Alrighty, it’s week two of the 2019 SubModern charts and we have pretty much all the shows back up and reporting this week after a bunch were still on "extended holiday" last time. Speaking of our reporting shows, we’ll have a new one as of next week – The Fringe hosted by dXn will be joining us from WAQX in Syracuse, NY (not to be confused with the already reporting WAXQ in NYC).
Now onto this week’s chart analysis. I will lead by saying that I’ve never seen it take more spins to get on the singles chart and less spins to get on the albums chart than this week. Does that make sense? Maybe it’s part of it being the beginning of the year, where we have a lot of new records due out soon, but not out quite yet. Anyway, that was not the case with our new #1 album of the week – Deerhunter‘s Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared will be released this Friday, but already has a handful of tracks out. And the brand new #1 debuting single this week wasn’t much of a "Longshot" (though that is the title) from Catfish And The Bottlemen. Congrats to both!
The singles continue with last week’s top track, The Bright Light Social Hour‘s "Lie To Me," as #2 in a tie with the brand new Ex Hex tune, "Cosmic Cave." There’s a big ol’ tie (but not the biggest) for #4, between Broken Bells‘ "Shelter," Grandaddy‘s "Bison On The Plains," The Raconteurs‘ "Now That You’re Gone," and Walk The Moon‘s "Timebomb." Tender stands alone with "Closer Still" at #8, but then nothing stands alone in a six-way tie for #9. You can see who all is involved on the chart below.
As we look back to the long-players, Pedro The Lion is back with their first album in fifteen years,Phoenix, which is tied at #2 with Cherry Glazerr‘s forthcoming Stuffed & Ready. Sharon Van Etten‘s Remind Me Tomorrow and Tallies‘ self-titled debut are tied at #4 and then Lost Under Heaven is at #6 with Love Hates What You Become. There’s another tie for # 7 between Girlpool‘s What Chaos Is Imaginary, Royal Trux‘s (is that gramaticaly correct? [Yes, it is.]) White Stuff, and Toro Y Moi‘s Outer Peace. That just leaves Alice Merton at #10 with Mint to close out the top ten albums, but of course you can see more albums (and singles) down below.
That’s all I’ve got for you today, but next week, I hope to share the first SubModern Session of the year, so check back then.
|1||CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN||LONGSHOT||CAPITOL|
|2t||THE BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR||LIE TO ME||MODERN OUTSIDER|
|EX HEX||COSMIC CAVE||MERGE|
|4t||BROKEN BELLS||SHELTER||30TH CENTURY / AURAL APOTHECARY|
|GRANDADDY||BISON ON THE PLAINS||30TH CENTURY|
|THE RACONTEURS||NOW THAT YOU’RE GONE||THIRD MAN|
|WALK THE MOON||TIMEBOMB||RCA|
|THE BETHS||FUTURE ME HATES ME||CARPARK|
|THE INTERRUPTERS||GAVE YOU EVERYTHING||EPITAPH|
|JUDAH & THE LION||OVER MY HEAD||CAROLINE|
|PERFECT SON||IT’S FOR LIFE||SUB POP|
|15t||CHERRY GLAZERR||WASTED NUN||SECRETLY CANADIAN|
|TAKING BACK SUNDAY||ALL READY TO GO||CRAFT / CONCORD|
|SASAMI||NOT THE TIME||DOMINO|
|21t||BEAR HANDS||BLUE LIPS||Q PRIME / SPENSIVE|
|SHARON VAN ETTEN||SEVENTEEN||JAGJAGUWAR|
|WARBLY JETS||PROPAGANDA||REBEL UNION|
|24t||BIG WILD||CITY OF SOUND||COUNTER|
|FAT WHITE FAMILY||FEET||DOMINO|
|ROYAL TRUX||WHITE STUFF||FAT POSSUM|
|1||DEERHUNTER||WHY HASN’T EVERYTHING ALREADY DISAPPEARED?||4AD|
