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Crystal Stilts Release New Single, Delirium Tremendous

Following the success of their album Nature Noir last year, New Yorkers Crystal Stilts are back with an incredible new single Delirium Tremendous which is available digitally now through Sacred Bones Records.

Guitarist JB Townsend of the band explains: “The song is, in my mind, a real quintessential Stilts track. It also acts as a fulcrum from our last record, which is relatively delicate, to our next record that will be more rocking. It’s representative of our style without sounding like a copy of previous songs. It really takes a deeper look into 1970’s New York punk traditions, complete with actual garbage can percussion. The bridge is a near death taking you half way into heaven or hell but then life takes you back to the city.”

Crystal Stilts

Crystal Stilts

Mysterium tremendum is described in The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley in the following terms: “The literature of religious experience abounds in references to the pains and terrors overwhelming those who have come, too suddenly, face to face with some manifestation of the mysterium tremendum. In theological language, this fear is due to the incompatibility between man’s egotism and the divine purity, between man’s self-aggravated separateness and the infinity of God.”

Brad Hargett (vocals) further writes: “Delirium Tremendous is not just a play on delirium tremens but Mysterium Tremendum and the song is about basically the fact that those types of unifying, numinous states are usually reached through a delirium of some kind. I have this weird old book/pamphlet of chants and prayers where there’s lots of repetition of whatever/whomever is being addressed. So it’s meant to be just like a chant or prayer. A formula.”

The song comes sees Crystal Stilts, AKA, Brad Hargett (vocals,) JB Townsend (guitar,) Andy Adler (bass,) Keegan Cooke (drums) and Kyle Forester (keys) return with a heart-pounding, invigorating new sound.

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The Men Announce New Album, Tomorrow’s Hits

With just over a month since the release of their last EP, The Men have announced their newest full-length record, Tomorrow’s Hits which is set for release on March 3 via Sacred Bones. The album is the latest entry in the band’s rapidly growing discography and a collection of songs that once again finds the band expanding their ever-evolving musical palette.

After spending much of 2011 and 2012 on the road, including a trip upstate to write and record New Moon, their fourth full-length in as many years, The Men needed a break. They decided to take the winter of 2012 off to work on new material in Brooklyn. All that time spent on tour meant they had no practice space so founding member Mark Perro offered to turn his bedroom into one. All the furniture except the bed was moved out and the band’s gear was moved in — drums, pianos, a dozen or so guitars and amplifiers. They practiced in that bedroom in Bushwick nearly every day for three months, writing new songs and cutting more than 40 demos.

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The Men Tomorrow’s Hits artwork

By the end of that winter, The Men had pared that crop of songs down to 13. With their plans to take a break foiled by their own work ethic, they decided to record those songs before New Moon came out. They booked two days at Brooklyn’s Strange Weather studios, clocked in and tracked all 13 songs entirely live. A horn section stopped by as well, contributing to two songs and playing live right along with the band.

Eight songs from those sessions made the final cut for The Men’s new LP for Sacred Bones, the tongue-in-cheek-but-still-auspiciously-titled Tomorrow’s Hits. This is their first album recorded in a high-end studio and, appropriately, the result is their highest fidelity album to date. That being said, it is still an incredibly straightforward and concise record that nonetheless is full of genre-bending risks. The end result reinforces the overarching theme that has come to define its makers: The Men are a great rock band.

UK live dates are to be announced early in 2014.

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Crystal Stilts’ New Album Nature Noir Out In September

Crystal Stilts are pleased to announce their new album Nature Noir will be released on September 16 on Sacred Bones Records. Along with this news comes a new track Star Crawl and a November UK tour.

Nature Noir sees The Stilts honing in on their various affinities at once. Simulcast from different pools of the past, bridging and expanding their intensive tastes in Soul, Folk, Psych, Country, Proto-punk and onward, it’s apparent that their new formulary is more subtle and fully realised than ever.

Crystal Stilts Nature Noir

Crystal Stilts artwork for Nature Noir

Like any creation worth loving, it’s the quality of the ingredients and the unique perspective lenses of the creators that produce a marvel such as this.  Pleasingly distilled in celestial darkness, floating in a sea of color drenched dreams, and grounded in protean mythology, Crystal Stilts’ third LP sounds refreshingly bold and deep rooted within the current musical climate.

With lyrical themes probing the dark connections between the individual and its environment, along with the shadowy interdependence of nature and man, the album strikes a more emotional chord than records past. Where Alight of Night and In Love With Oblivion reveled in a place of spaced-out awe, Nature Noir reaches forth with a very human yearning.  Unmasked, refined and lush, Crystal Stilts here hint at freeform experimentation whilst holding on to their classic heritage. Retro fitted and forward committed, this is a record whose presence should be welcomed in your collection.

Crystal Stilts formed in 2003 in New York City by Brad Hargett (vocals) and JB Townsend (guitar) and are currently joined by Andy Adler (bass), Keegan Cooke (drums), Kyle Forester (keys)

You can catch Crystal Stilts live on the following dates:
13 Nov – Vera, Groningen
14 Nov – Stengade, Copenhagen
15 Nov – Debaser, Stockholm
16 Nov – Revolver, Oslo
17 Nov – Pustervik, Goteborg
18 Nov – Voxhall, Aarhus
19 Nov – Hafenklang, Hamburg
20 Nov – Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin
21 Nov – King Georg, Cologne
22 Nov – De Kreun, Kortrijk
23 Nov – Green Door Store, Brighton
24 Nov – Liverpool Psychfest party, Liverpool
25 Nov – Mono, Glasgow
26 Nov – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
27 Nov – The Exchange, Bristol
28 Nov – Cargo, London
29 Nov – Maison De Musiques, Brussels
30 Nov – Le Guess Who? Festival, Utrecht
01 Dec – Point FMR, Paris
02 Dec – El Lokal, Zurich (CH)
03 Dec – Amalgame, Yverdon-Les-Bains (CH)

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Zola Jesus Reveals the First Track from New Album, Versions

On August 20, Sacred Bones Records will release Versions – an album of nine classic Zola Jesus songs and one new track arranged for string quartet by JG Thirlwell.

On the heels of her Conatus world tour, Nika Roza Danilova AKA Zola Jesus was offered an opportunity to perform at one of the most prestigious modern art museums in the world, New York’s Guggenheim. Rather than doing her standard Zola Jesus electronic set she decided she wanted to work with a classical composer who could arrange her songs for a quartet. She recruited experimental pioneer JG Thirlwell (Foetus) to do the arrangements.

Zola Jesus

Zola Jesus

Since his work as Foetus in the early 80’s New York no-wave scene, JG has been scoring and composing symphonic arrangements for his own project Manorexia, in addition to currently scoring Adult Swim’s Venture Brothers series. If there is a common thread to Thirlwell’s varied musical styles, it is dramatic intensity and evocative, cinematic quality. Thirlwell’s oeuvre runs the gamut from orchestrations, big band, and cathartic noise-rock to abstract electronics, sound sculpture, and chamber music, thus making him the perfect collaborator to help realise Danilova’s vision.

Danilova explains her intentions with this album: “Versions is about the bone of the music; taking approximations from past records and turning them inside out. With all framework exposed, the songs are given a new medium in which to evolve and bloom into their own tiny worlds.”

Removing the bulk of electronics from these songs gives them the space to breathe, thusly opening them up to exist beyond the restrictions of previously imposed genres.

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