Posts Tagged ‘Fire Talk’

Sightings: Flower Orgy, “Boneyard” Video

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

A title like “Boneyard” may sound strange and foreboding, but this video clip for Flower Orgy’s new single spends its entirety as a goofball tribute to a carefree Summer’s day. Nate Luce, the lead singer/guitarist of the Brooklyn trio, accompanies the song’s psychedelic jaunt with disparate, collage-like clips of the band dancing their way through apartment hallways and burning through endless amounts of cigarettes. A description of the band’s forthcoming cassette on the Fire Talk website tells us that ”Flower Orgy makes the kind of laid back jams your mom might have smoked a joint to.” The band certainly live up to that description in the song’s thrashy yet laid-back charm. The final image of the clip is a picture of a mug that reads, “AT TIMES LIFE IS PURE JOY!” By the end of “Boneyard,” most listeners will have to agree.

Words: Marc Picciolo

Flower Orgy tape is out August 23rd via Fire Talk. Pre-Order it here, and peep dates for the band’s August tour with Alex Bleeker & The Freaks here

Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk: “Last Night Sucked”

Friday, September 10th, 2010

I honestly expected something a whole lot more Sleepy Time Tea when Trevor from Woodsman/Gem Trials/Fire Talk snuck this one into my inbox earlier this week. Images of baby birds and milk-drinking did not prepare me for the perfect storm that would ensue from clicking play on this Lawrence, Kansas band’s new single, though I suppose their chosen name is pretty absurd to begin with. No, baby birds do not drink milk. Why the hell are we talking about this? Another absurdity: “Last Night Sucked” is called “Last Night Sucked”, and it’s a whirlwind bender of pure guitar fury until that whirlwind starts sounding like a descending scale, and the descending scale starts sounding like a melody. Screamed vocals add definition to this punch-drunk downward spiral, but each time the formula refreshes, the whole thing sounds a little more like joy.

Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk: “Last Night Sucked”

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Sightings: GEM TRAILS, “Old Kid”

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

This one commands the breathless awe of a five-year-old child peering inside her mother’s jewelry box– the fear that her breath will somehow shatter its contents, the anxiety that her eyes will somehow make it disappear. It’s easy to riff on “GEM TRAILS,” the title of the new solo project by Woodsman’s Trevor P., but “Old Kid” tinkles and twinkles like a giant pile of rockcandy resurfacing in the dreams of adulthood, as inexpicable as it is poignant. The beauty we encounter here is of the most fragile variety; the sparkling aural glitter says “yes” to the universe, and the voice simply strains to say “yes.”

GEM TRAILS, “Old Kid”

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Sightings: Tennis, “South Carolina”

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

I have never played tennis, but I have been told that it’s a sport. A sport played by men and women in white outfits with rackets and fuzzy green balls. Recently, it has come to the blogosphere’s attention that Tennis also happens to be a husband-and-wife duo from Denver, Colorado. According to their charming bio — sent to Visitation Rites along with the A-Side of their upcoming debut 7 inch, South Carolina — this couple spent their life savings on a sailing adventure around the East Coast of the U.S.. So far, the Tennis discography is comprised exclusively of songs that document their trek.

The sport of tennis is the farthest thing from your mind while listening to “South Carolina.” However, the image of a couple in a sailboat cruising around the outskirts of the song’s namesake state is not. It’s easy to lose yourself and start imagining that you are the one on the sailboat belting out “ooohs” with a sweetheart behind a familiar wash of lo-fi feedback and pentatonic guitar riffs.

“South Carolina” is a song that is well-tailored to a summer escapism playlist. It will send you out of a crowded cafe or subway car and right into a captain’s seat. The place it won’t send you is Wimbledon.

Tennis, “South Carolina” (South Carolina 7″, Fire Talk)

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