January 15th 2012:
After a long silence, we are back with some great early 2012 news!
February 6th will see the full-length release by BOY FRIEND titled 'Egyptian Wrinkle'.
The album will be available on iTunes, CD format and LP. The vinyl will be pressed on pink marble vinyl,
limited to 1000 copies with printed inner sleeves and includes a digital download code.
First 200 copies of the LP will come with a BOY FRIEND one-sided 7", only available through the band
or through the Hell, Yes! mailorder. Check out a short video about the vinyl packaging by clicking on this link.
Boy Friend is best buds Christa Palazzolo and Sarah Brown. With a creative partnership that combines different stylistic preferences and attitude with a passion for fantasy, narratives and dreamy, lovesick lyrics, their song writing is led by strong lead vocal and guitar melodies layered in harmonies, ambiance, and thick atmospheric backdrops. The two have collaborated on several projects together in their 15 year friendship, but it wasn't until the end of 2010 while going through a rough break-up from their last band Sleep Over that they regrouped to record their first EP as a duo. It was a heavily charged "break-up" album disguised in hazy undertones and big choruses. The following spring they recorded their Lovedropper 7", and by Summer of 2011 recorded their first full-length, entitled Egyptian Wrinkle, in a friend's house in north Austin surrounded by dogs, bongos, and plenty of warm Texan vibes.
Listen/download the first single "Egyptian Wrinkle":
On February 13th we will be releasing the HOLY 'S/T' 12" EP on digital and vinyl.
The 12" format includes black-lined jackets, grey marble vinyl limited to 500 copies, digital download code and a huge 2-sided printed poster. Artwork photographed by Marco Rapisarda.
Check out a short video about the vinyl packaging by clicking on this link and here to order it.
Four friends gave birth to HOLY in the hot summer of 2011 in Milan, Italy. While most people were hanging out in shorts and sunglasses, planning their holiday and heading to the seaside, HOLY was locked inside a hot, sweaty rehearsal room, writing songs. Organizing shows in squats over the past few years, HOLY's members realized how difficult is to live in the corrupt political climate like the one they are living in Milan. "HOLY" has been chosen as name because it's the adjective that describes something untouchable, something sacred and something that is not actually real and concrete in a fucked up world like ours. It only took a few days to give birth to a fistful of songs, 8 to be exact. Soon after, a demo was recorded in that same hot sweaty rehearsal room, which instead of being a demo become HOLY's debut record.
Listen/download the first single "The Wrong Side" :
August 18th 2011:
LOVE INKS "Rock on" b/w "Be Brave" 7" out September 12th!
After being tipped as one of NME’s ‘Top 25 New Acts You Need to Hear’ this week, Austin Texas’ LOVE INKS are going to release a new single. Love Inks take on the Dave Essex classic "Rock On" and create a lo-fi, sweet vibed, pop rendition of this 70s rock hit. B-side contains "Be Brave", a brand new gem that rivals the catchiness of their hit single "Blackeye". Gorgeous cover art by Jackie Young, photographer behind the album art for E.S.P. and the mysterious girl on the cover of the "Blackeye" 7".
Grab a copy of the limited aqua vinyl at Hell, Yes! mailorder or from the band during their up-coming European tour. Oh yeah,the digital version is already available on iTunes!
May 16th 2011:
BOY FRIEND "Lovedropper" 7" and EMA "Soul On Fire" one-sided 7" out now!
Click here to order them.
May 2nd 2011:
LOVE INKS 'E.S.P.' Hits the Streets and Exclusively from H,Y!, Limited Edition Coloured Vinyl!
Tipped as "Ones To Watch" by Rough Trade Records and triumphing the 'Favorite Track' title on BBC Radio personality Steve Lamacq's 6 Music Playlist for their premiere single 'Blackeye,' Love Inks are set to sweep the sonic nation as one of this Summer's top breaking bands.
The sounds captured within the album's 10 tracks are simply an electric guitar, a bass guitar, an old drum machine, at special moments a Moog Satellite and, most importantly, the simple yet poignant vocals of Sherry LeBlanc.
LOVE INKS highly anticipated debut album, 'E.S.P.' is OUT NOW in Europe (May 10th in North America) and for the lucky few limited edition rasberry-coloured vinyl is available only through Hell, Yes! mailorder.
Be sure to catch Love Inks on tour in the US this spring and look for European fall dates to be announced soon!
April 11th 2011:
READING RAINBOW "Cover The Sky" one sided 7" out now!
Limited 400 copies, click here to order it.
March 28th 2011:
LOVE INKS "Blackeye" 7" out now!
“The dream-pop trio combines simple drum-machine beats, floating guitar licks and
repetitive but infections vocals courtesy of Sherry LeBlanc.“ Filter Magazine
Get your copy of the amazing, sexy pop anthem "Blackeye" b/w "Don't Go" by Austin, TX. Love Inks.
700 copies on black vinyl, 300 on white vinyl available only through HY mailorder.
Click here to order it
If you live in US, you can buy it directly from Insound
February 16th 2011:
LOVE INKS 'Blackeye' Single 7"/Digital and 'E.S.P.' LP/CD/Digital
Austin, Texas three-piece LOVE INKS are set to surprise and seduce music fans and critics across the board
this Spring, with the release of their debut album ‘E.S.P.’, along with their highly infectious, dreamy pop gem
and debut single ‘Blackeye‘. March 7th will see the digital release of “Blackeye” and on May 2nd the highly
anticipate debut full length, ‘E.S.P.’ The single will be released on 7” vinyl on March 28th with an unreleased
track on the B side, followed by the album on May 2nd.
E.S.P. was conceived and recorded with strict, direct motives.
The sounds captured within these 10 tracks are simply an electric guitar, a bass guitar, an old drum machine,
at special moments a Moog Satellite and, most importantly, the simple yet poignant vocals of Sherry LeBlanc.
The combined sound is minimalist dream-pop; imbued with raw emotion, sexuality, and splashes of electronic colour.
Focus is placed primarily on the voice, which is direct and honest and real. No frills, tears through extravagant side
roads, or indulgent solos necessary. Self-recorded in their own homes, Austin, Texas, and mixed by a friend;
the idea was to get the purest signals from all instruments and feed them through an 8-track reel-to-reel,
immediately warming the sounds and weaving it all together. This process was drawn out on a piece of paper
in schematics before recording with the concept being: the less digitized, the better.
In March of 2010, Love Inks started the process with 15 or more songs, and by June they were down to a solid ten.
The songs featured on E.S.P. were written to showcase the essence of emotion behind each instrument.
It started as an exercise and became the only way to do it, forever.
With the guitar and bass, Love Inks found there is a way to drop it perfectly into the song, in between everything,
so that the vocal can exist in its own world, floating independently above the song.
Love Inks are set to tour the US and Europe later this Spring after completing the video for their current
single ‘Blackeye’, due mid-March. Be sure to catch this Texan based three-piece at this year’s SXSW .