CD Review – Vernon Wayne – Jazzes

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Review By Nigel Carleton

There’s something about Vernon Wayne’s short new EP, Jazzes that feels fresher than a majority of other math-rock acts that live in the Twin Cities as of late. Across the five tracks here, Vernon Wayne pushes listeners through a colorful obstacle course of complicated time-signatures and mood changes. They craft their sound with a mechanical prowess, but the emotions that they are conveying stay in tact. Continue reading

Review – Fathom Lane – Self Titled

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By Becca Martin

Just a year after the debut of Fathom Lane’s first album “Down by Half” the band is set to release their self-titled follow up. Self financed through Michael’s own label Longplayer Records the recording was done on vinyl.  This was in line with the band’s mission to replicate the sounds that Michael grew up with in the 1970’s.  Ferrier noted influences like Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. Continue reading

Road Reports #1

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By Becca Martin

See behind the stage into the revealed lives of Minnesota musicians on tour in their own words.

“When we played in Pittsburgh, Adam To (Moonstone Continuum) and friends from Minneapolis were the best hosts!  They happen to be killer chefs and we arrived at their sweet pad to find an incredible spread…homemade falafel, gnocchi, pad thai, curry stew, beet salad and rice krispie treats to name a few.  We stuffed our faces after hauling the gear up a few flights to be safe overnight.  Three hours of sleep later, we repacked the van to get our tired booties to NYC in time for load in.”

-Hannah von der Hoff currently on an East coast tour with Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps.

 

Deleter – “56789”

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Review by Christine Mlodzik

Deleter recently released their new EP, “56789,” and it’s very solid. Deleter did a great job of combining an older punk sound with their own sound to create something original. Each of the songs is equally pissed off, yet so damn catchy you won’t be able to get them out of your head. The band describes their sound as: “Skewed but catchy. Straight forward yet obtuse. Angry but thoughtful. Sleeker, simpler and meaner.”

Deleter is Knol Tate (vocals, guitars and keyboards), Travis Collins (bass guitar and vocals), Zach Roth (guitar and atmospherics) and Joshua McKay (drums and percussion).

You’re introduced to Deleter by the first track, “Change Your Fucking Name.” The intro sounds like feedback, but lets you know what you’re in for – it’s raw, intense and loaded with an I-don’t-give-a-fuck-attitude. I couldn’t wait to hear the rest and I wasn’t disappointed. The second track, “Kings and Queens of Sympathy” delivers more of the same.

The vocals on the next two tracks, “Question Our” and “Control_Chaos,” take a more menacing, almost sinister tone. They reminded me of Andrew Eldritch from The Sisters of Mercy. On “Art Fucks Need Fucking” (my favorite title) and “You Are Welcome” the vocals sound like Richard Butler from the Psychedelic Furs’ self-titled debut.

“56789” closes with a bonus track: A cover of Black Flag’s “Greg Ginn Lawsuit Pending.”

Usually, the first song or two sets the tone for the rest of an album or EP, but in this case, that doesn’t really happen. Each track is original to the others, but it’s solid and cohesive. And a rarity: I don’t have just one favorite song from “56789,” I liked each one.

Recommendation: Buy Deleter’s “56789.” This EP kicks ass.

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Beasthead – “Tallest Trees”

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Review by Christine Mlodzik

Not that long ago, Beasthead sent in a video to Rift; it was of them playing at a house party. I’d never heard of Beasthead, but I really liked what I heard. Then they sent us a link to their newest EP, “Tallest Trees.” And I won’t lie, I was somewhat at a loss on how to describe them (this is my second pass at writing this review).

It’s too easy to describe Beasthead’s sound as ambient, although that’s one component – “Tallest Trees” is more of a continually evolving soundscape. Their music’s effect is like taking in visual art; much like looking at a fine painting, their music doesn’t require constant involvement on the listener’s part, he/she can hang in the background and simply add to the atmosphere, but this particular atmosphere is rife with sonic richness.

There’s a silky texture to the vocals and instruments as they thread around each other and finally intertwine. While at times it sounds a little disintegrated, more listens reveal simple, delicate loops that give way to fainter and shadowy works.

Beasthead is comprised of Harry Reynolds (vocals, guitar), Doug Deitchler (guitar, synth, percussion), Nick Whebbe (guitar) and Paul Novak (bass).

There are five tracks on this EP and “Numbers” and “Louder” were my favorites. Local rapper Dem Atlas is a guest vocalist on “Different Son.”

As much as I really like “Tallest Trees,” there’s just one thing I didn’t like: I am not a fan of autotuning vocals. At the beginning of “Numbers” you’ll hear Reynolds’ voice and in my opinion, it doesn’t need any affecting. Like I said, it’s just my opinion.

I recommend you buy “Tallest Trees,” listen, experience and repeat.

The EP is available online; hard copies of “Tallest Trees” will be available for free at Beasthead’s live shows.

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