WEIRD BLACK new tracks in free download

Weird Black are taking the opportunity given by the Rome Psych Fest (where they will play on May 14th) to share 2 unreleased songs. Objects In Dreams Are Weirder Than They Appear is the title of this work available for free download on soundcloud, and as the bands puts it “this 2-Tracks-Bootleg was recorded as what remains of ‘Hy Brazil’ psy and lo-fi experience.” The band’s debut album, Hy Brazil, came out earlier this year and we are still playing it loud!

Giovanni Ferrario alliance covers Wyatt-Benge, announces release in October

Giovanni Ferrario Alliance just joined the growing WWNBB’s family and we couldn’t be happier! Ferrario, who in his career has worked with names like PJ Harvey & John Parish, is going to release his new full length Places Names Numbers in October 2016, and as a taste of what the album will be, he decided to record the song Costa, a cover by Robert Wyatt and Alfreda Benge. Giovanni Ferrario Alliance shares the song accompanied by a beautiful and mesmerizing video created by Jean De Oliveira. Enjoy!

GIOVANNI FERRARIO ALLIANCE – COSTA (cover R. Wyatt / A. Benge) from We Were Never Being Boring on Vimeo.

SODA FOUNTAIN RAG – EXTRA LIFE

Norway’s Ragnhild Hogstad Jordahl is known to most as Soda Fountain Rag, and we are happy to announce that she is back with a beautifully catchy and yet touching album titled Extra Life, out this April via WWNBB. Ragnhild’s newest work (the first since Reel Around Me) was partly written in Bergen and in part scrapped while on tour during the last five years, then recorded by Alessandro Paderno and Fabio Benni (Le Man Avec Les Lunettes) at Red Carpet Studio (Italy) in October 2015/ January 2016. Extra Life is a collection of stills from Ragnhild’s life, ranging from the highest high to the lowest low. Exrta Life comes in a beautiful artwork by Silja Haddal Mork, and you can order now this very limited edition (only 100 copies!) on 12″ vinyl or digital download, directly from our stores.

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 Ragnhild Hogstad Jordahl e’meglio conosciuta come Soda Fountain Rag,e siamo contenti di annunciare il suo ritorno con un bellissimo album, caratterizzato da melodie pop e da canzoni molto personali, intitolato Extra Life e uscito per WWNBB il 29 Aprile.  Il nuovo lavoro di Ragnhild (il primo dopo Reel Around Me) e’stato registrato in parte a Bergen e in parte in giro per l’ Europa negli ultimi cinque anni, successivamente registrato da Alessandro Paderno e Fabio Benni (Le Man Avec Les Lunettes) al Red Carpet Studio (Italy) in due sessioni, Ottobre 2015 e Gennaio  2016.
Extra Life e’ una raccolta di fotogrammi della vita di Ragnhild, dai picchi piu’ alti a quelli piu’ bassi.
Extra Life e’ stato stampato in una edizione limitatissima di 100 copie in vinile 12″ la cui copertina e’ stata disegnata da Silja Haddal Mork.

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debuting WWNB3 live video sessions

Three songs each, is the loose rule for the project, all other artistic decisions are in the bands’ own hands. The idea starts from the love we have for our bands and their fans, and the sometimes missing link of an intimate way to experience the music in a personally relatable live setting. So we decided to create, or take advantage, of an already intimate setting and bring it to you via our new “WWNB3”, a series of live videos produced together with the bands and able to express the raw character of who’s behind the music without the barrier of a package or an unfortunate PA at a random venue.

Our first series features the latest addition to the WWNBB’s family, BIRTHH, whose session was filmed shortly after the ending of the recordings for their album “Born in the Woods”, but before their live debut at SXSW in Austin, TX. It is a unique moment for the band as it pictures the very beginning stages of their career while giving a real sense of the direction BIRTHH has for the future. Enjoy the show!

BIRTHH shares haunting video for CHLORINE – announces tour

The first instant replay comes automatically, at first you can’t even tell wether for the video or the song, and the more you keep pressing play over and over, the less you get closer to an answer. The music video for BIRTHH‘s Chlorine is a beautiful work of art arranged by director Diego Gavioli to perfectly express on film what Alice Bisi’s words communicate in lyrics; unsettling gutted out feelings spinning in fragile containers, a black and white repetitiveness that eventually captures the fluorescent part of Chlorine, and a sense of completion that is never really exhaustive. In the meanwhile the song has captured the listener’s ears with a build up that leaves no escape: replay.

