Beaches Brew Festival 2015
Formed in the summer of 2013 by 20-year-old frontman Mikkel Holm Silkjær (guitar, vocals) in the north of Aarhus — Denmark’s second largest city and what locals would say is the current punk rock capital — along with friends Frederik Nybo Veile (drums), Tobias Guldborg Tarp (bass) and Emil Zethsen (guitar), Yung have spent the past year building up a formidable live reputation in their native land. As their name would suggest, Yung play with a youthful exuberance and feverish energy that leaves little room to catch your breath.
http://yungbandstuff.com Work in Progress Beaches Brew Portrait An exhibition of @channeldraw His Electro Blue Voice set their trajectories on a Kraut-driven rhythm, a haunting, cinematic wash or a mechanically-sound industrial thump. Once the choice is made, it’s guaranteed the trip will be violent and unrelenting. They know how to hammer it home, ruthlessly. Songs are conceived, spat out and left to dangle unplanned as the band decides in real time how to go about their completion. Whether it’s slathered in a thick glaze of neo-gothic guitar, an unexpected electronic pulse or leveled under a death trip full of panic inducing terror shrieks, His Electro Blue Voice have become masters at building soundscapes that leave brave listeners spent, soiled and with nothing positive on their mind. https://hiselectrobluevoice.bandcamp.com The Minneapolis-born band came to prominence in the late ‘80s with a raw live show that captured a musical and cultural moment; angry, talented and unfettered by societal norms, there were no costumes, no matching outfits and no harmonies. Babes in Toyland were as punk as their contemporaries, male or female, and made history along the way. Releasing three full-length albums and a number of singles and EPs, the trio influenced a legion of musicians including Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill and Jack-off Jill. Dangerous Minds said, “Kat’s delivery was intense and atonal, with her lyrics referencing fairytales (“Handsome and Gretel”), pain, rage, beauty, betrayal, and abusive parents, not sung with sweet, breathy, unsure vocals, but with a gut-wrenching maenad’s growl.” They were the first of their female contemporaries to sign to a major label (Fontanelle, the band’s sophomore release, arrived in 1992 via Reprise Records) and as a byproduct of their individualism. The highest apex of psychedelia, be it art, music, drugs or literature, is to induce a prolonged consciousness shift that affects the consumer far beyond the time they were privy to the act. Moon Duo‘s third full-length LP, Shadow of the Sun, was written entirely during one of these evolving phases — a rare and uneasy rest period, devoid of the constant adrenaline of performing live and the stimulation of traveling through endless moving landscapes. This offered Moon Duo a new space to reflect on all of these previous experiences and cradle them while cultivating the album in the unfamiliar environment of a new dwelling; a dark Portland basement. It was from this stir-crazy fire that Shadow of the Sun was forged. http://moonduo.org Ex Hex is Mary Timony, Laura Harris, and Betsy Wright. They are a power trio hailing from Washington, DC, making the music you’ve been waiting for. Drums, bass, guitar, P90s, searing leads — this is unapologetic rock ’n’ roll spat out in the discipline’s mother tongue. Their full-length debut, Rips, is twelve songs about underdogs, guys stealing your wallet, schoolyard brawls, and getting bent, and was released via Merge Records in October 2014. http://www.exhexband.com Cheeky, charming and touchingly direct, Melbourne foursome Twerps are international pop champions. Formed in late 2008, they were already supporting the likes of Deerhunter, the Bats, the Black Lips, Yo La Tengo and Thee Oh Sees within a few months of their first gig. Their debut EP, released on Chapter Music in late 2009, featured nine short but infectious tracks. On the basis of the EP, Twerps began to filter out into the world, and were called “the best new band in Australia” by iconic UK magazine Uncut. In 2011, they released singles on New York labels Underwater Peoples and Group Tightener. They also took off on their first US tour that March. A self-titled debut album followed in late 2011, co-released by Chapter Music and Underwater Peoples. The band signed to Merge Records internationally in 2014 and released the effortless eight-song EP Underlay in August. Their much-anticipated second album is due early this year. From the first bars of Strand of Oaks critical LP HEAL, the exhilarating melodic stomp of ‘Goshen ‘97’ puts you right into Tim Showalter’s fervent teenage mindset. We find him in his family’s basement den in Goshen, IN, feeling alienated but even at 15 years old, believing in the alchemy and power of music to heal your troubles. “The record is called HEAL, but it’s not a soft, gentle healing, it’s like scream therapy, a command, because I ripped out my subconscious, looked through it, and saw the worst parts. And that’s how I got better.” HEAL embodies that feeling of catharsis and rebirth, desperation and euphoria, confusion and clarity. It is deeply personal and unwittingly anthemic. http://strandofoaks.net Known for his work as the singer/guitarist for the Brooklyn band The Babies and bassist for Woods, Kansas City native and new Los Angeles resident Kevin Morby calls his solo debu, Harlem River, “an homage to New York City,” his adopted home for the past five years. Harlem River features eight interweaving tales of tragedy and misfortune; a series of desperate characters playing out their dramas with the city as backdrop. A departure from some of the signature sounds of his better known projects, Morby’s songs glisten with a haunting intimacy and while he maintains that the songs are stories about other people, it’s hard not to feel a piece of him in each one; a half-imagined, half-painfully personal world of lost love, addiction, violence and prayers for the departed. If The Netherlands had a ‘Sunshine State,’ it would be the utterly romantic provence of Limburg, known for its florid views, carnivalesque gatherings, and Afterpartees. Originating from Horst aan de Maas, and driven by their love for energetic 70s punk and heartbreaking powerpop, this band wandered through their country with Iggy Pop, T-Rex and King Tuff blasting from the van’s crooked speakers. On stage, Afterpartees gamble all their chips, and cross all boundaries, real and imagined. They’ve toured with fellow Dutch musicians traumahelikopter, and played renowned Dutch festivals such as Best Kept Secret, Pinkpop, Into The Great Wide Open and Paaspop. Afterpartees debut LP, ‘Glitter Lizard’ is a combination of happy childhood memories and a nihilistic teenage worldview, and is available now via Excelsior Recordings. http://www.afterpartees.com/ In the somewhat crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, legendary Tuareg shredder Mdou Moctar stands apart from his peers. One of the few original singer/songwriters willing to experiment and push the boundaries of the genre, his unconventional styles have won him accolades both in Niger and abroad. http://sahelsounds.com/mdou-moctar If a Turkish disco diva, a Nigerian record producer, and a Brazilian cabaret dancer all got together circa 1976, DJ Fitz would be providing the soundtrack. A unique blend of rare-record aficionado and major party animal, DJ Fitz captivates by spinning your favourite jams that you didn’t know existed. Wooden Wisdom is DJ duo Turquoise Wisdom (Zach Cowie) and awesome actor/label owner Elijah Wood. Together the pair spin classic funk-soul jams, spaced-out space age instrumentals, 80′s-era dance new wave dance jams–essentially, music that makes you move! https://soundcloud.com/wooden-wisdom Herein bumps and soars Lese Majesty, the new sonic action of Shabazz Palaces. Honed and primal, chromed and primo. A unique and glorified offering into our ever-uniforming musical soundscape. Lese Majesty is a beatific war cry, born of a spell, acknowledging that sophistication and the instinctual are not at odds; Indeed an undoing of the lie of their disparate natures. http://www.shabazzpalaces.com/ You are across the road, staring into a building. It’s dark outside, and you can just make out a light shining inside from a distant window. Stromboli’s self-titled debut EP is that light: a dense, ambient, propulsive opera created over the course of two years in Bologna, Italy. The man behind Stromboli is inspired by limitations: it’s his area of expertise, and gives him confidence. For him, balance and composure are mental states. Describing boundaries and territories through drones, city-dwelling rhythms, noise landscapes and elegant melodies, Stromboli defies what is traditionally associated with the ambient genre by creating a beautiful, dark, psychedelic, rotating world. http://sstromboli.tumblr.com Godblesscomputers is Lorenzo “Nada,” an Italian dj & producer based in Bologna, Italy. In recent years, he has produced albums, mixtapes and an EP for the groups Il Lato Oscuro Della Costa and Delitto Perfetto, before arriving at his own solo project, Godblesscomputers: the perfect combination of hip hop, dub, and electronic music within a container of liquid sounds and organic textures. https://godblesscomputers.bandcamp.com/