Dead Gaze – ‘I Found The Ending’

As far as Dead Gaze goes, I’m biased. Ever since hearing ‘Fishing With Robert’ a few years back I’ve tried to piece together the Dead Gaze catalogue, and failed. There was an album (of sorts), a few EPs, a single or two, but no definitive collection to dive into. Thankfully FatCat Records have stepped in, on March 25 the ‘Dead Gaze’ LP will be released (pre-order / USA insound) featuring the best bits released on Group Tightener, Fire Talk and Clan Destine plus newbies including the fresh single ‘I Found The Ending‘ (free download via FB) which premiered over at Fader. For the uninitiated, Dead Gaze is the work of Mississippi’s R. Cole Furlow. The songwriter has formed a new quartet, moved house and is apparently ready to rock! Dead Gaze will quickly infect you with a unique junkyard mix of garage rock, punk, lo-fi, shoegaze and psych. Can’t wait.

 
Dead Gaze – ‘I Found The Ending’

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Los Encantados Interview

Wrap your ears around Brooklyn’s Los Encantados, a six piece indie rock act on the verge of releasing their debut LP in 2013. Meanwhile ‘ZZZZ’ comes from the third chapter of their EP series ‘The Same Damned Soul’. Its a vintage lullaby that throws a mild tantrum before getting its way. If only my high school dance played this tune in the hall rather than ‘Ice Ice Baby’, I may have had a chance. A Marty McFly moment. Alas, best not to paint Los Encantados with one brush. While ‘ZZZZ’ may be sweet, there’s also rough edges rock n’ roll to be had, take a listen to more here.

 

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What’s the Los Encantados creation story? Where did it all begin? 

I moved to New York in the summer of ’07 from Florida. Nothing was inspiring me then, so I just DJ’d around for the first couple of years here. A friend of mine (and also member of Los Encantados) Kevin needed a guitar player in his band, The Dunnie Bobos, so that got me back playing rock music again. Then I met a girl and recorded a New Order-y inspired cover of Springsteen’s ‘I’m On Fire’ one night for her. Then we had a great thing and I started writing songs about it and recording them in my apartment. Initially, it was just a personal thing, bedroom demos passed between us. Eventually, I showed a couple of friends the tracks and a few months later at a party we decided to form a band around these songs.

The initial idea was to play this collection, The Same Damned Soul, once – make a little production out of it for our friends and then pack it in. We played the show – in our Encantado disguises (which included masks and mustaches to hide our identities – at Union Hall and had a great time and set. Heather D, who books there and Bell House, enjoyed it and was finalizing the line up to that year’s Beard and Mustache Bash at Bell House. She asked us to play, we thought about it and decided to keep playing and here we are two years later. We recorded the whole thing with Sammy Gallo (www.sammygallo.com) and released the tracks as three EPs. So, we were created from love and are sustained by love. It’s really great.

What inspired ‘ZZZZ’?

The EPs follow the arc of a relationship and ZZZZ is towards the endpoint. If there are two people and one has a ticket for a departing flight, ZZZZ is the ride to the airport.

If the band were a cartoon character would it be? Why?

Oblio from The Point. He’s a really great positive & optimistic character. When he gets thrown out of town and exiled to the Pointless Forest, he takes it on the chin and just searches for meaning while exploring his surroundings. He’s open to all of the information that comes his way and soaks it all up like a sponge – always focusing on the positive. When he’s ready, he comes back to his people and takes all the knowledge from his travels, filters it through his own point of view and succeeds in opening their minds to new thoughts and experiences. That’s basically the goal of life in general I think, beyond just songs and records.

What are you listening to at the moment?

Literally, ‘Kid Charlemagne’ by Steely Dan. In general, I’ve been listening to a ton of Harry Nilsson – mostly his work in the 70s. The soundtrack to ‘The Point’ is my favorite thing to start and end my days. After that, ‘Duit On Mon Dei’ is a favorite. His lyrics are excellent, so witty. Superb vocal range as well. As far as newer stuff – I think that Solange’s record is going to be really great, I love Dev Hynes’ production work and the lead single ‘Losing You’ is such a beautiful track.

If you could assemble a fantasy band, what would the line-up be?

For me, The Spiders From Mars on the later dates of the Ziggy tour, when Bowie added Mike Garson on keys to join Trevor Bolder on bass, Mike Woodmansy on drums and Mick Ronson on guitar, is the greatest rock line-up. I’d have loved to have seen them play on that tour.

When can we get our ears on the album?

Tim Wagner (33hz & Dither Down Records co-founder) is producing and we’ve done some tracking at Strangeweather (DIIV, Friends) with Dan. It’s going to be an exciting process. Much of the music is written for our upcoming debut full length. I’m still trying to conceptualize it lyrically and tie everything together at the moment – so you’ll have to stay tuned until next 2013.

Any upcoming shows?

We’re playing a couple with Luke Rathborne, an excellent musician and great guy based in NYC, too. First one that is all set in stone at Glasslands on November 14th. To keep up to date, hit our website www.losencantados.com and join in our sharing of jokes and lewd images over at facebook.com/losencantadosmusic.

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Girls Names – 'A Troubled See'

Belfast rock act Girls Names return with their latest single ‘A Trouble See’, released on a split 7inch with Weird Dreams’ ‘House Of Secrets’ on London label Tough Love and in the US via Slumberland Records. Girls Names second album is expected to take a darker twist, a step away from the surf pop they’ve been labelled previously. Coloured vinyl available now!

 

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The Louche – ‘Salt’

The Louche FC have officially dropped the ‘FC’ and a new tune called ‘Salt’. The Salford-based four piece released their debut single ‘Back Bedroom Casualty’ in early 2011. Their latest creation sounds like Fleetwood Mac meets noise rock – impressive!

 

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Sebadoh – ‘Keep The Boy Alive’

Fans have been waiting since 1999 for fresh Sebadoh tunes, now they have it. This week the band released a new EP ‘Secret‘ featuring ‘Keep The Boy Alive’. There’s also a new LP in the works (due next year) plus a North American tour kicking off in Philly next month. If that’s not enough, Lou Barlow’s talents will also be on show when Dinosaur Jr release ‘I Bet On Sky’ this September.

 

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Daydreamer – 'Beach Blanket'

Fans of 90s rock take note, Daydreamer‘s ‘Beach Blanket’ is like Teenage Fanclub with overdrive! The Californian quartet have released the six track EP ‘Because’ (free download). The only thing loose about this tune is the snare trap. Its simple, sunny, indie rock.

 

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