VED - Gershwin's Pipe is now available digital thru Psychic Malmoe bandcamp store.
VED is now on facebook.
VED - Gershwin's Pipe is now available digital thru Psychic Malmoe bandcamp store.
It’s not often an indie rock band manages to impress. Let’s face it; most of these lo-fi garage rock/post-punk revival bands pretty much sound exactly the same as the bands they’re taking their inspiration from. So when you happen to stumble upon some Swedish, underground band being described as ‘lo-fi post-punk’, it’s hard not to make a grimace and go “d’aww, how cute! They think they’re special little snowflakes!”. Well, I’ll have to swallow my words; Where’s The Harm In Dreams Disarmed is actually an excellent piece of fuzzed-out indie rock.
Yes, we might as well just get it out of the way now. Cut City’s influences are obvious and substantial. They take inspiration from a wide variety of post-punk bands, but the most obvious influences are without a doubt Bauhaus, Echo & The Bunnymen and Joy Division (how original!). But don’t let that scare you off. Yeah, it’s pretty obvious that a song like Cults Revisited is essentially She’s Lost Control in wolf’s clothing, but when that is more or less the only misstep on the entire album, there’s a lot to love and a lot to talk about. Just like Interpol managed to do on their soon to be 10 year old debut, Cut City condense their influences into something wholly enjoyable. The excellence on display also has a lot to do with the songwriting. Where’s The Harm In Dreams Disarmed sounds – like the name would imply – dreamy, but not in a ‘cute’ way. The band’s sound is a mix between the calm and the aggressive; the somber and the noisy; the ambient and the direct. It’s a varied sound that makes you think, constantly surprises you and provides for an engaging and rewarding listen.
“So what is it that makes this album so damn good?” you might be wondering by now. It’s a fair question. Post-punk revival – like so many other movements of music – became oversaturated with bands that made little effort to distinguish themselves. If you weren’t copying Interpol, you were probably just copying some other band. It’s a damn shame, for had this album been released when the movement was at its peak, Cut City could very well have become a household name in the genre. That’s how excellent this is.
Talking about individual songs wouldn’t make much sense, as most of them segue into one another through noisy, ambient passages that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Godspeed You! Black Emperor album. But there are certainly highlights to be found. The opening track Void is downright excellent; an ambient soundscape saturates the musical landscape with noise as each instrument makes their entrance to the sound - until the bubble finally bursts; the track explodes into a gigantic wave of dreamy guitars, driving bass and high-tempo drumming. The track passes by in an instant, overwhelming you and leaving you with a giant smile on your face. Thankfully, not every track on the album is quite as intense as Void. Some of the best tracks are the slower, less pummeling tracks like A Modest Recovery that basically sounds like Editors – but better (and noisier) – and The Kids Of Masochism High, perhaps the best track on the entire album. But whether Cut City decide to play fast or slow, dreamy or dreary, light or heavy, doesn’t make a difference: they manage to grip your attention right away and they grip it tightly for the duration of the almost perfectly paced 43 minutes on display. After smashing its way through 8 excellent tracks, the album finishes off with class; a 10 minute, 3 part song closes the album off, sending a cascade of dreamy noise through your speakers for 5 minutes before disappearing, leaving only the same noise playing that started the album. It has come full circle. Sadly, I almost feel like it should’ve been longer.
Behold! The year is 2011 and we may have an AOTY contender on our hands. Cut City have managed the seemingly impossible. They have written a post-punk album that manages to sound old and fresh at the same time. Like their fellow Scandinavian friends in Iceage, they embrace everything that made post-punk such a good genre, but they put their own spin on it and, most importantly, they do it with confidence. If you enjoy post-punk, this is an album you need to hear – now.
VERDICT: Excellent. Essential listening for fans of indie and post-punk
Tues 11.08 Little Rock AR at Pizza D Action
Wed 11.09 Atlanta GA 529
Thurs. 11.10 DurhamNC The Pinhook
Fri 11.11 Washington DC Gold Leaf w Painted Face, Heavy Breathing
Sat 11.12 Brooklyn NY Cameo Gallery +
Sun 11.13 Philadelphia PA Little Bar +
Mon 11.14. Pittsburgh PA the Shop +
Tues 11.15 Chicago IL Subterranean + w Piss Piss Moan Moan
Wed 11.16 Columbia MO Mojo’s +
Thurs 11.17 Springfield MO Outland Ballroom +
Fri 11.18 Denton TX Rubber Gloves + w Darktown Strutters
Sat 11.19 Austin TX Mohawk + w 400 Blows, Melt Banana
Sun 11.20 Houston TX Mango’s +
Mon 11.21 NOLA Siberia (tentative)
+ with Prince Rama
VED - Gershwin's Pipe LP is now sold out!
There are a few distributers who still carry the album i guess. Get in touch with them!
There are no plans in re-pressing Gershwin's Pipe as it looks like right not.
VED is currently writing new material for an upcoming release. Hopefully there will be a new 12" or something later on this year.
Johnny Essing's upcoming album 'Mörka Ljuset' is ready to be released very very soon! We just have to make some adjustment with the artwork! Looks great, SOUND great!
John Essing's upcoming album 'Mörka Ljuset' is soon to be complete. You can listen to 'Den Lyssnande Byn' via Psychic Malmö's Soundcloud page.
