New York’s The Living Kills Release “Odd Fellows Hall” November 14th

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Sunday, October 26, 2014

New York’s The Living Kills will release their new EP Odd Fellows Hall on November 14th, with a full length to follow early next year. Check out a music video for “My Gun is a Fist,” off their previous release Faceless Angels below and expect to hear more about this group very soon.

“The Living Kills look, on the surface, like any other New York indie band waiting for its big break into the mainstream, but after one listen to ‘Angels Without Faces,’ it becomes evident that’s not the case. Organs, synthesizers, ticking clocks and smoky male-and-female vocals make the group stand out from its peers.” Magnet Magazine

“A buzzing, clamoring wreck of noise with sweetly straightforward melodies soaring overhead. Enjoy the howl of “Angels Without Faces.” NBC New York

“These New York rocker’s newest album features creeping organ, tons of noise and a great mix of ’60s guitar nostalgia and modern shoe-gaze.” AOL Spinner

The Living Kills bring all the fun of garage psychedelia –instrumental freak-outs, creepy organ, 12-string guitar, lights shows, and lots of noise – but with a decidedly modern sensibility. Unlike a lot of their peers, they aren’t trying to emulate the past, but instead recreate a vision of the 1960s that didn’t happen. On November 14th, they release a new EP, Odd Fellows Hall which will usher in a full length LP in early 2015. They’ll play an release party at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn that evening. There is a new video for the single “It Ain’t Easy” on the way as well as tour dates.

The brainchild of songwriter, vocalist, and guitar player, Merrill Sherman, a Brooklyn transplant from Chicago and Alabama, the band was originally conceived as a meld of Paisley Underground and Jesus & Mary Chain, but instead, anchored by Sherman’s storyteller lyrics and the addition of Jennifer Bassett on organ and moog, approached something more akin to the darker trips of Roky Erickson or The Pretty Things. They wear their love of creepy B-movies, horror and spooky thrillers on their collective sleeves but chills generated are reversed by the dance party music lovers cannot refuse.

Now a five-piece, Sherman and Bassett are joined by Ross Fisher on bass (The Brides, The Zodiac Killers), Western-hailed Heron Furtwangler on guitar (GoatRopers, Whiskey Dick Mountain, LEX LOSEr), and the Tri-State area’s very own Brian Del Guercio on drums. Their combined psych superpower is mighty to behold.

Previous to Odd Fellows Hall, the band’s released their first full length, the CMJ-charting “Faceless Angels,” which was praised by Magnet Magazine for “its new yet surprisingly nostalgic tracks.”

Recent Video for “My Gun is a Fist:


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