(record release flier by Sam Lefebvre)

After months of inactivity, Oakland’s Mansion returned with news of an LP and promptly set off on a tour that took them to New York and back. The quartet’s time in hibernation proved fruitful, yielding 11 tracks of pointedly focused noise, where every instrument is wielded like a drum and strange sounds are wrung from detuned guitars.

Despite its density, the record is full of memorable moments – from opening track “Cell Phone”s towering lead to “Ronny Goes to Jail”s dissonant, marching verse. Candace Lazarou’s vocals reign the songs in – adding melody where menacing guitars are stacked and building tension when they rear back, shining light on the sometimes difficult canvas the band sketches. While on the East coast the group found a fan in Ian Svenonious, whose work as aesthetic engineer and vocalist of Nation of Ulysses has inspired non-conformists since 1991’s 13-Point Program to Destroy America.

Early Life Cover

Part-time label and full-time fanzine Degenerate Mag is releasing Early Life as its 17th issue, and while preorders are available now, the vinyl will be available at the DM-curated release show this Friday; although early adopters receive a limited poster …

The group will be performing at Oakland’s LCM with an eclectic group of experimentalists and heavy hitters, including gloom rockers Daisy World, and even indie shoegazer act Silver Shadows. I was lucky enough to catch Mansion a month ago and the performance is not to be missed.

Mansion (record release), Silver Shadows, Daisy World, Drought Spa (+ Obsidian Blade closing set)
Life Changing Ministries
November 20th, 2015
$5, 8:30pm