Emerging Toronto-based artist Rachel Bobbitt shares “Watch and See,” a fantastic and rippling track that features scorched guitar lines frayed underneath an aching chorus.
“Watch and See” serves as the final preview before the release of her forthcoming EP The Ceiling Could Collapse, out this Friday, July 15th on Fantasy Records.
“‘Watch and See’ is a song about attempting to connect through moments of dissociation,” Bobbitt explains. “Trying to use bits of phrases, visual landmarks & physical sensations to bring myself back to the present moment.”
Bobbitt, who just wrapped shows supporting Indigo De Souza and Sunflower Bean, has upcoming dates supporting Men I Trust and Bad Bad Hats along with her own headline show in Toronto on August 9th. All dates below.
8/4 – Woodstock, NY @ Colony *
8/6 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge ~
8/7 – S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom *
8/9 – Toronto, ON, Canada @ The Drake Hotel – Headline Show
Before I dive into shows I have to begin with the elephant in the room called SCOTUS. Last week I was shocked and distraught like everyone else about the Dobbs decision. I’m a little over 50, and in one stroke of a pen, the world I knew changed. We are now in unexplored territory. We have states tearing themselves apart. I’m not an optimist but I believe we will make it through this. I hope I will live another 50 years to see the pendulum swing back to sanity.
June was a very busy month. I had the pleasure of seeing Sunflower Bean end a tour. It was a lighthouse but the show was magical. Look for them to come back in the winter with Peach Pit. You can find photos of that show at:
I also saw Tori Amos. Tori Amos is an artist that pre-dates FEMMUSIC. I saw 2 of her tours before I even started FEMMUSIC. Her first album came out 30 years ago. The audience was one of the most diverse I’ve seen. It included mothers and daughters, couples of all sexes, and generations in a single room. Amos played the majority of the set of songs from her latest album, and the audience knew them…every word. It was more surprising that not as many people knew her older songs. The night was memorable like seeing an old friend, with a new partner.
I also saw She & Him for the first time. They began their tour in Denver. The tour is for their new album of Brian Wilson covers. Speaking to friends in the lobby, one commented that he didn’t even know about the Brian Wilson songs when he bought a ticket. It was not an ideal night for She & Him. The backup band was great and knew their cues but She & Him were rusty. M Ward had to keep checking the set list as the guitar tech brought out newly tuned guitars for each song. Zooey Deschanel had a tablet in front of her the whole night. The only times they weren’t rusty was when they played songs from older albums. I hope they improved through the tour. The unforced errors of opening night interrupted the natural flow and energy of what should have been a breezy night at the beach.
Finally, Benee. Benee is a New Zealand artist. I’ve been a fan for a while now. Her sold-out show was a blessing. Benee had energy and charisma. Her make-up that night was reminiscent of Harley Quinn. Her songs were fun and quick. The set was under 90 minutes and begged for an encore.
New York trio Sunflower Bean—vocalist and bassist Julia Cumming (she/her), guitarist and vocalist Nick Kivlen (he/him), and drummer Olive Faber (she/her)—released their long-awaited new album, Headful of Sugar, earlier this year. Today they release the first of a four-part installment of a behind-the-scenes mini documentary about the making of the album, which is soundtracked by “Otherside,” a song that details a recent abortion experience for Cumming. To go with the video,
Cumming shares the following statement on behalf of her and the band.
In the fall of 2020, I had an abortion.
I was stunned by the range of emotions I experienced when it was over. Women’s bodies are constantly politicized, and it didn’t feel like there was any conversations surrounding abortion touched on the nuance of loss while knowing that you had to make a decision that gives you a chance at your own life. I felt completely isolated, and like I was part of a secret club in which no members were allowed to speak to each other. I ended up in a weekly post-abortion support group for women, and wrote “Otherside” – the song that plays in this mini documentary out today – about that experience. The first time this song was ever played for anyone outside of the band was over zoom to the other women in the group.
