Lame-O Records / Lauren Records / Making New Enemies
Walter Etc, formerly known as Walter Mitty And His Makeshift Orchestra, have been one of the embodiments of the West Coast DIY scene ever since their first release back in 2009, now the band are set to release their their first album, Gloom Cruise, under their new moniker. Gloom Cruise is set to be released on August 25th via the impressive trio of independent labels Lame-O Records, Lauren Records and Making New Enemies.
Gloom Cruise is an album that is informed by the events that have preoccupied Dustin Hayes, aka Walter, since his original band came to an end, mainly a close friend’s drug addiction, and subsequent recovery, and Dustin’s own struggles with mental health. Gloom Cruise opens with a haunting introduction that gives way to sixties influenced piece of indie pop that brings to mind a laid back influence from The Libertines, this abruptly gives way to the heavier distorted strains of the album’s lead single, Stumptown Summer Heartthrob. Gloom Cruise is an album that continues to veer across styles, incorporating garage and sixties pop into an idiosyncratic blend, all the while maintaining an offbeat indie sensibility.
There are mellow acoustic sections that sit amongst the indie stylings, and the occasional outbreak of distortion that makes Gloom Cruise is a downbeat yet strangely summery album, and it’s one that I feel will appeal to fans of the more leftfield side of the indie scene. Gloom Cruise is an album that represents both a continuation, and a step away from, the band’s previous recordings as Walter Mitty And His Makeshift Orchestra, but it’s one that will satisfy Walter Etc‘s loyal following that have been patiently waiting for this release.
Pre-orders for Gloom Cruise are available now on vinyl via Lame-O Records here and Lauren Records here
The limited edition cassette of Gloom Cruise is available via Making New Enemies here.
Walter Etc. are now streaming their new single, Petunia You’re Home, the song is taken from Walter Etc.‘s new LP Gloom Cruise, that is set to be released on August 25th. Pre-orders for the record are available now on vinyl via Lame-O Records here, Lauren Records here and on cassette via Making New Enemies here.
You can stream Petunia You’re Home here
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Walter Etc, formerly known as Walter Mitty And His Makeshift Orchestra, have been one of the embodiments of west coast DIY since their first release in 2009, now the band are streaming their new single Stumptown Summer Hearrthrob, that is taken from the bands new LP, Gloom Cruise, which will be released on August 25th via Lame-O Records and Lauren Records. Pre-orders for Gloom Cruise are available now on vinyl via Lame-O Records here and Lauren Records here, and on cassette via Making New Enemies here.
Stumptown Summer Heartbreak can be streamed here
Shortly after the disbandment of their critically acclaimed indie punk band Chumped in early 2016, lead singer Anika Pyle and drummer Dan Frelly started Katie Ellen as a fuzz pop two piece. Today the duo have released their debut full length, Cowgirl Blues, via Lauren Records, the new album is ten songs of twangy, pop forward indie punk with subtle country underpinnings, showcasing their knack for punchy, melodic songwriting familiar to fans of Chumped while exploring more dynamic and intimate arrangements. Katie Ellen will play a sold-out record release show in NYC tonight, with more tour dates to be announced soon.
You can stream Cowgirl Girls via Spotify here and order the album via Lauren Records here
Katie Ellen, a band that features ex members of Chumped, have released a new track from their upcoming debut LP Cowgirl Blues, Sad Girls Club is a deeply personal song celebrating emotional vulnerability, owning your power and following your truth. The song is one of the band’s most affecting, and noticeably resonates with audiences whenever the band plays it live.
Cowgirl Blues will be released on Lauren Records on July 14 and can be pre-ordered here
You can stream Sad Girls Club here
Beloved Brooklyn band Chumped devastated fans with their sudden hiatus in 2015, seemingly on the brink of a mainstream breakthrough, the quartet called it a day right as they were getting started. But out of the remnants of Chumped, the band Katie Ellen was formed, featuring singer/guitarist Anika Pyle and drummer Dan Frelly. Today Katie Ellen announced the release of their debut album, Cowgirl Blues, on Lauren Records on July 14th 2017.
You can stream the first single from Cowgirl Blues, Lucy Stone, via NPR here
Cowgirl Blues can be pre-ordered here
No Beer, No Dad
Blowout are a quartet that formed in early 2014 in the basement in Portland, Oregon where they recorded their first EP, We All Float Down Here. No Beer, No Dad is their debut album and it will be released on August 5th 2016 via Lauren Records.
This is a good natured upbeat indie and emo tinged album that is not without it’s charms. The winsome vocals are light and refreshing, the guitars are a frantic melange of sounds and styles and the drums are precise, clear and hold the whole thing together. On the downside the production on No Beer, No Dad seems to be muddied by all the instruments being fairly equal in the mix, the bright vocals can come across as low and understated and this lessens the impact of the tracks, I found that Laken Wright‘s voice tended to get swamped when the upbeat trio of guitars was in full attack.
You get the feeling that under their upbeat exterior there is a melancholy tone underlying their material, but as Blowout admit they are influenced by 90’s emo you would exect a degree of despondency to creep into proceedings, but it doesn’t seem to come naturally to them. For all this albums faults you can’t help succumbing to, what on your first exposure appears to be, No Beer, No Dad‘s innocent charms, but repeated listens reveal there is some substance underneath the bubbly surface.
If you exclude the somewhat extraneous tracks, Intro and Interlude, which, as these things usually do, just break up the flow of the record, this is a consistent and enjoyable record. It’s a bubbly, effervescent and highly enjoyable listen, but I can’t help shake the feeling that with a few tweaks this could have been a great album.
No Beer, No Dad can be pre ordered here
Acoustic punk act Walter Mitty & His Makeshift Orchestra has announced their upcoming US tour schedule with Modern Baseball, Somos and Knuckle Puck. The band continues to support their latest full length, Well Soon, released this past summer through Lauren Records and Make New Enemies. Vinyl pre-orders are available now through Lauren Records.
Tour dates are below.
Brooklyn’s lo-fi noise punks Japanther have released a stream of their latest album on their soundcloud page. Eat Like Lisa, Act Like Bart was released back in May via Lauren Records.
The duo are also out on the road now in support of the record. Full dates below.