Yup, Vampire Weekend has done it again! Not only did they have the first rock album to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts in 2019, but they also maintain their #1 position on the SubModern albums chart! It’s another story on the singles chart, with a brand new #1 from Titus Andronicus called "Tumult Around The World." Both of those artists also appear on the other chart too, with Vampire Weekend’s single "This Life" in a massive tie for #4, and Titus’ upcoming album An Obelisk at #4 as well.

There’s a lot more overlap, so let’s take a look at the other artists on boths charts this week. First up are The Get Up Kids with Problems as the #2 album, and the similarly titled tune "The Problem Is Me" at #9t. My most played album of the week was Young Enough from Charly Bliss and it was the #3 most played at Specialty, featuring the insanely catchy single "Hard To Believe" in that tie for #4. Fontaines D.C.‘s Dogrel Syml‘s self-titled album are tied at #5, but "Boys In The Better Land" is another #4t, while Syml’s "Break Free" is tied at #9. Finally, Foals are back in the top tens with a new single "In Degrees" at #4t, elevating the entire record, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1, to #8.

Of course, that leaves some gaps because there are a few exclusives to each chart, most notably last week’s #1 single, "Essentially" from Japanese Breakfast, which ties at #2 with Idles‘ latest, "Mercedes Marxist." Violent Femmes are also only on the singles chart with "Hotel Last Resort" as the last piece of a five-way tie for #4.

On the album chart, The National‘s I Am Easy To Find is at #7, ahead of its release this Friday. Then with a second single released from their forthcoming album, Silversun PickupsWidow’s Weeds debuts at #9, followed by Middle Kids‘ new EP, New Songs For Old Problems at #10.

If you had trouble following along with that non-linear chart talk, you can see it in a straightforward manner below. And as always, check out the Available For Airplay list to find out what’s new for the coming chart week.

~ Josh Landow
Twitter: @JoshTLandow
 

Updated 5/15/19

#ArtistTrackLabel
1TITUS ANDRONICUSTUMULT AROUND THE WORLDMERGE
2tIDLESMERCEDES MARXISTPARTISAN
 JAPANESE BREAKFASTESSENTIALLYW
4tCHARLY BLISSHARD TO BELIEVEBARSUK
 FOALSIN DEGREESWARNER BROS.
 FONTAINES D.C.BOYS IN THE BETTER LANDPARTISAN
 VAMPIRE WEEKENDTHIS LIFECOLUMBIA
 VIOLENT FEMMESHOTEL LAST RESORTPIAS
9tTHE GET UP KIDSTHE PROBLEM IS MEPOLYVINYL
 SYMLBREAK FREENETTWERK
11BLINK 182BLAME IT ON MY YOUTHCOLUMBIA
12tGENERATIONALSI TURNED MY BACK ON THE WRITTEN WORDPOLYVINYL
 MARIKA HACKMANI’M NOT WHERE YOU ARESUB POP
 THE NATIONALHAIRPIN TURNS4AD
 ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVERREAD MY MINDSUB POP
16tBARNS COURTNEYYOU AND ICAPITOL
 BLEACHEDHARD TO KILLDEAD OCEANS
 YOUNG THE GIANTHEAT OF THE SUMMERELEKTRA
19tANGELS AND AIRWAVESREBEL GIRLRISE
 DUDE YORKFALLINGHARDLY ART
 SILVERSUN PICKUPSFREAKAZOIDNEW MACHINE / Q PRIME
 TAME IMPALABORDERLINEINTERSCOPE
23tHOLY GHOST!DO THISWEST END / BMG
 KYLE CRAFT & SHOWBOAT HONEY2 UGLY 4 NYSUB POP
 MIDDLE KIDSBELIEFS AND PRAYERSDOMINO
 RIDEFUTURE LOVEWICHITA

 

