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Purple
(409)
PIAS
ADDS 1/6/15
DIGITAL ONLY

“There’s an argument for this boy/girl/boy three-piece being the best new band in the world…every single song on Purple’s debut sounds like an invite to the best party you’ve ever been to…” - Kerrang!

“Springing out of a deeply conservative oil town, exuberant trip Purple sound like people who lost the will to play the game nicely a long time ago…there are undercurrents of ground and riot grrl, punk and surf-pop…” - Q Magazine

Purple is Hanna Brewer (drums / vocals), Taylor Busby (guitar) and Joe Cannariato (bass). Purple play pop music. Messy, dirty, raucous, grit-spitting, tequila glug-ging pop music. They do not apologise for this. They have a big streak of it running skunk-like up their backs and through urgent tunes full of indie-punk snarl and piss and vinegar, but driven by grooves deep enough to rival any hop-hop classics. They are wrestling pop away from the world of vocoders, slick dance routines and coquettish airheads and bringing back to where it belongs: to the beach, to the house party, dancing on the table in that bar you need a fake ID to get into.


RIYL: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Distillers, Sonic Youth, Royal Trux
TRY: #1, 6, 2, 4, 3

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

More Info Here:
http://purpletexasmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/purpletexasmusic
https://twitter.com/purpletxmusic



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Courage Cloak
Courage Cloak
Escape Plan Blueprint
ADDS 1/6/15
DIGITAL ONLY

“...Sometime last week we were tipped off to the debut EP from a Boston band called Courage Cloak, and were directed to the record’s November 14 release party at the Democracy Center in Cambridge. We marked the date in our calendars and figured we’d write something fancy about it a day or two before. Then we couldn’t stop f*cking listening to it, especially the hammering post-metal track “A .’. A .’.” (which we’re glad we don’t have to pronounce). Rock waits for no man. So we’re hyping it a bit early. We’re told Courage Cloak features ex-members of Maintain, Matahari and Life & Limb, and the early comparisons they’ve been getting are quite favorable, revolving around the all-approved likes of Cave In, Hum, and Deftones. Sure, cool, great, whatever, just f*cking listen to it. Many bands strive for an “October” sound, but this EP sounds appropriately November to us, perfect for closing your eyes and letting the sound pummel you into someplace better...Don’t sleep.” - Michael Marotta / Vanyaland

“When you mix 3/5 post-hardcore band Life & Limb with 1/5 of hardcore band Matahari, you get Boston’s post rock/shoegaze band, Courage Cloak. “We all come from a hardcore / punk background which is awesome because in that world you learn how to work your ass off and how sh*tty or rewarding being in a DIY band can be. That experience provides a great work ethic,” Sean Farrell (vox/guitar) explains. “Going from being in hardcore bands to Life & Limb to Courage Cloak has felt like a pretty natural and deliberate progression as the music shares a lot of concurrent, underlying themes.” Less screamy, more reflecting, and influenced by the likes of Deftones, Hum and The Life and Times, Courage Cloak has released their debut S/T record, available to stream and purchase on Bandcamp for $5 digital download and $10 limited edition 12” vinyl (500). A 4-song creation with 75% of the tracks clocking in at over 6 minutes and labeled as an “LP”, this record just makes the cut as such with a minute fifteen to spare if we were depending on Official Chart Company’s (UK) qualification of an LP as over 25 minutes. “Heavy music is a beautiful and effective means to convey the heavy emotions we all experience, the good and bad. We are trying to make music that evokes an emotional response and creates a connection with the audience,” Farrell tells Bishop And Rook. “The lyrical content is more about the subconscious and ideas of transformation and growth. Since everyone's reaction or interpretation is going to be subjectively influenced by their own experiences we'd like to make music that can establish a broader connection and let people's own minds run with it.” What is so appealing about this genre is how the instruments can unearth or decipher, audibly, these unbeknownst feelings. The buildup, the climax and the crucial photo finish. Post-rock shoegaze is like the electricity in the air when his manic pixie dream girl meets her tall dark and handsome. It’s a true talent to orchestrate a score that is gifted with the ability to encourage such unintentional, thought-provoking moments. And we can grasp the potential for that ability scattered about this 4-song record. It will be interesting to see how this band evolves...” - Kristin Nicholls / Bishop And Rook

