We’re half way into Jazz Fest and our city’s young talent have already outdone themselves. Here are a few quick happenings to be aware of this week in the New Orleans underground:
After breaking onto the New Orleans/Baton Rouge/Lafayette music scene just over a year ago, electro-pop outfit Royal Teeth has signed with Los Angeles-based Dangerbird Records, home to bands like Silversun Pickups, Maritime and Boots Electric. Royal Teeth’s first order of business as signed musicians will be embarking on an extensive US tour supporting new label-mates Fitz and The Tantrums as well as The Kooks and seminal 90s nerdcore rap/rockers 2 Skinnee J’s, who are reuniting later this spring.
After becoming locally known for their short, raucous live performances (usually clocking in at no more than ten minutes) as well as their arousingly filthy 2011 demo, thrash emocore trio Choi Wolf released their debut full-length on April 18 digitally through Bandcamp.
After calling it quits earlier this spring, local Alt Country band Country Club has resurfaced with a sneak peek at their swansong LP, due in May on Chinquapin Records, in single “Stranger”. To celebrate the release of the forthcoming record, the quintet is teaming with Caddywhompus and Sun Hotel for a night of performances at 12 Bar on May 10.
Rob Landry – known to most local concertgoers as the drummer of the Rooks, All People and the aforementioned Choi Wolf (as well as the Community Records go-to percussionist) – has released his latest solo record, Little Women, under his longtime Astronomical monicker. The concept record finds Landry laying down suites of emotionally affected ambience among glitchy drum loops, mathy guitars and static synth lines.
After having truly come into their own over the last two weeks with a tireless local live schedule, upstart noisy Americana trio ArchAnimals have released “Garden”, their second track of recorded material in as many months. The somewhat subdued offering provides a balanced look at the band’s Texas-tinged vocals, loosely intense percussion and dissonant mid-90s guitar riffing.