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A band with a name such as All Your Sisters, whose two sole members are men, is not surprisingly a little hard to nail down. Ambiguity extends to the bands genre as well. “I think All Your Sisters is a lot of things: post punk, industrial, noise, ambient,” says frontman Jordan Morrison. The duo, who hail from the deceivingly sunny city of San Francisco, have one foot planted firmly in darkwave and post-punk, leaving the other free to wade through a variety of unconventional influences. Their forthcoming album, Uncomfortable Skin is steeped in nostalgia, but entirely contemporary and album’s first single “Open Wide,” seamlessly shifts between genres, yielding a sound that is both brooding and catchy.
After the dissolution of his previous band, Morrison (guitar, synth, vocals) formed All Your Sisters as a solo project, then moved from Reno to San Francisco where he eventually brought like-minded musician Mario Armando Ruiz (bass, synth) into the fold. The duo connected immediately, bonding over their tumultuous upbringings and dark personal tragedies. Their first album, Modern Failures was released by Belaten in 2014 and then on vinyl by Weyrd Son Records. It was followed by a successful European tour in 2015. All Your Sisters performs with a palpable sense of urgency. “I get physically and mentally ill if I’m unable to play music for stretches. It’s perhaps the only way I know how to express myself,” says Morrison.
Morrison draws on his personal experiences for lyrical inspiration, especially his time spent working as an EMT. “I was 19, living in Las Vegas and driving an ambulance,” he says. “I became a full blown paramedic by the time I was 23. I eventually moved to Reno and worked for a few more years. The job started to wear on me. I saw the worst things you can imagine. People in their worst, most vulnerable states. There was definitely no sign of a god anywhere. I can’t un-see a lot of what I saw. These images might be in my head forever. So the feelings from it kind of sneak their way into the lyrics.”
Design work by Kevin Gan Yuen.
Uncomfortable Skin arrives courtesy of The Flenser on July 8th, 2016. More announcements and premieres coming soon.
01 – Nothing Is Sacred
02 – Open Wide
03 – Black God
04 – Heater
05 – Loss
06 – Remains
07 – Filled With Waste
08 – Shame
09 – No Hope
10 – Reconcile
Kayo Dot’s “Plastic House on Base of Sky.”
New CD/LP out June 24 on The Flenser!
Kayo Dot has never made the same record twice. From chamber music to progressive black metal, from goth to jazz and avant-garde classical, Kayo Dot is undeniably experimental and utterly unclassifiable. Since its inception in 2003, the band has released seven full-length albums, including their debut Choirs of the Eye (2003), the conceptual double-album Hubardo (2013) and most recently Coffins on Io (2014, The Flenser). Kayo Dot have toured the globe numerous times over and have played the stages of Roadburn, SXSW, and many other international music festivals. In 2015, frontman Toby Driver organized and played a 12-concert retrospective at The Stone in NYC. Now, Kayo Dot is gearing up for the release of a new LP: Plastic House on Base of Sky, due out June 24th, 2016 from The Flenser.
On Plastic House on Base of Sky, Kayo Dot fully embraces Coffins on Io’s electronic allusions, incorporating a variety of synthesizers (many of them vintage analog) to create another work of ambition and magnitude that fuses the explosive musical imagination of a band like Magma with the forward-thinking experimentalism of Conrad Schnitzler or Morton Subotnick. This 40 minute-long, 5-song LP goes beyond the future-noir theme of Coffins on Io and is an innovative and biomechanical work of art. Think seemingly impossible architecture, dead satellites, trashed space stations, wasted old lady heroin addicts hanging out by cheap motel pools, broken people, and a hopeless dead and polluted world transitioning into artifice and mechanism and reacting by being self-destructive, either to the point of utter obliteration or a glorious transhuman condition.
Toby Driver, the primary composer and bandleader of Kayo Dot, has been fiercely productive over the years, and while that usually refers to how many songs or albums an artist has made, with Driver the productivity is in the realm of ideas as much as music itself. In the course of a single Kayo Dot song, the amount of risks and liberties taken with form and convention usually outnumbers what other artists cover in a full album. For as much ground as they cover, it’s always in the service of a carefully curated mood and this is apparent on Plastic House on Base of Sky’s exploration of our mechanical post-human future-present.
The core of Kayo Dot might be that mood– one that lies at the crossroads of darkness and mystery. In film, music that accompanies mystery is often nocturnal, playing on a primal relation in our brains between the unknown and the night. It’s this intersection that is the essence of Kayo Dot. Driver, who recorded Plastic House on Base of Sky in various locations from August 2014 to December 2015, again collaborates with lyricist Jason Byron. Byron, a lifelong student of the occult, gives the listener a feast of words to unpack that are as elusively satisfying as the labyrinths of sound they travel through. Whether by way of menacing guitars, ethereal woodwinds, or aggressive electronics, there’s always a sense that a new passage could open, that around the next corner could be anything.
