year, but as I said when I saw them at SXSW, you really have to see it live.
All Nu Sensae and Destruction Unit dates are listed, along with videos/song streams from all four bands, below...
As mentioned, White Fence's new album, Cyclops Reap, is out this week on John Dwyer's Castle Face label. Tim Presley doesn't seem to be running out of songs and this is another quality batch of paisley-scented psychedelia. You can stream "To The Boy I Jumped In The Hemlock Alley" below and hear the whole record over at Pitchfork.
White Fence will be in Brooklyn for the Northside Festival in June, playing two shows: the Panache showcase at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13 and then a late show at Knitting Factory on June 14. Tickets to the Knitting Factory show are on sale now; no word on Brooklyn Bowl tickets just yet.
The whole Panache showcase line-up is still forthcoming but we do know its being headlined by Mac DeMarco and we have updated dates for him below as well.
These are just a couple of the additions to the 2013 Northside line-up that includes that free Walkmen show in McCarren Park. Other new additions, Kylesa, Torche, Sonny & the Sunsets, Nü Sensae, Kisses, The Luyas and more. Northside line-up as it stands now is below.
As mentioned, Still Corners' new album, Strange Pleasures, is out next month (5/4) on Sub Pop. Reduced to a duo of core members Greg Hughes and Tessa Murray, the band embrace synthesizers which gives their sound an Air-y feel. The band are playing Toronto's NXNE Festival in June and will stop in NYC on their way there, playing Glasslands on June 12. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (4/5) at noon.
Still Corners are one of many new additions to 2013 of NXNE which happens at various Toronto venues from June 10 - 16. All Still Corners dates are listed, along with the updated NXNE lineup, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Andrew Sacher
White Lung / Nu Sensae @ Holy Mountain, 3/13/2013
The Enabler/Don Giovanni/Suicide Squeeze/Sacred Bones SXSW showcase went down at Holy Mountain last night (3/13) in Austin with a bunch of great bands like White Lung, Waxahatchee, Nu Sensae, California X, and more.
I'm a fan of California X's self-titled album, which came out recently on Don Giovanni, but much like Torres did earlier that day, these guys really blew me away live on a level I didn't get from the record. They tend to get grouped into the "bands that sound like Dinosaur Jr." category, but after seeing them for my first time last night, I really think they come off as force of their own. They rock out, swing their long hair around, and deliver a solid mix of riffage, punchy tunes, and sludge-drenched heaviness, that only sounds hinted-at on their album. Someone get these guys in the studio with Steve Albini.
Easily one of the most anticipated artists at this year's SXSW is Waxahatchee, whose new album, Cerulean Salt, just hit shelves and is driving a lot of people wild. And her live show lives up too. She played full band and stuck to the more rock-oriented songs and rock versions of softer tunes, and at least in the front of the room, the crowd was completely zoned in. "I loved Waxahatchee!" I excitedly said to someone at the show. "Yeah, everyone does," was her response. It's true.
The show ended with two Vancouver punk bands (who also happen to be good friends), Nu Sensae and White Lung. Nu Sensae played a pretty short set on the backyard stage and their great mix of noise rock, punk, and no wave was spot on last night. Then White Lung took the stage indoors and really tore things up. Singer Mish Way is a powerhouse on stage and her band are no slackers either (watching that guitarist shred is about as intense as Mish's shouts). The crowd was super into them too, starting mini moshpits and fist-raised shoutalongs, especially during tracks like "Thick Lip" and "Glue."
You can catch White Lung at our free SXSW day party on Saturday (3/16) at 3:45 PM on The Jr. stage.
by Bill Pearis
Eternal Summers at BVCMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers and Philly's Bleeding Rainbow are old pals, having released a split 7" back in both bands' early days and have toured together more than once. So it's probably no surprise that they put each other's new records on their respective 2012 Top 10 LP lists. As noted in A Place to Bury Strangers' list, the Bleeding Rainbow album, Yeah Right, doesn't actually come out till 2013 (though originally scheduled for October '12) but they've been selling it at their merch table for a month or so. You can check out a recently released single, "Waking Dream," from it below.
