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New Music Friday: The Bobby Lees, Remo Drive, Ultra Q, & Hinds

May 1, 2020

By Bella Carles

Today The Bobby Lees release the Music Video for their new song “Drive” ahead of their new record SKIN SUIT

Here is what they had to say about the video:

“In March we were heading down to Austin, TX for SXSW and playing shows along the way. By the time we got to Tulsa, Oklahoma our 9 SXSW shows had been canceled because of the virus. So we made the best of our time in Tulsa and shot a video with our friends, while keeping a safe distance.”

Photo by: John Swab

The Bobby Lees are a bone-shaking Garage Rock band out of Woodstock, NY.

Their new record SKIN SUIT was produced by underground punk legend Jon Spencer of the Blues Explosion and will be released on Alive Naturalsound Records on July 17th 2020. Skin Suit mixes classic garage-punk hits with raw and emotive storytelling. In the past year they’ve played with The Chats, Future Islands, Boss Hog, Daddy Long Legs, Shannon & The Clams, and Murphy’s Law.

Tonight 5/1 at 6:25 PM they perform live on our very own Alice Tea Party!

Bands play 20 minute sets + a “virtual” tip jar so you can support musicians in these trying times and 10% goes to Music Cares COVID-19 Relief Fund!

Register now using the link below!

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYrc-qorj4qGN09h9likKNUF2PLZ2M81DNn%E2%81%A0

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Remo Drive announces new highly anticipated album A Portrait of an Ugly Man, which sees its release June 26 via Epitaph Records. With its acrobatic guitar work, deeply self-referential lyrics, and off-the-walls energy, the album calls back to the dextrous, eccentric sound that helped the band – brothers Erik (vocals, guitar) and Stephen (bass) Paulson – explode into the underground with their 2017 debut.

pre-order A Portrait of an Ugly Man here

Remo Drive sound larger than ever on the album’s hook-filled, indie-rock anthem, “Star Worship”. The lead single preaches the need to eschew reverence for others and instead trust in yourself. It comes accompanied by a video which the brothers shot in their parents’ garage to keep busy during the ongoing quarantine.

A slice of tremolo-heavy classic rock filtered through the lens of the gunslinging American West, Remo Drive’s third album, A Portrait of an Ugly Man finds them truly in their element – both physically and sonically. Whereas the Paulsons filtered their buoyant songwriting through the concise lens of storytellers like Bruce Springsteen and The Killers on Natural, Everyday Degradation, A Portrait of an Ugly Man is more spontaneous, bolstered by the same charm and levity that made 2017’s Greatest Hits such an underground favorite.

“I wanted to get back to playing guitar the way I used to, and then throw songwriting on top of that,” Erik says. “On the last album, I approached playing guitar in a more songwriter-y way. I had really scaled it back so it wouldn’t be as hard for me to sing and play simultaneously, but the guitar is way more forward again now.”

Self-produced and mixed, A Portrait of an Ugly Man feels all at once familiar and fresh. Taking shape in their parent’s basement, the space breathed a looseness into the songs, while the freedom of the sessions left the band able to explore the next evolution of their sound.

As such, the 10-song set tips its hat to both the classic rock the brothers grew up on as well as previously untapped influences: Erik namechecks desert-rock artists like Queens of the Stone Age while admitting The Good, The Bad and The Ugly soundtrack and his binge-watching of old Westerns contributed to the album’s tumbleweed pastiche. But this time around, the guiding hands of their musical influences are consciously less overt.

Photo By: Connor Peck

That unflinching sense of self-awareness is what made Remo Drive so endearing as they found their footing in the mid-2010s, but it’s never been as crystalized as it is on A Portrait of an Ugly Man. The loathsomeness Paulson explores on the album certainly reflect less glamorous aspects of both his psyche and that of others, but when they’re cut with his quick wit and self-deprecation, they seem less like an actual indictment and more of an embrace of all of life’s imperfection and absurdity. “I was bumming myself out by trying to be more serious than I actually am,” Erik admits. “On this album, I wanted to write stuff that still communicated real ideas but had a bit of lighthearted, fun energy to it.”

