Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Out Today! Pegasuses-XL * Power Pill Fist * Experimental Aircraft!

Today is a SUPER tripped out day of releases, by three bands who feature members of other awesome projects (see Bomb The Music Industry and Black Moth Super Rainbow), and whose sounds are completely original and off the wall. Read below to learn more, check out the wicked Graveface SXSW Showcase information, and take a listen to the madness for yourself!

(Featuring Members of Bomb The Music Industry!)
Announce Debut Album, The Antiphon, out Today on Ernest Jenning!

"Truly awesome" - Athens Flagpole

"I pre-ordered mine." - Absolutepunk.net

"My mother often tells me about when my uncle purchased the first DEVO record and wouldn't take it off the record player for a month. Now I know how he felt.." - Woodgrain Fonts

Pegasuses XL just might be the band to make history, as the first collective of artists who's sound precisely taps the middle ground between music made for those who like to wax deep with intricately mellow headphone music, and jaunty tunes for moments when all inhibitions are thrown to the wind (inducing a deep hankering to tear a hole in the floor).

Composed of jumpy hooks and caffeinated vocal flows, PXL takes the seriousness of 70's Krautrock ala Vangelis and Tangerine Dream and throws it into a smarmy albeit cinematic punk hodgepodge that'll get the rocks off for fans of Har Mar Superstar and Ghostland Obervatory. Even if you're not a seasoned listener of the above mentioned bands, PXL's aura, which oozes like a deluge of molten glitter, hits the mind, body, and ears with its rapid firing blasts of clunky trip hop and bastardized art rock with a frugal kitchen sink approach.

More about Pegasuses-XL (BY Pegasuses-XL):

Ok people, we have a band. What is the point of a band, really? Our band,
Pegasuses-XL, is Mark and Joel, and Jeff and Jeff, who played in a bunch of other bands and decided to make a band based on their mutual admiration of "bikes, coffee, and books." Most of our band practices happen at a coffee shop where we sit and talk about what we could do conceptually, rather than
going home and actually practicing it. We play a lot of Scrabble, read a lot of books about dystopia, World War II, and politics circa 1968. We've spent a good amount of time contemplating our place in the Universe, and to be fair, some of that is due to drugs.

The band has typically been a bunch of synths and a drummer. Lately we've gotten a little bored with the synths only thing, mostly because we all have been living in Athens for a few years now, where everything musical and artistic sort of blurs together. Mark Dale of "Disband" , Jeff Tobias of "We Versus the Shark" and "Dark Meat," Joel Hatstat of "Cinemechanica" and Jeff Rosenstock of "the Arrogant Sons of Bitches" and "Bomb the Music Industry!" have come together as "Pegasuses-XL" and made a new record, entitled "the Antiphon," where we made whatever music with whatever instruments we felt were appropriate, which is pretty much what you get when you mix those bands together anyway. It's still mostly keyboards. It follows 3 EP's, and is our first full length, and we are very pumped about it.

Really, we're friends who want the same thing from life, to understand "what
we are doing, and why?" The Antiphon is our response to ourselves,
questioning ourselves. The music is everything we've ever done in our lives crumpled up into 38 minutes, and documented on disc with the hopes that our dynamic elements and our personalities will perhaps carry on in the work of others.

For fans of....

Vangelis? Brainiac, D-Plan????

Tracklisting for The Antiphon
1. Drugs For Change
2. Gold Power
3. Special Times with Sandwiches in Lumicolourland
4. Marathon Mansion
5. Serious Feelings
6. Atmospheric Skull
7. Walking Life
8. Pegasuses, Enjoying Some Mid Afternoon Target Practice
9. I Have No Idea, None.
10. Intermurals
11. The Big Haunt
12. Antiphon.

Pegasuses-XL Live!
Feb 27 2008 The White Swan Houston, Texas
Feb 28 2008 Emo’s Austin, Texas
Feb 29 2008 1919 Hemphill w/O Pioneers Fort Worth, Texas
Mar 1 2008 The Exchange w/ Calabi Yau Hot Springs, Arkansas
Mar 2 2008 Harlequin Alley Shreveport, Louisiana
Mar 3 2008 Make it So!!!! Birmingham, Alabama
Mar 4 2008 40 Watt Antiphon Release! Athens, Georgia

For more information, visit

Graveface Records Announces New Albums from Power Pill Fist and Experimental Aircraft out Today * SXSW Showcase * Black Moth Super Rainbow US Tour!

Power Pill Fist

When Ken Fec isn’t collaborating with his other outfit Black Moth Super Rainbow where he’s helping to create some of the glossiest and narcotic induced drizzling sunshine pop kookiness, he’s serving as the brainchild of Power Pill Fist, an entity at the helm of some chunky ass, psychotropic, skewed bliss.