Song premieres, pre-orders and more info on Plastic House on Base of Sky coming soon from Kayo Dot and The Flenser.
Cover art by Fuco Ueda. Design by Kevin Gan Yuen
Plastic House on Base of Sky Track Listing:
1. Amalia’s Theme
2. All The Pain in All the Wide World
4. Rings of Earth
5. Brittle Urchin
King Woman is setting out on a US tour with Wax Idols including dates that support the legendary doom band PENTAGRAM!
17-May – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven *
18-May – Portland, OR – Dante’s *
19-May – Boise, ID – Neurolux *
20-May – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room *
21-May – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater *
23-May – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater *
24-May – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo *
25-May – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick *
26-May – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory *
27-May – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge *
28-May – San Jose, CA – The Ritz *
31-May – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
1-Jun – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
2-Jun – Detroit, MI – El Club
3-Jun – Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose
5-Jun – Allston, MA – Great Scott
7-Jun – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
8-Jun – Washington DC – Songbyrd DC
9-Jun – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
10-Jun – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
11-Jun – Atlanta, GA – The EARL
12-Jun – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
14-Jun – Dallas, TX – Red Blood Club
15-Jun – Austin, TX – Mohawk
17-Jun – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
18-Jun – Fullerton, CA – The Slidebar
The Flenser will be releasing Love, the new full-length from Portland Oregon’s Muscle and Marrow.
Stream, My Fear, the first track from the bands new album now on Paste!
Portland, Oregon’s Muscle and Marrow write music that is at once harrowing and intense—yet also plaintive and vaporous. Formed in 2013 by Kira Clark (voice, guitar) and Keith McGraw (drums, sounds), Muscle and Marrow quickly discovered their distinctive sound. Taking inspiration from visual and feminist art, as well as contemporary poetry and literature, Muscle and Marrow is an entity that is as thoughtful as it is powerful, and as experimental as it is immediate. Their debut album The Human Cry was released in June 2014 by Belief Mower Records. Its songs were arresting and hysterical, but also distinctly feminine. Pitchfork called it “gorgeous” with Clark’s voice alternating between plaintive wails and guttural moans that soared over waves of pulsing drums and stifling guitars.
After the release of The Human Cry, Muscle and Marrow toured across the United States, playing alongside bands like True Widow, The Body and Author and Punisher, before heading east to record a new album. In October, 2015, the duo posted up at Machines with Magnets (The Body, Lightning Bolt, Marissa Nadler, Deer Tick) in Providence, RI with producers Seth Manchester and Keith Souza to record what was to become their sophomore album, Love. The band took their time in the studio and laid down seven tracks that delve deeper into electronic territory and incorporate the familiar droning guitars, rumbling synth and tribal drums throughout. Clark’s vocals are ghostly and chilling—almost unnerving at times—weaving intricate layers over a sprawling web of guitar and McGraw’s rumbling textures and drums. Clark commented, “With The Human Cry, the songs were much more straightforward guitar and drum songs. I would hand Keith entire songs already written, but with this record we toiled away at the computer adding electronic elements and a lot of vocal layering, almost like my voice (being many voices) is desperately trying to reach some sort of surface, to break through, but ultimately cannot.”
Lyrically, Love is powerful and more realized, with elements of joy, strength and anger present. During the album’s writing process, Clark lost a family member and much of the lyrical content focuses on loss, but also on love in general. How to love better, more and at all, and what happens when someone else loves you—the trap of that love but also the freedom it affords. Additionally, Love touches on feminism and female archetypes, a topic that Kira Clark is very interested in. She commented, “It’s cathartic and alluring for me to delve into feminine madness because, of course, that character is inside me somewhere all of the time and to give her permission to surface in my art is powerful.” These new songs are just as beautiful and complex as those on the band’s debut, but on Love, Muscle and Marrow push their craft further, bringing them to the frontier of avant-garde dark music.
Album artwork by Evelyn Bencicova. Package design and layout by Kevin Gan Yuen.
Love will be released on digital, on vinyl, and CD on May 27th 2016.
Pre-order now directly from The Flenser.
We are happy to announce that the GILES COREY boxset is NOW SHIPPING!
Giles Corey, the solo project from gloom mastermind Dan Barrett (Have A Nice Life, Black Wing), is a double LP delux boxset that includes the book that accompanied the original CD version housed in a foam block. There were four vinyl color variants: milky clear with green, mint green, red, and black. Both clear green and mint green sold out immediately, but there are still copies of the red version available in our webstore www.nowflensing.com. Act fast, we expect them to sell out soon. Wholesale orders for the black version can be placed through our distributor at www.midheaven.com.
Please note, we still have a few Giles Corey pre-orders left to fulfill, but these are now about 98% shipped. If you have one of the few remaining pre-orders that haven’t shipped yet, then we thank you greatly for your patience! We assure you that your order will arrive very soon. We anticipate that all of the holiday sale orders will be shipped out within the next week as well.