You can pick up a copy of Yeah Right, probably, when Bleeding Rainbow and Eternal Summers play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday (12/15) with Black Dice. The show is free and open to the public. The setup at Night Bazaar is different than last year, with vendors in both of the giant rooms, one with live music, crafts and food, the other with crafts, ping pong tables and more.
Eternal Summers' Correct Behavior is one of my favorite albums of the year and you should definitely check it out if you haven't yet. (It's on Spotify.) Eternal Summers will also open for Nada Surf at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (12/14) and tickets are still available for that show.
Eternal Summers and Bleeding Rainbow Top 10 lists are below along with the Bleeding Rainbow song stream.
Screaming Females at La Zona Rosa, 10/10/2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Our pals at Mercy, who are sponsoring the BrooklynVegan CMJ parties this year, are giving away two CMJ badges, exclusive access to CMJ shows, a week's worth of Mercy hangover prevention beverage and a chance to be Mercy's CMJ Reporter. To enter, visit their Facebook.
Off!, who are heading out on tour with the Spits soon, have a new video for "Wrong" featuring Jack Black. Check out the clip below... sweet Sonny Chiba reference in there guys.
UPDATE: Did you watch the debate tonight? Marlarkey!
Listen to Jarvis Cocker rate new records by Adele, Flying Lotus and more on BBC 6Music's "Roundtable" which is live from the man's hometown of Sheffield, England.
Coliseum (with new bassist) have entered the studio with J. Robbins to begin tracking. They are keeping detailed reports of their progress on Facebook.
Swedes Peter Bjorn and John wrote a song, "I Wish I Was a Spy," for Yo Gabba Gabba! that you can check out over at NPR. It's on the new volume of the Music Is Awesome! series which also features tracks from Metric, Belle & Sebastian, CSS, Cut Copy, The Roots, The Bird And The Bee and more.
Lots more stuff below...
Nu Sensae at Tommy's Tavern 8/21/2012
Vancouver's Nu Sensae completed a pair of NYC shows with a vicous punk showing at Tommy's Tavern last night (8/21), joining tourmates Psychic Blood with Acid Problem and Now People (with Mikey Erg). The show, which erupted into a moshpit during Nu Sensae's set, was part of a round of dates in promotion of the band's new Sundowning LP, out now via Suicide Squeeze.
More pics from Tommy's Tavern are below.
If Nu Sensae is the offspring of bands like Hole or L7, then consider them to be the mohawked and neglected step-child. The Canadian crew's Sundowning is punk rock through and through, as exhibited by the new song "Spit Gifting," the stream of which we're premiering below, where you can also stream the previously-released "Swim."
Look for Sundowning via Suicide Squeeze Records on August 7th. Preorders are currently available, or... you can try and win one! We have one preorder package with LP, shirt and more for giveaway! Details are at the bottom of this post.
Nu Sensae's tour schedule has expanded since we last talked, including two shows Death By Audio on 8/20 and Tommy's Tavern on 8/21, both with Psychic Blood. Check out all streams, videos, contest details and updated tour dates below.
DOWNLOAD: Nu Sensae - "Swim" (MP3)
Vancouver three-piece Nü Sensae has cultivated a style of punk that gives a tip of the hat to L7, pre-makeover Hole, and hardcore all in one angst-ridden, furious pass. The band is preparing its new LP Sundowning for release on August 7th via Suicide Squeeze Records, and have shared the first track "Swim" in both video and MP3 form. Check out the MP3 above and the video below.
Nu Sensae will tour in the days leading up to and after the release of Sundowning, swinging through NYC for a stop at Death by Audio on August 20th. The show will also feature Psychic Blood, one of a string of shows the two bands will play together.
All tour dates are listed below, along with the "Swim" video and a few other Nu Sensae clips.
Total Control at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Total Control's Henge Beat was a favorite around these parts, and now the band recently released a split 12" with Thee Oh Sees. Check out a video for Total Control's "For Lease" from that split below and order your copy via Castle Face.
Total Control currently have no US dates scheduled. Thee Oh Sees, on the other hand, will spend their summer abroad and have a handful of appearances in the US. The band, who recently played Austin Psych Fest, will play a gang of festival dates including the previously discussed Pitchfork, Outside Lands, Hopscotch, ATP I'll Be Your Mirror and the sold-out Woodsist Festival in Big Sur.
