Feb. 7, 2014Feb 07, 2014
This Week's In-Studio: First Communion Afterparty
First Communion Afterparty are twin cities music vets. The band has been around in one incarnation or another since 2006.
Last November, the band released their newest album, Earth, Heat, Sound. Ethereal vocals and heady instrumental textures, characteristic of the psych genre, are brilliantly executed and brought down-to-earth with good hooks, driving guitar riffs, and the slightest hint of jangle pop. It's easy to draw comparisons to bands like the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spiritualized, and even the Jesus and Mary Chain. The records clocks in at around 60 minutes, and is a really skillful mix of 9 minute jams countered by 4 minute singles. Earth Heat Sound is a balanced and immensely listenable album even to those who may not be fans of the genre.
FCAP has been on hiatus for several years, in fact, the album was actually recorded back in 2009. It wan't until the guys at Picture in My Ear Records offered to release the disc that FCAP came back into being. Reassembling the band should have been a logistical feat, (most, if not all, of the members have side projects) but things came back together more easily than expected, said guitarist Liam Watkins, who currently plays with local outfit Driftwood Pyre. The first single, "Jesus Told You" garnered attention last summer and the track "Color of My Mind" is an OTR listener favorite (and one of our favorites!). FCAP's future remains somewhat of an uncertainty. The band is playing it by ear, but work has begun work on an EP of new music, and they're toying around with the idea of playing more shows this summer. Please keep it rolling, guys!
Drone Not Drones
Last weekend, a small army of local musicians droned on for 28 hours, all in support of the non-profit organization Doctors Without Borders. Tim Kaiser, BNLX, Dosh, Chatham Rise, and Flavor Crystals were just a handful of the musicians who contributed to the performance last weekend at the Cedar Cultural Center on Minneapolis's West Bank.
Luke Heiken, founder of Drone Not Drones, joined us in-studio to talk about the upcoming show. Inspired by Low's famous (infamous?) Rock the Garden performance in 2013, Heiken formed the project to raise awareness and support for victims of the “War on Terror”. Learn more here.
This Week's Playlist
Mary Allen and the Percolators “Be Brave!” from Single New
Laos “DEATH” from The World of Laos
Awesome Snakes “Awesome 6-Pack” from Venom on Crustacean Records
Cadette “Teething” from Flesh Without Hunting
Is/Is “Rune” from Is/Is
Southside Desire “When I Was Your Queen” from Songs to Love and Die To on Piñata Records
BUFFALO MOON “Quemame Quemate” from Machista on Self-Release
Carroll “Lead Balloon” from Needs - EP on Carroll
First Communion Afterparty “Live In Studio K!” from Live In Studio K!
Dosh “Golden Silver” from Milk Money on Graveface Records & Curiosities
Chris Campbell “Water Mirror” from Things You Already Know on Innova
Jeremy Messersmith “BRIDGES” from Heart Murmurs on Glassnote
SLEEPING IN THE AVIARY “Calm Me Down” from Expensive Vomit In A Cheap Hotel on Science of Sound
Rabbit Holes “It's Not Alright” from Single
Kitty Rhombus “Universal Error” from Single
Ugly Motors “Your Face is a Door” from Ugly Motors
Strange “Blowback” from EP 1
Chatham Rise “Fall In” from Chatham Rise on Picture In My Ear
Web of Sunsets “Foreign Body” from Room of Monsters - Single
Prissy Clerks “Bruise or Be Bruised” from Bruise Or Be Bruised on Forged Artifacts
Human Kindness “Krishnaagain” from You Are So Loud That I Want To Die
HOLLOW BOYS “Lovers Rock” from When You Think of Us, Pray for US
The Velveteens “Luvin' Man” from The Velveteens
Stnnng “Empire Inward” from Empire Inward on Modern Radio Record Label
Black Diet “Thrown Stones” from Single
Up Next: Black Diet
Recently recognized as being one of Minneapolis's newest and greatest at First Avenue's Best New Bands Showcase this January, Black Diet is joining us in-studio this Friday. You won't want to miss this one! (P.S. Check out the entire Pinanta Records sampler RIGHT NOW! Seriously, you'll thank me.)