"Courage Cloak's debut is noticeably strong, a four-song EP melding post-metal and space rock with patience and atmosphere. Though the shoegazey vocals are somewhat timidly delivered at times (oddly reminding me of a band who share half their name, though it might just be the Hum influence), they still fit the package quite well and occasionally carry a range better than either of those aforementioned bands. Opener "Lunar Atoll" is the longest track here at seven-and-a-half minutes, a fairly brave length to span as far as first introductions go. But the dynamics are scattered throughout, making it a compelling start. "A .'. A .'." begin with a rhythmically and atmospherically excellent buildup sounding enough like Rosetta that one half-expects that band's throaty growls to come busting through at any second; instead, they momentarily scale back the sludge and the ominous singing comes in. There's plenty more great soft-to-loud movement happening here as well, and what sounds like a great chorus even though it's never repeated as the band slip in a cool Cave In ca. Jupiter riff towards the end. The back half pairs up two six-minute, more upbeat tracks, "Iceage" and the softly finale-sounding "Nightforms", which aren't quite as good or sprawling with cool effects pedals and powerfully jolting volume and tempo changes, but are solid nonetheless. Courage Cloak is as good as most first recordings go, though, a nearly fully-formed style that makes for an enjoyable body of work." - Punk News


RIYL: Explosions In The Sky, Russian Circles, Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, This Will Destroy You
TRY: #2, 3, 4

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

More Info Here:
http://couragecloak.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/couragecloak
https://twitter.com/couragecloak



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White Cherries
Stranger Lovers
Self-Released
ADDS 12/9/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Call it destiny when two strangers from Mexico City find each other in L.A. and form an Indietronic rock duo that started with a jam session and a ukulele.

By popular demand, friends encouraged vocalist Fernanda Romero and musician, composer and producer Abie Toiber to write, perform and record more music after the initial song inspired by their jam session was so well received.

“We didn’t set out to be a band,” stated Romero. “Our songs were on Youtube for the purpose of being creative, to express our love for life and to show how we are inspired by the flow of our music.” That creativity caught the attention of Nylon Magazine who selected The White Cherries as a finalist in their “Next Huge Deal in Music” contest in 2013.

No stranger to the industry, Romero has come full circle, starting in Mexico City at age sixteen in the pop band ‘Fryzzby’ (BMG Records). She came to the U.S. to study fashion design, but found greater demand as a model for many of the brands she designed for. Commercials, television and film followed, with Rolling Stone calling Romero a “Hottie taking over the industry like wild fire!”

Hollywood embraced Romero after she shared the big screen with Jessica Alba in ‘The Eye.’ She has been cast in big budget films opposite Charlize Theron in ‘The Burning Plain,’ ‘Red Canvas’ with Maria Conchita Alonso, ‘Once Fallen’ with Ed Harris, and ‘Without Men,’ featuring Eva Longoria and Christian Slater. Her international credits include playing the female lead in ‘Eternamente Tuya’ (TV Azteca) and her first British production with Jon-Paul Gates, ‘Fighter’s Chance’ with boxing great Evander Holyfield. Her short, ‘40 Love,’ next to Lily Allen, won a silver Lion in Cannes. Romero is set to appear in ‘400 Days’ with Dane Cook, Brandon Routh, and Caity Lotz and the upcoming feature film ‘Is that a Gun in your Pocket?’

While studying guitar at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, Abie Toiber met other musicians from his native Mexico. Together, they founded the rock band ‘Coma’ (EMI), which toured throughout Mexico as an opening act for Heroes del Silencio and other bands. Coma reached the Top 10 radio charts for Rock en Espanol. When the band broke up, Toiber studied advertising while working at ad agencies, record stores and production companies.

The demos he recorded during this time eventually became tracks on his three solo albums: Lotus, Relativity and Los Redares. Toiber toured as the guitarist for the Mexican band, ‘Morbo’ (Juan Carlos Lozano). He continues to write and produce music for film, television (licensed to LATV National TV Network their Id music) and other musicians. Toiber works often with Mark Plati (David Bowie, The Cure).

