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Equinox – Goodbye (3 February 2017)

British spoken word artist Equinox releases dark ambient single with Dementio13 

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British spoken word artist Equinox will be releasing ‘Goodbye’, a new dark ambient single with freaky electronic crafter Dementio13, who is renowned for his ambient, drum n bass and krautrock influenced work. This collaborative single is sure to please fans of Neu!, Anne Clark, Delia Derbyshire, Coil, John Cooper-Clarke and Throbbing Gristle. 
Equinox explains: “It’s about true love. One that you feel will never fade. One that will last for all time. Your lover is your best friend and will never leave your side. Then, the dark side of my poetry appears – the depression that has followed me all my adult life. All alone after the split. All is lost. Life descends into darkness. All is lost.”
When William Blake penned his often recited poem ‘Jerusalem’ about the North West of England (more specifically East Lancashire), he could almost have been unwittingly setting the scene for the work of Equinox.  Those ‘dark Satanic mills’ are practically a metaphor for the depression that is prevalent within the poetry and the ‘mental fight’ that has virtually become a daily battle.
The poetry of Equinox takes no prisoners, with subject matter ranging from male suicide to prostitution, but with equal amounts of undying love and devotion. But Equinox isn’t just about poems, but instead stands to break down some misconceptions about the spoken word genre. This artist is already working on his debut album ‘It’s Hard To Be Happy When Your Head Is Full of Sin’, which is planned for release in late spring 2017 and will involve numerous key musical influencers he’s met over the last few years.
Dementio13 is a Cardiff-based producer, who makes music which has been variously described as ‘ambient acide’, ‘electronic post-rock’ and cinematic with Krautrock-influenced drones.
“I received the vocal lines from Equinox and figured that, through repetition, the words would grow in weight as the song went on,” explains Dementio13 (real name Paul). “Then it was a case of building a track that gradually grows with it. Something sombre and evocative that reflected the feeling of regret in the poem.”
Earlier, Equinox collaborated with Welsh outfit Radio Europa on ‘Josephine’ (from their ‘tYDbXx’ album), which led to several guest appearances at their shows. He co-wrote and performed ‘Scream’ with yet another Welsh D.I.Y. lo-fi artist, named Pulco. This same track also features on the recent #MoreInCommon compilation to raise awareness for the ‘Hope Not Hate’ campaign, along with contributions by Chris & Cosey, deux furieuses, The Membranes, Ani Glas, Conformist, and separate tracks from Pulco and Radio Europa. Triggered to action by the senseless death of Jo Cox MP during the EU Referendum campaign, this compilation goes to show that, however diverse artists may be, they all share a common goal of peace and tolerance.
LYRICS
So, is this goodbye to a friend?
A friendship we thought would not end.
Is this the start of where we drift apart?
Into loneliness now we descend.
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Posted by on January 12, 2017 in Alternative

 

Joel Gion – Tomorrow (27 January 2017)

Joel Gion (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) Releases ‘Tomorrow’ Single

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Joel Gion is releasing his new singleTomorrowand it is the psych rock tune we all need to welcome 2017 Perhaps best known for his long and strange career as the legendary ‘Tambourine Man’ with The Brian Jonestown Massacre, in recent years, this percussionist has also emerged as a singer-songwriter in his own right. He has released various singles, as well as the well-received full length album Apple Bonkers.

‘Tomorrow’ is being released ahead of Gion’s forthcoming sophomore album, which should be released in early spring 2017. A reflection on the much maligned year that was 2016, this is an exclusive, non-album track available as a digital single on iTunes and various streaming platforms.

“I wrote and recorded it earlier this year while the Democratic party campaigns were the big topic… So the tune does some BS-calling out of the rising classism in the USA and at the same time sending a message out to not let things get you down too hard – but then nobody in the free-thinking world have ever dreamed things would wind up going this far south in the end,” says Joel Gion. “Still, having said that, this is the only life you have, so you have to enjoy it no matter how stupid things get, ‘cause we always have each other and you always have yourself.”

