Infinity Cat Recordings, JEFF the Brotherhood’s Nashville label, has announced the release of Ed Schrader’s Music Beat’s Party Jail LP (out April 22nd). You can check out the first single, “Pantomime Jack” (see Pitchfork debut 2/28).
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat is Ed Schrader and Devlin Rice, a minimalist post-punk duo from the fair city of Baltimore, MD. The band started with Ed: a man unhinged channeling to the world a sacred message in the form of song. His only divining instruments: a single floor tom, one light, and a commanding baritone. After a few tours on his own, Ed asked Devlin to join in his quest. Now the band is one guy playing a drum in the dark and another dude with a bass, laughing at his jokes.
Their union quickly brought about the release of Jazz Mind, which SPIN called the sound of “the unfiltered, primordial joy of pounding on shit.” The album (featuring collaborations with Randy Randall of No Age and Matmos) captured their raw and jarring live show through weird, wiry rock songs with a decidedly smart sensibility. Since the album’s release, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat have toured frequently in North America and Europe, opening for the likes of Dan Deacon, Future Islands and hardcore luminaries Ceremony.
Party Jail picks up where Jazz Mind left off, adding glam pop vibes to their already terse post-punk sound. The follow-up features songs that are equally loud and destructive, pensive and mischievously haunting. An early version of “Radio Eyes” was chosen for Sub Pop’s “Sub Pop 1000” Record Store Day 2013 compilation. A new version of this song appears on Party Jail, as well as the single “Pantomime Jack” which tackles pop sell-outs like David Bowie. The album also features additional drums by Jeremy Hyman of Ponytail, Dan Deacon, and Boredoms.
Look for Ed Schrader’s Music Beat on tour with Future Islands throughout March and April.
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat on tour!
Mar 3rd: Charlottesville VA @ The Southern *
Mar 4th: Asheville NC @ The Orange Pee *
Mar 5th: Saxapahaw NC @ The Haw River Ballroom *
Mar 6h: Chattanooga TN @ JJs Bohemia*
Mar 7th: Oxford MS @ Proud Larry’s *
Mar 8th: Baton Rouge LA @ Spanish Moon *
Mar. 24 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop #
Mar. 25 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme #
Mar. 26 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall #
Mar. 27 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon #
Mar. 28 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club #
Mar. 29 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium #
Mar. 31 – Billings, MT @ The Rallyard #
Apr. 01 – Bozeman, MT @ The Filling Station #
Apr. 02 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett #
Apr. 03 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile #
Apr. 04 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre #
Apr. 05 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge #
Apr. 06 – Eugene, OR @ Cozmic Pizza #
Apr. 07 – Arcata, CA @ Humboldt Brews #
Apr. 08 – Reno, NV @ The Holland Project #
Apr. 09 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst #
Apr. 10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel #
Apr. 20 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom #
Apr. 21 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace #
Apr. 22 – Marfa, TX @ Padre’s #
Apr. 23 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk #
Apr. 24 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links #
Apr. 25 – Little Rock, AR @ Stickyz Rock’n’Roll Chicken Shack #
Apr. 26 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree #
Apr. 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church #
Apr. 30 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall #
May 1 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club #
* w/ Future Islands, Wye Oak
# w/ Future Islands
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