Stranger Lovers,’ the first EP from The White Cherries, has an electronic folk sound with a sexy edge provided by mixing engineer Caleb Shreve (Yoko Ono, Phantogram, Late Guest at a Party). It’s due out soon along with the video. The duo has performed live at The House of Blues, at a James Cameron charity event and at coffee houses and private parties in L.A.


RIYL: Kate Nash, Haim, Chvrches, Phantogram, Lovestarrs
TRY: 4, 5, 3

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

More Info Here:
http://www.thewhitecherries.com
https://www.facebook.com/thewhitecherries
https://twitter.com/whitecherriesla
http://instagram.com/whitecherries
http://whitecherries.tumblr.com
https://www.youtube.com/user/thewhitecherries



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Fairmont
Love & War b/w My Only One
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 12/9/14
DIGITAL ONLY

"Fairmont is indie rock we should all be thankful for" - Amp Magazine
 
“Love & War” represents the pre-cursor to what will be New Jersey indie band Fairmont’s 8th studio album. This newest effort, particularly the single “Love & War” represent a song that Fairmont consider to be one of their best. It’s comparative to the band’s 2008 release Transcendence and the epic song “Being & Nothingness” with its complexity and attention to detail. However in the years since the band has grown with the addition of vocalist Sam Carradori who adds the female counterpoint to Neil Sabatino’s striking vocals. Along with the solid rhythm section of Andy Applegate on drums and Christian Kissala on Xylo-rimba & Glockenspiel, Fairmont has grown by leaps and bounds from record to record. Their newest album expected for early 2015 represents some of the bands most polished work. This will be the 2nd album that was fully produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by the band from their home studio, The Forest Of Chaos.
 
“I feel with this song and album we have grown into a band with a distinct style and sound. With this newest song I feel we cover a broad spectrum of influences from garage rock to pop and a lot other things in between, but don’t take my word for it, just listen”, was Sabatino’s advice to his audience. Sabatino also expressed, “I think any artist who is Brian Wilson like, in that they tinker with a song for months in the studio will appreciate what we did on this track. There are many layers and hopefully with each listen the audience will hear something they didn’t notice before.” One of those minute details are the harmonies that bring the single to a close provided by Sam Carradori and  guest vocalist Chris Lee of label mates The Maravines.
 
The B-side that is available with this release is a new punky version of a mellow Fairmont classic titled “My Only One” from 2009’s Meadow at Dusk. The B-side shows Fairmont’s ability to take a subtle solo acoustic song and turn into a full band energetic rock song.


RIYL: Destroyer, Say Hi, The Hush Now, Ben Gibbard
TRY: #1, 2

Download the double single here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.fairmontmusic.com
http://mint400records.com
https://twitter.com/fairmont
https://twitter.com/mint400records
https://www.facebook.com/FairmontNJ
https://www.facebook.com/mint400records



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YAWN
Love Chills
Old Flame Records
ADDS 12/2/14
DIGITAL ONLY

"On Love Chills, Yawn have not only matured but done so quite gracefully with a record that’s in no hurry to batter your brain with a barrage of ideas. Instead, the band allow their music to breathe and grow organically, which results in their best record yet." – Popmatters

"Love Chills finds the band navigating melodies complex enough to set them apart from your dollar bin jangle-sparkle outfit. YAWN’s lyrics sneak up on you like a poison dart frog." - Consequence of Sound

"Yawn is an electronics-heavy pop band who has spent the past five years building up a reputation in the Chicago DIY scene, & the band is starting to ease its way up aboveground. Last year, they played Lollapalooza, & this year they released their second LP, Love Chills." - Entertainment Weekly

"... a Ramshackle, Pop-Punk Masterclass" – NME Magazine


RIYL: Animal Collective, Local Natives, Conveyor, Magic Man
TRY: # 2, 5, 3

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

More Info Here:
http://oldflamerecords.com/yawn/
https://www.facebook.com/yawntheband
https://twitter.com/yawnmusic
https://soundcloud.com/yawn
https://www.youtube.com/user/yawntheband/feed
http://www.last.fm/music/yawn