Monday 25 February 2013

VHS Monsters!!!


Just a quick post about Chicago band Videotape who brought out the very tidy LP This Is Disconnect last year (see what I thought here). They are currently writing for a new release, but in the interim have put out a “new” release. I say “new” as it’s essentially a re-release of This Is Disconnect alongside a new four-track EP. Thus, This Is Disconnect +4EP (out through Notes & Bolts next month). Simple, right?

Tomorrow is the launch date of ‘Monsters’, the single off the EP. It’s a great track, reminds me of some of the best slowburner tracks that have come out recently by the likes of Lower Dens and Widowspeak. Many bands try to tread the fine line between shoegaze guitar noise and indie pop compositions, and invariably fail. ‘Monsters’ is an example of how to make it work – using the crescendo as a natural progression rather than an effect to mask weak writing. Videotape are still growing, but if this track (their best one yet) is any indication, they have some killer ideas bubbling away, just under the surface.


You can pre-order This Is Disconnect + 4EP here. The release show is at the Burlington Bar on March 7 as part of Chicago’s newest monthly even that features local ambient, drone and shoegaze acts. (NB - there is a special edition 7" lathe-cut of the opening track 'Static' from This Is Disconnect being put out by Notes & Bolts especially for this (re)launch. Grab it here).

  Videotape - Monsters

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