Tag Archive: “Swirlies”

Cruel Summer releases their Ivy via LP and digital on Mt. St. Mtn. on June 30. Cruel Summer’s sound evokes the dazed, fuzzed-out, swirling noise of the late 1980s UK sound while still sticking to their pop roots–they’ve aptly been crowned San Francisco’s “jangle darlings.”

Following their 2013 ST/EP (Mt. St. Mtn.,) they released the sold-out lathe-cut 7-inch for “Leeches,” accompanied by a video. In 2016, Cruel Summer released “Around You, Around Me,” recorded for L.A.’s Part Time Punks, the 7-inch b-side features a moody cover of Pylon’s “Crazy.” It was mastered by Kramer (Galaxie 500 and Low).

Ivy is the long-awaited, first full-length album from this quartet, who have become a mainstay in the San Francisco and Oakland club scene. Recorded at Santo Studio in Oakland, California by Jason Kick (Sonny & the Sunsets, Once and Future Band, Mild High Club, Maus Haus), the record is a love poem to San Francisco, with all its changes and disappointments. Cruel Summer recently completed a California tour with the UK’s Primitives, and in early August they will be accompanying the ’90s noise pop demons Swirlies on a full west coast tour.

Catch them live here:

6/22 – San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout w/ Terry Malts, Male Gaze

7/8 –  Guernville, CA @ Deathstock III

8/3 –  San Diego, CA @ Space (fka Hideout) w/ The Swirlies

8/4 –  Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door w/ The Swirlies

8/5 –  Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar w/ The Swirlies

8/6 –  Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo w/ The Swirlies

8/7 –  Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium w/ The Swirlies

8/8 –  San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel w/ The Swirlies

8/10 –  Portland, OR @ The Doug Fir w/ The Swirlies

8/11 –  Seattle, WA @ Barboza w/ The Swirlies

8/12 –  Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown w/ The Swirlies

This July, 1990s shoegaze icons Swirlies will embark on a two-week tour to celebrate 25 years with no official break-up, a new 7″, and the anticipated vinyl reissue of their Blondertongue Audiobaton LP (1993), one of the most influential records from the early U.S. shoegaze scene.

Swirlies’ last U.S. appearances were in support of Kurt Vile & The Violators in 2013.

The lineup will include founding members Damon Tutunjian (guitar/vocals), Seana Carmody (guitar/vocals), and Andy Bernick (bass/keyboards). The shows will be Seana’s first appearances with the band since 2001. Accompanying the original lineup will be longtime members Adam Pierce (Mice Parade) and Rob Laakso (Kurt Vile & the Violators) on drums and guitar respectively. Both have played in Swirlies since the mid-1990s. Elliott Malvas (You’re Jovian) will join on additional guitar and keyboards.

A new, limited edition 7-inch record titled Swirlies’ Magic Strop: Orca Vs. Dragon, containing three tracks from UK radio sessions, will be released just prior to the tour on the band’s own Sneaky Flute Empire label. The radio tracks are available to stream now over at SPIN and onSoundCloud.

Also anticipated this summer is a Taang! Records vinyl reissue of their classic Blondertongue Audiobaton LP.

7.01 Hudson, NY @ The Half Moon

7.02 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

7.03 Allston, MA @ Great Scott

7/04 Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn

7.05 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right

7.06 Washington, DC @Black Cat

7.07 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar

7.08 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle

7.09 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl

7.10 Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub

7.11 Indianapolis, IN @ Joyful Noise Recordings

7.12 Chicago, IL @ West Fest

7.13 Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory

7.14 Toronto, ON @ Drake Hotel

7.15 Montreal, QC @ Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B.