The Roadside Graves are one of those secret NJ treasures and one of those bands you kinda obsess over trying to track down rarities and specific live versions you heard about from your friends. When I first moved to New Brunswick, The Roadside Graves were the band, and the band that seemed to bring everyone together no matter what kind of music you were into. Some of the most fun nights I ever had involved Roadside Graves shows. Back when Zach and I were first kinda daydreaming about the band we wanted to work with the Graves were one of them but didn’t really make sense for us at the time since we were only really doing 7″s. When they asked if we wanted to put out their new record it was a no brainer.
Vacation are back with a new album out July 24th! It's called Non-Person and you can pre-order it from us now!
Cincinnati, Ohio’s Vacation formed in 2010 as a trio, quickly putting out a slew of tapes, singles, and LPs on various DIY labels, while spreading their infectious pop-inspired punk through shows around their native Midwest and tours throughout the rest of the country. As a pillar of the ever-fertile Cincinnati music scene they also share, or have shared, members with bands including Tweens, Black Planet, and Pretty Pretty.
Over the last two years the band had some lineup changes and expanded into a four-piece, with singer/co-songwriter Jerri Queen stepping out from behind the drum kit to play guitar. The band is rounded out by original member Evan Wolff on bass, Dylan McCartney on drums, and John Hoffman on second guitar. As a quartet, their live sound has gotten larger, their shows more intense, and their recordings more nuanced and eclectic.
Their new LP Non-Person features a diverse approach to the band’s signature noise-laden melodies, sing-along choruses, and punked-out pop riffs. The album is as indebted to the Ramones as it is to Jesus and Mary Chain, as melodic as ‘70s power pop and as fierce as ‘80s hardcore.
From the opening frenetic burst of “Heat” to the distortion heavy “Yin Yang Smile,” and from the new wave vibe of “The Effort” to the fuzzed out “What I Found,” the record maintains cohesion without ever dragging. Auxiliary organ, percussion, and acoustic guitars fill in any gaps that haven’t already been taken up by the guitar feedback that has become integral to the band’s sound. The lyrics touch upon themes such as self-decay (“Like Snow”), apathy (“All I think About (Myself)”), and escape (“I Wish I Could Be Someone Else”).
With the new record on its way, Vacation will be heading out on tour with Don Giovanni Records label mates, Screaming Females, taking them from New Orleans to Portland, San Francisco to Vancouver, and just about everywhere else in between. The over-a-month long tour starts July 27th in Cleveland and ends on August 29th in Philadelphia. Not to be missed!
We will be working with one of our favorite bands, Aye Nako, to release their next record, a 12" called The Blackest Eye! More info here:
AyeNako is a 4-piece collaboration made up of Mars Dixon, Angie Boylan, Jade Payne, and Joe McCann dedicated to untangling histories of abuse, race, trauma, family, love, gender, and a misrepresentation of identity. Also a dissonant and melodic punk band carving out a space to co-exist in the fold between music, art, and politics while trying not to be priced out of New York City. Formed in Brooklyn, NY during the summer of 2010,AyeNako has performed at basements, clubs, museums, and schools all over the country. As an update to the sound heard on Unleash Yourself, their first, self-released album, they’ve self recorded a new EP titled “The Blackest Eye”. Named after Toni Morrison’s 1st novel, "The Bluest Eye”, The album lyrically takes on the similar themes of cultural conceptions of beauty and worth and the devastating long term effects it can have on those who do not fit those conceptions. The songs narrate through singer/songwriter Mars's experiences with physical abuse, family, anti-blackness and racial self-acceptance while growing up in the southern united states. Musically it all comes together through dual guitar leads, precise drums, fuzzed out bass, and an underlying appreciation for the darker side of pop sensibility.
Alice's long anticipated debut EP is out now! You can order it from us here, and this will be the only place you can buy it online, otherwise you will need to buy it from them at shows! It is limited to 200 hand numbered copies by the band. Do not miss out, this one may very well change your life.
We're super excited to announce the debut from Trumansburg, NY's Izzy True: the Troll EP! Maybe you saw Izzy True at our Austin Imposition showcase or on tour with Modern Hut earlier this year or maybe you recognize Isabel's voice and guitar work from her previous band The Realbads.
