L.A. punk/EBM band Sextile kicked off 2018 with their first ever European tour – a run which saw them take their combustive live show across the continent, winning over fans for two solid months.
Now, as they prepare to return to our shores next month, the band have announced a new EP entitled '3', which is set to drop at the start of the tour on September 14th via Felte. Today they give a first taste with the frenetic “Spun”.
Since its inception in 2015, Sextile have gained a devout following thanks to the seductive energy of their live shows and non-stop touring. The '3' EP follows up their 2017 album ‘Albeit Living’ and early 2018's "Current Affair" single released on Felte Records.
After numerous lineup changes, the now two-piece comprised of Brady Keehn and Melissa Scaduto have shifted toward a minimalist approach that’s as heavy hitting as ever. Now favouring synths over guitars, they haven't thrown out the strings completely. '3' was recorded in Los Angeles at their home and practice space using a KORG MS-10, a sequencer, a Fender Stratocaster, a LinnDrum, and various percussion instruments.
Finding inspiration in futurist writer Luigi Russolo's "The Art of Noises," the pair employs a sonic palette that mirrors the chaos of the modern industrial era. Sextile excels at regulating noise, whether the source is a percussive clang, guitar stab, synth trill, or Keehn's militant vocals. Throughout '3,' bursts of abrupt discord punctuate thumping rhythms and hypnotic bass sequences. While the appropriately titled "Disco" is a club-worthy opener, "Spun" delivers the signature Sextile sound with rowdy, squealing guitars. Last week, the band shared the video for the EP's frenzied centre-piece, "Paradox."
'3' places the band's sound somewhere between DAF and Gang of Four, but it's that tinge of futurism and the observations of the current political climate that steer them right to the present. It's the explosive sound of now – it's punk that can hold down a dance floor.
Ahead of first ever UK tour which starts this week, Sextile have shared a new single and accompanying lyric video titled “Current Affair”. It’s their first new music since 2017’s album 'Albeit Living', which was released via Felte in July.
The politically charged new track features guest vocals from actress and friend of the band Sienna Scarritt, who explains: “The song addresses the regression of our (America) nation. It’s a backwards motion, a lapse happening in front of our eyes - happening fast”. She adds: “The song is a verbal refusal of getting caught in this current of delusion. It’s a plea to the world to wake up”.
Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Brighton & Margate: LA punk-noir group, Sextile are coming for you!
Following the release of their second album ‘Albeit Living’ in July on Felte Recordings, L.A. punk/EBM band SEXTILE have announced plans for an extensive European tour at the
start of 2018 and have also shared a new video.
The band’s first ever European tour will kick off with two weeks of dates across the UK, before heading into Europe to play throughout February.
They celebrate the news today with a suitably anarchic video to accompany album track “Ripped”, directed, edited and filmed by Sextile’s own Brady Keehn. He explains the ideas behind the footage saying: “Ripped is a youthful, yet destructive song and I wanted to convey that visually. Innocence and chaos. Kind of what we're born into.”
The video was shot at The 14th Factory art space in LA, where Brady worked until its recent closing.
The classical astrology meaning of a sextile is that the powers involved cooperate smoothly, so that they encourage and inspire one another, so both sides of the sextile gain by the aspect between them. This mutual stimulation is usually very creative and harmonious.
As a stable fixture in the Los Angeles underground over recent years, Sextile have been gaining a devout following since their inception in 2015. The band boldly throw convention out of the window to create and genre-bending imprint that combines the raw energy of 70’s punk with the intricate and sophisticated structural elements of 80’s post-punk and synth-wave. Their new album, Albeit Living is a politically charged, introspective album of impassioned observations on our world today.
With their visceral second album Albeit Living set for release this coming Friday July 14th via Felte, LA’s SEXTILE have shared a third
"The song came to me while I was on my way to steal groceries, a period of my life where I struggled financially and that I am not too fond of” explains Sextile vocalist & guitarist Brady Keehn. “While on the way, I started thinking about all the other weird situations I had been in through course of my life. I started singing the melody, recorded to it my phone, and there it is, "Situations"."
LA-based trio SEXTILE have shared a second track from their forthcoming second album, ‘Albeit Living’, which is to be released on July 14th via felte.
On new track “Who Killed Six”, front man Brady Keehn spits and snarls over bouncing surf punk bass licks, making for one of the album’s most joyously anarchic moments of catharsis.
“It's about a lot of things” explains Keehn. “Right when I was making the demo for ‘Who Killed Six,’ my first synth – the Korg Polysix – died; hence the name of the song. Later down the line when it came time to write lyrics, I wanted to tie in similar words that are descriptive of electronics with my view on our social, economic and political climate.”
Following the announcement of their second album. ‘Albeit Living’, to be released on July 14th via felte, LA-based trio SEXTILE have shared a new video for ‘One of
The clip features camera work & projections by Cloaking and brings together the band’s infamous visceral live show with imagery capturing the vast industrial sound that underpins this striking new record.
‘One of These’, a tirade on the feelings frontman Brady Keehn experienced during his personal struggle with addiction and escapism, is empowered by these suitably impassioned & urgent visuals.
LA-based astrologically-named trio Sextile have announced details of their second album. ‘Albeit Living’ is to be released on July 14th via felte.
The first taste is online now, with the propulsive “One of These”; an intense tirade on addiction and the feelings frontman Brady Keehn experienced during his personal struggle with addiction and escapism.
As a stable fixture in the Los Angeles underground over recent years, Sextile have been gaining a devout following since their inception in 2015. The band boldly throw convention out of
the window to create and genre-bending imprint that combines the raw energy of 70’s punk with the intricate and sophisticated structural elements of 80’s post-punk and synth-wave.
Sextile’s first release, A Thousand Hands, marked a signature sound - a dark and primitive form of angry rock ‘n’ roll, blending surf-punk, early industrial, and post-punk against a backdrop of violent energy. The album caught steam with each flailing, chaotic, electrifying performance, including a standout run with The Soft Moon. Brady Keehn’s intense vocals and piercing guitar sounds bounce effortlessly off Eddie Wuebben’s hypnotic synth-lines and Melissa Scaduto’s commanding stand-up drumming style.
After hunkering down in a basement in Echo Park to record for a couple of weeks, Sextile is back with their sophomore LP, Albeit Living. The album title, inspired by a Circle X song, means in-spite of living and sets the tone for a politically charged, introspective album of impassioned observations on our world today. Musically, Albeit Living is a testament to the band’s growth in the songwriting department and effort spent fine-tuning their burgeoning compositional skills: the synth is in the forefront on this album, allowing it to shine through more powerfully than we saw on A Thousand Hands. Despite its more sophisticated sound, the album manages to match and even intensify the seductive energy of their live shows and debut album.
The ten-song LP is a strong statement as a follow-up to their primitive debut. The album launches abruptly, pulling you almost instantaneously into its orbit of hard-hitting techno beats, juddering synths, and zooming feedback, hinting at influences including The Jesus & Mary Chain, the frostbitten analogues of Cabaret Voltaire, the myth of Public Image Ltd., and the taunting soundscapes of bands like D.A.F. and Section 25.
Albeit Living is out on felte July 14th, 2017, and the band is hitting the road for a run of West Coast dates with ADULT. UK dates to follow.