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With the string of singles released over the last year and a half garnering attention from Clash, FADER, the Quietus, Under the Radar & more (Loud & Quiet calls the music 'pressurised, disorientated, battered, occasionally beautiful, often gruelling, and really good'), the band is back with their debut '' EP', which encompasses a new track alongside reimaginations of prior singles from techno auteur Daniel Avery as well as downtown New York club kids Club Eat (who Office Magazine cites as 'keeping the spirit of hedonism alive') Achored by a barrage of drums and Caulfield's tenacious vocals in French, the music presents an unyielding example of the best of what the band, primed for their return to thrilling live sets, can deliver.

STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: An absolutely brilliant blast of chaotic fire from Mandy, Indiana here. A stunning run, from the opening notes of jagged shapeshifting behemoth, 'Bottle Episode' to the closing duo of remixes from Avery and Club Eat, every piece is another blast of innovation. The highlight for me though has to be the writhing technoid mutation of 'Alien 3', oscillator sync grind and hypnotic french vox, what's not to love.

TRACK LISTING

Bottle Episode
Nike Of Samothrace
Alien 3
Alien 3 (Daniel Avery Remix)
Nike Of Samothrace (Club Eat Remix)

Pure X

Rare Ecstasy 2009 - 2019

    Pure X is the last band, has always been the last band. Not that there won’t be future acts, more that Pure X understands that all this pageantry, this civilization is wrapping up. It burned hot and bright like thermite used to bust a safe open, but now is the age of radiating waves, each one buckles the foundation more than the last. Rare Ecstasy 2009-2019 is a collection of recordings and rarities that span the more than a decade career of the Austin underground legends. Referred to by Pitchfork as the ‘druggy, wall-of-sound escapism that put them on the map’. These 12 tracks embody the Pure X sound, breaking it down and offering up a raw emotive portrait that cycle the Band’s expansive output. A must have addition to the collection of any Pure X fan.

    TRACK LISTING

    Pressure Drop
    Alexandria
    One Day At A Time
    I Don’t Wanna Make Love (With Anyone Else But You)
    Make It Look So Easy
    Valley Of Tears
    Baby
    Making History (Instrumental)
    Utopia
    Streets Are Haunted
    Crazy Lust
    Please Please Please

    Pure X

    Pleasure - Reissue

      Pleasure is the debut album from Austin underground luminaries Pure X, re-issued on 180 gram vinyl by Fire Talk. Building from promising 7" releases, ‘Pleasure’ continues the band’s affinity for burnt out soundscapes and intricate, understated guitar work that together weaves a moody tapestry of everlasting sunset.

      Spotlighted by major press, Pitchfork in particular commended the album as a ‘terrific-sounding record, built for headphones and high volume.’ A revelatory introduction to the band, ‘Pleasure’ pinpoints a signature sound that Pure X would continue to hone over the course of a longstanding career - a pristinely devastating soundtrack that feels pertinent to the end times of the current state of the world.

      TRACK LISTING

      Heavy Air
      Dream Over
      Twisted Mirror
      Easy
      Voices
      Surface
      Stuck Livin
      Dry Ice
      Pleasure
      Half Here

      Pure X

      Crawling Up The Stairs - Reissue

        Crawling Up The Stairs is the sophomore album from Austin underground luminaries Pure X, re-issued on 180 gram vinyl by Fire Talk.

        The anticipated follow-up to debut ‘Pleasure,’ the new record places Nate Grace’s ragged vocals upfront in the mix with more clearcut, refined production choices, while still imbued with the jagged sexual tension and undercurrent of catastrophe that has won them fans across the world.

        More accolades from the press followed, notably Pitchfork calling the record ‘sophisticated and self aware,’ lending a further upward trajectory to the band’s steadfast cult status. The duality of vocals from Grace and Jenkins for the first time evoke an even more enthralling immediacy to Pure X’s continued evolution of their nightmarish visions, a spellbinding combination that will find appeal in old fans and new listeners alike.

        TRACK LISTING

        Crawling Up The Stairs
        Someone Else
        Written In The Slime
        I Fear What I Feel
        Things In My Head
        Shadows And Lies
        I Come From Nowhere
        Never Alone
        How Did You Find Me
        Thousand Year Old Child
        Rain At Dawn
        All Of The Future (All Of The Past)

        Pure X

        Pure X

          Pure X is the last band, has always been the last band. Not that there won’t be future acts, more that Pure X understands that all this pageantry, this civilization is wrapping up.

          It burned hot and bright like thermite used to bust a safe open, but now is the age of radiating waves, each one buckles the foundation more than the last. Recorded live in single takes in the Texas hill country by Danny Reisch (Shearwater), this is their clearest, most focused work to date. The rhythm section is locked in--a night train through the desert. There is more singing, the weary wisdom of the lyrics ringing like Tibetan bowls. In 38 minutes, Pure X weave a culmination, all the delays and distortion, the grinding mortar of touring, the low-tide pulling them out from a cult band, to a legacy band, it’s here, understood and forgiven.

          The album’s cover (designed by long time collaborator Christopher Royal King) depicts a coffin necklace set against a wide open blue sky. It’s as if we carry our mortality like a pendant on a chain. Learning to own up and accept ourselves through self reflection. It would be understandable to express such forbidden fatalism in a brittle, harsh nihilism, the stark echo of a stone rattling down an endless well. But on this album, their fourth and first in six years, there is a predawn kindness. It may be funereal, but it is a Viking pyre ablaze in the middle of a river, one of those moments when the water seems to pause and reflect the clouds blooming like smoke from an invisible glass pipe.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Searing walls of guitar swooning around the heartfelt vocals and slo-mo percussive stomp, Pure X is a cacophony of noise, but shifting quickly enough to form chords above the tuned dirge and heady vocal soar. Melodic shoegazing for the hypnotised.

          TRACK LISTING

          Middle America
          Hollywood
          Angels Of Love
          Free My Heart
          Making History
          Fantasy
          Man With No Head
          How Good Does It Get
          Slip Away
          Grieving Song
          Stayed Too Long
          I Can Dream


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