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All I've got by them is a tour cdr I picked up at a basement show.
I'd like to hear more. The show was good.

Trip Maker, Thursday, 13 September 2007 20:35 (thirteen years ago) link

god 'in the city' is so perfect

jergïns, Thursday, 13 September 2007 20:36 (thirteen years ago) link

btw, here's their cover of Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill that i mentioned in the glass candy thread

jaxon, Thursday, 13 September 2007 20:39 (thirteen years ago) link

I think Nite is the best they've done



dmr, Thursday, 13 September 2007 20:47 (thirteen years ago) link

This Kate Bush cover is sublime.

Trip Maker, Thursday, 13 September 2007 21:02 (thirteen years ago) link

funny thing about chromatics is try and listening to their older stuff. i mean just try.

cutty, Thursday, 13 September 2007 21:24 (thirteen years ago) link

They are brilliant brilliant brilliant.

I haven't heard the old Chromatics, but the first Glass Candy album was pretty poor, I checked it out after loving "Sugar & Whitebread" and was v. disappointed.

Tim F, Thursday, 13 September 2007 21:29 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah same deal w chromatics

cutty, Thursday, 13 September 2007 21:30 (thirteen years ago) link

also they are just called "CHROMATICS" i believe

cutty, Thursday, 13 September 2007 21:31 (thirteen years ago) link

I actually like the Glass Candy rock record (Love Love Love) but I agree on Chromatics, didn't dig Plaster Hounds

dmr, Thursday, 13 September 2007 21:33 (thirteen years ago) link

i like the band enough (really like "hands in the dark" or whatever it's called), but this kate bush cover... i dunno, maybe i'm comparing it to the original too much. Chromatics girl does sexy-breathy well but when she does the actual singing thing on "running up that hill" (ie. holding a note), she seems to fall pretty flat.

ken taylrr, Thursday, 13 September 2007 21:46 (thirteen years ago) link

I didn't dig Plaster Hounds either, but I really did like Chrome Rats at the time (still do). However, I like new Chromatics about 1000x more.

"Nite" was one of my favorite singles last year.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 13 September 2007 22:23 (thirteen years ago) link

That cover is just sublime. There's something about this sound, just like with Glass Candy, that is just so evocative and vivid.

baaderonixx, Friday, 14 September 2007 08:50 (thirteen years ago) link

All the tracks on their myspace are currently downloadable: http://www.myspace.com/chromaticsmusics

caek, Friday, 14 September 2007 08:57 (thirteen years ago) link

"nite" was massively, massively slept on last year

^@^, Friday, 14 September 2007 10:00 (thirteen years ago) link

I LOVE this band. The "After Dark" comp. is still my favorite release of the year, and their tracks on their are amazing. They bring me right into these 1980s Italian horror movies that I have always loved. I need to order this new disc of theirs.

Ben Boyerrr, Friday, 14 September 2007 10:13 (thirteen years ago) link

So has anyone heard/ordered their new album yet?

baaderonixx, Friday, 14 September 2007 10:43 (thirteen years ago) link

AMG seems to suggest the old no wave Chromatics and the Nite Chromatics are 2 different bands -

The Chromatics (not to be confused with the Seattle group or the Southern country rock ensemble of the same name) have released two singles featuring their brand of new wave disco-punk on the Troubleman Unlimited imprint
I assume this is an error on AMG's part?

I've not heard either incarnation but I like Glass Candy (old and new stuff) so I guess I should give them a listen :)

Colonel Poo, Friday, 14 September 2007 10:50 (thirteen years ago) link

AMG is confused. the former sound we're talking about is not southern country rock

cutty, Friday, 14 September 2007 11:14 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh I wasn't talking about the southern country band part - this:

not to be confused with the Seattle group

Colonel Poo, Friday, 14 September 2007 12:01 (thirteen years ago) link

i finally heard some of their earlier stuff last night. how did they (and glass candy) get into the whole disco thing from no wavey stuff?

I think Johnny was getting into dance music and Mike Simonetti turned him onto the good stuff.

