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2:54 – 2:54

UK sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow taught themselves how to play the guitar when they were teenagers. They’ve since recorded a bunch of songs under a name that may or may not mean anything. Maybe 2:54 was the exact time that they decided coming up with a proper band name was too hard and just said, “Fuck it”.

After a flurry of praise for their Scarlet EP, the Thurlow sisters’ self-titled debut is brooding, dark, dreamy, haunting. These are the words I am using to describe this album because writing music reviews is hard. Fuck it.

Artist: 2:54
Album: 2:54
Label: Fiction

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*previously published in Rip It Up issue #1204

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Wavves – Life Sux EP

At this point in Nathan Williams’ career it is safe to say that he has become the buzzband reincarnation of Willie Nelson.  Oh, wait, Willie Nelson isn’t dead?  Huh.  Well good for him.  Do I want to hit this?  Of course.  What was I saying?  Wavves.  Right.

It seems to me like naming your EP Life Sux is an open invitation to journalists to trash your music.  Maybe that was the intention.  But he’s just doing his thing, hanging out with his buds, making music. I wonder if Williams only wants to be Dave Grohl because it’s a pain in the ass to spell Krist Novoselic.

Artist: Wavves
Album: Life Sux
Label: Ghost Ramp

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Grave Babies – Gothdammit EP

Despite sounding like they were being played back on some ghostly turntable from The Twilight Zone, Gothdammit is a surprisingly melodic EP from Seattle’s Grave Babies.

Sure, the band sounds like murky proto-punk mining the macabre, but it’s all for show. Essentially, Grave Babies is a lo-fi band that really likes Joy Division, which makes me wonder why they seem to spend so much effort constructing an image that isn’t indicative of their sound.

It seems to me that having a blatantly unsettling name and bizarre cover art would alienate most potential listeners, save for the goth crowd. With the goofy made-up word they’ve chosen as the name of their EP, you would think they were trying to distance themselves from that scene.

Artist: Grave Babies
Album: Gothdammit
Label: Hardly Art

Freebie Nightmare mp3 (courtesy of Hardly Art)

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Kele – The Hunter EP

It’s safe to say that Kele Okereke’s solo career has polarized Bloc Party fans, but The Hunter is sure to elicit a chuckle from both camps for it’s sheer banality.

The lead single, “What Did I Do?“, features vocalist Lucy Taylor taking the reigns, relegating Kele to the chorus.  It has slick processed beats and a melancholic hook, making it appropriate for both the dance floor or an introspective headphone session.  As Kele and Taylor proclaim: “What did I do? / What did I do wrong?”, one can’t help but think that Kele is lamenting the misfire that has been his solo career.

The Hunter is nothing more than a trite attempt at emulating the dance music he is so fond of.  When the best song on the record barely even features your vocals, you have to start asking yourself some questions.

Artist: Kele
Album: The Hunter
Label: Wichita

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The Raveonettes – Into The Night EP

When a band makes a career out of peddling songs full of dark lyrical themes of murder, drugs, betrayal, lust, crime and suicide, they usually aren’t heralded for releasing catchy pop tunes. Featuring healthy doses of The Jesus & Mary Chain and surf pop, The Raveonettes have enjoyed a lengthy career doing just that.

The duo’s ability to balance depravity and sadness with uptempo beats and fuzzy power chords has always resulted in enjoyable, slightly morose songs that deliver on a visceral level.

The band has stated that the songs on Into The Night are an ode to lost loves, but I had too much fun with this EP to think about a bunch of bitchy exes.

Artist: The Raveonettes
Album: Into The Night EP
Label: The Orchard

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Yourself In Peace – Yourself In Peace EP

During my time at college I had a somewhat spotty track record in regards to the people I lived with. My first roommate was a chronic masturbator. My second roommate liked to get stoned and make grilled cheese sandwiches on his George Foreman Grill at 4am.

Thankfully, instead of being disgusted by each other’s lack of personal hygiene, the duo behind Yourself In Peace discovered a mutual appreciation for dreamy pop while studying in LA.

Their self-titled debut EP features ethereal hushed vocals against a backdrop of hazy beats and sparse electronic flourishes. Justin Corral and Westley Ulit have said that they “essentially make beats and whine over them.” In my opinion, they’re selling themselves a bit short.

Artist: Yourself In Peace
Album: Yourself In Peace EP
Label: independent

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Trophy Wife – Bruxism

Some people “suffer” from being a cynical asshole.  This psychological condition usually manifests itself after puberty and renders everything that you thought was cool or “mainstream” as lame and insufferable drivel.

Trophy Wife, a band hailing from Oxford, England, are most definitely cynical assholes.  Their spacey synth-pop is like New Order in the pouring rain. The band presents vaguely danceable arrangements combined with laizze-faire vocals full of pessimistic lyrics.

Should I dance to this?  Should I be depressed?  I don’t know, hold on while I put on my Ray Bans®…let’s just do some speed and smoke cigarettes while lightly swaying back and forth.

Artist: Trophy Wife
Album: Bruxism
Label: Inertia

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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Songs From The Great White North

Back in his days with Oasis, Noel Gallagher always made a point to record B-sides that were just as good (and in some cases even better) than the album singles that they supported. With Songs From The Great White North, Noel assures us that his artistic integrity is still in tact.

Released in support of Record Store Day, the EP is made up of four previously released B-sides on a 12″ opaque white heavyweight vinyl and limited to a mere 2000 copies. If you were lucky enough to get your hands on one, I suppose you’ve earned the right to gloat about your “godlike genius”.

Artist: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Album: Songs From The Great White North
Label: Sour Mash

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Sonpsilo Circus – Sonpsilo Circus EP

Supposedly you pronounce this band’s name “sun-sigh-low” but I’m having trouble ignoring the letter ‘p’ in there.  Maybe it’s easier to overlook amidst a plume of hazy smoke emanating from a nearby bong.

Either way, Sonpsilo Circus have put together an impressive debut of psychedelic revivalism, complete with big fuzzy guitars and all the trippy decadence you’d expect from someone who makes hemp jewelry and lives out of a van.  It must have been hard to focus on crafting an EP this tight when you’re preoccupied with scraping the bowl for resin residue.

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Artist: Sonpsilo Circus
Album: Sonsilo Circus EP
Label: independent

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