Friday, January 29, 2016

Jerkagram streaming new Toshi Kasai-produced album in full, North American tour starts in February

Click image above to watch album teaser video

"They say that sometimes twins develop their own language. I don't know if Derek and Brent ever did that, but their second album makes it clear they're communicating on a wavelength of their own." -- The Obelisk

L.A. fraternal twin duo Jerkagram are streaming their entire new album Outer Limbs beginning today. The album is filled with kinetic, psych-drenched, Krautrock-leaning jazz-rock with catchy atmospheric post-rock sounds. It's not easy to make sense of on paper, but the music makes sense on its own. Hear and share the full album HERE.

Jerkagram launch an extensive North American tour in late February, running throughout March and April 2016. Please see current dates below.

The Obelisk recently premiered the subtly slow-building Drive Like Jehu meets Magma churn of "Anteater" HERE. Northern Transmissions previously launched the hyper, proggy central single "Cloud Builder" -- a bright contrast to the album's spacier and textural elements -- HEREEchoes & Dust has the full album stream Outer Limbs HERE.

Pinning down just what Jerkagram does is no easy task. "I never know what to tell people when they ask," explains drummer Brent Gaines, one half of the fraternal twin duo, along with guitarist Derek. The raucous twosome is influenced by a very wide array of musical styles and philosophies, from the cacophonic yet buoyant heaviness of The Melvins to the orchestral post-rock of Explosions in the Sky to the loose jazz of Sun Ra

Starting out exclusively as an improvisational stilted noise/free rock operation from New York, Jerkagram embarked on several tours, and came to find that their free approach was naturally gravitating towards something more foundational and song-oriented. This newfound energy for song-writing lead to the band releasing two records in 2014 -- full-length Let's Talk About Us and EP Tired Old Horseshit. Following these releases was an ambitious ten-week tour around the US, where they landed in Los Angeles, ready to tickle some more earlobes with sheepish grins.

Enter the band's new full-length album, Outer Limbs. Recorded and mixed by Toshi Kasai (Melvins/Big Business), the record is an evolutionary refinement of their melting-pot sound. Each song has a motorik sensibility behind it and seems to grow and transition organically, yet also manages to feel unhinged and unpredictable. The interplay of sturdiness and freedom inherent in their songs, as well as the dynamics of the bludgeoning drums and ambient guitars switching roles in being the driving force behind them is what makes Jerkagram such an intriguing force -- they don't imply themselves or belong to any genre, and despite this, everything is characteristic, cohesive and thematically consistent, from the Morricone-inspired opener, "Coat of Arms," to the frenetic yet poppy, "Cloud Builder," to the jazz-rock closer, "Empty Gesture."

Outer Limbs is available on CD and download on January 29th, 2016. 

02/19 San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe
03/03 Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space
03/06 Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
03/07 Houston, TX @ The Satellite
03/08 New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar
03/10 Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
03/11 Raleigh, NC @ Slim's
03/13 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
03/15 Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium
03/16 New Haven, CT @ BAR
03/17 Boston, MA @ O’Briens
03/18 Providence, RI @ Funky Jungle
03/19 Annandale-on-Hudson, NY @ Bard College
03/21 Montreal, QC @ L’Esco
03/23 Toronto, ON @ the Handlebar
03/25 Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooski’s
03/26 Louisville, KY @ Mag Bar
03/28 Chicago, IL @ The Burlington
03/29 Milwaukee, WI @ The High Dive
04/01 Kansas City, MO @ Mini Bar
04/03 Denver, CO @ 7th Circle
04/06 Portland, OR @ High Water Mark
04/07 Seattle, WA @ Substation
04/09 Olympia, WA @ Redhouse
04/10 Vancouver, BC @ LanaLou's
04/13 Eugene, OR @ Wandering Goat w/ Gaselle/s/ & Paleons
04/15 Oakland, CA @ Golden Bull

Artist: Jerkagram
Album: Outer Limbs
Label: Jerkagram Music
Release Date: January 29, 2016

01) Coat of Arms
02) Lyra
03) Anteater (STREAM)
04) Cloud Builder (STREAM)
05) Three Pillars (STREAM)
06) Orphaned Origin
07) Two Pillars
08) Empty Gesture

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