Rest assured Fec isn’t just some fly-by-night knob twiddler but instead a visionary with a true penchant for manipulating the Atari 2600 tossed into the mix with a mind-boggling night where Ennio Morricone, Kraftwerk, and Black Dice paint the town red. Still going strong as the resident DJ for Graveface Records where he puts on sets sans spinning the records between the live sets of the artists from the labels roster, Fec’s second release, Kongmanivong, under the Power Pill Fist moniker perches him atop the summit of modern day experimental music.

Kongmanivong is a hearty collage of hazy dub resonance and sticky funk with the abrasiveness of early industrial paladins such as Nitzer Ebb and Frontline Assembly. Even though the most seasoned of noise rock fans will dig it, Kongmanivong keeps the squalls of fuzz abundant but simmers them down into a disturbing procession of skronky techno and globs upon globs of post-modern meets neo-Krautrock all underlined with a seedy pop underbelly that is enigmatically and simultaneously jarring and soothing. Never have the terms “bi-polar” “haywire” and “ambient” been able to be tossed around freely in a single summation of music as they are when mentioning Kongmanivong.

Stream Kongmanivong here!

"Kongmanivong" Tracklist
YFF, Lou Pappans
Fisticus 2:36
Man Ribbon
Honey, Stroke My Neck Beard
Chuckanut Drive
Contours Gaining Shape
Bland Hand Stand
Rychlo Never
The Meat Tree
Power Out

Power Pill Fist Live!
March 15th - SXSW Graveface Records Showcase Austin, TX

Black Moth Super Rainbow US Tour!
Mar 12 2008 Opolis Norman, Oklahoma
Mar 15 2008 SXSW Vice Party @ Stubbs Austin, Texas
Mar 15 2008 SXSW Graveface Showcase @ Thirsty Nickel Austin, Texas
Mar 18 2008 Knitting Factory Hollywood, California
Mar 19 2008 Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, California
Mar 21 2008 Wonder Ballroom Portland, Oregon
Mar 22 2008 Neumo’s Seattle, Washington
Mar 25 2008 Oriental Theater Denver, Colorado
Mar 27 2008 The Entry Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mar 28 2008 Der Rathskeller (U of M) Madison, Wisconsin
Mar 29 2008 Empty Bottle Chicago, Illinois
Apr 25 2008 Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center Troy, New York

Graveface will also be releasing 1,000 copies of the album "Dandelion" due out on March 11th on 2xLP Pink Scratch N'Sniff Vinyl! First 500 copies will be hand-numbered!

For more information, visit:


Experimental Aircraft
Third Transmission

Experimental Aircraft could be 2008’s version of The Pixies if they were slowed down to a crawling halt and layered in atmospheric dust. Or, at times, they sound like a more pummeling version of The Cure (how can this be?). If the band’s upcoming album “Third Transmission” were released in 1991, there is no question it would be among the most popular releases of its time. A forward thinking album for shoegaze fans everywhere, “Third Transmission” brings us back to some of the greatest bands making music in the nineties ie The Jesus and Mary Chain, All Natural Lemon and Lime Flavors, Antarctica, or Stereolab (which is to say, “Third Transmission” could have legendary status). Although their sound reminds us of an era since gone by, there is no question that their music is still more than relevant today (what’s that? My Bloody Valentine has reunited? Yes!).

Hailing from Austin, TX, Experimental Aircraft are among the latest signings to the Graveface Records imprint, that fine Chicago-based label who recently brought you new hits from Black Moth Super Rainbow, Appleseed Cast, The Octopus Project, and more, so you know this is legit, and if you really know this label, odds are you know it’s probably going to blow your mind. Already being heralded by URB’s Next 100, Experimental Aircraft can be described with words such as “lush,” “ethereal,” “soothing” and “beautiful,” thanks to front-woman / guitarist Rachel Staggs’ gorgeous, breathy-yet-apocalyptic vocals and heavily distorted instrument. When TJ O’Leary takes over front-man duties, his sound is desperate and tortured, recalling Robert Smith’s shout-cry that made his band so timeless and important. O’Leary’s duties also lie in distorted guitar which adds to the heavily layered sound currently blowing out your speakers.

Innovative and impressive, Experimental Aircraft prove they can stand the test of time and reign supreme in a genre that desperately needed a new face to the name.

Stream Third Transmission here!

"Third Transmission" Tracklist
Upper East Side
Kali Yuga
With a Gun
Sit Still
It Won't be Long
Paintings in the Attic
Start all Over Again
So Simple
LoFi vs the Sea
Walk Away
Agent 23
Meet Me on Echo Echo Terrace

Experimental Aircraft Live!
March 15th - SXSW Graveface Records Showcase Austin, TX

US Tour in April!

For more information, visit: