Friday, February 24, 2017

Features: Meviu§, Dahl Haus, Goth Prom Live, NoPop, Psychic Selves, Journalism, Softspot, Baby Acid, Citris

Despite being the shortest month of the year at 28 days (29 every four) February provides enough early-in-the-year opportunities to check out interesting new music releases. Showing up at select live shows offer additional avenues of insight, as the 360 degrees in the round experience can never truly be duplicated any other way.

Already familiar with the work of Daniel Ka$$hu and Richey Rose from other projects they are separately involved in, an opportunity to focus on their collaborative effort Meviu§ presented itself.

Valentine's Day might appear a curious date to have a "Goth Prom" to some, but knowing it is also Daniel's actual birthday makes it the most likely time to do it at all.

Emerging as the newest popular "go to" venue in the wake of numerous long-time clubs closing, The Footlight in Ridgewood Queens hosted the occasion.

Serving as the evening's headliners, Meviu§ delivered both a visual and sonic tour-de-force.

With Richey stoically distributing crunch guitar chords and precise melody lines, Daniel's vocals came wrapped in a camp-glam visual hearkening back to Andy Warhol's Factory. and his Exploding Plastic Inevitable shows.

Recent single release "Los(t) Angeles" captures the essential elements of this creative collaboration. Rising waves of guitar merge with programmed beats and chilled atmospheric synths before vocals emerge.

Daniel’s voice straddles a line between the soft tenor of Daniel Ash deeper tones of Peter Murphy. Harsher industrial passages emerge however, creating a mood less goth-pop and closer to the rapid percussive snake-rattle of Nine Inch Nails.

The deep-twang, western guitar sound on “Kitten Lung” is initially sparse, allowing space for a more intimate vocal delivery. Mechanical percussive ticks soon emerge as vocals coalesce in harmonies over icy-bell keyboards and clearly defined melodies.

A number of unexpected finely crafted textured sonics appear in the instrumental passages between vocal lines. Another segment makes use of spoken word narration, bringing to mind The Raveonettes brilliant track “Run Mascara Run.”

It will be interesting to follow the progress of this band in the coming days.

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Also featured on this evening was a performance by the Blaise Dahl led band Dahl Haus.

Playing their first live show in 2017, an eager audience witnessed a dazzling display of sound and imagery.

Blaise has been diligently working away at Studio G in Brooklyn with producer and Psychic TV guitarist Jeffrey Berner on completing a proper recording for the debut record.

While those tracks are nearly complete and should see the light of day soon, hearing this material once again in a live setting further heightened expectations for what’s to come.

Songs like the fuzzy bass and guitar thrill ride of “Scream Machine” simmer with an underlying tension as Blaise provides an intimate vocal look inside love’s amusement park.

The driving chugger “Seasick” hits all the marks for rock and roll diva swagger. A slithering bass-line and heavy distortion guitar lays the groundwork for a series of catchy vocal hooks.

While the inventive lyrical wordplay of dream popper “Helium” compares romantic attraction to the second most abundant element in the observable universe.

Serious pedals

"Can I get an Amen, People!"

Tweaking the sonic possibilities

Getting reacquainted with a Pastel Pink Princess

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Opening the evenings festivities was a sample based experimental act called Freudian Slit

Which is a solo music project featuring Brooklyn-based artist Kendalle Aubra

The music she produces draws influence from Phil Spector, Jesus and Mary Chain, Einstรผrzende Neubauten, Fever Ray, Suicide, Arca, Bjรถrk, Throbbing Gristle and The Smiths - just to name (more than) a few.

For this night's performance the visual styling was spot on.

Even though there were a few technical difficulties one occasionally experiences with a laptop + sample driven sound, an unruffled confidence from the performer overcame all that.

An entertaining mix of synthpunk with some industrial, noise, post-witch house, alien girl-pop, Hollywood Sadcore and a bit of Motown thrown in too.

A hint of sex and danger as well.

Gothic Prom Pic

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The artists most responsible for hosting this event came by way of the Occult Electronic Dance act A Place Both Wonderful And Strange

Even though only two-thirds of the full trio were able to perform on this night both Russ and Shanda commanded the room with their dark and moody presentation.

Drawing from the retro vibe of campy noir television series “Twin Peaks,” their “Laura Palmer Devastations” gather together five distinct “Deviation” remixes.