Deleted Art crew is doing a dj-set at the Gagnef festival in Dalarna on the 8-9 of July.
VED is playing the Avant Garde Festival outside Hamburg on friday. 24/6.
Is up on both ITunes and Spotify, Enjoy!
DD/MM/YYYY play the ATP I'll Be Your Mirror festival in Asbury Park, NJ curated by Portishead this September!
Words taken from the bands homepage.
Credit where credit’s due
Once again, thank you! It seems like more people than we expected are willing to pay for digital music. That’s awesome! We want to take the opportunity to give a little something back to all the people who’ve supported us so far (and those to come).
If don’t want to lie on your deathbed forty/fifty/sixty years from now wishing you could have been on the “thank you”-list on a swedish postpunk bands last album’s vinyl issue, then now’s your chance. All of the people who’ve bought the digital version of WTHIDD will have their name written in big bold letters (or small thin ones if there’s too many of you) on the back inner sleeve of the vinyl version. We don’t know exactly when we’re shipping this to the printers but if you want gloat to your friends and want them to be able to read your name on the album with a big “Thank You” to it then here’s your chance.
Some people might say that we’re conning people into buying their personal ad space on our record. They would be right. Other people might say that this is a great way of supporting your favorite band. They’re also right. Even more so we think. But it’s up to you. We’re forever in debt to all of you already and we couldn’t be much more lucky with the nice army of fans that we have.
If you have bought the album and for some reason don’t want your name on the album (“I want to stay off the radar, no paper trail, fuck you…”) just let us know and we’ll expunge your name from our permanent records!
Cut City's long avaited second album 'Where's the harm in dreams disarmed' is finally available digital. We are hoping to see the physical format very soon! But for now... enjoy!
John Essing's upcoming record 'Mörka Ljuset' (soon out on Psychic Malmoe) is in the making. Being mastered as we speak. Turning knobs, Andreas Tilliander!
Hey, we are still alive. Just so you know.
Right now we are making some plans for the remaining year of 2011.
June 1st we will spin some records at Club Inkonst here in Malmoe. Audionom from Stockholm will be on stage!
There is a new The Skull Defekts 7" titled Gospel Of the Skull out on Deleted Art's spin-off label Psychic Malmo. Totally worth checking out!
'Gospel Of The Skull', the song is taken from The Skull Defekts new latest record (out just a week ago) on Thrill Jockey Records.
Song number two 'Push It Down On Me' is exclusive for this 7" and can't be found somewhere else!
On top off that. Both songs are sung by Daniel Higgs.
Swing by Psychic Malmo's webstore and pick up a copy.
Sale going on at the Deleted Art webstore!
We will be travelling down to Berlin next weekend to attend the Transmediale festival and to perform with our band BEAST. So hope to see you there!
Program 5/2 Paloma Bar, Berlin!
13-17 Stitching Together, workshop with Misplay
15-17 DJ Idealist (iDEAL Recordings)
17-18 Audio Commentary, performance by Andreas Kurtsson
18-19 Ophoniste Grand Prix Berlin
19-20 BEAST (live)
20-21 Ken Ood (live)
21-23 DJ Ulf Eriksson (Kontra-Musik)
00-01 Dungeon Acid (live)
01-06 Geography Records Showcase w/ Oscar Villata & Adam Lundberg + Johanna Knutsson
Slaitzer Straße 135
Soon new release out via DA's spinn-off label Psychic Malmö.
The Skull Defekts - Gospel Of The Skull 7".
More info @ Psychic Malmö site. Follow link below.
Ved is heading to Germany this spring. These dates are scheduled so far. There might be one or two dates added.
11/03/23, Berlin @ Schokoladen, GERMANY
11/03/24, Würzburg @ Cairo, GERMANY
11/03/25, Leipzig @ Conne Island, GERMANY
11/03/26, Dresden @ Ostpol, GERMANY
27/3 Minneapolis @ Turf Club
29/3 Iowa City @ Mission Creek Festival
30/3 St. Louis @ Lemp Neighboorhood Arts Center
31/3 Chicago @ Hideout
1/4 Pittsburgh @ 31st Street Pub
2/4 Buffalo @ Soundlab
3/4 Brooklyn, New York @ Littlefield
6/4 Scranton @ The Vintage Theatre
7/4 Philadelphia @ Danger Danger Gallery
9/4 Chapel Hill @ Nightlight
10/4 Knoxville @ The Pilot Light
Terrible Eagle – TE393 Lp and Turrks – Bisbee Lp will after some delayments both be release in early 2011! We can’t wait for these two! Sorry for keeping you waiting.
The Skull Defekts have made a name for themselves over the last few years with releases on various labels such as Important Records, Kning Disk and Conspiracy to name a few. Next up is a fullenght, ’Peer Amid’ to be released on Thrill Jockey Records.
And if that was’nt enough…
Deleted Art got the honor to release an lp from the Skulls. The lp has been named ’The Slow Storm’ and will be release later on this year. More info to come!
While we wait for ’The Slow Storm’, Deleted Art’s spin-off label Psychic Malmö will release a two song 7” ’Gospel Of The Skull / Push It Down On Me’ featuring fifth skull member Daniel Higgs on vocals.