Band To Watch

Band To Watch: Videohippos

Baltimore duo Videohippos dropped their Monitor Records debut some weeks ago now, but damn if it hasn’t crept its way into steady ‘n’ heavy rotation around here. The Wham City affiliates’ Unbeast The Leash is a half-hour of hyperbeat keyboard hardcore/pop, melding morose melodies to contoured ‘n’ spazzy noise bursts in songs that stick quick and generally quit within 150 ticks. And though they (and the entire Wham collective) are benefiting from Mr. Deacon’s rapid ascent to resident indie court jester/pied piper-dom, there’s little holdover from his vibe (but for “Rider,” a sort of Dan-on-a-down-day gem). If you haven’t spent time with Videohippos yet, try the album’s lead track “Toothsub,” a shot of the Strokes-meets-Blondie-on-speed (intercut with quick shots of upper-addled vocal freaks).

Videohippos – “Toothsub” (MP3)

And here’s the premiere of “Narwhals,” the band’s next single. Videohippos are Kevin O’Meara (drums/keys/vocals) and Jim Triplett (guitar/vocals/keys), but this one gets additional instrumentation by Narwhalz (note the z). Dig the Nintendo meltdown:

Videohippos – “Narwhals” (MP3)

Unbeast The Leash is out via Monitor on CD, via Wildfire on vinyl. Be their friend, then check ‘em on tour (dates, including a CMJ stop, after the jump).

09/01 Philadelphia PA @ 409 S 43rd St Block Party
09/02 Brooklyn NY @ Dan Deacon Scavenger Hunt-POSTPONED!!!
09/07 Washington DC @ Collins House
09/08 Baltimore MD @ Talking Head
09/20 Rochester NY @ Boulder Coffee Co
09/21 London Ontario @ LOLA Festival *
09/23 Montreal Quebec @ Le Divan Orange
09/24 Ottowa Ontario @ 854 Bronson
09/25 Hamilton Ontario @ Casbah *
09/26 Waterloo Ontario @ 130 King St *
09/27 Toronto Ontario @ Sneaky Dee’s
09/28 Brantford Ontario @ Ford Plant *
09/29 Barrie Ontario @ Young People’s Center *
09/30 Detroit MI @ Scrummage University w/ Grass Canyon, Lobodomys
10/01 Chicago IL @ Empty Bottle w/ The Blow
10/02 Grand Rapids MI @ DAAC
10/03 Kalamazoo MI @ Rocketstar Cafe w/ Grass Canyon, Breezee One
10/04 Oberlin OH @ Dionysus Disco w/ Dan Deacon, Health, Crime Novels
10/05 Cincinnati OH @ Skull Lab
10/06 Pittsburgh PA @ Garfield Artworks
10/19-20 New York NY @ CMJ Festival
10/22 Charlottesville VA
10/23 Wilmington NC @ Bellafesta
10/24 Charleston SC
10/25 Savannah GA
10/26 Tampa FL
10/27 Sarasota FL
10/28 Miami FL
10/30 Tallahassee FL
11/01 Hattiesburg MS @ Thirsty Hippo
11/02 Pensacola FL
11/03 Atlanta GA
11/04 Athens GA
11/06 Asheville NC @ New French Bar w/ Ear Pwr
11/07 Blacksburg VA w/ Sad Cobras
11/08 Greensboro NC
11/09 Greenville NC @ Spazz w/ Hot Lava
11/10 Williamsburg VA @ Meridian Coffee House w/ Hot Lava
11/11 Richmond VA @ TBA w/ Google Earth, Hot Lava

* with DD/MM/YYYY

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