The upcoming album was recorded in separate phases between legs of the 2016 Brian Jonestown Massacre world tour. The sessions involved fellow BJM members Collin Hegna, Dan Allaire, Ryan Van Kriedt, and Robert Campanella, as well as other various friends from around the modern psych and indie scene.

Joel Gion explains: “I’m just about done with a new record, so that’s next; also working on a book, and there is always Brian Jonestown Massacre tours, which are so much fun these days. We have a such a blast out there and the people coming to the shows are just so cool on the whole. I’ve got most of the BJM boys on my record as well, along with some other groovy friends from the music scene.”

This time around, Gion has added in soul jazz, tropicalia, and Italio soundtrack sonics to the album’s mix, making for a deeper dive into a world that sounds all his own. Until then, we have ‘Tomorrow’, tipping us off that it’s time to pull ourselves up by our boot straps in a world that seems to be going mad before our very eyes.

CREDITS

Joel Gion: vocal, rhythm guitars, maracas, tambourine

Collin Hegna: bass, guitar, backing vocals

Paul Dillon: guitars

Brian Gardner: drums

Written by Joel Gion. Produced and mixed by Collin Hegna at Revolver Studios. Photography support from Alex Hurst.

 

LYRICS

Don’t need a high place in a lowdown world

I’ll keep moving on

Where I can be myself and here’s something else

I’m doing nothing wrong

Seems everything is brought to extremes

Just to keep people runnin around

 

Nothing is here to stay

So I’m gonna get down every single day

Pick up what I’m putting down

 

Don’t want an “in” where anybody’s left out

What is that all about?

No prospect babies and swindled old ladies

Tomorrow’s full of doubt

The harder the grind, the brighter we shine

So go ahead and bring it on

 

Nothing is here to stay

So I’m gonna get down every single day

Pick up what I’m putting down

 

Don’t need to tell me nothing’s for free

What you want ain’t what I want

Changes to come and when they are done

These patterns won’t be playing on

 

Nothing is here to stay

So I’m gonna get down every single day

Pick up what I’m putting down

 

Keep up with Joel Gion

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Posted by on January 9, 2017 in Alternative

 

Electric Floor – Bluedive (Vipchoyo Sound Factory – 6 March 2017)

 Electric Floor Signs to Viphchoyo Sound Factory, Announces New Single

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New wave synth-gaze outfit Electric Floor have announced they will release their forthcoming ‘Fader’ EP in March via the Vipchoyo Sound Factory label. The Italian trio now presents ‘Bluedive’, the first single from this album, which exhibits clear underpinnings from Psychedelic Furs, Echo & The Bunnymen and Modern English and will appeal to fans of Interpol, Kasabian and The Wombats.

“Bluedive is like a surge – it was born during a bad period for us. Initially it was only messy ideas, but we gradually gave it form. The lyrics are suspended between romance and sadness, anger and exhortation,” explains Emanuele Chiarelli. “Just like the other songs, our lyrics in this one are very emotional and tidal.”

This Cosenza-based trio is comprised of Emanuele Chiarelli (vocals/ guitar), Simone Costantino De Luca (programming/ keys), and Fabio Cosentino (bass). Formed in 2009, the band’s concept is based on emotive feelings.
‘Fader’ will be their third album, following up the self-produced albums ‘300’ and ‘Falsità reali’ and singles ‘Your Blue’ and ‘My Bloody G’. On this latest release, the band is geared more towards an electronic sound.
The latest few singles have brought them increased press and radio coverage in numerous countries, but ‘Fader’ will likely see this attention explode due to the virtually melting pot of synthpop, shoegaze, chillwave and electrogaze presented here. “This selection of songs features tracks closely linked to each other with a common denominator in that they dive into our conscience,” explains Emanuele Chiarelli.
Simone Costantino De Luca, who handles programming and keys in Electric Floor, comments: “Everything starts from sound suggestion. Our biggest strength is setting the mood and our lyrics give it meaning. This EP is the result of a dialogue amongst ourselves. Every song on the forthcoming EP was written during the same period and we think this is a dead romantic album, after all.”

The ‘Fader’ EP will be available on CD via Vipchoyo Sound Factory, as well as on digital download and streaming platforms.

CREDITS 

Emanuele Chiarelli – Vocals and Guitar
Simone Costantino De Luca – Programming and Keys
Fabio Cosentino – Bass
Alberto La Riccia – Engineering, recording, mixing, mastering
Piero Nudo – Artwork
Mauro Nigro, N2 Video Productions – Bluedive video production
Recorded and mixed at Echo Mobile Studio
All photos by Debora Chiarelli
Thanks to Vipchoyo Sound Factory Label and our friends Stella Diana

LYRICS

Take your bright blue hearth tonight
And please ask me what I need
I need to walk away
I need to walk away
Now I have no reason
No reason to get back
If you want to run, Run a mile
Take the dream
That you hiding tonight
If you want to run, Run a mile
Too much is not enough
Oh now I can’t be sure of enything
Let me see if it’s so cruel
If I feel so blind
If I feel so blind
You’re gonna tell me when
The daylight will rise
If you want to run, Run a mile
Take the dream
That you’re hiding tonight
If you want to run, Run a mile
Too much is not enough
Keep up with Electric Floor

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photo by Debora Chiarelli

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Posted by on January 7, 2017 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

New Zero God and DJ Cruel Britannia FREE DOWNLOAD

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New Zero God and DJ Cruel Britannia came together to record a cover version of a late ’70’s track.

The Motors were a British pub rock/new wave band formed in 1977.

Their biggest success was “Airport”, a number 4 UK hit in 1978.

Follow the link below to grab a FREE DOWNLOAD of the New Zero God feat. DJ Cruel Britannia cover.

 

Best wishes for a peaceful and happy ending to 2016.

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2016 in Post Punk

 

Ummagma + A.R.Kane – Winter Tale (12 January 2017)

Ummagma and A.R.Kane co-present ‘Winter Tale’ single 
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With winter now underway, Ummagma will be releasing the dreamy single ‘Winter Tale’, along with an captivating b-side courtesy of celebrated dreampop pioneer and 4AD recording artist A.R.Kane (plus bonus radio edit). In the holiday spirit, this release is being offered as a gift to listeners.

Ummagma is comprised of Shauna McLarnon and Alexander Kretov. On this track, Ummagma unveils the shimmery glow of otherworldly delicacy, full of layered yet decipherable lyrics, sway and palpable electronic sounds. Reaching a more confident spot than before, this is Ummagma stripped of some of the devices the band formerly cloaked their sound in, offering up a beautiful yet different shade of melancholy than on previous releases. Paradoxically, the duo seemingly find equilibrium as they ponder the passing of time and detriment of inactivity.

Rudy Tambala of A.R.Kane lends his hallmark oceanic dream-space twist to this track with a kickback to his ‘69’ album, evident even from the title ‘Mix 69 Style’, recalling such classic tracks as “Baby Milk Snatcher” and “Spermwhale Trip Over”.

Back in the 1980s, A.R.Kane was the first to coin the term ‘dream pop’, referring to the music they make. They went on to influence everyone from My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive to Andrew Weatherall – whose long-running night A Love From Outer Space derives its name from their seminal 1989 track. They also were an important progenitor of shoegaze, trip hop, acid house and post-rock. Widely recognized as one of the most influential bands of their era, they laid ground for many musical genres that came to dominate the alternative music scene. AllMusic describes A.R.Kane as “the most criminally under-recognized band of their era”. The Guardian calls their work “some of the 80’s most extraordinary music”.

A.R.Kane and Ummagma have been enjoying a budding friendship over the past year surrounding their involvement with shoegaze indie legends The Veldt. Together they decided to put a little something together as a gift for this festive season.

“Ummagma’s sound is so trippy I had to buy new studio monitors to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating… If Underworld or Chemical Bros did their song ‘Lama’, it would be proclaimed an instant classic,” says Rudy Tambala ofA.R. Kane.

