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November 2013
Wooden Shjips
"Back to Land

Hailing from San Francisco, psychedelic group Wooden Shjips, has just released their newest album Back to Land. The album brings together a sound crafted from inspirations that range from psychedelic music to classic rock.

The album is an entire trip in itself.  One can hear hints of 80s music, classic rock, and modern garage rock styles in the record, but they always resolve back to their classic psychedelic sound. With tracks like “In The Roses,” which brings a very spacey, low volume vocals, and a lo-fi sound that is not too cheesy or under produced. to “Ghouls,” which is a much faster, much more psychedelic rock sounding song that takes influences from classic rock guitar chords, while still utilizing classic psychedelic synthesizers.

Most songs on the album carry a jam-band sound, without becoming too abstract or getting too carried away. And in some cases, the music is so vast in genre diversity, one is surprised at the resulting sound, such as in the track, “These Shadows”, which starts off with an extremely catchy intro guitar riff and carries a vague David Bowie meets Velvet Underground sound.

“Back to Land” is a great piece of work that utilizes the potential of each member of Wooden Shjips effectively and thoroughly.

Most importantly, “Back to Land” is an experimentation of how far the psychedelic genre can stretch while still successfully staying true to its roots.

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Deli Best of New England 2011 -- Open Submissions Results

Our Deli jurors just finished rating all the New England artists that submitted to be considered for our Year End Best of New England Poll for Emerging Artists - and here are the results for you to check out! The artists in this list will qualify for the next phase of the poll, and will be added to the bands nominated by our jury of local scenemakers.

P.S. If you are interested in understanding how our Year End Poll for Emerging Artists works, please go here.


1. Night Fruit

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Boston's Night Fruit blew the deli editors away, this shoegaze trio came out on top in New England and it's no wonder why. With a dreamy ambience, their music drifts along pulling you into their undertow giving you just enough time to breathe before their music swells up again leaving you gasping for more. Check out their bandcamp for their latest release, Dark Horse.

2. Guillermo Sexo

Arty noise rock, alt-rock, psych-folk. All those terms have been used to describe Guillermo Sexo's sound and, to be honest, they're all appropriate. Having been around for several years and coming off the heels of just releasing their fourth album, Secret Wild, Guillermo Sexo know how to keep it interesting, maintain their own sound, and keep it fresh and exciting while doing so. Peppered with '90s influences, from the nitty-gritty likes of Sonic Youth to the ambience of Mazzy Star, this is one band we suggest you start listening to if you haven't already.

3. Radio Control

It's hard to believe that the huge sound of Radio Control comes from just two people, but maybe that's why it's so great; there's not much getting in the way of this duo's natural talent. A self-proclaimed "punk rock pop" band from Somerville, their sound is raw and energized. The best part is, they're not trying to rip off other famous duos (White Stripes). No, they're doing their own thing and we only expect them to get better. Catch them on their Northeast tour this month with Thick Shakes, dates are listed here.

4. Dirty Bombs

This Boston-based electro-rock band sure knows how to have a good time all the time. A "supergroup" of sorts, (the members are comprised of ex-members of Televandals, The Luxury, and Conservative Man) they've taken their talents and combined them into synthpop beats that will find you out on the dance floor going berserk. They're not the cheesy kind of dance music, they're the kind that are the whole package: good vocals, great lyrics, and a synthesizer that will make you want to dance for days. Overall, this band is a hell of a lot of fun.

5. I Kill Giants

This four-piece math/jazz-rock band (all students at Berklee College of Music) reigns from Boston. They blend genres seamlessly, but at the core of it, one can’t help but rock out to the captivating hooks and bellowing chants. Although we feel the best is yet to come, what they've given us so far is pretty damn irresistable.

6. Il Abanico

The core of Il Abanico are native Columbians Juliana Ronderos and Nicolas Losada who met in Boston. Their music is a refreshing conglomerate of worldly rhythms, indie rock guitars, and lightly accented vocals. The sound is at once familiar and exotic, combining for a sprightly, whimsical treat of an EP.

These artists had outstanding ratings from our editors (they all shared a final score of 7.75 out of 10) but won't qualify to the next round of our poll based on this round. They are all really good though, so we recommend you check them out!

Movers & Shakers

This rootsy Americana band packs a punch. If you think "Americana" isn't your thing, you'll be singing a different tune once you give Movers & Shakers a listening to. With garage rock organs on some tunes and country-tinged slide guitar on others, there's something refreshing and uplifting about this band.

Sore Eros

Dreamy, fuzzy, warm and hazy psychedelia. Sore Eros have the ability to put the listener to sleep, but in a good way. It's music to drift off to, whether you absorb it or it absorbs you, it's a pleasant, blissful feeling.

The Suicide Dolls

This Connecticut-based trio draws on influences from bands like Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth and The Pixies. Now, you might think a lot of bands cite those same influences, and you're correct. However, the Suicide Dolls turn their influences into some major inspiration. With their searing lyrics and heavy hooks, this band is running full steam ahead, never stopping to look back.

The Great Western States -- Strange Day

Strange Day, the EP by Jared Mann’s project The Great Western States, contains five songs of emotionally-charged, angst-ridden lo-fi. The collection of demos (all songs that Mann had created within the last year) was released by Providence label Blanketfort Records on December 7, 2011.

