06 November 2007

New release: Looker, "After My Divorce"/"Master's Gone Away" 7"

All right kids, I've got a lot on my plate that I'd like to share with you, so let's get down to business.

So I'm not sure if it's 100% ethical to write about a band that's on a label for which you've worked, but the hell with it. I'm writing this as a fan, okay? Okay.

Anyway, Looker's new double a-side, the "After My Divorce"/"Master's Gone Away" 7", is out today. Looker are a three gal, one guy powerpop punk band from New York. My roommate has informed me that once you add "pop" to the mix, it's no longer "punk," but I think in this case, it fits. "AMD"/"MGA" might have sounded too sugary with their opening sighs, three-part female harmonies, and flamenco claps, but there's a darker, sassier edge underneath it all that keeps that from happening. (Go to their 'Space and listen to "Tickle My Spine" and you'll hear that punk influence a lot more clearly.) David Fricke of Rolling Stone summed it up with this: "One collective stiletto heel in the Brill Building circa 1963 and the other in what used to be CBGB..."

I was lucky enough to witness some of the recording of these two cuts, and wow, do they sound good. "After My Divorce" is on my Summer 2007 mixlist, mainly because the line I used to live in Paris,/Now I live in New York really rang true for me. And "Master's Gone Away" has been burning a hole in my iPod (metaphorically speaking, though my iPod's on the fritz, so who really knows?) for the past several days. Good times, good jams, kids.

Pick up the vinyl here, or if you're too lazy to enter your credit card info and wait for it to ship (or, alternately, if you lack a turntable), you can download it at iTunes or emusic. Also, you can download "AMD" for free from SBR (see link at bottom).

Upcoming tour dates:

6 November 2007 Abron Arts Center New York, NY
8 November 2007 The Liquid Room Edinburgh, Scotland
8 November 2007 The Barfly Glasgow, Scotland
9 November 2007 KU Bar Stockton-on-Tees, England
10 November 2007 Swn Festival Cardiff, Wales
13 November 2007 Buffalo Bar Cardiff, Wales
14 November 2007 12 Bar Swindon, England
16 November 2007 Winnington Rec Northwich, England
17 November 2007 The Fly London, England
18 November 2007 Bloody Awful Poetry Club at Monkey Chews Camden, London, England

Looker - "After My Divorce"

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