Greetings from the front end of 2014. For those of you who have been sweet enough to follow our moves, you may have noticed that our last two planned events of 2013 were cancelled due to unfortunate circumstances beyond our control. Well - we have another show planned for next Monday January 20th, and barring any meteorological calamity we well be there in full force.
Our first show of this young year will be supporting Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene, and White Hinterland at Great Scott on the above mentioned Monday January 20th. We’re looking forward to spending our Monday evening with you and a few new friends who will be joining us and rounding out the band… let’s keep that aspect a surprise in case you needed the incentive to come out and be surprised by us.
Redefinemag was kind enough to include our album cover for Archfiend as one of the “Best of 2013” in the category of “Mixed Media & Collage Based Album Covers.” Our good friend and designer Tom Kershaw was interviewed regarding the process on how we recreated Dr. Holmes’s mug shot in all of its hyper-chromatic glory.
We’re so very proud of Tom, and of our record artwork being included among so many of our esteemed contemporaries.
We’re looking forward to the trip down to BKN to play with the lovely Lapland and Yost this Thursday at The Rock Shop. Doors are at 730. EE goes on early-ish thereafter. Share your committal/non-committal reservations HERE
Vinyl pre-order for Archfiend is up and running, and we expect to ship copies in about six weeks.
Our first pressing is a limited edition 12” 140-160 gram clear vinyl with full color printed inner sleeve (including full lyrics) bundle with download card, pin, stickers, etc. (while supplies last).
Pre-order is available HERE (sorry, we don’t have any images yet, other than the one above which is on the inner sleeve - but trust us, it looks amazing). We’ll share pictures as soon as we have them!
A Special Note from Us:
Like many independent bands out there, and especially now without the administrative support and financial help of a label, we depend on you all to continue making music at a level in which we want to produce it at (while not amassing a significant amount of debt in the process, and without using crowd sourcing or kickstarter methods of financing). We sincerely appreciate everyone who contributes in some way to our artistic endeavors whether it’s from purchasing our record, coming to our shows, sharing our music, or talking us up with other people… from the bottom of our collective hearts - THANK YOU for your continued support! Archfiend took a little bit longer to see the light of day (we finished mastering in early 2012; tracking in late 2011), but we really wanted to be able to do it on our own terms and without asking for financial support. We’d never put a record out on our own before, and to do it right on top of having the general commitments of our lives, took us a little bit longer than we expected. In any event, it’s out, and we hope you enjoy it!
Another World’s Fair is a giant block party with music of every kind, tons of food, art, dance performances, and stimulation everywhere. Not coincidentally, it’s the same weekend as Central Square Open Studios, so there’ll be plenty to see.
Together is working closely with Central Square Business Association in planning the thing, so you can bet there will be plenty to dance to as well.
Archfiend, our third official release, is out today! You can support our valiant efforts in the modern age of ADD/media hyper saturation and simultaneously thank us for not begging you for money via KICKSTARTER by purchasing the album (for the cost of a sandwich) on the following wondrous middle men of modern digital distribution:
BandCamp (where you can also purchase the CD and lossless mp3s)
You can also listen to your heart’s content on Spotify (if you’re going to do that, we hear you, but just spread the word if you dig or loathe what we’ve been doing with other music aficionados)
VINYL will be out soon, we promise… it just costs a bit more to make something nice, which we think we accomplished, but it also took a bit more time, etc. We’re not complaining, we just have day jobs that require hours of work to fund the beasts of leisure otherwise known as self releasing music after years of having labels help you.
"This is a great album even if you don’t catch all of the references to H. H. Holmes and the murders he committed, when you know about them it just adds a neat extra layer. Well, actually, it’s a creepy extra layer if you read up on Holmes."
The fine curators of media over at IMPOSE Magazine had the following to say about our beloved “Archfiend”
"Vocally, Korkidis sounds like Paul Weller on “Gold Cures,” “Writhe” and especially the excellent “Glass Damsels,” and he can work a song pretty well with those flexible pipes. I can understand why this band has received some glowing reviews from My Old Kentucky Blog, Alternative Press and All Music Guide. More than a quirky, conceptual curiosity, this one’s a creeped-out winner."
“Eksi Ekso and Schooltree are two of the most unique bands in the Boston area right now. More uniqueness, more problems."
The following piece in Bostonnova ran on us and our new record and brought up some overview regarding the current Boston Music “Scene” and where we and Schooltree fit into the mix - if at all. This is more for the folks within the scene here so for the rest of you - SORRY.
It’s hard to really have any solid position on the local scene as amorphous at worst and supportive at best that it can be, but we, as a band, have tried to exist both on our own and on a more non-local platform since our inception - for better or for worse. Sometimes we feel that we’ve garnered a bit more collective support and love out of town than in town, and that may be a result of certain factions of the scene being closed off and set up to support the more accessible “power pop” that’s been predominant in Boston since the days of Buffalo Tom and The Lemonheads (two bands we love, by the way).
The other side of it is that Boston is a very small city, and there aren’t a lot of outlets or “taste makers.” The ones who have a foothold seem to have their favorites and keep a group of friends that they support - as they should! Sure we feel an allegiance to some great bands, but “friend rock” as Sufjan called it, is not something our careers allow us to the time to fully support when we try and use a good amount of our free time writing and rehearsing. Either way, we live here, it’s an interesting place and an interesting question.
The friendly folks over at Allston Pudding premiered (the “exclusive,” folks) “The Ragtag Brigade" and had the following to say:
"The tune sheds a bit of their electronic sheen, but maintains true pop sensibility, and lets the lead vocals of Tom Korkidis soulfully punch through. There’s a different artistic element to this band that has progressively become more evident in their recordings, and based on this tune and “Gold Cures,” this album is shaping up to be their best yet."
