NJ's Vows conjure up noir dreams + plays Cake Shop tomorrow (05.10)

Vows is the electronic project of four New Jersey based musicians from Somerset County - yes we cover the NJ scene that far. But wait... it's also the name of an electronic band from Brooklyn! May the law suit begin! Anyway, we covered the Brooklyn guys a bunch of times already, so it's time to focus on their NJ colleagues. Even though in their bandcamp profile's tags Vows label themselves as "Dream Pop", their music features a philosophic aura and a subtle creepiness that fits with the word "dream" but kind of fights with the notion of "pop" - we think they should rather find a label with the word "noir" in it. Their debut came out in 2011, but after two years without output, the band seems to have found new inspiration in 2013, which led to the release of full length "Stranger Things" that same year, and then already three singles and two EPs in 2014!!! 

We are digging this song from their February 2014 single "Ride This Out" - check it out below. By the way, Vows will NOT be playing live at Cake Shop tomorrow night (05.10) - that's the other Vows...


Vows releases video for "Ghost Years"

Since the weather is finally giving us a break today after what felt like a decade long winter, this is probably not the ideal time to play this colorless, icy video by NYC via Australia electro goths Vows. Problem is, it's a well done video for a well written song, and when something is beautiful you shouldn't miss it, no matter if it's sad, weird, or gray. Check out the band's full self titled 2013 EP here, and see them Friday April 25th at Radio Bushwick in Brooklyn.


From The Deli NYC's submissions: Vows

Industrial dance duo Vows may hide beneath a veneer of unsentimental cold-wave machinery, with the robotic-like hooks of 'Symbol System' and 'Councillor's' dizzying array of drum machines. But as they say: 'I'm thought of as a cool unemotional dancer, but inside I am not.' Though I'd recommend seeing them live first before being too sure about that.

The band's new, self-titled EP is all this and more. One minute their low growls are making us more than a little on edge, and the next... they sound like the anthemic soundtrack to every teen-vamp movie we've ever seen. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

This band submitted their music for coverage hereWe added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best Electronic songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!


Download: Friends of Tricycle Records Compilation Vol. 2 + New Video from Le Vice

The Bay's Tricycle Records is giving away some great Bay Area bred music on its latest "Friends of Tricycle Records Compilation Vol. 2," available for free download here. Provide an email address and get 18 tracks from many of the Deli's favorites bands including Big Tree, Le Vice, Loquat, The Hot Toddies, and more. Find the entire track list below.

While you're feeling the local love, watch Le Vice get thugged out in its new video for the band's take on Drake's "Underground Kings," off the recently released album Neverland.

--Whitney Phaneuf

Friends of Tricycle Records Compilation Vol. 2:

Big Tree, “Storm King”
Mister Loveless, “Wild Summer”
8th Grader, “Heavy Without You”
Le Vice, “Find You”
The Hot Toddies, “Boogie Nights”
Loquat, “Simple Song” (Shins cover)
Birdmonster, “Living”
Sioux City Kid & The Revolutionary Ramblers “Darlin’ Darlin'"
Rich Girls, “Sink Like Stones”
Fake Your Own Death, “Reindeer Games”
Paranoids, “Astronaut”
I Am Animal, “Just You Wait”
Here Come The Saviours, “Tomorrows Version Of Me”
Magic Fight, “I’m Not (Going Back)”
Teenage Sweater, “Oceans and Seas”
The Union Trade, “Everyday Including Holidays (Remix)”
Lilofee, “Girls on My Brain”
Vows, “OurBrethren’s”