May 9, 2013

Sound Bites: The Dillinger Escape Plan, Matt LeMay and VÅR

The Dillinger Escape Plan's "Nothing's Funny"

Mathematically-inclined metal-core makers the Dillinger Escape Plan return with their fifth LP One of Us Is the Killer, due out May 14th on Sumerian Records, and it's shaping up to be yet another impressive assault of aurally twisted heaviness from the New Jersey bashers. So far, they've shared with us the Recommended first single "Prancer" and "When I Lost My Bet," and now you can hear the latest, "Nothing's Funny," which follows the Weinman and Pucciato-led playbook of unexpected turns that don't exclude a featherweight chorus peeking its head out from techy time signatures and bolted drive. The Dillinger Escape Plan have also been tapped as the headliners of the upcoming commercially-endorsed Summer Slaughter Tour which passes through various oddball metal-leaning posts you probably hit up during your teenage emo years (here's looking at you Worcester Palladium!) during the upcoming months' dog days.

The Dillinger Escape Plan - "Nothing's Funny"

Matt LeMay's "Right Pocket Jacket" and "If And Or When"

I remember seeing Xiu Xiu at the YWCA in Cambridge back in ’05 and being surprised at how chirpy their now-defunct openers Get Him Eat Him were considering -- Well, they were followed by the perpetually downtrodden Jamie Stewart. Aside from the fact this chick who lived diagonally across from me in my dorm would always humblebrag about being the band frontman Matt LeMay’s friend, dude fell off the face of my Earth until I began noticing his name pop up across Pitchfork by-lines and production credits alongside Godmode / Mr. Dream elf Nick Sylvester some years later. Over a year ago, LeMay began releasing a duel helping of high quality double A-sides featuring infectious guitar-based power-pop that brought to mind Matthew Sweet at his ‘90s peak and Elliot Smith's wry sense of humor. LeMay travels within those same lanes with his newest offerings, “Right Pocket Jacket” and “If Or and When,” which you can hear below (courtesy of Stereogum.) You can also physically collect each with his previous solo outings on a limited cassette release via Mirror Universe.

Matt LeMay - "Right Jacket Pocket"

Matt LeMay - "If And Or When"

VÅR's "Into Distance"

Well, it seems like we have ourselves a good ol' fashioned pissing contest on our hands between two forces within the Denmark - Sweden DIY contingent. Yesterday, the Hannes Norrvide-headed Lust for Youth unveiled a new track off his forthcoming sophomore LP Perfect View, which is now lacking one former member in Loke Rahbek. Today, Rahbek fired back with a new listen from his current primary focus, VÅR, the experimental pop offshoot alongside Iceage's Elias Rønnenfelt. While they may share the same label, it's totally obvious that the two hate each and are engaging in an artistic battle to see who can out-best the other with their respective efforts. Just kidding -- AS has no knowledge of that actually being true, but it will say that "Into Distance" is a striking departure from the gauzy layers of No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers' first listen "The World Fell" by stripping away its synthetic exterior and finessing the broody acoustic bones that another label mate, Cult of Youth, rub elbows with so well. VÅR's No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers arrives on May 25th via Sacred Bones, with a unique album release show in Greenpoint alongside recent BUZZSound Pharmakon slated to integrate performance art into the live music.

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