Touring in support of their first album in eight years (though they’ve been reunited for awhile), Rhode Island noise rock staples Daughters are set to play Music City for what appears to be the first time in at least a number of years, Feb. 21 at Mercy Lounge with experimental, underground noise rock favorites Wolf Eyes and buzzy, rising Chicago industrial electro-goth duo HIDE. Fans of all things heavy, weird, and experimental will want to make this a priority, and you can still get tickets right here! Or, if you’d rather leave it to chance, we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan! Read on for more about the show, and enter for a chance to win below.
Formed in 2016, a year after the premature demise of their prior project The Apache Reply, local duo Airpark, made up New Orleans raised brothers Michael Ford, Jr. and Ben Ford, have a been a favorite of ours from the very start, quickly becoming a buzzworthy local group you should be keeping an eye on thanks to a pair of strong EPs, Early Works, Vol. 1 and Early Works, Vol. 2, last year. A contrast to Apache’s big, layered, folk-informed sound, Airpark take a minimalist, deconstructed approach to indie rock and pop, with melodic and groove heavy arrangements and no shortage of big, engaging hooks.
For their next, highly-anticipated new EP, Songs of Airpark, which arrives Feb. 22 via Eugenia Hall Records, the duo recruited beloved Colorado husband and wife indie pop duo Tennis to helm production duties, and the result is a glorious melding of style and influence that marks Airpark’s best work to date. Ahead of the record’s release, we’re beyond thrilled to bring you an exclusive premiere of shimmering, melodically dense new single “Dissipate” – hear it right now below!
“‘Dissipate’ was the last song we tracked for ‘Songs of Airpark’ and it proved to be the most challenging,” explains Michael, “It took a minute to find our footing because the demo was vastly different from any of the tunes we’d tracked that week. Throughout the day, the song started revealing itself and by the time we finished later that evening it was all of our collective favorite off the EP. Coincidentally, it was the 4th of July and it felt like some sort of strangely timed celebration to mark the end of the tracking process.”
For ‘Songs of Airpark,’ the local duo recruited Tennis to produce.
As you may recall, Airpark opened for Tennis at The Basement East a couple years ago, and found in the group’s Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore musical kindred spirits whose sensibilities made for a stunning new record. “The idea of being produced by a husband and wife was really appealing to us and Pat and Alaina’s particular dynamic, connection and level of understanding of each other was super inspiring to witness and be around – not only as a production team but as a couple,” Ben tells us.
With its timeless, warm tones, hypnotic slow burn of melody, and earnest vocal delivery, “Dissipate” feels like a refined distillation of everything we’ve heard from Airpark thus far, weaving from Spoon-esque builds to harmony drenched choruses where Tennis’ touch really shines through. While we eagerly await the rest of the EP’s arrival next week, stream “Dissipate” below right now. And, finally, you can catch Airpark live in support of their latest, opening for Valley Queen next Saturday, Feb. 23 at The Basement– head here for tickets!
Riding high on the buzz for last year’s excellent debut full-length, Retrofuturism, New York alt rock and synth pop trio VHS Collection are poised to make their Nashville headlining debut tonight, Feb. 12at The High Watt with likeminded NY indie electropop group Future Generations. The fiercely independent outfit have only been around for a few years, but thanks to widespread buzz throughout the blogosphere, they’ve managed to amass millions of streams, tour the nation, and snag spots at multiple major music fests, honing their layered, electro-laced, and pop primed live show along the way. Tickets to the group’s Music City outing are still available right here, so snag yours now and read on for more about the show!
Our main goal at No Country is to share music from our favorite local artists and touring acts that hit Nashville. Now you can get straight to listening on our Nashville Spotify playlist.
Local music additions
“Insecure” by SVRCINA
“End of the Night” by Taylor Noelle – Playing The Back Corner on February 13
“Heaven (All Around You)” by Apollo LTD
“Eidolon” by Stereo Specter
“Fire” by Hannah Schaefer, Daniel Olsson
“Rosebud” by Chico Rashad
“Messin With The Kid” by Jung Youth
“Masterpiece” by Lackhoney
“Paralyzed” by Jeffrey James, Arcando
“And Another One” by The Pressure Kids
“Three Streets” by Mount Worchester
“First” by Roary
Formed in the late ’90s in New York City, Interpol burst onto the rich indie landscape of the early ’00s with the release of their first two albums, Turn on the Bright Lights and Antics, cementing their status among peers like The Strokes as one of America’s premiere new era post-punk acts. Several years and two more releases would follow, before the band entered a hiatus in 2011, following the departure of longtime bassist Carlos Dengler. Reunited as a trio, Interpol have returned reenergized in 2014 with El Pintor, and proceeded to tour the world, again become a festival staple, and reaffirm their legacy as one of modern post-punk’s most enduring acts.
The trio have stayed intermittently active since, touring on occasion and even embarking on a 15th anniversary run for their debut, all the while exploring new side projects, and balancing the general progression of life obligations any band more than two-decades in will face. After writing and rehearsing off on and on for a couple years around New York, Interpol brought in an outside producer for the first time in a decade, Dave Fridmann, to help craft last year’s inspired sixth LP, Marauder. Tonight, Feb. 11, the group play their first Nashville show in more than four years in support, once again at Marathon Music Works, along with incredible breakout Brooklyn alt rockers Sunflower Bean; a must-see for any fan of post-punk and the prolific indie rock explosion of last decade. Tickets are still available as of writing, so head here to secure your spot!
Interpol and Sunflower Bean will perform tonight, Feb. 11 at Marathon Music Works. The show is al ages, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $40.