Austin, TX — May 20, 2012 - The wasp doesn’t care where you want him. He’ll make a nest in your eaves, or your engine, or your ear. Called “one of the most original bands of the last ten years” by legendary MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer after their performance at Roky Erickson’s Ice Cream Social at SXSW 2012, Salesman has chosen your ear.
On June 16 at the Swan Dive, Austin’s ancestral desert rockers will release The Wasp EP, a six-song cycle that pitches chants, gospel harmonies, vintage keyboards, drum machines, and distorted psychedelia against the desert-parched mirages of Fry’s lyrics, nesting the record’s six surreal stories in six surprising and often disquieting musical places.
“The songs vary so much because the record’s an offering we made to each other,” says singer-guitarist Devin James Fry. “At shows we make a spiritual offering,” he says of the startling, spectral, and colorful live shows for which the six-piece brotherhood is known: “we push each other to see what we can do, in the spirit of seeing how many days you can stay awake, and what you dream when you finally do sleep.”
“They’re onto you,” wrote Daytrotter.com’s Sean Moeller of their 2011 session for that site; “you want to grow extra legs and fly to the outer reaches of darkest night … the desert and the hallucinations are closing in.”
Ushering the audience into ritual trance in support of Wasp will be an otherworldly performance by critically acclaimed Austin-based road warriors SORNE, whose brilliantly conceived and executed live shows on the rave and festival circuits led to them being tapped by TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe to open for the groundbreaking art-rockers on a recent sold-out tour of the southeast.
Fresh off the release of their own swirling, fearless, and critically adored eponymous EP, Austin’s Lord Buffalo will stomp out a set called “mind-blowing” by KUT’s Laurie Gallardo, and “not for the faint-hearted, only maybe for the broken-hearted, and most definitely for the dark-hearted” by UK critic John Grain.
Luminary stomp-folk hustler Shakey Graves will start the night by shelling out a set of finely detailed hymns of the hard-up with what Sean Moeller called “the full-bodied richness of a novella, set in the sketchy, rattlesnake-infested wilds of the southernmost parts of America.”
The Wasp EP, recorded by Salesman at their East Cameron studio and mastered by Evan Kaspar, features hand-screened artwork by Megan Lane and is available to preorder at the band’s Bandcamp. Find it after the release at Austin record stores, as well as digitally through the standard online outlets.
There are two kinds of wasps: social and solitary. Salesman and company will be a swarm of the former at the Swan Dive June 16; cover is $6, and doors open at 8. More information can be found at www.salesmanmusic.com or by writing firstname.lastname@example.org.