After two decades of fronting successful art rock bands like The Curious Digit, Manishevitz and SONOI, Adam Ostrar (FKA Adam Busch) has taken the solo path. He is gearing up for the release of his second solo LP, Brawls in the Briaron October 13, 2017 on Super Secret Records. Today, mxdwn has the premiere of the video from one of the album’s singles, the sparsely arranged “Spare Me.” With stop-motion animation from artist Via Nuon, the video is an appropriate companion to the simple acoustic ballad.
The folksy vocal delivery of Ostrar is complemented by a soothing, finger-picked guitar figure. As he sings lines like “Sailing ships move past you / I find time is in the sand” the visuals transition to accompany the lyrics. The imagery jumps from various abstractly-designed clay and papier-mâché figures that move through kitschy backdrops that resemble a middle school shoebox diorama, replete with foam shrub material spelling out the song’s title. With the repeated line of “but I don’t really want your time,” it appears this delicate song is a bit of a kiss off – not surprising considering the title, “Spare Me.”
Ostrar released four albums with Manishevitz through the Jagjaguwar label while the St. Louis native lived in Chicago from 1999 to 2014. After the breakup of his band, he formed SONOI with a former member of Manishevitz, thought that group did not last long. In 2015 he made the move to one of American’s rising music capitals, Austin, TX. There he worked with African music scholar Nathaniel Braddock, who helped the rock veteran hone his fingerpicking skills through the influence of African and American Primitive fingerpicking as well as that of folk icons like Bert Jansch – influences which are immediately obvious throughout “Spare Me.”
Brawls in the Briar track list
2. Another Room
4. Spare Me
5. Drinking From A Candle
6. Hammered White And Barking
7. Cossacks In The Building
8. Hot Air
10. Color Of Bone
11. Cindy Tells Me
Evil Triplet is a heavy psych trio from Austin, TX. The space rock behemoth is comprised of Steve Marsh (guitar and vocals), Kirk Laktas (drums), and Joe Volpi (bass).
Marsh traces back to Terminal Mind, a seminal band in the Austin punk scene of the late 70s that spawned The Big Boys and The Dicks. He then led Miracle Room, a psychedelic industrial hoedown that shared stages with Snakefinger, Butthole Surfers, Scratch Acid, Negativland, and Sonny Sharrock, among others, and morphed into Wisdom Tooth, which released a CD on Knitting Factory’s imprint.
Kirk is the keyboard wizard in post-rock bands My Education and Cinders, and was an early member of Stars Of The Lid. He has worked sessions with Acid Mothers Temple, Shearwater, Pauline Oliveros and ST37.
Mr Volpi toured and recorded with Primordial Undermind, as well as lending his chops to countless other Austin bands, including The Flood and Reverend Glasseye. He also performs a dark acoustic song cycle solo as Kaiser Soze, and plays standup bass in Cinders.
Earlier this year they released their record Other World on Super Secret Records. The band is currently wrapping up recording their follow up release, which will be out soon. Singer/guitarist Steve Marsh says about the new record: “The new album will be called Have A Nice Trip. We figured that the last record came out so well that we shouldn’t mess with the process: recorded at Sonic Ranch, engineered by Charles Godfrey, produced by Rob Halverson and myself, mixed at Halversonics Recording in Austin, and being mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service. The guitar photo is a Gibson Futura that once belonged to Billy Gibbons that I got to use during recording.”
But for now Evil Triplet released their new video for ‘We Are the Aliens’, which is taken from Evil Triplet’s debut album Other World:
Coniferous, the noisy stoner metal iteration of the man we call Shmu (main member of the band Shmu; drummer of The Dialtones and Botany; one-half of the duo Zorch), releases its debut self-titled cassette via Self Sabotage Records ~ one man singing vocal melodies & bass lines through mountains of distortion while beating the shit out of the drums ~ no guitars, bass guitars or synths, just vocals and drums & especially NO OVERDUBS.
About Coniferous, vocalist/drummer Sam Chown explains, “I’m basically singing through my headset mic which is then routed through an Octave pedal which is then routed to a bass amp & a guitar amp. I’m utilizing & playing with the feedback of the amps with the noisy & rawkus vocal signal.”
