Monday, April 4th, 2005
All New Friends
Another week, another “man, this band I saw at SxSW” post. Today – Brooklyn’s Dirty On Purpose. I’ve mentioned how they impressed me at their showcase despite being plagued with dodgy sound and having picked up their EP Sleep Late For A Better Tomorrow, I was completely won over.
They manage to sound like almost every indie band you’ve ever loved, and yet completely new. There’s bits of shoegaze, twee, noise, electronica and rock all just mashed together, sugar sweet vocal harmonies (there’s at least three lead singers, maybe four?) paired with guitars that jangle and churn – it’s dream-pop with teeth. Every song on the five-track EP sounds different, from the slow, atmospheric boy-girl duet of “Cheat Death” to the record-closing freak-out of “Spider Eyes”, but all very definitely the same band. If what I heard live is any indication, however, the newer material is even better, pulling their wide range of influences into a more cohesive whole.
The EP is actually frustrating in its brevity, clocking in at just 20 minutes you immediately want to hit repeat several times, then drive down to New York to force the band to record a new album immediately. They’re hoping to put a full-length together this year, and it won’t be a minute too soon. There’s also some tenative plans to tour up Canada way at some point this Summer, but I don’t want to jinx that so I’ll say no more.
Wanna know more? Read interviews with the band in by The Deli, Gothamist and Crashin’ In. And since I didn’t get any pics of them at SxSW, check out Jinners’ – she’s the band’s manager, btw. For aural enjoyment, here’s a track from the EP:
And also a video of the band performing Gary Numan’s “Down In The Park” live:
Near as I can tell, the only place to get the EP online is from North Street Recrods. Get it, it’s worth it. Also check out Au Revoir Simone, a side project of keyboardist Erika Forster, and drummer Doug Marvin contributed a cover of Unrest’s “Imperial” to 517’s Teenbeat tribute album under the moniker of Pursesnatchers.
And I’m not nearly the first one to blog these guys – props to Torr, Mishie, TTIKTDA and Mystery & Misery (and probably countless others) for getting there before I did. But better late than never, right?
I’ve spent much of the weekend (finally) plugging away at my site redesign. I warn you, if you’re expecting a huge overhaul, you’re going to be disappointed. I’ve got a brand to protect now! What I’ve been doing is rearranging things, cleaning up horribly inefficient code that’s been bugging me for years, expanding to a 1024 resolution (those of you with tiny monitors now have an excuse to go out and buy new ones!), etc etc. I’m also eliminating popups (huzzah) and basically giving myself a much better foundation from which to expand things. I made much better progress than I expected, so I may roll things out in the next fortnight or so. Before my birthday, at any rate.
So I get up this morning and for whatever reason, my computer’s clock has decided to set itself forward another hour, making it an hour faster than my alarm clock, which I had adjusted yesterday, and two hours faster than my watch, which I hadn’t adjusted at all. It’s quite disconcerting to realize that you have no reliable timepieces at all.
np – The Delgados / Universal Audio