Soft Kill's introduction to the world was 2011's "An Open Door" and since then, despite many ups and downs and false starts, the band has issued several limited releases and played sporadic yet memorable shows. 2014 marks their return with the reissue of their debut and a new album of guitar-driven doom & gloom that borrows from projects like Asylum Party, For Against and Chameleons UK.
Chain of Flowers
Chain of Flowers is a 5-piece post-punk band based in Cardiff, Wales who have been hailed as one of the finest young post-punk bands to emerge from the UK in years. Comprised of Joshua Smith (vocals), Ross Jones (guitar), Rich Clarke (drums), Daniel Anderson (bass) and Matthew Clements (synths), Chain of Flowers have drawn highly favorable comparisons to bands including The Smiths, Joy Division, Eagulls, Iceage, Ceremony and The Cure.
Since their inception in 2012, the band has been invited to tour and perform with internationally-acclaimed acts including The Fall, Chameleons, Ceremony, A Place To Bury Strangers and Eagulls on the strength of their mesmerizing live performances and superb recorded releases. Chain of Flowers' first self-titled full length was recorded at Wales' legendary Monnow Valley Studios in Rockfield, Monmouth last year, produced by Gothic Pearson and Darren Lawson and mixed by Ben Greenberg (The Men, Uniform), and released on October 16 , 2015 on Alter out of London. CHAIN OF FLOWERS has received rave reviews as well as an unusual degree of airplay on both sides of the Atlantic (including BBC Radio 6 and KEXP in Seattle).
In August 2016, Chain of Flowers completed their first-ever tour of North America, playing to packed out rooms over four weeks, including shows in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Portland and Seattle. During this run, Chain of Flowers were also invited to tape live in-studio sessions for KEXP in Seattle and Part Time Punks in Los Angeles.
Chain of Flowers will return to N. America in March 2017 for a month of tour dates, including SXSW 2017.
"In the theme of not releasing albums, don't bother trying to look up Draa's music online. You'll just find yourself staring at a river in Morocco from which the band's name derives (nobody in the band really seems to know why). Save for a mostly sparse Facebook page, Draa has no web trail and, more importantly, no music to stream or download. The group released a two-song live cassette in a pitifully small run of 25 tapes to coincide with a show in Flagstaff not long ago. That being the exception, the band seems to be nearly anthrophobic about its music.
It may seem strange within the confines of the digital age that a band can exist without haphazardly throwing out stocking-stuffer songs all over the Internet, yet Draa seems to be doing things the old-fashioned way, which means bringing its live performance game hard and letting the chips fall where they may. Over the course of the first and only year of its existence, Draa has made a stir playing university parties and events around Tempe and downtown Phoenix, leading to the band climbing onto larger bills with the likes of Broken Water, Soft Kill, Drab Majesty, Holy Drug Couple, and Wax Idols.
For a younger band to be gaining so much attention this quickly based solely on the merit of live performance and word of mouth is virtually unheard of in 2015 and speaks volumes to the level of musicianship and power these individuals are capable of achieving.
In a live setting, the band antes up with the best of them when it comes to creating an atmosphere. Their pedal-driven dream-pop trances are woven together with precise interludes of noise and effects freakouts that leave audiences bewildered as to what exactly is going on. Yet the madness is always reeled back to a cohesive structure before the ambient placeholders begin to border on over-indulgence." - Roger Calamaio, Phoenix New Times