New NOTEKILLERS Album — Songs and Jams Vol.1 —
TBR July 16th — Available for Pre-Order Now!
This is the album the Notekillers have always wanted to make. It represents all of their extremes:
Side A is a group of tightly sculpted noise/art/psych-rock&roll instrumentals in the classic Notekillers style, but further: more colors, more noise, more ragged beauty. In addition, the amazing vocalist Shelley Hirsch joins the band on the song Missilebones and what she does has to be heard to believed—perhaps even then you won’t believe it. It’s a match made in some alternative universe.
Side B on the other hand, is the bi-polar opposite side of the Notekillers personality. Here’s how they put it: “We've never quite captured on record the jams that make up a high percentage of our live sets. In past sessions they’ve always taken a backseat to getting our songs down. So, we went into the studio with the intention of only doing a couple days of blow it out, down-tuned, free-rock improvs and got exactly what we were looking for.”
Taken as a whole, the result is the most hook-filled, opulent, powerful and satisfyingly insane album the Notekillers have made yet. Those who are familiar with what they’ve done previously will know that is truly saying something.
Here’s what others have said about the Notekillers previous releases:
“A scintillating blast of burly, twisting tunes”—Pitchfork
“That record (The Zipper) was so heavy for me and Kim and Lee…It was this propulsive guitar instrumental that was just breakneck…They had a big influence on me…The music is way ahead of its time."—Thurston Moore in the Philadelphia Inquirer
“Astonishing...While the rhythm section churns furiously, David First peels off a series of scrambled guitar lines, precise even when he's improvising. His diagonal riffs are marvelously untraceable (Surf rock? New-wave? Heavy metal? Free jazz? Serialism?), and somehow these dense compositions inevitably come out sounding like party music. It's clear this band ranked with any of New York's much celebrated no-wave acts.”—New York Times
"The mighty fury of this trio, founded in the '70s and re-formed in the '00s, is undimmed. Instrumentals delivered with hardcore force and surf-rock precision."—Phila Inquirer
“If it sounds familiar, there’s a good reason for that: Sonic Youth, and by extension half of the decent guitar bands of the past 20 years, channeled Notekillers while honing its early sound.”—wired.com
"This is music with balls and teeth and fire in its heart, and I guarantee it beats the shit out of whatever you’re listening to right now."—Mass Movement