Tobacco of Black Moth Super Rainbow unveils details of solo debut Fucked Up Friends

Tobacco of Black Moth Super Rainbow unveils details of solo debut Fucked Up Friends

On F***ed Up Friends, his first solo album, Tobacco explores a darker, starker and altogether more badass dimension of his complex vision. With his group Black Moth Super Rainbow, Tobacco distinguished himself as a master of jagged beats, glowing melodies and pronounced tension. This time, he works alone, in rural Pennsylvania, away from conventions and interference.

As always, Tobacco recorded F***ed Up Friends using analog synths and tape machines, which gives his work a timeless distance from digital pop music at large. His tracks evoke sonar, mellotrons and deteriorating cassette tapes. His windshield-rattling beats thump hard against their technological limitations. His hooks emerge from thick ponds of distortion, which heightens their hypnotic power. His music is equally cosmopolitan and self-contained, the soundtrack for an imaginary underwater cop show, a welcome stranger anywhere in time and space.

Much of F***ed Up Friends is instrumental. Sometimes, electronically mutilated vocals do emerge. The lyrics are never “about,” but always “of.” They don’t clarify. They only make the mystery that much more enticing.

Tobacco creates unique, compelling pop from the power and constrictions of his available technology. He makes music that is at once buoyant, danceable and unmistakably eerie. He plays “lo-fi” music for high yields, and he gives his simplest constructions a powerful dramatic sweep. He makes music with suave passion, burning vitality and cinematic depth. And he never stops searching for the perfect beat.

At times, such as on the sunny celebration “Hairy Candy,” F***ed Up Friends recalls BMSR’s woozy daydreams. But, taken as a whole, it’s a much more sinister affair. This album is anxiously driven, effortlessly smooth, and unapologetically uncanny. These tracks will stick in your head like a crooked get-rich-quick scheme. “Hawker Boat” and “Dirt (featuring Aesop Rock)” strain stadium-rock grandeur through a dirty filter and serve it with rocks and salt. “Side 8 (Big Gums Version),” “Backwoods Altar” and “Get My Nails Did” slowly expose a deep menace beneath their enticing rhythms.

F***ed Up Friends defies all expectations, rocks the boombox, and casts a menacing, irresistible spell. It bleeds under a blacklight. It knows where you live.

TOBACCO

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Tobacco
Tobacco
F***ed Up Friends
(Anticon)
Street date: Oct. 14, 2008

01 Street Trash
02 Truck Sweat
03 Hairy Candy
04 Hawker Boat
05 Side 8 (Big Gums
Version)
06 Yum Yum Cult
07 Berries That Burn
08 Get My Nails Did
09 Dirt (Featuring Aesop Rock)
10 Gross Magik
11 Little Pink Riding Hood
12 Backwoods Altar
13 –
14 Tape Eater
15 Pink Goo
16 Grease Wizard

Already called a “Band To Watch” by Stereogum, Minus Story offshoot Hospital Ships set to release debut Oh, Ramona this fall on Graveface Records, home of Black Moth Super Rainbow

Already called a “Band To Watch” by Stereogum, Minus Story offshoot Hospital Ships set to release debut Oh, Ramona this fall on Graveface Records, home of Black Moth Super Rainbow.

“Jordan Geiger comes packing a sturdy CV – singing and songwriting in Minus Story, playing trumpet and keyboard for Shearwater – and the Hospital Ships material shows it.” – Stereogum

“Think Flaming Lips, heavy moog bass, fuzzed vocals and lo-fi psychedelics” – Indie Music Filter

Jordan Geiger, songwriter of Minus Story, trumpet player for Shearwater, guitarist for The Appleseed Cast, and resident of Lawrence, Kansas, brings you his bedroom-pop solo album, Oh, Ramona.

Influenced by the sounds of The Flaming Lips song title from which the name Hospital Ships is drawn, Geiger’s debut exudes a seasoning of classic influences including John Lennon, The Zombies, and ELO to produce a bedroom pop symphony.

Exploring relationships both failed and ongoing with friends, lovers, and pets, Geiger delicately teases the listener with his boyish tenor of a voice. In the background, muted horns swell, pianos twinkle, and percussion marches in step.

Mixed mostly by John Congleton (Explosions In The Sky, Modest Mouse, The Mountain Goats, The Polyphonic Spree), Oh, Ramona is the culmination of over two and half years of writing and recording. Highlights include the upbeat opener “Bitter Radio Single,” the symphonic majesty of “I Want It To Get Out,” the tender “Girls,” and the truly pet sounds-influenced title track.

This record comes packaged in an 18pt chipboard gatefold sleeve and is lovingly hand assembled by Graveface Records.

Oh, Ramona Tracklisting:

Release Date: October 21st, 2008

01. Bitter Radio Single (MP3)
02. Baby For J.
03. I Do Not Understand
04. The Shots I Drank
05. Sink Your Teeth Into Me
06. I Want It To Get Out
07. Girls
08. Mockingbird
09. Oh, No
10. Oh, Ramona
11. Tired of Growing Old
12. More Than You Know
13. Your Heart
14. Yellow Rubber Nails