Check out this piece Nina Braca wrote for The Le Sigh about Nine of Swords!
Have you ever made a decision that you know is going to end up being awful in the end, but you do it anyway? These lyrics from Nine of Swords’ newest release perfectly embodies that feeling: “It’s the last thing I want but the first thing I take / you make me so sick I can’t stand my own face”. I’m reminded of being in middle school, doing things that everyone else was doing but secretly hating everyone and myself for it. I wish this song was around in 2006 to save me from those awkward pre-teen decisions – I probably would have learned a lot from this album back then.
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Anonymous said: sweeet blog. I'm finding some sweet new music on hea
glad you like it!
/ a little about sometimes bad happens /
i wrote the songs in a place of feeling hurt, heartbroken, and feeling pretty hopeless about love or good things ever happening to me romantically. often i confuse relationships or love or romance to be the most important things in life but writing these songs i tried to express that being hurt sucks, but its necessary for growth because no one else is as important as you! ”sometimes bad happens” is a direct quote from a toddler after dropping a truck full of sand on the floor and it resonated with me because it’s simple. sometimes bad does happen, it’s a given, and sometimes we have to just move on and accept it. accept bad shit, accept pain, accept being heartbroken, and one day you will be able to grow taller. be angry and wild and sad and wacky because sometimes it’s all we can do to survive. appreciate sadness and its temporary quality. that’s all, thank you to everyone in life.
sry for reblogging again but this is important to me please spread around as best as you can if you would be SO KIND :-)
spreading because i play music in this band. steph writes the songs. hope you like it.
this record is a sleeper hit, man
the van pelt - the good, the bad, and the blind (live @ chapel st., new haven ct, 1996)
(does anyone have any info on this venue?)
Emperor x - Erica Western Teleport (Live)
i don’t think i’ll ever forget the first time i heard this song - in a very similar fashion to this live recording.
before the show started, chad matheney was in whitson’s with his iphone, playing music on a dj app and “dj-ing” by slowing down and speeding up “let’s hear it for the boys”.
i walked into the stood late after some pushing from my friends right as he started this song - wearing his 12 string electric i was intrigued by the highly specific lyrics and spacious guitar tone. he engaged his delay pedal, walked away from the microphone, closer to a second microphone hooked up to the delay, and began the first chorus. “don’t think of her swimming sideways…”. as a college freshman, lonely and confused regarding many aspects of life with romance topping the list, i don’t think i could have needed entering whitson’s when i did more.
emperor x is a really special project.
I wrote about NY band Nine of Swords and their new release I Can’t Stand My Own Face for impose
Ripping through six songs in eleven minutes, the EP begins with a valley-peak-valley progression which starts with the wordless intro track “The Chain” that leads directly into the pulsating “Watch”—a track that expands and contracts in time before finally, furiously exploding. The kinetic energy from this detonation carries through to the rest of the album, not waiting for you to catch your breath and assaulting you with the next song before finally depositing a newer, angier you into the city to wreak havoc.
Tearing through you, the vocals pierce and cry as they fall in and out of pace with the instruments with a delivery that’s, at times, more concerned with being a cathartic expulsion than a song. There’s no attempt at singing, instead going from calm, barely controlled speaking right into throat-destroying screams of an uncontrollable rage. The lyrics are both specific while being abstracted enough to make the impetus for these outbursts difficult to pinpoint. We are given slices of time and what a bit of what seems like reactions that have been mulled over anxiously so long they overtake the rest of the thinker’s life.
Short form: It’s good and you should listen to it.
much thanks to eric for this kind review of the new EP.
shore country makes its ct debut in a few days at willimantic records, northeastern ct’s very own spaceship to uncharted radical worlds. i’ll be opening the night and performing with northampton avant-soul wonder mal devisa, willimantic’s own spit-take fresh off of a nationwide tour and a new full-length lp, and massachusetts’ queer pop-punk champions parasol. 6pm, donate at the door, buy some records, and let’s have a great time.