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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 official 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.
NADINE is an uncovering. A space that opens, suddenly, and the process that catches you. Kids biking down a suburban street in late afternoon. An ultra pink vest that infuses the wearer with a great and necessary confidence. A state of mind. Through a period of uncertainty and limbo, NADINE searches for steadier footing, walks on intuition, led by feeling. NADINE fills space with a tremendous warmth and softness, each song creating its own expansive dream-world awash in memories and secret keys to a puzzle so ungraspable it takes up a whole life.
NADINE is a collaborative project between Nadia Hulett (Phantom Posse), Carlos Hernandez, and Julian Fader (both of Ava Luna), recorded over two years in Gravesend Studios in Brooklyn, NY and Dripping Springs in Austin, TX. Polyphonic melodies swing and gambol, instrumental layers take generous flourishes and unexpected turns with an ear to the wondrous and occasionally weird, crafting jazz-tinged lounge-pop all held together by Hulett’s characteristic vocals, strong with a sincerity and gentleness that holds the listener. Let go of old ideas. Listen for tricks of the light. What does it feel like? oh my.
Appearing in various forms in the Philly DIY music scene since 2015, the post-punk trio Control Top is a tribute to persistence and evolving through doing. Amid periods of dormancy, stylistic forays and lineup changes, singer/bassist and founding member Ali Carter was determined to keep the project going after the release of the band's demo tape. In 2017, she recruited drummer Alex Licktenhour (HIRS, Get Better Records) and guitarist Al Creedon (Bleeding Rainbow, I IM EYE MY). Licktenhour was searching for a new project to get involved in, while Creedon was rediscovering electric guitar after years of playing noise and electronic music. Together, they forged a clear identity, blending diverse tastes to create music for a time beyond despair and naïveté. Their debut full-length--recorded, produced and mixed by Creedon--is underway and will be out later this year.
That’s the thing with post-punk. There’s so much a band can do under its umbrella. The Slits and Devo, Glenn Branca and Siouxsie and the Banshees--these artists are all wildly different yet found a home in a genre that resists definition. Control Top gets inspiration from these wide-ranging pioneers yet remains true to the post-punk ethos of anti-imitation and the drive to create a new remedy to modern ills. The urge to resist conformity is stronger than ever, and the need for urgent, relevant music is just as strong.
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