Soft-poppers Twin Sister, Cleveland drone kings Emeralds, and heavy psych-pop trio Bear In Heaven took the stage at the Grog Shop for a surprisingly filled Monday night show. Twin Sister went on around ten, and definitely showed some bright talent, but their biggest obstacle was captivating the crowd…they never did. They go for this elegant pop sound which sounds beautiful, but it left many people thinking they were pretty boring. Emeralds went up next and destroyed the stage for 35+ minutes straight, starting off with “Genetic” and transitioning to other Does It Look Like I’m Here? tracks within the gorgeous mess. Bear In Heaven walked on stage last and slammed into Beast Rest Forth Mouth opener “Beast In Peace,” followed by “Ultimate Satisfaction.” They best part of their set was no doubt the mega-foggy epic “Dust Cloud,” where they proved that three men can be a tornado of noise under frontman Jon Philpot’s haunting voice. It was pretty nice to see them all smiling, with Philpot addressing the crowd about how fucking jawdropping Emeralds was, and after a long wait between songs saying, “Sorry, we’ve having fun!” That just about summed up the night, people were dancing and drinking to their oil-thick psychedelia, and it was all about having fun. Bear In Heaven are going to heading over to Europe for a ton of dates (check their MySpace), and Twin Sister will be touring the US with Memoryhouse. Hit the jump for some pretty cool photos!
P.S. I saw Emeralds a few weeks ago and captured a pretty good video of the first ten minutes of their set. Watch it here!
Bear In Heaven MySpace
Twin Sister Website
Genre: Psychedelic, Electronic
Location: Brooklyn, NY
01. Wholehearted Mess
02. Wholehearted Mess (Pink Skull remix)
03. Wholehearted Mess (Max Branslokker remix)
04. Wholehearted Mess (Arclike’s Dugout Version)
I’ve had multiple opportunities to get this 12″, but every time I pass it by. Well it looks like that’s going to change soon, because I finally heard the remixes of “Wholehearted Mess”, from 2009′s Beast Rest Forth Mouth, and they are cool as shit! The Pink Skull remix doesn’t stray too far from the tone of the album version, but cranks the reverb on the synths. The dance party starts with the B-side remix by Berlin-based DJ Max Branslokker, making Bear In Heaven boogie down with funky guitars, latin drums, and 80s-loving synth runs. Arclike’s Dugout’s version rounds out the sweet remixes with a minimalist’s view on “Wholehearted Mess”. Limited to 1000 red vinyl (as you can see), you can order a copy from Hometapes for $12 w/ shipping.
UPDATE: Since the time that I wrote this, I bought the 12″! Woohoo!
Genre: Psychedelic, Electronic, Pop
Location: Brooklyn, NY
01. Beast in Peace
02. Wholehearted Mess
03. You Do You
04. Lovesick Teenagers
05. Ultimate Satisfaction
06. Dust Cloud
07. Drug a Wheel
08. Deafening Love
09. Fake Out
10. Casual Goodbye
I’m back! And it gave me some good time to catch up on some music! I managed to not listen to Beast Rest Forth Mouth for a long time, until now. It’s definitely a strange record, and one that’s somewhat difficult to dig into. But once you do, an incredible LP awaits. Opener, “Beast In Peace”, could possibly be the most inviting song on the album, while “Lovesick Teenagers” is the odd pop anthem of the album. Much of the mastery of Beast Rest Forth Mouth goes to leader, Jon Philpot, who’s writing and almost-spiritual voice make this album whole. If you haven’t heard of Bear In Heaven or listened to this album yet, I strongly encourage you to, because it’s slowly becoming one of my favorites from last year. So if you want to add a cool vinyl to your record collection, check out the Beast Rest Forth Mouth LP HERE. You can either get an red album cover with a blue vinyl, or a blue album cover with a red vinyl. Oh such hard decisions!
P.S. I re-uploaded AFCGT in 320, and included the two bonus 7″ tracks, “Korin” and “Niche”!