Big Ups' second LP, Before A Million Universes, is at once a fist in the face of complacency and a sonic affirmation to, in Walt Whitman's words, "let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes."
Pretty heady subject matter... Joe Galarraga (vocals), Amar Lal (guitar), Carlos Salguero Jr. (bass), and Brendan Finn (drums), met studying music technology at NYU. Five years later, the city's notorious crucible of garbage, money, and humanity has had a profound and delightful impact on their art.
"Tell me what you're worth / Salary, two weeks off work?" Galarraga screams on "Capitalized," as the bassline frantically roams our conscience like a wet-nosed dog. Galarraga's vocals burn with the heat of a thousand day jobs.
Yet all this righteousness is worth as much as a Che t-shirt if it lacks humility, and more than any of the band's previous work, Before A Million Universes plumbs the depths of self-deception in wickedly clever ways. Who doesn't own a coat made of "The Feathers Of Yes"?
"Count the ideas in my head so I can love every one," our protagonist coos before Lal's guitar tosses lightning bolts through his cloud. "And it feels so warm / wrapped in self-righteous truths."
"Yawp" unspools the exercise in futility that is the overexamined life to the tune of a lumbering giant stomping across a field of insecurities. "How many times can you be poured through the still to the point of perfection? / I've dropped myself through the coils so many times but always come out with something missing / And the proof’s so high it makes me dizzy."
The album's emotional and musical core lies in "National Parks," a song Galarraga wrote as a tribute to the sacrifices his mother made to raise him.
We're led through the anger and bewilderment—at his mom's solitary walks through their neighborhood and the selfishness inherent to childhood—and into a coda where you can almost see the sun streaming through the trees of Galarraga's park, drums steady and swelling, a transition in tone and mood that this band has nearly perfected. "I think I saw her say to herself / This is everything I've missed."
Before A Million Universes is Big Ups at their most sincere, urgent, and vital— a salty kiss from the wet lips of Brooklyn's bard.
Tracklisting: 1. Contain Myself 2. Capitalized 3. Posture 4. Feathers of Yes 5. Meet Where We Are 6. Negative (intro) 7. Negative 8. Hope For Someone 9. Knight 10. National Parks 11. So Much You 12. Proximity Effect 13. Yawp
The LP is limited to 500 copies worldwide on yellow vinyl.
‘Swingin’ The Bottles’ combines the Dogs D’amour BBC sessions with a live show from the Dominion Theatre in London from 1990.
All new artwork is provided by Tyla and also included are in depth notes and new interviews with the band - this set features exclusive versions of Dogs classics such as ‘How Come It Never Rains’, ‘I Don’t Want You To Go’, ‘Last Bandit’ and ‘Trail Of Tears’ .
The BBC sessions were all recorded around the release of the bands third album ‘In The Dynamite Jet Saloon’ and they feature the classic Dogs line-up of Tyla, Bam, Jo and Steve.
The live recording also joyfully captures the chaos and excitement of their incendiary, edge-of-your-seat live performance
Tracklisting: 1. Firework Girl 2. Wait Until I’m Dead 3. How Do You Fall In Love Again 4. Planetary Pied Piper 5. Everything I Want 6. How Come It Never Rains 7. I Don’t Want You To Go 8. The Kid From Kensington
Live In Concert At The Dominion Theatre 08/12/90 – London: 1. Last Bandit 2. Everything I Want 3. Heartbreak 4. Trail Of Tears 5. How Come It Never Rains 6. Drunk Like Me 7. Medicine Man 8. I Don’t Want You To Go
Purple vinyl - Infamous Nymphs front woman Inger Lorre celebrates how vital her songs still sound today, with a live recording of a sold-out show at the legendary Viper Room.
The set includes classic Nymphs tracks, ‘Sad & Damned’, ode to a serial killer ‘The Highway’ and the mourning swirl of ‘Imitating Angels’, with the addition of a cover of Siouxsie & The Banshees ‘Monitor’.
This live album is raw and primal; tribal, glamorous, witch-y, grunge-y, punk. Inger states, “These songs are the sound of me walking through fire…” Lorre’s cult following has grown in strength of late, with the seminal self-titled debut album re issued by Rock Candy Records and 2 new songs released for Record Store Day. Encouraged by the interest she is recording a new album, tentatively planned for an autumn release.
Often seen as musician’s musician (once dubbed by Jeff Buckley as ‘The Patron Saint of Fucked-Over Musicians’) and having worked with the likes of Iggy Pop and Henry Rollins, sadly Inger’s notoriety often eclipsed her darkly beautiful music. Haunted by the infamy of a band that burned brightly all too briefly, before imploding in a devastation of bereavement, addiction, mental health issues and misguided record company dealings. No one will ever forget the desk pissing incident.
Inger Lorre is a music industry legend. These days Inger Lorre has mostly conquered her own demons - exorcised through art, music and time to heal. What comes next will no doubt be unique as the women herself.
“Inger retains her strength as a songwriter and performer without losing any of her sensitivity, fragility and danger. I always look forward to what she does, it never disappoints” – Henry Rollins
"The Nymphs were a very original underground band with a unique sound and GREAT songs" - Iggy Pop
“Inger Lorre is a magician, a shaman…that kind of witch-doctor ability for live performing” – Eric Avery, Jane’s Addiction
Tracklisting: 1. Rumble 2. Alright 3. Death Of A Scenester 4. Sad And Damned 5. 7B 6. Snowflake 7. Hate In My Heart 8. Wasting My Days 9. 2 Cats 10. The River 11. Imitating Angels 12. The Highway 13. Monitor
"After "Moloch", their first album hit the scene last year, ANCST has toured relentlessly. Besides putting out a few more of their dark ambient releases, the Berlin based blackened crust collective has gone quieter at the end of 2016 to write new material for a row of releases to be put out in 2017.
The first in line will be this EP entitled "Furnace" which see's the band heading out into much more melodic territories while still featuring the aggression of former releases.
"Furnace" delivers 5 new songs of bastard sound black metal / hardcore crossover that takes no prisoners."
Tracklisting: 1. Away From Atrophy 2. Urban Tomb 3. Chronicles Of Emptiness 4. Broken Oath 5. In Stone 6. Cadence