Crosss (pronounced “Crosses”) is a Canadian trio headed by songwriter Andy March, who also runs a great cassingle series called Craft Singles, which has put out music by Crosss and many more. Their jams are a sort of psychedelic, anthemic metal full of garage riffs and grunge dirges. Over the past year they’ve been hitting NYC regularly, and on a recent trip they stopped by the studio to play some music and chat with Travis. The band also provided a great first run for a new pair of Edwina microphones we’re using to record drums, courtesy of Ear Trumpet Labs in Portland, Oregon.
Connecticut-based indie rock band OVLOV are, like their Northeast pals in Speedy Ortiz, Grass Is Green, and other Exploding In Sound-affiliated acts, keeping the 90s guitar rock vibe alive. With Dinosaur Jr.-level volume and walls of shoegaze distortion, they’ve been keeping it heavy since 2008. Fronted by Steve Hartlett (vocals/guitar) and with an evolving/rotating cast of contributors and collaborators (for example, am features guest vocalist Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz on a few tracks), the band is set to keep the melodies and hooks huge as they tear through the underground scene. They stopped by to play some tunes and chat with Travis about transportation options, lovemaking, and music.
Minneapolis noise band Marijuana Deathsquads is the ever-evolving, experimental project lead by Ryan Olson, (here he’s the pixelated member, and producer/writer of POLICA and GAYNGS), Isaac Gale (whose videos for Bon Iver, Polica, P.O.S., and On An On you’ve probably seen), and Stefon Alexander (P.O.S), and supported by multiple drummers and other performers contributing synths, vocals, and miscellaneous sounds to the sonic chaos. For this session, the group was in a stripped-down four piece format (they had the minimum 2 drummers and without Stef there, Isaac handled all vocal duties). Live, they’ve had as many as 7 drummers behind the twisted, effected vocals and electronics, making for a total sensory overload of percussive insanity enveloping their impossibly tight, maniacal, intricate experimental sound. From Marijuana Deathsquads’ explosive energy to its members’ work in other bands and in their hometown music and art scenes, there’s a seemingly endless supply of creative power here to love.
MON, 11/18: Marijuana Deathsquads - Serious Business on BTR [ep140] TUE, 11/19: together PANGEA - BTR Live Studio [ep272] WED, 11/20: "Silver Hours - March" by Melaena Cadiz - BTR Hear & There [ep82] THU, 11/21: BTR Pulse [ep151] FRI, 11/22: Wolf People - BTR Live Studio [ep273]
Yuppies are a band from Omaha, Nebraska, who deliver angular, energetic post-punk that sits somewhere between the groove of Fugazi, the minimalist tales of the Fall or the Minutemen, and the anthemic sonic assault of Hüsker Dü. Begun as an antidote to teenage boredom and honed in the basement venues of the midwest, the band developed its own take on the pop song — aggressive, and head on, if a little skewed. In this episode of Serious Business on BTR, they blast through a few jams and spend some time chatting with Travis, just a bunch of dudes sitting around drinking seltzer, talking about tufts and influential bands.
MON, 11/4: Yuppies - Serious Business on BTR [ep139] TUE, 11/5: Baoku Moses - BTR Live Studio [ep268] WED, 11/6: Month In Review: October 2013 - Chaz Mannenheim [ep10] THU, 11/7: Topic of the Week - BTR Pulse [ep149] FRI, 11/8: Twin Peaks - BTR Live Studio [ep269]
Hailing from the far Northeast reaches of Bar Harbor, Maine, Coke Weed make woozy, swirling, psych rock. There’s a clear bit of Velvet Underground/Yo La Tengo rock n’ roll meditation underneath the sweetness and oh-so-cool vibes of their tunes. With a fantastic new album getting some actual radio play (yeah, that still happens when your band is this good), they stopped in to light up the studio with their sounds and to chat with Travis.
Put simply, Grooms are a noise pop band based in Brooklyn. From shifting lineups and genre experimentation to near-breakups, Travis Johnson’s signature pop songwriting has always been at the core of the group. Whatever shape they take, Grooms’ songs can be identified by their use of unique guitar tunings, dark lyrics, and impeccable use of space in the music. The band stopped by to play some songs from their latest release, and to chat with Travis about the process behind making it.
As we prepare for the CMJ Music Marathon in NYC next week, we’re keeping the video party going by sharing clips of the bands playing our official showcase (Saturday, October 19 at Grand Victory in Brooklyn - RSVP here). Here’s EULA, who stopped by for a very special Halloween episode of Serious Business On BTR a couple years ago and will be the second band in our excellent lineup for CMJ. We’re psyched to have them be a part of the show!
Los-Angeles based post-punk outfit DTCV (formerly Détective) was formed in March 2012 by James Greer (ex-Guided By Voices), Guylaine Vivarat (ex-Useless Keys, Tennis System) and Chris Dunn (ex-Chicago - the city). The GBV connection is tight here, as Greer not only played in the band but actually wrote the book on them (Guided by Voices: A Brief History: Twenty-One Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock and Roll) and had his former bandmate Robert Pollard provide the artwork for DTCV’s latest release. The musical influence is there, but thanks to Vivarat’s sweet vocal presence, the result lands closer to Pixies territory.
The Library is on Fire is the American indie rock trio of Steve Five, Pete Sustarsic, and Travis Tonn. Formed in 2007 and reportedly born out of a manifesto by the same name as the band and written by Five, these guys can be found rockin’ out at a beach or loft party when they’re not holed up in their loft, putting the finishing touches on their 4-track-recorded album. Appropriately, there are Guided By Voices connections all over their work, as it’s no secret that the lo-fi indie rock legends have been a huge influence. They stopped by to tear through a few tunes and to extend formal invitations to some of their heroes to crash on the couch.
Featured songs: “Fly On The Painting” and “Labyrinths of February”
Netherlands is a rock n’ roll trio from Brooklyn, NY. Brutal, blazing, and heavy, but not without a touch of lighthearted humor, this is fast, fun, beat-and-riff-driven music for you to rock out to. Led by Timo Ellis, a true veteran of the music scene with a resume including work with everyone from Yoko Ono to the Melvins, Netherlands don’t waste a second with fluff when there’s rock n’ roll to be made.
Since the last time Speedy Ortiz dropped by our studio, the band has played countless shows all around the country and landed on the radar of the music scene at large. That same charming, lo-fi grunge sound that made them endearing early on still applies, but now the pairing of Sadie Dupuis’ melodies with satisfying fuzz comes on like a confident juggernaut — not that there was any lack of confidence before. If you’re like us and have a serious soft spot for the likes of 90s greats such as Helium, Pavement, and Mazzy Star, Speedy Ortiz should already be your new favorite band. Here, we present a performance of “Casper (1995)” from their recent session for Serious Business on BTR.
Since the last time Speedy Ortiz dropped by our studio, the band has played countless shows all around the country and landed on the radar of the music scene at large. That same charming, lo-fi grunge sound that made them endearing early on still applies, but now the pairing of Sadie Dupuis’ melodies with satisfying fuzz comes on like a confident juggernaut — not that there was any lack of confidence before. If you’re like us and have a serious soft spot for the likes of 90s greats such as Helium, Pavement, and Mazzy Star, Speedy Ortiz should already be your new favorite band.
MON, 9/16: Speedy Ortiz - Serious Business on BTR [ep133] TUE, 9/17: Strange Talk - BTR Live Studio [ep254] WED, 9/18: "Casper (1995)" by Speedy Ortiz - Serious Business on BTR [ep133.5] THU, 9/19: BTR Pulse [ep142] FRI, 9/20: TBD - BTR Live Studio [ep255]