Bruised Knuckles Talks With Perennial- Catch White Lung and Perennial @ The Outer Space 10/16 By Susan McLean
I caught up with Perennial a few weeks ago and we spoke about their sound, future plans and more. Read below.
Perennial is a relatively new band (est. 2015), but you're composed of members from past bands like Lion Cub. Have you brought any elements from previous bands (referring to musical sound, lyrical content, overall vibe) into Perennial, or is Perennial an entirely new experience for you?
Chad: Perennial is pretty different from Lion Cub, but there are a lot aspects of Lion Cub’s sound that have made their way into what Perennial does. For instance, having organ and keys (courtesy of Chelsey) as a major part of the sound and the more ambient, quiet parts of the EP. Our full-length, which is currently being mastered, also features a lot of programming, drum machine, synth bass – all things that really defined Lion Cub.
Are there other bands you play with, have played with, or listen to that you draw your sound from or inspire you lyrically?
Chad: As far as bands we play with: Dérive and Space Camp are two bands that we’re really inspired by. More broadly, I adore Fugazi, The Nation of Ulysses, Black Eyes, The (International) Noise Conspiracy – bands that make smart punk music with an emphasis on rhythm and interesting sounds.
What drew you to post-hardcore as your medium for Perennial (especially when compared to last bands you have been involved in that had a lighter sound)?
Chad: Ultimately, we just wanted to play music that made us want to move, songs that made sense in the live setting. Lion Cub was essentially a recording project. We
Where did you draw inspiration from when writing your EP, Early Sounds For Night Owls? Was there a particular band or experience you focused on?
Chad: There were a lot of records we were listening to that made us want to write and record – Refused’s The Shape Of Punk To Come, Nirvana’s In Utero, Unwound’s The Future Of What, Fugazi’s Red Medicine. As far as experiences, we mainly wrote these songs with a focus on playing them live – on the real-time experience of performing and making music that put motion and energy first.
What are three words you would use to describe "Early Sounds For Night Owls" for someone unfamiliar with your band?
Chad: Energetic, angular, bombastic.
You've played the majority of your shows (if not all) in New England. Is there a purpose behind staying in the region, or do you hope to branch out and play shows across the country in the near future?
Chad: Playing in New England just comes natural because we’re all from here, and love it here. But we do definitely want to start branching out. Now that we have a full-length LP on the way I think the next step is to start booking some long-weekend trips, then, hopefully, touring further and further out from our little Northeastern corner.
Are you currently working on writing and releasing another album, or is your focus shifting more toward touring and booking more shows?
Chad: We’re just about done with our new LP, The Symmetry of Autumn Leaves – it’s being mastered as we speak. Once that comes out, the next step will hopefully be touring. And we’ll be playing shows as often as possible in New England – that’s what really defines the band – playing these songs live.
What is one city, state, country, or venue you've always wanted to play (or return to)?
Chad: So many of my favorite bands are either from Washington D.C. or Olympia, Washington, so I suppose those would be at the top of my list. As for venues, we actually really like non-traditional show-spaces: record stores, community centers, halls, living rooms. One of our best shows was in a pizza restaurant. I’m always most excited to play makeshift spots like that.
You can catch Perennial at The Outer Space Ballroom with White Lung on 10/16. Buy tickets here via Ticketfly.
Mac has been on a roll lately since he has gotten clean (I’m assuming that does not include drinking and smoking, but whatever he’s doing seems to be a positive change). “We” is the second single to be released in preparation for the September 16 release of The Divine Feminine, and Mac brought on CeeLo Green. A few years ago I would commend this as a solid PR and press move on Mac’s part, but CeeLo has stepped back from the stoplight somewhat so I am assuming that it was an artistic decision. This is a bit more of a serious romantic song similar to the feel of “Youforia” from Watching Movies with the Sound Off. From the bit of casual stalking that I have done over the years, it is my understanding that Mac has a long time girlfriend of many years, which is extremely sweet.