Their latest ‘Frequency’ EP features contributions by several legendary artists, including Cocteau Twins master Robin Guthrie and Malcolm Holmes of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, both of whom bring their signature sound to their mixes. This EP follows their debut albums ‘Ummagma’ and‘Antigravity’.

As ever, they take the listener through a cosmic yet introspective dreampop and ambient journey, tinged with shoegaze and synthpop flair. Their new offering explores such themes as space and distance, timelessness, escapism, and the search for tranquility.

“There was so much positivity and a real sense of magic the day we recorded this. A whirlwind had just passed, the electricity supply was once again stable, and we were virtually bursting to get into the studio and capture on our energy on tape, so to speak,” explains Shauna McLarnon, vocalist for Ummagma.

Before relocating to Canada, Ummagma had won the Alternative Eurovision on Amazing Radio, representing Ukraine. They gained wider recognition through being featured in Rolling Stone RussiaLouder Than War, Electronic Sound Magazine, BBC6 Music and Spain’s national Radio 3, among others. ‘Frequency’ numbered in more than 30 ‘Best of 2015′ charts and was named the Top Release of 2015 by Stereo Embers Magazine and Dreampop Album of the Year by The Record Stache.

TRACKLIST: 
1. Winter Tale
2. Winter Tale (A.R.Kane Mix 69 Style)
3. Winter Tale (A.R.Kane Radio Edit)
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Posted by on December 18, 2016 in Alternative

 

Vanity Noire (After Dusk Festival) – Leipzig-Germany 18.11.2016

By Fondas SumerSon

When I started getting involved with guitar oriented German Goth Rock back in the day, it was 5 or 6 bands that turned me into a huge fan of the genre. Age Of Heaven was definitely one of them!
Having in mind that Age Of Heaven do not play live that often, I quickly decided that their special 25 years anniversary gig, in their hometown Leipzig, was not to be missed. Especially since their special guests would be the legendary goth rock heroes of the underground Still Patient? and Aeon Sable, one of the best new bands of the Goth scene.

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Well, let’s see things in more detail… Although I try to attend gigs and festivals across Europe, I never had the chance to visit Leipzig until now. So this gig was a fine opportunity to explore this beautiful and historic city, with the precious help and guidance of my good friend Ingo from The Escape. I can certainly admit that Leipzig is one of the most beautiful German cities!

The concert would take place at Moritzbastei – a brilliant venue of 150 to 200 people capacity – with a circle-like stone-scared roof. It reminded me of a catacomb, thus being an ideal location to host a real goth gig! We arrived around 19:30, did some merch-shopping and had a little chat with good old German friends before Still Patient? hit the stage…

Still Patient? 

Still Patient?

Around 20:00 o’clock lights went out, thick smoke filled the stage and a female voice introduced Still Patient? by saying “Ladies and Gentlemen, now Still Patient? are going to play some proper Goth Rock for you”. Needless to say this sent chills down my spine…That was exactly the reason why I was there after all!

One by one the guys came on stage with Andy being the last one. Without wasting any time, they began delivering their killer Goth tunes! They chose “Chameleon” as their opening track, an old school cult anthem that was released 20 years ago. The song had a great effect on the crowd which started to show its appreciation instantly!

They played a 50 min set based on their over-of-2-decades history, including classic goth dynamites like “Agoraphobia”, “God & Satan”, “Anavryn”, “Mascara Osiris” or “The Sun”, along with more recent tunes like “Seconds of Fame”, “Impact”, “All is Well” and of course their latest brilliant video clip “Swallowed”, as well as a very interesting cover on Schwefel‘s classic “Metropolis”.

All 4 guys were in great mood on stage and seemed to enjoy themselves very much! Steve Pogue and Bec Kes – the killer guitar duo – created a strong and solid sound by mixing modern elements with classic old school goth riffs! Guido‘s bass lines made the band’s sound heavier and more groovy, while Andy’s voice and “goth” attitude on stage, is always one of the highlights! He is quite imposing without the need to be over-reactive. A great front man indeed. This was my second SP? gig and I have to admit that these guys are getting better and better as time is goes by!

