But it’s a history Rowland would gleefully put a match to. With or without it, Rowland S. Howard would make tense, beautiful music, would deliver us his personal vision of the world, would create Pop Crimes.
Vancouver, BC quartet, Dralms, led by songwriter Christopher Smith, have announced their debut 7" single, "Crushed Pleats", will arrive September 2 on Fat Possum in the U.S. (Boompa Canada/Full Time Hobby UK)- pre-order here. Stream the A-side, "Divisions Of Labour", via Soundcloud. Dralms is the soundtrack of the quiet hours of a hot summer night, Smith's soft, sultry vocals intertwining thick and heavy bass and synth lines. Half sweaty, underground club, half dream-like euphoria - Dralms debut single is the afterglow of an epic night on the town.
Dralms is the latest project by Christopher Smith, featuring long time collaborators Shaunn Thomas Watt (Siskiyou), Will Kendrick (Failing) and Peter Carruthers (Siskiyou). With Dralms, Smithdeparts from his minimal and subdued musical constructions of his solo album's to a much more complex, heavier sound. Still led by the cloud-soft vocals of Smith the group veer off into cyclical dub rhythms on "Divisions," while the spacey "Crushed Pleats" mixes OK Computer era Radiohead, rising post-rock arrangements and glitched-out electronic tones. Also contributing to the sonic heft of Dralms is producer and electronic artist Andy Dixon (Secret Mommy, Caving), with whom Smith had previously trusted with a remix of Earning Keep's "Pillars and Pyre." the extra clicks, echo and ambiance layered onto the songs by the
producer came late in the game, after being recorded by John Raham of Vancouver's Afterlife Studios
"Dralms spits and curses below the sweet top layer. Below, in the miserable underbelly, sits something built to explode under the weight of its own industrial misery." - Portals Musicmore
Fat White Family will unleash their wrath this Fall on North America. First on August 19, their album "Champagne Holocaust" will hit the shelves followed by a full US / Canada tour in October and November, wrapping up at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. Check out their song "Touch The Leather (redux)" above and the tour dates below.
10/15 Washington, D.C. @ Black Cat Backstage
10/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
10/18 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/19 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
10/21 Montreal, QC @ Le Divan Orange
10/22 Toronto, ON @ The Hard Luck
10/23 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s
10/24 Chicago, IL @ Schubas
10/25 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
10/28 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
10/29 Salt Lake City. UT @ Kilby Court
10/31 Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
11/1 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
11/3 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
11/4 Los Angeles, LA @ The Echo
11/7 Austin. TX @ Fun Fun Fun Festival
Word from the band: "Eddie rabbit was born in Brooklyn in 1942 and died in Nashville in 1998. He was a great songwriter who we all admire. His songs influenced us a lot during the writing and recording of Angel. Here are two of our favorites."
Catch Pure X on tour on the west coast and pick up their album Angel today!
June 24 -- Phoenix, AZ -- Last Exit Live
June 25 -- San Diego, CA -- The Hideout
June 26 -- Los Angeles, CA -- The Echo
June 27 -- Sacramento, CA -- Witch Room
June 28 -- San Francisco, CA -- Brick & Mortar Music Hall
July 1 -- Portland, OR -- Bunk Bar
July 2 -- Vancouver, BC -- The Media Club
July 3 -- Seattle, WA -- Barboza