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Plague Vendor
Free To Eat
Epitaph
ADDS 4/29/14
DIGITAL ONLY

"Free to Eat is a blast, and its album cover was chosen wisely: Blaine is in the center of the picture, only outside the frame because he’s lunging out of it. He deadpans like Mark E. Smith over bucking, neck-snapping riffs on “Black Sap Scriptures” and a minute later, manages a Jack White yawp on “Cursed Love, Hexed Lust”, bedeviled and agitated over the wiles of a preacher’s daughter—at least until the double-time thrash where he scat-raps like Anthony Kiedis with his sock on fire." - Pitchfork (7.1)

Epitaph is proud to announce that Plague Vendor released their intrepid debut album Free To Eat on April 15. Visit Noisey to hear the first track and watch the video for "Black Sap Scriptures" now.

Plague Vendor's gritty brand of rock was birthed by four friends with a predilection for dark tones and instinctual playing in their hometown of Whittier, California. The name was inspired by a Mexican folk tale that members Brandon Blaine (vocals), Michael Perez (bass) Luke Perine (drums), Jay Rogers (guitar) had read, with the first written songs recalling narrative elements of the story.

Early shows were raucous and treacherous, making it clear that Plague Vendor was peddling something formidable.
 
With a number of house parties, club gigs, and warehouse shows under their belts, Plague Vendor quickly became synonymous with wild nights, bad decisions, and good times. Fearless front man Brandon Blaine channels the kinetic energy of a brooding, young Nick Cave on stage, with bassist Michael Perez, guitarist Jay Rogers, and drummer Michael Perez providing the pummeling instrumentation.
 


Now fully fleshed out and poised to release their inaugural album, Free to Eat, on EpitaphPlague Vendor embrace multiple sensibilities at once, veering rapidly from aggressive thrash to melodic introspection, compressing the range of human experience into ten rapid-fire, in-your-face songs. Everything was recorded live in the studio, using only two or three takes with no overdubs. A shadowy, dark vibe flows throughout the tracks, and for Blaine, the words are important. The songs say something worthwhile, revealing subconscious interpretations of the musicians’ experiences and ideas.
 


Plague Vendor is an undeniable force, simultaneously dangerous and comforting, and predicated on the meaning its own name invokes.
 



RIYL: White Lung, Iceage, Black Lips, Metz, Pissed Jeans
TRY: #1, 3, 5

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.plaguevendor.com
https://www.facebook.com/PLAGUEVENDOR
https://twitter.com/PlagueVendor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeQQHiMQ-bE



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André Obin
Ways Of Escape
Sky Council
ADDS 4/29/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Obin deftly provides a chilling flip-side to the euphoric crescendos valued by his peers, turning synth-pop spectacle into a numbing agent of light and sound.” - Pitchfork

“Boston synth-popper is adept at forging alluring soundscapes with evocative and multi-faceted vocals.” - Consequence of Sound

“Digs deep into the corners of the club, and the heart.” - Bullett

“A sparkling example of emotive electro.” - Vice/Noisey

Following the success of his critically acclaimed debut The Arsonist, the electronic music artist and producer André Obin returns with another album of fascinating songwriting and production. Ways of Escape is a lush, modern take on classic electronica with a nod to the atmospheric depth of Boards of Canada and strong vocals that make it distinctly André Obin.


RIYL: Tycho, Boards of Canada, Depeche Mode, The Knife
TRY: #1, 2, 4, 6
DIRTY: #7

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://andreobinmusic.tumblr.com
https://www.facebook.com/andreobinmusic
https://twitter.com/ANDREOBIN
http://skycouncilrecordings.com



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Ray & Remora
1994
Aeronaut
ADDS 4/29/14
DIGITAL ONLY

"... the duo Ray & Remora (aka Dan Crane and Amanda Walker) will release a new EP, 1994. As the title suggests, it consists of their re-imaginings of '90s hits from Pavement, Guided by Voices, Dinosaur Jr., Superchunk and other bands we still love..." - USA Today, Pop Candy, Video Premiere for "Say It Ain't So" cover (or view it on YouTube)

Ray = Dan Crane, a musician whose previous musical incarnations have included Calamine (of Sealab 2021 theme fame), Les Sans Culottes and Nous Non Plus. He also composes music for TV and film. His music has been featured on Gossip Girl, HBO’s Girls, True Blood, and in the documentaries Air Guitar Nation and 20 Feet from Stardom.

Remora = Amanda Walker, an artist/musician currently playing under the name Glen Parks. Glen is a gypsy of a musician, playing and performing with many bands up and down the west coast. Her roots are grounded in psych-folk and electronica- a sort of Crosby Stills & Nash smacked around by Enya. Expect her first solo album coming soon…mid-2014.

Track listing - (Original by):
1) “Like a Fool” (Superchunk)
2) “Gold Soundz” (Pavement)
3) “Say It Ain’t So” (Weezer)
4) “Skull” (Sebadoh)
5) “Feel The Pain” (Dinosaur Jr.)
6) “The Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory” (Guided by Voices)


TRY: #3, 1, 2

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://rayandremora.com
https://twitter.com/rayremora
https://www.facebook.com/RayandRemora
http://www.aeronautrecords.com



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The Valery Trails
Buffalo Speedway
Self-Released
ADDS 4/29/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Preview the entire album courtesy of American Songwriter.

"The Valery Trails created an excellent record; it would not be out of place as the last song in a generaFon- defining movie or as part of the soundtrack to a naFonwide movement.” —Aquarian Weekly

"The Valery Trails make honest music. Guitars. Drums. Melody. Alt-bluesy vocals, a classic rock structure. Good stuff.” —The Berkeley Place Blog

“The Bower brothers, joined by the immaculate drummer Dan McNaulty, create energetic yet calming alternative rock songs that are extremely reminiscent of the days when college radio reigned supreme, and the term “alternative” meant something, anything at all.” —Trainwreck'd Society

"Yeah, we’re diggin’ this tune, and not just because it reminds us of “Pretty In Pink” by Psychedelic Furs. OK, maybe that’s the main reason we like it, but we also get a Social Distortion vibe; that’s cool, too. And hey — e-bow solo! —The Big Takeover

"If you’re looking to make your road movie about wide-open spaces and foolish choices coming back to haunt you, this just might be your soundtrack.” —PopMatters

“The music they created together ranges from moody to melodic within a sonically rich landscape.”—KZSU 90.1


RIYL: Bob Mould, The National, Guided By Voices
TRY: #1, 3, 4, 9

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.thevalerytrails.com
https://www.facebook.com/thevalerytrails
https://twitter.com/TheValeryTrails
http://youtu.be/HLLC8BrGqrc



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Old Man Canyon
Phantoms & Friends
Self-Released
ADDS 4/29/14
DIGITAL ONLY

In early 2012, Jett Pace began what would eventually turn into Old Man Canyon. Since the release of the band’s Phantom & Friends EP, Old Man Canyon’s music has been featured on a variety of television programs including MTV’s Awkward, Showtime’s Shameless, and Bravo’s Suits, among others.

The band toured throughout Canada in support of the Phantom & Friends EP, and released a striking visual for the EP’s title track shortly after. The music video has caught the attention of several industry tastemakers and prominent media outlets since it’s release. Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton posted the video on his site, lauding the band’s originality and fresh take on rock music.

In addition to recording it’s debut full-length, the band will tour through North America in 2014. Contact us for any tickets / interviews / in-studios / etc.


RIYL: Run River North, Lumineers, Bastille, Good Old War
TRY: #1, 4, 2

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.oldmancanyon.com
http://oldmancanyon.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/oldmancanyon
https://twitter.com/OldManCanyon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iw_KyTsbVu0