l'American Death Ray Music
In the Meantime...
release: September 15, 2006
web-only CDs and pre-orders of vinyl available!
sound like Television and have the drummer from the Polyphonic
Spree. Rather obviously, they are ace.
2006 (“What's on the NME Stereo?”)
l’American Death Ray Music’s long-awaited fourth album,
In The Meantime… is as stylistically restless as
the members’ rootless lifestyles. Touring extensively in Europe
the last few years, singer/guitarist Nick Ray, drummer Jeff Buock,
and bassist Harlan T. Bobo currently reside in New York, Austin,
and Memphis respectively. Cutting their teeth in acts as diverse
as Polyphonic Spree, Reigning Sound, 68 Combeback, American Death
Ray, in the first years of the 21st Century, formulated an artful
fusion of glam and soul unparalleled on their recordings for Sympathy
Record Industry. Perhaps the best description of that sound comes
from Rolling Stone editor David Fricke:
vocal acid of Lou Reed; Jerry Harrison's churning garage organ
in the early Modern Lovers; Andy Mackay's sequined, squealing
sax in Roxy Music; the crusty fidelity of old Sun 45's. With fun
like that, who needs radios?
The Meantime… is V.L.A.D.R.M.’s first full-length
domestic release since 2003’s A New Commotion A Delicate
Tension (And The Exquisite Corpse Of Mr. Jimmy). The evolution
since their Sympathy period has found the band gradually de-emphasizing
the glam and R&B influences and exploring their latent dub,
no wave, post-mod, and post-punk tendencies in greater depth. While
the fragments that reference these subgenres are readily identifiable,
adding the familiar feel of the subcultural classics you’ve
never been able to abandon, as always, Viva l’American Death
Ray Music, with the other hand groping in the future, struggles
to avoid retro-trappings – retaining a sound and general aesthetic
that’s beyond category, distinctly their own, and super-soulful.
far their most abstract, raw, and skeletal effort to date, In the
Meantime… plays with space, repetition, and groove, while
retaining a rough punkish edge, danceablity, and a catchy pop-conscious
songwriting sensibility. Though you’ll never be able to put
your finger on it, try to imagine an obscure intersection of canonical
works like Here Come the Warm Jets. Jane from Occupied
Europe, Adventure, Unknown Pleasures, and
Grotesque (After the Gramme). You can’t? Well maybe
should try... This is your subliminal subterranean favorite album
of the year… And a creeping addiction...
of the tracks were some of the last recordings made at Memphis'
legendary Easley McCain Studios before it's tragic fire.
the vinyl, 800 limited-edition vinyl will have standard covers,
100 will feature one-of-a-kind hand-screened art by Will Lemon and
100 will feature one-of-a-kind hand-screened art by Andrew Porter.
Due to popular demand, we've made it possible to reserve copies
ahead of time. You
can pre-order here.