I also think it was definitely a time when everybody was getting into electronic and/or vintage dance music, and the only difference was Johnny has a good ear for it and knows how to get a lot of mileage out of an arpeggiator.

dan selzer, Friday, 14 September 2007 12:04 (thirteen years ago) link

from the myspace:

that's dedication!

haitch, Friday, 14 September 2007 13:03 (thirteen years ago) link

"Lady" on shining violence has some of the most gorgeous synths.

So nice to see Glass Candy and Chromatics finally getting some much needed love.

Spinspin Sugah, Friday, 14 September 2007 17:17 (thirteen years ago) link

So has anyone heard/ordered their new album yet?

I got my copy this week and haven't stopped playing it. Love it all
though the last (mainly ambient) track goes a bit long.
Could've put another song or two in there! Lovely minimal production from Johnny Jewel throughout.

Capitaine Jay Vee, Friday, 14 September 2007 17:18 (thirteen years ago) link

they are alright. glass candy is still garbage.

bell_labs, Friday, 14 September 2007 17:30 (thirteen years ago) link

they were boring live

bell_labs, Friday, 14 September 2007 17:30 (thirteen years ago) link

So did IV just kind of leapfrog In Shining Violence as being 2007's "official" Chromatics album? For the longest time, I was under the impression that a more polished version of In Shining Violence would be available before the end of the year, and then a couple weeks ago IV just showed up out of nowhere.

Not that I mind, because it's great and all...but I was hoping for brighter-sounding better-mastered versions of the songs on In Shining Violence. :(

Johnny Fever, Friday, 14 September 2007 17:34 (thirteen years ago) link


Telephone thing, Friday, 14 September 2007 17:40 (thirteen years ago) link

They've been releasing tour cd-rs full of new material somewhat regularly going back to 2005, and In Shining Violence showed up late last year. I was under the impression that it was the demo version of a proper In Shining Violence to be released soon(ish). But apparently they're just moving ahead with new stuff as it comes, and IV showed up just a little bit ago (with Night Drive, Running Up That Hill, etc).

Johnny Fever, Friday, 14 September 2007 17:53 (thirteen years ago) link

No mention of the great, great, great (I like it better than Nite) Healer/Witness 12''. I believe it is still available from the TMU store. If you're liking this new stuff, you need that one too. But, yeah, Plaster Hounds and before can be left behind if this newer sound is what you like.

matt2, Friday, 14 September 2007 19:41 (thirteen years ago) link

Just received the new album and it's fucking fantastic.

baaderonixx, Thursday, 20 September 2007 06:28 (thirteen years ago) link

This is great - i dled the tracks off After Dark and In Shining Violence - but what is going on with their records? What has actually been officially released? Which album did you just get?

All v mysterious and exciting.

Given that it has, like two notes, In the City has become ridiculously stuck in my head.

Jamie T Smith, Thursday, 20 September 2007 11:05 (thirteen years ago) link

That sheds some light ...


Jamie T Smith, Thursday, 20 September 2007 11:25 (thirteen years ago) link

(i hope i only spoiled the mysterious bit and not the excitement ;-)

willem, Thursday, 20 September 2007 11:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Yes, that's the one. Am I wrong in thinking that this is their first official album (as ooposed to tour CDRs and EPs)?

baaderonixx, Thursday, 20 September 2007 12:30 (thirteen years ago) link


cutty, Thursday, 20 September 2007 12:37 (thirteen years ago) link

that is, you are rong

cutty, Thursday, 20 September 2007 12:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Alright. I guess, yeah, I forgot that no-wave first LP.

baaderonixx, Thursday, 20 September 2007 12:48 (thirteen years ago) link

2 of them (Chrome Rats vs. Basement Rutz --which is good-- and Plaster Hounds --which isn't--).

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 20 September 2007 16:18 (thirteen years ago) link

My copy just came in the mail, but there's something wrong with the CD. Please could someone hook me up with a 256k AAC of Tick Of The Clock, the last track? Webmail me if you can help.

caek, Thursday, 20 September 2007 17:49 (thirteen years ago) link

Just ordered my copy. Excited!

