Cozy homemade spaghetti
By Robin Ecoeur
Super Defense is mine, Andy Horvath's, solo project, with live backing from Nate Currie, Evan Pacheco and Andrew Idarraga. I tried to restrict myself from a lot of electric guitars, and recorded most songs with my nylon string classical guitar. I used mostly 808's for drums and recorded all my parts with a USB mic.
When I wrote Ghoul Summer, I was channeling all these thoughts of summer and freedom. So happiness came naturally to those songs. The songs on this new one are definitely a little more sombre and reflective. The live show's about to get a lot sadder...
Story of Genesis
My friends and I have a nightly ritual of playing Super Street Fighter II on Sega Genesis; it's so indispensable to our nights, that it felt natural to write a song about it. Definitely something I'll remember years from now.
The VHS Sessions guys have every video in a new room, and playing in a kitchen was a trip. My next album is gonna be "kitchen pop".
Now just how cool does this session look? Imagine coming back to your house to find these blokes in your kitchen? Scary at first I'd imagine...especially when singing "you can find me fucking around with knives in my Grandma's cellar", but then I reckon the magic of the music would hit and you'll settle down to the idea!
The above song New Brubeck is from the previous release Ghoul Summer, a happy go lucky Pop EP which stands in stark contrast to the latest, much darker release, Closing Ceremonies. Indeed, the first release is a top effort with New Brubeck being the clear stand out performance; a track full of promises. It's about the sound, the melody and the attitude. And though it’s a kind of jam-centric record which feels a little Born Ruffian, it definitely sounds like the outfit have found their style (their style being they don’t have one).
That's evident from the follow up. Darker, more reflective, but equally as thoughtful at the same time. The more DIY approach to Closing Ceremonies lends itself to the introspective detail within the record. But it's still pop, don't get me wrong. In fact maybe more so, but with a somewhat fuzzier detail too. And that's great. The highlight of the EP comes in the shape and form of the opening track Call U Home, which despite lacking the same back story as the mighty (Sega) Genesis, shows the intent and direction of the NYCers.