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Remember Sports (Record Release Show!)
It took almost two years for all of the pieces to come together for Remember Sports’ (fka SPORTS) third album Slow Buzz. In the time that has elapsed, Carmen Perry, Jack Washburn and Catherine Dwyer have moved from the tiny midwestern college town of Gambier, Ohio, to Philadelphia, adding new drummer Connor Perry along the way. Slow Buzz is the latest evolution of a band known for its dedication to friendship and ability to carve out revelatory scuzz fueled basement tunes that make you want to dance.
Slow Buzz is a piece of music that centers around a break up and comes at a crossroads for the band. The record is the first offici...al release under Remember Sports, a moniker that functions as both a question and a command. Slow Buzz details all of the deeply personal emotions Carmen experiences at the painful end of a good relationship. Carmen’s writing is diartistic and intimate; hearing this record is a strange amalgam of both melancholy and joy. Brazen and energetic as ever, Slow Buzz is a record that is a paradox. It celebrates both jamming with your friends in the same heartbeat that it does trying to move on from something painful and personal.
Recorded in Valatie, NY by Evan M. Marré (Russel The Leaf), Slow Buzz is the band’s first release as a solidified group, and fittingly their first record on which they had the luxury to experiment and expand upon their live sound. The result is a record that is expertly layered in its sonics: Slow Buzz focuses intently on all of the nuances of arranging and production that Remember Sports has fine tuned over five years of playing together. Slow Buzz is Remember Sports’ most ambitious record to date. Come for the high energy dynamism, stay to have your heart broken.
Slow Buzz is out May 18, 2018 on Father/Daughter Records.
Shamir is Shamir and remains Shamir through and through, no matter what the universe puts him through. You may know the singularly named artist (like Madonna or Cher) from his 2015 debut hit record Rachet, beloved by NPR listeners and club kids alike. After quickly rising to underground fame with his Northtown EP in 2014, the DIY popstar made a sonic splash with Rachet’s lead single “On The Regular,” a poppy banger and commercial success. But how to follow all that up? Shamir, who came from the dusty dunes of Las Vegas, to Brooklyn’s Silent Barn, to the Philly indie scene (and all over the world inbetween), wanted to go back to what had inspired him from the beginning. Outsider music, country & punk. Raw & vulnerable tunes, stripped down to their emotional core. And what do you do if XL drops you? If you’re Shamir, you put out an album you recorded yourself all in one weekend, whilst questioning the decision to quit music. The record was called Hope and Shamir self-released it via SoundCloud during the spring of 2017, with no promotion or label support. Regardless & naturally, it was a critical hit.
Now, happily joining San Francisco based indie label Father/Daughter Records, Shamir is excited to share his upcoming new album, titled Revelations, out November 3, 2017. Recorded May 2017 in his hometown following the release of Hope, Revelations is full of what the titled implies. The new album is stacked with stunning exhalations of emotion, as Shamir continues making music for misfits and those of us who feel so emo sometimes that we get annoyed at how we’re a cliché, but see the beauty in it anyway. Revelations is much more minimal in instrumentation & production compared to Rachet, but is even more full in sound and feeling. In some other timeline, there’s an unknown John Hughes film entirely set to Revelations. It’s the warmth in this apocalyptic neon and pastel future we find ourselves in. It’s the breath we take when we look up from our phones. They’re Shamir’s Revelations, and you should listen up.
Friendship is a Philadelphia-based band currently comprised of Dan Wriggins, Peter Gill, Mike Cormier, Evangeline Krajewski, and Jon Samuels.
Gill, Cormier, and Wriggins, all originally from Maine, began performing as Friendship in 2015, when they shared an apartment in Philadelphia. They released an LP, You’re Going to Have to Trust Me, on Burst and Bloom Records in late 2015, and an EP, F/V Hope in 2017 with Philadelphia’s Sleeper Records.
Friendship's new album, Shock Out of Season, will come out November 3, 2017 on Orindal Records. It is a collection of songs about work, friends, love, and loneliness, lifted by synthesizer, pedal steel, and Rhodes piano, and set against a combination of live and programmed drums.
Wriggins’ lyrics reflect conversation, humor, and calamity. They stress his characters’ unmediated involvement in each other’s lives, which transcends and is frustrated by their failed communications. These tensions are expanded by the band’s twisted articulation of Americana — waves of ambient pedal steel, droning synthesizers and drum machines, vibraphone, electric piano, and percussion surge and fall alongside minimal guitar and bass patterns.
The musical project of Connor «thanks for the ride» Benincasa & friends. We've shared bills with bands such as Deerhoof, Marnie Stern, Jonny Aries (of The Drums) and many, many others.
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