Part Time Punks
Grave Babies consider the human condition and then shove it down your throat. For just over two years, Seattle's Grave Babies have been reverberating shimmery pop songs in the likes of Jesus and Mary Chain, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, The Smiths, and The Cure, blazed with an element of horror and beauty only reality can provide. Driving guitar riffs, weirdo synth and slamming drums drive the point home every time. After gaining local support as well as national and international attention Grave Babies saw an influx in UK press, including features by VICE magazine and NME ("band to watch").
Grave Babies' first single, "Gouge Your Eyes Out," was released by Danish label Skrot Up in the spring of 2010. The band has since toured the west coast twice, and recently performed at SXSW 2011. After much demand, Skrot Up released the first Grave Babies full length, DEATHFACE, in March 2011. The album is a shiny pop adventure through the realm of human tragedy and hopelessness. Grave Babies assure you there is no god, no future, no you, no me. Kill yourself with a smile on your face; this ride will not last forever.
Vice Device is the distillation of a musical collaboration between Portland, Oregon’s Andrea K and Bobby Kaliber. Frequently performing multiple instruments in tandem, Andrea and Bobby layer pulsating synth melodies with charged vocals and split the responsibilities of drumming by each performing percussion with one hand. Lurching bass lines are intertwined by Devin Welch to complete the band’s distinctive sound. Through reductive experimentation with analog synthesizers and live electronics, Vice Device create a raw and dynamic soundscape without the use of sequencers or backing tracks.
Vice Device’s vinyl debut, a split 7-inch with Hot Victory, features the track “Skin” and was released August 5th, 2011 on Megathon Records and Sweating Tapes.
Their new 7-inch, "Breathless" b/w "I Sign My Name With An X," is out now on 2510 Records.
"GUIDES’ music strikes an impressive balance between taut energy, murky atmospherics, and ostentatious bursts of catharsis." -Popmatters
"When the Velvet Underground met up with Sonic Youth, this is the crew they spawned in their wake." --Midwest Record
"GUIDES dally in textures and tones, but in their abrasive riffage and pummeling rhythms lay a sense of purpose that make you question your comfortable notion of "pretty."….The menacing "Careful, I Was Every Sin" hurts so good when the big guitars kick in just shy of the 2-minute mark." -Buzzbands
"(GUIDES) have embarked down an esoteric path full of experimental structure, vague melodies, and a shoegaze-worthy wall of sonics" -Free Bike Valet