Entries tagged with: The Moles
by Bill Pearis
The Moles back in the day...
Richard Davies, who played shows as Cardinal a few years ago, is reaching back further into his past, reviving The Moles, the Australian band he fronted in the early-'90s. The group is getting a Brooklyn makeover for 2014, using fellow Aussie expats Free Time as his backing band, and working with Woods' Jarvis Taveniere on a new album to be released via Fire Records later this year. In the meantime a single, "Beauty Queen Of Watts / Chills," will be out June 23, marking the first new Moles songs in 21 years. The a-side is an ode to Davies days in Sydney:
Sydney is beautiful but is also the place that people were sentenced to from the British Isles. So, a very romantic, sad, but resilient, hopeful song, like a convict would write."Beauty Queen Of Watts" definitely has that jangle one associates with The Moles. Welcome back. You can stream it below. The band have some UK dates this summer, including Glastonbury 2014. Nothing for the US yet, but they all currently live in America, so hopefully soon. All dates are listed below.
Fire recently reissued The Moles' entire back catalogue as a set titled Flashbacks and Dream Sequences: The Story of The Moles which you can stream via Spotify. Some of their early songs -- "Europe by Car," "Bury Me Happy," "This Happy Garden" -- are just terrific.
One wonders if the new Moles single's b-side, "Chills," isn't a nod to the legendary New Zealand group The Chills who were clearly an influence on The Moles and who also are now recording new material for Fire. The Chills' "Molten Gold" is out July 29 and its b-side is a new recording of what is arguably their most famous song, "Pink Frost." Martin Phillips give the track a new intro but otherwise doesn't mess with perfection too much. Superflous, but not bad. Stream the new "Pink Frost" and the original below...
Veronica Falls' new album, Waiting for Something to Happen, is out February 12 and the band have just shared the new single from it. You can stream "Buried Alive," which they've been playing live for a while now, below.
In addition to the new album, the band are releasing a covers EP featuring their versions of songs by Homeblitz, Bob Dylan, The Rats, The Moles, The La's and Ween. That's the cover art above. It's limited to 300 vinyl copies and is only available through Rough Trade.
Song stream below...
DOWNLOAD: The Purrs - Stay With Me (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pete & the Pirates - Jennifer (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Let's Wrestle - Tanks (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Surf City - Records of a Flagpole Skater (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Surf City - Kudos (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: A Classic Education - We Can Always Run to Hawaii (MP3)
A Classic Education
Again today (10/21) I suggest you just stay on the Lower East Side for your free day party action. At Cake Shop is the Terrorbird Digital party with the mod-ish Black Hollies, dark and dreamy Zaza, Nashville's fun Turbofruits, LA all-girl trio Warpaint, Montreal's Silver Starling and San Francisco's Tempo No Tempo. Plus: free cupcakes while they last.
Up the street at Pianos is the Force Field PR party which has Real Estate, Kentucky's These United States, CMJ overachievers Surfer Blood (who were good yesterday at Cake Shop), San Francisco's good time party pals Still Flyin', noisy locals Grooms (who were also good at Cake Shop yesterday), Sub Pop band Holopaw, UK act Stricken City and L.A.'s Seven Saturdays.
And you might even wander down to Santos Party House for the Hype Machine/Babelgum party that has a nice lineup of dance acts: Australia's Midnight Juggernauts, retrofuturist VEGA, Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells, smooth and soulful sounds of Theophilus London, and
Norway's Alan Wilkis who puts his own spin on early '80s new wave funk. This one starts a bit later than the other day parties, at a civilized 3PM.
If you're in Williamsburg this afternoon (maybe to pick up your Vice Late Nights info at American Apparel) you might want to swing by Bruar Falls where they'll be a low key day show featuring Bologna, Italy's A Classic Education (who will also be playing the Brooklyn Vegan day party tomorrow [10/21] at Pianos). They were one of my favorites from SXSW. Also on the Bruar bill are three Brooklyn bands: My Teenage Stride, Knight School and Palomar. 2 - 6PM. Free!
Personally, this is my most conflicted night with at least three shows in completely different places that I feel I could stay at the whole night. If you're downtown at the day parties, you might want to head over to the M for Montreal showcase which starts with a 5PM performance from Parlovr. I was talking to a friend yesterday who was raving about their recent Pop Montreal performance and said they might be the next MTL band to break out. The rest of the M4M bill is solid, including Think About Life who were just fantastic last night at the official BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Also dont' miss BEASTand Duchess Says, the latter of whom will also play our free day party Thursday at Pianos.
Then there's also the great show at The Bell House with personal faves Pete & the Pirates and excellent New Zealanders Surf City -- both of whom are also playing the free BrooklynVegan/Bowery Presents day party on Saturday at Pianos. Also on the bill are Pete & the Pirates' Stolen Recordings labelmates Let's Wrestle, as well as North Carolina's The Love Language, the latter of whom will be playing our Friday night loft party. The Bell House show is $14 without a CMJ badge.
There's also a great lineup of bands at Santos tonight on two floors, including Cymbals Eat Guitars and DEASTRO (who both play our Saturday party), Free Energy, Real Estate, and Beach Fossils, plus a couple awesome bands from Norway: Ungdomskullen and I Was a King. It's $15 if you don't have a badge.
And I'd like to highlight a couple artists who play their only CMJ shows tonight, at the same timeslot (9pm) in different Bleeker Street venues. (I know.) At Kenny's Castaways is Richard Davies who fronted the great Australian band The Moles in the late '80s/early '90s, and then moved to the U.S. where he formed chamber pop duo Cardinal with Eric Matthews, and their sole 1994 album remains one of the best things Sub Pop has ever released. After Cardinal, he put out three very good solo albums (1998's Telegraph is pretty great, actually), and then in 2000 or so, he decided to go to law school and has had his own practice since. But he's started playing again recently and, according to this interview, he and Matthews have restarted Cardinal, which is kind of exciting. But tonight here he'll play as a trio with a new band. Glad to have him back.
And down the street at Wicked Willy's are The Purrs who hail from Seattle and have just released their very good second album Amused, Confused and More Bad News. Mix a little '80s Paisley Underground with '90s Britpop and you're in the ballpark of their sound. You can download their song "Stay Here With Me" at the top of this post. 9PM at Wicked Willy's (149 Bleeker).
What else is good today? Hip Hop recommendations HERE. Flyers and day party set times, and all Classic Education dates, below.