Seeing that Chance the Rapper has had significant success both within circles of previous fans, and on popular radio stations with the integration of soulful and gospel features, both Chance and Mac seem to be on the same wavelength. The soulfulness of “We” from CeeLo and the song overall is similar to what Anderson .Pakk brought to “Dang!”, and I for one am definitely into it. I think that Mac has really struck a perfect balance with his light rhymes and deep vocals or feature. And I don’t think anyone would complain if Mac Miller and Chance the Rapper worked together seeing that they seem to be on the same route lately…
Listen below via Spotify and check out the tracklist of the upcoming album
The Divine Feminine Tracklist viaConsequence of Sound:
02. Dang! (feat. Anderson .Paak)
05. Cinderella (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
06. Planet God Damn (feat. Njomza)
08. We (feat. CeeLo Green)
09. My Favorite Part (feat. Ariana Grande)
10. God Is Fair, Sexy, Nasty (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
I've been waiting for 'High Anxiety' since I heard a few of Green's singles off the album, and the album is finally out today. The album feels just like the singles, looming and foreboding, but it feels like a strong cohesive piece of work. You can stream it below via Youtube:
Another single is out from Mat Kerekes, and I feel exactly the same way as I did before. The songs are pretty decent. A bit generic and predictable, but certainly not bad. The videos- why bother? They're not adding any meaning to the song, they're not great, why bother? I'm excited for the album, 'Luna & the Wild Blue Everything' and I think it'll be pretty good, but I have to wonder why Kerekes keeps bothering with mediocre music videos. Stream below via Youtube, and the album is out next week.
Arc Iris' new album 'Moon Saloon' is out today, and we're pumped. We've been excited since the 'Moon Saloon' video with 360 degree camera angles. The full album is very true to Arc Iris and the style I've come to expect from them with melancholy drones mixed with more upbeat tunes. My favorite tracks are 'Lilly' and 'Moon Saloon,' but 'Kaleidoscope,' the album opener, is pretty cool too. You can stream the album here via Spotify.
After Pelicula, Earl Sweatshirt has been on our radar, and we were proved right by this latest release. 'Balance' was released through Adult Swim's Singles, 25 weeks of 25 free tracks released here. Stream 'Balance' below via Soundcloud and Adult Swim.
Other Adult Swim releases include 'Haunted, Haunting, Haunts,' the new Against Me! single, and more, which you can stream below.
Old Chance The Rapper style made a surprise (but very very welcome) return a few days ago with the previously unreleased track 'You A Bitch.' The song feels very 'Acid Rap,' so the going hypothesis is that it may have been cut from the album. Chance The Rapper's most recent projects, 'Coloring Book' and 'Surf' with Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment, feel a lot more Gospel and hit a distinctly different vibe. People have really been loving 'You A Bitch' and the old Chance style, which *completely selfishly,* I really hope will be making an appearance soon, as the newer Chance has left me a little underwhelmed.
The song was unfinished, and there's no telling where in the process they were, so this criticism has only some validity. The art is terrifying. It doesn't feel like any of Chance's other album art, and doesn't feel like the song, or 'Acid Rap' as a whole.
I wish I knew why the song was abandoned, as I feel as though it would have fit well on 'Acid Rap.' Regardless, it's a sick song and I guess we can only hope for a little more 'old Chance.'
Listen to PWR BTTM's new single 'New Hampshire' below vis Soundcloud. It's a beautiful and massively sad, filled with a melancholia and upset ambivalence. The track was almost on 'Ugly Cherries' but was trashed until now. Read this great write up by NPR detailing some of the lyricism.
BIG MAN comes out of pieces of various former bands, including Cop. Listen to their debut EP 'HABITUAL CONTEMPT' below via Bandcamp. Also, preorder a cassette here from a limited run of 25, also through Bandcamp. My personal favorites include 'SYNTHETIC' and 'NINE // BMS,' but the whole EP is pretty solid and cohesive, and definitely gets the message across. BIG MAN is fast and aggressive, but in a really interesting way, in a way that leaves you giving a shit about what they have to say. I'm excited to see what's next from BIG MAN.
Legendary Lana's leaked demo of her sexting single 'BBM Baby' isn't up to the standard we've come to expect from Del Rey, but the fun song features her middle of the night emotion and lust, and I can't help but adore Del Rey more. The demo paints her in such a human light, just like every other girl up late thinking about someone special. Listen below via Youtube.
What we're listening to.