“I have a way of loving too many things to take on just one shape,” Jilian Medford sings over and over again on the title track of the Brooklyn-based band IAN SWEET’s debut album, Shapeshifter, repeating it like a mantra. This is Medford’s thesis statement, a narrator to carry us through Shapeshifter, which is above all else a meditation on loneliness and displacement. It’s about losing love and your sense of self in the process, about grabbing at the little things in life that bring joy when nothing else is going according to plan. It’s also an ode to the bandmates, and the friends, that see you through.
IAN SWEET started in 2014 with a string of text messages. Medford was a few days away from embarking on her first tour when the driver and drummer she recruited cancelled. Medford sent IAN SWEET drummer Tim Cheney -- whom she barely knew -- a series of desperate messages, asking if he knew how to drum and whether or not he would be willing to take two weeks off of life to go on tour. Cheney responded soon after with a simple: “Yes.”
Accompanied by Cheney and Scalise’s playful instrumentation, Shapeshifter becomes a celebratory purging, an album that finds humor in self-deprecation and vice. IAN SWEET’s debut interrogates capital-e Existence through a candy-coated lens, their mathy precision scaffolding the chaos of Medford’s personal neurosis and turning those anxieties into something hook-laden and relatable.
And though the narrative of Shapeshifter clings to an ex-lover, the yearning felt on this album isn’t directed at a particular individual so much as it’s turned inward.
“You know the feeling. When you really like someone, you forget to do anything for yourself, you forget all of the things that gave you your shape,” Medford says. “The things that form your absolute.”
On Shapeshifter, IAN SWEET prove that there is no one absolute; just the ease that comes with knowing everything will be OK as long as you hold tight to the pocket-sized things in life that bring happiness while you watch the rest of your world fall apart in slow-motion."
"Ovlov are an immovable force. The Newtown, CT based band are a glimmer of hope for all that is pure in rock and have become one of the East Coast’s absolute most beloved indie bands. Since the band formed in 2008, Ovlov have delivered walls of corrosive distortion combined with sharp melodic brilliance and a knack for unpredictability that sets them apart from the pack. An energetic and honest band, Ovlov have developed a sound that can envelop a room in guitar noise while the audience sings along with every infectious hook. Slow burning shoegaze songs blend with blistering fuzz punk for a dynamic experience that’s serene, stunning, and crushingly chaotic. Enormously influential on the scene around them, Ovlov have built a strong reputation in Connecticut and beyond, a band playing by their own rules and consistently amazing all who come in contact.
After an incredible 2013 that saw Ovlov’s much awaited full length debut Am (Exploding In Sound Records) bring the band to new audiences and widespread acclaim across the globe, Ovlov have continued to keep fans stunned in 2014, releasing a fantastic split single with Little Big League (Tiny Engines Records), touring with Disco Doom, Pity Sex, and Basement, supporting Built to Spill, Ought, and playing to over enthusiastic audiences with likeminded bands and friends in California X, Pile, Sneeze, Fins, and more. Ovlov have no intention on slowing down either as the band get ready to release two upcoming four-way splits, together with LVL UP, Krill, Radiator Hospital (coming on Double Double Whammy) and another with Ex-Breathers, Gnarwhal, and Woozy (coming on Community Records). 2015 saw the band’s next full length record, titled Is Stupider released on Exploding In Sound Records"
Positive No (RVA)
7PM Doors // 8PM Sounds | $8 in Advance // $10 Day of Show