|2t||CHERRY GLAZERR||STUFFED & READY||SECRETLY CANADIAN|
|PEDRO THE LION||PHOENIX||POLYVINYL|
|4t||SHARON VAN ETTEN||REMIND ME TOMORROW||JAGJAGUWAR|
|6||LOST UNDER HEAVEN||LOVE HATES WHAT YOU BECOME||MUTE|
|7t||GIRLPOOL||WHAT CHAOS IS IMAGINARY||ANTI-|
|ROYAL TRUX||WHITE STUFF||FAT POSSUM|
|TORO Y MOI||OUTER PEACE||CARPARK|
|10||ALICE MERTON||MINT||MOM + POP|
|11t||THE DANDY WARHOLS||WHY YOU SO CRAZY||DINE ALONE|
|RUFUS DU SOL||SOLACE||WARNER BROS.|
|13t||BOB MOULD||SUNSHINE ROCK||MERGE|
|THE FAINT||EGOWERK||SADDLE CREEK|
|GOOD, THE BAD & THE QUEEN||MERRIE LAND||STUDIO 13 / ADA|
|MOTHER MOTHER||DANCE AND CRY||UNIVERSAL|
|21t||THE 1975||A BRIEF INQUIRY INTO ONLINE RELATIONSHIPS||INTERSCOPE|
|BAY LEDGES||IN WAVES||S-CURVE|
|BUGS||SOCIAL SLUMP EP||SELF-RELEASED|
|CIRCA WAVES||WHAT’S IT LIKE OVER THERE?||PROLIFICA / PIAS|
|GREENSKY BLUEGRASS||ALL FOR MONEY||THIRTY TIGERS|
|KAREN O & DANGER MOUSE||LUX PRIMA||BMG|
|PHOSPHORESCENT||C’EST LA VIE||DEAD OCEANS|
|THE REVIVALISTS||TAKE GOOD CARE||LOMA VISTA|
|ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES||YOUNG SICK CAMELLIA||RECORDS|
|TOMORROWS TULIPS||HARNESSED TO FLESH||BURGER|
|THE TWILIGHT SAD||IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME||ROCK ACTION|
|VELVET STARLINGS||EP1||SOUND x 3 / ROCK N ROLLA|
|ZALE||EYE SEE YOU||MADISON|
Castlecomer is a five-piece band from Sydney, Australia who recently released their self-titled debut album on Concord Records. On their recent U.S. tour, the band, including singer Bede Kennedy, keyboardist Joe Neely, guitarist
Tommy Kennedy, bassist Joe Kennedy, and drummer Patch Kennedy, joined us to chat and perform some acoustic renditions of songs from their album for another SubModern Session, which you can listen to below.
FMQB: I understand that your band name has some Irish origins, but you’re all Australian, so what’s the deal with that?
Bede Kennedy: It’s quite confusing. We’re all related and our sort of communal grandfather had a house called Castlecomer. We were all at the house one day and we saw the same, not knowing that it was the town in Ireland where he was born. And so we decided to name our band that. And then we found out that’s where his family was from. Y’know the pronunciation’s difficult, it’s all difficult, but we stuck with it and we’re still here. And then we called our album that, which was even more dumb.
FMQB: What are you all, cousins?
BK: Yeah, except for The D.H.D.D. (Joe Neely), we are all cousins. Our keyboardist Neely is our friend from Kindergarten through to what we call Year 12. We saw him every day. And then we started a band. There’s two brothers, two cousins, and a friend.
FMQB: But it’s like you’re related.
BK: Pretty much. He shows up at our family Christmases.
Joe Kennedy: My mom likes him better than me.
FMQB: So tell me, what was the impetus for all of you to start the band?
BK: We were just bored in Australia. We weren’t particularly good at music or writing songs, but we wanted to play shows because we heard you could get free beer at establishments. We didn’t have cash, but had instruments. So we thought let’s try to get a few gigs, pretend we’re good, show up, drink all the beer and get out of there before they realize. Boom. Next thing you know, you’re in America with a debut album and a record deal.
FMQB: And you got good!
BK: Thank you. We practiced a lot.
