“I became really interested in going against what everyone expected… I do want to blur that line.”
PITCHFORK PREMIERE: http://pitchfork.com/tv/musicvideos/1833-unarmed/
IMPOSE MAGAZINE: Discussing the making of “Unarmed”: http://www.imposemagazine.com/bytes/tearist-unarmed-video
“Strangeland-Menchaca plays Martin Rev to Kittles’ Alan Vega, blasting sparse and repetitive beats while the vocalist rants, writhes, and yowls animalistic grunts through a delay pedal. In other words, he lays down a steady foundation while she provides the dynamic.”
"goddamn, why doesn’t anybody make music like this anymore? Not “like this” in the sense of sounding like the bands I think they sound like—although that counts, too—but “this” in the sense of a band that arrived just for you, that says here I am, singing in your voice, even if you cannot make these sounds. "
First we had Xiu Xiu’s deep dark eighties take, and now Zac Pennington has brought his Parenthetical Girls back to the drawing board. Taking them on this round is LA’s Tearist, local favorites and a live force to be reckoned with. The duo’s energetic Yasmine Kittles takes center stage while William Strangeland-Mechaca man’s the synth, and this dynamic seems to translate into their remix of “Careful Who You Dance With”. Pennington’s knack for pop is chopped into a thumping pulse echoing Kittles’ own style, while both groups’ penchant for a hollowed, electro backbone is accounted for. The track is available on a free download EP, and check out the video for the original here, which premiered earlier this week.