Mansion celebrate release of ‘Early Life’

(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 [...]

By |November 16, 2015|Tags: |

Live This Month: October 2015 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: October 2015 (Podcast #372) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. Summer may be over, but music festival season hasn't ended yet, with Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this weekend and the Treasure Island Music Festival later this month. We've included a couple of Treasure Island tracks in this mix, but both festivals offer countless potential highlights, including Hardly Strictly's all-star performance of Big Star's Third in its entirety, and the debut of Big Grams (the new project of [...]

Oakland’s Mansion to release experimental, no-wave album ‘Early Life’

Oakland's Mansion are a relatively new group. They make music that sounds like they've listened to a lot of the bands that identified with New York's No Wave scene, and puts them in camp with East Bay noise acts like No Babies and Stillsuit. Their first release was last year's self-titled EP, the first track of which opens with marching drums and bursts of white noise. The music is dark and industrial. Their new LP, entitled Early Life, is coming out on Oakland's Degenerate Mag, who are foregoing their traditional medium of zine to make this vinyl their 17th issue. I really appreciate [...]

By |June 29, 2015|Tags: |
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