The love for Gong Gong Gong continues! Pitchfork wrote a great review of Phantom Rhythm, awarding it a 7.6, calling it “a novel pastiche of post-punk, West African blues, Bo Diddley, and distortion” and referencing its “crisp production” (thank you). Bandcamp Daily published a wonderfully in-depth feature the same day, tracing the band’s formation in Beijing’s underground music scene and the cross-pollination of cultural ideas. Both great reads! Check them out while you stream the record… Phantom Rhythm is out now on Wharf Cat Records.
New York City new-wave/post-punk quartet Public Practice are back with two new songs! “Disposable”, the ripping A-side of this digital single, recently premiered on BBC Radio 1. The B-side is a cover of “Extra-Ordinary” by Yukihiro Takaishi (of Yellow Magic Orchestra), and features Ben Jaffe (of Pill & P.E.) on sax. I produced these songs with the band, recording/mixing/mastering at their space and Studio Windows earlier this year. Check out the feature on Stereogum and stream below! “Disposable” b/w “Extra-Ordinary” is out now via Wharf Cat Records.
Phantom Rhythm, the debut full-length from Beijing-based “transnational blues” duo Gong Gong Gong, is out now! I am so proud of this record, and ecstatic to see it out in the world – we began recording the album at Seaside Lounge in October 2017 (the same sessions that yielded the Siren single), and finished mixing earlier this year at Studio Windows. In the meantime, they’ve toured with Parquet Courts, Flasher, and Bodega in the US, Europe, and China, and made fans worldwide. Just read the press:
“An alarmingly stripped-down form of hypnotic rock which spiritually evokes the blues as well as punk, but otherwise can’t be directly compared to any other genre or artist” – Allmusic
“An album of avant-rock, unpretentious high art” – Pop Bollocks
“Ambassadors of the worldwide underground through a thoughtful collection of haunting barebones punk” – Post Trash
8/10: “Fearsome psych rock by the slightest means” – Loud & Quiet
Working with the group and producing these recordings has been a highlight of my career. Stream the album in full, pickup a copy on LP or CD, and do not miss them live! Phantom Rhythm is out now on Wharf Cat Records.
NYC noise-rock duo ESSi have released their debut LP Vital Creatures, and it’s a doozy. I produced the album with the group, recording at Thump Studios and mixing/mastering at Studio Windows last year. It’s wonderful to have such glowing feedback in the press, not just about the record itself (“quite simply one of the best albums of the year” – Tone Shift, “brooding but also enveloping” – Post Trash, “the real joy of this record lies in [their] fearless playing with tone, texture, and form” – Echoes and Dust), but also the kind words of recognition for my role in the process. It IS an exciting sounding record, and I highly recommend you stream it below, go see them live, and pick up an LP pronto. Vital Creatures is out now on Ramp Local.
Brooklyn-based noise-rock combo Weeping Icon just dropped their self-titled full-length album. Pitchfork called the songs “noisy punk thrashers that are clever, incisive, and frequently very funny” in their very positive review, and the group had great press also in Kerrang, Bandcamp Daily, Stereogum, AdHoc, and others. Ben Greenberg recorded and mixed the record, and I assembled and mastered it with the group at Studio Windows. Dig in above, below, and beyond! Weeping Icon is out now on Fire Talk.
NYC’s alterna-punk quartet Desert Sharks have released their debut LP Baby’s Gold Death Stadium. The Talkhouse premiered the album alongside an interview last week, and there’s a bunch of other great press via Northern Transmissions, Vents, MXDWN, and more. The group recorded the album with Jordan Lovelace (of my faves Brandy) and I mixed/mastered it at Studio Windows. Check out the press above, stream the record below, and head over to their Bandcamp to pick up your own copy. Baby’s Gold Death Stadium is out now on Substitute Scene Records.
“Ride Your Horse” is the newest single from Beijing “transnational blues” guitar/bass duo Gong Gong Gong’s upcoming album Phantom Rhythm. NPR premiered the track, writing “Depending on your ear, the Beijing-based guitar-and-bass duo could sound like The Feelies‘ stuttering post-punk, Bo Diddley‘s rock and roll boogie or Tinariwen‘s droning desert blues. But this unplaceable sound and drummer-less format encourages Gong Gong Gong’s reckless and razor-sharp rhythms to reshape rock and roll.” Paste, Pop Bollocks, and Raven Sings the Blues all had words to say about it too, and Aquarium Drunkard interviewed the band from Beijing. I produced Phantom Rhythm with the group in NYC, recording at Seaside Lounge and mixing at Studio Windows. Phantom Rhythm is out October 4 via Wharf Cat Records – stream the video (directed by bassist Joshua Frank) and pre-order the album now!