Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Destruction Unit 'Sonic Pearl' Suicide Squeeze Singles Series Stream

    Hear Destruction Unit's Sand-Melting Psych Bomb 'Sonic Pearl'

    Hailing from Tempe, Arizona, Destruction Unit deal in their own sort of desert rock: ripping riffage, pounding drums, ominous atmosphere, damaged vocals. Just look at the waveform below for a preview of what's in store. This is thick, powerful rock'n'roll and it's the latest entry in the Suicide Squeeze Singles Series. The Seattle label has this far delivered a handful of heavy hitters — Numerators' "Dead," Audacity's "Finders Keepers" and the Coathangers' "Derek's Song" — in a limited vinyl run that's also set to include entries from Cloud Nothings and Antwon.D-Unit's "Sonic Pearl" doesn't break the mold in that it very well may break your speakers. The track will see a physical release on July 16 along with B-side "Nightfall," packaged as Two Strong Hits and pressed on glow-in-the-dark wax.

  • Liars 'I Saw You From the Lifeboat' Video 'Perfume Tear'

    Watch Liars Do Awesome Arty Things in 'I Saw You From the Lifeboat' Video

    Liars' excellent WIXIW found the Los Angeles noise-makers crafting an electronic album on their own beguiling terms, dwelling in the art form's more purgatorial nature, as critic Andy Beta noted. SPIN actually visited the hidden bunker where the trio recorded those songs and witnessed some of the odd experiments that gave the LP some of its unique sounds (we're still not sure about those osmotic books) and the video for the freshly released "I Saw You From the Lifeboat" acts as a window into that world.A series of images frenetically flies by as the band creates WIXIW, makes music videos, consorts with cats, shares cryptic diagrams, hangs with No Age, and ... well, you get the idea. It's pretty much everything that's happened since the album's opening moments were conceived, up to the clip for "The Exact Color of Doubt" that came out last month.

  • Drenge 'Backwaters' Stream Loveless Brothers

    Hear Drenge Deliver Masterful Punk-Blues Misery on 'Backwaters'

    As Drenge, English brothers Eoin and Rory Loveless have found excellence in a perfect combination of simplicity, brutality and soul. The former sings and shreds while the latter hits the skins, and together they make punk-blues rippers packed with sour poetry and antisocial activity. Song titles like "People in Love Make Me Feel Yuck" and "I Wanna Break You in Half" speak volumes, but go ahead and visit those after you've heard the latest."Backwaters" steps out of the dingy bar and into the oppressive sunlight as Eoin, 22, squints and sings gorgeous misery in the face of it all.

  • Thom Yorke Massive Attack Score The UK Gold Tax Film

    Thom Yorke to Make Audit Music (for a Film)

    Thom Yorke and Massive Attack founder Robert "3D" Del Naja will be scoring a forthcoming feature-length documentary about tax evasion. The Wire star Dominic West is set to narrate The UK Gold, directed by journalist and filmmaker Mark Donne. The film will premiere at London's Troxy Theatre on June 25, and will be followed by a musical performance from a "secret" artist.The movie's website sets the scene: "As Olympic gold medals pumped the UK with pride in 2012, vast financial hauls were being secretly processed within a few miles of the Olympic stadium." The story follows a vicar from the London Borough of Hackney as he attempts to take on the British financial institution and the tax havens that it implicitly props up."This is a political documentary, but more than anything else it is an extraordinary story," Donne told the Telegraph.

  • All Tiny Creatures 'The Book' Stream Dark Clock

    Hear All Tiny Creatures' Robo-Psych Triumph 'The Book'

    Wisconsin electro-pop tinkerers All Tiny Creatures move freely between ideas and eras on their forthcoming second long-player, Dark Clock. What's remarkable is how easily it all blends together. Take "The Book," for example. Throbbing beatwork transitions into a full-band jam, which soon becomes the pulsating stuff of Animal Collective-style hybridized psych. But before the song's gorgeously cresting culmination, we're greeted by a '90s big beat build, all while a robot beamed in from another era serenades us about love. That voice actually belongs to electronic music pioneer Charles Dodge — more or less.ATC founder Thomas Wineck explains that his own track was born "when I was listening to [Dodge's] 'The Story of Our Lives,' which he made in 1976 using the voice synthesis computer program he was working on at the time.

  • Roots Treach O.P.P. Naughty By Nature

    See Naughty By Nature's Treach Go in With the Roots on 'O.P.P.'

    In 2011, SPIN celebrated the 20th anniversary of Naughty By Nature's "O.P.P." by speaking to the men who made the No. 1 hit all the way back in 1991. "Twenty years later," said MC Vin Rock, "it's one of the main reasons why promoters book us and fans want to see it. So it's the gift that keeps on giving. It's one of those songs that apparently will never die." Indeed, group co-founder Treach joined the Roots to perform that classic ode to extramarital affairs in a web-exclusive clip for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. The band keeps it fairly minimal, focusing on percussion while incorporating those familiar little blips of the Jackson 5's "ABC" via keys and guitar. Treach rips through the verses like he's done it a million times. Which he undoubtedly has, but that doesn't take away from the fun.

  • Disclosure 'F for You' Zane Lowe BBC Session

    Hear Disclosure's House-Quaking Kiss-Off 'F for You'

    SPIN Breaking Out stars Disclosure have already helped prove handily that U.K. pop is kicking our Yankee asses, but they've clearly no intention of stopping there. Not even a superfluous Baauer remix could slow the Lawrence brothers' roll, as they've just shared a brand new song in a session for Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show."F for You" hails from the English duo's forthcoming debut album Settle — which has a U.K. release date set for June 3 — and it unsurprisingly bodes very well for what's to come. While Disclosure's Singles to date have all featured guest vocals, these come from the guys themselves, elevating the energy of the house-steeped track: "I've been infected with restless whispers and cheats / They're manifested in words and the lies that you speak." Clearly someone is feeling scorned.

  • Jeff Hanneman Slayer Memorial Celebration Public Service

    Slayer to Honor Jeff Hanneman With Public 'Memorial Celebration' in Los Angeles

    Slayer fans will be able to pay their respects to the band's fallen guitarist at the Jeff Hanneman Memorial Celebration on May 23 in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Palladium will host the free event from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. and has a capacity just shy of 4,000. The event will be "first come, first in" and is open to attendees of all ages. Further details about the service have yet to be announced.In 2010, the metal community came together to honor the life and passing of Ronnie James Dio, at the Forest Lawn cemetery in the Hollywood Hills.

  • Diddy Downton Abbey Hoax PBS Masterpiece Not True

    Diddy's 'Downtown Abbey' Tweets Were a Dumb Promotional Stunt

    To the relief of Downton Abbey aficianados and the chagrin of train-wreck lovers everywhere, Diddy will not be joining the cast of the hit British period drama. This despite a series of straight-faced tweets from the artist formerly known as [insert any iteration of the words "Puff" and "Daddy"] announcing that he'd become a regular on the show.

  • Zavalaz Cedric Bixler Zavala Mars Volta

    Mars Volta's Cedric Bixler-Zavala Started Another Band

    Former Mars Volta frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala has formally launched his new band, Zavalaz. His previous project famously imploded in January when guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López announced his new endeavor Bosnian Rainbows. But Bixler-Zavala let Volta fans know he felt they "deserved more," and now he'll have a chance to deliver.In speaking to to SPIN last month, the At the Drive-In founder explained, "I've been working on my own record for a while now ... because being in the Mars Volta wasn't exactly the most nurturing moment to discover that I could write songs ...

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