Yeesh: Confirmation Bias

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After a Saturday spent in the sun’s wretched rays for some six hours just to see one band play – my body has still not recovered. Yet, it’s more than a relief to be indoors with music that is not accompanied by blazing heat in anyway. Thank you Yeesh for being my living room companions this morning, but while I have enjoyed our AC’d time together, I can’t say that I was too big on the sounds they made on their upcoming Tiny Engines’ release Confirmation Bias. As if made for someone a lot cooler than me, perhaps someone who couch surfs in Brooklyn because they can’t be tied down by life’s demands of normalcy.

That’s said because there are some punk elements coming on strong in “Other Quandaries.” Where were started was pure rock music that fans of Quicksand would appreciate. How do I know? Because that was one of the many bands I stood through on Saturday as my back suffered natural third degree burns. Songs like “Xan Wagon” and “World Burning,” I wasn’t really feeling but the hint of melodic escape in “Limbo District” as well as the interesting arrangement of “Frontline,” made my ears perk. Save to say though the best were more symbolic to me. “One Weird Trick” reminded me of life; started off like an excited child and then transformed into a downtrodden adult at the end as the music slowed way down. Then there was the last song to come through, ‘Placeholder.” That was the first time the lyrics came through louder than the music at hand and spoke volumes to showcase what Yeesh was made of.

Bruised knees and heat still on my mind, I’m starting to think I’m too old to be trying to go to shows like I used to. My geriatric self aside, this album is like an underground rock record that has some grit to it that will play gracefully alongside the likes of Krill and Unwound. If you’re a fan of those bands, as well as Quicksand – make sure to check out Yeesh’s Confirmation Bias, out July 22, and let me know what you think of it!

Strange Relations: Going Out

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The idea of going out is something I personally tackle with. I love staying home. I love sitting in my chair or on the couch with a Frasier marathon, or with my beloved laptop in hand. That’s heaven. On the other hand, once a month – I do like to exit. Once. A. Month. Every other day you can find me sitting in my living room writing about this and that, and today I’ll be inside the comfort of my familiar four walls with Strange Relations’ Going Out. See what I did there? Listening to this with TMZ on mute, I found myself liking the starting and finish line but not really caring about the race as a whole.

Fans of Warpaint and Now, Now would likely disagree with me as the diversity in sound heard throughout the four tracks would please them. I on the other hand fell instantly for the opening track “Drift” thanks to the manic pace that mirrored a nervous heartbeat. Plus, how could one not fall for the energy of the closer, “Weeknites,” when it quotes Heathers? Those two had vigor and were animated. Then you had “Ceremonies” and “Predation” that were more The Craft than Heathers in that they had this clandestine feel to them both that didn’t quite have the tenacity of the other two. This is just personal preference though – as is all opinions on every facet of life, right?

Going out is not something I like to do on the regular, but Going Out by Strange Relations is something I’d likely listen to once more as the beginning and the end perked me up this morning. If you’re a fan of Blonde Redhead and Electrelane, then make sure to get Going Out, out now on Tiny Engines.

Penny for the Workhouse: Sneaky Peekers

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Getting away from 99% of the internet for a couple of days is always refreshing. I advise everyone to do it at least once a month. Which I get is hard because you have a little device in your hand at all times that can Snap, Gram and Book all the time – but alas, when you have to come back down to reality, it’s always nice to have some music waiting for you. Today Penny for the Workhouse is it and it was quite the…well, um, interesting listen. One part folk, another two rock and a bit of a fairytale – Sneaky Peekers was a zany one. That’s for sure.

With a sort of gypsy element to the music, “Kilburn High Road” and “Old” served that up and gave you the sense of being free. There was a sonic escape formed by these folk meets rock songs that presented an old world feel. What caught me off guard though was the Jack and the Beanstalk tale in “Giant Slayer.” It opened the record and for a second I thought this was just going to be a book on tape of sorts. It wasn’t. Instead Penny for Workhouse dished out some quirky beats while switching things up with “Willow Tree” in the lead vocal department, and really rocking it out in “Smoker At The Window.”

Perhaps today can be the day you say adios to the internet for awhile and in its place, take this album. Of course first you’ll have to use the web to acquire it, but then – definitely then, make sure to take a break from the Snaps, Grams and Books and just let yourself fall into the music that comes from Penny for the Workhouse and their latest, Sneaky Peekers, out now.