FMQB: Now I understand that you, Bede, were a lawyer. That’s a pretty big career change.
BK: Yes I was. We all had pretty big career changes. We have a chemical engineer in the band, a sports scientist, a business manager, a carpenter who can build houses, and we also had a yoga instructor. We have an array of half-baked gifts in strange fields.
FMQB: Probably all of those things at some point or another could come in handy in the band. Y’know if you ever want to build a band house, or sets for a tour.
BK: That’s exactly what Tommy does. He literally fixes everything! And Pat handles all the illicit substances and makes sure they are safe.
FMQB: And certainly when you’re getting into copyrights and royalties and things of that nature, your law expertise could…
BK: Not really, no no…
FMQB: What kind of law did you practice?
BK: I was working with the government before we sort of moved over here. I was investigating the banks. The banks are bad. They’ll steal your money!
FMQB: Yeah. So do you live in the states now?
BK: We have all moved here. We’re kind of like gypsies right now. We pretty much live in our van and we’re just touring as much as possible. So, we moved to Nashville and spent like two and half months there, then moved to L.A. and spent another two months there. But, in between that we’ve just been on tour, so we haven’t really got a house.
FMQB: Tommy’s gonna build the house when you do decide where to settle.
FMQB: I went your show and Bede you have a very commanding presence with the crowd, so tell me about how you connect with an audience and what their participation gives back to you
BK: You connect your eyeballs with their eyeballs and nothing can go wrong. That’s the approach of our band. I have the most fun as a fan when the band is into it and getting everyone else into it, and engaging. So, that’s our policy… give ’em a good time!
Find out more about Castlecomer at CastlecomerMusic.com or Concord.com. Listen to their acoustic SubModern Session performances of single "All of The Noise" and two more songs from the album here.
By Josh T. Landow
IN THE RING WITH KATE NASH
By Josh T. Landow & Joey Odorisio
British singer-songwriter Kate Nash made a splash back in 2007 with her debut album Made of Bricks, showcasing her sharp songwriting and witty lyrics. Since then, her sound has expanded and gotten more eclectic over the course of the past decade. The past year has seen her profile skyrocket, as she used Kickstarter to fund the release of her fourth album Yesterday Was Forever while also co-starring on the smash Netflix series GLOW. Recently, Kate sat down with Josh T. Landow & Joey Odorisio of FMQB to discuss her new record, feminism, mental health and pro wrestling.
How was your experience of working with Kickstarter?
I feel like it still is the experience because it’s still figuring it out as you go along. It was nerve-wracking doing the Kickstarter. I didn’t want to do it at first because I thought it might fail and I was nervous the entire time. But I was also pretty excited. The more time went on, I realized it made more sense for me to be doing that. I had terrible meetings with record labels that made me feel like crap.
You already had three albums out through bigger labels and that helped you build enough of a fan base that when you go off on your own with something like Kickstarter, they’ll follow you.
It was so stressful. You have to brace yourself for failure or you have to change how you measure success. It’s really easy to feel like “I’m falling because everything’s hard” or “Should it be easier? Should I keep going because it’s so hard?” But actually, we’re having amazing experiences on tour that are a constant reminder.
I met a girl the other night who was crying through “Nicest Thing,” so much so that Emma in my band wanted to run down and hug her during the show. We met her afterward and she said her and her sister had listened to my music together and they’d always talked about going to a show. Her sister died, and that was her sister’s favorite song. And she was from Alaska and we were in Denver, and her grandparents lived in Denver, so she decided it was a sign and came to the show on her own. That is so amazing and that’s how I want to measure success – just having a connection with people through music.
You can’t take it for granted. It’s easy to get caught up in that fast-paced lifestyle and what boxes you need to tick, but I’ll remember that for the rest of my life. When I look back on Made of Bricks and being on the charts and played on the radio, that’s not something I look back on and think, “Oh it was so moving being played on Radio 1, wow.” It was fine but I wasn’t happy then and I’m happier now as an artist and I still get to have these amazing, emotional moments with fans.