Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Parts & Labor: Receivers

In continuation of discussing bands who will be performing at Fun Fun Fun Fest, let's talk a little bit about Parts & Labor. The band was formed a few years ago in Brooklyn by the prolific Dan Friel, who hooked up with a fellow noise rock musician and eventually turned to the band into a four piece.

Their debut album was an entirely instrumental affair, released in 2002 via the tiny New York-based imprint JMZ Records. After receiving positive reviews Jagjaguwar laid their claim to the band and have been involved with each of their three albums since, including the forthcoming release of Receivers.

Parts & Labor's music is somewhat psychedelic, completely anthemic, and the new album is chock full of enough fist-pumping moments to give you a full upper body workout. It gets started with the seven minute long "Satellites," a track that sounds like it very well could have been recorded in a power-fueled corner outer space. other standout tracks like "Little Ones" and "Prefix Free" touch on their obvious noise rock roots, while "Wedding In A Wasteland" sounds like something The New Pornographers might create on one of their less optimistic days.

The coolest thing about it is that they asked their fans to contribute by sending in various snippets of noises and field recordings, each of which found their way onto the album in some form. You can read all about that in detail at Jagjaguwar, who have also offered up a new single (Nowheres Nigh) from the album for free download. It's not my favorite song on Receivers, but with the release date still almost two months away, you take what you can get. Follow the links for more.
P&L Tour:
  • 10/23/08 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
  • 10/24/08 Chicago, IL - The Hideout
  • 10/25/08 St. Louis, MO - The Billiken Club
  • 10/27/08 Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
  • 10/28/08 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
  • 10/29/08 Boise, ID - Neurolux
  • 10/30/08 Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
  • 11/01/08 San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
  • 11/03/08 Los Angeles, CA - The Smell
  • 11/05/08 Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture
  • 11/07/08 Houston, TX - Walters On Washington
  • 11/08/08 Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
  • 11/09/08 Dallas, TX - The Lounge
  • more