First-wave Slumberland Records band Lorelei are back with their first new album since 1994’s Everyone Must Touch The Stove. In their 90s heyday, the Washington, DC based three-piece (Matt Dingee on guitar, Stephen Gardner on bass and Davis White on drums) earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the most unique bands around, with a very distinctive blend of post-rock dynamics, sneakily melodic song-writing and ear-blasting guitar noise. Finding kinship with bands as disparate as Whorl, The Swirlies, Laika, Bailter Space and Lilys, Lorelei’s records are as subtle and multi-layered and their live show is aggressive and memorably powerful.
The new album, Enterprising Sidewalks, picks right up where Lorelei left off, serving up ten gorgeously complex exercises in pummeling rhythms and melodic abstraction. Recorded with associates Archie Moore (Velocity Girl, Black Tambourine) and Ben Bailes (Chessie) and mixed by Guy Fixsen (My Bloody Valentine, Moose, Laika), Enterprising Sidewalks is a deep and intricately-produced listen. Tunes like “Hammer Meets Tongs” and “Sorry For The Patience” are as full rich with rhythmic twists and melodic intrigue as their very best material, and Matt’s guitar attack is as varied as ever, ranging from ringing harmonics to shredding feedback and back, often within the same verse.
Enterprising Sidewalks is out August 14th, and the band are playing a series of shows leading up to the release, including their first-ever West Coast gigs.
06/22 Sacramento, CA – The Townhouse
06/23 San Francisco, CA – Hemlock Tavern
06/24 Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex PART TIME PUNKS Shoegaze Festival
06/25 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
07/19 Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands
09/23 Rockville, MD – Mansion at Strathmore
Street Date: Aug. 14, 2012
1. Hammer Meets Tongs
2. Majority Stakes
3. Wound Up
4. Let Go Of Our Ego
5. Three Interlocking Screens
6. Outside Through The Keyhole
7. Dismissal Conversation
8. Hole Punch
9. Sorry For The Patience
10. Measured In Fingers