Just back from the debut at SXSW, BIRTHH announces the first shows in motherland Italy for the summer festivals, but stay tuned for more soon!

01-05-2016 PESARO – Splashdown
19-05-2016 BOLOGNA – No Glucose Festival @ Mikasa
28-05-2016 MILANO – Mi Ami Festival @ Magnolia
02-07-2016 SOLIERA (MO) – Arti Vive Festival
16-07-2016 CHIAVERANO (TO) – A Night Like This Festival
22-07-2016 CHIANCIANO TERME (SI) – Festa della Musica
27-07-2016 LOCOROTONDO (BA) – Docks 101
28-07-2016 GIOVINAZZO (BA) – Giovinazzo Festival
21-08-2016 EBOLI (SA) – Disorder Fest

Soda Fountain Rag, new album & summer gigs

 WWNBB#079 - Extra Life by Soda Fountain Rag

WWNBB#079 – Extra Life
by Soda Fountain Rag

Norway’s Ragnhild Hogstad Jordahl is known to most as Soda Fountain Rag, and we are happy to announce that she is back with a beautifully catchy and yet touching album titled Extra Life, out this April via WWNBB. Ragnhild’s newest work (the first since Reel Around Me) was partly written in Bergen and in part scrapped while on tour during the last five years, then recorded by Alessandro Paderno and Fabio Benni (Le Man Avec Les Lunettes) at Red Carpet Studio (Italy) in 2015/2016. Extra Life is a collection of stills from Ragnhild’s life, ranging from the highest high to the lowest low. Exrta Life comes in a beautiful artwork by Silja Haddal Mork, and you can preorder now this very limited edition (only 100 copies!) on 12″ vinyl or digital download, directly from our stores.

Here’s a new song… more soon!

PRE-ORDERS ARE HERE!

[EU SHOP] https://wwnbb.bandcamp.com/album/wwnbb-079-extra-life

[US SHOP] https://wewereneverbeingboring.bandcamp.com/album/wwnbb-079-extra-life

Soda Fountain Rag will play a few shows in Europe, check out the dates and stay tuned for more!

28.04.16 Bologna @ Zoo [ITA]
29.04.16 Vittorio Veneto @ Spazio Mavv [ITA]
01.05.16 DIY POPFEST – London @ Shacklewell Arms [UK]
09/10.07.16 Indiefjord 2016 – Bjørke [Norway]
29/31.07.16 Ripley @ Indietracks Festival [UK]

 

BIRTHH – Born in the Woods

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 BIRTHH is Alice Bisi’s dark alter-ego, “the conscience of a nineteen-year-old who spends most of her time thinking about apocalyptic events “. It is a persona who defines herself “Queen Of Failureland”, a young queen who finds no peace inside her mind: “I thought love was enough / But truth is love is dead”. Born In The Woods isn’t just the voice of this character, it is her body itself: bass-drum kicks simulating frantic heartbeats, lungs breathing convulsively between the lines, guitars spinning vortexes till nausea, and almost tangible backing vocals intertwine synthetic layers that enshroud and penetrate the veins. Just as much as the music, even the lyrics are filled with references that evoke the flash through which BIRTHH speaks: “I’ll be poison in your blood / And I’ll be darkness in your eyes / And I’ll be propane in your lungs” (Wraith). Chlorine is the synthesis of a poisonous love: “You’re chlorine in my veins / The blood flooding to my brain.” The outcome in all cases is fatal: “and kill my senses now, I don’t mind / if you want death, darling, death you’ll find”(Senses). The sound of this torment shows great attention to detail and a taste for downtempo-ambient atmospheres. “I wanted the Wurlitzer and most of the guitars to have some kind of lo-fi imprint in order to contrast the sharp and neat sounds of the beats and of the arpeggiators; the organ and the harmonium have been inserted with pretty much the same purpose. We wanted to add percussion sounds taken from the everyday life (snap, claps, water, doors slamming, etc.) and to integrate them into fragmented rhythms that could disorient the listener. In most of the tracks we did not even use the bass: I liked the idea of ​​being able to make an electronic music record without the aid of this central element: to get that depth we opted for kick-beats with a very low frequency.” Born In The Woods combines the sensitivity of songwriting with clear folk roots, to the refinement of electronic arrangements. The most striking feature of this album are the vocal harmonies, leading the songs to epic climaxes reminiscing of gospel music, making the intense voice of BIRTHH speak directly to the heart. Born in the Woods is available on 12″ vinyl, CD and digital.

