Pia Fraus at Big Takeover

After releasing a string of singles starting in 2016, Pia Fraus are now releasing their first full-length album entitled Field Ceremony in almost a decade. Both the “Autumn Winds” and “That’s Not All” singles have been met with critical acclaim, creating anticipation for the forthcoming album.

On October 12th in the U.S. and Oct 16th in Europe and Japan, the decade-long wait for a new Pia Fraus album will be over. Released on Seksound (Europe), Shelflife (U.S.), and Vinyl-Junkie Records (Japan), Field Ceremony is a triumphant return for the band, bringing back their signature dream-pop sounds alongside fresh takes on pop structures.

From the beautifully composed pop delicacies of “No Filters Needed” to the almost slowcore dreaminess of “Don’t Tell Me How” to the explosive pop of “Sugar High of the Year”, Pia Fraus bring to the table a dream-pop brightness tinged with the more somber elements of life.

Eve Komp (vocals, synths, metallophone), Kärt Ojavee (synths), Rein Fuks (guitars, vocals, percussion), Reijo Tagapere (bass), and Margus Voolpriit (drums) come together once again to produce Field Ceremony. Former member Kristel Eplik returns to record backing vocals and Pia Fraus’ former drummer, Joosep Volk, also returned to direct the video for “That’s Not All”. The album has been mixed and mastered on analog desk by the band’s longtime friend Lauri Liilvak.

Field Ceremony is a demonstration of the band’s continued contribution to the dream-pop genre. Fans will be pleased with the results and new listeners will be in for a treat as they encounter this long awaited new work from the dream-pop masters.

The Big Takeover is pleased to premiere the dreamily hazy, yet propulsive “It’s Over Now”. The song sweeps by like a brisk wind on an overcast day. Bass line undertow and an emphatic drum beat collide against airy vocals and warped guitar and synths uplift.

Fuks reveals, “I’ve always like repetitions, loops, and mantras. There is something hypnotic and powerful about them. “It’s Over Now” was actually the first track I wrote for Pia Fraus after an 8-year pause. I sat at my kitchen table with my acoustic guitar tuned down whole step, and I was thinking if it really was all over. So this is how Field Ceremony’s opening track was born.”

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Pia Fraus at Austin Town Hall

It’s been just about ten years since we’ve gotten a proper full length from Estonia’s Pia Fraus, but by the sound of it, it was well worth the wait. They begin their journey back with this beautiful entry into their catalog, opening up with a bit of dreamy pop, bordering on elements of shoegaze. Soon, the song opens up, allowing for the perfect duet vocal performance, calm and delighting. Somehow the song feels brief, yet so enchanting that I can’t help but press play over and over and over. They’ll be releasing their new album Field Ceremony on October 13th via Shelflife Records.

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Rat Fancy at God is in the TV

Hailing from Los Angeles, CA – where despite all that sunshine you might choke on the smog and ambition all around you – RAT FANCY is ex Sweater Girl Diana Barraza (vocals/guitar), Gregory Johnson (guitar/keyboard) and Gavin Glidewell (drums). They’ve just released their new six-song EP ‘Suck A Lemon’ through HHBTM Records. It’s the sound of being fucked up on pollen and sugar, skidding through a dizzy blissful spring of laughter and loss.

The subject matter veers from the ultra-personal to the paranormal. The shimmering bittersweet pop of ‘I Can’t Dance To The Smiths Anymore’ isn’t about the Smiths, it’s about growing up. We have the video premiere for that track’s video, a humourous DIY Catfish parody, watch it above. Here’s the premise: “What happens when you fall in love with a stranger online and give them your Smiths records? Donna finds out when she enlists the help of Nev and Max from the RAT TV show Ratfish.”

The title track appears in two versions, a fast one and a slow one (just like Yo La Tengo used to do!) and they’re both capable of moving you to tears because, despite the sourness of the EP’s title, this music is almost impossibly sweet.

Indiepop is in tatters and the ashes are all around us, and yet, and yet, a record this vital and brave, a record this alive, gives us hope for the future.

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Rat Fancy at Innocent Words

Dreaming of a world where reruns of “The Adventures Of Pete And Pete” are on every channel and kids are free to be as weird as they want to be, RAT FANCY emerges with their fiercely different brand of indie pop. Hailing from Los Angeles, CA—where despite all that sunshine you might choke on the smog and ambition all around you—RAT FANCY is ex Sweater Girl Diana Barraza (vocals/guitar), Gregory Johnson (guitar / keyboard) and Gavin Glidewell (drums).

