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The Forms Premiere New Music feat Matt Berninger of The National

New York duo The Forms have premiered the debut track off their forthcoming Derealization EP out February 15th on Ernest Jenning / Threespheres (as well as the band's double LP version coupled with the Steve Albini produced album, Icarus, courtesy of Triple Down Records / Threespheres). The new song, entitled "Fire To The Ground," features frontman Matt Berninger of celebrated indie rock band The National, and is the second full track to surface from the new release.

The band has also announced full US tour dates taking the band to this year's SXSW marathon. Included in the dates are headlining performances, as well as one off shows supporting renown Washington, DC band The Dismemberment Plan. Full tour dates below.

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The Forms Live!

1/28 Boston, MA @ Paradise w/ Dismemberment Plan

2/12 Brooklyn, NY @ Rock Shop - Record Release Party

2/17 Pittsburgh, PA @ Lava Lounge

2/19 Cincinnati, OH @ Southgate House

2/20 Chicago, IL @ Metro w/ Dismemberment Plan

2/21 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle

2/22 Ann Arbor, MI @ Arbor Vitae

2/23 Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet

2/24 Daytrotter Session

2/24 Madison, WI @ Project Lodge

2/26 Omaha, NE @ Barley Street

2/28 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar

3/2 Nashville, TN @ The End

3/4 Chapel Hill, NC @nightlight

3/12-13 New Orleans, LA @ Foburg Music Festival

3/16-19 Austin, TX @ SXSW

Todd Rittman of U.S. Maple & Singer Forms D. Rider

Todd Albert Rittmann- for the Grateful Web

D. Rider is a new rock band founded and fronted by guitarist/singer Todd Albert Rittmann.  Founding member of U.S. Maple, Singer (both Drag City), and Robert Johnson and the Browns, T. Rittmann is also an occasional member of Cheer-Accident and has played with many other avant-music notables including cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and Rhys Chatham.  In March of 2008 Todd recruited a 5-piece band to perform some songs he was working on.  The lineup included keyboardist/cornet player Andrea Faught, who also works with Cheer-Accident, and saxophonist/singer Noah Tabakin, who is a member of punk marching band, Mucca Pazza.  This early show the group performed was enough to convince Rittmann, Faught and Tabakin that they should continue to make music together and collaborate on some recorded material. These songs have become the album Mother of Curses, which will be released on February 17th on Tizona Records.

The album's narrative begins with a mash of rhythmic sound.  Stick clicks, tambourine, bass drum, and the sound of magic marker writing on cardboard all congeal into a coherent boogie only to be suddenly eclipsed by the driving stomp of "Arranged Marriage To No Toms".  The title is an allusion to the minimal drum set-up used throughout the album. Kick, snare, hi-hat, and crash cymbal were the foundation of every song on the record, and every song began with an improvisation on this stripped-down trap set.

The approach to the drums is reflected by the method in the studio.   All the songs were deliberately recorded using 16 tracks or less, making on-the-spot judgment an integral part of the composition process.  This strategy doesn't rule out excess, instead it forces a commitment to a sound or gesture before the end result is completely understood. Imperfection becomes advantage, and the writing of a song becomes an evolution where the last step is a direct result of the journey.

In contrast to the constraints maintained in writing and recording, the kitchen sink approach was used in every other aspect of generating and manipulating the sounds.   While modern technology is employed to a degree in the capturing of the music, much more primitive means were used in the processing.  Much of the equipment used on Mother Of Curses is at least 20 year-old technology. Cassette tape, cell phone, reel to reel, and stockpile of obsolete outboard gear were employed to capture and mutilate a variety of instrumentation from harmonica to spray paint.  But don't be mislead, this is not experimental art noise. This is rock music.

D. Rider plans to play some shows in and around their native Chicago before the release of Mother of Curses, and embark on a North American tour in the early months of 2009.  Although T. Rittmann plays drums on the album, D. Rider has enlisted the help of Theo Katsounis (A Tundra, Locks) to drum for their upcoming shows.