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Big Rock. Big Roll. Big Sound. From the land of Springsteen (one of the patron saints of Serious Business), The Everymen roll hard… and 9 members deep, to boot. E Street Band comparisons are no coincidence (soulful rock with raspy vocals and huge sax make it, perhaps, hard to avoid), but it really must just be something in that Jersey water (can someone look into that, by the way?). Hard touring, hard partying, and hard rockin' with a heart of gold, The Everymen cut to the core with every note. Here, on a long-awaited ode to Serious Business On BTR, they crammed into our beloved and well-worn SoHo studio to blast out the jams. And make sure to watch this one to the end for a special Travis-centric treat.
Big Ups is a Brooklyn post-hardcore band drawing from the Minutemen/Black Flag bloodline, busy touring and making great music. Here we present another full song performance from their recent session with Travis.
Round 2 of Exploding In Sound Records’ takeover of Serious Business on BTR continues with the most excellent Baked! Transmitting spacey, chilled-out vibes through the atmosphere, there’s a nostalgic timelessness about these tunes that can evoke the likes of the Beatles without sounding retro. There are even tasty heavy bits dropped in just at the right moments, pulling things from pop to psych, but overall it’s catchy and groovy, and we love it.
In the current sea of guitar-heavy northeast indie rockers, Boston’s Pile has a different approach from the average post-punk thrashers -- perhaps taking a cue from the Pixies and often slowing the pace down to give their melodies some room to breathe. Don’t let that make you think they’re any less powerful, though, as they can and do unleash some head-spinning serious riffage and growling vocal fury when they feel the need to. Another hard-touring band in the Exploding In Sound Records world, they’re already a household name around these parts, and leaving a trail of happy music fans everywhere they go.
Mannequin Pussy is a dirty, nasty, excellent garage punk duo-turned-trio of childhood friends. Not only does this episode include fiery performances of the band's songs, but you've got the added bonus of Travis revealing the terrifying truth behind natural flavoring. You won't want to miss this one.
Baltimore trio Multicult (aka Nick Skrobisz, Jake Cregger, and Rebecca Burchette) bring a super minimalist, yet effective, approach to their music. They’ve got the post-punk aggression and no-BS thing down, pummeling ahead through every song like a three-headed monster of bass, drums, and guitar, with every instrument weaving in and out around the song, occasionally coming together for big, hooky choruses that cut through their fuzzy production aesthetic. The band stopped by to melt some faces in the studio and chat with Travis about how they write and record their songs.
With a name like Robot Death Kites, it makes total sense that they’re loud, noisy, silly, dress-wearing punks from Brooklyn who take off their clothes for interviews. Basically, Travis’ dream guests for the show. Enjoy!
Robot Princess is an indie rock band from New York City. Their music -- often reflected in the candy-colored aesthetic of their artwork -- is filled with big hooks, melodies, and backing vocals to sing along with, thanks to Beau Alessi’s fresh take on pop songwriting. There are elements of quirky 90s pop-punk and alternative here (we’re thinking Atom and His Package or some Weezer hits) all contributing to the pure fun factor of the band.
As soon as a Flagland song starts, there’s a panicked, anxious energy that bubbles up -- probably related to the lineage of the music. The 90s influence is alive and well here in the trio of Kerry Kallberg, Dan Francia, and Nick Dooley, from thrashing Nirvana-isms to poppy Weezer-ish melodies. They stopped by to tear it up in the studio and have some chit chat with Travis.
Bluffing doesn't mess around. Established in Brooklyn in March 2012 with the singular mission of crafting concise hits under two minutes, they're set to make their pop and punk heroes proud. Check them out here, but pay close attention or risk missing something awesome: the songs are over almost as soon as they start!
LVL UP seem to be at the center of a growing storm of kickass Northeast-based bands. Part of the extended Exploding In Sound Records family and apparently making friends wherever they tour, there’s no shortage of positive vibes here. Oh, and their music happens to sound like fuzzy teenage anthems blasting out of a garage -- the perfect soundtrack to the basement party of your suburban fantasies.
Field Mouse is a Brooklyn-based shoegaze/pop-inspired band who we last saw on BTR Live Studio. Here, they return to the studio with a new lineup and songs from Hold Still Life, their upcoming debut LP for Top Shelf Records. Driven by the core duo of Rachel Browne and Andrew Futral, the band is known for washes of noisy guitars and the sweet sweet vocals that make every song feel like a dreamy hit.
