Recently, Heartless Bastards gave their two cents for Esquire Magazine’s “How to Travel Like a Rocker: Advice and Road Stories from 23 Musicians”. For them, simplicity and healthy habits are key. Check out their full answers below:
How They Roll
Erika Wennerstrom: “Minimalism is where it’s at. Even though I overpack, there’s this free aspect of everything I’m living off of for a month is in this suitcase. This very packed, overly heavy, too much suitcase. It makes me really realize how little I truly need.”
How They Survive
Jesse Ebaugh: “We’ve been on the road as a touring band for a long time and have found that sleep and exercise make for a much more pleasant traveling experience. We all prioritize running. We’re all runners. And it’s always runs in horrible places. It’s like a Priceline hotel by a highway, so you go for a four-mile run, and it’s nothing but car dealerships and dust from semis. I can’t use the gym. I can’t do it inside.”
Jesse: “Make sure everyone gets
fed on a regular schedule. I was in the Boy Scouts as a young teenager,
and being in a van is like being in the Boy Scouts. You’re with a whole
bunch of people that you aren’t related to, but it’s your job to get
along. And when somebody’s blood sugar gets low, everything trickles
out. And you’ve got to deal.”
Heartless Bastard’s new record Restless Ones unleashes 6/16 via Partisan Records!
Porter Robinson and the folks at Coachella thank YOU for all the love in Indio, CA this weekend.
Watch a beautiful montage of the festival featuring Robinson’s “Flicker!”
WBEZ welcomed José González into the studio for a mellow session showcasing songs featured on his latest release Vestiges & Claws out now on Mute Records.
Catch the interview and hear the performance here!
Watch the haunting video for TORRES’ “Sprinter,” via The Line of Best Fit.
Presented as a kind of plague doctor-cum-angel of death, Mackenzie Scott - also known as Torres - sweeps through barren monochrome, all the while grappling with the legacy of her religious upbringing.
Sprinter is going for adds at radio NOW and drops on 5/4 via Partisan Records!
Pitchfork gives Squarepusher’s Damogen Furies a 7.3 in their Album Review!
Even on an album as wholly electronic-sounding as Damogen Furies, Jenkinson’s musicality remains organic and responsive. Rather than using technology to surpass the limitations of live acoustic instruments, he creates moments of human flexibility with it (see also his music for robot performers from last year). It is this exploratory drive which has always made him notable.
Damogen Furies is going for adds at radio NOW via Warp Records!
Detroit-based Holly Miranda means business. Read SPIN’s review of her new single “All I Want to Be Is Your Girl,”
The song may be uncompromising in its insistence, but it’s also winning enough in its classic pop structuring, sweet acoustic strumming and matter-of-fact lyrics (“I wasn’t looking for love, but you found me / And I got a lot of control when you’re not around me”) that Miranda shouldn’t reasonably expect much pushback anyway.
Stream the track and find the full review here!
Miranda’s self-titled album releases May 19th via Dangerbird Records.
HEARTLESS BASTARDS’ lead single “Gates of Dawn” is featured as OpenAir’s download of the week!
Get your free tunes here! On June 16th, you’ll be able to enjoy Restless Ones in its entirety via Partisan Records.
The Boston Herald are on board with VILLAGERS’ back-to-basics approach:
“I like his return to simple. Basically a quiet folk album with little, arty flourishes, “Darling Arithmetic” doesn’t need to get loud to have an impact. Drumheads slapped with brushes, picked-out acoustic guitar and sparse piano and organ frame some truly lonesome vocals. Best example: the urgent, wounded shout contained in whispers on ‘Hot Scary Summer’.” - Jed Gottlieb, The Boston Herald
Listen to the official audio for “Hot Scary Summer”.
Darling Arithmetic is out on Domino Records and going for spins at radio NOW!
Stereogum included “Waitress” by Hop Along on their regular segment called The 5 Best Songs of the Week!
Here’s why they picked the track:
Every word out of Frances Quinlan’s mouth suggests her soul is ripping apart. The Hop Along singer is indie rock’s very own Janis Joplin, delivering each lyric in the form of volatile wails that suggest her larynx is made of sandpaper. That kind of cat-screech risks turning Hop Along’s songs into fingernails-on-chalkboard irritants, but instead Quinlan’s abrasion is electrifying, rendering every track on the band’s new Painted Shut an urgent emotional firestorm. “Waitress” is among the best of them — a tumultuous, triumphant blast of furious melodic noise that will have you flipping over tables with a smile. –Chris
Hop Along’s new record Painted Shut will be here before we know it - 5/4 via Saddle Creek!
FADER MUSIC PREMIERE: Owen Pallett “The Sky Behind The Flag”
Director/Animator Eno Swinnen creates a comic using dazzling colors and old-school rotoscoping techniques depicting the estranged love story between an astronaut and his earth-bound partner.
Pallett explains, “The song is about how great distance can exist between things that appear to be very close. Like two lovers, or two halves of a brain: the extrovert that is engaging with the world, and the introvert that is providing commentary.“
Head over to the FADER to read more and take a gander at Pallett’s upcoming tour dates this summer!
“The Sky Behind The Flag” is off of 2014’s In Conflict out on Domino.