‘Suck A Lemon’ is a six-song EP about saying goodbye to all that, one kiss-off after another, possibly the sweetest collection of ‘fuck you’s ever committed to vinyl. Every track is a killer. Every track is a keeper. It’s the sound of being fucked up on pollen and sugar, skidding through a dizzy blissful spring of laughter and loss.

The title track appears in two versions, a fast one and a slow one (just like Yo La Tengo used to do!) and they’re both capable of moving you to tears, because despite the sourness of the EP’s title, this music is almost impossibly sweet.

Subject matter veers from the ultra-personal to the paranormal. ‘I Can’t Dance To The Smiths Anymore’ isn’t about the Smiths, it’s about growing up. ‘Five Fingers’ is, quite literally, a slap in the face. Its synth-line stays in your head for days. ‘About You’ is a killer rant against small-mindedness, a manifesto for non-conformity that blends the Pixies and bubblegum into something altogether amazing.

Indiepop is in tatters and the ashes are all around us, and yet, and yet, a record this vital and brave, a record this alive, gives us hope for the future. Suck A Lemon succeeds by being smarter, sharper, and realer than its contemporaries. And if you don’t like it, I think you know by now what you can go do.

“The first RAT FANCY song ever written, “Suck A Lemon” is an anti-drama anthem. Rather than letting negative people bring you down, RAT FANCY tells them to take their bad vibes and go suck a lemon because life’s too short to waste on being bitter,” the band said of the song. “The slower version (“Suck A Lemon II), has a dreamy vibe where you can almost imagine a person writing away bad feelings in their diary. The fast version (“Suck A Lemon I), makes the message clear with distorted guitars and pop-driven synth.”

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Rat Fancy at Three Imaginary Girls

As the weather warms and we shed our headphone-ear-muffs for backyard party mix tapes, the time is perfect for Rat Fancy to release their debut EP: Suck A Lemon.

Rat Fancy is ex-Sweater Girl Diana Barraza (vocals/guitar), Gregory Johnson (guitar / keyboard) and Gavin Glidewell (drums). Hailing from Los Angeles, they know a thing or two about sunshine and how to harness the power of the sun into C86-esque indie-pop.

The songs are buoyant, snarky and serve as “possibly the sweetest collection of ‘fuck you’s ever committed to vinyl.” The twee is punchy and punk’d out. As their label succinctly declares: “It’s the sound of being fucked up on pollen and sugar, skidding through a dizzy blissful spring of laughter and loss.”

The song I keep revisiting is “About You.” The “manifesto for non-conformity” drew me in with guitars reminiscent of “I Want To Be Adored” (Stone Roses) together with mischievous Kim-Deal-style-bass and nostalgic keyboard riffs – making my heart both swell and swirl.

The EP releases May 26, 2017 on HHBTM Records (order it!). Note the limited edition option of color vinyl with a screen-printed pillowcase!

We’re excited to share an exclusive stream of it so you can listen to it right now, on repeat:

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Rat Fancy at Here Comes the Flood

LA indie trio Rat Fancy took bits of psychedelica, shoegaze and Sixties West Coast pop to create Beyond Belief, the lead single from their forthcoming Suck A LemonEP. The song is named after TV series about the paranormal. While is perfectly understandable to be very, very sceptical about that kind of shows, the music can stand on its own. A dead ringer for a lady Summer mixtape.

Suck A Lemon will be released thru Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records. Release date: May 28th.

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Rat Fancy at Austin Town Hall

Do you ever get the feeling that the old hits just aren’t the same, that they don’t hit the spot like they once did? That seems to be the sentiment expressed by ex-Sweater Girl Diana Barraza on her latest song with Rat Fancy; you have to grow and find new gems to adore. Musically, the song pulls from the sunnier side of pop, with a steady bounce from the rhythm section that make the likelihood of toe-tapping rather high. Barraza’s voice has a cool summery breeze, floating through the brief song with grace as added keyboard textures ramp up the pop sensibility. Loving it? Yes, you are, so grab the band’s Suck a Lemon EP from HHBTM on May 26th.

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The Wedding Present Live Review & Photos at Vanyaland

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The Holiday Crowd Video at The Big Takeover

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The Wedding Present Interview at Impose

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