The blog entry linked above says Colette wiped out their mail order inventory of After Dark (to sell them at double the price in their Paris store, which is an incredibly douchey thing to do), but it looks like TMU still has copies?

Telephone thing, Thursday, 20 September 2007 18:19 (thirteen years ago) link

I got a copy from TMU after it was reviewed on Pitchfork. Took five weeks to show up. When I emailed them asking what was going on they pointed me toward a news item on their website about large delays because of unexpected interested. Night Drive looks like it was burnt on a home CD burner.

caek, Thursday, 20 September 2007 18:50 (thirteen years ago) link

I ordered the "everything pack" last week (After Dark plus the three Italians 12"s) off the TMU site so I hope they still have some

dmr, Thursday, 20 September 2007 19:32 (thirteen years ago) link

so yes the night drive album is pretty fucking awesome

pretzel walrus, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 14:32 (thirteen years ago) link

So, SO SO good. And if you buy it directly from the band they'll ship it to you crazy fast, at least if you're in the US; mine came in yesterday.

Telephone thing, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 18:49 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah mine too! ordered on the evening of the 20th, came in yesterday. lol @ limited edition green cd-r face. looks cool though, sounds even better. 2007 has been crazily good for new music.

pretzel walrus, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 19:17 (thirteen years ago) link

you guys are totally gay for chromatics

cutty, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 19:29 (thirteen years ago) link

Yes. Yes we are. And with damn good cause, I might add.

Telephone thing, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 19:36 (thirteen years ago) link

"probably because none of the artists are coming out of a techno/electro/house background, but a hardcore/punk/no-wave/etc history, so there's bound to be a skewed take on it. They're not the only ones coming from that direction, but they've had a better ear for it, so far."

Yeah this is right, though Invisible Conga People also bring a dazed out krautrock (Can and Tangerine Dream) vibe to the table.

Tim F, Wednesday, 5 March 2008 06:17 (thirteen years ago) link

that line up is totally !!!! - i'm guessing it's just a studio dj set??

t_g, Wednesday, 5 March 2008 21:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Tim F have you heard this? one of the Invisible Conga People was in this band


good record, dazed out krautrock meets underground japan vibes

dmr, Wednesday, 5 March 2008 21:29 (thirteen years ago) link

I saw Studio DJ in Brighton last year and they were v good.

Raw Patrick, Thursday, 6 March 2008 00:09 (thirteen years ago) link

Their mixing's rubbish but they play good tunes.

braveclub, Thursday, 6 March 2008 14:25 (thirteen years ago) link

Does Studio not play live ever?

Savannah Smiles, Thursday, 6 March 2008 15:20 (thirteen years ago) link

they do play live, just not very often. there are a bunch of youtubes of some live shows.

jaime, Thursday, 6 March 2008 20:26 (thirteen years ago) link

so given all the love here i checked out the myspace pages.
are the album versions different to whats streaming there ?

mark e, Friday, 7 March 2008 13:26 (thirteen years ago) link

I have to say i'm really not feeling Farah, esp not that "Baby Girl" tune.

baaderonixx, Friday, 7 March 2008 13:28 (thirteen years ago) link

where is that?

i love love love law of life life life.

s1ocki, Friday, 7 March 2008 16:04 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...

Anyone going to the Lasermagnetic night? Heard good things about Studio but haven't heard them

Tracksuit Party, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 17:58 (thirteen years ago) link

Just got back from the show. I know all the discussion about this was happening on the Studio thread, but I only really saw Chromatics. Also, technically the night is supposed to be going for another 8 hours (!), but I have to work tomorrow/today, so that was it for me.

They were awesome, though. Just exactly what I hoped for. The songs were generally faster, but it all worked. She is perfect, and seemed genuinely humbled by the response. They were all very warm for working this icy aesthetic.

Mike Simonetti played some really cool stuff that I had never heard before. The DJ who started right after Chromatics kicked off with Bob Marley's "Could This Be Love?," which seemed to confuse a lot of people.

