For Bliss this Saturday, the awesome people at Mr. Funglasses are setting up shop with their ultra cool limited edition U Street Music Hall Stunners, and they’ve been awesome enough to give us two pairs to give away. All you need to do is make sure like our Facebook page and mail your name and favorite new song to firstname.lastname@example.org. You have til 5 PM on Friday so get on it! Winners can pick up their glasses at the show…and while we’re at it, don’t miss Bliss this weekend with Will Eastman and one of our local favorites Keenan Orr!! A portion of the proceeds also go to charity, so you get to help others while you get down. What’s not to love?
Walker & Royce are back with a new original entitled “Doctor Saarloos,” which they just dropped today as part of the Pets Records compilation, Friends Will Carry You Home III. The track is a dark and atmospheric tech house groover with a muscular bass line, hypnotic synth line, and industrial feeling percussion. It feels like a well oiled machine guaranteed to get the deepest and darkest floors moving. The compilation is out on May 12, featuring some of the heaviest hitters in the game, among them KiNK, Danny Daze, and label heads Catz’n Dogz.
We’re lucky enough to have a pair of tickets to give away to their show tis Friday at U Street Music Hall as well, so make sure to like us on Facebook and send your name to email@example.com. As a bonus check out Walker & Royce’s recent remix of Mia Dora’s “Jezebel”
Factory Floor are a three-piece band based in London. Gabriel Gurnsey, Dominic Butler & Nik Colk were a traditionally underground band, but have now come up to the surface thanks to their incredible self-titled debut LP. Factory Floor will be playing their first ever DC show at the U Street Music Hall on the Thursday the 24th of April. (To win tickets to their DC debut,follow the instructions at the bottom!) Whilst touring US and Canada, vocalist and guitar player, Nik Colk sat down with Blisspop to explain how the band feels having made a record which met such high expectations.
“It is such a relief, the feedback and that everyone liked the album was amazing,” she explains ahead of a soundcheck in Seattle. “From BBC 6Music in London to Pitchfork in Chicago to Electronic Beats in Berlin. The fact that lots of people liked it around the world is huge for us.” The touring lineup for the band features Gabriel Gurnsey (drums and drum machines), Dominic Butler (modular synths and electronics), and Nik Colk (vocals, guitar and samples).
The album is a swirling artistic triumph of a record-one you wished came along every week but sadly comes around yearly, if you’re lucky. Merging a crazy yet harmonious blend of minimal techno, post industrial, noise rock, post punk and visual art in one beautiful swoop. Factory Floor are a band who’ve broken out of the European underground scene, which they have been part of since the three of them got together in 2009. Ultimately the brain child of drummer Gabriel Gurnsey, Factory Floor began in 2005 with a different line up, and has, since 2009, released a mini-LP titled ‘Talking On Cliffs’ and a bunch of singles. The album’s first release, ‘Fall Back’, is sleek and powerful track. Techno, laced under Colk’s woozy, distorted vocals is paired with driving bleeps, bops and heavy drums.
Factory Floor are maturing and sounding more fine-tuned and focused than ever. The band are particularly known for their powerful live sets in unique venues. “I personally have a problem playing traditional venues, where music and art are put into a box. The system is tired and it may not respond well to our sound,” said Colk. Factory Floor clearly have a firm grip on their work and can be found playing in warehouse spaces, art galleries or the most magical stages at festivals. “It is trial and error but it gives us more freedom. Our main incentive is to let people have an open mind. And if you start in a place that will dictate to them, it could potentially tarnish the experience.” It is also worth mentioning that Factory Floor solely produced and recorded their album, as well as design their own album sleeve.
I asked how they felt about the various labels journalists give them when describing their sound. “I’m fine with labels – people have to have a reference. Post Punk is something we can definitely identify with, artists creating music without money and scraping by which is true with us. As well as people collaborating and helping each other out without a view of getting paid,” explains Colk. So a band with DIY ethics, which brings me nicely to Daniel Avery who remixed “How You Say” for the band. I wanted to know how the connection was made. “It came about a while ago, he got in contact with us and ask if Gabe (drummer in Factory Floor) could do a remix for him, so it was a growing relationship and he did one for us in return.”
