The Japanese trio Shonen Knife has made major fans out of alt-rock's elite (Sonic Youth, Nirvana, and Redd Kross, among others) and built a solid, worldwide cult following with their Ramones meets the Beatles brand of sticky sweet punk-pop. Comprised of members Michie Nakatani (vocals, bass), Naoko Yamano (vocals, guitar), and Atsuko Yamano (drums), Shonen Knife originally formed during December of 1981 in their hometown of Osaka, Japan (all three members were working at the time as office clerks), before playing their first real show in March of the following year. Soon after, the group began issuing albums in their native land, including 1982's cassette-only release Minna Tanoshiku (English translation: Everybody Happy?), 1983's Burning Farm, 1984's Yama No Attchan, and 1986's Pretty Little Baka Guy (the latter of which was reissued with extra tracks four years later, under the title Pretty Little Baka Guy/Live in Japan). Although their records were only available in the U.S. via import, Shonen Knife struck a chord with the underground with a track of theirs appearing on the Sub Pop 100 compilation in 1986. Also, in 1989, a variety of alternative bands recorded renditions of their favorite Shonen Knife songs for the tribute album Every Band Has a Shonen Knife Who Loves Them.
1990 saw the first Shonen Knife release to be issued outside of Japan, a self-titled compilation that featured the entire Burning Farm and Yama No Attchan albums, as well as three tracks that were only previously available on the obscure Japanese comp Aura Music. Shortly thereafter, the group began touring America on a somewhat regular basis, supporting their 1991 release 712 with some dates opening for Nirvana just prior to the runaway success of Cobain and co.'s now-classic Nevermind album. With Shonen Knife now the hip band to name drop, the group signed their first major U.S. recording contract with Capitol, resulting in the release of one of their finest (and best-known) albums, 1992's Let's Knife. A year later, the group switched to the Virgin label, issuing Rock Animals, which would spawn a semi-popular MTV video with "Tomato Head" (even landing a spot on the station's popular animated series Beavis & Butthead).
1994 saw the trio perform as part of the traveling alternative rock festival Lollapalooza and contribute a cover of "Top of the World" to the Carpenters tribute album If I Were a Carpenter, while Virgin issued an 18-track collection of rare tracks, Birds & the B-Sides, in 1996. Although they were able to greatly expand their U.S. fan base, the group never obtained the breakthrough success that was expected by many, resulting in Shonen Knife returning to the independents and issuing such further releases as 1997's Brand New Knife, 1998's Happy Hour, and the 2000 Japan-only release Strawberry Sound (which featured the band's revamped lineup of Atsuko Yamano on bass and Mana Nishiura, who joined Shonen Knife after Nakatani left in 1999, on drums).
Vocalist Naoko Yamano was the only original member for the mid to late 2000s, but even after twenty-plus years, and difficulties maintaining a constistent line-up, the band showed no signs of slowing. In 2005, Oglio reissued the band's first four albums, and the band released Genki Shock in Japan; late that year, Nishiura was killed in a New Jersey traffic accident while touring with DMBQ. Both Shonen Knife and DMBQ performed at a tribute concert for Nishiura that was held in Kyoto in spring 2006, shortly before the U.S. release of Genki Shock. Shonen Knife continued on with drummer Etsuko Nakanishi, releasing a live album and another full-length titled Super Group in 2009. A few months after completing 2010's Free Time, drummer Nakanishi parted ways with the band, to be replaced by Emi Morimoto. ~ Greg Prato