The "Real Life Horror remix" allows like-minded artists Azar Swan (who have been featured on this site both here and here as well as on The Deli Magazine) to fashion an ominous industrial theme.

“Winkie's Pink Room remix” eliminates all the throttling groove, with focus shifted to a looped percussive sample as a variety of metal-on-metal textures clash over top.

Goth, glam, wall art and tabled crafts on display throughout the evening.

Fellow writer and style icon Mary Grace adds a charming presence to this occasion.

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Self proclaimed "pink-punk" rockers NoPop premiered their latest 7 track collection “Demons” recently on The Deli Magazine (a feature written by yours truly).

Establishing this potential new sub-genre, “pink punk” combines driving rhythms and softer pop together in a hyper-crazed mix embracing unhinged wildness. “Wear The Feeling” taps into Surfer Rosa era Pixies with similar distorted scream vocals. The under two minutes “Holly” chugs along with perky energy as female vocals find the sweet spot between Kim Deal speak/sing charm and bigger girl group background harmonies. “Huffers” emphasizes heavy fuzz bass, alternating chant vocals and shifting snare shot punctuation. “Zoo Music” is a minute and a half of free form jamming with wild drumming, angular guitar notes and rubbery bass right out of The Stooges “LA Blues” mold. “Number One” pairs syncopated drumming and metal guitar phrasings with alternating hyper-angst vocals and softer passages. First single “Rules” builds off a steady bass guitar pulse before launching into a full cinematic explosion. The near 7 minute “Frederick Fleet” serves as an epic final track. Demons was mixed, engineered, and co-produced by Julian Cubillos of 77 Linden, and mastered by NY legend Kramer, whose work includes the Pulp Fiction’s soundtrack, Half-Japanese and Butthole Surfers.

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Brooklyn’s indie psych rockers Psychic Selves released an impressive 7 song album “Lucid Night” this past year. While the band continues working on new material and play select live shows, these tracks provides ample opportunity for immersion into their sound.

Opening track “Ratio” is dual guitar riff driven, as flange-effects pair against brighter tones creating the surf psychedelia reminiscent of early Beach Fossils.  Featured single “Goodnight Luna” (streaming below) builds off that foundation, emphasizing melodic hooks via a note-for-note matched vocal phrasing and guitar figure. With the chorus transitioning into a smoother vocal phase, bass guitar and drums provide the driving force on its latter half double-time cadence. Pitch-bended melancholia emerge on instrumentals “And the Truth Pt 1 + 2,”pop elements on vocal heavy “Masochist” and punk aggression on both “War Head” and “Crazy Tasty.”

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Recently released single “It Just Hits You” from the appealingly named Brooklyn rockers Journalism see the track currently featured on Spotify's Garage Jams and Fresh Finds Six Strings playlists.

Structured around an open chord note melody over throbbing bass and driving drum beat, a tale of honest reflection on sobriety unfolds. “Here I stand without a drink in hand,” immediately establish clear-eyed reflection on social practices reined in. While the bridge’s phrasing of “you know, you know, you know” echo’s Nirvana’s “hello, hello, how low” on that bands famous bridge, “you know you’ve seen it all – and who cares?,” completes the realization. By the time the chorus hits with lines “I’m getting sober, but I’m getting so burnt out, it’s hard to act my age, when I can’t see through the haze,” rising melodic guitar lines deliver ample hooks. Ultimately it comes down to self-realization and personal choice, because “sometimes it just hits you like a ton of bricks, and sometimes it just hits you.”

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A gentle sweetness emerges within the deeply resonant female vocals on “Abalone,” the preview track (streaming below) from Brooklyn-based Softspot’s forthcoming album “Clearing.”

While open note guitar chords provide counter-melody and bass drives its rhythmic center, a churning percussive track underneath parallels the same mysterious wonderment of penultimate Kate Bush/Hounds Of Love track “Running Up That Hill.” Harmony vocals appear at crucial points within the emotional arc, dreamily elongating end of line words. At over five minutes in length, there is plenty of room for extended instrumental passages featuring bright guitar figures, deeper bass only passages and swelling synths. An extended outro features an angular time signature that ultimately gives way to a beat-less ambience. This is an outstanding track from a full album set for an April release on Arrowhawk Records.

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The reckless abandon of Brooklyn rockers partying hard is on full display in Baby Acid’s debut music video and song “Baby Guts.”