Back to their live shows. After playing in Canada for the first time the band are in high spirits. “We don’t tend to look up when performing because we don’t have a traditional set up. I looked up mid-set and there were so many people who knew the words – it was a real joy and a surprise. It is interesting to see how playing the tracks on stage differs from the studio. When you play live it takes on a mind of its own.” I wonder, before going on tour, does it feel like the album you’re touring is as old as the hills? “Yes, in your head you have moved on quite a lot and it is a struggle until you get on the road. Then it’s great.’
In a time when integrity, a progressive sound and emerging from the underground normally means you stay there, Factory Floor are a rare treat and a growing success. 2014? “We have festivals up until the end of the summer and we’ll write on the road and then record album number two. We are eager to get on and take the next step.”
For a chance to win tickets to Factory Floor’s DC debut, like us on Facebook and email your name to firstname.lastname@example.org!
RÜFÜS DU SOL are the hot new dance trio from Sydney, Australia. James Hunt, Jon George and Tyrone Lindqvist are now embarking on their first ever US tour with their catchy debut single ‘Desert Night’ going down very well. Having already conquered their homeland and hitting all the top spots, the guys are hoping an international audience will enjoy their clever blend of indie dance music that has made them so popular at home. Next week will see them playing U Street Music Hall on Thursday and we have a free pair of tickets to giveaway! All you need to do is like our Facebook page and email your name to email@example.com. We’ll announce the winner by email on Wednesday!
Desert Night has received stellar reviews in the US, with people excited to hear your debut album, Atlas. How How has the US reception been so far for RÜFÜS DU SOL?
We couldn’t be happier. We honestly thought coming here, we would be playing to half full rooms. But, having the San Francisco and LA shows sell out was pretty amazing. The crowds have been dope too. Feels like people here don’t need an excuse to dance.
How has the tour been? Any crazy SXSW stories?
SXSW was ridiculous. So many amazing people in one place at the same time. The energy is rad. We slept for 2 full days after it.
Your sound seamlessly blends influences from electronic music and indie rock. How has that sound developed and does it play a conscious role when you sit down to write music?
When we’re writing, we’re trying to write tunes that we want to hear. So It’s just all our different influences coming into play.
Production obviously plays a big part in what you do. What is the band’s background production wise?
Jon is an audio engineer and sound designer by trade so he knows his way around Pro-Tools. But, we all write as a collective when we’re writing for RÜFÜS DU SOL.
How does it feel to have released several EP’s on your own to now being given that extra push by Colombia records and touring internationally?
The support from a big company like that is pretty inspiring actually. You can feel that there is so much that goes on behind the scenes, where we started just putting out music up on the internet.
It seems Australia does electro indie dance music very well with artists such as The Presets, Midnight Juggernauts, Empire of the Sun, Cut Copy and Sneaky Sound System. Why do you think that is and what do you think you bring to the mix?
It’s a sunny place surrounded by ocean. It’s incredibly isolated from the rest of the world, so scenes down there can be developing for years and then just suddenly explode, like what has happened with
our label bros WHAT SO NOT, MOTEZ etc. That has to have something to do with it.
Due to trademark issues, you’ve had to change your name from RÜFÜS to RÜFÜS DU SOL in the US only. Is that confusing and how have you adjusted to your new US-only name?
Yeah it is a little confusing, but people are getting it. We like the new name. It keeps the feel of the original which is what we wanted.
What is your writing process like and do you usually come up with the song and then the words or visa versa?
Track first. Vocal melody second. Lyrics last. We spent about 2 months fine tuning the lyrics for the album. It was the last thing we did after about 6 months of solid studio writing.
What has this year been like so far and what are you expecting towards the end of it?
This feels like the delicious sandwiches we made for lunch. We’re really excited to see what they will taste like.
The wonderful people at FACT Magazine are helping us make U Street Music Hall’s fourth anniversary even sweeter by giving away a coveted prize package for the March 21 and March 22 dates of U Hall’s anniversary week.
The contest winner will receive two tickets to see techno maven Magda, Life and Death founder, DJ Tennis, and the District’s own Beautiful Swimmers on Friday, March 21. The winner will also receive two tickets for the following night when BLISS takes the reins with a headlining set from Dusky, the club debut of Midland, and BLISS founder, Will Eastman, on Saturday, March 22.
In addition to winning two tickets to both March 21 and March 22 nights, the contest winner will receive a two-night stay at the Washington Plaza Hotel and breakfast for two. You can enter to win by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Four Years of Night” by February 28th. You must be at least 18 years of age to win.
Read about it HERE