If you’re from Connecticut and have followed the frequently changing indie rock scene, you may have heard of the Newtown indie rock band Ovlov before. You may have heard the band escalate to regional popularity following the release of the band’s only full length Am, and then you may have weeped when Ovlov broke up, got back together, and then broke up again (and then got back together).
You may also have heard of Exploding In Sound Records, the increasingly influential NYC record label that has put out some of the more reliable rock albums of the past few years.
Well, rejoice fans of Ovlov and EIS, as the band will be reissuing some of it’s earlier music as Greatest Hits Vol. 2 in remixed and remastered form. Greatest Hits Vol. 2 contains remixed and remastered versions of Ovlov’s first three releases: “Crazy Motorcycle Jump,” “What’s So Great About The City,” and “Not The Same Without You.”
These songs will be released on vinyl for the first time.
Earlier this fall, the CT / NYC fuzz pop outfit Furnsss shared the first bit of new music, “Roll With It.” Now, the four-piece have shared the rest of their new self-titled release via Bandcamp.
Following in the footsteps of the band’s New Moves and Silent Gold releases, the Furnsss EP features the most refined developments of the band’s characteristic fuzz and pop sensibility yet.
Furnsss are currently on tour with Joy Again.
Fall tour dates below:
Nov 13 Above the Bayou, – Washington, DC
Nov 14 El-Rocko Lounge – Savannah, GA
Nov 15 Mammal Gallery – Atlanta, GA
Nov 16 Circle Bar – New Orleans, LA
Nov 19 The Firehouse – Birmingham, AL
Nov 20 Pilot Light – Knoxville, TN
Nov 21 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
Nov 22 PhilaMOCA – Philadelphia, PA
Listen to the Furnsss EP by Furnsss below:
CT fuzz pop band Furnsss have announced their new self-titled cassette, due out November 13th, and have shared the first track from it “Roll With It.” Listen to the new track above.
Furnsss will on tour with Joy Again this November. See dates below.
11/13/17 – Washington, D.C. @ Above The Bayou
11/14/17 – Savannah, GA @ El Rocko Lounge
11/15/17 – Atlanta, GA @ Mammal Gallery
11/16/17 – New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar
11/17/17 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
11/19/17 – Birmingham, AL @ The Firehouse
11/20/17 – Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
11/21/17 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
11/22/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
Listen to “Roll With It” by Furnsss below.
While Laundry Day’s new album It’s Cool, It’s Whatever is technically the New Haven slacker rock band’s debut full-length, many of these songs have been in the band’s live rotation for some years now. Since the release of their 2014 self-titled EP, the extra time and countless shows the band has played has given the group time to refine these songs both stylistically and performance wise.
Singer-songwriter Alex Burnet has oft stated that while he serves as the group’s principal vocal and songwriter, each member of the group contributes to the songwriting process in a way that couldn’t be achieved otherwise. It shows. Burnet’s lyrics and melodies often have a simple but substantial charm about them that is nicely complimented by the holistic approach these songs take.
This is most evident when listening to the fully produced reprise of previous EP standout, “Seven Seas”, where the band expands on Burnet’s suburban and dreamlike juxtapositions of “monster makeup” and “minivans” with warm harmonies, a light touch of hi-hat, and the company of friends.
Much credit goes to drummer Alexa Ambrose, whose style of playing brings out particular accents that give the album a much more live sounding presence. Both opener “Candy Wrapper” and closer “Joanne” have a rollicking momentum which bestows the otherwise very New Haven album with a universal road-trip-across-America drivability.
In addition to providing vocal harmonies, guitarist Sam Carlson (who dropped a sweet solo record earlier this Spring), offers a grungy contribution “Blunt Guts.” The track gives a similar voice to his concerns about suburban aimlessness but with a more angular hot rod crunch that better suits Laundry Day.
While this fully realized iteration of Laundry Day packs more distortion and punch, late album highlight “Driveway” is a solo acoustic number from Burnet that resonates in its own way. Burnet, who has refrained from saying much beyond the album being born of personal strife, lays it all out here for all to see. In a series of both particular and vague images and events, there are few songs in recent memory that seem so solitary, so reflective of years gone by in a mere momentary flashback.
That being said, this quick isolated moment only accentuates the album’s clear sense of comradery and the power of chemistry found between friends–something that helps elevate the quality of Laundry Day’s brand of indie rock from other like-minded guitar bands.
Listen to It’s Cool, It’s Whatever by Laundry Day below or on Spotify here.
While depraved New Haven fuzz rock act released their most recent record Satan Smile back in 2016, they have still been rolling out the music in various videos. This week, Hellrazor debuted the video for Satan Smile highlight “Ants Vs. Dragons” over at Impose Magazine. Sijmon Gompers describes the video:
“Hellrazor’s video for “Ants vs. Dragons” revolves around a cat headed individual that lords over the entire endeavor as the band makes an eccentric experience out of their humble space… The rhythm & discord heavy dissonance of Hellrazor maintains their rounds of chanted harmonies where the celebration of ecstatic absurdity makes for a DIY art house experience for all aspects of the senses (and certainly for the most discerning of tastes). “
Hellrazor will be playing Crunch House on 9/23 with No One and the Somebodies, Top Nachos, and Lea. Event page here.
Listen to Satan Smile by Hellrazor below:
Who: Laundry Day
What: It’s Cool, It’s Whatever
Where: New Haven, CT
Styles: Indie Rock; Slacker; Fuzz; Blunt Guts