Mann’s vocals on Strange Day demonstrate bipolarity throughout, as he jumps back and forth between tense, whispery singing and outright screaming. But these extremes come together to form a sound that is vulnerable and honest. Mann ropes the listener in with his sweet, gloomy lyricism as he takes a forlorn look at the tolls of love and loneliness and combines a lo-fi style with experimental, ambient, and indie rock.

Coming Home sets up the EP’s moody vibe with overtones of regret, and Mother (pride) begins quietly, simply, and with tenderness, full of swelling emotions and just enough ambiguity. Gravitational Diseases opens with acoustic strumming and glowing background noise which leads into lofty, echoing voices. The song soon picks up pace, adding drums and more ambience, followed by Mann wailing “Where the hell am I going? Where the hell am I going?”

The changing beat patterns and breaks make Physical stand out, along with lyrics like, “There’s only so much I can do for you physically / Tomorrow when you wake, this will wash away.” On this track, Mann’s vocals go from muffled lo-fi to clean just in time for him to straightforwardly outline his misery. Finally, with its slow piano and murky vocals, Resignation times out at just over a minute, closing the set with just as much disconsolation as it started with.

It seems that part of Mann’s pain comes from the pain of those around him, and not being able to completely heal anybody, including himself. Strange Day explores these complex feelings without wallowing and without feeling contrived. Mann’s efforts as The Great Western States are perfect for a Debbie Downer mood, but Strange Day also makes hints at finding hope somewhere along the way.--Sarah Ruggiero

The Lights Out Announce New Album, Will Preview New Material Next Friday at Church

The Lights Out, announced they will enter the studio at the end of this month to record their first full-length album since 2011’s Primetime.

Back with award-winning producer, Benny Grotto (Aerosmith, The Dresden Dolls), at Boston’s Mad Oak Studios, the band is exploring new textures to make On Fire their most sonically rich effort to date.

The band will test new material on Friday, Jan. 13 at Church of Boston, performing with Paranoid Social Club (featuring members of the Rustic Overtones) and Portland Phoenix “Best Live Act of 2011” winners, The Mallett Brothers Band. It is a 21+ event, tickets are $10.

This March, The Lights Out will travel to Austin, T.X. to preview On Fire at South By Southwest, in preparation for an official album release in the spring of 2012.

--The Deli Staff

Kid Chocolate -- Greatest Hits

If you’re searching for some new songs to add to that ipod you got for Christmas, look no further than Kid Chocolate’s latest release, Greatest Hits. The ten-track album is a brilliant mix of both laid back and upbeat tunes. The opening track, Hardly Ever, reaches out and pulls the listener into a sea of churning guitars and hypnotizing melodies. The entire song sounds like it could be a B-side from some early Black Keys recording, if Dan Auerbach had five too many beers and decided to lay down some vocal tracks.

Upon moving to the second track, the album completely changes direction and breaks out into a rockin’ song reminiscent of the early Kings of Leon days (remember when they actually sounded good?). The songs continue to evolve and change shape as the album progresses, as one can hear in Sea Monster, with its catchy keyboard riffs and reverb-laden vocals that dominate the track.

Overall, I was extremely pleased with Kid Chocolate’s efforts. The band manages to provide an eclectic, yet cohesive, collection of songs that are sure to appeal to a wide range of listeners. You can stream (and download!) all of Greatest Hits for free on Kid Chocolate’s bandcamp site. Be sure to vote for the band in this month’s The Deli New England Artist of the Month Poll as well!

--Daniel McMahon

Llama Tsunami -- Get Serious

Llama Tsunami want to dance with you. If their music doesn’t make you want to stand up and jam with all nine members of this Connecticut ska band, it may be that either A. you take yourself too seriously, or B. you’re intimidated by vocalist Nick Perry’s dance skills, a staple to any show they play. If the answer happens to be A., Llama Tsunami’s album Get Serious is aimed specifically at you. Get Serious isn’t about pretense or obscurity, it’s about keeping it upbeat and fun and Llama Tsunami’s twelve-song album reaches a level of fun that’s on-par with The Aquabats-- maybe it comes with their shared affinity for writing pirate songs. That said, sea bandits aren’t even the most peculiar song subjects on the album. Ernest may be the first song about a gay shark ever to be recorded, and more power to the band for filling that niche.

The lighthearted attitude found in most of their song lyrics pairs well with their catchy riffs and impressive four-piece horn section (two trumpets, a trombone, and a baritone sax), giving the album an all-around happy-go-lucky vibe. The album also keeps a good-natured, sassy sense of humor as it pokes fun at man thongs, emo kids, and themselves, like in the title track lyric: “And our biggest fans are our biggest fans because your mom can’t hate your band.”

Get Serious does have a few changes of pace, though, as in Unraveling, When It’s Over, Swing, and Bite My Thumb, all of which demonstrate more reflective songwriting and moods.

Llama Tsunami are constantly playing shows around New England, their next show is  Sunday, Jan 15, 2012 @ the Waterford VFW in Waterford, CT.

--Sarah Ruggiero


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