VICE’S NOISEY: Premiere of new Tera Melos track “Sunburn”

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Experimental indie rockers Tera Melos just sent us their hooky new track “Sunburn,” and we’ve had it stuck in our heads for the past hour. These guys are from Northern Californa, which may explain their liberal meshing of genre and willingness to fool around. You can hear hints of mid-90s Chicago indie, Hella, and HEALTH all over “Sunburn.” Their new album X’ed Out will be available everywhere April 16th through the fine folks at Sargent House. Check the stream below and pre-order the record right here.




Don’t miss TERA MELOS on Tour see all dates here

Hella has rad video making fans - Mark Ludgate makes a Winner


a video for the band HELLA. the name says it all. it’s a mixture of animations I drew by hand and with software, put to the gut busting song ON THE RECORD

check out TRIPPER, as it’s a seriously powerful romp of an album - maximum pleasure! TRIPPER and more HELLA HERE

This video rules, thanks so much to Mark Ludgate for making it and letting us share it with everyone. 

Alarm Magazine Names Their Top 50 Albums - We’ve Got 5 in there

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We can always count on Alarm Press for their great taste. So it’s not a surprise that they picked 5 of our albums on their Top Albums of 2011 List. Including: Adebisi Shank, And So I Watch You From Afar, Hella, Russian Circles & Zechs Marquise. Sadly the list is referred to as the Unheralded Top 50 because they are one of the few publications that look beyond the same cut and paste lists of those other Music blogazines. We are so happy that Alarm is going to be relaunching and expanding on their magazine and going back into print with the full size Magazine format again coming out every two months with more coverage on Rock and music and art culture. We will be their first subscribers. We back them hard. Click HERE to see Full Lists

Adebisi ShankThis is the Second Album from a Band Called Adebisi Shank (Sargent House, 3/15/11)

Released to European acclaim in 2010, the aptly titled second album from Irish electro/math rockers Adebisi Shank achieved North American release this year thanks to the peerless Sargent House.

The management company / record label describes the trio as a blend of Fang Island’s shredding riffs with Battles’ electronic quirkiness and rhythmic playfulness. That description isn’t off the mark, but readers won’t get a sense of the band’s real abilities until they hear its hyper-melodic, polyrhythmic, and — most importantly — jubilant songs in full.

Second Album delivers a maelstrom of zany electronics, unusual distortions, and triumphant, rapidly ascending scales mixed with vintage synths, marimba, horns, and other accoutrements. This is all packaged between and around gloriously catchy and powerful rock riffs, resulting in a manic and buoyant sophomore effort.

HellaTripper (Sargent House, 8/30/11)

In 2002, a wild math-rock duo named Hella released a much-ballyhooed debut that sounded impossible to perform with just two members. From there, guitarist Spencer Seim and drummer Zach Hill expanded their sound (and level of complexity) with synthesizers and additional members.

Now, following a few years off to pursue other projects, Seim and Hill are back as Hella’s core, releasing their first album based around guitar and drums since Hold Your Horse Is, that 2002 debut. It’s a welcome return to original form, one that is both “accessible” and melodic despite being highly technical.

Russian CirclesEmpros (Sargent House, 10/25/11)

In 2009, instrumental rock trio Russian Circles released Geneva, an album that both introduced the worming bass lines of Brian Cook (of These Arms are Snakes) and showcased the band’s balance of metallic fury and melodic beauty. Complementary strings and horns also dotted the sonic landscape, creating a superlative post-metal opus.

Empros cuts away the complementary pieces of Geneva, instead focusing on the trio’s interplay. Cook has further ingrained himself in the Russian Circles sound, allowing the galloping rhythm section just as frequently to play the lead as Mike Sullivan’s effects-heavy, overdubbed guitars. And the usual ear for dynamics is present once more, building moments of tension and release to go with the killer riffs.

Zechs MarquiseGetting Paid (Sargent House /Rodriguez Lopez Productions, 9/27/11)

El Paso-based psych-prog five-piece Zechs Marquise is three-fifths Rodriguez Lopez, a surname that gained music-industry notoriety from Omar, the prolific Mars Volta guitarist.

Though its official debut album, the 2009 effort Our Delicate Stranded Nightmare, was a much more experimental and atmospheric work, Getting Paid fully focuses on the groove. Each of the album’s nine tracks moves at its own pace, venturing into an alternate sonic universe at a moment’s notice. Abrupt tempo shifts, an inexhaustible junk drawer of textures, and a healthy obsession with ’70s prog fusion culminate in a truly shape-shifting record, albeit one that consistently rocks. Zechs Marquise knows when to give into its sweaty, twisted vision-quest dalliances and when to let a groove ride.

And So I Watch You from Afar: Gangs (Sargent House / Richter Collective, 11/8/11)

Sargent House / RLP Releases Vol 2 / FREE Label Sampler on Amazon - October 25th

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Well it’s that time of year again. Sargent House & Rodriguez Lopez Productions presents our second Label Sampler Vol 2 which is available for FREE starting on October 25th, 2011 thanks to our pals over at Amazon. So enjoy! Discover new music, share with your friends and maybe even let it compel you to go and buy a new album from any of these well deserved musicians. Each one teach one. #OccupyHelpingBands.  (Sorry but only available in the USA) I hate those stupid border restrictions!

