Weekly Roundup: The Soft Pack, Cold Showers, Chelsea Wolfe and More

Posted by Billy Gil, September 21, 2012 10:00am | Post a Comment
The Soft Pack – “Bobby Brown”
Sweet song from The Soft Pack’s excellent new album, Strapped, coming out next week! Preorder it here. Love the chantalong vocals and reggae swing, but the best part is easily the psych-sax solo breakdown in the middle.

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Cold Showers
– “Violent Cries”
The second song from L.A.-based Cold Showers’ upcoming debut album, Love and Regret, oozes cool blue menace from beneath a synth-rock veneer. Love and Regret is due Oct. 9 from Dais. It’s streaming over at Stereogum.

Gangi – “Gold”
This new song by L.A.-based Gangi starts out mellow and psychy and catchy and just keeps getting better as it goes, with fuzzed out guitars and warbled gospel-style backup vocals that make the “put your hands up” lyrics sound like a religious plea. The folks at Filter have it up to stream. Their album Gesture Is comes out digitally Oct. 2; if you like what you hear, help them out at their Kickstarter to get a physical release and distribution! They’ve also got the following upcoming local shows:

09/22 Apple Valley, CA - The Full Moon Desert 2012
09/30 Fullerton, CA - Commonwealth Lounge
10/01 Santa Monica, CA - Central SAPC
10/02 Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite (Record Release Show)

Chelsea Wolfe – “Appalachia”
A while back Chelsea Wolfe premiered "The Way We Used To" from her upcoming acoustic-based album, Unknown Room: A Collection of Acoustic Songs. Now the California-based “doom-folk” artist has unveiled “Appalachia,” which sounds less like Appalachian folk to me and more like a beautiful death march, accompanied by exquisite viola. The album is due Oct. 16. Preorder it here.

Sweet ValleyEternal Champ mixtape
The more electronic-based side project of Nathan Williams of Wavves and his brother Kynan has debuted the hip-hop vibing Eternal Champ mixtape. You can download it free at their Bandcamp. Their album Stay Calm was released last month, and they’re on tour now with GZA and Killer Mike. Nathan Williams will play guitar for GZA as he performs the hip-hop classic Liquid Swords in its entirety. That tour hits S.F.’s Fillmore Sept. 25, Sacramento’s Ace of Spades the 26th, Santa Ana’s the Observatory the 28th, L.A.’s El Rey Sept. 29 and Solana Beach’s Belly Up the 30th.
pinbackPinback – “His Phase”
San Diego’s Pinback are back with a new album and we have the second new song released from it now. “His Phase” has the propulsiveness of a Pinback track like “Fortress” with a pretty lush chorus. Loving the sound of this new Pinback! So glad this band is back. Information Retrieved is out Oct. 16. Preorder it here!

Earlimart – “10 Years”
L.A.-based Earlimart’s first album in four years, System Preferences, is coming out physically Oct. 16. Here’s the second song we’ve heard from it, the shoegazey “10 Years.” Sounds like they haven’t lost any of their splendor.

Death Grips – “@deathgrips”
Sacramento-based hip-hop-noise group Death Grips earlier this year released the absolutely pulverizing The Money Store and have their second album of the year, No Love Deep Web, due Oct. 23. I’m not sure what the album or song have to do with Twitter or the Web, but I do know that Death Grips’ music tends to assault you from every angle with dizzying sound until you can’t think straight. That is sort of what the Internet is like. “@deathgrips” was produced for Adult Swim's Singles Program; find it here. It sounds great, and if No Love Deep Web is anywhere near as good as The Money Store, they’ll have two of the best albums of the year.

Tamaryn – “Heavenly Bodies” video
S.F.-based shoegaze songstress Tamaryn has Tender New Signs, Oct. 16 from Mexican Summer (preorder it here!). Her first album, The Waves, was a winner, and the slow-motion psychedelia of this video and song is getting me pumped for the next one.


– “Blackout”
S.D.-based punk outfit Plateaus will release their self-titled debut record Oct. 30 on Art Fag (preorder!). The sound is pretty basic melodic lo-fi rock and a lot of fun, pretty straightforward with lyrics like “We’re comin’ out!” that you can only get away with on a debut record/song. Which means everyone can drop their pretentions and enjoy that sort of thing. I know I do! They’ll be at S.F.’s Thee Parkside Sept. 28 and L.A.’s The Smell Sept. 29.

ESP – “Serenade” video
Speaking of cults, L.A. electro-rock experimentalists ESP have premiered their second video, “627,” a creepy visual expression of their synth-ballad that sees the band performing some sort of ritual before a crystal that projects cool fluorescent images before these kabuki yetis steal their souls or something. These art school kids! It’s not all image though; the song and band are really good. Their EP is available at Bandcamp; hopefully we’ll see a full-length in the near future!

ESP - 627 (Official Video) from Chris Coats on Vimeo.

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