An activist rock band whose music fuses the powerful storytelling and working-class concerns of classic folk and blues with the rabble-rousing spirit of punk rock, the Last Internationale were formed in New York City by singer Delila Paz and guitarist Edgey Pires. Not afraid to make their beliefs crystal clear (often singing about issues concerning Native American rights, economic justice, and fighting the growing tide of apathy in America), the group's 2009 debut album, simply called The Last Internationale and released through the independent Manifesta Records label, included tough-minded polemics like "Free Troy Davis," "Ballad of a Yuppie Liberal," and "Winter Soldier," as well as covers of "Workers of the World Unite" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" (the latter given an updated rewrite). The duo also appeared frequently at benefits and political actions, determined to bring about practical change rather than simply act as cheerleaders. In 2011, the Last Internationale issued their second album through Manifesta, Choose Your Killer, and began attracting a larger audience for their strong and provocative music. 2013 brought a pair of digital EPs that were released through the group's Bandcamp page, a set dominated by blues and folk covers titled New York, I Do Mind Dying, and a collection of early demos. That same year, the group signed a major-label recording deal with Epic Records, and began blocking out plans for their third album, with Brendan O'Brien producing and Tom Morello (former Rage Against the Machine guitarist and a fan of the group) acting as executive producer. When Paz and Pires mentioned to Morello that they were looking for a drummer, Morello contacted his former RATM bandmate Brad Wilk, who liked the group's music enough that he signed on as a full member of the band. The tracks "Killing Fields" and "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Indian Blood" were released as singles in the spring of 2014, and the Last Internationale's first full-length for Epic, We Will Reign, was released in August 2014. ~ Mark Deming
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The Brooklyn based electronic duo, Break Science wrapped up 2012 on a high and heads full steam into 2013. Their fall tour saw them sharing the stage with Michal Menert in support of their collaboration EP, Twilight Frequency (FREE DOWNLOAD). Fall peaked right into winter as the duo made their way to Mexico for the end of the world at Mayan Holidaze and a then a whirlwind New Years run of festivals including Basslights, SnowGlobe and Lights All Night. As seasoned producers and touring veterans, Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee have produced and performed with everyone from The Fugees, Wu Tang Clan, and Talib Kweli, to reggae Lee Scratch Perry and Miles Davis collaborator, John Scofield. On their latest release Monolith Code, Break Science evokes a wide spectrum of electronic genres filtered through a musician's lens, all while moving people spiritually AND on the dance floor.
"Monolith Code (Pretty Lights Music - FREE DOWNLOAD) is the innate message we have to decipher to get to the next step in our evolution" says Lee. "The monolith represents a transition into a higher level of consciousness. A spark that initiates us to consider wider possibilities and ideas. The code is the system to express this transformation. Containing information from the past, present and future, it holds the key to unlock our potential as spiritual beings."
Adam Deitch describes the musical process behind the record. "We understand that to bring our vision to life, we have to spend just as much time on the programmed elements as we do on the live elements. Our goal is to blend these elements seamlessly, so everything comes together in an organic way. Our music is layered with different frequencies and sonic textures so it becomes something you can listen to multiple times and STILL hear new elements you might have missed the first time. We are influenced by everything from hip-hop and glitch, to jazz, soul, vinyl drum breaks and dub. We like certain elements of dubstep and drumstep (especially that BASS) and try to incorporate that sound in a fresh, new way."
Break Science is poised to make their biggest mark yet onto the burgeoning livetronica scene. Joining forces with a movement of new electronic artists on the Pretty Lights Music label, this potent duo will continue to push the boundaries of modern music.
