Share new single, “Doe-Eyed Girl”
Taken from Shadow On Everything
Due 6th April on Wharf Cat Records
Shadow on Everything, the third LP by Bambara and their first for Wharf Cat Records, represents a decisive step forward for the NYC-via-Georgia trio. Frontman Reid Bateh, drummer Blaze Bateh, and bassist William Brookshire have always been adept students of noise rock and post-punk, mining the work of bands like Swans and The Birthday Party to construct what NPR called their “beautifully dynamic nightmares.” Now, they’ve transcended their early influences to produce a Western Gothic concept album that sounds as big as the desert sky looming over its characters’ lives.
Today, the band unveils second single “Doe-Eyed Girl“, which tells the story of “a woman as she becomes the thing that has haunted her since childhood and the stranger in the town who finds inspiration in her demise.” Listen below…
Catch the band at SXSW next week:
15th March – 2:30 PM – Piano’s Showcase – Sidewinder – 715 Red River St
15th March – 3:30 PM – Cult Records / Alt Citizen – The Morelos House – 2312 Morelo St
16th March – 3:30 PM – 11A, Northern Spy, Wharf Cat Showcase – Hotel Vegas Annex – 1502 E. 6th Street
16th March – 10:00 PM – Cult Records / Alt Citizen (OFFICIAL) – Waller Ballroom – 700 E 6th St
17th March – 5:30 PM – Post-Trash/Exploding in Sound – Hole in the Wall – 2538 Guadalupe Street
As with all previous Bambara releases, the musical center of Shadow on Everything is its impossibly tight rhythm section. Blaze’s frenzied yet metronomic drumming and William’s prominent bass lines have plenty of personality on their own, but they also provide a perfect canvas for Reid’s wild guitar squalls and howled vocals. While Reid’s lyrics have always been a critical part of Bambara’s songs, his voice is pushed to the front of the mix on Shadow, placing his damaged characters and seedy locales at center stage. A stridently experimental record, Shadow features everything from violin to cornet arrangements, and is meticulously interspersed with outré ambient noise loops distilled down from hours of manipulated vocal collages that the band sifts through to find the perfect textures.
The production by Andy Chugg (Pop. 1280, Pill) is crisp and clear, giving life to the band’s decision to foreground the vocals, but it splashes enough darkness on the songs to help them retain their pitch-black atmosphere. By far Bambara’s most ambitious album, Shadow On Everything shows a band operating at absolute peak creativity and execution.
Bambara’s pummeling and unpredictable live set has made them one of New York City’s most sought after acts – having impressed noise-pop auteur Angus Andrew to the extent that he asked Reid and Blaze to join Liars as members on 2017’s worldwide tour. Additionally, Bambara has toured the US and Europe extensively alongside the likes of Metz, Girl Band, APTBS, Algiers and more.
Pre-Order: Bambara – Shadow On Everything
Shadow On Everything
Wharf Cat Records
April 6, 2018
1. Dark Circles
2. Doe-Eyed Girl
3. Jose Tries to Leave
4. Night’s Changing
6. The Door Between Her Teeth
7. Human Hair
8. Steel Dust Ocean
9. Sunbleached Skulls
10. Wild Fires
12. Back Home