It is a supreme pleasure to have Person, the debut LP from my group P.E., out in the world! I loved putting together this record with my band mates and how the band has evolved since – genuinely one of the most fun and liberating creative experiences of my career – and it’s humbling to receive such praise for something so out there.
Person was Treble’s Album of the Week and a Bandcamp ‘Essential Release’ of the week. Loud and Quiet featured both an incredibly insightful article by Isabel Crabtree and an 8/10 review. Finn of Popbollocks wrote a touching review of the record, praising not only the music but also my personal production/mix work. Bill Pearis shared our bonus mixtape Sick, Sad, Fun! (a collection of live takes/out-takes/new ideas available with the special edition of the record) on Brooklyn Vegan and put Person is his Indie Basement weekly roundup of notable records. The group also hung out with Lola Pistola for an afternoon, got some great photographs, and a lovely feature in Alt Citizen.
P.E. is playing our record release show tonight at Trans Pecos before heading down to SXSW in a couple weeks. We’re also doing two tours in the northeast this May – one with Pottery, and the other with Parquet Courts. Check out the dates below, stream the record on a platform of your choosing, and order the special edition while their are still tapes available! Person is out now on Wharf Cat Records.
NYC celestial shoegazers Lightning Bug have signed to Fat Possum to reissue their most recent record October Song. I mastered this (which received an 8.0 on Pitchfork) and their debut Floaters (which NME ranked among the best debuts of the year), and am thrilled for this beautiful nugget to find a wider audience. The record is streaming now, and will be available on LP through Fat Possum on April 24.
Montreal art-rock quintet Pottery have a new single called “Take Your Time” taken from their upcoming album Welcome to Bobby’s Motel. I produced this record last year – recording in Montreal at Breakglass Studio and mixing in Brooklyn at Studio Windows – and am so excited to be able to share another song from the album. As opposed to lead single “Texas Drums” (which was recently named KEXP’s Song of the Day), this song is a bit more nervy and direct with a sweet & sour verse/chorus structure. Check it out on Brooklyn Vegan, Stereogum, Paste or others, and don’t miss the truly psyched-out video by the band’s own Paul Jacobs. Welcome to Bobby’s Motel is out April 10 on Partisan Records.
P.E. – my new group featuring members of Pill & Eaters – released our newest single “Pink Shiver” today. The track premiered on Flood Magazine, who likened the energy of “Pink Shiver” to Tom Tom Club, and Stereogum describes Veronica as “opening up to the wild terrain of the human body with a humid zeal.” This song wasn’t really a “song” until the last day together in the studio – it was always just a goof, more of an inside joke than a coherent idea – but it’s become one of my favorite moments on the record. Also today, Treble Zine posted an interview where we discuss the creation of the band and the upcoming debut LP Person. Person is out March 6 on Wharf Cat Records, and the band is hitting SXSW in March and the northeast with Pottery in May. Stream “Pink Shiver” below, check out the tour dates, and pre-order your LP (or special edition LP + Sick, Sad, Fun! mixtape) now!
3/06 – NYC @ Trans Pecos: RECORD RELEASE w/ Gauche, Macula Dog, DJ Montana Simone
3/18 – 3/21 Austin @ SXSW
4/03 – NYC @ Baby’s All Right w/ Activity (Record Release), Noel Heroux
5/04 – Philadelphia @ Johnny Brenda’s w/ Pottery
5/05 – Washington DC @ Songbyrd w/ Pottery
5/06 – NYC @ Elsewhere Zone 1 w/ Pottery
5/08 – Boston @ Great Scott w/ Pottery
5/09 – Montreal @ La Sala Rossa w/ Pottery
NYC punk/groove quartet Public Practice are back with “Compromised”, the new single of their just-announced full-length debut Gentle Grip. BBC 6 Radio premiered the track, with sites like Paste, Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan, and NME picking it up in quick succession. “Compromised” is one of the songs on this album that I co-produced/recorded with the band and mixed at Studio Windows; Joe Laporta mastered the record at Sterling Sound. I’ve known the members of Public Practice for a while now, and am truly thrilled with the way this record turned out – SO many surprises in store! Stream the single, watch the video by Josie Keefe & Jonny Campolo (my bandmate in P.E.), and pre-order the record now. Gentle Grip is out May 15 on Wharf Cat Records.
Tazmanian punkers A. Swayze & The Ghosts return with a new single called “Mess of Me” and a string of North American tour dates. The song premiered on Beats 1 Radio, and Mixdown Mag called it “an exuberant, punky stomper.” “Mess of Me” and their previous single “Connect to Consume” are both from an upcoming record produced & recorded by Dean Tuza (Stella Donnelly) in Melboune, which I mixed/mastered it at Studio Windows. The band will be hitting SXSW and then back in North America in April/May, hopefully playing much more from this new LP. “Mess of Me” is out now via Ivy League Records.
“Texas Drums” is the first single from the debut LP by Montreal-based art-pop quintet Pottery. Steve Lamacq premiered the track on BBC 6 Radio, Stereogum (who named Pottery one of 2019’s Best New Bands and their No. 1 EP one of the Best EPs of 2019) gave the song a glowing review, and it was featured in Brooklyn Vegan, Consequence of Sound, Paste, and other publications as well. Stereogum nailed it when they called the band “a roiling, infectious entity, frantic grooves and tightly wound guitar rhythms and psychedelic synth affectations moving as one organism until the band unleashed it all into danceable, artier chaos.”
I produced “Texas Drums” and Welcome to Bobby’s Motel last summer – recording it with the band at Breakglass Studios in Montreal and mixing it at Studio Windows (my studio in Brooklyn) – and Josh Bonati mastered the madness. Working on this album was genuinely one of my favorite record-making experiences ever – the group is so fun, so bonkers, and absolutely incredible live! They’re touring extensively through Europe with a week of North American dates this spring/summer, so do yourself a favor and get your tickets now. You can stream the song in its entirety, watch the video for Part I, and pre-order the album now. Welcome to Bobby’s Motel is out April 10 via Partisan Records.