To celebrate the end of the year, we made a Spotify playlist featuring tracks from every release we put out last year. Please enjoy “2015 According To Flenser.”
Thank you all for making 2015 a great year for The Flenser. We are looking forward to all of the exciting releases we have planned for 2016.
HEAT DUST FALL 2015 TOUR WITH THOU AND THE BODY COLLABORATION BAND
10/11 NEW ORLEANS, LA – SISTERS IN CHRIST (RECORD RELEASE SHOW) W/ TV-MA, LEE HARVEY OSWALD (NO THOU/BODY)
10/12 AUSTIN, TX – SIDEWINDER W/ BROTHER/GHOST, ILLUSTRATIONS, CARL SAGAN’S SKATE SHOES (NO THOU/BODY)
10/13 SAN ANTONIO, TX – PAPER TIGER W/ PINKO, SIGNALMAN (NO THOU BODY)
10/15 TUCSON, AZ – 191 TOOLE AT SOUTHWEST TERROR FEST W/ IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS, ABSTRACTOR, HANTA, GALE, METHRA
10/16 SANTA FE, NM – THE CAVE (1226 CALLE DE COMMERCIO) W/ YAR, BATHHOUSE, SYLPH
10/17 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – MATINEE AT FLUX CAPACITOR (3530 N. CHELTON LOOP) W/ THOU SOLO SET, ALONE
10/17 DENVER, CO – GLOB (3551 BRIGHTON BLVD.) W/ ECHO BEDS, BLOOD INCANTATION, VERMIN WOMB
10/18 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – KILBY COURT (750 KILBY COURT) W/ SUB ROSA, BLOOD INCANTATION
10/19 RENO – HOLLAND (140 VESTA ST.) W/ DISSIDENCE
10/19 CHICO – LATE SHOW W/ THOU SOLO SET
10/20 PORTLAND, OR – BLACKWATER
10/21 SEATTLE, WA – GROUND ZERO MUSIC PROGRAM W/ THOU (NO BODY)
10/21 SEATTLE, WA – THE BLACK LODGE W/ NEGATIVE STANDARDS, DREAM DECAY
10/22 OLYMPIA, WA – PALACE STUMP HOUSE (2639 28TH ST. NW) W/ GAG, EOS
10/23 PORTLAND, OR – MATINEE AT ANARRE W/ THOU SOLO SET, BODY SOLO SET, HREINN
10/23 SALEM, OR – WISP HOUSE (805 CHURCH STREET) W/ , BLOOD INCANTATION, NO TRIAL
10/24 ASHLAND, OR – MATINEE AT CLUB 66 (1951 ASHLAND ST.) W/ THOU SOLO SET, HERMITS, CLAIRE BURGESS
10/24 EUREKA, CA – VET’S HALL (1018 H STREET)
10/25 SANTA ROSA, CA – MATINEE AT TBA W/ THOU SOLO SET
10/25 BERKELEY, CA – 924 GILMAN W/ RAGANA, THOU AND THE BODY SOLO SETS
10/26 SANTA CRUZ, CA – MATINEE AT CAFE PERGOLESI W/ THOU SOLO SET
10/26 OAKLAND, CA – THE METRO (630 3RD ST.) W/ NO STATIK, SBSM
10/27 OAKLAND, CA – MATINEE AT 1234GO! RECORDS W/ THOU SOLO SET
10/27 SACRAMENTO, CA – THE COLONY (3512 STOCKTON BLVD.) W/ GEHENNA, THEORIES
10/28 SAN LUIS OBISPO – SLO GRANGE (2880 BROAD ST.) W/ HOLLOW SUNSHINE, DISGUSTED GEIST
10/29 GOLETA, CA – THE HARD TO FIND (7190 HOLLISTER AVE) W/ DROOL
10/30 SAN DIEGO, CA – STRONGHOLD (5335 MARKET STREET) W/ CATHARSIS, TRASH AXIS, AGE OF COLLAPSE
10/31 SILVER LAKE, CA – LOS GLOBOS W/ CATHARSIS, FULL OF HELL, GEHENNA, THEORIES, THOU NIRVANA COVERS SET
DLP Boxset + book.
Pre-order Oct 2nd 1pm PDT at nowflensing.com 1pm PDT.
Each record is contained within thick printed inner-sleeves and the accompanying novel is held within a fancy foam block. The box is case-wrapped and is more substantial than your existence.
This is a very expensive release for us to produce. Cost between $40.00-45.00 depending on vinyl color.
Pressing size 2000 copies (smaller than Have a Nice Life release):
200 units double mint green haze on on milky clear
300 units double mint green colored vinyl
500 units red vinyl
1000 units black vinyl
International customers please note that shipping will be very expensive. We are sorry and we love you. Thank you for the support!
This is one of the greatest albums ever!!!!!!!!!!!!