That space was nicely sized and never felt overwhelming. The "compulsory coat check" seemed weird, but maybe that's normal for clubs.

I think Studio was DJing in the next room partially at the same time as Chromatics.

Savannah Smiles, Sunday, 20 April 2008 03:02 (thirteen years ago) link

Did anybody else go to this? They're playing again at the same place on Tuesday night.

Savannah Smiles, Monday, 21 April 2008 09:10 (thirteen years ago) link

hi i like them now

strgn, Monday, 21 April 2008 09:19 (thirteen years ago) link

I thought they were kind of boring to be honest, wandered into the other room and listened to Studio playing to a virtually empty bar for a bit. Ame was tremendous though, Simonetti pretty good as well (that was him after the Chromatics as well).

Matt DC, Monday, 21 April 2008 09:23 (thirteen years ago) link

Also it felt less like a club and more like a converted multi-storey car park.

Matt DC, Monday, 21 April 2008 09:25 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah i was there, i dont know that i thought they were boring but i defintely thought her voice sounded pretty bad.

and i was too tired + old to see ame! this makes me sad. mike simonetti was cool tho

t_g, Monday, 21 April 2008 09:27 (thirteen years ago) link

I saw Simonetti play at Did We Tell You About Our Disco last year and he was good--played Doobie Bros and stuff. And The Lex blanked me there!

Might go tomorrow. I saw Joakim instead on Saturday which was v boring.

Raw Patrick, Monday, 21 April 2008 09:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Haha having seen the state the Lex was in before that Our Disco (ie he had to be carried out of the pub pretty much) I doubt he even knew who you were.

Matt DC, Monday, 21 April 2008 09:41 (thirteen years ago) link

He was barely standing but then he unFacebook friended me the following week so who knows.

Raw Patrick, Monday, 21 April 2008 09:44 (thirteen years ago) link

I definitely wasn't bored by them at all (I guess I don't really see how they could have been boring if you've heard them before - I don't mean this sarcastically at all, but what did you expect?). I was pretty captivated.

I saw a different guy on the decks after Chromatics, but maybe Simonetti was just taking a break for a sec after putting that Marley tune on. My favorite thing (of the songs I knew) that he played was "Hollywood Seven" by Alides Hidding, which the band were all singing along to when they were setting up.

I was hoping they would be selling those new Italians 12"s, but they said they were almost all sold out of all of them already, and they only have copies of them in the label store. I really want to hear that Tiedye/Metallica cover thing, and the Invisible Conga People stuff.

I'm tempted to try to see them again tomorrow, even though I'm sure it'd be the same show.

Savannah Smiles, Monday, 21 April 2008 13:29 (thirteen years ago) link

They were all very warm for working this icy aesthetic.

That was a slight problem for me, actually. A bit of a disconnect between material and delivery, especially at the end, on In the City and Running Up That Hill, where they were really getting into it. Pls be more haughty and emotionally withdrawn, thx.

I'm an idiot, though. I just looked at the running order in the main room and thought Studio must have cancelled. It never occurred to me that they were in the bar.

Other highlights: Johnny Jewel (I presume) from Chromatics leaping around like a lunatic in DJ booth. Mike Simonetti playing the Doors TWICE (Peace Frog and them doing Gloria live, which I'd never heard before and was fantastic) and looping a bit of Beautiful Life for seemingly ever. Ame sounded great as well, although much darker and trackier than I'd expected.

Downsides: people not dancing at all until Chromatics came on. I hate it when at a club, just because there's a band on, people stand around waiting for them to play instead of dancing as they would if there weren't a band next. It was nearly 1am and everyone was stood around talking. Two and a half-hour journey to get there owing to rail replacement bus service after seeing Saints slump 1-0 and now staring relegation in the face, followed by an hour of queing to get in, get wrist band and get coat compulsarily checked - not great mood enhancers.

Did anyone stay to the bitter end? I'm too old for that, although Horse Meat Disco would have been cool. Should have gone to bed and come back around 10.30!

