Mario Manningham, it's Music Monday!
A Happy Death have their first full-length album coming out early next year. It's titled Factory Life, and the lead single "Wet Dreams" is a tangled bedsheet of sound. With singer Ryan Lella hoarsely screaming the verses and a sugar-sweet, tousled chorus of "I think I'll go back to sleep," A Happy Death rounds it out with a pummeling instrumental coda with guitars and organs brandishing the song's major chords like sails. It's a song of unrequited love, where the narrator watches the object of his affections like prey, and where everyone will be better off if the love affair stays confined to his dreams. It's a creepy, terrific song, worthy of several repeat plays. A Happy Death play Wednesday night (November 19) at Kelly's Olympian with Cadaver Dogs.
Portland songwriter Leigh Marble releases his Pony EP tomorrow. Take a listen to the title track, a twanging barroom bit of rocket-pop with Marble sounding a little like Mick Jagger at his most reasonable. The EP also includes an alternate take of "Pony," a remix of a song from Marble's album Where the Knives Meet Between the Rows, and a cover of John Cougar Mellancamp's "Cherry Bomb." Marble plays at Kelly's Olympian this Thursday, November 21, and he'll be premiering the video for "Pony"—check back on Video Vriday for that.
Here's Rabbits with Fist Fite's Jonnie Monroe on vocals, performing Bikini Kill's "Rebel Girl." This comes from SOS (Shit, Other Singles), Rabbits' new compilation cassette of B-sides, non-album tracks, demos, rehearsals, and other material, including nine covers of punk and hardcore songs (like this one). SOS comes out of the band's Eolian Empire label, which has just been crushing it lately with a barrage of local metal and extreme music releases. It comes out December 3, with the European edition on Czech label Stoned to Death. Their next local show is on January 11 at Slabtown with Gaytheist.
More Music Monday after the jump!
Here's one from King Tarahumara, the nutzoid collab between Papi Fimbres and Kevin Robinson, presumably named for the Mexican tribe of long-distance runners. Their first EP, Gold, could certainly soundtrack a very interesting run; it's the first in the band's series of their Mystic Mixtape Trilogy. Over a firmly confident street beat, we hear flutes, bells, and Papi's voice. "The Golden Level" is the sound of quick moving plants and vines quickly taking over a concrete building that houses a dance club, busting through the windows and peeling back the ceiling to expose all that noise-making electricity to the elements. Recorded at Robinson's Woodlawn Studios and released via the label of the same name, the EP is the first in the series of the Woodlawn Record Club, a new subscription service of local music.
We'll end today with a terrific one from Landlines, the trio of Dustin Scharlach, Jheremy Grigsby, and Wiley Hickson. Their new EP Loserly is a string-jangle of Velvet Underground murk, "Eight Miles High" liftoff, and majestic four-track immediacy. The opening one's called "New Ones (The Conversation)"; take a listen above. The band describes themselves thus: "We offer a heady mix of Feelies/the Clean inspired basement pop deconstruction, but honestly we just wish we could play roots reggae and get away with it." Satisfy your soul with the not-at-all-reggae-sounding full EP, which is up on Bandcamp and will also be available on cassette; Landlines play the EP release show on December 12 at East End with Woolen Men and the San Onofre Lizards.