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BIRTHH è l’oscuro alter-ego di Alice Bisi, “la coscienza di una diciannovenne che spende la maggior parte del proprio tempo a pensare a eventi apocalittici”. Un personaggio che, per prendere in prestito il titolo di una delle canzoni del disco, si definisce “Queen Of Failureland”, una giovane regina che non trova pace: “I thought love was enough / But truth is love is dead”. Born In The Woods non è solo la voce di questo personaggio, è il suo stesso corpo: con i suoi colpi di cassa a mimare un inquieto battito cardiaco, i respiri affannosi tra i versi, le sue chitarre nauseanti, i suoi cori caldi, quasi tangibili, intrecciati a tappeti sintetici che avvolgono ed entrano nelle vene. Anche le parole di queste canzoni sono colme di riferimenti alla fisicità, alla carne stessa attraverso cui BIRTHH si racconta: “I’ll be poison in your blood / And I’ll be darkness in your eyes / And I’ll be propane in your lungs” proclama Wraith, mentre Chlorine descrive un avvelenamento da amore:“You’re chlorine in my veins / The blood flooding to my brain”. L’esito in ogni caso è fatale: “Kill my senses now, I don’t mind / if you want death, darling, death you’ll find” (Senses). Il suono di questo tormento mostra una grande attenzione per i particolari e un gusto per le atmosfere downtempo e ambient. «Ho preferito che i suoni del Wurlitzer e di gran parte delle chitarre avessero un certo timbro lo-fi, a fare da contrasto ai suoni precisi e netti dei beat e degli arpeggiatori. Anche l’organo e l’armonium sono stati inseriti con lo stesso scopo. Mancano quasi del tutto gli elementi della batteria acustica. Abbiamo lavorato molto per aggiungere suoni percussivi presi dalla quotidianità (snap, battiti di mani, acqua, porte che sbattono…) e integrarli dentro ritmi frammentati, a volte disorientanti. In gran parte dei brani non abbiamo usato nemmeno il basso: mi piaceva l’idea di poter fare un disco di musica elettronica senza l’ausilio di questo elemento centrale: per ottenere quella profondità abbiamo optato per delle casse con una frequenza bassissima». Born In The Woods unisce la sensibilità di una scrittura cantautorale, dalle evidenti radici folk, alle ricercatezze degli arrangiamenti elettronici. Il vero elemento distintivo del disco restano le armonie vocali (artificiali e non), che portano le canzoni a climax dai toni quasi gospel, e fanno parlare l’intensa voce di BIRTHH direttamente al cuore. Born in the Woods è disponibile su vinile 12″, su CD e in digitale.

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WWNBB x SXSW – news, video, shows

We are extremely excited to be once again in Austin, TX, for SXSW 2016! To make this year special to us are the 4 WWNBB’s bands performing at the festival: from BIRTHH‘s (world) live debut, to the return of Brothers in Law 3 years later, with our California own Burnt Palms and Crescendo both here for their first time, you have plenty of chances to see them live and stop by to say hi!

BIRTHH
3/16 Austin, TX – The Italy at SXSW party @ Numero 28 3:40 pm
3/18 Austin, TX – Romantic Rock @ The Eastern 2:40 pm
3/19 Austin, TX – SXSW Free Spotlight showcase @ The Townsend 9pm

Brothers in Law
3/16 Austin, TX – Austin Tawn Hall show @ Spider House –  2:30pm
3/16 Austin, TX – The Italy at SXSW party @ Numero 28 4:30 DJset
3/16 Austin, TX – SXSW International Shoegaze @ Tellers 8pm
3/18 Austin, TX – Onward Indian show @ Spider House –12:30pm
3/18 Austin, TX – Music For Listeners @ El Sapo 3:00pm

Burnt Palms
3/17 Austin, TX – SXSW Carpark Records showcase @ Swan Dive 8pm
3/18 Austin, TX – Romantic Rock @ The Eastern 4:40 pm

Crescendo
3/16 Austin, TX – SXSW International Shoegaze @ Tellers 9pm
3/18 Austin, TX – Music For Listeners @ El Sapo 2:00pm
3/20 Austin, TX – Dojo Zine showcase @ The Longbranch Inn 12:45pm

As if this weren’t enough, there are 2 new videos that just dropped last week premiered by Impose: in Brothers in Law’s Oh, Sweet Song, filmed by Lorenzo Musto, “the chords and keyboard hooks ascend to celestial heights, while Musto exhibits feelings of euphoria and elation that are executed in the most minimalist, yet effective assembly of interpretive presentation.”