That track is one of seven featured on their full-length release “Don’t Blush When I Rip You Open” available now both digitally and on cassette from Moon Sounds Records.

Recorded and produced by band visionary Lindsey and Jasno from Vandelles/Hellbirds notoriety at his Secret Loft Studios, mastering was handled by A Place To Bury Strangers Oliver Ackermann.

The track itself emerges via full-on fuzzed out guitar chords while initial vocals proclaim that “my baby comes from France, my baby don’t wear no pants.” While the lyrical output playfully rhymes the behavior of notorious friends, ferocious riffs and rhythms are executed with serious intent.

Video imagery depicts the black-clad band against a white backdrop interspersed with footage from a raging house party. As walls become increasingly covered in handwritten graffiti, impromptu crowd-surfing and bathroom shenanigans mirror the tracks explosive conclusion.

Baby Acid are the current winners of the Deli Magazine Readers’ Pick: Best NYC Emerging Indie Rock Act poll, earning them a featured artist of the month spot.

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The celebration of indie rockers Citris and their revamped debut album "Panic In Hampton Bays" culminates with it's official release today February 24 on New Professor Records along with final night of their month-long residency February 28 at Arlene's Grocery.

Catching the third residency show on February 21 saw the band delivering a finely tuned set of their most appealing material.

The initial pairing of singer-songwriter Angelina Torreano and multi-instrumentalist recording/mixing engineer Chris Krasnow created an exciting collection of tracks that warrant repeated listens.

Further enhancing their live show are two highly skilled musicians, drummer Clint Mobley and bassist Gianluca Minucci.

Album opener “On The Sidelines" channels Daydream Nation era Sonic Youth and the way Steve Shelley’s tighter, more controlled drumming locked in with the single-note guitar riffing of Thurston and Lee.  Understanding that lead guitarist Chris Krasnow is also an accomplished drummer (doing double-duty on this evening playing drums for support act Caretaker) provides additional insight on this cut.

The chorus vocals change all that with harmonizing far more evolved than anything SY ever put out, moving things closer to the ear pleasing fourths that Drew Citron and Frankie Rose did so well with Beverly.

Lyrically hitting the mark that anyone can relate to “maybe we’re just rejects, force fed concepts all the time” progress to a coping mechanism of how “maybe we can be friends, see through the same lens on the sidelines.”

Clocking in at over five and a half minutes, “Little Scars” ambitiously combines 90’s grunge Courtney Love angst with bombastic choruses and even a prog-rock tandem guitar interlude. “Here I am with the poison. I’ve given up, I’m not disappointed. Not looking for love, just want to hang out with you.” There are times when that’s all you need.

Brand new track "Coco Chanel" compares the fade of perfume wearing off to romance and comes complete with a cleverly conceptualized video (which can be viewed here).  However it's the hooky rising chorus of "it's not your heart" that stays with you.

“Burn Into The Sun” drops jazz chords in places, which fits nicely around the wordy, impassioned vocals and busy drumming.

Previous features on Citris can be found on this site (and The Deli Magazine) here and here.

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Mirror said...

Meviu§ wrote:

February 24 at 10:46am

check out this review by our friend Dave Cromwell featuring us, Freudian Slit, Dahl Haus, and a place both wonderful and strange!

Daniel Kasshugaze at Bristol UK. wrote:

55 mins · Bristol, United Kingdom ·

thx to Dave Cromwell for the writeup on Meviu§, Dahl Haus, Freudian Slit, and a place both wonderful and strange! though i'm having a great time in europe with Death Valley High, i always find myself missing all my brooklyn and los angeles homeslices.

have a read, listen to all the above-mentioned artists, and i'll see some, nah... MOST... of you guys in a little over a month!

DaveCromwell said...

So cool that you are posting this from Bristol UK Daniel.


Love all the music that you make!

Mirror said...

A Place Both Wonderful And Strange ‏@aplaceboth Posted on Twitter:

thx @DaveCromwell for writing about Goth Prom at @thefootlightbar

In reply to Dave Cromwell
aplace both‏@aplaceboth

@DaveCromwell @meviusmusic @BlaiseDahl @dahl_haus @kendalle_aubra thank u so much!!

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Glad you like @meviusmusic ! I hope @BlaiseDahl + @dahl_haus, @kendalle_aubra & @aplaceboth appreciate too! #goth ๐Ÿ˜ŽDave Cromwell added,

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DaveCromwell said...