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Hailing from the Twin Cities region of Minnesota, progressive metalcore band After the Burial formed in 2004. Originally consisting of guitarists Trent Hafdahl and Justin Lowe, bassist Lerichard Foral, drummer Dan Carle, and vocalist Nick Wellner, After the Burial created a sound that pushed the boundaries of heaviness through the use of extended-scale guitar work and progressive math-metal technical playing. The group self-released its first EP, Forging a Future Self, in 2006, and began touring heavily in support of the album. The following year, Wellner decided to leave the band after coming to the conclusion that the touring life wasn't for him. He was replaced by Grant Luoma, and in 2008 the band signed to Sumerian Records and released its first full-length, Rareform. Personality clashes within the band led to Luoma and After the Burial parting ways later that year, with Anthony Notarmaso joining as Luoma's replacement. In 2009, the group released a re-recorded version of Rareform featuring Notarmaso's vocals and live drums while the band got acclimated to the new singer. After dealing with busy touring schedules and member changes, After the Burial finally settled down to write new material, and in 2010 released their first album of new material in two years, In Dreams. The band kept busy with two more releases in 2013, with a new EP, This Life Is All We Have, as well as their fourth full-length offering, Wolves Within, arriving that year. ~ Gregory Heaney
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Hailing from of Austin, Texas, spirited, emotionally engaging, melodic indie rock outfit Quiet Company, which has drawn comparisons to everyone from Death Cab for Cutie to Bright Eyes, was formed by singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Taylor Glen Muse after stints in numerous other bands, including the Connotations, Uncle Andrew, and Eisley. In 2005, Muse produced and recorded Shine Honesty under the Quiet Company moniker and released the album independently. Everyone You Love Will Be Happy Soon, a full band effort, arrived in 2009, followed by Songs for Staying In in 2010 and We Are All Where We Belong in 2011. ~ James Christopher Monge
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Formed in 2008 by ex-Eames Era guitarists/songwriters Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, New Orleans-based indie pop outfit Generationals craft hook-filled indie pop that draws liberally from rock and pop's '50s, '60s, and '70s heydays, while maintaining enough modern sensibilities to remain relevant in the MP3 age. Like their Park the Van contemporaries Dr. Dog, Spinto Band, and Capitol Years, Generationals' lo-fi recording techniques are buffered by their advanced musical chops, resulting in a clever new take on sugar pop psychedelia. The band's Park the Van debut, Con Law, arrived on July 21, 2009. The band returned in 2011 with the equally sugary-sweet sophomore effort Actor-Caster. In 2013, Generationals delivered their third studio-album, Heza. ~ James Christopher Monger
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New York-born, New Jersey-based producer Seth Haley produced electronic music under a number of pseudonyms prior to establishing himself as Com Truise, an outlet for his "slow-motion funk" -- warped, bass-heavy tracks that are sludgy but leavened with bright synthesizer melodies. His first release was the 2010 EP Cyanide Sisters, issued digitally through AMDISCS. Ghostly International gave it a proper release in January 2011 and added four tracks. Two months later, Ghostly issued Haley's Fairlight, a three-track digital release, which acted as a teaser for the full-length Galactic Melt. When the album came out in June 2011, Haley had remixed several artists, including Neon Indian ("Sleep Paralysist"), Twin Shadow ("Castles in the Snow"), and Daft Punk ("Encom, Pt. 2"). The download-only In Decay, a compilation of previously unreleased material, was released by Ghostly in July 2012. A month later, he was part of Adult Swim's Singles Program with the download-only track "Chemical Legs." After a handful of remixes, including work for Sally Shapiro ("What Can I Do") and Bloodgroup ("Mysteries Undone"), Wave 1, another colorful EP, was released on Ghostly in February 2014. ~ Andy Kellman
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An offshoot of Minneapolis, Minnesota's prolific Gayngs collective, electro-pop outfit Poliça features singer Channy Leaneagh and producer Ryan Olson as its core members. Leaneagh's vocal prowess was well-known around town, and Olson asked her to join Gayngs as a touring member. The pair began collaborating on their own music in June 2011, putting Leaneagh's versatile voice (she'd previously fronted the folk-rock band Roma di Luna with her former husband, Alexei Moon Casselle) in Olson's smooth electronic soundscapes, which borrow equally from R&B and goth pop. Within a month, they had an album's worth of songs ready and began recording, recruiting drummers Ben Ivascu and Drew Christopherson, bassist Chris Bierden, and Bon Iver collaborator and vocalist Mike Noyce to flesh out the sound they envisioned. The results, Give You the Ghost, were mixed by Spoon's Jim Eno and released by Olson and Christopherson's Totally Gross National Product on Valentine's Day 2012. The album earned widespread critical acclaim, and the band spent much of that year touring with acts such as the xx. Poliça's second album, Shulamith, arrived in October 2013 and featured a more streamlined sound as well as a duet with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. ~ Heather Phares
