Meriden indie rock band Lea has released their full length debut Lea Is Here for streaming on Bandcamp.
Lea is James Fonicello on guitar and vocals, Chris Salvatore on bass, and Jacob Doherty on drums. Lea Is Here was engineered by Jesse Weiss and Jack Pombriant and mixed and mastered by Jesse Weiss.
Lea will be playing with Hellrazor and Ovlov at Sunnyvale in New York on August 22nd. Event Page here.
Listen to Lea Is Here below:
Spacey Southington indie rockers Pale Space have released their debut EP, properly titled Debut EP. It only features three songs, but with each of them clocking over 5 minutes, the band covers a decent amount of intricate, offbeat guitar pop over it’s run time. Stream it below.
Pale Space will be playing their release show for their EP at Bleachers in Bristol on August 6th with Heavy Necker and The Forest Room. Event page here.
Connecticut art-punks Perennial have released their new album The Symmetry of the Autumn Leaves for streaming and free download on Bandcamp. It is their first release since 2015’s Early Sounds For Night Owls EP. Vinyl and cassettes are available at Howling Frequency Records here.
Stream The Symmetry of the Autumn Leaves below.
Who: Hnry Flwr
Where: NYC / New Haven
Styles: Singer-Songerwriter; Electronic Pop
Hartford, CT indie rock outfit Queen Moo have announced they are officially signed to San Diego’s Topshelf Records and have announced their sophomore record Mean Well, due out August 25th. It is their first record since their excellent 2015 self-titled debut. Topshelf and the band have issued the following teaser to announce the release via Facebook:
Queen Moo is currently gearing up for the release of Mean Well, including a tour beyond New England. The band will issue new music and more details in the not too distant future.
In the meantime, revisit Queen Moo’s self-titled record below.
CT / MA art-punks Perennial have announced their new album The Symmetry of the Autumn Leaves, due out on 07/14 via Howling Frequency Records. It is their first release since 2015’s Early Sounds For Night Owls EP. You can preorder both digital and physical (cassette and pink vinyl!) copies of the record here.
So far, Perennial have shared three songs from the upcoming record. You can stream “La Fugue Pour Béton brut” and “Early Sounds For Night Owls” over at Perennial’s Bandcamp. You can stream “Dissolver” over at Brooklyn Vegan.
Perennial will be playing with Dikembe, Slingshot Dakota, and Prince Daddy & The Hyena at MAC 650 in Middletown on July 12. Event Page here.
By Danielle Capalbo – Contributor
The last time we heard from The Refectory, singer-songwriter Robbie Vozza was commanding a four-piece adept at indie rock earworms, uncommon rhythms and tricky instrumentals: an irresistible kind of prog-pop reminiscent of Pinback. Now as a three-piece, the band is poised to release its sophomore self-titled EP—and while they’re leaner as an outfit, Vozza and company have never hit so hard. Necessity, it turns out, is the mother of reinvention.
What hasn’t changed is The Refectory’s aptitude for uninhibited, unconventional and totally memorable songwriting, or their willingness to veer from heavy heavies to soft softs on a hairpin turn—a journey of gratifying twists in the capable hands of Vozza (guitar), Ben Stokes (bass) and Brian Dicrescenzo (drums). Yet a new dimension of propulsive angst makes itself apparent within the first thirty seconds of opening track “Three Towns Away,” which crushes forward in a catchy swell of sludge, feedback and stoner metal magic. The Refectory still shimmer as they did on Spiral Staircases, but when they pummel here, they pummel.
More likely they’re doing both on this substantial five-song collection of extremes in contrast, perhaps as a means to emulate and exorcise the emotions of self-reflection that underpin Vozza’s lyrics. The hypnotic “Bull in a Zoo,” for instance, begins with a single guitar plucked in sparse and pretty repetition before building incrementally, across seven minutes, toward a hardcore crescendo. “I’m tired, I’m tired of waiting, waiting for you,” Vozza sings in his clear, clean voice. “Pacing, pacing around like a bull a zoo.”
It’s not surprising that expanses of time and space—spent waiting, wondering and working out the riddles of life—are the focus of an EP that clocks in at a continuous 35 minutes. Yet The Refectory never feels longwinded. It feels deliberate, insistent and unhurried instead, awash in elevated details at the meticulous engineering hand of DeCarlo. (The band recorded its own EP live at Mother Brother Studios in Bethel, Conn.) Some of the most delicate moments occur between songs, in beautiful, spacious transitions: from “Three Towns Away” to “Bull in a Zoo,” or “Din” into the slow-grunge “Drove Back.”
Among this heavy collection, “Din” (written largely by DeCarlo) is the most bombastic and quick-changing, a headbanger with corrosive lead guitar that travels the band’s signature peaks and valleys, fueled on yearning, before it builds into a gorgeous, full-throttle ripper. In a powerful wish to the universe, Vozza issues forth: “If I come to find a nameless face that stares at me beyond the glass / Set me out into the woods and let me rest / And let me rest where I can find something real to know and love again / The things I’ve lost were never ever mine.”
“Pretty Rows” is another standout track, an exercise in tension and feeling that epitomizes the band’s overall efforts. “It’s all I’ve swam up stream for,” Vozza croons again and again, as the song struts forward. “A love that’s never felt so pure.” Not until we pass the three-minute mark does the levy burst on that stream, and then it’s not so much a matter of swimming as being swept away.
Listen to The Refectory EP below: