Over three years, Water From Your Eyes have built a cult following around their slick, trance-inducing new wave sound. Nate Amos’ razor sharp guitars lock in with the metronomic, krautrock pulse of programmed drums, creating a cascading rhythmic maze that vocalist Rachel Brown navigates with a soft, dreamy voice. With their songs often stretching just beyond the five minute mark – even further in their live sets, where the extended jams sweep up packed crowds into a hypnotic delirium – the duo are masters at conducting ghostly dance parties that provide the exact kind of tear-jerking catharsis suggested by their name.
An accomplished filmmaker themselves – particularly through their extensive videos for solo project thanks for coming – Rachel Brown hands over the reigns to Abigail Austin for their latest music video. Transformed into spooky, bug-eyed puppets, the band drifts through New York City in the video for “Adeleine,” rocking out and hallucinating fantastic colors in a combination of stop-motion and digitally-drawn animation. Save for a few delightfully detuned guitar licks, the song launches forward with a propulsive calm that does well to mask the lyrical themes of emotional disorientation. “Lyrically the song deals with wondering if you missed your shot at something,” Brown explains, “if you deserve or will get another chance, and the presence/importance of another person in your life and the process of dealing with transitioning relationships – the difficulty of “pull(ing) the lever” and knowing that “nobody else could make me leave me behind.”‘
In both sound and vision, Water From Your Eyes continue their whirlwind rise as one of the most exciting experimental pop acts around, never losing sight of the value of physically cutting loose as they power through the mental doom and gloom. Check out the video for Adeleine below and pre-order their upcoming album, Somebody Else’s Song from Exploding In Sound Records. Mark your calendars and lace up your dancing shoes – October 25th can’t come soon enough.
Boston-based DIY veterans Kal Marks have shared their video for their new single "Kimmy," off of their forthcoming Let The Shit House Burn Down EP, due out September 27 via Exploding in Sound Records, and we are pleased to premiere it. The video features vintage cartoons slashing through as an onslaught of phantmasgoric visuals pass through grainy VHS style footage of the band performing. The track is a churning miasma conjuring the sound of sirens wailing with feedback pumping through the breathless dynamics. Check out the video below.
On the making of the track, the band had this to say:"Kimmy is a nonsense song. I think I may be building a reputation for writing emotional, deep, dark songs, so just wanted to do something absurd and without meaning. Not every song has to be philosophical pondering on life, because honestly a lot of times there is no rhyme or reason to our time here. The song is ridiculous musically too. Caveman rhythms, quick twists and turns, and really no standard structure. Some of lyrics I can't even remember. They could just be gibberish. Its named after a friend that is absurd and unfiltered, so that was the inspiration. It's a fun exercise to give in to the meaningless."
Artist of the Month Bethlehem Steel are set to release their self-titled sophomore album tomorrow. Ahead of the official street date, the 10-track effort is being premiered below.
Due September 13th via Exploding in Sound, Bethlehem Steel serves as the follow-up to 2017’s Party Naked Forever. While touring behind that debut record, the Brooklyn trio brought on singer/guitarist Christina Puerto to help fill out the songs in a live setting. The bond that formed between her and singer/guitarist Becca Ryskalczyk ended up being so strong that Puerto was invited to join the band full-time.
Her addition and the resulting dynamic had a huge impact on the songwriting process, especially in the themes that were being tackled. As Ryskalcyzk explained in a press release,
“A lot of the lyrical content on this album is uncomfortable. It’s about men, and being taken advantage of, or abandoned or fucked over. I’ve been playing with the boys in the band for many years and they have always been sympathetic to my experiences, but there are certain things about what women experience that they will never understand, and having another woman as part of the band brought a different comfort and a sense of solidarity. Based on what’s happening in my life, I would still probably have sung about these things, but I don’t know what it would have been like without Christina. It wouldn’t have felt as powerful.”
Preview tracks included lead single “Bad Girl”, “Govt Cheese”, and “Empty Room”, the latter of which Bethlehem Steel explored in our Origins feature. Listen to the entirety of their self-titled LP below.
For a change of pace from the endless succession of post-hardcore opuses emanating from Brooklyn label Exploding in Sound, look no further than Water From Your Eyes, the synth-powered duo of Nate Amos and Rachel Brown. While grungy bass textures familiar to the EIS discography make occasional appearances in their music, WFYE specialize in light, electro-pop ballads that are nearly trancey in their length and repetition.
With the revelation of their new album Somebody Else’s Song, the duo are sharing the album’s first single, “Bad in the Sun,” which perfectly blends their rock and electronic influences. What they call “a celebration of a bad dream,” “Sun” is an optimistic new-wavey track clocking in at a quick six-and-a-half minutes, which the band compares to a single they released earlier this year that also appears on Song:
“In some ways [‘Bad in the Sun’ is] a reflection of ‘Break’ in terms of length and composition (the two serve as the pillars of the album), but ultimately a friendlier and more approachable song. It’s definitely the closest thing to older WFYE material on the album, but there are also severe differences in approach to arrangement and pacing. Meant to be a sort of half-closer and set an exciting/ecstatic mood to be ripped down by ‘Look Again.’”
Somebody Else’s Song is out October 25 on Exploding in Sound. You can pre-order it here.
Boston punk group, Kal Marks, are set to release their newest EP, Let The Shit House Burn Down, September 27 through Exploding In Sound Records. We are premiering their newest single, “Science is Science”. The acid washed track discusses the frustration many are currently feeling in regards to climate change.
Frontperson, Carl Shane, shared a very blunt, but candid, statement about the track that shows the sincerity of the track. Shane expressed, “Science is Science is pretty grim. I think there’s a lot of behavior in this world that needs to be eradicated or we will be. There’s many problems in this world, the Earth should be number one right now, but there’s a lot of old greedy fuckers that won’t change or die out. Maybe the human race is actually a virus, and it’s hopeless. I really wish it’s not.”
While grim on its surface, Shane’s words are not in vain, and in fact reflect the feelings of hopelessness many have been struggling with as the world, both literally and metaphorically, burns. Some of us are using metal straws and others are slinging guitars and yelling frustrations to anyone willing to listen. Whichever side you’re on, Kal Marks offers a soundtrack to the chaos. Pre-orders are now open via Exploding In Sound.