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Allies Release Mixtape w/ Interview, EP Release Show

Allies is thrilled to celebrate the release of the Hour of the Wolf EP with a special EP release show at Le Bain in New York City’s Standard Hotel on March 10th at 9pm.  Having garnered appreciation from DJs all over, Allies’ Brian Suarez had released a DJ Mixtape which premiered on Interview Magazine today.

Allies custom blend of synth-pop and electro is replete with heartbreaking vocal melodies, irresistible rhythms and Brian Suarez’s chimerical voice.  “Oceans” is a tale of love by the sea that will command you to the dance floor. The percolating synths of “Hour of the Wolf” punctuate the anthemic chorus and propulsive hooks. “Ghosts” has a spellbinding electronic rumble and stutter that adds a sinister element to the dreamy vocals. The playful “Springtime (All Over My Face)” is a flirtatious duet about having fun in the warm weather that will make you feel like winter is already over. Allies have created an EP for your headphones and favorite dance floor that is compelling without ever sacrificing the fun melodies.

Release Party w/DJ Alex English @ Le Bain at The Standard NYC, March 10 @ 9PM!

Grandchildren Play DENVER At Larimer Lounge On 10.18

In Grandchildren, every memory is a montage of sound. The beat-driven, orchestral-pop epics play like an audio scrapbook of memories from songwriter Aleks Martray's life.

Martray, the son of a high-ranking military officer, and Grandchildren's creator, was born on a US army base in Germany and raised on both sides of the Atlantic.  “I was restless from a really young age,” he explains, “Growing up in flux between different places I gravitated towards more intangible things like stories, melodies, movies, and dreams, and so early on music became a way of making a home for myself.”

Grandchildren’s debut album, Everlasting, feels like a culmination of all that restlessness. A sonic collage of the sentimental and the confrontational- the album is a safe haven for multiple realities- fusing tribal beats, frayed electronics, fireside folk melodies, richly-woven orchestral-pop flourishes and even field recordings from Martray’s journeys across Central America, the Caribbean and Africa.

“The project began during my nomadic mid-20’s. I was split between Baltimore, Philadelphia, NY, DC, and travels abroad. I think the music is a reflection of a young person processing their own coming of age through constant self inflicted culture shock. The textures of the final album span time and space,” he says. “And yet, it comes across as one seamless reality. You can feel the influences but you can’t put your finger on them.”

During this time Martray’s closest thing to home was a small 3rd floor bedroom in a dilapidated Victorian house in west Philadelphia known as Danger Danger. At the height of its illegal phase, this notorious underground venue hosted everything from IDM-infused metal (Genghis Tron) to frantic free-jazz (Marshall Allen of the Sun Ra Arkestra). These eclectic sounds billowed up towards Martray’s make-shift bedroom recording studio, taking what began as a solo experimentation in dizzying new directions.

“The songs evolved through the recording process,” explains Martray, “they were so layered that when I went to play them live, so much had to be sampled. That’s when I realized this wasn’t a solo project. It’s music for a small orchestra.”

With that in mind, Martray brought his fellow housemates—a motley crew of instrument-swapping misfits—into the fold one by one. This included drummer Roman Salcic, a Croatian transplant reared on American rock music; jack of all trades Tristan Palazzolo; math-thrash guitarist Adam Katz; bassist/percussionist Russell Brodie; and classical-pianist-turned-synth-slinger John Vogel. Over the course of one daunting year, the group developed Grandchildren’s 10-song album into a live set that’s as seamless and widescreen as the recordings.

“It looks spontaneous to people,” explains Katz, “but everything’s carefully choreographed on our end.”

A lot of that stems from a two-month North American tour in 2008, one that was plagued by chicken pox, blizzards, border patrols, and van break-ins. This not only brought them closer together; it gave Grandchildren the chance to perfect the ebb and flow of their live set.

“And now that everything’s down to a science,” says Martray, “it becomes a form of art in and of itself. As full and layered as the album is, it rests on the backbone of those early bedroom recordings. Kind of like with a car, where you keep replacing parts until the whole thing is new. By the end you can’t even remember what came from where. The process hides within the sound.”  He pauses and adds, “We want people to feel the music first, and ask questions later.”

US Dates:

09/20 – First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA (w/ No Age)

09/26 - The Roebling Inn - New York, NY

10/08 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA (w/ Special Guests)

10/18 – Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO (w/ Seabear)

10/19 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT (w/ Seabear)

10/20 – Neurolux – Boise, ID – (w/ Seabear)

10/23 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR (w/ Seabear)

10/25 – Independent – San Franciso, CA (w/ Seabear)

10/26 – Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA (w/ Seabear)
10/27 – Casbah – San Diego, CA (w/ Seabear)

Hot Hot Heat Announce Brooklyn Residency in May

Hot Hot Heat’s highly anticipated new album, Future Breeds (Dangerbird Records), hits stores on June 8th but fans in New York can get an early taste when the band begins its May residency at Brooklyn’s Public Assembly.  The band opted to do the shows at the venue because of its intimate setting and its close ties to Brooklyn’s thriving indie music scene – a connection that the band feels to be particularly relevant with their forthcoming album.

Future Breeds is filled with the addictive, candy-coated melodies that Hot Hot Heat are famous for, but it also includes some of the band’s most experimental moments yet.  Charged with sonic detail, the collection of songs is packed with unconventional rhythms and quirky arrangements.  From the dark, carnival-esque feel of “Times a Thousand” to the frenzy of “What is Rational,” Future Breeds balances danceable, pop melodies with an unfettered and musically adventurous spirit.

Hot Hot Heat Residency Dates:

05/05:  Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly

05/12:  Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly

05/19:  Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly

05/26:  Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly