The best bands sound like everything you love and nothing you’ve heard. So it goes with Protomartyr, a Detroit quartet that seems to have ingested every classic post-punk record and evolved into a new kind of beast. The band’s forthcoming second album and Hardly Art debut, Under Color Of Official Right, is ripe with reference points for those so inclined; it encompasses everything from Wire, the Fall, and Pere Ubu to the Constantines, Iceage, and those early Spoon records when they sounded like Wire. They sprung from the same post-industrial primordial ooze that birthed Tyvek and Frustrations, but even in Detroit there’s no clear precedent for the racket they’re making. It is revolutionary music without an agenda, and if you live in North America or Europe, it’s coming soon to a dive bar near you.
The Men are the reigning Album Of The Week honorees for their bombastic roadhouse throwdown Tomorrow’s Hits, and today they’ve released a video for its lead single, the passionately beloved skronking rock ’n’ roll runaway train “Pearly Gates.” Fittingly, it’s a pulpy, lo-fi road video involving crooked cops, high-speed chases, and a dark, mysterious ceremony. Watch below.
Right now, Stereogum’s comments section is extremely geeked up over Lost In The Dream, the forthcoming album from Philly Americana stoners the War On Drugs, and with good reason; the LP hits the same majestic highs as the former War On Drugs member Kurt Vile found on last year’s Wakin On A Pretty Daze. The new video for “Red Eyes,” the blearily excellent first single from Lost In The Dream, has the members of the bands judging a series of hapless talent-show contestants. It’s cute and good-natured, and while it won’t change your morning or anything, it’s a good excuse to revisit the song. Anthony Zagarella directs; watch it below.
For the past two two decades, Jerry David DeCicca has been the quivering bellow and formidable sideburns out front of Columbus, Ohio folk-rock band the Black Swans, a project that has endured through many lineups, stylistic evolutions, and the 2008 death of violinist Noel Sayre, the only other founding member. They’ve racked up a rich, unmistakable discography while floating just below the radar. And although the Black Swans have always been DeCicca’s brainchild first and foremost, like kindred spirit Bill Callahan before him, he’s moving on to releasing albums under his own name. His debut solo release, Understanding Land, is coming out this spring.
Compared to neighboring Norway and Sweden, the Finish black metal scene is relatively small, yet vital, and its roots run deep: Seminal bands like Beherit, Archgoat, and Impaled Nazarene date back to 1989-’90 (by way of context, Dark Throne’s first black metal album was released in 1992) and are responsible for some of the genre’s defining work. And the next wave of Finnish bands included two especially notable ones: Horna and Behexen, who formed in 1993 and 1994, respectively — and still are active today — and whose intertwined lineups help make up the bedrock of Finland’s black metal community.
Let’s hear it for literalism! “Little Fang” is the name of the first single from Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, the Animal Collective co-leader’s new band with Dirty Projectors’ Angel Deradoorian and Ponytail’s Jeremy Hyman. And so it makes perfect sense that the song’s video would concern the adventures of a vampire cat. Longtime Animal Collective collaborator Abby Portner directed the video, which references a few old horror movies and generally works as a spooky head-trip. But the Jim Henson Creature Shop created the puppet who plays the title character, and that puppet is cute as fuck. Watch the video below.
When we heard L.A. synth-pop duo Holychild’s fluorescent “Every Time I Fall” last month, we also got word of the band’s new Mindspeak EP. That EP arrives this week in grand fashion, with its three tracks soundtracking a trilogy of videos directed by singer Liz Nistico. The clips comprise a short film about the objectification of women. Here’s Nistico’s statement:
Last year, the London producer Bok Bok worked on “Guns & Synths,” the opening track from the L.A. future-soul singer Kelela’s wonderful Cut 4 Me mixtape. Last week, Kelela returned the favor, singing on Bok Bok’s new glitch&B single “Melba’s Call.” Kelela is also in the song’s brand-new video, beaming her image into a futuristic recording studio that’s otherwise cold and deserted. Watch the video below.