The overturning of Roe v. Wade is an attack on women and our bodily autonomy. How long will women have to fight to be considered people? When will we have the same access to healthcare and equality, the way men in our country do? This of course does not only impacts those that identify as women or have a uterus – this is extremely detrimental for everyone in our country, including the queer and trans communities. I have been fighting for my right to live and make art on my own terms for as long as I can remember. That will never change, and now I know we have to fight harder than ever.
Olive, Nick and myself would like to encourage you to support Mayday Health, a registered health education nonprofit that can help women access abortion pills in all 50 states by mail, if you have the means to do so.
Today, Nova Scotia-born and Toronto-based artist Rachel Bobbitt announced The Ceiling Could Collapse, her brand-new 6-track EP and debut for Fantasy Records. The EP, which Bobbitt co-produced with Justice Der and was mixed by GRAMMY-nominee Jorge Elbrecht, will be released on July 15th.
To celebrate Bobbitt has released her new single “Gemini Ties.”
“My brother and I have that inseparable connection, and it manifests in me wanting to shelter him from every bad thing, even though he’s more than capable of doing that himself,” she says.
May 26 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace – with Sunflower Bean
August 4 – Woodstock, NY @ Colony – with Men I Trust
August 7 – S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom – with Men I Trust
New York trio Sunflower Bean—vocalist and bassist Julia Cumming (she/her), guitarist and vocalist Nick Kivlen (he/him), and drummer Olive Faber (she/they)—release their long-awaited new album, Headful of Sugar, tomorrow.
To celebrate the release, today the band share a new single entitled “In Flight”. Of the track and video Kivlen says, “This song is a romantic vision of meeting a lover, running away together, and entering a dangerous new world. It’s less safe but also less suffocating. The video follows me through a series of twilight zone-style mishaps as I search to be seen or understood. Things only improve when I finally find like-minded people. Is it a dream? Is it the multiverse? It’s for the viewer to decide.”
New York trio Sunflower Bean—vocalist and bassist Julia Cumming (she/her), guitarist and vocalist Nick Kivlen (he/him), and drummer Olive Faber (she/they)—are gearing up to release their long-awaited new album, Headful of Sugar, next month. Following the previously released “Who Put You Up To This?,” “Baby Don’t Cry” and “Roll The Dice” is “I Don’t Have Control Sometimes,” out today.
“I’ve always thought that my reckless side was both a gift and a curse, leading me to my best choices on stage but my worst choices in life,” explains Cumming. “I don’t have control sometimes is the admission, acceptance, and almost celebration of the parts of yourself that are impulsive or maybe even insane.”
Empath have shared a video for “Elvis Comeback Special,” the final single from their anticipated new album, Visitor. The animated video was directed by frequent Empath collaborator Halle Ballard.
“‘Elvis’ started as a discarded voice memo. Sometimes I’ll play little guitar parts and melodies into my phone and then not think anything of them until many months later. When I listen back it’s like listening to someone else’s music and I can hear the song more clearly,” says Catherine Elicson. “So I fleshed out all the parts, and when I brought it to the whole band, all these unexpected rhythms and melodies popped out of the song. The song came to life; that’s the most exciting part of collaborating as a band.
The lyrics took me the longest of any song to complete. The morning of the day I was to sing all my vocals in the studio, I was sitting outside a cafe hyped on caffeine and sweatily typing new words into my notes app. The lyrics deal with the feeling of uncertainty in yourself when you’re caught up in someone else’s world and you have to disentangle fantasy and cold reality. Because the song has these sharply rhythmic moments, Jake [Portrait] suggested I sing the lyrics really lazily as a contrast. The effect, though subtle, added a more compelling vibe to the whole song. ”
New York trio Sunflower Bean—vocalist and bassist Julia Cumming (she/her), guitarist and vocalist Nick Kivlen (he/him), and drummer Olive Faber (she/they)—released their sophomore album Twentytwo in Blue in 2018, and quickly followed it with 2019’s King of the Dudes EP, which saw the band’s Triple A debut with “Come For Me.” Now, three years later, the band returns with their long-awaited third studio album. Headful of Sugar will be released on May 6 via Mom + Pop. psychedelic headrush designed to be played loud with the windows down, Headful of Sugar features songwriting collaborations with the likes of Shamir, Suzy Shinn and Jacob Portrait (who also produced, mixed and co-engineered the record with Faber).