Burnt Palms’s frontwoman Riley’s video for Over “illustrates the local splendors seen from coastal windows to the sea, shore-side vegetation, the windy two-lane twists & turns of Highway 1 and more that is something of a living postcard for the 831 area code.”

And if you want more, here are the US tour dates for the 4 bands in case you prefer to avoid Red River and 6th this week and hope in a more intimate show…

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CRESCENDO – UNLESS

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  Crescendo’s music grows with intensity: the sounds swell, the emphasis moves to the heart, and then resonates throughout the rest of the body. It feels unstoppable, endless. Crescendo is a young trio from Los Angeles: their sound is bright, clear shoegaze. To be more precise—it’s the most dreamy and ethereal of this genre, and it’s not a coincidence that Gregory, vocals and guitar, is the founder of the itinerant festival called “Dreamgaze”. The most striking thing about the band’s second work, Unless, is the effortless collide of heavenly melodies and tight rhythm: an urgency that pervades every song on the album. The guitars are crisp, the drums are pushed to the max, the synths are engulfed in layers, and the voices of Gregory Cole and Olive Kimoto explode in some distant galaxy. The trio declares bands like the Radio Dept. and Smiths as their inspirations, but it’s easy to find affinities with bands like DIIV, Craft Spells and Wild Nothing as well. Definitely, the feature that most distinguishes Crescendo is their brightness, an idea of ​​music that travels beyond light, fast and relaxed, while explosions and flashes rumble and shudder all around it. The center of this album can be found in the title: “Unless”—a word which sums up the band’s attitude about this project: “Unless is the word you use to start the conversations that overcomes obstacles or impossible feats, and that word connects sci-fi space romance and our music together”. Unless is now available on a limited edition multicolor splatter vinyl, Compact Disc and digital. And as the excitement grew exponentially in the last few weeks with songs from the album premiered one after the other, we are very happy to bring you Unless in it’s entirety, and at the same time remind you what the press had to say about Repulsor, Haunted, Softly, Yet, PressureTell, Said

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  Crescendo come movimento: aumenta l’intensità, la musica trascina, l’accento si sposta sul cuore e il corpo lo segue. Crescendo inarrestabile. Crescendo senza fine. Crescendo come un giovane terzetto di Los Angeles. Il loro suono è una qualità luminosa, cristallina e accesa di shoegaze. Per la precisione la parte più sognante ed eterea di questo genere, e non è un caso che Gregory, cantante, chitarra e mente della band, sia anche il fondatore del festival itinerante ribattezzato “Dreamgaze”. La cosa che più colpisce, già al primo ascolto di questo secondo lavoro, intitolato Unless, è la naturalezza con cui i Crescendo fanno scontrare le loro melodie celestiali con una ritmica serrata: un’urgenza che pervade ogni loro canzone. Chitarre glaciali, batteria spinta al massimo, tappeti di synth, e le voci di Gregory Cole e Olive Kimoto che si rincorrono in qualche galassia distante. Se le ispirazioni dichiarate della band californiana sono nomi come Radio Dept. e Smiths, in questa scrittura si possono rintracciare anche affinità con band del calibro di DIIV, Craft Spells e Wild Nothing. Ma la caratteristica che contraddistingue i Crescendo resta la loro limpidezza, un’idea di musica che viaggia oltre la luce, velocissima e distesa, mentre tutto intorno esplosioni e bagliori rimbombano e fremono. Il centro di questo album sta tutto nel suo titolo: Unless, “a meno che”, e che riassume bene anche l’atteggiamento che la band sembra avere di fronte alla propria musica. “Unless è la parola che usi quando vuoi cominciare una conversazione che scarta un ostacolo, aggirando un argomento impossibile. È la parola che connette un certo romanticismo da fantascienza e la nostra musica allo stesso livello”. Unless è disponibile da oggi in vinile con splatter multicolore in edizione limitata, su CD e in digitale.  E visto che l’attesa era diventata ormai insostenibile nelle ultime settimane, con perle che uscivano da questo album su premiere improvvise… siamo felici di farvi ascoltare per intero il nuovo album dei Crescendo e allo stesso tempo ricordarvi che cosa ha detto la stampa di Repulsor, Haunted, SoftlyYetPressure, TellSaid

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