When your drummer walks off stage after the last song of the night and decides that hitchhiking home is better than another night in the van with the rest of you, it kind of sounds like thats the end of your band. Thats exactly what happened when Kyle Victor left Adam James and the rest of Karma With A K angry and percussion-less a few years back. Well, you know what they say — time heals all wounds. Victor and James have now reunited under the moniker Gypsyblood, and weve got your first listen of a track from their upcoming debut, Cold in the Guestway.
As the bad-blood has cleared, so has their sound as a unit. The fuzzy, erratic nature of Karma With A K is still there, but its tighter and clearer now. Theres a distinct lean towards the recent surf-rock resurgence, mixed in with what their bio refers to as a strange amalgam of Pavements early hazy-pop singles, The Jesus and The Mary Chain, and early Guided by Voices. [sic] This particular track, My R.K.O. is M.I.A., feels like so many bouncy balls let loose in a small room: spastic and hard to catch a hold of, but encompassing all kinds of giddy enjoyment. Background ba-ba-bas that could have conceivably been provided by Muppets only add to the clamorous, rocking pop sound of this amazingly swift, nigh four-minute track.
If this little premiere has you biting at the bit for more and you cant wait for Sargent House to drop Cold in the Guestway on April 12th, you can check out and download three tracks by naming your own price here (note: FREE is a price), or pre-order the record here. You can also see them live when they play Lincoln Hall in Chicago on March 11th with Maps & Atlases (whose Dave Davison helped get the band a label) and Light Pollution, as well as a slew of South by Southwest showcases. Gypsyblood will also be rejoining Maps & Atlases for a handful of East Coast dates in April. Hear the song, and peppe the album tracklist and complete tour information below.
“My R.K.O. Is M.I.A.”
Cold In The Guestway Tracklist:
01. Take Your Picture
02. In Our Blood
03. 2-4-6 InTheDark
04. A Song Called Take 2
06. Dirty Thieves
07. Man Of States
08. When I Was A Boy
09. My R.K.O. Is M.I.A.
10. Endless Summer
11. Hey Gloria
12. Bright Future
Gypsyblood 2011 Tour Dates:
03/11 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *^
03/17 – Austin, TX @ Friends of Sound Records (South by Southwest)
03/18 – Austin, TX @ Your Mom’s Burger Bar (South by Southwest)
03/18 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar (South by Southwest)
03/18 – Austin, TX @ AAMP Showcase (South by Southwest)
03/19 – Austin, TX @ The Chicken Farm (South by Southwest)
03/19 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Annex (South by Southwest)
04/15 – Buffalo, NY @ The Ninth Ward *
04/17 – Hamden, CT @ The Space *
04/19 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *#
04/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia *#
04/21 – Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel *#
* = w/ Maps & Atlases
^ = w/ Light Pollution
# = w/ Delicate Steve