This spring Haunted Heads will return with a new 7 song EP that is still blowing me away. Super catchy and tight as hell. Fans of bands like The Wrens, Superchunk, and Guided By Voices will love it.
Holly & Plastic, the solo venture of Andrew Johnson (h.Chinaski/Happy/Haunted Heads) will also return this spring. The follow up to 2006's "Life After the Lie", Johnson blends rock, americana, and folk with enough dirt & fuzz to keep you guessing.
Buildings nets "AP Recommends" in new issue of Alternative Press Issue #296.
New Poster: Self-Evident "Codyceps" Silk-Screen
18 x 24" 3 color silk-screen, signed & numbered by artist Erica Williams. Limited edition of 50. Click here to purchase
Buildings has been busy since returning from Europe having played shows in town with METZ and Titus Andronicus. They've also had another change in bass players as Ryan Harding has left and been replaced by Joe Clark. The band has a weekend of shows in Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, and Chicago in Janauary. The band is currently booking an April show and is preparing a split 7" with Atlanta band, Hawks, who they will be hooking up with on tour. Stay tuned.
Self-Evident new album, We Built a Fortress on Short Notice, continues to receive positive reviews. Most recently in Exclaim!, Punk News, and Leicester Bangs. As well as an interview with Conrad posted on Welcome to Flavor Country. Some video portions of the band's 15 Year Anniversary show are available below.
Haunted Heads will spend the winter writing and recording a follow up to their self-titled debut. Cannot wait.
11-1-12: New self-evident video & tour kickoff
The new video for "Our Condition".
Tour starts tomorrow. Band is joining forces with The Bronzed Chorus (Greensboro, NC) and Manray (Athens, GA) for a string of shows, which will be amazing. Support the Troops!
Self-Evident 15 Year Anniversary Show! Sat October 20th @ Hell's Kitchen, the band will celebrate 15 years with a show featuring some of their favorite bands. Traindodge from OKC will be coming to town, as well as, Haunted Heads from Oshkosh. Buildings will be playing their first local show in 2 1/2 months. The show will feature a set list spanning Self-Evident's entire catalog. You will hear songs you haven't heard in years and likely not anytime in the future. Lastly, the band will debut their new video for "Our Condition".
The show will also serve as sort of tour kickoff (a week in advance), as the band will head out for two weeks, including a stretch with The Bronzed Chorus (Greensboro, NC) and Manray (Athens). Excited to hit some new cities in Bloomington, Savannah, Winston-Salem, DC, Providence, and Fredonia. Details are below.
7/18/12 self-evident Japan Tour It goes without saying that self-evident killed it in Japan. Special thanks to Takuya & StiffSlack Records, Shio, Daiske, Kyoske, & Jun in Ballons, Yuki & Yuta for your hospitality & graciousness. A video blog is currently being assembled of the trip and will post soon.
self-evident: The boys are headed to Japan this week! The band will be headlining both days of the Summer Meeting Festival as well as playing a few more shows. Details on the right.
The band is also set to release their 6th full-length album on CD/LP entitled We Built a Fortress on Short Notice on Fri Aug 3rd @ Triple Rock Social Club alongside Zebulon Pike & Hardcore Crayons. The band will also play a live in-studio set on Radio K's Off the Record that same day.
Buildings: These fine gentlemen are embarking on a 3 week US tour (dates to the right) w/ a stop at the UMS Festival in Denver. They'll be at Total Fest XI in Missoula, MT Aug 16-18.
Finalizing things on month long European Tour from Aug 31st-Oct 1st. Will post finalized dates soon.
Just shot a video for the song "36 Sharpened Saws" with Northern Outpost. It's being edited right now and will post soon.
self-evident is in the final mixing stages of their new album entitled We Built a Fortress on Short Notice. It will be out in late summer & available on vinyl as well as CD. The band will also be heading over to Japan in July to play a string of shows (see dates on right) promoting the new album also being released on StiffSlack Records.
Sayer Payne has left Buildings. No drama, just touring/work schedules getting in the way. Former bassist Ryan Harding has rejoined the band. A busy fall in summer ahead. Headlining Art-a-Whirl & opening for The Men in June, 3 week US tour in July, Total Fest in August, and a month long European tour planned for September.
Haunted Heads are set to shoot a video with Northern Outpost (self-evident, Buildings) in June. They'll also be in Minneapolis on June 22nd w/ Lovely Dark. Stay tuend
What they're saying about Buildings - Melt Cry Sleep...
