Mwahaha Premieres New Video for ‘Love’, Announces SXSW & Tree Port Music Festival [News]

January 30, 2012
Oakland, CA’s Mwahaha recently released their S/T debut album in December on their own Mwahaha Music imprint — an album packed full of psychedelic ebb & flows, electronic undercurrents, and pop flourishes. 
A pair of videos recently hit as well. My Old Kentucky Blog premiered the collage-esque video for “Love,” the emphatic, heart-racing collaboration with Merrill Garbus of Tune Yards of which we featured in a previous post . Garbus name dropped the band herself in a recent interview with the Huffington Post as well. Around the holidays, the Altered States looking video for “Rainbow Diamond,” the album’s first single, premiered via Wired. 
Addtionally, the 5-piece band has a handful of live dates coming up as well. In addition to making the rounds in their homebase Bay Area, they will have an official showcase performance at SXSW this year in Austin, and will be playing the Tree Port Music Festival in Boise, Idaho this March alongside Built To Spill, WHY?, Of Montreal, and others. Don’t miss your chance to see Mwahaha on their first stops out of California since the album’s release. Full list of dates below.

Mwahaha – Love

For the album, Mwahaha filters instruments through an array of analog synths, analog drum machines & live drums, and morphing walls of sound to create sprawling yet pop oriented sonic landscapes. The band tracked most of the album at their own studio. They recorded mostly with Eli Crews (Deerhoof, Tune-Yards, WHY?, Exray’s), who also mixed the album at New and Improved Studios in Oakland, CA. The tangible energy of the Oakland scene is something they were inspired by as well, as the city (and Bay Area in general) continues to burst with new bands, ideas, and collaborations. Mwahaha took full advantage of this, enlisting the help of their friends from other bands to lend drum parts, as well as the unique voice of Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards on one of the album stand-outs “Love,” who sings……… “I am the branch you see, and you are the fragile leaves, this life it is the cold cold wind, that comes and takes you away from me.”

The members of Mwahaha have been writing and performing together for close to 10 years. Compared to their previous band, Mwahaha is giant leap forward, achieving greater rewards while still pursuing sonic exploration. And the album itself? It exists for a very important reason. “There are times you see a band perform and you’re blown away by the live show, but you bring the album home and that special something just isn’t captured in the recordings,” Peacock says. “We weren’t going to perform live until we had a record that the live show would have to live up to… something that documented the changes and struggles we all deal with, but with space to grow with and into what the listener needs it to be.” Indeed, it sounds like Mwahaha will have the last laugh after all.

Out Now on Mwahaha Music

1. Swimmer
2. Rainbow Diamond (free download)
3. Poinsettia (free download)
4. Love (feat. Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards) (free download)
5. Lime Tree
6. We Will Build Our Own
7. Rivers and Their Teeth
8. Sleep Deep (free download)
9. Bathynomus Gigantes

Streaming below-

Mwahaha On Tour
Feb 01 Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
Feb 03 Uptown Nightclub – Oakland, CA
Mar 02 Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
Mar 13 SXSW Festival – Official Showcase – Austin, TX
Mar 22-25 Tree Port Music Festival – Boise, ID*

* w/ Built To Spill, WHY?, Of Montreal, Typhoon, & more


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