Their setlist:

Intro
Chameleon
Seconds of Fame
God & Satan
Swallowed
Impact
Agoraphobia
Metropolis (Schwefel cover)
All is Well
Anavryn
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The Sun
Mascara Osiris

 

Aeon Sable

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After a small break, it was Aeon Sable’s turn to spread their “wicked” tunes around the place. While Din, Jo and Quoth were plugging in their instruments, Nino (with a hood covering his head) was moving across the stage, throwing some kind of dust as part of the “ritual” that was about to begin… a “ritual” that started with the mystical “Aequinoctium”. I honestly couldn’t think of any better way.
I have written about Aeon Sable a couple of times in the past, but I’m going to say this once again. I consider them the best band from the new era of “dark” music. They are an absolutely versatile band that combines so many music styles in a unique way. And if you add Nino (vocals) -whom I consider one of the best “performers” of the scene- to the equation, you get an amazing band that will blow you away! Α amalgam of “dark-art” that captures the audience with its dance floor groovy goth songs as well as with its mystical occult themed anthems. This band transcends the boundaries of traditional goth rock.

Since it was a festival, they had a limited time of a 50 min show, so they chose to play more tunes from their latest album (Elysion, Garden of Light, White Snow), which I consider one of the best releases of 2016. That worked out really well for me because this was the first time I had the chance to listen to the new songs, although this was my 4th Aeon Sable gig.

They also played classics like “Dancefloor Satellite”, “Algorythm of None” or “Visions” that were really appreciated by the crowd, but the highlight of their set (according to my opinion) was “Exodus”, a song taken from their debut album which they had only played once in the past! Cracking tune! The guys put up a great show with Din and Jo working wonders on the guitars, Sebbl rocking the audience with his rhythmic bass lines and of course with Nino’s unique performance on and off stage. Of course I shouldn’t forget to give credit to Frank for his great light-show… Outstanding work!!

Their setlist:

Aequinoctium
Elysion
Garden of Light
Dancefloor Satellite
Algorythm of None
Visions
Exodus
White Snow
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Quaalude Tango

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Lights went off for the last time and roses-covered microphone-stands appeared before us! Age Of Heaven, the headliners of the evening, were about to conquer the stage.

When the smoke cleared out, I saw Yvonne reciting the lyrics of “The Secret” (intro to their “Garden of Love” album) and Heidi accompanying her on the keyboards! What a feeling! They created a genuine Gothic atmosphere that took me back many years… And when the guys, one by one, filled the stage and started playing the title track of the same album, I thought that I was back in the 90’s!! Ju was dressed like the way he used to dress back in 1996 (“Garden of Love” era). He was singing every word with great passion and expressiveness. He easily mesmerized the audience into following him through a romantic goth rock journey! Torsten and Christian on the guitars were the perfect companions for that goth revival! The goth super team was completed by the one and only Tommy with his distinct and rhythmic bass lines and Heidi whose keyboard-playing added a medieval-ethereal touch to the traditional goth-rock sound of the band!
Since Age of Heaven haven’t released a new album in 20 years, they had plenty of new, unreleased songs to play. I am thrilled to say that their new songs are nothing less than true masterpieces. These songs that could have easily been released 20 years ago, but at the same time they sound fresh and up to date! “To the Clouds”, “Tonight”, “Love is Just a Lie” or “Strangers” offer the same feeling that their “old” songs did! No electronics, no trendy elements, just pure romantic old school goth rock!

They played for an hour and a half, performing around 10 brand new songs without leaving out of the set classic anthems from both their albums. Tunes like “The Providence”, “Armageddon”, “Garden of Love”, “Red Roses”, “Broke the Chain”, “In the Mirror” or “It Comes the Night” (personal favorite from their “Garden of Love” album) were received enthusiastically by a crowd which obviously appreciated old-school goth rock!

One of the highlights of their performance was definitely the amazing cover version on The Mission‘s classic “Garden of Delight”! Many bands have covered this track, but none like Age Of Heaven! Actually they had planed to play an acoustic version of it on their acoustic special set which would take place the next day at darkflower, but after my request Ju decided to play the electric version of it on their Friday gig too… Thanks my friend!