Slavve is the duo of guitarist/vocalist Chuka Chukuma and drummer Marcos Marchesani, formerly of Weird Wives and Surfer Blood. The duo has played together in various projects since growing up in West Palm Beach, Florida, but recently relocated to Brooklyn. With Slavve, their philosophy is to make everything bigger and louder and, trust us, they had no problem doing just that in the studio. With hardcore undertones to their post-punk howl, they make uniquely cathartic music. Here, they play some tunes and talk to Travis about growing up and playing music together since their childhood in Florida.
Split Single is a rock band fronted by Jason Narducy (Superchunk, the Bob Mould Band, Telekinesis, Verbow). Joined on record by Britt Daniel (Spoon) and Jon Wurster (Superchunk, The Mountain Goats), along with a rotating crew of similarly talented friends for live shows, Narducy has put together something worthy of much more attention than most projects with so many parentheses in their bio, if you catch our drift. The band dropped by to treat us to some of the killer tunes and have silly chat time with Travis, including discussion of Narducy’s cameo-filled comedic video, “The Sexiest Elbows in Rock Music” (look out for Dave Grohl, Fred Armisen, and Margaret Cho, to name a few).
Hive Bent is the Baltimore, Maryand, duo of Kyle and Steph. The result of experimenting with a number of projects together, they've clicked into something that works incredibly well, blasting post-hardcore noise rock anthems with heavy grooves and acrobatic riffs at your face. After being recommended by some like-minded recent guests of Serious Business on BTR, we were more than happy to have them stop by.
The Teen Age have come up with their own genre that's totally appropriate and tells you almost all there is to know about their sound: doo wop garage. There's a loose and fuzzy, fun punk vibe with an undercurrent of classic touches from another time when songs were made to sing along to. Here, the young Brooklyn band talks to Travis and plays some tunes.
Big Ups are back, making their second appearance on Serious Business on BTR, and things have been going well for them since they last sat down with Travis. We can see why, as the Brooklyn post-hardcore band is busy touring and making great music, drawn from the Minutemen/Black Flag bloodline. They've made tons of fans and friends in their short career and, here, they talk to Travis about their lives on the road and play some excellent new tunes.
Beech Creeps is a hot new Brooklyn/Queens band featuring Mark Shue, Zach Lehrhoff, and Luke Fasano. With a fine pedigree as former members of Ex Models, Knyfe Hyts, Pterodactyl, and Yeasayer, this trio is set to slam their jammy, lo-fi, noisy surf jingles way deep into earholes everywhere.
Exploding In Sound is a Brooklyn-based music blog and label, specializing in the often-guitar-heavy, 90s-leaning rock sound that we love so much at Serious Business On BTR. They cut no corners whatsoever on their promise of "delivering good rock music since 2008." We've had a number of EIS-connected bands in for sessions in the past, so we thought we'd make our love real and invited them to do a little takeover for a few weeks! Palehound, the third and final in our EISxSBonBTR series, is a band from Yonkers, New York. Yes, Yonkers, not Brooklyn. Got it? Originally the solo project of Ellen Kempner (vocals and guitar), the current quartet came together in the Fall of 2013 and proceeded to launch into a whirlwind of nonstop touring and recording. There's a distinct 90s alternative rock sound here (somewhere along the Helium-Pavement spectrum) akin to the like-minded Krill and Speedy Ortiz, but don't get hung up on that. This group of beyond-the-boroughs New Yorkers are super charming and making great music for today that you should check out.
Exploding In Sound is a Brooklyn-based music blog and label, specializing in the often-guitar-heavy, 90s-leaning rock sound that we love so much at Serious Business On BTR. They cut no corners whatsoever on their promise of "delivering good rock music since 2008." We've had a number of EIS-connected bands in for sessions in the past, so we thought we'd make our love real and invited them to do a little takeover for the next few weeks! For the second installment of the series we welcomed Krill, the Massachusetts-based band who just about everybody and their mother has told us that we ABSOLUTELY NEED TO BOOK. You know what? They were right. This fierce, charming, hooky trio crank out the jams in the most delicious of ways. Check it out and get into the Krill action!
Exploding In Sound is a Brooklyn-based music blog and label, specializing in the often-guitar-heavy, 90s-leaning rock sound that we love so much at Serious Business On BTR. They cut no corners whatsoever on their promise of "delivering good rock music since 2008." We've had a number of EIS-connected bands in for sessions in the past, so we thought we'd make our love real and invited them to do a little takeover for the next few weeks! For part 1 of the EISxSBonBTR Takeover, we've got Kal Marks. This Boston based band crushes with drawling melody and swelling, hooky choruses. Tales of perversion, depravity, and beautiful chaos (you know, life stuff) wrapped in crusty slowjams. The band stopped by to melt our faces and have some silly chit-chat with Travis.