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New Orleans metal band Crowbar originally comprised vocalist/guitarist Kirk Windstein, guitarist Matt Thomas, bassist Todd Strange, and drummer Craig Numenmacher. Once known as the Slugs, the band's slow, grinding, heavy sound has alternately been tagged sludge metal and sludgecore, and has drawn comparisons both vocally and musically to Pantera, the Melvins, and Tad. Debuting in 1992 with Obedience Through Suffering, they subsequently signed to Pavement Music and issued albums including 1993's Crowbar and 1995's Time Heals Nothing. Drummer Numenmacher subsequently left the band, and was temporarily replaced by Jimmy Bower, also the rhythm guitarist for kindred spirits Eyehategod. Bower also played drums in Down, a side project for Pantera's Phil Anselmo and Corrosion of Conformity's Pepper Keenan that also featured Crowbar's Windstein and Strange. Guitarist Sammy Pierre Duet, formerly of Acid Bath, joined up for 1996's Broken Glass following the departure of original guitarist Thomas. Bower elected to refocus on Eyehategod after playing on 1998's Odd Fellows Rest, and was replaced by drummer Sid Montz for 2000's Equilibrium. That association proved short-lived, however; original drummer Numenmacher rejoined later that year, around the same time that bassist Strange called it a career. Jeff Okoneski stepped in on bass, making his first appearance on 2001's Sonic Excess in its Purest Form. After another round of membership changes saw Duet, drummer Tony Costanza, and Okoneski leave the group in exchange for guitarist Steve Gibb, drummer Tommy Buckley, and bassist Pat Bruders, Crowbar returned in 2005 with Lifesblood for the Downtrodden. Six years later, the band released the ferocious Sever the Wicked Hand in 2011, and returned three years later with the more brooding Symmetry in Black in 2014. ~ Steve Huey
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Singer/songwriter Jon Bellion makes contemporary pop that mixes R&B, hip-hop, and indie rock influences. Born on Long Island, New York, Bellion grew up focusing on his love of basketball. However, in his junior year of high school, his long gestating love of music, spurred on by such influences as Timbaland, Pharrell Wiliams, J Dilla, and Eminem, came into bloom after he began writing songs on his brother's keyboard. After high school, Bellion enrolled in the music program at Long Island's Five Towns College, where he ensconced himself in the vibrant local music scene. After graduating, Bellion continued pursuing his performance career, eventually garnering wider attention after his song "The Monster" was included on Eminem's 2013 album, Marshall Mathers LP 2. The track, which featured a duet between Eminem and Rihanna, topped the charts in 12 countries, including hitting number one on the Billboard 200 in the United States. Also in 2013, Bellion released his debut mixtape, Translation Through Speakers. In 2014, Bellion returned with his second mixtape, The Separation, which featured the single "Ungrateful Eyes." ~ Matt Collar
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Busdriver is fixed as one of LA music's most dynamic indie artists. From his years as a cypher phenom at Project
Blowed to his years as a recording artist on Epitaph to his current role as co-head of Hellfyre Club, Busdriver has always
challenged rap in the most particular and thoughtful of ways.
BD's first record, ‘Memoirs of the Elephantman', was self released thru Afterlife records (a Project Blowed subcrew at
the time) in 1999. Not until his second self-released record, ‘Temporary Forever', came out in 2002 did Busdriver step on
the world stage. Sleeper hit ‘Imaginary Places' turned him into one of main beacons of left-leaning hip-hop at that
moment. During this time he was also emceeing at the Hiphop/Drum'n'bass night Concrete Jungle with Daddy Kev,
Myka 9, edit and DJ Hive.
After the new success of Temporary Forever, Busdriver signed with Mush records to do a collaborative album with beat/
production guru Daedelus and quirky rap talent Radioinactive in 2003. The project was called ‘The Weather'. Their album
toyed with daringly disjointed production and dexterous rap, writing in a way that Busdriver hadn't in the past. The
project amassed a small cult following all its own and aligned Driver's taste with the output of LA's electronic music
In 2004, Busdriver began his relationship with Big Dada by releasing with them the Daddy Kev-produced mini-LP,
‘Cosmic Cleavage'. This was followed by Busdriver's official 3rd album, Fear of a Black Tangent, released via Big Dada
in the EU and on Mush in the US.
