Saturday, September 1, 2012

Local Releases: A Suicycles Farewell Tour

Posted By on September 1, 2012, 11:59 PM

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We're now headed into the fall, and as the weather and leaves change, so does the local music landscape for the final third of the year. --- First on the list is the latest from Evol Port, an electronica band who seem to enjoy creating music without a public profile. They've released two EPs over the past year, Seven Songs To Do Laundry To in Sept. 2011 and before that in April, Holocraspedon. This past Thursday, they released their third EP, Matchstick Shortcuts. Many of the tracks harken back to an old Super Nintendo theme for video games, which made this release especially fun for me. You can download it for $5 off their Bandcamp page.

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Next up is a surprise release from Secret Abilities. Back in Oct. 2011, the band somewhat relaunched themselves onto the local scene with the popular full-length album Love & Monsters, earning praise in print and airplay, along with several high-profile gigs. I really didn't expect to see another release from the garage-pop rockers so soon, but yesterday they released a follow-up EP entitled Decapitated. It's a fine companion to last year's album and shows signs of good things to come. You can snag a copy for a “name your price” tag on Bandcamp.

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Speaking of surprise EPs, this week also saw the debut EP from The Howitzers. The Alpine-based garage-bop rockers have been a fixture in the Provo scene for the past few years, but word got around a few months ago that they were disbanding, which became official in June. So, of course, no one was expecting to see this little EP titled Bottle Rocket pop up online. For fans of the band, this is a must-have. You can purchase it for a “name your price” tag from their Bandcamp page.

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And this leads us to the one release show of the week, and probably one of the biggest of the year, from The Suicycles. The band (seen above, photo courtesy of The Suicycles) have had one hell of a successful run: two EPs, a full-length, music videos, their own radio show for a time on UtahFM, major concert appearances, etc. -- on all accounts, a band that should be on a national stage, or at least on their way to doing so. Unfortunately, as is the case with a lot of local music, life intervenes and forces your hand. The pending departure of the group's singer/keyboardist, Kellazore Von Gorelust, has officially put an end to the band. But they're not done yet, because before she takes off they will be releasing one final album with a small set of show dates before ending it for good at the end of the month. Love, Light, and Life is the second and final full-length album, and it's only fitting that Kellazore is the primary vocalist for much of the album, next to lead singer/guitarist Camden Chamberlain -- not to be outdone from the awesome mix of Vanimal, Black Rob and La Breeze to form the core of the music. The album (with awesome artwork from Sri Whipple) is a nice blend of hard-rock hits, alternative jams, electronica dance and glorified sexuality. This one is a must-own. (You can read more about the album from CW's Austen Diamond in his Liner Notes post this week.) You can catch the band's official release show tonight at the Woodshed as they play with  Totem & Taboo and Dustbloom. Just $5, starting at 10 p.m.

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Head out, love music, buy local!

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