2015 Magic Bullet Records
4 out of 5
In the latest reshuffling of the East of the Wall/etc. collective (a longstanding SBP favorite in all its forms), New Jersey's NY in 64 have finally given a proper release to an arm of that sprawling project that has for years struggled to survive long enough to put out an album.
Stylistically splitting the difference between their predecessor bands (Dilation/Dangerous Cowboy, You and I), NY in 64 draws on both the tense-to-grandiose, textured post-rock atmosphere of the former and the tight, somewhat angular screamo riffage of the latter to create a compelling hybrid.
Drummer Seth Rheam characteristically straddles the line between intricate and pummeling, executing each track in expert lockstep with bassist Thomas Schlatter, while guitarists Justin Hock and Chris Alfano interweave melodic guitar lines through and over their foundation. The result is not too far removed from the technical post-rock of Hock and Rheam's previous band, Dilation, but slightly more aggressive and riff-driven in the vein of Farmer's Almanac-era East of the Wall material, particularly when the foursome locks in on a single riff and just stomps the hell out of it for a few bars. These moments of unpretentious, borderline sludgy heaviness further accentuate the sections where the musicians allow themselves to wander outside the pocket and explore the songs' breathing room a little more.
The album's crisp-but-unpolished production works well—there's plenty of feedback and amp hiss bringing some live feel to the quieter sections, but the tones and mix manage to be both full and defined enough to accentuate the precision of every riff and fill across the seven tracks. Schlatter's driving, growling bass work in particular steals the show throughout, carving out a prominent spot in the mix without dominating it. Alfano, who engineered and co-produced the album continues to show his considerable skill for the craft.
NY in 64 have given us an impressive snapshot of the first year or so of their existence. Their debut proves to be a worthy addition to the output from the obscure but rich scene of alternative metal emanating from Garden State basements.
— JC 04/2015
In a surprise move, Miramax Films has announced a big-budget remake of Sweet Bread Productions' groundbreaking, genre-defying 2005 film "The Movie: A brainchild of two borderline schizophrenic college students compiling their mental bowel movements into one semi-cohesive collage of scenes about nothing (or So It Would Seem)".
Set to be released in time for the 10-year anniversary of the original, the film stars Hollywood power-duo Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as the troubled friends Vini and Ed, tormented by a dark secret and slowly losing their minds as they try desperately to find an open restaurant. Funding for the project was provided by Rupert Murdoch, who is in talks to acquire SBP entirely.
Vini: Ben Affleck
ED: Matt Damon
Chris: Jonah Hill
Brian: Adam Sandler
Duke: Jet Li
Chris' Buddy: Benicio del Toro
Chris' mom: Kathy Bates
Tony: Ryan Gosling
Kayne: Andy Serkis
Man Bitch: Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson.
Girl at Club: Mila Kunis
Maylin: Lucy Liu
Waiter: Paul Giamatti
Arnie: Edward Norton
Cop: John Cho
Welcome to our new website! After retooling a few things and redesigning the look and interface, we're proud to debut our new home on the web, featuring the brilliant illustration of longtime collaborator Brittney Zablackis, who drew the donut in our logo almost a decade ago. We're still working out a few bugs, so bear with us as we continue to polish everything.
We recently celebrated our tenth anniversary and 2015 is shaping up to be the most active and exciting year in our organization's history. Here are some recent and upcoming happenings:
- We recently completed our first full-show video, of The Great Wall's recent concert in Los Angles. You can stream the whole thing and download a copy of the HD video here. We're also planning to release a DVD version, which you can purchase from the band.
- We filmed Domeshots' first show in four years last month in Eugene, Oregon. Hope to have the full show edited down in the next few weeks. Until then, here's a taste. Also working on videos of Septacy, Horders (one song from their recent show is already available), and a few others. We're still chipping away at the Circle Takes the Square video we shot last April. We promise to have that done before it's a year old.
- We're designing new merch over at Zazzle, proceeds will directly support our work. You can also make a direct donation through our new Paypal page.
- As you can see, we're listing upcoming shoots on the sidebar. If you'd like to support one of them, please consider making a contribution. HDV tapes aren't expensive, but they aren't free either.
- We're working on some new shorts. And some old ones that were shelved long ago.
- There's a SBP Twitter feed now.