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This week’s NYC Scene Report features electronica duo Tempers feeling “Capital Pains,” hip-hop artist Hoodie Allen having a “Hell of a Time,” emo punk band Live Well enjoying some “Beach Time,” and indie rockers WIVES making a request to “Hit Me Up.”
* NYC-based electronica duo Tempers have no need to temper their excitement, as the twosome of Jasmine Golestaneh and Eddie Cooper just signed with Dais Records, and announced their next album, Private Life, will be out on October 25th.
The first single off Private Life is “Capital Pains.” A dark, sythny gem with hints of goth influences, the song a perfect soundtrack for late night sidewalk contemplations (we all have those kind of nights, right?)
Check out the video, and feel Tempers’ pains.
* I’ve been following the career of Long Island-based hip-hop artist Hoodie Allen since attending one of his shows back in 2014. He recently released his fourth album, Whatever USA, which he says was “a labor of love, and a rediscovery process of my true self.”
Allen added, “This one is for the kids who feel stuck in their small town. This one is for anyone who has ever had their heart broken but still keeps moving forward. This one is for anybody with a dream. Say goodbye to the place you came from, and welcome to Whatever USA.”
Fans can see Allen in their part of Whatever USA this fall, as he’ll be on tour from September 19th through October 20th, including a hometown show at NYC’s Webster Hall on October 18th.
If past shows are any indicator, it should be a “Hell of a Time.”
* The summer is almost over, but everyone rocking out to NY-based emo punk band Live Well is still enjoying plenty of “Beach Time.” “Beach Time” being the lead single off the band’s upcoming debut album, Perfectly Temporary, due out this Friday.
Lead singer Paul Masbad explained the inspiration for “Beach Time” in a statement, saying, “‘Beach Time’ is partly about (guitarist) Max (Johi) getting drunk and running away from me in an affluent Florida beach community, but also is about the fleeting moments people share with one another – in this case me and a former partner – and knowing that it will ultimately end.”
Click play on the video, because rocking out to Live Well IS living well.
* Queens-based post-punks WIVES will be releasing their debut album, So Removed, on October 4th, and the latest single off the album has them making a simple request – “Hit Me Up.”
WIVES vocalist/guitarist Jay Beach explained “Hit Me Up” in a statement, saying, “(The song) was written from the point of view of a New Yorker who can’t let go. His everyday reality does not jibe with what is going on in his head, and he’s holding onto a past that never existed in the first place.”
The band will be having album release shows at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade on October 3rd, and Philadelphia’s Dawson Street Pub on October 5th, before heading out on an international tour in November.
Until then, give “Hit Me Up” a spin, and get hitched to WIVES.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.