Last Friday, the Ophelias released their debut album, Almost on Joyful Noise, an album that drifts listeners along like a life raft in the ocean with soft melodies that strike as melancholy and a medley of instruments as serene as night sounds. But the Ophelias have a unique story that resonates with many.
Seattle rockers Thunderpussy have big plans for 2018. The band that has become so popular for the rock n’ roll theatrics are on tour and months away from releasing their first full-length album. At the beginning of this month, Thunderpussy kicked off a large tour that includes dates at SXSW and ends with the release of their debut album.
Cats in a mafia or doing bondage, young flies staring at a nudey mag, cockroaches amid an apocalypse, gender-fluid pigeons, Ty Segall and Kurt Vile become squirrels, and rats wearing pants to hide “nervous boners;” these are just some examples of the hijinks and situations that exist in the world of Mike Luciano and Phil Matarese’s HBO comedy, Animals.
The Atlanta native garage/punk rock band the Coathangers are at the top of the ticket for the Burger-A-Go-Go West Coast tour. This is the first year that the tour is hitting the road as a tour. The band also recently announced some tour dates with Minus the Bear.
The eclectic Austin band began the anniversary tour for their third album Hello, Avalanche in El Paso, TX, at the Lowbrow Palace. The Octopus Project are well-known for their unique sounds that sound like the music Nintendo plumber Mario would concoct if he gave us his pipe dreams and ditched Princess Peach to become a composer for sci-fi films. Hello, Avalanche is a prime example of the emotions of glee and wonder their music invokes. The high zipping sound that Yvonne Lambert’s theremin leads through the Octopus Project’s music is what it must feel like skipping through a field of sunflowers whilst being shocked by static; relaxing in a strangely metallic way.
The third album of the Nashville created-gone to New York band, the Sufis, title “After Hours.” The album, released on Burger Records, is the first of band since they moved from Nashville, to New York. It focuses on “contrasts,” says the Sufis’ Calvin Laporte, as many of the songs were written and composed during the after hours, after long days of work. The contrast starts with the album’s cover photo, shot by California-based photographer, Sasha Eisenman.