(Self Sabotage Records) – Division of Super Secret Records
Release Date: July 19, 2017
Coniferous Track Listing
1. Vehicular Men Slaughter [00:00]
2. Xa Za Xa Za Suite
i} Liqiti Spliqiti [03:42]
ii} 50 Minutes of Magical Flute [07:24]
iii} I Hate Hate Hate ([0:20]
3. You Could Never Be My Friend (No More Apologies, Gordon] [14:18]
4. Fallopian Salad with a Side of Salmon Patties Is the Devil’s Snack [20:14]
Today, Austin Texas band Suspirians, are debuting the new video for “Nocturne”. The track is off the band’s current release Ti Bon Ange, now out on Super Secret Records. Suspirians, play July 23rd in New Orleans, LA.
Quote about the video & song, by Marisa Pool, singer/guitarist of Suspirians:
“The song was originally called ‘Oh Mouchette’ inspired by the Robert Bresson film Mouchette. It’s a loveless tragedy about a young girl who is treated cruelly by everyone in her life. Thus the title ‘ octurne’. I was in awe of the sad beauty of this film and related to it on many levels. Mostly my own experience as a young woman navigating misogyny and abuse. Writing and performing it has been a way to channel my personal trauma and rage in a positive way. But I put a twist on it and made my character in the song survive even if she had to carry her own head around to do it. Its not a pretty song but It has meaningful core and is about finding strength in human misery.”
On the video:
“We honestly didn’t have much time to make a video, unfortunately! But we brought friends together to make it happen. Neil Ebflow created the visuals by using modular video synths and our friend Steve Marsh of Evil Triplett helped edit live footage shot by our other friend Ángel Delgado-Reyes. It turned out cool!”
Rock music, when done right, will always take us into a netherworld that we never knew existed, but we always somehow felt was within ourselves. The cosmos of inescapable rhythm, in-your-face melody and words, all speak simple truths that perhaps we couldn’t speak for ourselves. Austin, TX trio Suspirians summons that netherworld with their sophomore album Ti Bon Ange.
The album title is taken from a Haitian voodoo term that translates literally to “little good angel” — the part of one’s soul that holds one’s individuality and personal qualities, which leaves the body when sleeping so you can dream. It’s a title quite befitting of the experience listening to Ti Bon Ange, where listeners become immersed in a sound, not just casually attending to it.
From the first notes of the album, throughout its 7-song, 40 minute duration it’s clear that Suspirians aim to deconstruct rock in a way that’s both psychedelic and mysterious as much as it’s direct, infectious and powerful. Guitarist/vocalist Marisa Pool, bassist/keyboardist Stephanie Demopulos and drummer Lisa Cameron craft songs that shape-shift from part to part rather than follow traditional verse-chorus-verse structure. It’s a wall of guitars and subtle synth layers, vocals drenched in reverb and on the brink of feedback, powerful and open drumming that allows the songs to flow like molten lava without ever sounding lethargic. Points of reference bridge a wide array of psychedelic, punk and experimental sounds: Pylon, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Stooges first album, Frightwig, early Butthole Surfers, Roky Erickson & The Aliens, late 70s British post-punk and more.
“We would end up getting lost in the songs together in a sort of epic fever dream,” Pool says. “We did not overthink or over control anything on this record. It was all about going with the flow and following our instincts.” Suspirians’ self-titled debut album — with original drummer Anna Lamphear — was comparatively a more straightforward and garagey affair. Pool and Demopulos began experimenting with their sound soon after and with the addition of Cameron, they collectively found the aesthetic they were after. Cameron’s extensive musical history — having played with the legendary Roky Erickson, as well as celebrated Austin psych band ST37 and other improv/noise projects — helped the band expand its vision. Suspirians’ former synth player Sheila Scoville also guested on the recording.
Ti Bon Ange was recorded at 5th Street Studios with engineer Evan Kleinecke, while the band was still navigating their way through the nascent songs. “We had some raw and powerful basic tracks to bounce off of and the rest of the time was just having fun playing really loud and experimenting,” Pool says. The results are equally as deliberate and completely free as groundbreaking rock’n’roll should be.
Album: Ti Bon Ange
Label: Super Secret Records
07/23 New Orleans, LA @ Saturn Bar
07/25 Nashville, TN @ Betty’s
07/27-29 Indian Meadow, WV @ Voice of the Valley Fest
07/31 Cincinnati, OH @ Rakes End
08/01 Indianapolis, IN @ State Street Pub
08/02 Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
08/04 Akron, OH @ Hive Mind
08/05 Kansas City, MO @ Blind Tiger