Updated 5/15/19

#ArtistAlbumLabel
1VAMPIRE WEEKENDFATHER OF THE BRIDECOLUMBIA
2THE GET UP KIDSPROBLEMSPOLYVINYL
3CHARLY BLISSYOUNG ENOUGHBARSUK
4TITUS ANDRONICUSAN OBELISKMERGE
5tFONTAINES D.C.DOGRELPARTISAN
 SYMLSYMLNETTWERK
7THE NATIONALI AM EASY TO FIND4AD
8FOALSEVERYTHING NOT SAVED WILL BE LOST – PART 1WARNER BROS.
9SILVERSUN PICKUPSWIDOW’S WEEDSNEW MACHINE / Q PRIME
10MIDDLE KIDSNEW SONGS FOR OLD PROBLEMSDOMINO
11tKING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARDFISHING FOR FISHIESATO
 MAC DEMARCOHERE COMES THE COWBOYSELF-RELEASED
 TACOCATTHIS MESS IS A PLACESUB POP
14YOUNG THE GIANTMIRROR MASTERELEKTRA
15tALASKALASKATHE DOTSMARATHON
 BAD RELIGIONAGE OF UNREASONEPITAPH
 BARRIEHAPPY TO BE HEREWINSPEAR
 CAGE THE ELEPHANTSOCIAL CUESRCA
 TEENAGE WRISTCOUNTING FLIESEPITAPH
20tBIG THIEFU.F.O.F.4AD
 BILLIE EILISHWHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?INTERSCOPE
 FAT WHITE FAMILYSERFS UP!DOMINO
 MAPSCOLOURS. REFLECT. TIME. LOSS.MUTE
 PALEHOUNDBLACK FRIDAYPOLYVINYL
 V/AFOR THE THRONE (MUSIC INSPIRED BY THE HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES)COLUMBIA
 WALLOWSNOTHING HAPPENSATLANTIC

 

Ex hex (photo: Michael Lavine)

Ex Hex (photo: Michael Lavine)

GETTING REAL WITH EX HEX

By Joey Odorisio

Power trio Ex Hex recently released their sophomore album It’s Real on Merge Records, following-up their hooky 2014 debut record Rips. While in Philadelphia recently, FMQB‘s Joey Odorisio sat down with band members Mary Timony, Betsy Wright and Laura Harris to chat about their home turf of Washington, D.C. and, surprisingly, ice cream.

The first record came out over four years ago and you’ve all done different things since then. Laura, you were a member of Death Valley Girls, Betsy, you had your band Bat Fangs and Mary, you went on a reunion tour with Helium. How did that all influence It’s Real?

Mary: It’s good to switch up and do different projects because it makes you see things and get more inspired. It just took us a while to get enough songs together to do a record, so that’s really why we had such a long break.

The video for “Tough Enough” has fun with a serious topic…since you survive a nuclear war in it! Did you just get an interesting video treatment, or were you thinking, “With the guy who has his finger on the button, this is weighing on our minds right now?”

Betsy: A little from column A, a little from column B.

Well, you are a D.C. band. I wouldn’t call It’s Real a political record, but just by virtue of living there, does that vibe still filter into the record?

Betsy: Yeah, it’s weird down there.
Laura: A lot more motorcades than there ever were.
Betsy: Lots of marches, freedom of speech.
Laura: A lot of protesting outside of the White House…

Speaking of D.C., you also recently got your own ice cream flavor there! How did that happen? And what does it taste like?

Laura: All three of us love mint chocolate chip, so we said, let’s do mint chocolate chip!
Betsy: We have some friends in D.C. that have an ice cream shop and they’ve done flavors for other bands and friends of ours. Just pick a flavor that you think represents your band.
Laura: It’s called Mt. Desert and it’s on Mount Pleasant, a cool neighborhood in D.C.

 

SubModern Session: Dentist

Dentist
Night Swimming
(Cleopatra)

Dentist is a three-piece indie pop / surf rock band from Asbury Park, New Jersey featuring the married couple of singer / bass player Emily Bornemann and guitarist Justin Bornemann, along with drummer Matt Hockenjos.  The trio released their third album Night Swimming last year on Cleopatra Records.  I recently got to know them a bit and you can too in the interview below and hear them perform acoustic versions of songs from their album for our latest SubModern Session in the player below.

FMQB:  Tell us how Dentist got together? 
 
