All 3 of the new 25 DIAMONDS releases are available today, 12/19/14. They are:
25D 012 Deleter ‘Komposition’ EP
Komposition is the new foursong extendedplay by Twin Cities espionage punk troupe Deleter. While still possessing the sharp hooks, angular guitars, jazztinged rhythm section and Knol Tate’s (Ex KillSadie, The Hidden Chord) trademark venomous spoken/spat poetic vocal delivery, the band introduces garage band organs reminiscent of The Monks or The Fall’s take on The Monks, which bookend the e.p. on the songs “Misinformation” and “I Am Nomad.” Additionally, they get a little stranger in the guitar department this time around, making good use of effects on the aforementioned tracks while keeping arrangements simple like on “Burn Notes” and sometimes as dry and immediate as Wire’s Pink Flag on “Concealed”. They keep expanding upon their sound while retaining crucial elements a good punk band should possess: anger, energy, and a sense of humor. Released on cassette with an accompanying digital download in an edition of 77 copies.
25D 013 Deleter ‘Zweite Komposition’ EP
Zweite Komposition is a companion release to the new extendedplay, Komposition. Usually, a band will plan to release a fulllength album and either first output an EP to build buzz, or afterwards so the Bsides don’t get tossed in the dumpster. Deleter simply decided to just create two EPs in close succession to one another. Nevertheless, don’t think of Zweite Komposition as cutting room floor scraps not suitable for a proper release; all of the material presented is quite competent to instill a sense of urgency and restlessness in the listener. Slightly smoother but by no means any less edgy, Zweite Komposition is more influenced by late 70′s Wire and Psychedelic Furs than it’s more immediate counterpart. With strong command of their instruments, clever arrangements, and biting commentary of the world around them, Deleter keeps proving they are one of the best band in Minneapolis right now timeandagain. Add Zweite Komposition to the list of evidence. Released on cassette with an accompanying digital download in an edition of 77 copies.
25D 014 Pallex ‘Pallex’ EP
Lone recording by this very short lived band from Minneapolis, featuring members of Ex Nuns, Deleter and Hollow Boys having played only 5 shows and documenting 4 songs, they still left a heavy enough impression for me to know I had to release something by them. This is ‘shoegaze’ in the fullest, loudest, most aggressive sense of the world when asked for influences, the band mentioned anything but what might immediately come to mind (Unwound, Swans, etc.), though the affect can be clearly found in listening to their output. Released on cassette with an accompanying digital download in an edition of 77 copies.
Again, these will be available exclusively through the 25 DIAMONDS webstore, through the bands and at Extreme Noise Records in Minneapolis, MN. Blink and they may very well be gone.
Deleter made not one, not two but THREE new videos (!!) in support of their 2 new EPs. All can be viewed in the new Media section, alongside other videos by select 25 DIAMONDS bands. Do take a look.
I took a trip to NYC earlier in the month and brought home really random, awesome trinkets to sell in the store with the new cassettes. I won’t ruin the surprises, but they all rule and I only have 5 of everything. Go bananas.
There’s already 4 upcoming releases to officially announce today (and more in discussion that are too early to mention). (Y)our future:
24D 016 Art zine by Jim Blaha (The Blind Shake, Jim + The French Vanilla)
25D 017 Photo zine by Ian Casey (20 years of random pictures)
25D 018 No Funeral / Livid split 12″
25D 019 Deleter LP
More on everything as they become a closer reality.