My pleasure @aplaceboth. I'm glad you like the feature!

Congrats for hosting such a cool weird Lynchian dark dance performance evening.

*Finally* made it to a decent Prom!

#davecromwellwrites #goth #witchhouse #cinematic #review #writer

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Mirror said...

Moon Sounds Records Posted on Facebook:
February 24 at 4:28pm

Big thanks to the one and only Dave Cromwell from DaveCromwellWrites / The Deli Magazine (NY) for his feature of Baby Acid in the latest focus write up!!!

"Notorious friends, ferocious riffs and rhythms..."

Excellent way to describe the explosiveness of the band’s debut, ‘Don’t Blush When I Rip You Open’. OUT NOW through us at Moon Sounds Records on digital and limited edition cassette formats here:

and show Lindsey Ann Lawless and Vadim Baranov some extra love for also winning The Deli Magazine's 'best upcoming NYC indie bands' poll as well!

Baby Acid is on fire. Go 'like' their page, and grab yourself a limited edition copy of the cassette today!

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Lindsey Ann Lawless Posted on Facebook:
February 24 at 4:40pm

Hey peeps Baby Acid got a cool write up over here on Dave Cromwell'S blogspot! Check it out!

Also thank you to everyone who voted for us in The Deli Magazine's emerging artists poll.........WE WON!

Stay tuned for more news soon!!

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Jenna Emens-Escalera Posted on Facebook:
February 24


#croms ❤❤❤ baby acid

DaveCromwell said...

Good quote selection Moon Sounds! I'm rather pleased with those descriptions as well.

It's a huge sounding record that certainly deserves repeated plays. Blasting from car stereo speakers while hurtling down the road sounds like the perfect environment for it!

Of course it was very thrilling to watch Baby Acid literally crush in that emerging artists poll. Before it finally closed I counted well over 600 votes for them. So yeah - many congrats to Lindsey and Vadim for that accomplishment.

It IS true Jenna - I do ❤ Baby Acid.

Misty said...

another great collection of music to check out here!

some of these bands I've read about before on this site, but there are new one's I haven't heard yet. thanks for including songs right inside the feature wherever you can, makes it easier to listen to them. the links out work too, tho so I'm glad there are at least those to follow.

it's also nice to read in these comments that most of the bands appreciate the focused showcasing they get here with their shares and re-posting of it. that helps to continue spreading the word about what they're doing.

excellent work!

DaveCromwell said...

Interesting point you bring up, Misty. I try to embed the actual song or video whenever possible. Sometimes a feature can get a bit "heavy" (and long) with all that, though. Certainly there is way more code involved.

I do try to at the very least link out to the artists and/or their label's sites for additional access to further information.

As you say there are some bands that have been previously written about on this site and I always try to include link-backs to *those* features.

Appreciate the feedback on what clicks with you in this regard.

Mirror said...

Journalism ‏@journalismband Posted on Twitter:

@DaveCromwell thanks Dave!

To celebrate @journalismband doing this awesome show read #davecromwellwrites #review feature on them #Writer

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Blaise Dahl Posted:

Thanks Dave Cromwell for the great write-up from Goth Prom at The Footlight. Dave's got his finger on the pulse and you can always find him at some of the best shows in town, so make sure you keep by checking out his blog.

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Simon Sheldon and 4 others Retweeted:

Feb 24: Ha! Now a #NewMusicFriday fact ๐Ÿ˜Ž @BlaiseDahl + her band @dahl_haus featured recap of that night HERE
Simon Sheldon New Music Releases Dahl Haus Blaise Dahl Misty Espo Holusha

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✨RICA ✨‏@ricastylez Posted on Twitter:

Thanks for the photo credit @DaveCromwell @psychic_selves

And Retweeted: You're welcome @ricastylez ! A compelling photo. As it @psychic_selves music. #davecromwellwrites #writerslife ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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All adventurous girls do.
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1h: Thanks @jeffMconn for including my latest piece in your feature @meviusmusic @dahl_haus @aplaceboth @journalismband

DaveCromwell said...

It's not that often you get a do-over on "the Prom." Even if this one *was* more like Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable!

Nice to see all the Twitter reaction to this feature. It's always appreciated when this site is picked up by other outlets and given a further roll out across social media.

Sometimes those #hashtags and @'s DO make a connection!

Mirror said...

