"People think our music is really fun," says JD Samson of the indie electronic/punk group JD Samson and Men. "But then when you listen to the lyrics," she adds with a laugh, "they’re really depressing."
In truth, nothing about the indie electronic/punk group JD Samson and Men is depressing. The Brooklyn-based queer collective, whose other core member is guitarist Michael O’Neill, is just too playful and energetic to provoke a sense of despair. Even those pointed lyrics that some might consider depressing — typically expressing liberal angst about our conservative, capitalistic times — are sung in a giddy style and set to spunky, upbeat music steeped in the happy sounds of ’80s synth-pop.
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If you loved Le Tigre, you’re going to love “Labor,” the new record by JD Samson and MEN. Polished and dance-floor ready, it’s got a sheen and immediate appeal that was sometimes lacking on the former Le Tigre singer’s last album. This time, Samson occasionally channels Robyn (on the perky, bubbling single “All the Way Thru”) or labelmate Le Roux. The group is renowned for its raucous live shows, which mix gender politics, sexuality and performance art into one giant party. This Comet Ping Pong show, which also features Mary Timony’s Ex Hex and funky local group Coup Sauvage and the Snips, should be more of the same.
Don’t miss JD Samson & MEN, Ex Hex, Coup Sauvage & The Snips, and DJ Dean THIS SUNDAY 12/8!
In anticipation of the Lonely Forest’s fourth album, Adding Up the Wasted Hours, the widely heralded, Washington-based indie rock foursome previews their latest with “Lovric’s.” Coming on the heels of the group’s first single, “Warm/Happy,” this piano-steered winner makes a big impression, offering a soaring hook as it unfolds.
“‘Lovric’s’ serves as a great song to epitomize and condense a lot of the bi-polar lyrical and musical themes on Adding Up the Wasted Hours,” singer John Van Deusen tells Rolling Stone. “Gentle and loud, clarity and confusion, conviction and apathy, etc… . I don’t think it’s too difficult to grasp the references to relational excitement, separation anxiety and sexual timidity that we tried to get across in the lyrics and instrumentation. I guess at the end of the day this record is all about trial and error and ‘Lovric’s’ is an adequate introduction.”
As with its predecessor, Arrows, the Lonely Forest recorded their latest with Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla and will release the album through his Trans label on October 15th (it’s available for preorder here). In support of Adding Up the Wasted Hours, the band will launch a month-long headlining tour in Nampa, Idaho, on October 10th. Check their website for the complete itinerary.
Via Benjamin R. Freed of The Washington City Paper:
Drum machines. Audiences should expect lots and lots of drum machines at Soft Metals and Pleasure Curses’ show at Comet Ping Pong. The two synth-pop duos rely heavily on their 808s, but they yield emotionally distant results. On their new album, Lenses, Soft Metals’ Patricia Hall and Ian Hicks make good on their Los Angeles base—the pulsing beats sound ultra-modern and dreamy, and Hall’s ghostly vocals warp away like ocean currents. Performing as Pleasure Curses, however, local DJs and mixing artists Jahn Alexander and Evan Maxwell do something far darker. Their track “Abstrakt,” for instance, is slower and quieter than their showmates’, but enticingly dark, like a piece of well-crafted danger.
Soft Metals, Pleasure Curses, and Motion Lines perform TONIGHT at Comet Ping Pong - $10, 10pm and All Ages!