There’s something significant about February 25th for Seattle’s Special Explosion. Not only is that the date that the young band previously opened for Deerhoof and played the Experiece Music Project’s Sound Off! (the premier 21 and under battle of the bands) but it’s also the release date of their much anticipated debut EP The Art of Mothering on Topshelf Records.
Today SPIN premiered the track “Hide” off the upcoming EP, saying of the band, “Even if the emo revival could be argued to be as much of an media-driven inside job as a tangible phenomenon, some of the music it refers to is worth the fuss. Enter Special Explosion”.
Listen to “Hide”: http://www.spin.com/articles/special-explosion-hide-stream/
Special Explosion has won early praise from places such as Pitchfork (“the best Built to Spill riff of the past five years or so heads a couple hours west and ends up in the hands of Special Explosion”) and Stereogum (“the song rides a rock-solid foundation built from booming toms, grooving bass, and (especially) melodic guitar string-bends straight from the heavens”) for their 90s influenced indie rock.
Though the band has drawn early comparisons to Death Cab For Cutie, Built To Spill and The Thermals, the gorgeous vocal duets present in their songs show the band avoids the trappings of being pigeonholed as strict revivalists as The Art of Mothering demonstrates the members are excellent songwriters of their own merit.
Special Explosion will embark on a US tour in February (all tour dates below). Pre-order for The Art of Mothering is now available from Topshelf at: http://www.topshelfrecords.com/artists/special-explosion/products
2/16 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Shred Shed (w/ Caravels)
2/17 Laramie, WY @ University of Wyoming (w/ Caravels)
2/18 Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown JR (w/ Caravels)
2/19 Kansas City, MO @ Art Closet Studio (w/ Foxing, Caravels)
2/20 St. Louis, MO @ The Demo (w/ Foxing, Caravels)
2/21 Chicago IL @ Township (w/ Foxing, Joie De Vivre)
2/22 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Turtle Den (w/ Foxing, Run Forever)
2/23 Cleveland, OH @ Now Thats Class (w/ Foxing)
2/24 Syracuse, NY @ Spark Contemporary Gallery (w/ The World Is…)
2/25 Cohoes NY @ The Icehouse
2/27 New York, NY @ Suburbia (w/ Teen Suicide, Sorority Noise, Alex G)
2/28 Middletown, CT @ Eclectic Society (w/ Teen Suicide & Sorority Noise)
3/01 Philadelphia, PA @ Philamoca (w/ Teen Suicide, Sorority Noise, Alex G)
3/02 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar (w/ Teen Suicide, Sorority Noise, Us & Us)
3/03 College Park, MD @ Hostage House (w/ Prawn)
3/04 Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5 (w/ Prawn)
3/05 Chapel Hill, NC @ Chapel Hill Underground (w/ Prawn)
3/06 Atlanta, GA @ Wonderroot (w/ Prawn)
3/20 Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
- Prawn announce new album, split with Joie D Vivre and Tour with You Blew It! and Special Explosion
- Caravels Spring Tour Dates Announced (Dates with Special Explosion, foxing, mewithoutYou, Touche Amore, Seahaven)
- Donovan Wolfington sign to Topshelf Records; new EP out April 8
- Wild Ones release 'Keep It Safe' Apr.1 on Topshelf Records, tour dates and Free Download
- Braid to release first album in 16 years this week on Topshelf Records; stream 'No Coast' now
- Terraplane Sun to release 'Generation Blues' in July on Trauma 2 Records