NoPop wrote:

Very cool!

Thanks so much for featuring us in this Best of February roundup, Dave.

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Mandy McGee Posted on Facebook:

I haven't been posting what has been going lately with the label I work for. There are a lot of promo posts I need to do so I will try and post what I can. Please go like Moon Sounds Records and my production company Strange Moon Productions for updates on our music and art endeavors.

The latest with Moon Sounds is:

Big thanks to the one and only Dave Cromwell from DaveCromwellWrites / The Deli Magazine (NY) for his feature of Baby Acid in the latest focus write up!!!

"Notorious friends, ferocious riffs and rhythms..."

Excellent way to describe the explosiveness of the band’s debut, ‘Don’t Blush When I Rip You Open’. OUT NOW through us at Moon Sounds Records on digital and limited edition cassette formats here:
and show Lindsey Ann Lawless and Vadim Baranov some extra love for also winning The Deli Magazine's 'best upcoming NYC indie bands' poll as well!

Baby Acid is on fire. Go 'like' their page, and grab yourself a limited edition copy of the cassette today!

DaveCromwell said...

You’re welcome NoPop. Your killer record definitely deserved inclusion here.

Can’t say enough about how much fun it’s been watching the rise of Baby Acid over the last year. With the full release of their impeccable sounding album (that cassette sounds huge coming out of a boombox) I’m looking forward to catching more live shows in the coming days.

Mirror said...

Freudian Slit Posted on Instagram:

Shout out to @DaveCromwell for covering Freudian Slit and other bands from our #gothprom show last Valentine’s Day. Link to it here in my bio. #philspector #alienmotown #jesusandmarychain #einsturzendeneubauten

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Satellite Tribe Posted on Twitter:

check out this rad writeup by @DaveCromwell feat us, @dahl_haus, @kendalle_aubra, & @aplaceboth! …

#goth #witchhouse

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DaveCromwell said...

That goth prom is the gift that keeps on giving!

Much appreciated to the Instagram popular Cotton Candy Barbarella ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ’„@kendalle_aubra for adding this blog link to her page there.

Freudian Slit is now most certainly on this sites radar.

Check out Artist|poet|writer|musician Kendalle’s fascinating website here:

Mirror said...

Angelina Torreano + Citris wrote:

I have the pleasure and honor of being written up by music writers who attend my shows and say stunning things about the performance that I may never have touched on myself. Thank you Dave Cromwell for attending one of the residency gigs, your piece on Citris talking about our show and foreshadowing record release of "Panic in Hampton Bays" we just did. Check it out everybody! Always a pleasure to be featured on DaveCromwellWrites!

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CITRIS and Misty Espo Posted on Twitter:

Live + on Record #davecromwellwrites about meviusmusic @Dahl_haus @citrismusic aplaceboth…

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DaveCromwell said...

Love your music Citris!

Your songs and the band sound better and better, each time I hear you play.

As good as the record is (and I’ve already written many words about that) the live show adds an extra layer of virtuoso musicianship to those songs. In particular the bass and drums showcase a sophisticated prog-rock level of playing. That works really well underneath the two guitars and structured song compositions. A most impressive live show!

Mirror said...

SOFTSPOT, Alyssa DeHayes, Awkari Wiggins and IHeartNoise Posted on Twitter:

Feature Reviews for #MusicMonday focusing on @TheRealSoftspot here in #davecromwellwrites @alyssadehayes #review ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽง
SOFTSPOT Alyssa DeHayes Awkari Wiggins IHeartNoise

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Shon Pennerman Posted on Twitter:

Mar 2: Feature Reviews for #MusicMonday focusing on @TheRealSoftspot here in #davecromwellwrites @alyssadehayes #review ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽง
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Ray Kimura from Japan wrote:

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I found the song "Abalone" by Softspot to be very lovely!

Thanks for sharing the good new music with me all the time.

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DaveCromwell said...

Excellent to see SOFTSPOT getting some positive feedback here.

Any band that can channel the sonic spirit and mysterious wonderment of penultimate Kate Bush/Hounds Of Love track “Running Up That Hill” will always be A-OK with me!

Mirror said...

Meviu§ (@meviusmusic) Posted on Twitter:

I know of this new killer star -words written here @meviusmusic @DialogueBandNYC #RecordStoreDay #davecromwellwrites…

Meviu§ @meviusmusic
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