Isabel Reidy is both a songwriter and a comic artist. The songs on this tape immerse you into a world of characters and ideas she has created in her comics and extended through her music, not unlike one of her influences Michael Hurley. The tape version of this is a professionally printed cassette designed by Isabel and limited to 200 copies.
Screaming Females are going on tour in July with Vacation!
Wed-May-27 - New York, NY - Apple Store, SoHo (free performance and Q & A moderated by Ted Leo) Thu-May-28 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC - The Chris Gethard Show Premiere Party
Fri-Jul-17 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom+
Jul-27 - Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class* Jul-28 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle* Jul-30 - Milwaukee, WI @ Borg Ward* Jul-31 - Madison, WI @ The Frequency* Aug-01 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock* Aug-02 - Iowa City, IA @ The Mill* Aug-03 - Omaha, NE @ Sweatshop Gallery* Aug-04 - Denver, CO Larimer Lounge* Aug-06 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux* Aug-07 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios* Aug-08 - Vancouver, BC @ Media Club* Aug-09 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey* Aug-11 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop* Aug-13 - Honolulu, HI @ The Manifest Aug-14 - Honolulu, HI @ Downbeat Lounge Aug-16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Berserktown* Aug-17 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar* Aug-18 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar* Aug-19 - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace* Aug-21 - Austin, TX @ Red 7* Aug-22 - Dallas, TX @ The Foundry* Aug-23 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs* Aug-24 - New Orleans, LA @ Siberia* Aug-25 - Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox* Aug-26 - Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5* Aug-27 - Durham, NC @ Pinhook* Aug-28 - Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel* Aug-29 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer*
* = w/ Vacation + = w/ The Bouncing Souls, Andrew Jackson Jihad
The great expanse of Wisconsin to this day remains a wild frontier to many. Even to its own sons and daughters, the thought often persists that perhaps there are demons in the woods, or something unknown in the water. It can be no mistake then that Tenement were raised in these woods and drank of this water. Over the course of their nine year career to date, their work ethic and musical ideas have often been attributed to an outsider mentality and a stubborn individualism. The energy they conjur at will might also at times seem just short of some kind of sorcery. Now, with the release of their new double record, Predatory Headlights, their place in the modern world of music has become distinct. They're no longer only an obscure punk band from the farthest reaches of society's consciousness, but also one of America's great outsider pop groups.
The principal songwriter of this trio is Amos Pitsch. He founded the group in 2007 with bassist Jesse Ponkamo, and the two embraced Eric Mayer as their full time drummer some years later. As a live act, they're an assault on the ears, a confusing spectacle, and a dispensary of remedies for the lonely and misunderstood all at once. In a studio setting, as you'll hear in Predatory Headlights, their touch is delicate and thoughtful even at its loudest moments. You can hear the strong influence of bands like The Descendents, The Ramones, and even more primative groups in the playing and execution. But the influence of luminaries such as Ruth Crawford Seeger, William S Fischer, and Robert Kirby are evident in the addition of strings to the pop songs that could stand sturdy on their own even without them. Still upon repeated listening, you might be able to catch an array of other influences, ranging from northern soul to exotica to the avant garde. These are stirred in with ease; something Tenement does naturally as their intention is always steadfast and absolute. In other words, when something needs to be pretty, they make it pretty. And when something needs to be ugly, they leave no gloss, shimmer, or sheen. They strangle the song bird of its TWEET TWEET - and let it cough.
Predatory Headlights was completed over the course of three years with the assistance of engineer and co-producer, Justin Perkins. Pitsch has often cited Perkins' involvement in early 2000's groups Yesterday's Kids and The Obsoletes as a heavy influence. Perkins also worked with Tenement on their 2011 offering, Napalm Dream, as well as acclaimed records by the likes of The Goodnight Loving, The Sugar Stems, and The Mystery Girls. The bulk of Predatory Headlights was written and recorded at BFG in Appleton, Wisconsin - Tenement's home and personal studio. The house was symbolically demolished within days of finishing the record, and in a fitting display of finality, three years of sweat and nightmares and beauty and dissonance returned to the soil and found its way back into the water and woods with only this document to prove it ever even existed at all. Thanks to Don Giovanni Records, you hold the very document in your hands - Tenement's newest window into the nature of the human being and the complexity of life: Predatory Headlights.