Busdriver's label dealings grew outside of the rap arena in 2007 when he signed to indie-punk mega-label Epitaph and
eventually, it's more indie-music driven sister label, Anti-. Through them he released ‘RoadKillOvercoat' in 2007 and
‘Jhellibeam' in 2009. Both albums featured production from Dj Nobody, Nosaj Thing, Free the Robots and Boom Bip.
During these years, rap producer culture was in flux in LA and the newly founded Low End Theory began gaining
momentum. Producer eDIT (who becomes the head of Glitch Mob) featured Busdriver on ‘Crunk De Gaulle' (also
featuring TTC) off his Alpha Pup debut, Certified Air Raid Material.
Computer Cooties came out in 2010 after BD parted with Anti-. It was a free mixtape featuring collaborations with Flying
Lotus, Anti-Pop Consortium, Sister Crayon, Daedelus and Open Mike Eagle. He followed this by joining Hellfyre Club
and forming Flash Bang Grenada, a two-man group made of Nocando (founder of Hellfyre Club and original resident of
Low End Theory) and himself, created solely to let their musings on popular rap themes run amok. They released their
debut ‘10 Haters' in 2011.
In 2012, Driver released Beaus$Eros through Fake Four. The album was produced entirely by Loden and had features
from Cocorosie and Mike Ladd. It was a departure from rap writing into microclimates of experimental pop. The record
was coupled with Regan Farquhar aka Busdriver fronting a progressive power pop outfit briefly called Physiccal Forms.
That same year Driver released Arguments with Dreams, an EP marking a return to Big Dada. It was mostly self-
produced with stand-out appearances from Das Racist on "Firehydrant" and HFC members Nocando and Open Mike
Eagle on "Wernor Herzog".
In 2013, Driver helmed and oversaw the production of Dorner Vs. Tookie, the joint mixtape featuring efforts from all the
members of Hellfyre Club (Nocando, Busdriver, Open Mike Eagle, milo, Rheteric Ramirez, Kail, VerBS, Taurus Scott, The
Kleerz). While doing this Busdriver completed his 8th proper studio album, Perfect Hair. The album features production
from Mono/Poly, Jeremiah Jae, Great Dane, Kenny Segal and Riley Lake with guest performances from Danny Brown,
Aesop Rock and Mike Eagle. A follow up mixtape from Hellfyre Club in collaboration with producer collective Team
Supreme is planned for 2014.
More recently Driver has done collaborations with Modeselektor, Son Lux, Latyrx, Kool AD, Lapalux, Sonnymoon, P.O.S,
and others on various albums.
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The Toasters have been touring across the globe incessantly for the last 33 years. Jakarta, Bogota, Irkutsk, Istanbul, Shanghai - you name it, they've been there and done it. Since breaking out in 1981 on the rough and tumble East Side of NYC, the band's name has become synonymous with DIY touring and a fierce indie ethic. Here we are in 2013 and the calendar is already packed with two North American tours, South America, Europe, South East Asia, Russia and points east. In April the band will feature at the London International Ska Festival. The milestone of 5000 live shows is long out of sight in the rear view mirror.
To celebrate the new year the Toasters are releasing THE HOUSE OF SOUL vinyl 45rpm on their own Megalith records label. A series of singles will presage the LIFE IS A PARTY album. There will also be releases on London's Cherry Red Records of a special anniversary compilation as well as a re-edit of the classic 1987 POOL SHARK album. 2013 will also see a vinyl release of their breakthrough 1991 NEW YORK FEVER (produced by the great Joe Jackson) in collaboration with Jump Up Records out of Chicago.
The Toasters have been hailed as "ska pioneers" (Billboard magazine), "The sound of NYC" (New York Times) and as a core artist at CBGB. Widely acclaimed as being the progenitors of Third Wave Ska they are a true American 2-Tone band.
