Lansing, Michigan's Rodeo Boys will release their new album on Don Giovanni on June 16th. Lead single "Sugar" out now everywhere.
“sticky, snarly hooks and big riffs”—Stereogum
"Their rural roots combine Southern twang and 90s grunge in a truly lonesome and ornery fashion. Pushing the boundaries of both genres with a punk spin utilizing catchy hooks and stand out guitar solos" —Punk Rock Theory
We are thrilled to announce that queer rock 'n roll band RODEO BOYS will release their new album and Don Giovanni Records debut Home Movies on June 16, 2023. Rodeo Boys' rural roots combine Southern twang and 90s grunge in true lonesome and ornery fashion.
Today, Rodeo Boys has released the album's lead single along with a must see music video for "Sugar" The track is available now across all streaming platforms and Bandcamp now, and the video can be seen HERE.
Home Movies is available to pre-order and pre-save HERE.
On their Don Giovanni debut Home Movies, Rodeo Boys are upping the ante. Their music owes as much to the twang of country as it does to the fuzz of grunge, and it’s a winning combination. Lead single “Sugar” sits somewhere between Bully and SPICE, a gritty slice of feedback-drenched rock ‘n’ roll that immediately makes it clear where Rodeo Boys’ passions lie–in loud, crunchy, catchy alt rock. “Dog Leg” plays out like a supersized take on classic rock, all roaring solos and guttural hooks, and epic closer “Tomboy Radio” is a proggy masterclass in dynamics. Home Movies hardly lets up all through its 40 minutes, the space folk of “Hail Mary” allowing a couple minutes to breathe, but it all seems to zip by. Vocalist Tiff Hannay says Rodeo Boys’ goal as a queer blue-collar band is “to give a voice to young queer people in small towns,” and what a powerful voice it is.
Catch Rodeo Boys on tour including appearances at SXSW.
3/11 Iowa city, IA (Gabe’s) 3/12 Omaha, NE (The Sydney) 3/13 Lawrence, KS (Replay) 3/14 Topeka, KS (Boobie Trap) 3/16 SXSW - Don Giovanni Records Showcase 3/17 SXSW 3/19 Atlanta, GA (The Masquerade) 3/22 Nashville (TBD) 3/3 Louisville, KY (Portal at fifteen twelve) 3/24 Newport, KY (The SouthGate House Revival) 3/25 Cleveland, OH (The Little Rose Tavern)
Beyond thrilled to announce the upcoming 55th anniversary super deluxe reissue of The Holy Modal Rounders psychedelic masterpiece Indian War Whoop. What started as a psych-folk duo, led by Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber, had picked up actor/playwright Sam Shepard, Lee Crabtree and Antonia to form a band and record original music for the first time. In addition to their originals, they continued reimagining lost hits from the Harry Smith Anthology and future hits from their contemporaries and future collaborators like Michael Hurley, through the fueled lens of psychedelia–a word first put into print by The Holy Modal Rounders just one year earlier.
The 55th anniversary edition includes fully restored art, a new essay by Jesse Jarnow (Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America, Wasn't That a Time: The Weavers, the Blacklist, and the Battle for the Soul of America) along with brand new historic track-by-track liner notes by Peter Stampfel. The album itself was remastered at half-speed at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell. In addition, the deluxe edition includes a remastered version of Live In 1965 –the only surviving recording of the original lineup of the band–on vinyl for the first time.
The 55th Anniversary album will be released Friday, March 5th and orders from the label can be bundled with a new book by Peter Stampfel including two essays on Steve Weber and all of the articles he wrote for the Boston Broadside.
Indian War Whoop - 55th Anniversary Edition is available for pre-order now HERE.
Desire Pathway is available for pre-order now HERE.
Once you start looking for them, you’ll see desire paths everywhere. In parks and driveways, parking lots and apartment complexes, in front of corner stores, libraries, schools and offices.
“Maybe there was one in your neighborhood growing up, a corner where everyone decided it took too long to go around, so they made their own pathway to cut through,” says Marissa Paternoster, singer and guitarist of Screaming Females. “There’s this cool unsaid group consciousness that comes together where everyone decides, this is the right way to go.”
Now a band for half the lifetime of its members, Screaming Females have long been pounding out their own desire path. Formed in 2005 in New Brunswick, NJ, the trio has consistently created a hearty, surprising mix of indie-, alt-, punk- and stoner-rock, all with their original line-up of Paternoster, “King Mike” Mike Abbate (bass) and Jarrett Dougherty (drums).
To be released on February 17th via Don Giovanni Records, Desire Pathway was recorded at Minnesota’s Pachyderm Studios (where Nirvana recorded In Utero) and produced by Matt Bayles (Foxing, Pearl Jam, Mastodon). Bright and full, the album captures the band at a time when nothing was certain other than their abiding desire to make music together.
Desire Pathwayopens with the Sabbathy hypnotism of lead single “Brass Bell” which is streaming everywhere now. Following a swelling haze of synth, feedback shrieks, martial snares advance, and the band explodes into a bracing groove. Soon, Paternoster makes the cryptic announcement: “I have flown us to the moon,” and we’re off. The song has the effect of clearing one haze and replacing it with another, much heavier one.
Paternoster, who was named one of the Greatest Guitarists of All Time by SPIN Magazine, explains of the single: “'Brass Bell” is a song about surrendering your autonomy to something so overwhelmingly powerful you willingly relinquish your ambitions and self-worth. My intention was to draw an interesting dichotomy between the muscular nature of the song and the rather bleak, worried lyrics.” Compared with their previous record (2018’s expansive All At Once), Desire Pathway feels refreshed and direct. “Beyond the Void” may gather gloomily, but it quickly releases into its jangly, memorable chorus. “Mourning Dove” successfully channels the Pixies into a tight, driving power-pop song that passionately declares “my love for you is too strong to hide.”