Their setlist:

Ther Secret
The Garden of Love
Broke the Chain
Machinery
Consolation (new song)
This is the Country (new song)
In the Mirror
Your Hidden Mind (new song)
Tonight (new song)
To the Clouds (new song)
It Comes the Night
Armageddon (extended)
Strangers (new song)
Love is Just a Lie (new song)
She was Living for (new song)
Lethal Poison (new song)
Red Roses
Garden of Delight (The Mission cover)
The Providence (extended)
Over the Seas

Concluding I would like to congratulate Age Of Heaven for such a memorable anniversary gig and for choosing 2 great acts as their special guests!
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate your first 25 years! Thank you for being loyal to Goth Rock all these years, without changing you values! We are eagerly waiting for a new release. Until the next time…. Long Live Goth Rock!

Pics By Oliver Krapp
Videos by Fondas SumerSon & Oliver Krapp

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2016 in Goth, etc.

 

American Anymen + Lise – OUI EP (21 December 2016)

NYC’s American Anymen team up with Parisian songstress Lise on new EP

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New York City outfit American Anymen have announced a new release with Lise, a Parisian singer and pianist. The ‘OUI EP’ is the second collaborative release for American Anymen and LISE. In 2014, they released a demo called the ‘+EP’.  In the two years that have since passed, they have jointly played shows in NYC and Paris.

American Anymen is a music collective, whose view on art is that what you have to say is more important than the equipment you own and that passion is more important than technical expertise.

It was formed in 1999 by video artist Brett Sullivan, who sings and wrote the songs on this album. Scott Fragalla is a New York native who has played bass with the band since 2004. Tracy Brooks plays drums and Flugel horn on this EP.

Sullivan met French artist Lise in Bushwick, Brooklyn a few years ago at an open mic, where they admired each other’s performance. They decided that very night that they would co-create in a new music adventure.

Hailing from Paris, Lise’s eponymous debut album was released in 2011 on French label Cinq7. Versed in piano since she was five, her music path took her on a detour from her classical music education at the Conservatory of Narbonne, having discovered America for herself, as well as pop and rock music, her luggage now filled with new sounds, including Björk, The Pixies, Joni Mitchell, and The Smiths. Lise has toured the world and has undergone a transition to synth pop in recent years.

This album was recorded partially in Montrueuil, Paris and finally completed in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in the fall of 2016.

“The two American Anymen + LISE albums present more personal songs.  These 4 new songs are about how I dealt with my time in prison, my 13-year battle with heroin addiction, the memories of friends who made me happy but are not around to hear these new songs, and how the world is much simpler than the ruling elites make us think,” explains Brett Sullivan.

“The temperature every year is a record setting high and there is still people denying climate change.  I feel the summers getting hotter and the winters shrinking in NYC. I don’t need a PhD to tell me we are destroying the environment. Things are less complex then they seem.”

“OUI is the answer to all the questions about this EP,” says Lise. “OUI, I’m really happy about this new chapter in my collaboration with American Anymen. Was the spontaneous home recording of OUI a real treat? OUI. Am i hoping for many more? OUI OUI OUI.”

The multi-talented Erica Schreiner also contributed vocals on the song ‘H’ and contributed the cover art. She has performed under the direction of Marina Abramovic at MoMA PS1, created videos for Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio, had a solo exhibition at The Bill Hodges Gallery, published two books of short stories, and directed the feature film ‘Satori’.

On Saturday, December 10 (8-11pm), American Anymen + LISE will perform at Little Skips (941 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11221), playing tracks from their new “OUI EP” as well as separately. They will be supported by Frank Olson & The Olson Twins, My Friend & Me, and Max Miller.

TRACK LISTING
1. Nobody Made Me Smile Like You Did
2. Less Complex
3. Does Anybody Remember Me
4. H

CREDITS
Performed, recorded, produced and mixed by Brett Sullivan and Lise.
Vocals on ‘H’ by Erica Schreiner.
Video created by Lise.
Cover art by Erica Schreiner.

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Posted by on December 13, 2016 in Alternative