In addition, the band just signed on to be a part of the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle WA, joining names like Neko Case, Major Lazer, Fitz And The Tantrums, Phantogram, The Lumineers, Grimes, Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz, Youth Lagoon, Diplo, Cloud Nothings, The Psychic Paramount, Twin Shadow, Dam-Funk and so many more across six-stages and as many city blocks during three days in July (7/20-7/22). Current lineup is below and tickets are on sale.
All tour dates, the Capitol Hill Block Party lineup and that "For Lease" video is below.
by Andrew Sacher
EMA @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (pic by degi14)
"Okay, who wants this song dedicated to them?" asked Erika M. Anderson (aka EMA) at her MHOW show this past Friday (3/16) before going into the dark, intimate "Marked." When she got to the song's refrain ("I wish that every time he touched me left a mark"), you couldn't help but wonder if any audience members were secretly taking back their cheers of "ME!" from about a minute earlier. But that mood shift is exactly the kind of vibe that was in place throughout EMA's entire show. She would constantly switch back and forth between playful stage banter and dance moves to the no-bullshit rawness and sincerity of her songs and lyrics.
But before EMA took control of the venue, the crowd was greeted by an opening act, her tourmates, Vancouver's Nu Sensae. I'd never heard the Vancouver trio before Friday night, but was pretty impressed by their punky noise rock, all of which was delivered in 2-3 minute blasts. Vocalist Andrea Lukic rotated between breathy Kim Gordon-esque vocals and a piercing scream, while Daniel Pitout beat the hell out of his drums and guitarist Brody McKnight built a shoegazey wall of sound.
Up next were Brooklyn's Talk Normal, who I last saw when they opened for Sonic Youth at Prospect Park in 2010. It goes without saying that MHOW is a better venue for them and that they've only gotten better/have played tons of shows in the last two years, but regardless, I was far more impressed by them on Friday than I had ever been before. Like Nu Sensae and EMA, they're well versed in noise rock, but with a much heavier emphasis on no wave. Their stage setup was lit only by two red light bulbs, which made for a great gloomy setting to their spacious sound. And though no wave is the band's obvious reference point, it's tough to simply leave it at that, as their vocal interplay and dynamic shifts stretched beyond the confines of the genre.
After Talk Normal had exited the stage and it was set up for EMA, all of the band members except Erika stood before MHOW's crowd, lit only by dim, hanging lanterns that the band had brought with them. Electric violinist Leif Shackelford then began the eerie violin drone of "Stand and Encounter," the last song released by Erika's former band, Gowns, directly before their break up. Eventually Erika walked on stage to huge applause from the crowd, and taking solely to the mic, began delivering the song's stream-of-consciousness lyrics. This was followed by the EMA b-side, "Angelo," an upbeat cut for which she sounded more than a little like Karen O.
Erika picked her guitar up after the first two songs for the first Past Life Martyred Saints (which she played all of) track of the night, "Anteroom." Past Life Martyred Saints had always struck me as somewhat of a folk album, if not a noisy, perhaps more anti-folk version of one, but in the live setting I lost all notions of that and saw the band harnessing the spirit of crunchy '90s alt rock. When they played "Butterfly Knife," which barely has drums on the album version, I actually saw audience members headbanging to the revved up version of the song. And even more so than they were when the band played their cover of Danzig's "Soul on Fire" during the encore.
The highlight of the night came during the 7+ minute "Grey Ship," for which the venue's disco ball was turned on, making the song's slow first half feel like the song a '90s high school prom movie band plays after most people have left. At the song's halfway point, the band got increasingly heavier and more locked in, bringing in sludgy guitar, electric violin riffs, elaborate drumming, and eventually the band's synced up drum/guitar punches that were met with tons of applause from the crowd. EMA came close to reaching that same level of intensity during the last song of their pre-encore set, "California." She moved around on stage with as much of a don't-give-a-fuck attitude as she's got in the lyrics, punching out one of those lanterns with her mic and ending the song in the same frozen pose she makes on her album cover.
During the encore, Erika brought out Daniel from Nu Sensae to play seemingly impromptu cover songs. She said, "This is for YOU, not the blogs, don't tell anyone about this!" so in respects to that, I'll stop here. But maybe the songs they covered are listed as part of the setlist below...
More pictures, video and setlist from the show below...