Talk about an ideal match-up. Philly proto-punk aficionados Pissed Jeans, who released the hard-hitting Honeys earlier this year on Sub Pop Records, will tour with their labelmates and sonic ancestors Mudhoney. If you’ve spent any time with Honeys – particularly “Cathouse” or “Teenage Adult” – you know the bands will play totally well off one another. There might even be some possibility of Pissed Jeans, with their well-earned reputation for live ragers, upstaging the headliners. But don’t be so sure on that last count – Mark Arm remains a wily and charismatic frontman in his own right. The tour sadly doesn’t stop in Philadelphia (it’s a handful of dates in the UK and midwest, per Brooklyn Vegan) but it nonetheless gives us an excuse to turn up this live performance of Pissed Jeans’ “Bathroom Laughter” from The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 7.
The latest edition of our Key Studio Sessions compilations is out today – now streamable and downloadable from Soundcloud! Check out this year’s in-studio appearances with The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 7, including the down-tempo folk stylings of Waxahatchee, the thrashing punk of Pissed Jeans and the all-out rock jams of Ruby the Hatchet. Thanks to production assistants Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Rachel Del Sordo and Kate McCann, and videographers The Angry Mountain, HotBox Studios and Out of Town Films for sharing their work.
In exciting local music news, Kurt Vile announced further album details and a show at Union Transfer with Steve Gunn and Angel Olsen. Wakin On A Pretty Dazewill be out via Matador Records on April 9th and will be a double LP (on blue vinyl!). The lead track, “Wakin On A Pretty Day,” is available as a free download on Matador’s website here – get ready for 9+ minutes of classic Vile-isms like “to be frank I’m fried / but I don’t mind.” Tickets and information for Kurt Vile & The Violators at Union Transfer on Saturday, May 18th, can be found here. Listen to “Wakin On A Pretty Day” below set to a video of images from this cover art documentary.
After celebrating the release of his RFM LP with a sold-out crowd at The TLA a couple of months ago, local hip hop artist Chill Moody comes to The Blockley for another celebration – this time a celebration of love. Moody will team up once again with Beano and Hank McCoy to perform the last installment in their Valentine’s Day mixtape Who Do You Love?in its entirety. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Below, watch them perform a track from the mixtape live in Love Park.
It’s kind of astounding, actually. Four mild-mannered, friendly guys walked into WXPN studios this past Sunday, gathered around microphones and set up their instruments. And then, like as if I’d gone and flipped a switch or something, Philly punks Pissed Jeans suddenly became total freaking demons. Brad Fry started off, coaxing a half a minute of mind-bending sounds out of his guitar amp and effects pedals. Sean McGuinness followed, pummelling away at his drums, backed next by Randy Huth, hammering away at a searing, fuzzy bassline. Enter Matt Korvette, safely ensconced in a vocal booth (pictured) – he’s somewhat soft-spoken in conversation, but once the music got moving, his voice took a total Captain Beefheart by-way-of Jesus Lizard departure. But it’s all part of the classic, thrilling tension-and-release that’s at the core of Pissed Jeans’ music. You can dig further into that mindset a few different places this week – Brian Wilensky interviewed McGuinness for The Key on Monday, and Elliott Sharp wrote a cover story on the band in last week’s City Paper. Pissed Jeans released its fourth LP, Honeys, on Sub Pop Records on Tuesday, and it’s a rager. Four of the songs they performed in our studio are drawn from it – “Pleasure Race” dips back to 2009′s King of Jeans. Grab a download of the wrecking ball of an opener, “Bathroom Laughter,” and stream the rest of the set below. And to join in on the catharsis in an active kind of way, the band celebrates the release of Honeysat Underground Arts this Friday night. Get amped.
This is hysterical and more than a little gruesome – Philly punks Pissed Jeans, whose awesome new record Honeys is in stores today, just released a music video for the single “Bathroom Laughter” that skewers QVC (and cable television in general).
