Hardly Art

Stream Protomartyr’s The Agent Intellect on NPR Music First Listen

THU, OCT 1, 2015

October 9th marks the release of The Agent IntellectProtomartyr’s third and finest work to date, via Hardly Art. Today, you can hear the new album via NPR Music First Listen. Named after an ancient philosophical questioning of how the mind operates in relation to the self, the new album is an elegant and often devastating display of all that makes Protomartyr so vital and singularly visceral an outfit. Protomartyr is, and has always been, Joe Casey (vocals), Greg Ahee (guitar), Scott Davidson (bass), and Alex Leonard (drums). 

Over the course of several months, Ahee waded through more than a hundre>d song fragments until he reached the bottomless melodies of “I Forgive You” and “Clandestine Time,” the inky depths of “Pontiac ’87” and titanic churn of “Why Does It Shake?” Lyrically, Casey is at his most confident and haunting. He humanizes evil on “The Devil in His Youth,” and, amid the charred pop of “Dope Cloud,” he reassures us that nothing—not God, not money—can or will prevent our minds from unraveling until we finally fade away. We are no one and nothing, he claims, without our thoughts. 

The band unexpectedly shared the song “I Forgive You” earlier this week, and it was accompanied by annotated lyrics on Genius. It’s a great example of the synesthetic nature of Casey’s lyrics. 

The band will be embarking on their first US tour in support of the new record starting off with two hometown record releases shows before traversing east to New York for CMJ. Don’t miss seeing the band at their live, pummeling best. There’s not a frontman pulpiteer quite like Joe Casey in music today. All current dates can be found on the tour page

Limited copies of The Agent Intellect are available in the shop, and all LPs come with a lyric zine and fold-out poster.

La Luz shares new video for “You Disappear,” European tour starts tomorrow

THU, SEP 17, 2015

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This morning, Noisey shared “You Disappear,” the latest music video from Seattle’s triumphant “surf noir” four-piece La Luz. While conceived as a loving homage to slapped-together public access variety programs, the video also incorporates some far-out 3-D visuals that anyone at home with a pair of 3-D glasses (which were complementary in every copy of the band’s new record Weirdo Shrine) can enjoy. Tomorrow, the band inaugurates an ambitious 32-date European tour with a set at the Incubate Festival in Tilburg.

You can watch the video here or by clicking on the .gif above. Check the tour page for a full list of overseas dates.

Go Behind the Scenes of Shannon and the Clams’ Gone by the Dawn, out now!

FRI, SEP 11, 2015

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Today sees the release of Gone by the Dawn, the fourth full-length from Bay Area trio Shannon and the Clams. Critics and fans are already hailing Dawn as the band’s best effort to date, with Paste Magazine writing that “Shannon and the Clams have more than topped themselves” with their new “creepy-yet-catchy” album (New York Magazine). Watch Out Of Focus TV’s exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary on the making ofGone by the Dawn here or via the image above.

Tonight in San Francisco, the group headlines a record release show at the Great American Music Hall, with a stacked bill including support from Mantles, Magnanimous, Silver Shadows, and Teenage Dance Craze DJs. See the tour page for upcoming nationwide dates, including shows with Sheer Mag and DJ Seth Bogart. 

Limited edition vinyl on custom white-green swirl can be found in the shop, while they last!

Stream Shannon and the Clams’ Gone by the Dawn, out next Friday

THU, SEP 3, 2015

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Starting today, you can stream Gone by the Dawn, the exquisite new album from Bay Area trio Shannon and the Clams, in its entirety. Dawn, out on CD, LP, and digital formats next Friday, simultaneously finds the band at their most emotionally-unvarnished (with lyrical allusions to then-recent heartbreak) and sonically polished. All thirteen of the record’s diverse garage rock tracks were recorded with producer Sonny Smith (Sonny & the Sunsets) at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone Studios, making this the band’s first proper studio album.

Gone by the Dawn is already praised by critics for its “pin-sharp songwriting” (MOJO) and being hailed as “proof that nostalgia needn’t equal novelty” (NME). Stream the album now via Noisey or by clicking the photo above. First press of colored LPs is stiill available in the shop.

Tacocat announce tour with Sallie Ford, cover The Ramones

TUE, SEP 1, 2015

Seattle band Tacocat will be touring the West Coast and Southwest this December with Portland musician Sallie Ford, including an all-ages headlining set at Neumos in their hometown. Additionally, the band recently recorded an exclusive session for Rhapsody at Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco, including a cover of The Ramones’ “I Can’t Make It On Time,” which you can watch a video of here. See the tour page for a full list of upcoming dates. Tacocat’s latest full-length release, NVM, can be found in the shop.

Protomartyr share new song, “Dope Cloud,” from The Agent Intellect

TUE, AUG 25, 2015

Protomartyr’s new record, The Agent Intellect, is coming out on October 9th worldwide via Hardly Art. Today, they’re sharing “Dope Cloud,” a new song from the full-length, and as close as the band as ever come to a “radio single.” The almost-anthem deals in a currency of lost ownership and the futility of creature comforts, as Joe Casey’s lyrics paint mental images of a “saltmine racist gang” and a “pizza king” swollen with riches. It’s one of the best songs the band has released to date, showcasing their strength as both songwriters and lyricists, and should continue to make the case for Protomartyr’s place amongst the best rock bands of the day.

Listen to “Dope Cloud” via the link above, or at Soundcloud

Additionally, the band recently played the Pitchfork Music Festival, and you can watch footage from their performance, which includes both a new song off The Agent Intellect called “Cowards Starve,” and “Come & See” from their previous release, Under Color of Official Right.

All upcoming shows can be found on the tour page, including a new headline show in London. The Agent Intellect remains available for pre-order, with all initial LP orders on dark green vinyl.

S announces US tour, including CMJ performances

THU, AUG 20, 2015

S, the ongoing project of Seattle singer-songwriter Jenn Ghetto (ex-Carissa’s Wierd), announced a new fall tour that covers markets in the Midwest, East Coast, South, Southwest, and Northwest today. S will also be performing sets at 2015 CMJ showcases, details TBA. See the tour page for a full list of dates. S’s widely-acclaimed Cool Choices is out now.

Chastity Belt announce West Coast tour, Euro dates with Death Cab for Cutie

WED, AUG 19, 2015

Seattle band Chastity Belt have a busy autumn ahead of them. Today, the band shares news of an eight-date West Coast run that kicks off on September 15th in Portland. In October, the acclaimed four-piece heads overseas for their first-ever UK and European dates (including the All Years Leaving, Primavera, London Calling, and Iceland Airwaves festivals), followed by an eleven-show tour opening for Death Cab for Cutie in the UK and mainland Europe. See the ever-handy tour page for a full list of dates.

Chastity Belt’s Time to Go Home is out now.

Shannon and the Clams share new single “It’s Too Late”

TUE, AUG 18, 2015

This morning, SPIN shared “It’s Too Late,” the second mp3 single from Shannon and the Clams’ revelatory new LP Gone by the Dawn, due out this September. The track, which features lyrics and vocals by Clams guitarist Cody Blanchard, is rife with the kind of upbeat pop energy and crystalline production that characterizes Dawn. Stream or download “It’s Too Late” here

The Clams’ US tour kicks off in September, followed by an overseas run in November – all upcoming shows can be found on the tour pageGone by the Dawn is available for advance preorder on all formats, with the first press of LPs available on marbled green and white vinyl.