In turning the mirror back at themselves in this way, Remo Drive have learned a lot about who they really are: A Portrait of an Ugly Man is an album that doesn’t seek to minimize important subjects like mental health or self-worth, but rather welcome them in and accept them as part of what it means to be human. The record also cements their place as an insular, self-sustaining act who doesn’t need shiny gear or expensive studios to produce a great album – that task starts and ends with the songs themselves. And, as it turns out, the recording process was proof that when it comes to a nurturing, creative environment, there’s no place like home.

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Ultra Q — an Oakland-based four-piece fronted by Jakob Armstrong (son of Billie Joe Armstrong, you know the one), and featuring brothers Enzo and Chris Malaspina and Kevin Judd release EP entitled In A Cave In A Video Game

A potent blast of post-punk awesomeness, full of wiry guitars and pops of keyboard-driven electro-sheen, In A Cave In A Video Game was written and recorded last month while the band was in lockdown.  It originally debuted on YouTube, where it was set against snippets of old school video games, the perfect visual complement to the songs’ frenetic melodies.  

Says Armstrong, “ I had no plan of recording the EP. The only songs that were already written were the 2 instrumental songs “drkwv” and “plunk;” otherwise the rest of the songs were made over the course of about 2 weeks. It was just a spur of the moment thing.  The song “plunk” was originally named in a cave in a video game, but we thought that name would be better as the title of the project. It was a lot of fun and also a much needed distraction that allowed me to just obsess over something for a while.”

Photo by: Andrew Diaz

In A Cave In A Video Game is Ultra Q’s second EP; the first saw the band — three of whom have been friends since elementary school — gain praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, NME, and Vice, in addition to leading to tours with The Regrettes, Hockey Dad, Bad Suns, and a year-capping performance at RiotFest. Ultra Q named themselves after a Twilight Zone-esque 60’s Japanese TV show of the same title. 

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Beloved Madrid band Hinds will release their glorious beast of a third album, The Prettiest Curse on June 5th on Mom + Pop, and today they share another new single off the record. Following the previously released “Riding Solo,” “Good Bad Times,” and “Come Back And Love Me <3,” “Just Like Kids (Miau)” finds the band documenting some of the hideously sexist remarks they’ve endured over the years (e.g. “You’re always out of tune/And there’s no place there for you”), then fire back with the sheer force of their untamed joie de vivre

Hinds on “Just Like Kids (Miau),”


“Miau is a cocktail of all the comments and ‘advice’ we’ve had to listen to during all these years in the band. From random strangers, ‘friends,’ and industry. Oh wait…the guy sitting next to you on the bus probably has an opinion too! if you wondered how does it feel to be a girl in a band, here you go.”

On The Prettiest Curse, Hinds take a quantum leap forward as a band and shrug off any remaining lo-fi accusations, finally harnessing the full extent of their pop prowess and unleashing songs which sound bigger, bolder, and more complex than anything they have done before, while still remaining true to their girl-gang, garage rock roots. “We have this incredible job, but it’s really transformed the way we live,” says Carlotta Cosials, explaining the album title. “We know we’re not going to stop, so we’ve decided to embrace it—to see this curse as something pretty.” Featuring songs performed in Hinds’ native tongue for the first time, The Prettiest Curse was produced by Jennifer Decilveo and is positively bursting with life, finding Hinds at their very best yet. Pre-order The Prettiest Curse, out June 5th on Hinds’ long-time label home Mom + Pop, HERE.

Photo By: Keane Pearce Shaw

Each time they take the stage, Hinds create a kind of wild magic, a feel-good free-for-all often complete with synchronized dancing and giddy crowd-surfing from the members themselves. While the band’s first two albums channeled the euphoric energy of their live show in their gorgeously punchy take on garage-rock, their latest full-length adds an entirely new texture to their sound. Produced by Jenn Decilveo (The Wombats, Ben Platt, and Anne-Marie), The Prettiest Curse finds the band letting their imaginations run more freely than ever, even as they share some of their most emotionally heavy material to date.

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