Directed by Joe Stakun (a Philly / LA filmmaker who directed videos for Modest Mouse and Future Islands) and starring The Office‘s Mark Proksch, the video follows a couch potato watching a infomercial for an oven that goes horribly wrong. It’s slapstick and ends rather darkly, but moves at a lively enough pace (which, with this song, it kind of has to) that you get that it’s all in good fun. Imagine the Three Stooges, with more blood. Also be on the lookout for cameos from the band – singer Matt Korvette makes an awesome weatherman.
Pissed Jeans plays Underground Arts this Friday, February 15 – read Brian Wilensky’s interview with drummer Sean McGuinness (sorting trash bags, above) here, and enter to win tickets to the show here.
Pissed Jeans doesn’t mess around with lots of small releases. Sure, so they put out Sam Kinison Woman/The L Word three years ago. They also had two other EPs before their first full-length, Shallow. But point being, everything they release gets a physical pressing. This band doesn’t pussyfoot around with Bandcamp pages and songs that are exclusively available online.
And sure, the Jeans haven’t released a new full-length record in four years. So what? The forthcoming Honeys is drenched in enough scuzzy distortion and stark, white-knuckled aggression that it almost feels as if it’s been pent up inside the foursome for way longer. Contrary to how it seems, they never took a break from writing. They’ve just been at this one for longer than you know.
“We’re obviously good at taking our sweet time,” Sean McGuinness, Pissed Jeans’ drummer, says over a beer on an incredibly frigid January afternoon. “It’s not necessarily with quality in mind, but there’s a certain vulnerability that comes with making music and showing that inner-creative side that you can tend to hold back or be bashful about.”
McGuinness goes on to say that they had began writing songs for Honeys shortly after 2009’s King of Jeans, but the music didn’t leave their practice space in McGuinness’ home for quite a while.
“We trust our instincts,” he says. “And we have a pedigree that we strive for. But that sounds too high-brow. We had an idea going into the new material that we wanted to be, not necessarily more upbeat, but a little more snappy and straightforward.”
Despite wanting to take some of the mud out of their sludgy post-hardcore, the record (released nationally tomorrow on Sub Pop) still has what McGuinness calls “classic Jeans.” And he’s right. There’s a certain swagger to Honeys that goes beyond punk rock attitude. With those fresh-yet-classic vibes, it stands up to the time they spent, drowns King of Jeans in urgency and proves that time doesn’t mean a thing to these teenage adults. Continue reading →
We’re all kinds of excited for the release of Pissed Jeans‘ new LP Honeys. It’s a brutal and unrelentingly heavy collection of thrash, punk and social commentary, but its also the band’s most diverse and (dare I say) approachable output. Key contributor Elliott Sharp wrote a great cover story on the band in this week’s Philadelphia City Paper – if you haven’t read it yet, do so here. The album is out on Tuesday, we’ll feature them in a Key Studio Session (words cannot describe how psyched I am for this) on Wednesday, and on Friday, they celebrate the release of the album with a headlining show at Underground Arts.
As a huge week is about to begin for the band, we’ve got a contest for you. To win a pair of tickets to see Pissed Jeans at Underground Arts on Friday, February 15th, with openers Lantern and Leather (great acts both), simply leave your favorite Pissed Jeans lyric in the comments. We’ll pick a winner at random next Thursday at noon. Ground rules: you have to 21 or over, you have to leave your first and last name in the comments, and you have to enter an email where we can contact you if you win (the e-mail will not be made public).
Make sense? Cool. I’ll get things started: “The jogger, area rug / The jogger, fantasy football / Soy milk, the jogger / Button down collar.” There you go. What’s your favorite Pissed Jeans lyric? Comment to win.
It’s a pretty frigid morning here in Philadelphia, but this is bound to warm you up. Pissed Jeans‘ awesome new full-length Honeys, out next Tuesday on Sub Pop Records, is streaming via Spin.com. It’s eleven tracks and forty-ish minutes of the Philly crew do what it does so freaking well- high-energy, cathartic protopunk-styled jams, peppered with social criticism and self-effacing introspection. Listen to it here, and get stoked to thrash out to this in a week and a half when Pissed Jeans headlines Underground Arts on February 15. (Details at the XPN Concert Calendar.)