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Blac Rabbit play New Year's Eve at Mercury + talk about gear

Psych rock is a genre that can encompass a spectrum of sounds ranging from pop-oriented songs to less-defined and at times downright chaotic jams. Risen to semi-celebrity status in NYC through busking in the subway to the tune of songs by the Beatles, Rockaway Beach, New York's Blac Rabbit create music that falls in the former category, with precise song structures and thoughtful lyrical content. What bridges those extreme ends is a like-minded penchant for phased guitar textures and dreamy introspection. After impressing with their debut 6 track EP a year ago, the band recently released new single “Seize The Day” (streaming below) from their forthcoming record "Interstella," due out in early 2019. While their debut record made no apologies for its floating Tame Impala influences, this new track comes on with a heavier edge. An angular guitar riff drives everything forward in tandem with more forceful drumming. While vocals are bathed in effects associated with the psychedelic experience, lyrics speak to being more grounded. Rather than “living in a cloud,” instead “I'm living my life loud,” and how “once you seize the day, you'll wonder why your feet have left the ground.” The band ring in the new year by headlining two shows at The Mercury Lounge on 12/30 and 12/31. - Dave Cromwell

Our sister blog Delicious Audio asked Blac Rabbit a few questions about their musical influences, gear and the creative process here.





New Wives Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Whyvs is the latest album from the punk quartet of Wives. A rowdy, raw, grunge element comes right at your ears. Menacing rhythms and jagged, distorted guitar set the tone. The primal of the vocals accompanies the jarring dynamic of instrumentation. Oozing with heaviness and intensity, the collection is a heart-racing release.





New Track: "Stag" - Goat Mumbles

Rob Grote (of The Districts) recently shared a new single under the moniker of Goat Mumbles. “Stag” occupies a shadowy, synthwave spectrum. A progressive, percussive groove shimmers in the moonlight, creating a mysterious, lonely dance track. The song seems to be invitation to a prospective companion, as Grote’s vocals suggest a hypothetical future. The longing, semi-spoken deliver is contrasted by the warmth and brightness of his falsetto, introducing a different perspective of the artist's musical talents. (Photo by Out Of Town Films)





SASAMI releases lovable video for latest single, "Not the Time," plays The Echo on 1/4

SASAMI brings genuine likability and charisma on her latest video for "Not the Time." Shot in 16mm throughout different pockets of Pasadena and Highland Park, the rising singer-songwriter cruises around with a french horn on her side as she makes friends with a colorful cast of characters. The direction she takes from a visual standpoint adds a welcome levity to the otherwise heartrending track, where she calls defeat to a thorny relationship over some lush, shoegaze-informed clusters of guitar distortion.

"Not the Time" was featured on her recently-released 7'' split single, Not the Time / Callous. Catch her perform at The Echo before the hype catches up on her January on 4 at The Echo. Juan Rodríguez





Bay Faction celebrates release of debut LP at Elsewhere on 12.21

If you are stuck with the notion that emo has become the unbearably whiny expression of spoiled suburban kids, enter Boston's Bay Faction (who recently relocated to the NYC area) and  think again. Their 2015 three-track debut EP clearly carries the genre's DNA, but slows down its BPM by a lot, makes a discreet if not spare use of distorted guitars, and puts a lot of sincere heart in it. Those early tracks resonated with a lot of kids and gathered over a million plays on Spotify, and so did following single Pendulum, dropped in 2017. After a dragged out recording process, the band is now ready to release their debut LP Florida Guilt, a record that expands the group's sonic palette with a more varied production, without betraying the core qualities of their music. The first single It's Perfect, streaming below, is to date their fastest and most driven track, but still stylistically hybrid, with the inwardly tortured voice of singer James McDermott adding oozes of character to vague lyrics related to the struggles of dating. The record is already available on Spotify, and fans of Pingrove and Forth Wanderers (two other bands that are taking emo in new directions) should definitely check it out.
Don't miss the band's release show at Elsewhere on December 21st. Photo by Sam Colby

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