Madness! YVETTE and Extra Life Wallop Your Brain With “Cold Sweat” And “Righteous Seed”

MADNESS!
A recurring series of audio WTFs and head-twitching, spine-tingling experimental fun (tr)icks.

YVETTE

We’ve known YVETTE for a while, and dudes have been grinding harrrrrd, playing DIY shows galore throughout Brooklyn and New York like they don’t need to sleep or eat. The duo — consisting of Noah Kardos-Fein and Rick Daniel — make noise rock with mad percussive chops. This new track, “Cold Sweat,” is definitely the most acessible material from them so far, and the decision certainly bodes well for their future. For starters — love from Pitchfork and Stereogum, which seems a bit unlikely — but really what’s important here is that this new track has a bit more polish on it and a better recording job, giving those who wouldn’t normally be into this type of dirtiness something to actually “get.” Below, “Cold Sweat” from their upcoming Erosion/Cold Sweat 7″ (out physically March 27th on God Mode and digitaly February 14th) along with the older “With Fangs,” from their self-titled EP from way back in 2009.

Listen to YVETTE’s “Cold Sweat”DOWNLOAD MP3

Listen to YVETTE’s “With Fangs”DOWNLOAD MP3


Extra Life

Extra Life are like the scab you hate to have but can’t stop picking at, and kind of miss once you’ve picked it completely away. They’re the type of band Karla Hernandez describes as
“like an abstract painting where a viewer’s eyes have a hard time focusing on one point,” and Thad McKraken describes as “a downright batshit-insane and utterly creepy vibe.” This new track, “Righteous Seed,” is a preview from their upcoming album, Dream Seeds.

Dream Seeds will be the band’s third full-length album, and will be a concept album — seven songs on the a series of nightmares which involved little children. The goal, according to the press release, is to “look to the subconscious and to the young, in search of innocence, morality and even prophecy.” Evidently, frontman Charlie Looker is a elementary school teacher, which seems to parallel the themes in the song themselves, in some strange way…

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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