Emily Bornemann:  Justin and I formed this band when we were in another band that was fading out.  So we started Dentist as a side project, mostly just for fun.  We put out a few songs and people liked them, so we were like, "alright, let’s do it full time."  We were a five-piece, and then a four-piece, and now we’re a three-piece with Matt on drums for the past couple years. 

FMQB:  So it’s been addition by subtraction?

Justin Bornemann:  Yeah, we started with as many as possible.  We’ll be down to two soon.  [laughs]

FMQB:  I know that Emily and Justin, you’re married.  Did that precede the band?

JB:  Yes.  Well, we got married while the band was happening, but we were together before that.

EB:  We were engaged when the band started.

FMQB: I imagine it would be a great thing to be working with your significant other all the time, but then also there are probably times when it can be difficult.  What’s the dynamic like and how do you separate what’s the band, and what’s personal life? 
 
EB:  Since the day we met, we were playing music together, and we weren’t even dating then.  So we don’t really know any other way of life as a couple.  Basically, we really just don’t take anything home.  Everything stays in Matt’s room where we practice.  [laughs]

Matt Hockenjos:  There’s a lot in there!  [laughs]

JB:  That’s in theory what we try to do, but…

FMQB:  And Matt is also a marriage counselor?

MH:  I have to say they really don’t take a lot home.  They get along great.  I think being a three-piece band makes it pretty easy as well to communicate.  Musically, just from my perspective, I think they’re on a pretty similar page.  They like a lot of the same music and they hear things similarly.  I notice that when Justin’s maybe having trouble thinking of where a song should go, Emily can kind of pick up there and say, "what about this."  And vice versa.  If Emily has an idea for a song and we don’t know how to get to the next part, Justin’s great at taking it to that next level as well.  As far as music couples go, they’re awesome and they’re great to work with.   
 
EB:  Awww, thanks Matt!

FMQB:  It sounds like there’s less of delineation than like, Emily writes the words and Justin writes the music.  It’s more of an overall collaborative effort.
 
EB: Yeah, pretty much.  I mostly write the words.  Mostly.  But everything else is like 50/50.

FMQB:  A third album can be a defining moment for a band, cause you’ve had a couple under your belt.  What was the significance of album three for you?
 
EB: The third record was the most thought out.  The first one we kinda just threw together everything we had.   

FMQB:  That’s usually how a first record is.
 
EB: Yeah.  Then the second record was a little more coherent.  But I feel like with the third one, we grew up a little. 

JB:  It was more thought out, but also done in a very short amount of time too.
 
FMQB: Being from Asbury Park, the home of Bruce Springsteen, there’s definitely a musical heritage from your town.  So, do you get asked about having a connection with him all the time?

JB: Very frequently.  If we do an interview out of the area it comes up a lot.

FMQB: And it just did again, so… [laughs]  Do you have a fondness [for Bruce] or do you just happen to be from the same town?

EB: I have a lot of respect for him.  Without him, Asbury would’ve died.  Now there’s a resurgence and they’re building everything up.  But during that period where Asbury wasn’t doing so well, there was still music.  That’s what started drawing people back in.   

JB:  He definitely put the name on the map.  Everybody knows Bruce Springsteen and Asbury Park.  We all respect him a lot, but none of us actually listen to his music, aside from songs here and there.  I was really curious about him though and I did actually read his book that came out last year.  He’s a really interesting guy, very interesting story.

FMQB: The other thing that I really wanted to know is why your band is called Dentist, which has a negative connotation to most people.  No one likes to go to the dentist.  Why did you name your band Dentist?

EB: It was funny.   

JB:  When we weren’t taking the band that seriously and it was just a side project, we really didn’t put any thought into it and we just thought it was funny.  I don’t know why.  It’s not that funny.  We weren’t thinking about how it would be when people search for our name on Google and stuff like that.  So, that’s how we got stuck with this name. 

EB: Yeah, stuck with is the way to put it.

Find out more about Dentist at DentistBand.com.  Listen to their acoustic SubModern Session performances of songs from Night Swimming here.

By Josh T. Landow