Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Atari Teenage Riot, Mount Moriah, Daniel Isaiah

Reignited German/American cyberpunks Atari Teenage Riot have booked a return trip to America this Fall. With information warfare, net neutrality, government opacity, and human trafficking all in the news, Atari Teenage Riot’s 4th album Is This Hyperreal?, out digitally June 7th on LA Electro-stomp label Dim Mak, is their most topical yet. Atari Teenage Riot starts their campaign for justice across America in September. For a taste of the hardcore digital punk of Is This Hyperreal? check out the riotgrrl energy of "Blood In My Eyes" tale of human trafficking and "Activate!" a hyper-kinetic death ray call to action.

Atari Teenage Riot - Blood In My Eyes
Atari Teenage Riot - Activate!
Atari Teenage Riot@MySpace


Heather McEntire (of post-punk veterans Bellafea) and Jenks Miller (of heavy-psych/metal outfit Horseback) met in 2005, while working at a record store in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. After collaborating (as Un Deux Trois) on the the stripped-down, pop-inflected Lovers EP (Holidays for For Quince Records, 2007), they established Mount Moriah as an outlet for their mutual interest in classic American folk and rock music. Mount Moriah's 2010 EP, The Letting Go, highlighted the band's thematic range, moving from delicate acoustic narratives to a dark, fuzzed-out, soulful stomper in just three tracks. Mount Moriah's long-awaited, self-titled debut is cut from the same cloth, offering a far-reaching and non-traditional take on classic folk themes like devotion, tribulation, redemption, and an indelible sense of place.

Mount Moriah - Lament
Mount Moriah - Only Way Out
Mount Moriah@MySpace


Daniel Isaiah was born in Montreal and has been writing songs and leading bands there all his life, from very early teenaged days in the Harry Rags, to his later endeavours with Shoot the Moon and Percy Farm. (He has since begun using an abbreviated version of his actual name, Daniel Isaiah Schachter, as his stage name). He signed to Secret City Records in 2010 to record his first solo album, High Twilight. Daniel is also an award-winning filmmaker, and is just as likely to draw inspiration from Federico Fellini or Ingmar Bergman as Leonard Cohen or Lou Reed. His 2008 short film, Three Mothers, won the A&E Short Filmmaker Award in 2009, and his latest, L’homme qui se croyait l’eau, recently screened at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

Daniel Isaiah - High Twilight
Dainel Isaiah@MySpace


SONG OF THE DAY: Richard Buckner - Traitor
(from Our Blood, out August 2nd on Merge Records)


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