CLICK HERE TO GET IT ON 10/25/11

SARGENT HOUSE / RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ / Vol. 2 LABEL SAMPLER

Russian Circles - Mladek  (Empros)
Le Butcherettes - New York  (Sin, Sin, Sin)
Gypsyblood - Take Your Picture (Cold In The Guestway)
Adebisi Shank - Genki Shank (This Is the Second Album of A Band..)
Boris - Hope (New Album)
Tera Melos - Frozen Zoo (Patagonian Rats)
ME & LP - Bonnie Says (Chez Raymond)
Good Old War - Get Some (Self Titled)
Hella - Yubacore (Tripper)
Boris - Riot Sugar (Heavy Rocks 2011)
Zechs Marquise - Everlasting Beacon Of Light (Getting Paid)

Sargent House Poised to Become the Arbiters of Instrumental Music

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Sargent House Poised to Become the Arbiters of Instrumental Music.

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The Echo Park, CA based independent record label & management company, Sargent House has added another instrumental band to their growing roster of (mostly) instrumental bands.  This time it’s the celebrated Irish band And So I Watch You From Afar.

According to the press release Sargent House partnered with Dublin label Richter Collective to announce the forthcoming North American release of the group’s sophomore album, Gangs. A pair of MP3s from the album are available today: opener, “BEAUTIFULUNIVERSEMASTERCHAMPION” is available for download HERE and the brilliantly titled “Search:Party:Animal” can be downloaded HERE.

Let’s admit that we aren’t aficionados of the Irish music scene, like, at all, and our only references are U2, The Cranberries and The Corrs. Oh yeah, and how can we forget Enya or, god forbid, Sinèad O’Connor – all of whom have wrung the fuck out of life’s pathos with their baleful tomes to love and war – Irish style, of course. I can’t imagine Sargent House would have signed anyone of those acts (well, maybe Sinèad circa The Lion and The Cobra, but forget about it after that.), especially in light of the current roster which features Fang Island, Red Sparowes, Adebisi Shank, Russian Circles, Zechs Marquise (on imprint Rodriguez Lopez Productions), Tera Melos, Hella, etc. — all bands with epic instrumentation and minimal, if any, (mercifully) lyrical content. Each band has its own unique voice on a roster filled with like-minded musicians, and while some stand out more boldly than others, it is the diversity and plurality of the instrumental approach that makes this supposed non-genre a boon, if not calling card, for the label.

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ZACH HILL ALL MONTH SALE! Check It

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In honor of our love of all things Zach Hill we thought it appropriate to share his bounty. So we made a Vinyl and CD deal so you can have all three of the releases Sargent House has put out of his for a mighty fine price!  All this month we will have the Zach Hill Ultimate bundles in Effect!

Featuring
Hella - Tripper
( The New Album from Hella! Zach Hill & Spencer Seim)
Zach Hill - Face Tat (Why Haven’t you Already Got this!)
Bygones - by - (Zach Hill and Nick Reinhart join forces, the outcome = sweet)

and you can add a Zach Hill or Hella T-Shirt to the pile as well. Nice.

Rolling Stone : Hella “Self Checkout” DL

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imageClick here to listen to Hella’s “Self Checkout”

"Self Checkout" was the first song Hella wrote and recorded for their fifth record,Tripper, says drummer Zach Hill: ”Technically, it was the first song we’d written together in three years, so in many ways I feel like it created the path for the material that followed.” If the fast-paced instrumental is any indication of what’s to come, it’s sure to be a chaotic good time. 

Tripper is available in stores now, but you can download “Self Checkout” here
Courtesy of SARGENT HOUSE

Hella Tripper Released Today! Getting Hella Great Reviews

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Make sure to pick up a copy of Hella’s great new album Tripper in either Vinyl (w/download card) or CD! Also available on Itunes, Amazon, Spotify and of course directly from the band on Bandcamp in any file size. 

Check out some reviews by clicking on the logos below, word on the street so far has been great!
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Sound Colour Vibration Interview: Spencer Seim of Hella

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image Sound Colour Vibration interviews Spencer Seim of Hella

Conducted by Erik Otis
All photos from Spencer Seim
Spring of 2011

Hella is a two-piece band that started out about a decade ago in Northern California. The two leaders (and members) of the group are drummer Zach Hill and guitarist Spencer Seim. Over the many obstacles and mutations that Hella has had, they have always achieved a heavy amount of power and spirituality. There is a time when a band rebirths a certain nostalgia to take precedence for their fellow fans and music lovers. Now is that time, and Hella is that band. – Pouya G. Asadi

SCV: Hella is a band of yours that has been around for over a decade and has seen an expansion in line up for the past few years. Zach and yourself decided to bring the band back to its roots with the two piece line up. On the new track you guys released called Headless, there is the same interaction that makes you guys so unique in my opinion. Did you guys record the album in a short window or did this project take awhile?

Spencer: Ha, well… both I guess. We wrote, recorded, and mixed Tripper in only 16 studio days but we did it in short 2 or 3 day sessions spaced a couple of months apart each.

SCV: The new Hella album coming out this year called Tripper is scheduled for a release in late August, are you really excited with the stripped down 2 piece format the group has again?

Spencer: This is my favorite Hella record. I think Zach and I played really well together on it and I like the new approach that we used. Each song was recorded the same day we wrote it. All the music was captured at its freshest point.

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