Now 18 years and eight albums in, Screaming Females are still making their own path in the world, still touring DIY and releasing music without compromise. The route might cut a little off the main road, but you’ll quickly see there’s a reason they’re on it. You just might like where it leads you.
Around the February 17th release of Desire Pathway, Screaming Females will host their annual Garden Party Festival at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City NJ with a lineup including Armand Hammer, Laura Stevenson, Catbite, Nina Nastasia, Gel, Paisley Fields, Sug Daniels, Truth Cult and more. Tickets for the two day festival are available now HERE.
Screaming Females will embark on a worldwide tour through spring and summer 2023 in support of the album. All tour dates are below, and tickets can be purchased at screamingfemales.com.
USA TOUR SCREAMING FEMALES + GENERACION SUICIDA
w/ Heavy Comforter Wed. 3/29 Richmond, VA Richmond Music Hall Thu. 3/30 W Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern Fri. 3/31 Atlanta, GA The Earl Sat. 4/1 New Orleans, LA Siberia Sun. 4/2 Houston, TX The End Mon. 4/3 Austin, TX The Ballroom Tue. 4/4 San Antonio, TX Paper Tiger
w/ Smirk Thu. 4/6 San Diego, CA Casbah Fri. 4/7 Los Angeles, CA Teragram Ballroom Sat. 4/8 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill Mon. 4/10 Portland, OR Dante's Tue. 4/11 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Wed. 4/12 Seattle, WA Madame Lous Thu. 4/13 Boise, ID The Shredder Fri. 4/14 Salt Lake City, UT Beehive Sat. 4/15 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
w/ The Mimes Sun. 4/16 Omaha, NE Reverb Lounge Tue. 4/18 St Paul, MN Turf Club Wed. 4/19 Chicago, IL Cobra Lounge Thu. 4/20 Hamtramck, MI Sanctuary Fri. 4/21 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups Sat. 4/22 Pittsburgh, PA Spirit Sun. 4/23 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
EU/UK TOUR Jun 05 - Cologne, DE - Bumann & SOHN Jun 06 - Berlin, DE - Kantine am Berghain Jun 07 - Hamburg, DE - Hafenklang (Goldener Salon) Jun 08 - Groningen, NL - VERA Jun 09 - Brussels, BE - Botanique (Rotonde) Jun 10 - Paris, FR - Supersonic Jun 12 - Brighton, UK - Hope & Ruin Jun 13 - Bristol, UK - Rough Trade Jun 14 - London, UK - Oslo Jun 15 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club Jun 16 - Glasgow, UK - Nice N Sleazy Jun 17 - Manchester, UK - YES
War Poems, We Rested is the first full length release from R. Ring since 2017's Ignite The Rest.
Don Giovanni Records has announced the new album from R. Ring titled War Poems, We Rested. The band features Kelley Deal (of The Breeders) and Mike Montgomery (of Ampline). Laura King (of Bat Fangs) contributed drums and other significant arrangements to the album as well.
Along with the album announcement, R. Ring have released the album's lead single "Still Life" to digital streaming platforms, along with an accompanying music video which can be seen HERE.
The album will be released on January 27, 2023 and it is the band's first full-length since their 2017 release Ignite The Rest.
War Poems, We Rested is available for pre-order now HERE.
Shortly after the release of their gloriously homespun 2017 debut Ignite the Rest, beguiling indie rock duo R. Ring began working on material for their follow-up. Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery collaborated on fragments, again enlisting drummer Laura King, Lori Goldston on cello, and Joe Suer on vibraphone. Of course, R. Ring and friends had no clue that their process would be sidelined by a pandemic.
Engaged in other projects (Deal with The Breeders and Protomartyr and Montgomery with his Candyland Recording Studio) and waiting out a global crisis, Deal and Montgomery tinkered on nearly-finished tracks and bided their time. In early 2023, with a tentative hope that the coast was somewhat clear, R. Ring re-emerged with War Poems We Rested, an album replete with three-minute songs that stagger and strut in equal measure. The wait has been worth it.
The album’s opener and lead single “Still Life” - streaming everywhere now - declares itself as the first of many thrilling stylistic fake-outs. In this case, Laura King’s colossal drums quickly crescendo before toppling into a bone-dry torch song. The taunting top-line dances like a ghostly Marianne Faithful across a seasick chord progression embellished by Suer’s vibes.
Deal reflects on the song's lyrics: “It’s possible, sometimes, through substance abuse or self delusion, to exist in a realm of altered reality, where you imagine your life to be a delicious bowl of fresh fruit. When you finally wipe the haze off the mirror, you see through more sobered eyes that the fruit is rotting and the bowl is full of worms.”
Even though War Poems We Rested was momentarily quarantined, R. Ring used the opportunity to blow up the idea of album packaging and design. Singer and poet Matt Hart, tasked with writing some notes, enlisted a cadre of friends to create new poems inspired by each song, which resulted in a chapbook lovingly designed and handbound by Louisville’s alla testa. The first 200 copies of the War Poems We Rested LP will include this poetry collection featuring Sadie Dupuis, Hanif Abdurraqib, Lee Renaldo, Jackie Clark, Sara Jaffe, Rose Zinnia, Amber Tamblyn, Alejandro de Acosta, Jeremy Michael Clark, and Peter Davis.
War Poems, We Rested tracklist:
1. Still Life 2. Hug 3. Stole Eye 4. Likeable 5. Exit Music 6. Cartoon Heart/Build Me A Question 7. Def Sup 8. Embers On A Sleepwalk 9. Volunteer 10. Lighter Than A Berry 11. War Poems
War Poems, We Rested will be released on January 27 2023 and is available for pre-order now HERE.