Three radio shows in three nights, folks. We’re having a blast working out the new stuff hard with our NEW live rig before we head out for a few shows next week. Tonight we have the pleasure of performing live in "Studio Dee" at WMFO (TUFTS) 91.5 around 10pm EST.
Mikey Dee created On the Town and made it a home for local musicians to perform and hang out, and to give everyone a chance to listen to the music of Boston. Sadly, Mikey Dee passed away in 2003, at the age of 40, leaving a hole in the music scene and in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
We’re playing live on 91.5FM WUML’s “Live from the Fallout Shelter,” tonight at around 9.30pm. Tune in and hear live performances of songs off of our forthcoming record “Archfiend” out May 7th… we’ll also be talking for better or for worse.
Our friends over at Allston Pudding put together a 130 song mixtape featuring local New England acts as well as bands from across the country - with all the proceeds going to the One Fund - an organization set up to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013. For a donation of $1 or more, you will be able to download all 130 of these songs (or download any individual track you would like if you prefer).
You’ll find our track "Traitor, Traitor" from Brown Shark, Red Lion among a number of amazing other bands. We couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this community effort to provide help to those in need during this difficult time in our beloved city.
For those of you listening on Spotify, using “We Are Hunted,” you can see our mugs (at #34 of 100!) next to some of our favorite “emerging artists” like Tame Impala, Surfer Blood and Deerhoof. Lions, and tigers and bears… holy shite!
Seriously - excited to say the least, that “Gold Cures” has gotten some love out there in the audio nebula-sphere-void.
Nice to meet you, if you’ve come here to poke around as a result of hearing us for the first time.
Under the Radar Magazine premiered "Gold Cures" today. We couldn’t be more proud to finally be sharing this with you. We’ll be releasing an extended iTunes single next week with two remixes!
If you’d like to cut through all the bullshit, you can stream “Gold Cures” and download it for free on our Sound Cloud.
For those of you who want to nerd out a bit on the H. H. Holmes backstory (every song on “Archfiend” is about or inspired by the story of Holmes) - “Gold Cures” is about a cure for alcoholism called the “Keeley Cure” that was developed by Leslie Keeley in the late 1800s and funded by one of Chicago’s most prominent businessmen (later to be known as the most notorious serial killer in US history) - HH Holmes.
Editor’s note - we’re self releasing “Archfiend” on our new label imprint called Retroversal.
“Speaking of new albums, the next few months bring a glut of releases from local bands.Kooky carnival rockers Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys will unleash “Soft Time Traveler” on April 16. Indie rockers Eksi Ekso have “Archfiend” coming on May 7, followed by Bad Rabbits’ “American Love” on May 14.”—The Boston Globe
Around this time last year, Performer Magazine ran this piece on our forthcoming record with little tidbits on recording, what gear we used, how we wrote/write our tunes, who we recorded with (Scott Solter) and where we recorded (North Carolina), etc. At that point, we had every intention of releasing our little fiend of a record in the Spring of 2012. There is even written proof that the record was coming out in the Spring of 2012 on the Mylene Sheath. You may or may not ask - “but guys, whet the fehk?” - well, truthfully, life happened. Alex (little drummer boy) got married, moved away, and Sean and I (Tom, that’s me) had to figure out what the fehk to do. We no longer had a label relationship (the packaging for our last record probably cost The Sheath way too much, and we owe them big time), we needed to save some money (luckily/unluckily we work to play), and most importantly we needed to find Senor Mihm’s replacement. Fast forward to this year, the present time - 2013… and all that shit in the last sentence happened. The new record is called Archfiend and it’s coming out digitally/vinyl (we’re putting it out on Retroversal - a new label we started) in late April as you can hopefully deduce from that banner at the top. Anyway - the rest of the article spills nothing but the truth. We’re looking forward to getting this machine moving again, for fehks sake!
We got a call from our good ol’ boy, Robbie Hughes, to join Fishing the Sky for their "Tomorrow" EP release tonight (Friday, November 16th) in Allston at O’Briens. Super last minute and probably our last show of this year… the year 2012. Don’t fret… so much Eksi Ekso newness planned for next year. It’s about time, right? We agree. Time to get the machine up and properly running again. ARCHFIEND 2013!
We’re back at one of our favorite intimate spots - The Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, next Saturday, the 10th of November. The evening also features The Violet Lights (all the way from Los Angeles), The I Want You, and Jessica Sun Lee (of the Sun Lee Sunbeam). The evening’s festivities will start around 8. Please be sure to get their on the earlier side or buy advance tickets as our last Lizard Lounge show sold out.
Remind yourself of all of the above on the black hole of event invites which is facebook.
These past six years with Eksi Ekso have been, without a doubt, the best times for me as a musician. I would like to recognize the members of previous incarnations —Nate, Beth, Clara, and Nick— as well as other friends for all the hard work and fine playing. I especially want to thank two of the best friends I’ve ever had, Tom and Sean, for helping me become a much better musician, encouraging me to take risks, and, perhaps most importantly, putting up with me when my unabashed excitement and ADHD teamed up to make me play too much, too loudly.
That does little to recognize the camaraderie I treasure so greatly, though. The countless hours in our stuffy rehearsal space, lugging our gear up and down the stairs, or sitting around some shitty venue for six hours just to play thirty minutes of music… As cliché as it is, I truly would not have traded those times for anything else. I love these guys as brothers, I love this band, and I am excited to see what comes next. Thank you very much!