Wednesday, December 15, 2010

TVD Takeover | True Womanhood

Because this week's Takeover guest, True Womanhood is doing a fine job of bringing other band's music to you, we thought it smart to put one piece together with TW tracks for the uninitiated. So, without further adieu...

Nite Prowlers | We wrote this song when we were listening to a lot of Lil Wayne. The song is almost entirely made up of samples we made by clanging pieces of metal around in a mile-long sewer tunnel + bass guitar, 808 drumz, and vocals—all run through a severely malfunctioning tape delay.

The Grey Man | Reworking of an old song that appeared on our first demo CD. This time we ran our vocals through the malfunctioning tape delay and replaced the guitars with mellotron strings and samples from an old tack piano.

Last Rites | We wrote this song around a week before recording it and it ended up being one of our favourite tracks from the session, then we immediately forgot how to play it and it has never been played live. There’s a secret hidden in the lyrics that nobody has figured out yet, if anyone can figure it out, we will send you a copy of the upcoming release!

Dream Cargoes | This is a cool song. We would be stoked to hear this on a record. To record it, we simply put a Shure SM57 up against the grill and compressed the shit out of it.

TVD Takeover | True Womanhood

True Womanhood continues our very last TVD Takeover Week ever:

This past summer we had the pleasure of meeting one of indie rock’s hottest new buzz groups— Dom, of Hadley, Massachussets. Fresh after recording their debut EP, Sun Bronzed Greek Gods they signed to Astralworks and have been making waves, recording songs with GUCCI MANE and generally impressing fans with songs like "Burn Bridges" and this summer’s feel good classic “Living In America”

We caught them at their sold out show at 9:30 Club, where they opened for Ratatat. They stayed with us after their show, and had the chance to see the Pleasure Line in action (see below for details)...Dom is well known for pulling all sorts of crazy hijinks and we expect no different this time around. There’s really no-one we’d rather feature here and we hope you enjoy reading this as much as we enjoyed making it.

You guys had an exciting year, it seems like you only just formed your band, and you’ve experienced a “meteoric rise to success.” What have been some of the highlights?

major highlight my ex tryin 2 crawl back into da picture and turning her ass DOWN

Massachusetts is kind of like DC in that its has produced a few “hometown heroes” but many upcoming bands in both areas still seem to head to New York in search of success. What’s the scene actually like in Massachusetts?
there are a lot of fun collectives / diy spaces. mostly crust punx + alt folk types out this way

Tell us about the pleasure line. Spare no details.
plzr line is a toll free number ne1 can call / txt / sxt whatever. we give out free tix / dating advice / chat ya up np

We have seen you talk shit on Pitchfork about the bands Girls and Passion Pit and we thought it was funny. Would you care to elaborate, or are there any other bands you would like to denigrate in this interview? PS our band is off limits.
uh homeboy dont talk shit he talk da truth. lemme tell u bout this band called kelly clarkson and this other shitty band wavves that piss everyone the fuck off. kelly clarkson is a white trash no talent BITCH and wavves=the nu blink 182 only a lot less fun since im not in 6th grade no more

What’s next for Dom? Any upcoming releases/tours/videos we should know about?
rerelease Sun Bronzed Greek Gods remastered in feb 2k11 / bowl cut single + gucci mane collab due out jan / new album due out in spring

You just finished your first ever tour, with Ratatat, and got to play at a sold out 9:30 club. Was that your first time in Washington, DC? How’d you like it down in these parts?
wasnt first time at 9:30. we luv dc the ppl there are a lot of fun and da babes r way hawt

Buy Dom’s EP here. Follow Dom on Facebook. Pleasure line number available on Twitter.

TVD First Date | Anika

In line with True Womanhood's very last Takeover Week here at TVD comes over very last 'First Date.' And it's a sad, sad tale, indeed.

"Around a year and a half ago came a very very sad moment…. It was my housemate's birthday. We were all out and I decided to stay out longer with some other friends. The others went back to our house… I went home and found my kitchen in a trashed state and red wine poured all over my bed. Seriously pissed off, I went to sleep to deal with it the next morning. I had to go to work early so thought I'd sort it when I got home.

I had to work till really late again so then it was only 2 days later that I saw a Bad Boys Inc vinyl cover (a joke present given to me by my old uni housemate Lucinda) out of the bathroom window lying in the rain, in our back garden. Assuming it had blown out the window, I went into the garden to investigate to find my entire 45 collection smashed against the back garden wall, sodden sleeves strewn around the garden, covered in mud. I climbed into the tree to retrieve a Morrissey single, only to see a load more of my vinyl in pieces in the next door neighbor's garden.

I was angry. Real angry. My housemate had gone to Paris for a week, so I couldn't get hold of her. The bouncers at work ran a screwdrivers through kneecap service and offered it to me for free but as a pacifist, it took all my might to decline because I knew it was my housemate's friends who were responsible. I had friends queuing up to punch the living daylight outta these guys. They were students and co-hosts on my housemates radio show. They admitted to trashing our kitchen but did not mention my records.

I quiz my housemate on her return. She says they don't remember doing it but i know it would have been them. No one else had been in our house.

It dragged on and on and then two months later I had to move to Bristol because I had quit my job. The bastards got away with it. But in the words of Uma Thurman in Kill Bill - revenge is best served cold…. and I certainly haven't forgotten….

It took me until recently to start buying vinyl again. It had hurt me so much. All those memories. All those records given to me by the artists. It was really shit."

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