Noisy shoegaze pop trio drops “their best material to date. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take another five years to hear more,” says Pure Grain Audio.
BLUNDERBUSST (L-R): Jen Scaffidi, Carson Cessna, Carolyn Gates. Photo credit: Chris Carnel.
BLUNDERBUSST | Live
* = Jen Scaffidi solo, w/ The March Divide
09/05/2019: San Francisco, CA @ El Rio
09/06/2019: Davis, CA @ Armadillo Music
09/12/2019: Reno, NV @ Dead Ringer Analog Bar
09/13/2019: Medford, OR @ Johnny B’s
09/14/2019: Salem, OR @ Space Concert Club
09/15/2019: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Hideaway
09/20/2019: Nevada City, CA @ Miners Foundry Cultural Center
09/27/2019: Reno, NV @ Holland
10/14/2019: Albuquerque, NM @ Red Velvet Underground (Jen Scaffidi solo)
10/16/2019: Norman, OK @ Red Brick Bar*
10/17/2019: Wichita, KS @ Kirby's Beer Store*
10/18/2019: Lawrence, KS @ Gaslight Gardens*
10/19/2019: Kansas City, MO @ KC House*
“Monarch of the Mountain” EP
(Slow Start Records)
01. James Alex Chilton
02. Monarch of the Mountain (STREAM | MP3)
03. Two to Grow Small
04. Wicked (STREAM | MP3)
05. You Get One
06. In Plain Sight
BLUNDERBUSST | In The Press
BLUNDERBUSST | “James Alex Chilton”
“Their best material to date. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take another five years to hear more from this refreshingly unique band,” says Pure Grain Audio about James Alex Chilton by BLUNDERBUSST. Click to hear it now.
BLUNDERBUSST | “Wicked”
“Ruminative, burgeoning, but airy. Floating synths expansion, winding guitar lines, a pronounced drum beat, and rich, bittersweet vocals.” The Big Takeover weighs in on “Wicked,” the latest single from BLUNDERBUSST and the upcoming “Monarch of the Mountain” EP. Listen here.
BLUNDERBUSST | “Monarch of the Mountain”
“Imagine if Aimee Mann decided to pick up Adam Franklin (of Swervedriver)’s guitar. Couple that with clever songwriting that digs much deeper and one will already be able to imagine the sound.” Click to hear “Monarch of the Mountain” by BLUNDERBUSST at Ghettoblaster Magazine.
BLUNDERBUSST | About
The 15-year career of the noisy, Reno, Nevada-based shoegaze-pop band BLUNDERBUSST has included more time off than on.
The group sticks to an edict of not only letting the songs be what they want, but also when they want. Essentially, BLUNDERBUSST makes music when the time is right, and that time has arrived again as the band, consisting of songwriter Jen Scaffidi (vocals, guitar), Carolyn Gates (drums), and Carson Cessna (guitars/synths), returns from a five-year hiatus with a new EP this summer, issued as a four-sided double 7-inch by San Antonio-based Slow Start Records.
“This phase of the band started as, ‘Hey guys, I wrote a few new songs,’” Scaffidi explains. “I wondered what it would be like to get in the room with the band and play them. And I thought we should probably play them in front of people before we went into the studio.”
Scaffidi continues, “Being in rooms with our friends playing music again felt like such a gift, like a small oasis of community in an increasingly hostile world. We felt so lucky to still be part of Reno’s incredibly active and vibrant music scene after such a long break.”
Suddenly BLUNDERBUSST was a band again.
“With ‘Monarch of the Mountain,’ we wanted to make something beautiful, something that might be more than just ‘Here’s our new EP,’ something we could give to our friends and the community that nurtured and embraced us, the people who made us what we are.”
The EP is the keepsake that the band intended.
“Monarch of the Mountain” sounds like the artists on the playlists that Scaffidi and Cessna made to inspire them during its creation (Aimee Mann, Neko Case, Brandi Carlile) meeting the trio’s stated influences (My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, Swervedriver) head on. Picture a singer‐songwriter strumming an acoustic guitar and then breaking it over your head at the end of the set. Scaffidi translates this description of physical pain into cathartic, sometimes unsettlingly candid lyrics.
“Go now, write it down, because I’ve seen the end and it comes too soon,” she sings on “Monarch of the Mountain,” the EP’s title track and first single, recently premiered via Ghettoblaster Magazine, and now streaming everywhere.
“Monarch of the Mountain,” the latest EP by BLUNDERBUSST is out now from Slow Start Records. Members of BLUNDERBUSST are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
BLUNDERBUSST | Links
Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion | Contact