The Pastor Alvarado-directed video for Talk Normal’s “Transmission Lost” includes footage from various shows the band played in Austin and New York last year. Seeing the duo live is essential to getting what they do, how they do it. As is this: “Transmission Lost” appears on guitarist/bassist Sarah Register and singing drummer Andrya Ambro’s Sightings-guesting full-length debut Sugarland. When we posted “Hot Song” from the collection a ways back, I theorized about the album title:
I’m not sure what inspired the title Sugarland, but there’s that gay bar on N. 9th in Brooklyn that’s basically the only remaining structure on a street where construction seems stalled, the sidewalks are crumbling, and the rubble’s looking longterm. Regardless of whether or not I’m right, for a band who’s clearly inspired by an older, dirtier, more adventurous and empty downtown NYC, the reference is perfect on half a dozen levels.
Since then, that block’s gotten more gentrified, the neighborhood more blandly ridiculous. But hey, Sugarland and Talk Normal are still going, looking back at something a lot more appealing than another iPod condo. Even their contemporary live video feels No New York:
Sugarland is out via Rare Book Room. They have a number of upcoming 7″ releases: A Klangbad-imprinted 7″ split with Christy&Emily out 4/5 called Quick Words, a M’lady Records 7″ single out spring/summer 2011, and a Fast Weapons split with Thurston Moore (out 2011). If you recall, Fast Weapons is the imprint of the Gossip’s Nathan Howdeshell (also home of favorites, Soft Kill). And, catch them live:
04/15 – Easthampton, MA @ Ladyfest Easthampton (Flywheel Arts Space) !!
04/16 – Purchase, NY @ SUNY Purchase Culture Shock Festival %
04/23 – New York, NY @ The Stone (Curated by Thurston Moore)
04/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio #
06/17 – Toronto, ON @ NYNE (Venue TBD)
06/18 – Toronto, ON @ NXNE (Snakes And Ladders Showcase) $
!! w/ U.S. Girls, etc.
% w/ The Feelies, Real Estate, R. Stevie Moore, etc.
# w/ Grass Widow, Broken Water, Tara Jane Oneil
$ w/ Aids Wolf, Prince Rama, Doldrums, etc.