Tuesday, April 10, 2007

LESBIANS ON ECSTASY and WITCH'S HAT Release New Albums Today!

LESBIANS ON ECSTASY and WITCH'S HAT Release New Albums Today!

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Release "We Know You Know" on Alien 8!

"This Montreal quartet—Bernie Bankrupt (synths), Fruity Frankie (vocals), Jackie the Jackhammer (drums), Véronique Mystique (bass)—invades dance-floor jeans-creaming pelvis punch and tricks it out in more lesbian-friendly references and allusions than in an entire season of Facts of Life." - Baltimore City Paper

"An impressive maelstrom of dark, distorted techno, glitchy pop, and electropunk that subverts and perverts a slew of dyke classics." - San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Using samples galore, keyboards, and a mix of electronic beats and live drums, they plunder the lyrical obsessions of a hundred dykes reimagining the Michigan Women's Music Festival as a blend of hard techno, electro punk, and pop. Best of all they make you want to dance, even to their Cuisinart cutup of k.d. lang's toxic "Constant Craving" (the dyke "I Will Always Love You") turning it into an anti-consumerist rant that you can dance on the grave of." - The Portland Mercury

"Sexy, with a better climax than phone sex." - The Austin Chronicle

"A mixture of hardcore breakbeat and house party music inspired from lesbian artists like kd lang and the Indigo Girls. " - Suicidegirls.com

Following two years of touring and general party-starting Lesbians on Ecstasy’s much-anticipated sophomore release is set to drop in early spring 2007. They’re back and surfing the giant third wave of wimmin’s lib, but amongst the optimistic slogans and hopes for a liberated future, corporate interests and inequality reign, turning feminist dreams to stone and casting dark clouds over the Land. Lesbian Dystopia… L.O.E. have retaliated with a collection of songs that hearken back to activist hope – seems like wishful thinking in this day and age.

We Know You Know touches on similar themes to the band’s debut but delves deeper into some of the clichés and tropes of iconic lesbian music. This time around they blend much more melodic elements and hooks that might remind the listener of campfire sing-a-longs at some mythical womyn’s event in the 70’s, with several tracks featuring a chorus backing. However at the same time they have also managed to maintain the heavy beat aspect of their debut. The result is a danceable album that is at moments uplifting and at other moments very dark, but all with the sense of humor and fun that makes Lesbians On Ecstasy unique.

The sophomore effort shows growth in all areas and is most notable on gems like “Sisters (in the struggle)” where the Lezzies utilize a choir to deliver a wonderful chorus, backed with very tight percussion and an array of sampled sounds. “Sedition” opens up with a quote from Burzum’s Varg Vikerness “Why should I regret seeing the light?” Here vocalist Fruity Frankie bounces back from clean melodic vocals and darker whispered vocals, urging the listener to “Play me backwards… play me backwards”.

Lesbians On Ecstasy are a sound force that bridges the gap between electro/techno with punk rock and occasional flirtations with the clamor and thud of industrial music. The band’s varied musical influences are mirrored by the diverse crowds packing their live shows, a melting pot of disco queens, party goers, indie rockers and even punks and metal heads if you happen to catch them in Hamburg. The band’s live set-up consists of sample-based sounds traditionally heard on dance floors everywhere, but in L.O.E.'s case the sounds are performed live with electronic drum pads, live bass, synthesizers and a bevy of effects and pedals.

For this upcoming year, the Lezzies plan to keep the love going. They’ve toured California, NYC and England already, and have also made stops @ Austin's SXSW Festival and Miami's Winter Music Conference, and plan on keeping active through the remainder of the year

Also available from the Lesbians on Ecstasy is their self-titled debut as well as their remix album which includes contributions by Le Tigre, Scream Club, 1-Speed Bike, Kids on TV and Tracy and the Plastics.

