Entries tagged with: Rabbits

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By Doug Moore

Whores at Union Pool, 2012 (more by Markus Shaffer)
Whores

Fresh off the successful release of their second EP Clean and a sold-out show at Saint Vitus in November, Atlanta's Whores are already gearing up for 2014. On February 11, they'll participate in Brutal Panda's latest series of covers-driven split 7"s; their side features a sludgified version of The Cure's "Jumping Someone Else's Train." (The other side features Rabbits, who cover "Give It to Me" and "A Reflection" on their side.) Preorder the split here and stream the Whores cover below.

The band will also embark on a North American tour in March and April. Lo-Pan and Fight Amp will join them on certain dates (which are listed below). The tour will hit both SXSW and Spillover Fest in Texas; the Fight Amp leg will stop in NYC at Saint Vitus on March 28. Keep an eye out for tickets.

Check out the Whores/Cure cover tune, the cover art for the split 7" with Rabbits, and their full run of tour dates below.

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by Doug Moore

Rabbits
Rabbits

When we last heard from Portland's noise/sludge slingers Rabbits, they had recently released a split 7" with Arabrot, who have since gone on to release both an LP and an EP.

Keeping pace with Arabrot's release schedule is a fool's errand, but Rabbits have done a bit to catch up with SOS (Singles, Other Shit), an odds-and-ends compilation that pairs six unreleased originals with a block of eight '80s-era hardcore punk covers. One of those originals, "No (More) Depth," now has a music video, which we're streaming below.

The tune itself is over almost before it begins -- it's a minute-long spurt of flutter-strummed chords and spasmodic rhythms, but its lyrics are the selling point for me. Not many songs reference both the seventy-year-old folk standard "Sixteen Tons" and the Ramones in barely a breath: "What do you get when you beat on the brat? / Another day older and deeper in debt".

SOS is out now on Eolian Empire via download and cassette. Rabbits have some more releases in the works, too: a(nother) covers-oriented 7" split with an as-yet-unnamed East Coast band, and a 12" EP that should be out some time early next year. They're also gradually uploading archival live recordings to their Bandcamp, one show at a time.

Stream the video and some of the live material below...

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by Doug Moore

Yikes

Norwegian noise rockers Arabrot already released a self-titled 2013 LP and a split with Rabbits this year, and they've got one more release slated for 2013: an EP titled Murder as Art, which mostly consists of a single song called "The Story of Lot." (And also HOLY CRAP THAT COVER ART.) Arabrot no longer has a fixed lineup, and "The Story of Lot" is radically different from their other releases this year. We premiered the lengthy tune over at Invisible Oranges, and said:

While Ă…rabrot are best known as a Melvins-style heavy rock act, this tune has no metal influences to speak of. Instead, Nernes spins the famous tale of alcohol-fueled Biblical incest over a motorik beat, a bassline that Al Cisneros might've written within the last few years, and a slow-growing mass of analog noise. This goes on for some 15 minutes, but time is fungible when you're under its spell.
Murder As Art comes out in the States via Red Eye on November 26. Stream it below, along with their side of the Rabbits split for comparison's sake.

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by BBG

The VSS

"The VSS began in Boulder, Colorado in January 1995 and ended unceremoniously in July 1997. In that time the band relocated to San Francisco, toured the U.S. twice and Europe/UK once, released a series of 7-inch EPs and issued Nervous Circuits, its only full length album. It was recorded and mixed over the course of one week of sessions (usually lasting upwards of 16-hours per day) in October 1996 at the same Denver studio in which The VSS recorded its debut EP... To this day, The VSS is commonly known for two things, 1) its inventive use of horror-film keyboards, angular guitar, unusual rhythmic shifts and vocal effects in creating a dark, jarring sound that merged punk, goth, psychedelia and experimental rock, and 2) its "crazy" light show, an unprecedented notion for the underground basement show set."
The VSS have announced their intention to play a batch of reunion shows in celebration of the release of Nervous Circuits on vinyl and a forthcoming compilation LP that collects their previous 7" material. So far no word on dates, cities, etc, but we'll keep you informed.

Nervous Circuits was originally released on Honey Bear Records in 1997 and subsequently reissued via Hydra Head in 2008. Members of The VSS went on to join bands like Pleasure Forever, Red Sparowes, and Rabbits.

Check out some video of The VSS in action, along with a stream of some tracks from Nervous Circuits below.

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MFNW

Here is the initial lineup for Willamette Week's MusicfestNW, scheduled for Sept. 7-11, 2011 in Portland, Oregon, and it's pretty great. The multi-venue fest includes big outdoor performances by Band of Horses (Sunday, Sept. 11), Explosions in the Sky (Saturday, Sept. 10), and Iron & Wine (Friday, Sept. 9), in addition to shows with everyone from Archers of Loaf to Big Freedia to Butthole Surfers to Neurosis. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3rd. Check out the full list below...

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