Today Sunflower Bean also share Headful of Sugar’s lead single and opening track, the taut groove “Who Put You Up To This?”
The band says of the track, “Are you satisfied? Who put you up to do things that you do? Was it your own choice? Questioning your life is the first step to taking the agency to change it. Sometimes you have to let go of who you have been so that you can become who you want to be. “ Listen to the track and watch the music video below.
2/24/22 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Showcase Lounge*
2/25/22 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace*
2/26/22 – Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom*
3/04/22 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar^
3/05/22 – Millersville, PA @ Phantom Power^
3/06/22 – Pittsburg, PA @ Club Cafe^
3/08/22 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar^
3/10/22 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop^
3/11/22 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar^
3/12/22 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway Nightclub^
3/14/22 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/15/22 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/16/22 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/17/22 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/19/22 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
3/20/22 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
3/21/22 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
3/30/22 – Cambridge, UK @ Junction 2
3/31/22 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
4/01/22 – Manchester, UK @ Strange Waves Festival
4/02/22 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
4/04/22 – Newcastle upon Tyne, UK @ Newcastle University
New York trio Sunflower Bean—Julia Cumming (she/her), Nick Kivlen (he/him), and Jake Faber (she/they)—released their sophomore album Twentytwo in Blue in 2018, which skyrocketed to the UK’s Top 40, and quickly followed it with 2019’s King of the Dudes EP, which saw the band’s Triple A debut with “Come For Me.” Since then, the band opened for Bernie Sanders and The Strokes in New Hampshire, Cumming appeared on Yves Tumor’s “Strawberry Privilege,” and the band toured extensively with the likes of Beck, Cage the Elephant, Interpol, Courtney Barnett, and more, while also playing countless festivals internationally.
Now the band returns with their first new material of 2021. Alongside the announcement of new U.S. tour dates, Sunflower Bean release a new song entitled “Baby Don’t Cry.” Written by the band, produced and mixed by UMO’s Jacob Portrait, co-engineered by Jake Faber and Portrait, and recorded between Electric Lady and Sunflower Bean Studios, “Baby Don’t Cry,” out now via Mom + Pop Music, is an exciting taste of what’s to come from Sunflower Bean in 2022.
The band says of the new song, “So many things in our lives are disposable. Content and news is consumed and discarded leaving us unfulfilled. ‘Baby Don’t Cry’ is about enjoying the real. The things right in front of us that give us meaning and how sometimes, even sad songs can give you that warm feeling of hope.”
Sunflower Bean released their King of Dudes EP in 2019, as a follow-up to their Twentytwo in Blue album in 2018. “Moment in the Sun” is their first new music for 2020 and it is an indie pop song with a wonderful message.
“‘Moment In The Sun’ is about finally recognizing what is important in one’s life, the people you decide to spend it with,” Sunflower Bean explains of the track. “All of these things we distract ourselves with, the neverending mountain of career climbing, the pursuit of financial success, and the hope that after all that trying you could finally be cool. All of that is meaningless in comparison to one great day, hour, or moment with someone you really love.”
The band further explains of the video: “While quarantining together upstate this summer we decided to make a music video for ‘Moment In The Sun.’ We thought the best way to visually represent the meaning of the song, while also taking inspiration from this isolating time everyone has been forced to live in, was to create two separate worlds. One world which exists totally inside a home, mostly in a lonely bedroom. The other world exists completely outside in the sun and is made up of memories of a summer love. We invited Marquis Rodriguez, who is one of Julia’s best friends since high school and also an incredibly talented actor, to co-star in the video. He was crucial in helping us tell the story of summer love and show those potent memories of tenderness coming to life. While living alone, the character Julia is portraying becomes flooded with memories and moments from the past summer, and as a result her bedroom starts to transform into the outdoor world. We built up the entire bedroom using real sod and flowers. Her memories are brought to life, just like the room.”