Saturday, January 31, 2009

Dear Fans, Here Is Our Debut Album. XO, LeATHERMOUTH

On Tuesday, January 27th I went down to Fords, New Jersey to attend the LeATHERMOUTH record release show. Waiting outside in the freezing cold, fans stood in front of the back door of Vintage Vinyl, the independent record store that was the hardcore punk band's venue for the night. Diehard LeATHERMOUTH fans, such as members of Skeleton Crew, a record label, book publisher and clothing design company that supports punk bands that include NEW TOMORROW and LeATHERMOUTH, and squealing teenage girls, who spent the night fawning over lead singer of LeATHERMOUTH and rhythm guitarist of My Chemical Romance, Frank Iero, came to support the debut of the band's new album, XO

There is a bit of a rivalry between these two cliques. All I am going to say is that it is a battle between self-proclaimed, "true" LeATHERMOUTH fans who say they heard of the band before My Chemical Romance mentioned it and pudgy teenage girls who cake on eyeliner, wear strictly Hot Topic apparel and apparently only like LeATHERMOUTH because Frank is in it and because he is in MCR. If you like this kind of drama, check out some of the, what I imagine must sometimes be, pretentious ideology that can be found in the Skeleton Crew forum. Or google 'LeATHERMOUTH+Myspace+My Chemical Romance+Emo+Teenage+Girl'. Believe me, you'll find some funny shit

Anyway, it was a pretty good gig. Frank Iero thanked the fans for coming out and then began the show by proclaiming, "The first song we're gonna play is called "5th Period Massacre" and it goes out to all the ladies." Obviously, this got the ladies squealing. He screamed another five songs (Few in the crowd screamed with him because there is nothing remotely decipherable about any of the lyrics)  and finally signed XO albums and t shirts after the show. The signing session was pretty exciting considering I haven't met or talked to many famous musicians. Once, I realized I was buying a Ra Ra Riot t shirt from Rebecca Zeller, the violinist for Ra Ra, after her band opened for Vampire Weekend last December. That is about the largest amount of interaction I have had with the rich and famous. My conversation with Frank ("That was a great show!" "Thank you, thanks for coming.") barely increased that amount.

Photos below taken by my wonderful friend, Frannie:

Sunday, January 25, 2009

YAY YAY YAY: New YYYs Album To Be Released

I have some good news and I have some great news. 

The good news is that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have finished their third album and it is scheduled to be released this spring. I only want to know one thing: What will it sound like? The Yeahs's introduced themselves with Fever to Tell, a raw, art-punk album whose follow up was the more poppy, clean-cut record, Show Your Bones. Then the Is Is - EP arrived, bringing with it sexy, dark tunes that are slightly reminiscent of the band's Fever to Tell days. Thankfully, on their website the YYYs announced to the public the following:

NEW RECORD? NEW RECORD!! NEW RECORD IS GETTING CLOSER TO BEING DONE DONE DONE! Will it sound kind of like Show Your Bones? No, been there done that. What about IS IS? Is that more of the direction it's going in? Absolutely not, it sounds VERY different from last year's EP. Did we go back to our roots and write something closer to Fever to Tell? No looking back now silly, just full speed ahead. WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE?? Not much like anything you've heard from us before- DOES IT SOUND LIKE THE YEAH YEAH YEAHS??? YOU BET YOU'RE SWEET ASS IT DOES.

With my question energetically answered in a call-and-response format, I can only hope that the third album will be just as amazing as their last albums and EPs. Actually, let's be honest here, I am hoping that their new album is more along the lines of Fever to Tell. People who share that wish with me know that an album that is fast, loud and dirty is the way to go.

Now here is the great news. Just recently, the name of the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album was released. I know, I know, it doesn't seem like a big deal. What would you say if I told you the name of the album was introduced by chicks sitting in popcorn and a raccoon drooling blood? See? Now you're excited.

Saturday, January 24, 2009


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