With Pains Of Being Pure At Heart And Cymbals Eat Guitars Play Monolith Festival
“In Her Gentle Jaws” Deluxe Vinyl & Digital Edition Out This Fall
“Laptop pop and shoegaze. Surprisingly, the mishmash of these two genres with video game music feels organic” Pitchfork
“Soaring, shoegazing soundscapes of pop wonder” Chromewaves.com
“Not to be missed!” Insound
“These [three] gents’ music is a wonderful collage of guitars, drums, fuzzy electronics, and heartfelt lyrics that, in this writer’s opinion, places them a couple steps ahead of most post-rock acts. Makes me want to hop the L train and give these guys a hug.” XLR8R.com
As effacingly discrete as their name, Brooklyn-based 3-piece The Depreciation Guild have been making underground waves to match those created by their fuzzed-out, reverb-drenched melodies.
Artfully combining progressive and retro chic, the trio draws influence from shoegaze guitar walls, dreampop highs, and the rigidity of electronic rhythms, while creating a sound that is a bit different from both, dreamily reinventing their musical heritage.
The pieces may seem disparate, but they weave together masterfully. One part stems from the utilization of a 8-bit Nintendo soundcard: painstakingly self-taught by frontman Kurt Feldman, the modified entertainment system is used to compose a crushing backdrop of rhythmic, synthetic elements. Yet its use is tasteful, seamlessly blending with guitars, drums and hushed vocals to create the band’s layered sound.
Along with Kurt on vocals, guitar and soundchips, The Depreciation Guild is comprised of twin brothers Christoph Hochheim (guitar, vocals) and Anton Hochheim (live drums).
Following their premiere full-length In Her Gentle Jaws, self-released in December ‘07 exclusively as a free download, the album has already found its way to over 90,000 hard drives. The stir across the Internet, as well as in their own backyard, is testament to some breathtaking songwriting and arranging. A musical piece to be heard as a whole saturated in color, and drifting into dream.
2008 highlights for the band included headlining the annual Geekfest in Mexico, and playing American Eagle’s New American Music Union festival in Pittsburgh, sharing a stage with the likes of Bob Dylan and The Raconteurs.
Also notable is the band’s close relation to new indie breakouts The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, as the bands busily share two members in Kurt and Christoph. Though The Depreciation Guild’s existence pre-dates The Pains’, this alliance has already resulted in one sold-out tour of the US, and another cross-country trek is booked for the bro-bands in September/October.
And now, one of The Depreciation Guild’s finest songs to date, the new single, “Dream About Me,” is set to break on Kanine Records, on white 7” vinyl and digital download.
With the band newly signed to Kanine, and ready to record their second full-length this summer with Josh Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv at the helm, it’s clear the story has only just begun.
US TOUR DATES
With The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart & Cymbals Eat Guitars
9/5 – THE MIDDLE EAST – Boston MA
9/6 – LA SALSA ROSSA – Montreal
9/7 – HORSESHOE TAVERN – Toronto
9/8 – LOGAN SQUARE AUDITORIUM – Chicago IL
9/9 – ORPHEUM STAGE DOOR – Madison WI
9/10 – SLOWDOWN – Omaha NE
9/12 Sep – MONOLITH MUSIC FESTIVAL @ RED ROCKS – Morrison CO
9/13 – KILBY COURT – Salt Lake City UT
9/14 – NEUROLUX – Boise ID
9/15 – NEUMO’S – Seattle WA
9/17 – DOUG FIR LOUNGE – Portland OR
9/18 – GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL – San Francisco CA
9/19 Sep 2009 – THE TROUBADOR – Los Angeles CA
9/21 – CASBAH – San Diego CA
9/22 Sep – CLUB CONGRESS – Tuscon AZ
9/24 – LOLA’S SALOON – Fort Worth TX
9/25 – MOHAWK – Austin TX
9/26 – ONE EYED JACKS – New Orleans LA
9/27 – CLUB DOWN UNDER Tallahassee FL
9/28 – THE EARL Atlanta GA
9/29 – LOCAL 506 – Chapel Hill NC
9/30 – THE BLACK CAT – Washington DC
10/1 – OTTOBAR – Baltimore MD
10/3 – WEBSTER HALL – New York NY
10/5 – FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH – Philadelphia PA
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