“Wouldn’t it be nice if all the bros who listened to “hard” music were exposed to nice things? Things like this?-- Vice Magazine Vol 19 Issue 3
“If you’re looking for something to use as a battering ram then I’d advise you to consider Buildings--not a physical entity, but the Minneapolis-based trio. Buildings quite clearly know how to produce a suitable aural assault whilst being able to provide more than just a blistering white noise: there are numerous layers throughout that allow the listener to dig beneath the initial smack in the face, thus making this more than a throwaway piece of work. It’s almost two months into 2012 now and this is easily my favorite release of the year so far.” --Rich Cocksedge,punknews.org
Buildings generate a dense, harrowing roar so enormously outsized it’s hard to believe that it’s being manifested by three ordinary-looking dudes. Though there are few respites amid the squalling, thunderous cacophony, Melt Cry Sleep holds interest more than capably, for the maelstrom the band whips up is downright musical. There’s no special talent needed to make a big noise, but it does take a certain level of expertise to thread that noise thoroughly with hummable riffs as Buildings do here. 7/10” -- PopMatters
“Based in Minneapolis, the post-hardcore three-piece Buildings draws straight from the Young Widows playbook, from the dissonant, anguished guitar riffs to the sonorous bass to the gruff, reverberated shouts. It's an evident inspiration, but Young Widows is a highly relevant rock band, and Buildings (excuse the expression) builds on Widows with an even more assertive and aggressive sound.” -- Scott Morrow, Alarm Press"Best Albums of the Week"
“We should all be talking about Minneapolis three-piece punk band Buildings more. At the rock ’n’ roll town hall meeting, first on our list of talking points would be how the band somehow seem to net together grunge, punk, and hardcore into one thrashing, streamlined, compact punch in the teeth. Our second point would be how Buildings have been packing that same punch in the teeth for longer than we could have guessed. Braille Animal, reissued in 2008 on label Doubleplusgood, is about as strong of a debut as any—and the follow-up, Melt Cry Sleep, is arguably even better.” -- The Onion A.V. Club
“Goddamn...Buildings is one HELL of a killer loud rock band with major aggressive guts and balls. The guys in this band play like there's no tomorrow. They're all fired up and full of explosive energy...but there is substance lurking beneath the waves. Instead of nonsensical noise, Melt Cry Sleep is full of surprisingly smart well-thought out songs. No formulaic stuff here. Kickass rockers include "Rainboat," "Born On A Bomb," "I Don't Love My Dog Anymore," and "Wrong Cock." Fantastic in so many ways... TOP PICK.” --babysue
"Their sound is tough to pin to a genre but, make no bones about it, the dudes are angry and loud. The songs, despite their rather direct tone, switch gears constantly, from pissed off ragers to calm breath-catching moments within, to spastic interplay between the instruments. There’s a lot that can be said about Buildings but, while their music is stylistically challenging, the overall tone is as direct as it comes. The last two minutes of the album, in “Crystal City,” are mostly discordant chords topped by Lake’s repetition of “fuck you,” and it seems entirely appropriate instead of trite." -- Loren Green, Scene Point Blank
“This is a collection of thick, battering force that can shift from kissing you on the cheek to stabbing you in the throat with devastating dexterity. Brian Lake’s guitar work and vocals are those of a caged beast; primal, furious, and unpredictable. However, the band is more than tightly wound kinetic energy. His angular, aggressive guitar playing make Lake the centerpiece of the trio, but all three members, rounded out by drummer Travis Kuhlman, work in perfect tandem to create a vortex of power on “I Don’t Love My Dog Anymore”. “Night Cop” is among the fiercest effort on the disc; a dissident, gripping dirge that will force people to reevaluate what it means to play heavy music. Go find this.” -- Rich Quinlan, Jersey Beat
"Asymetrical, mathematical and high-strung, Jesus Lizard and Melvins echo throughout, Melt Cry Sleep, the latest by Minneapolis prog/punk trio Buildings. Typically, music like this collapses under its own weight and bores us to shit after about 15 minutes, but Buildings’ strategic sense of humor, chemistry and Rube Goldberg approach to songwriting throughout Melt Cry Sleep kept us interested from start to finish." -- The Downcast
"Where the first record was raw and loose with plenty of bleed, this one is tight and disciplined with an almost martial sense of purpose. Melt Cry Sleep is far more effective than its predecessor, the songwriting invariably superior. Songs like "Born on a Bomb" and "I Don't Love My Dog Anymore" combine straight trash chords with a black sense of humor, an excellent distillation of their raucous live shows. The finale, "Crystal City," is a ferocious cocktail of screams, cackles, and a jagged bass line that attacks from all angles." -- Jeff Gage, City Pages
"As far as Melt, Cry, Sleep goes, the band hasn’t necessarily changed their sound much but definitely have steered further towards the noisier side of things, with a more noticeable influence closer to Jesus Lizard…particularly on the track “I Don’t Love My Dog Anymore”. I like the fact that the production isn’t super slick, leaving it a rougher aesthetic that bands of the same style occasionally forgo. In a way these guys are pursuing a similar type of path as Young Widows, but with an increased habit of latching onto bigger riffs at times." --Built on a Weak Spot
“Rock + Noise + Minneapolis = Amphetamine Reptile Records fersure, and this band Buildings (from Minneapolis) fersurely would’ve fit nice and snug between Hammerhead and Halo Of Flies on one of those Dope Guns comps AmRep used to crank out every so often years ago. Melt Cry Sleep is ferocious from start to finish.” --Jeff Moody, ThirdCoast Digest
"A few years, a full-length, and a new bassist later, Buildings’ sound is coming together, running the aggression and riffs of the Jesus Lizard through a very ’90s D.C. and math rock filter. While you could look at the record as a retread of its past influences, it really doesn’t matter, because Melt, Cry, Sleep blends those all up into a furiously satisfying record. As the rock cliché goes: Play this one loud, it’s the way it was meant to be."--Reviler.org
“The dudes in Buildings take time to attack all the little details of what make a record so great. Melt, Cry, Sleep, is a new gem. It’s rare to hear a record that is so high energy... real, ACTUAL energy, from beginning to end...It’s so, so loud. A damn cool record.” --Erica Krumm, Wunky Zine
Ah, some good old bash 'n' throb. Buildings was reared at the Jesus Lizard teat, and the only real change in style is to make everything just a bit more manic and heavy. Gets the blood rolling, fer shur." -- Aiding & Abetting
“Buildings play aggressive math/hardcore but tempered with a noise rock vibe. The songs are as tight as fuck and the production makes sure that all the instruments are clearly heard so the arrangements can really kick you in the face.” --Tony Penny, Black Insect Laughter (UK)
“Buildings make aggressive music, hardcore to the hub, but with a flowing motion that provides a superlative drive, propelling the sound of the music forward. Sure there’s always and element of near thrash, but it all adds up to a truly invigorating experience.” --Kevin A., Leicester Bangs (UK)
"Buildings reminds me of the music I listened to in high school: deep derisive guitars over an anti-authoritative voice, prodigious and unrelenting, music to which I could bang my head slowly. They evoke a lot of the noise-rock heroes of the ‘90s: Queens of Stone Age, Nirvana, Jawbox and Faith No More. People that were of a similar time and place will enjoy the return it affords them and to those that may not relate as well (i.e. those considerably younger) but enjoy the avant-garde noise rock will find them to be a good introduction to a style that may not be new but is still as evocative and heavy as ever." -- Listeners Guild
"Called “Buildings” because they hit you like a ton of bricks." -- Roctober
New BUILDINGS video for "Rainboat" done by the always amazing Northern Outpost.
You can now stream Melt Cry Sleep in it's entirety. You can also purchase on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Rhapsody, eMusic, Spotify
Locally you can buy the album at Cheapo, Electric Fetus, Roadrunner, and Treehouse Records
New logo, new albums. First of which is the debut from Oshkosh, WI's, Haunted Heads. The band features members of Happy and The Willis. Think 90's Superchunk meets The Replacements with two vocalists. Their self-titled debut will be available as a limited edition LP w/ a CD inside. Check out the video for their first single, "Lex" below. The band will be in Minneapolis at Hell's Kitchen on Sat Dec 10th w/ All the Way Rider, With a Gun for a Face, and Torch the Spires. You can by the new LP (w/ a CD inside) here
BUILDINGS will be releasing their 2nd album ,"Melt, Cry, Sleep" onto the world this winter. Locally, it will drop on Sat Dec 17th @ Hexagon Bar.
The band will also be playing live on Radio K's Off the Record on Fri Dec 16th. You can purchase it here
self-evident is going to be recording their follow-up to Endings in February 2012 with Carl Amburn, the sound man behind the band since 2004.
Both BUILDINGS & self-evident will be playing a number of shows in and out of town come December. See dates to the right...
More things to come.
NEW RELEASE: Buildings- Braille Animal (dpg 018)
This Minneapolis three piece is loud and heavy. Peel back the layers and you'll hear a more rhythmic Jesus Lizard, an angrier Liars, or a more methodically paced Frodus. Like those bands? So do I. Check them out
New self-evident European Tour & live videos
Check out footage from the band's European Tour with Bear Claw here