We're incredibly to have just released the debut LP by LA all-female power-punk-pop trio Susan, Never Enough, and the nice folks over at Bitch Media and Buzzbands LA were nice enough to premiere their first video off of the album for "I've Been Known." Watch the video below and read what those outlets had to say, and order limited color vinyl.
Via Bitch Media:
We highlight new music from female-fronted bands every Monday. This week, we're excited to feature the first music video off Susan's debut record.
Guitarist Jessica Owen, bassist Beth Borwell, and drummer Katie Fern make up the trio that is Susan. Their fuzzed-out power pop vibes are all over their first album, Never Enough, which came out April 30 on Volar Records. The Los Angeles-based band got together in 2012 and get into their feelings with songs about making their lives their own—on their own terms. Full of layered harmonies, jangly guitar and mellow hooks buzzing with reverb, Susan feels like a soundtrack for a long scenic drive with all of the windows down.
We're excited to premiere the video for the track "I've Been Known." The song is all about "figuring out how to be true to yourself despite tendencies to fall in line with the expectations others place on you," said Jessica Owen. Artist Abby Banks, the photographer behind the book Punk House: Interiors, directed the fun and bold video that's full of slo-mo and hair-flying head shakes that make the band look like they're saying "no" over and over again.
Via Buzzbands LA:
Hair shaking, mirror smashing, and self-reflection come together in Susan’s “I’ve Been Known” video, directed by Abby Banks, the photographer behind the book “Punk House: Interiors.” All the effects were done in-camera, which is neat. As guitarist Jessica Owen, bassist Beth Borwell, and drummer Katie Fern demonstrate their power-pop motions in a room surrounded by plants, a strong sense of their friendship comes across, like they exist in a perpetual slumber party. “I’ve Been Known” can be found on their new album, “Never Enough,” released by Volar Records on April 30, following 2014’s “Just Call It” EP. In addition to fuzz, pop hooks, harmonies, and excitable rhythms, the album explores personal conviction, starting over as many times as necessary, getting emotional and getting through it.
What Youth was also kind enough to premiere the video for "Sovereignty" by Flat Worms, whose debut 7" EP, "Red Hot Sands," is available now digitally and next week on limited color vinyl. Watch the video and read they had to say below.
“I was listening to Swell Maps one day and realized I wanted to play rock and roll again,” says Will Ivy, guitarist/singer for his new band Flat Worms. Ivy’s been playing in bands for years, most recently under his new solo effort, and as the bassist for Dream Boys, a personal favorite. But Flat Worms is unlike anything I’ve heard him play. It’s raw. Loud. Real. Dare I say, punk. With the help of Justin Sullivan on drums (formerly the Babies, currently Kevin Morby) and Tim Hellman on bass (currently Thee Oh Sees, formerly Ty Segall, Sic Alps, Wet Illustrated), Flat Worms is about to rule the LA scene. And what better way to segue into that subversive spotlight than with their first ever video for the single “Sovereignty”.
The video, compiled footage of Ivy’s 5th birthday party, is an homage to his uncle, Bradley Burlingame (starring as Batman) who recently passed away. “I’ll let you guess which one is me,” Ivy told me.
“Sovereignty” is part of a three-song 7″ recorded by Andrew Schubert at Golden Beat Recording Studio in LA and Wayne Faler (Dream Boys, Devon Williams) at his home. Check out “Petulance” below, one of the other songs on the 7″.
Having now seen Ivy as a five year old and experienced the magic of an early affinity for Batman, I can’t help but feel Flat Worms will be his greatest success yet. –Maya Eslami