Mount Sharp is a band proudly hailing from the toxic-post-industrial-superfund neighborhood of Gowanus, Brooklyn. With songs about science, monsters, and bad decisions, this space-obsessed gang of noisy nerds is gearing up to share their debut EP, full of fuzzy, raw indie rock. The band, which features a few faces familiar to the BTR team, shared some new jams and sat down to nerd out over Game of Thrones with Travis and talk about their upcoming record and NYC residency shows.
Vulture Shit says that what they make is "Music for people who live in basements, by people who live in basements." Their drums + bass (but no guitar) sound feels like punk rock in its purest form, pressure cooked inside a computer and spit back out with extra sludge. Here, they play some music in the studio and chat with Travis about their unexpected URL and desire for their own 1-800 number.
Travis gets his donk slonked by Slonk Donkerson (who are actually, like, really good), learns a bit about the band's hometown, and even manages to tell his classic Steve Buscemi story. Sometime during the session, the Brooklyn rock trio also happened to play some sweet tunes. We can't decide if we want to compare them to a hair metal band or R.E.M., but neither one is really at all appropriate -- while also totally appropriate, somehow -- so just go ahead and check it out for yourself. Don't let us tell you how to live your life.
The Fleshtones were formed in 1976 in Whitestone, New York, and have been active for the nearly four decades since. They were there for the rise of punk and the New York rock 'n roll music of the late 1970s and early 1980s, and were the first band to be booked or to play at iconic venues such as Irving Plaza, Danceteria, Maxwell's, and the 9:30 Club. With a cult following and reputation as an unforgettable live act, their colorful history continues to grow to this day, as they give every show 100%. Founding members Keith Streng and Peter Zaremba stopped by for a special acoustic performance and chat with Travis.
Spirit Kid is the Boston-based project of jangle-pop-loving songwriter Emeen Zarookian. Their latest album is out today (if you happen to be reading this on the day the session and video premiere) and was produced after a successful Pledgemusic campaign which also benefitted the Boston Children's Hospital. Check out the session for sweet melodies, hot sax, drummer talk, and a cameo from BTR cameraman and pow wow!/Quiet Loudly drummer, Sal Garro!
Great Western Plain is a trio of dudes from Maine, playing gnarly rock music. Continuing the tradition of Portland-based bands (though drummer Tony would be quick to point out that he lives a couple hours north of Maine's biggest city, we're sticking with it) making the trek down for shows and a beer-and-chat session with Travis for Serious Business On BTR, the guys stopped by to play some of their more recent jams, now with more krauty, no-wave goodness slathered on top of their punk jams.
This week in Austin, Texas, thousands of musicians and fans are at the South By Southwest Music Festival. A huge event featuring showcases, unofficial parties, and countless opportunities to hear new music, we've got a team down there working on special episodes of BTR Live Studio and throwing a huge, free, day party on Saturday, March 15 at The Liberty (details here - http://breakthruradio.tumblr.com/post/77843659959/btrsxsw2014).
Sharkmuffin has the kind of name that demands attention. Ferocious and deadly as a shark, while sweet like a muffin could be the implied meaning -- and since this Brooklyn garage-pop band is comprised of three badass ladies, it definitely works. We're leaning a bit more on the shark side of things here, because Tarra Thiessen, Natalie Kirch, and Janet LaBelle definitely mean business. With song matter leaning towards the dark and heavy side (incest, mythical bestiality, and homicidal heroin using fembots) and music that tears 70s rock riffs through 90s alt-rock noise, all under the guise of garage rock, maybe the name is there to remind us that there's still something sweet behind all of that mayhem. Or maybe all we should take from it is what the band says themselves, "Sharkmuffin doesn't really give a fuck, they just want to have a good time."
GIMME TINNITUS is a Brooklyn-based music/MP3 blog run by a dedicated music enthusiast by the name of Bob Reich. We love his constant curation of killer shows, sick playlists, and undying advocacy for spending your hard-earned cash to support the bands he loves. He tends to go for the loud, abrasive, unconventional, and downright obscure-as-hell music that we can't get enough of on Serious Business On BTR. For the fourth and final installment of the four-part GIMME TINNITUS X SB On BTR Takeover, we're featuring Exocomet. Exocomet is a deliberately mysterious band. This Brooklyn-based two-man-machine of a post-punk experimental band has earned the right to keep the details murky, playing fast and precise, with layers of ambient sonic chaos for their krauty no wave dreamscapes to float around on. There’s a sort of familiar, ominous vibe to their music, but, more importantly, there’s persistent forward propulsion that’s highly addicting.