"We Know You Know" Tracklisting:

1. Sisters in the Struggle
2. Sedition
3. The Cold Touch of Leather
4. Victoria's Secret
5. We Won't Give it Back
6. Party Time ( a womyn's luv)
7. Is this the way? * (CD Only)
8. Alone in Madness
9. It's Practically Freedom
10. Mortified

Lesbians on Ecstasy Live!
April 19 Quebec City, QC w/ Kickers at Rouje
April 20 at the Black Sheep Inn Wakefield, ON w/ Linday Fergusen
April 21 at Barrymores Ottawa, ON part of Scène Québec w/ Plaster, Ghislen Poirier and Stephen Beaupre
April 26 @ Lee's Palace Toronto, ON
May 10 Montreal Biennale Contemporary Art Festival w/ Les Georges Leningrad and more

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Release Debut Full Length "Mastery of the Steel" / Extend US Tour!

"Mastery of the Steel takes an original approach to rock music, and it gives new meaning to the concept of a timeless album." - Vox Magazine

"Mastery of the Steel is Columbia, MO cult rockers Witch's Hat's first album. Overall, the album successfully tames the snarling hellbeast that is the band's live shows onto record." - Sno-Cone Magazine

Following the recent success of The Foundry Field Recordings' album "Prompts/Miscues," and a sweet national distribution deal with the famed Alternative Distribution Alliance, (ADA), Emergency Umbrella Records is proud to announce the national debut release from the Adventure Rock band Witch's Hat on April 10th 2007.

Undeniably epic, somewhere between Iron Maiden and dance punk, Witch’s Hat brings forth its own signature brand of mountainclimbing-alien-vampire-dragon-octopus-robot-induced Adventure Rock. Not unlike Andrew WK, Tenacious D, Dragonforce, or Journey, Witch's Hat's "Mastery of the Steel" creates intimate visions of ancient and future worlds and boldly slays the line between darkly menacing and delightfully playful - with only the slightest hint of irony.

For instance, “Huzzah,” is an invigorating tale of a young medieval hero determined to save the virgin princess, where as, “Glodyany 1972,” is a haunting narrative of a vampire hunted by angry torch wielding towns-people. Also included in the album are
a few straight-ahead dance floor gems like, “Supply and Demand.” This particular song utilizes a simple truth chorus by pointing out how, “the law of supply and demand holds true: You supply the love - I demand it from you.”

Such mythos and bravado are obviously atypical song fodder, and Witch’s Hat revel in their glorious over the top whimsy raid. [This cheeky character trait becomes even more apparent at the ultratheatrical live shows - which revive the much missed and lamented role of the front-man as entertainer first and foremost.

The record’s true strength lies in its clever lyrics and detailed compositions, which are expertly arranged and demand a serious listen far beyond the fantasy-laden subject matter. The characters are built with a narrator’s expertise so that one can’t help but feel the emotion in each story. Mastery of the Steel takes an original
approach to rock music, and it gives new meaning to the concept of a timeless album.
Dynamic and entertaining medieval meets modern artwork and signage.

To date, Witch's Hat have performed w/
the likes of Aqueduct, Vive Voce, The Paper Chase , Earl Greyhound, Bobby Conn, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, and more.

Watch "Huzzah" Live @ The Blue Note

"Mastery of the Steel" Track Listing:
01. Bomb Squad
02. WWVI
03. Octopus
04. Popsicles
05 . Mountain Climber
06. Space Baby
07. Supply and Demand
08. Huzzah
09. Dance Machine
10. Glodyany, 1972

Witch's Hat Live:
Apr 10 2007 Mary's Place Rockford, Illinois
Apr 11 2007 TBA Indianapolis, Indiana
Apr 12 2007 Gojangle 1 Chicago, Illinois
Apr 13 2007 Permanent Records Chicago, Illinois
Apr 14 2007 Caffeine Fest Cleveland, Ohio
Apr 15 2007 Goodbye Blue Monday Brooklyn, New York
Apr 16 2007 Cake Shop Manhattan, New York
Apr 18 2007 Lit Lounge East Village, New York
Apr 19 2007 Arlene's Grocery New York, New York
Apr 20 2007 the Red and the Black Washington DC, Washington
Apr 22 2007 PA's Lounge Somerville, Massachusetts
Apr 24 2007 Cadillac Lounge Toronto, Ontario
Apr 25 2007 Mac's Bar Lansing, Michigan
Apr 26 2007 Luna Music Indianapolis, Indiana
Apr 27 2007 Red Stone Room Davenport, Iowa
Apr 28 2007 TBA St. Louis, Missouri

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