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Memory Tapes Announces New Single and Summer Tour

March 24, 2015 1:21 pm

We are pleased to announce a new digital single from Memory Tapes, Fallout / House On Fire, out March 31st. Stereogum has the premiere of the first track, “Fallout,” here. Pre-orders of the two-song single will receive “Fallout” instantly. Pre-order via the Carpark shopPre-order via iTunes. Expect the band to play new material on an upcoming U.S. tour starting in July. Details below.

With the foundation of his musical life crumbling, Dayve Hawk was struggling to maintain a relationship with his project Memory Tapes. But through the difficulties, Hawk managed to keep this vital outlet going. Fallout / House On Fire, the new single from Memory Tapes, exhibits Hawk’s still strong songwriting talents and an alternative way of working. After the artist’s last LP, Grace/Confusion, he saw several professional and personal relationships end, all in the space of a few months. At this point, most of the structure built around the band since the first record, Seek Magic, had disintegrated.

The title of “Fallout” seems to suggest Memory Tapes’ situation around this time. The song itself sounds like an early meeting between post-punk and synth-pop, before anyone could polish out the feeling. The somewhat downcast mood of the music is reflected in the vocals, with Hawk singing, “all I want/ to be there, too.”

“I felt pressure to not collapse under my own insecurity with the situation,” Hawk says of the period. “But with my second daughter becoming a toddler, I’ve found balancing the relationship between my work and my life increasingly difficult. It’s made me question the self-indulgent nature of my music. At a particularly low moment I trashed the entire album I had spent much of the past year working on.”

In the beautifully eerie, simple “House On Fire,” Hawk seems to address these problems with his lyrics. “I’m sorry for what I’ve done/ called out to everyone/ try it all, I’m so afraid,” he sings. The delicate guitar melody works as its own soothing apology, lulling the listener to forgiveness.

How Hawk pulled himself out of that low place was through a bit of reinvention. The new songs are the outcome of a more off-the-cuff relationship to creating music. The tracks are completely live/hardware based, with no computer manipulation on the vocals. Considering the raw capture of these songs, they feel a little more like intimate demos than part of a traditional single. “I feel like it’s important to just do something and get it out,” Hawk says. “I’m trying to transition out of my hyper-introverted life.”

Tour Dates:
July 6th – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
July 7th – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
July 8th – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Basement
July 9th – Dallas, TX – Houes of Blues Cambridge Room
July 10th – Austin, TX – Stubbs Jr.
July 11th – El Paso, TX – The Lowbrow Palace
July 12th – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
July 13th – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
July 14th – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
July 15th – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
July 16th – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
July 17th – Seattle, WA – Barboza
July 20th – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
July 21st – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s
July 22nd – Toronto, ON – The Drake
July 23rd – Boston, MA – T.T. The Bear
July 24th – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
July 25th – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
July 26th – Washington, D.C. – DC9
*all dates w/ Computer Magic

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Carpark SXSW Schedule

March 17, 2015 1:38 pm

We’re headed to Austin! Once again, Carpark and some of our artists will be playing shows at SXSW this week. Carpark will be joined by acts from our sister labels Company (Keath Mead) and Paw Tracks (Dent May and Prince Rama). We’ll be hosting our annual showcase at Swan Dive this year and it doubles as a Sweet Sixteen party! You can find full details on our event below, plus all our artists’ SXSW schedules.

Chandos (Carpark)
March 19th @ Swan Dive (Carpark) 8:35pm 615 Red River St

Cloud Nothings (Carpark)
March 19th @ Swan Dive (Carpark) 12:45am 615 Red River St
March 20th @ Bar 96 (Culture Collide) 12:30am 96 Rainey St

Dent May (Paw Tracks)
March 19th @ Swan Dive (Carpark) 10:15pm 615 Red River St
March 20th @ Hotel Vegas (Panache) 1:05am 1500 E 6th St
March 21st @ Wonderland (Bird Dog) 4:40pm 1104 East 6th St

GRMLN (Carpark)
March 18th @ House of Eden (KSPC) 4:45pm 1910 Rio Grande St
March 19th @ Swan Dive (Carpark) 9:25pm 615 Red River St
March 19th @ El Sapo Cantin (Music for Listeners) 1:00am 1900 Manor Road

Keath Mead (Company)
March 17th @ Holy Mountain (KVRX) 11:45pm 1500 E 2nd St
March 19th @ Swan Dive (Carpark) 7:45pm 615 Red River St

Prince Rama (Paw Tracks)
March 19th @ Hotel Vegas (Austin Psych Fest) 12:15am 1500 E 6th St
March 19th @ Bar 96 (Culture Collide) 4:00pm 96 Rainey St
March 20th @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (Ad Hoc) 3:30pm 900 Red River St
March 21st @ Scoot Inn (Wild Honey Pie) 2:30pm 1308 E 4th St
March 21st @ The Parish (Manage This!) 9:00pm 214C E 6th St
March 22nd @ Palm Door on Sixth (NY Night Train Soul Clap and Dance Off) DJ set 12:00am 508 E 6th St

Skylar Spence (Carpark)
March 18th @ Hype Hotel (blahblahblahscience x All Things Go) 9:30 pm 1100 E 5th St
March 19th @ Blackheart (AM Only) 2:25pm 68 Rainey St.
March 19th @ Swan Dive (Carpark) 11:05pm 615 Red River St
March 20th @ Red Eyed Fly (After the Gold Rush) 1:00pm 715 Red River St
March 20th @ The Main (Secret Songs) 4:00pm 603 Red River St
March 21st @ SPF420 3:30pm www.spf420.com

Speedy Ortiz (Carpark)
March 16th @ Spotify House (Spotify) 2:15pm 901 E 6th St
March 17th @ Mohawk (House of Vans) 12:00am 912 Red River St
March 18th @ Mohawk (Pitchfork) 1:15pm 912 Red River St
March 18th @ Cedar St. Courtyard (Flood) 10:15pm 208 W 4th St
March 19th @ Red 7 (Brooklyn Vegan) 4:20pm 611 E 7th St
March 19th @ Swan Dive (Carpark) 11:55pm 615 Red River St
March 20th @ Hole in the Wall (Exploding in Sound/Stereogum) 5:25pm 2538 Guadalupe St
March 20th @ Brazos Hall (Yahoo) 11:20pm 204 E 4th St

 

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Carpark Records Sweet 16 Celebration / SXSW Showcase

Thursday, March 19th @ Swan Dive /  615 Red River Street

Doors 7:00pm

21+

Non-badge, non-wristband holders: $10 cover

Facebook RSVP

First 50 people through the door get a free Sweet 16 Anniversary t-shirt! T-shirts provided by our friends at American Giant.

Come celebrate with us!

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