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Grass Widow: Shadow (Single, 2010)


Continuamos con grupos femeninos. En esta ocasión le prestamos atención al combo de California Grass Widow, una formación especializada en un Pop acelerado con reminiscencias nuevaoleras y Post-Punks. Su sonido es muy acorde al que se realiza más bien en la urbe de los rascacielos en estos últimos tiempos, y no en su California natal. En cualquier caso, la banda edita este verano su álbum de debut Past Time (2010), con el que se emparentan con gentes como Dum Dum Girls o las mencionadas anteriormente en The JangleBox Liechtenstein o Tender Trap por la vertiente europea más poppy.

Grass Widow – Shadow (Single, 201o)

“Stripped to the bone but filed razor sharp, Grass Widow are the heir apparent to the marriage of post-punk and 90’s female DIY. “Shadow” tumbles along on a bed of bass and springy threads of guitar that only serve to bob and weave between the Widows’ swoops of vocal interplay. If anything feels like it belongs on Kill Rock Stars, right here and now its Grass Widow, and we love them for that.
Grass Widow formed in 2007 and quickly received attention within the Bay Area as well as national underground press via publications like Yeti.Influenced by similarly all-female punk and post-punk acts like The Neo Boys and Kleenex, they also note Roy Wood’s The Move and The Kinks as a major source of inspiration, which can be heard in their three-part harmonies, complex arrangements and odd chord progressions.
In addition to these musical influences, Grass Widow is influenced by a legacy of women who have paved the way through their music and politics.Their collaborative songwriting process, the fact that they don’t have a front person and that they all equally contribute to the work of the band speaks to this philosophy. In addition, they take the opportunity as an all female band to bring attention to the roles of spectacle and spectator in their scene and make a conscious effort to play shows where women are involved” (

MySpace / Descarga gratuita-Free Download “Shadow”

30 julio, 2010 Posted by | Grass Widow | Deja un comentario

Liechtenstein: Passion for water (Single, 2010), Fraction Discs


Ha pasado ya un año completo desde la aparición del debut del combo femenino sueco Liechtenstein y acaban de volver con un 7″ de tres temas que supone un cierto cambio en su rumbo sonoro, aunque no demasiado traumático. La banda ha incorporado nuevos sonidos como esa trompeta que ilustra el Dream-Pop del single a lo Sarah Records, dulcificando bastante su sonido. Se trata de una canción absolutamente Jangly como sí que era normal en la trayectoria del grupo en cualquier caso. Completan el single Spending time with you, una canción de aires sesenteros con preciosas voces que narran fracasos personales; y On the tram, tema más animoso y enérgico, que las muestra más cercanas a su sonido de directo. Por cierto, la canción que da título al disco la puedes descargar gratuitamente desde el propio sello, donde también deberías conseguir el single. Aquí reproducimos el enlace.

Liechtenstein – Passion for water (7″, 2010)

“A whole year has passed since their last record release (the debut album “Survival Strategies In A Modern World”), but now Liechtenstein are back! During this year the girls have, among other things, visited the US East Coast for a tour, travelled around in Europe (including a show in Vaduz, Liechtenstein!), and a new bass player – Ulrika Mild from synthpop band Compute – has joined the band.
The new single “Passion For Water”, the fifth one from Liechtenstein, displays a somewhat new sound. The patented vocal harmonies are of course still present, as well as the feel for making fantastic pop melodies, but the sound is clearer, and the melodies more summery and groovy.
The jangly title track is probably the most dancy Liechtenstein song so far, and it brings to mind an imaginary eighties British beach party, where Mighty Mighty, The Siddeleys, The Desert Wolves and The Man From Delmonte have been mixed into a cooling pop cocktail.
With the trumpet raising “Passion For Water” to new heights, and the careful arrangements and beautiful vocal harmonies reminiscent of Dolly Mixture on “Spending Time With You”, this is a Liechtenstein partly searching for new directions. However, the earlier post punk influences are not forgotten but represented by the finishing, short and punk-oriented “On The Tram”.
The single contains a download code for the mp3 files of the songs, as well as a music video for the song “On The Tram”

MySpace / Descarga-Free download “Passion for water” / Fraction Discs


30 julio, 2010 Posted by | Liechtenstein | 1 comentario

Telltale: An Interview (from the blog: The Blog that Celebrates Itself)

Q. When did Telltale form, tell us about the begining…
A. Stephan – Telltale was born in 2008 as a trio in Brooklyn. All the members used to play in different bands before – Charlotte (NC) garage outfit Elevator Action and Columbia (NC) noise band Orgone Accumulator – and met in NYC. I joined Telltale as a second guitar player in early 2009 when Audn – band I used to play in – went to hiatus.

Q: What are the band´s influences?
A. Stephan – We are into a lot of stuff – from post-punk/goth and Mute bands to Madchester era and Creation bands. Mostly 80’s – early 90’s influences. I was born and grew up in Eastern Europe. So i used to listen to a lot of brit-pop bands from 90’s. Sometimes people describe our sound as gothgaze or dark shoegaze. Wall of sound, dark melodies and post-punk beats. A lot of guitar feedback.

Q: Tell us about the Telltale gigs…how was it?
A. Stephan – Telltale gig is different from classic shoegaze gigs. We don’t use projections like MBV and most of new shoegaze bands because we think that people who go to see us actually need to see us and don’t be distracted by random pictures on the wall behind the drummer. We are not a record player on stage, we are people. And we move on stage a lot. We are too bored to just stand and stare at our shoes all the time. It’s a real fun for us to break strings or throw guitar in the air. Or something like that. We like light effects though.

Q: When is the album due?
A. Stephan – We just finished mastering of our debut record and hopefully it will be out this summer. We’re gonna start shopping around for labels very soon. Also, we’re going on short 10 days East Coast tour in August.

Q. What do you think about the shoegazer classic era?

A. Stephan – Needless to say that we can spend hours and hours talking about that. Those few years in late 80’s – early 90’s gave people a lot of new and timeless music. It was a bridge between psychedelic 80’s rock music and britpop. Bands like The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Slowdive, The Boo Radleys, The Verve shaped indie music scene of the last 20 years.
Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
A. Stephan – We used to cover “Back To Nature” by Fad Gadget. But it was long time ago. But we’d like to cover something from Adorable, Echo and The Bunnymen or even The Sisters Of Mercy.
Q: Which new bands you recommended?
A. Stephan – We know a lot of local shoegaze bands we can recommend: The Vandelles, Dead leaf Echo, Screen Vinyl Image (DC), Soren Well, Ringo Deathstarr (TX), Autodrone, Cruel Black Dove, Ceremony (VA), A Place To Bury Strangers, The Morning After Girls, 28 Degrees Taurus (MA), Elika. I also really like very cool welsh band called The Voices and english bands The Rulling Class and The Nova Saints.

Q: What´s the plans for future?
A. Stephan – Well, our plans include releasing our record, get signed, go on a tour, play more shows and eventually go to the studio to record some more material.

Q: Any parting words?
A. Stephan – Keep following our news and updates, try to catch our shows and don’t mix too much drugs with too much alcohol. Everything should be in proportion.


30 julio, 2010 Posted by | Telltale | Deja un comentario


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