Friday, August 31, 2012

Don't miss Agent Ribbons new video for "Family Haircut" - Let Them Talk is out September 11th on Antenna Farm Records with full US tour to follow

Agent Ribbons isn't just a band--it's a tree house club of post-feminist dreamers trying to find their place in the scheme of things, like a hand-sewn and lovingly-crafted garment in a modern, disposable world. Listening to everything from Eartha Kitt to th­e Velvet Underground and taking notes from bands like ­the Shaggs, the Boswell Sisters and th­e Zombies, they miraculously reconcile seemingly-unrelated genres, sounding something like Girls in the Garage doing the Th­ree Penny Opera. Waxing sentimental over the eerie beauty of all things lost to time, the emphasis is undoubtedly in the lyrics, which favor clever turns of phrase and occasional humor, but never at the expense of the melodic integrity of their catchy, memorable songs.

Originally hailing from the shanty-Victorian streets of downtown Sacramento, Agent Ribbons moved to Austin, TX in 2010, their new home base when they aren't traveling the world and jamming econo. After a brief expansion to a 3 piece for the recording of their second album that year, the band quickly returned to their original two-piece lineup of Natalie Ribbons: Guitar & Vocals and Lauren Ribbons: Drums & Vocals. All the better to catch crowds off-guard with their live rawness, with the band bringing both an honest minimalism and unapologetic theatricality to their live shows.

Their new EP, Let Them Talk, serves as a teaser to a third full-length LP, coming in 2013. Let Them Talk is a return to the band's rawer early recordings, with classic Spector-esque stacked girl-group harmonies balancing on top of a raucous rock foundation. Standout track Family Haircut rides a complex and dark minor key melody before riding out on a triumphant harmony line, while the nonchalant opening line of Let Them Talk ("I wanted to keep your baby but I couldn't look away from the thing that held my gaze") shows the band hasn't lost their taste for black humor.

Let Them Talk releases on September 11th 2012 via Antenna Farm Records as a 5 song digital EP and limited run 3 song 7" featuring a bonus cut not on the digital version. Cassette fans can also find the songs via Portland's Cassingle And Loving It, who are releasing the EP under the title Family Haircut in an instantly collectable run of 300 cassettes.

"It's nice to know that Agent Ribbons are out there being enchanting and shit." VICE

"[Family Haircut] showcases Natalie and Lauren Ribbons’ distinct sound that’s driven by only a guitar and drum set. Through this setup, the girls are able to create eerie stories that draw in listeners—all in the nice package of a pop song." PASTE
"...just right for frolics through flower fields on hazy summer eves." BUST

Tour Dates:
09.02.12 - Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie's (EP Release Party)
09.20.12 - Houston, TX @ Mango's
09.21.12 - Beaumont, TX @ Victoria House
09.22.12 - New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar
09.24.12 - Atlanta, GA @ Smith's Olde Bar
09.26.12 - Jacksonville, FL @ Underbelly
09.27.12 - Tampa, FL @ the New World Brewery
09.28.12 - Savannah, GA @ Spare Time (as part of Dame Darcy's Naughty Nautical Night)
09.30.12 - Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
10.03.12 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Melody Inn
10.04.12 - Dayton, OH @ South Park Tavern
10.05.12 - Canton, OH @ the Buzzbin
10.09.12 - Providence, RI @ Local 121
10.11.12 - New York, NY @ Piano's
10.15.12 - NYC, NY @ CMJ
10.16.12 - NYC, NY @ CMJ
10.17.12 - NYC, NY @ CMJ
10.18.12 - NYC, NY @ CMJ
10.19.12 - NYC, NY @ CMJ
10.20.12 - Tivoli, NY @ Black Swan Pub
10.21.12 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Lone Wolf
10.23.12 - Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
10.24.12 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
10.26.12 - St. Louis, MO @ Lemmon's

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