Monday, February 27, 2012

Minimalist fury: Ed Schrader's Music Beat premiere track from debut album, launch U.S. tour

"Schrader’s voice alternates between a low, Ian Curtis-esque bellow and a frenetic bark that recalls Andy Falkous of McClusky and Future of the Left. In other words, this is aggressive music, even in its quieter moments." -- Pop Matters

"Jazz Mind alternates between two distinct styles: harsh, thrashing punk, where Schrader screeches and howls, and minimalist beat poetry, where he chants in a sometimes sleepy monotone." -- Chicago Reader

Baltimore minimalist duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat premiere a new track from their forthcoming full length today via Prefix Mag. The frenetic and incisive song "When I'm in a Car" features guest guitarist Randy Randall of No Age. It's an urgent blast of vitriol reminiscent of early Public Image Ltd as well as the more recent sputter of Jay Reatard and Iceage. Download/stream HERE

Ed Schrader's Music Beat (ESMB) kick off a national headlining tour this week. Please see complete dates below. 

Previously better known as a partner in Dan Deacon's Wham City collective and performing solo with just voice and a floor tom, Ed Schrader has recently made inroads with ESMB by teaming up with bassist Devlin Rice and touring with Future Islands and Dan Deacon in the last year. 

Watch a powerful 10-minute live video HERE. Check out videos of individual songs below.

Jazz Mind opens with the snarling fury of "Sermon", driven by Schrader's high-pitched wail over early-Swans style primal drumming and blurting bass. Turning on a dime, "Gem Asylum" is a sparse and compelling lullaby of delicately chanted vocals and hypnotic bass notes reminiscent of Chairs Missing era Wire. Elsewhere, when ESMB strips down the noise on "My Mind is Broken", "Air Show" and "Can't Stop Eating Sugar", there remains an icy intensity hearkening to Joy Division. Meanwhile, "Rats" and "Gas Station Attendant" explode with a rage and raw simplicity that's rare in an era of unlimited access to audio gloss. 

Jazz Mind will be available everywhere on LP, CD and Download via Load Records on March 20th, 2012. 

02/29  Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks 
03/01  Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class 
03/02  Detroit, MI @ Lager House
03/05  Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle 
03/06  Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters 
03/07  Minneapolis, MN @ the Hexagon Bar 
03/08  Dubuque, IA @ Off Minor
03/09  Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre 
03/10  Denver, CO @ Rhinoceropolis
03/13  Seattle, WA @ the Funhouse 
03/14  Portland, OR @ Rotture
03/16  San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
03/18  Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell
03/19  Los Angeles, CA @ Pehr Space
03/20  San Diego, CA @ Tower Bar
03/21  Phoenix, AZ @ Meat Market  
03/22  El Paso, TX @ M's Lips Lounge 
03/23  Austin, TX @ Beerland 
03/24  Dallas, TX @ Queen City Hall 
03/25  Hot Springs, AR @ The Exchange 
03/26  Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
03/27  Athens, GA @ Farm 255 
03/28  Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn 
03/29  Asheville, NA @ Broadway's
03/30  Greensboro, NC @ TBA
03/31  Chapel Hill, NC @ The Nightlight
04/01  Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter

04/25  York, PA @ The Depot *
04/26  Middletown, CT @ Eclectic House (Wesleyan) *
04/27  Providence, RI @ AS220 *
04/28  Boston, MA @ Paradise*
04/29  Portland, ME @ Space *
04/30  Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle *
05/01  Montreal, QC @ Il Motore *
05/02  Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks *
05/03  Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern *
05/04  Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar *
05/05  Albany, NY @ Valentine's *
05/06  Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church *

* w/ Future Islands 

Artist: Ed Schrader's Music Beat
Album: Jazz Mind
Label: Load Records
Release Date: March 20, 2012

01. Sermon
02. Gem Asylum
03. Traveling
04. Right
05. Do The Maneuver 
06. Rats (VIDEO)
07. My Mind Is Broken (VIDEO)
08. When I'm In A Car (MP3)
09. Air Show
10. Can't Stop Eating Sugar (VIDEO)
11. Gas Station Attendant

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