This month marks a busy month here in DHR Land...Read More
We're thrilled to say that DHR Presents: is starting back up this weekend (February 22nd)! The diverse line up consists of Dinny Bulca, WebsterX, and Antler House. Music starts around 7p and complimentary Blatz and Gehrke's Cakes (world famous pancakes made on a sh*tty stove) will be served at 6p. The show is free and open to all ages so come party in the blizzard! Email us for the address at firstname.lastname@example.org .
See you there!
Happy Groundhog Weekend Milwaukee & Abroad! In an effort to support the talented bands and artists within the DHR family, we'll be posting a weekly(ish) update entitled 'DHR Lookout'. The update will feature the happenings and giggings of the DHR family around the Midwest and elsewhere. Stay up to date and check back every Monday evening!!
1/31 First on the list is the dapper and oh so talented Travis Drow. Travis will be over at The Jazz Gallery in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood with his Quartet & special guest singer Taylor Hensel this Friday (January 31st). The show begins at 7p and costs the low low price of $5. Brave the cold to check out one of Milwaukee's up and coming jazz cats!
2/1 Next up, indie weirdos Soul Low will be playing only a few blocks west at Mad Planet w/ The Fatty Acids & Kane Place Record Club! The show will be celebrating the wonderous-ness that is Groundhog Day (yes, the 1993 Bill Murray movie) with remixes of the film all night, courtesy of local film company Honeycomb Productions. Music begins at 9p and costs ya $7.
For further deets and to RSVP, head over to the links listed below. Support MKE music and show winter you ain't no chump!
Travis Drow Quartet w/ Taylor Hensel - January 31st
Soul Low, Kane Place Record Club & The Fatty Acids - February 1st
Appleton, Wisconsin's Bendata Bendata today released their debut EP 'Emotionish'! 'Emotionish' marks the eighth release from DHR and our first release of 2014! Go check the Bandcamp page and enjoy some yummy emo mathy goodness.
Click the image below to stream/download the EP!
News item #1: New release from Milwaukee's own Travis Drow! The EP is entitled 'Music' and features some of Milwaukee's best. This dude is just 16 years old and already killin the trumpet. The EP is available for digital purchase on the Bandcamp so be sure to stop by and check it out!
Stream/Buy Travis Drow - Music HERE
Facebook event HERE
News item #3: We're currently in the works of getting a monthly show series together...but more on that later.
When I first heard Boyfrndz spelled their name in the stylized, borderline obnoxious way they do, I was quick to dismiss them as a buzz band seeking some blog hype.
But when I finally listened to their new EP, titled Natures, the blog band perceptions went away fast. The Texas trio's newest release was produced by Ikey Owens of the Mars Volta, and his influence permeates the entire 25 minutes.
Perhaps the most catching features in Natures are the drums and vocals. Joseph Raines' drums seem to get more complex with each subsequent listen, and he has a strong contender for drum fill of 2013 on the track Daughter. The drums make the EP seem almost math, but it's more of just an experimental record with people simply playing their instruments in a technical way.
Scott Martin's vocals are aggressive throughout, and come to one of multiple climaxes at the end of the EP's first track. On the group's Bandcamp page, the lyrics are written as "YOU TOOK THE MEDICINE JUST TO FEEL GOD/YOU'RE TAKING MY LOVE WAY TOO SERIOUS." At that point, one certainly takes the band seriously.
Over the course of just five tracks, Boyfrndz touches on everything from Volta-esque freakouts (complete with Ikey on the keys) to more brooding, soulful ambience on the final track.
If Natures strikes you well, don't fret -- the band has six more releases dating back to early 2011. I was late to the game with these guys, but I hope this EP gets them enough look to be on more of a high-profile touring circuit.
Download it for any price you choose or pick up a pretty 12" at http://boyfrndz.bandcamp.com/album/natures-2.
-By Cody Nelson
What happens when former members of Hella, Broken Bells and El Grupo de Omar Rodriguez Lopez get together? A fascinating Los Angeles-based trio called E V Kain is born.
In describing their sound, the group's biography offers a pretty apt summary: "Let’s start a band that is as fun to sing in as 80’s karaoke but not invite any lead singers. Let’s just sing ourselves." The instrumental tones and constant two-part vocals are reminiscent of The Police, but with a more technical, heavy side. Imagine surf-pop for math rock geeks.
"Yes No Maybe", the first single off the band's debut 7-inch, is in 5/4 time with complicated rhythms, but the hooks dig themselves into your head just like the karaoke hits they hope to emulate. The other side of the disc is a highly danceable track with an acapella section, alluding to the band members' wealth of experiences and the potential for E V Kain to become something big.
With just two tracks out, the band has already played shows with leaders in their scene including Tera Melos, This Town Needs Guns and ZAVALAZ, Cedric Bixler-Zavala's new project following the Mars Volta's recent breakup. Many fans feared E V Kain wouldn't release anything further after their short debut, but the band recently confirmed they're recording in San Francisco's Tiny Telephone Recording. Rumor has it that the next release will be a full-length album, so this is certainly a band to watch.
- By Cody Nelson
Straya is a two piece indie/math band from Minneapolis, MN. The group consists of Cody Lee Nelson (guitar,bass,keys,voice) and the mighty Gage Wilson (drums, percussion, voice). Nelson and Wilson have been writing and performing together in bands for a while now, but it wasn't until the release of a two song demo in April 2013 that the two solidified the start of their current project, Straya. DHR is very excited to have the duo aboard. Keep your eyes peeled, these dudes have a very promising future.