GIMME TINNITUS is a Brooklyn-based music/MP3 blog run by a dedicated music enthusiast by the name of Bob Reich. We love his constant curation of killer shows, sick playlists, and undying advocacy for spending your hard-earned cash to support the bands he loves. He tends to go for the loud, abrasive, unconventional, and downright obscure-as-hell music that we can't get enough of on Serious Business On BTR. For the third installment of the four-part GIMME TINNITUS X SB On BTR Takeover, we're featuring FINS. FINS is a Connecticut trio whose urgent, heavy, throaty rock pummels earholes in the best way possible. They’ve got the post-punk pulse down, and can thrash with the best of them. We’re starting to think that between CT and MA, New England is having a serious rock renaissance, with bands like FINS, Ovlov, Speedy Ortiz, Grass Is Green, etc. mining similar 90s-esque grunge territory and delivering seriously tasty doses of noise.
GIMME TINNITUS is a Brooklyn-based music/MP3 blog run by a dedicated music enthusiast by the name of Bob Reich. We love his constant curation of killer shows, sick playlists, and undying advocacy for spending your hard-earned cash to support the bands he loves. He tends to go for the loud, abrasive, unconventional, and downright obscure-as-hell music that we can't get enough of on Serious Business On BTR. For the second installment of the four-part GIMME TINNITUS X SB On BTR Takeover, we're featuring Clean Girls. Clean Girls are a heavy band. They'll tell you that much themselves. But, more than that, they're intense -- thrashing, relentless, undulating waves of sound from every angle, with throaty screams slathered on top of all the punk noise. Here, they drop some face-melting music on the studio, and reveal the dirty origin of their band name.
GIMME TINNITUS is a Brooklyn-based music/MP3 blog run by a dedicated music enthusiast by the name of Bob Reich. We love his constant curation of killer shows, sick playlists, and undying advocacy for spending your hard-earned cash to support the bands he loves. He tends to go for the loud, abrasive, unconventional, and downright obscure-as-hell music that we can't get enough of on Serious Business On BTR. For the first installment of the four-part GIMME TINNITUS X SB On BTR Takeover, we're featuring bbigpigg. bbigpigg are a squeal-blasting, face-melting, fat-bottomed groovin' noise rock band from Brooklyn. Gimme Tinnitus noticed that their Facebook interests seem to reveal a little something about the band and their tunes. Submitted for your consideration: “biological organization. anthropomorphism. survival strategies. transference. Merleau-Ponty. BBQs. homicidal cartoon monkeys. candy empires. self-defense weaponry. kitty-cats.” Yup, that does make a lot of sense.
Ava Luna is a household name among certain circles in Brooklyn. Travis hits the nail on the head here, addressing the band's masterful use of space in their funky, catchy, damn sweet tunes as a testament to their success in the DIY scene and beyond. They've boiled their formula down to something pretty much perfect, crafting weird, complex, and totally awesome arty pop music that lands somewhere between Dirty Projectors and Prince. If you're not already down with Ava Luna, get caught up; if you already love them, you're welcome. Get caught up with some of their tunes and a revealing chat with Travis.
For the past few years, Tyler Jackson of Portland, Maine, has been turning out fuzzy pop gems -- leaning towards psych rock at times, riff-heavy indie rock at others -- under the name Foam Castles (previously seen performing solo in an episode of BTR Hear & There). The project began, like many, as a home recording project that eventually featured an amorphous lineup of musician friends before solidifying into a full-fledged band. These days, the band is a tight foursome pop hit-making machine including some of the most accomplished veterans of the local Portland scene (Jaw Gems, Brenda, Endless Jags, and others among their notable projects). The guys dropped by the studio to share some tunes both old and new and to chat with Travis, providing some insight into where they find inspiration for their music.
Potty Mouth, a punk quartet from Northampton, MA (which just seems to be spewing forth great new bands lately), is, as they proudly declare, "all-parts smart-pop craftswomen, specializing in taut, infectious, C-86 influenced indie pop meets '77 punk perfection." You really can't get more accurate than that. This isn't scrappy pop punk nor boring indie rock -- there's fuzzy guitars, tight-n-clean lead guitar, solid bass, and perfectly tasteful drums all over their songs, which tackle a variety of topics ranging from the Gap to The Truman Show to talking in your sleep. It was a pleasure to have them stop by the studio to play their songs and open up to Travis about their deepest, darkest secrets (or just to say “hi” to Mom).
Brooklyn trio Low Fat Getting High has a simple formula: whether it's a show, a recording, or live in the studio, the music starts loud, fast, and heavy and doesn't let up for a second. Appropriately, they describe what they do as "post-noise-grunge-core-shredding" and the pure energy they generate hits that satisfying Nirvana level of intensity. They stopped by the studio to discuss their sound and some of their more interesting live show experiences.

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