Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Videohippos, Unbeast The Leash

Videohippos is a musical duo from Baltimore, consisting of Jim Triplett (guitar/vocals/keys) and Kevin O’Meara (drums/vocals/keys.) Self decribed as a "two-man audio-visual monster," the musicians have been playing music together since 1997 in various groups, and they are now signed to Monitor Records with a debut album on the way this summer. Unbeast The Leash, due June 19th, contains thirteen tracks of electric (and toy) guitar, addictive beats via electronic toy keyboards and the right-on-time drumming of Kevin O’Meara, and it's all overlapped by the infectiously odd-sounding pop melodies of Jim Triplett.

The first indication that I am really enjoying what I'm listening to is when I find myself repeatedly reaching for the volume to turn it up. I was only a few songs into Unbeast The Leash by the time I had the volume turned up as far as it would go. These are the kinds of songs that should make people famous, instead of what usually does the trick, like yet another (new) new wave band tredding back upon something that's already been done or some emo songwriter lamenting on his numerous failed relationships. I don't want to hear that shit. I want to hear something new. Music filled with originality and emotion, and songs that don't wear off after only a couple of listens.

All of that might sound like a bunch of hyperbole, but I really do feel like Unbeast The Leash is one of the coolest things I've heard so far this year. "Sick Dolphin" sounds like the offspring of a drug-induced three-way at the amusement park between The Ocopus Project, Holy Fuck and Dan Deacon. Listen to the whole last 1:17 of "Rider" with a pair of headphones and the volume turned high, tell me it doesn't rock. Here's two more tracks from the album, brought to you directly from Monitor.

Videohippos - "Koolshades"

Videohippos - "The List"

In a live setting, Videohippos provide a show that just might cause you to have a mild seizure. They perform their two-piece attack backed by a giant screen featuring film clips from cartoons, movies, commercials, and other propaganda that add an additional element to their already explosive songs. Videohippos will be in Austin on June 12, one week before Unbeast The Leash drops, performing in support of Dan Deacon at the Emo's lounge. It's going to be a big party, one that I recommend you check out.

Dan Deacon - "Woody Woodpecker"

That's the opening track on Dan Deacon's new album Spiderman of the Rings, due to hit the shelves on May 8th thanks to Carpark Records. I mentioned it previously, as has Party Ends, Muzak For Cybernetics, Underwire and Golden Fiddle, who reports that Dan has a masters degree in electro-acoustic composition.

Videohippos + Dan Deacon tour dates:

05/25 : Two Art Chicks, Greensboro, NC
05/26 : Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC
05/27 : Harvest Records, Asheville, NC
05/28 : Pilot Light, Knoxville, TN
05/29 : Bottletree, Birmingham, AL
05/30 : Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA
05/31 : The Jinx, Savannah, GA
06/01 : TSI, Jacksonville, FL
06/02 : Back Booth, Orlando, FL
06/03 : TBA, Miami, FL
06/04 : New World Brewery, Tampa, FL
06/05 : Common Grounds, Gainesville, FL
06/06 : The Beta Bar, Tallahassee, FL
06/07 : Thirsty Hippo, Hattiesburg, MS
06/08 : The Green Space, New Orleans, LA
06/09 : Spanish Moon, Baton Rouge, LA
06/10 : Mink, Houston, TX
06/12 : Emos Lounge, Austin, TX
06/13 : The Cavern, Dallas, TX
06/14 : Warehouse 21's Luna Space, Santa FE, NM
06/16 : ExPlx, Los Angeles, CA
06/17 : Che Cafe, San Diego, CA
06/18 : Pehrspace, Los Angeles, CA
06/19 : Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA
06/20 : 21 Grand, Oakland, CA
06/21 : Fools Foundation, Sacramento, CA
06/22 : Holocene, Portland, OR
06/23 : TBA, Seattle, WA
06/24 : TBA, Missoula, MT
06/25 : Grouse Mountain Lodge, Whitefish, MT
06/26 : Neurolux, Boise, ID
06/27 : Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
06/28 : Hi Dive, Denver, CO
06/29 : The Jackpot Saloon, Lawrence, KS
06/30 : Waiting Room, Omaha, NE
07/02 : Triple Rock Club, Minneapolis, MN
07/03 : Cactus Club, Milwaukee, WI
07/05 : The House Cafe, Dekalb, IL
07/06 : TBA, Kalamazoo, MI
07/07 : Scrummage University, Detroit, MI
07/08 : TBA, Hamilton, ON
07/09 : Sneaky Dees, Toronto, ON
07/10 : Zaphod Beeblebrox, Ottawa, ON
07/11 : La Sala Rossa, Montreal, PQ
07/12 : Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA

Like i said, Unbeast The Leash isn't out until June 18th, but you can hear a few tracks at their myspace page and hear some of the demos at the official site.


Rob said...

I cannot stop listening to these songs.