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Review - Marie Stella - Trust


Marie Stella's six song Trust starts with a distorted guitar creeping around and ends with a decaying synth line and in between is 20 minutes of joyful experiments in building and breaking crescendos. The twisting warp and weft of Bryan Bruchman and Matthew Erickson's zipping guitars, the interplay of female vocals (lead: Sidney Bourke, accompaniment: Katherine Hulit), Derek Gierhan's crashing drums (he sat in on the recording, now it's Max Heinz) weave a powerful tapestry. Marie Stella is fluent in dynamic range. Blue Blood starts off simply with Sidney singing over all-or-nothing instrumentation. Guitars, bass and drums kick on and off. She sings "I don't need a lover to bring me down" and the song changes moods, increasing the energy with a steady beat and then, as she affirms her identity, the song kicks into high gear and becomes a thumping, driven machine. The hook grabs, as the band builds into an energetic melee. Bryan's mean guitar cuts a wandering scar on "Taken", which builds itself out of an atmospheric soup into a sinister cacophony of frenzied drums and adrenaline bass. Guitars and synth bounce off each other in a sonic mosh pit... finally resolving into a sincere declaration: "No more shenanigans." Then turns for the chaotic as Sidney and Katherine belt out a punchy chorus. Ron Harrity recorded, mixed and mastered the album at Forest City Studio. He captures the twin interplays of voices and guitars with aplomb. What could be noisy and muddy is instead a beautifully crafted and wonderfully dense soundscape. The interweaving vocals and guitars create two strong cords that Marie Stella climbs and builds on. It's woven with deft complexity and it's worth losing your hearing for. You can check out Trust streaming on their bandcamp page.

--Krister Rollins writes for [dog] and [pony]


TVOTR's David Sitek announces new project "Maximum Balloon"

David Andrew Sitek, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer for NYC's TV On The Radio (but currently based in LA,) announced his new project Maximum Balloon. Featuring a collective of guest artists Maximum Balloon’s self titled set will be released on August 24th on DGC/Interscope. Guest artists will include Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone from TVOTR, Karen O from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon, Holly Miranda, Theophilus London, and more. Aku from Dragons of Zynth is featured on “Tiger,” the first track to be released off the album. “Tiger” will be available on iTunes and all digital partners June 15th, but fans can hear the full song a day before it’s available for purchase, June 14th, by logging on to In addition to “Tiger”, Maximum Balloon will be regularly releasing a series of digital singles in the weeks leading up to the release of the album. Fans can sign up at the band's website to find out how to receive these songs, along with other extra videos and audio material.


Panic Room

If that bit of news from Indian and These Are They left you wanting more hard hitting metal than may I suggest the latest ep from Millions. It was released back in March by Brutal Panda, and is full-blown in your face aggressive metal. Panic Room is sure to leave you in a state of panic and ready scream.

Millions will be playing at Ronny’s on July 5th.


From The Deli's Open Blog a new band: Atlantic Atlantic

The New York City band, Atlantic, Atlantic is making moves towards "the 90's for the now." This project sets sail in a new direction for Sikamor Rooney's front man, Brad York, creatings a sound inspired by bands such as Pavement, The Pixies, Built to Spill, The Replacements, My Morning Jacket, etc.  All music and lyrics are written by Brad York. The single Super Tall Buildings is recorded by producer Jeff Plate. Take a listen here! - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here). Photo by Lucia Holm)


Disposing of Betrayers

The End Records have released the details of the new album from These Are They. Disposing of Betrayers is the follow-up to their 2009 album Who Linger, and focuses on Chicago’s deep and complex history of organized crime. The lyrics through the new album will utilize and rediscover actual events taken from newspaper articles. Here is what vocalist Paul Kuhr had to say about the album, “Taking a topic like Chicago crime history, and still making it a death metal record, posed more of a challenge for Steve and me, who wrote all the lyrics. I think the crushing production, aggressive riffing and drumming, and the interesting topic all came together to create what I feel is an amazing recording. I'm quite proud of this one.” The album will be released on September 14th.

The Massacre
Behind the Door
The Sins of My Brothers
No Angels to Catch You
By Phaeton's Design
Cranial Hemorrhage
La Mano Nera
Evening Widows
Disposal of Betrayers