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Photo credit: Scott Minor L to R: Parker, Reed, Micolo, Davenport
Lacing is a Tennessee-based 4-piece
comprised of Joe Davenport (guitar/vocals), Jerry Reed (drums), Robert Parker (guitar),
and Joseph Micolo III (bass). They first caught our attention last year, after
releasing their majestically dense debut EP, Honey Glow. Back in June we
premiered their new tune, “Summer”, which is the lead single from their
just-released debut LP, Bummer. We’ve been looking forward to this album
for months, and it does not disappoint! If you’re a fan of stonergaze,
slowcore, sludgy pop, swirling noise, epic drums, and other generally
deafening/awesome aural journeys, Lacing is for you. Enjoy getting to know more
and when was the band formed?
Lacing formed in the spring/summer of 2015. I'd been doing this solo harsh
noise/shoegaze project called Millipede for a decade and decided I wanted to
try to write actual songs in that style. Jerry Reed and I had bonded over both
being new dads at the same time, both being in the local noise scene and
playing shows together here in Chattanooga, and of course our mutual obsession
with Slowdive. He played drums in two of my favorite local bands, Gravebound
and Rough Rope. He plays LOUD, which is a thing I've always been super
into...I've always been into bands with good drummers who play loud. We knew
Joseph Micolo from the local noise scene doing his Segaworms project and the
more beat driven GTRUK and knew he played bass so we asked him to join. Robert
Parker was a friend of Jerry's from way back and they'd been in a bunch of
bands together. Rob was in this awesome shoegaze band called SWOON that
released one EP and then broke up right before we started Lacing so we were
lucky in that regard because we were able to bring him in right at the
you tell us what the band has been working on and what you've got forthcoming
in the future?
Earlier this year we recorded our first full-length. It's
called Bummerand it just came out September 15. You can
get it from us directly through Bandcamp and also the label, which is called
Elder Magick. The digital version is a pay what you want/free. We recorded it back
in February with Scott Minor of Sparklehorse and our friend Carey Balch helming
production and mastering duties respectively. We're about to start recording
songs for a split with our homies in Chicago shoegazers Lazy Legs (recently relocated to Portland). After that
we'll continue writing for another album with the goal being to get back in the
studio in 2018. We've also been batting around the idea of doing a covers EP
but so far haven't decided on what songs we wanna do. And as far as the near
future goes, hopefully expect to see a video for a song or two from Bummer.
Rays is the solo project of Ohio-based Rob Fiorenzo. We’re big fans of Rob’s
lo-fi shoegaze aesthetic and psych-tinged pop sensibilities (I named sophomore
LP Séance one of my top
5 albums of 2017 thus far on a collective list published
by DKFM), so naturally we were excited (understatement) to hear a new
single was on the horizon. Rob mentioned in passing a few weeks ago that he was
interested in exploring new aural territory, and we were anxious to discover
how that desire played out. Enter new single, “Eurydice”, released
yesterday via Bandcamp.
Stylistically, “Eurydice” is something of a
departure for TR – or at least, it feels that way upon first listen. Instead of
being greeted with a dense swath of lo-fi fuzz, it opens with a simple synth
melody that almost feels quirky, mostly because of how unexpected it is. Straight
out of the gate, TR brings us to a new place.
The song begins with a fairly sparse arrangement
of Microkorg and vox, displaying a new restraint with regard to the sonic
palette. Gone is the familiar guitar squall, replaced by graceful golden tones and
a laidback lo-fi beat that underscores Rob’s deftness for pop constructions. Once
the wholly unexpected (and totally perfect) guitar drop happens at around the
40 second mark, I stop trying to figure out what’s happening and just let it
happen. A precise and gilded pop gem reveals itself. It ends too soon, so I start it
over. I do this about 20 more times, consecutively.
If this marks the new direction of the project’s
sound, we’re intrigued. The new application of TR’s signature warmth of tone
and attention to melody is refreshing. This stylistic progression feels right
and makes sense; we can’t wait to hear what comes next. -- Amber
"Pick Yourself Up" is taken from this New Jersey-based 4 piece'sDown on Sunset Striprelease, which came out back in March. We highly recommend their lovably awkward and charming LP, and the new video perfectly suits the toe-tapping catchiness of this particular tune.
Lamoreaux is an ambient/experimental/drone artist who records under the project
name The Corrupting Sea. He
also writes the blog Somewherecold and
owns Somewherecold Records.
Additionally, he DJs a biweekly show on DKFM
called the Somewherecold Radio Hour. Yes, the man is busy! Back in July we premiered the video for his song “Persist”, so you got a taste of Jason’s otherworldly artistic
vision at that time. We hope this interview provides additional and deserved exposure
to his numerous projects. He is a tireless supporter of many underground
genres, shoegaze and dream pop included, and an incredible artist in his own
right. Enjoy getting to know him.
How and when was the
record under the moniker The Corrupting Sea and started doing so back in 2006
or so. Before that, I had recorded some tracks with a good friend in Lexington,
Kentucky when I lived there. That project was called Sylant. Anyway, he had
recorded music before and I learned a lot from him. I moved to Texas in 2005
and recorded an album actually. I have lost those files since but one single
was released on an experimental guitar compilation in Australia called String Theory. It’s the only track left
from those recording sessions.
Then, last year, after a series of unfortunate
events in my life, I turned to music as a sort of therapeutic outlet. It ended
up saving my life really and I produced a number of tracks that I thought were
worth releasing. Those tracks were released on Symphony
of a Radical on September 1 of this year. That lead to a rather massive
period of exploration and output and I produced two more albums which came out
before Symphony. Resistand Samatta
were both done in short session bursts and came out nicely, at least I think.
So, back to the original question. I didn’t start recording till late in life
but found I had something to express sonically when I did. With some
encouragement from people like Frank Lenz, Jon Attwood (Yellow6), and Paul
Saarnak, my confidence grew and I put myself out there, for better or for