Another exciting announcement is that Straya's Cody Nelson has joined the DHR staff! As a writer for the Minnesota Daily, and as a journalism student at the University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, Cody will be around to contribute better blogs, helping bring a more interesting and well polished sense to the News Tab. Cody will also be adding rad area bands, providing reviews, and even doing some booking in the Twin Cities area. I'm super excited for the double addition to the DHR family, look out!
-Sam Gehrke, DHR Founder
We screwed up! Yeah! More on that in a second.
The new Soul Low are in! The CD's are lookin extra fresh: shrink wrapped, bar coded, short storied, and even a rad color printed CD! It's the fanciest we've ever done! And by 'we', I mean 'me'. I'm all alone.
As for that screw up that needs oh so much correction, for the first 100 copies of Soul Low's 'UNEASY', there is one slight error. The website is www.soullowband.bandcamp.com , not www.soullow.bandcamp.com which is written. We apologize for the oversight and hope this will clear up any (upcoming) confusion!
Aside from my own apparent ignorance to my own band's website, check out the new album and preorder that sucker! All preorders will be shipped out on FRIDAY, so that by Saturday, the world may lather itself in a thick coat of soul.
My band, Soul Low, just released a new record..for preorder. The album isn't out yet until next Saturday, July 13th. But that doesn't mean you can't be the first one to listen to it, which is probably a lie. Head on over the ol bandcamp page and preorder the new LP! Physical copies will receive a rad digipack along with an insert of 'Sitting by the Fire', a short story by Sean Hirthe. If you're someone who preorders the album and attends the release show (also July 13th), you will get a copy then (no waiting!) and admission (which is $7 and gets you a CD) is $2. Synergy!
Order the LP here:
Check the event here:
Soul Low has just finished a month of recording with Shane Olivo of Bobby Peru Recording. The new album, entitled 'UNEASY', will be up for sale next Saturday (July 13th) through Delaware House Records. The album does a coherent job of showing off the many influences of the quartet in a way that can only be defined as their own. The album is currently up for preorder through the DHR Bandcamp. One of the tracks of the album, 'Wake Up Pains', is currently available for streaming, and will be immediately downloaded with any preorder. The album will be available for physical purchase ($5) or for free download on July 13th, 2013. The release show will be at The Borg Ward, an art collective in Milwaukee's Walker Point, on the same day. The show begins at 7pm and admission of $7 will get each attendee a copy of the album. Check out the event here!
Today we announce Nate Sustar's release through DHR of his first EP ever, California (1) ! The CD is now available for physical purchase through the bandcamp!
Check it out at dhrecords.bandcamp.com
He is also on tour right now in support of the release. If you're in these cities, stop by:
May 2nd - Pittsburgh, PA
May 3rd - New London
May 4th - Day Off
May 5th - Boston, MA
May 6th - Philadelphia, PA
May 7th - Rockaway, New Jersey
Alright, so there are two very rad things to announce!
1. Next Friday (March 22nd) DHR Presents is hosting Straya (melodic math from Minneapolis), Outside Lions (indie rock from Milwaukee), WORRIER (intense dance heavy what the what from Milwaukee) and DHR's own Soul Low! The show kicks off at 8 o'clock sharp and doesn't cost a thing. Check the Facebook event for extra deets:
2. I'm happy to announce DHR's first out of state release should happening late next month! Mr. Nate Sustar of Wooster, OH will releasing his first CD ever (accompanied with a three week acoustic tour to support it) through the label and we're stoked! In the mean time, check out his Americana-flavored demos on Soundcloud:
Right now we're in the works of releasing Milwaukee's Outbound. They're a newer band with some alternative vibes; fans of Say Anything will be pleased. We're hoping to get it out earlier next month. Stay posted for future info!
Soul Low released their new single 'Wake Up Pains' earlier this week. The song is a new tune that will appear on their new LP that's set to be released through DHR in early summer.
The song is available for streaming/download on Soul Low's bandcamp:
The title says it all. Hit it up at:
Wasted Islands is an up and coming band from Milwaukee with a unique sound. The quartet is purely instrumental, featuring two guitars (Eli Smith and Alisa Rodriguez), bass (Katie Freiburger) and heavy drums (Aaron Friess). The band proves to be masters of creating dynamic interest while always maintaing a hazy surround of ambient effects.
This Saturday, November 17, DHR is proud to be hosting a Madison house show with some stellar area bands.
The Delphines (mke) - Fuzzy garage pop with depth.
Alta (mke) - Post-hardcore at it's finest.
Young Holidays (mke) - Catchy low-fi indie pop.
Brighter Arrows (chi) - A fulfilling blend of post-emo and post-hardcore.
Make sure not to miss this. For location, times etc. check the Facebook Event.
After months of work and efforts, Pale Girls releases their debut EP 'Sun Poison'. The EP is currently up for free download on their Bandcamp page or for physical purchase for $3 (also on their Bandcamp). The band is currently working on new material for winter shows.
Pale Girls has spent the past two months working on and off with Shane Hochstetler of Howl Street Recordings in Milwaukee on their upcoming EP 'Sun Poison'. The band has spent the last six months playing shows and writing material in support of the EP. Although only recently established, the band has already created a unique sound and a dedicated following. With nods to The Shins and The Morning Benders, the band has a broad appeal that's hard not to like. 'Sun Poison' will be released on Delaware House Records, becoming the label's first release.