|Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are|
Beauty Pill — Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are • Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are is a double album recorded in an art gallery in view of the public. It will be the band’s first release in a decade. It's being pressed and printed on vinyl now, and will be released on Butterscotch Records April 21. Additionally, there is a deluxe re–issue of Beauty Pill's 2001 debut, The Cigarette Girl From the Future, available for pre–order. Both releases will come in limited–edition colors, cut from high resolution masters.
Formed: 1999 in Washington D.C.
Location: Washington D.C., USA
Album release: April 21st, 2015
Record Label: Butterscotch
01 Drapetomania! 3:36
02. Afrikaner Barista 6:42
03. Ann the Word 6:44
04. Steven and Tiwonge 4:24
05. Ain’t A Jury In The World ‘Gon Convict You, Baby 4:00
06. Exit Without Saving 3:42
07. The Prize 4:23
08. Dog With Rabbit In Mouth, Unharmed 5:22
09. For Pretend 4:51
10. When Cornered 3:30
11. Near Miss Stories 5:45
12. Ann the Word (Lungifish Cover) 7:10
℗ 2015 Butterscotch Records
By Tom Breihan / March 11, 2015 — 9:36 am
≡ Chad Clark used to make self–conscious, fractured postpunk as the frontman of the great D.C. band Smart Went Crazy, probably the single most self–aware band in the history of Dischord Records. Since 2001, he’s led the mutant–pop quintet Beauty Pill. But Beauty Pill haven’t released an album since 2004’s The Unsustainable Lifestyle, largely because Clark has been dealing with a rare viral disease that affected his heart. But the band is fully back in action now, and they recorded their new album Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are in the D.C. arts center Artisphere, where anyone visiting could watch the band at work through a window.
≡ Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are covers a variety of subjects with a clear–eyed eloquence worthy of the album’s ambitious title.
≡ The opening song addressed to the aforementioned fucker, “Drapetomania!,” is named after a pseudoscientific 19th century term for the supposed mental illness that would cause a slave to flee their master (“The neighbor’s wi–fi is called ‘magic negro’ now / I would like to burn his house down,” goes one lyric). “Steven & Tiwonge” uses a real 2010 news story of a Malawian gay couple jailed for their sexual orientation as the basis not for a political song about equal rights but for an elliptical rumination on how two people don’t magically share one unified mind when they become a couple. Clark deals with the mortality of his late dog Lucy as sensitively as his own on the lead single, “Dog With Rabbit In Mouth, Unharmed.”
≡ Clark’s words, as strange and funny and haunting as they are, frequently get upstaged by the music on Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are. The tracks, often initially pieced together by Clark with samplers and sequencers and guitars, were brought to life by the other four multi–instrumentalists in Beauty Pill (as well as former member Abram Goodrich, who returned to help finish songs the band started working on with him) during 2011 sessions in the Arlington, Virginia, museum Artisphere. MPC beats do battle with Devin Ocampo’s knotty live drums; guitar and bass are flanked by horns, electric harp, and a variety of squirrely filtered textures that are impossible to pin to any identifiable instrument. The heavily treated sound of Lucy’s metal water bowl, whirring and clanging, opens the song “Afrikaner Barista” and makes appearances elsewhere on the album. In Clark’s own words, it’s a sprawling mosaic, an album on which “each song is its own genre.”
Artist Biography by Ron DePasquale
• After D.C. post–punks Smart Went Crazy broke up in 1998, songwriters Chad Clark and Abram Goodrich decided to create music on their own. With the help of Black Sonya 2000, the name they gave their mobile studio kit, they formed the Beauty Pill. • Clark used the producing experience he gained with Smart Went Crazy and Dismemberment Plan to experiment with new sounds. But the duo, wanting another human in the band, asked a friend, Joanne Gholl, to co–sing. A range of D.C. guest musicians — from Burning Airlines to Fugazi — embellished the band's pop sounds, as did a trumpet, vibraphone, and cello. Ryan Nelson of the Most Secret Method joined to drum. The band finally released a debut EP, The Cigarette Girl From the Future, on DeSoto Records in 2001. :: http://www.allmusic.com/
|Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are|