Jamie T Smith, Monday, 21 April 2008 15:55 (thirteen years ago) link

That's queueing and compulsorily.

Jamie T Smith, Monday, 21 April 2008 16:02 (thirteen years ago) link

I think I left about 8am? It's all a bit of a blur after about 2ish though - I was already pretty drunk when the Chromatics were on and I'd forgotten about both Gloria and Beautiful Life.

There was hardly any dancing before the Chromatics and the place seemed to empty out a lot after that, almost like a load of people had turned up just for the gig.

Matt DC, Monday, 21 April 2008 16:03 (thirteen years ago) link

The thing that weirded me out the most was the bouncer leaping up the side of the toilet cubicles and looking over to check people weren't taking drugs in there.

Matt DC, Monday, 21 April 2008 16:04 (thirteen years ago) link

I just picked up the Tiedye remix of Rubies "I Feel Electric" today, and it is one of the most gorgeous, blissed, envelopingly beautiful things I've heard in a looooong time. There's a stream here: http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/download/49949-rubies-ft-feist-i-feel-electric-tiedye-remix-stream... This label is one of the most exciting discoveries for me in ages, and I can't wait to start taking some of it in in a live setting.

Clarke, Monday, 28 April 2008 04:52 (thirteen years ago) link

Phonica or some site was streaming the Tiedye cover of the Metal1ica song ("Nothing Else Matters" done ultra-balearic with live instruments)... awesome.

Savannah Smiles, Monday, 28 April 2008 06:22 (thirteen years ago) link


caek, Monday, 28 April 2008 14:33 (thirteen years ago) link

I know it kinda kills the whole vibe of the label, but I wish I could get good quality MP3s of these new tunes.

Savannah Smiles, Monday, 28 April 2008 15:10 (thirteen years ago) link

cos of this thread today i have picked up the 2 cds that are available.
not decided as to whether i have done the right thing ..

mark e, Monday, 28 April 2008 15:35 (thirteen years ago) link

Night Drive and After Dark are DRM-free on the iTunes store. No surprise the Tiedye Metallica cover isn't.

caek, Monday, 28 April 2008 16:14 (thirteen years ago) link

All of Juno's stock of ICP's 12" are unplayably warped. Seriously, I love the music, but after three run-ins with the label, every one problematic, they don't strike me as the most competent outfit in the world.

caek, Friday, 2 May 2008 23:51 (thirteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I'm listening to a cover of "Pornography" they've done for some Cure tribute cd and it's purdy nice.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 May 2008 08:13 (thirteen years ago) link


baaderonixx, Monday, 26 May 2008 09:40 (thirteen years ago) link

Ah this is the "old" Chromatics then

baaderonixx, Monday, 26 May 2008 10:20 (thirteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...


dan selzer, Wednesday, 18 June 2008 13:01 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

So am I the only one who thinks Plaster Hounds is a swell record? As in Swell Maps. Hadn't spun it since the IDB reincarnation. But it's really good wasteland rock.

bendy, Thursday, 19 November 2009 17:38 (eleven years ago) link

i just bought the Dark Days "Hands In The Dark" 7" (the song they covered)

jaxon, Thursday, 19 November 2009 20:21 (eleven years ago) link

seven years pass...

dang, shadow is so good

nxd, Thursday, 1 June 2017 10:24 (four years ago) link

it really is. hit my right in the heart at the end of twin peaks.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Thursday, 1 June 2017 10:46 (four years ago) link

three months pass...


Seems like Johnny is mixed on this record and is endlessly tweaking/revising the record. Or he thinks it's crap. The songs released from this are good ("Shadow" and "I can Never Be Myself When You're Around") to mediocre, but the delay seems related to artistic exhaustion/perfection

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 29 September 2017 04:26 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...


I know the synths get all the attention but that guitar sound does it for me every time

umsworth (emsworth), Wednesday, 16 May 2018 23:42 (three years ago) link

Fucking A!

Been spinning their eps

They’re probably better than the lps

Depressed and impressed (Ross), Thursday, 17 May 2018 15:09 (three years ago) link

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