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Beginning as a scrappy, lo-fi side project and growing into one of the more creative acts mixing rock and electronic music, Metronomy is the project of London-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Joseph Mount. Named after the musical term for the measurement of time by an instrument, Mount started Metronomy in 1999 as a side project to the other bands he played with, using an old computer that his father gave him to record songs. Metronomy's first full-band lineup also included keyboardist/saxophonist Oscar Cash and keyboardist/bassist Gabriel Stebbing. Prior to Metronomy, Mount and Stebbing played together in bands such as the Upsides, a pop group the pair described as "the original Busted," and the Customers, with whom they played in university.
When his cousin Cash joined Metronomy, it became the trio's main project. With a sound inspired by Devo and David Bowie to N.E.R.D. and Pavement, Metronomy earned buzz for their engaging live shows as well as official and unofficial remixes of tracks by Gorillaz, Architecture in Helsinki, Sebastien Tellier, Kate Nash, U2, and Britney Spears. Their debut single, "You Could Easily Have Me," arrived in spring 2005 on the Holiphonic imprint, and the full-length Pip Paine (Pay the £5000 You Owe) was released that summer.
In 2006, Metronomy signed to Because Music; the following year, the single Radio Ladio became their first and only release on its Need Now Future imprint. The label also issued 2008's Nights Out, which introduced their eclectic sound to a wider audience thanks to singles such as Heartbreaker and My Heart Rate Rapid. In 2009, Stebbing left Metronomy to focus on his other project, Your Twenties. Bassist Gbenga Adelekan and former Lightspeed Champion drummer Anna Prior joined the fold for 2011's The English Riviera, which boasted a sleeker sound than the band's previous work. It was their most commercially successful album to date, reaching number 28 on the U.K. charts, selling more than 60,000 copies, and earning them a Mercury Prize nomination. The album's popularity led to a sold-out show at Royal Albert Hall as well as comprehensive tours of both Europe and North America.
Mount and crew went in a very different direction for Metronomy's fourth album, Love Letters. Taking inspiration from acts such as the Supremes, the Zombies, and Sly & the Family Stone, the band recorded at Toe Rag, an all-analog London studio frequented by indie rock bands such as the White Stripes and the Cribs. The singles I'm Aquarius and Love Letters -- which boasted a video directed by Michel Gondry -- signaled the album's mix of vintage warmth and cutting-edge pop ahead of its March 2014 release. ~ Heather Phares
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The nom de pop of Charlotte Aitchison, Charli XCX mixes influences and inspirations as diverse as the Spice Girls, Kate Bush, Lil Wayne, Quentin Tarantino, and Twin Peaks into moody-yet-catchy synth pop described by some as "neon goth." She began making music at an early age while growing up in Hertfordshire, England, and released a pair of singles, 2008's "Emelline/Art Bitch" and "!Franchesckaar!," while still in her teens. She also recorded her first album that year, which she sold at concerts although it never saw an official release. Three years later she returned with a slew of new material, including the singles "Stay Away" and "Nuclear Seasons"; the mixtapes Super Girls, Super Love and I Like Boys Who Cry, which respectively gathered the female and male artists who shaped her music, and cameos on Starkey's "Lost in Space" and Alex Metric's "End of the World." Her first original mixtape, Heartbreaks and Earthquakes, arrived in May 2012 and was followed by her U.S. debut EP, You're the One, and another mixtape, Super Ultra. She scored another hit that year with the Icona Pop single "I Love It," on which she appeared and co-wrote. Early in 2013, the single "You (Ha Ha Ha)" arrived shortly before Charli XCX's full-length debut True Romance dropped that April. ~ Heather Phares
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Pairing an obsession with the Smiths with a moniker taken from a Suede song, one would think that the Drowners would hail from London, or at the very least, Manchester, when in truth the stylish post-punk quartet fronted by a former male model calls the New York City borough of Brooklyn home. Formed in 2012 around the talents of Welsh transplant/frontman Matthew Hitt (vocals, guitar), Jack Ridley (guitar), Erik Lee Snyder (bass), and Lakis E. Pavlou (drums), the band, which invoke names like the Strokes, the Libertines, and the Vaccines, released their debut EP, Between Us Girls, through the Frenchkiss label in 2013. An eponymous full-length outing arriving the following year. ~ James Christopher Monger