Writer is happy to unveil the video for the title track from their double-a-sided Family Dinner 7″-to be released on Pretty Awesome Records on April 3rd. “Family Dinner” is a two-and-a-half-minute grunge sing-a-long complete with chunky riffs and flagrant vocals. The band successfully created the song’s companion in video-form, matching its brazen distortion. The video is a fleeting, chopped-up, nightmarish vision of friends eating and practicing good hygiene. The video is feverishly impatient in the best way, never staying in one frame or filter for more than a few seconds and fitting perfectly in union with the song.
Additionally, the band will be embarking on an East Coast run with Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s. A full list of dates is below.
People say there’s something about brother music, an ingredient that makes the harmonies soar higher and the beats slam harder. It’s not really something you can pin down or describe in words-it’s something you have to hear. Whether it comes from siblings growing up sharing a room, or from a listener hoping for something different, Writer has it. The duo of brothers Andy and James Ralph, bashes, crashes, strums and shouts its way through songs that are scummy cement floor odes to real life, sung through aquarium glass to the prettiest girls they’ll never meet.
The band wasn’t always just the brothers. The sonic limitations of being a duo didn’t fit with their heavy vision, so James and Andy enlisted first one, then two, fellow musicians before realizing that they could make all the noise they needed on their own. This is perhaps most evident in their ultra frenetic live show, with James slamming away at a floor tom with a tambourine while pounding at the kick and playing a synthesizer-a true one man rhythm section-and Andy wailing into the mic and strumming his guitar or putting in time on keyboards. The brothers say they struggle with having only their own two hands to play with, particularly because they “try to record everything as close to live as possible,” according to Andy, on a 4-track recorder in their house.
Andy and James agree about brother music. Not just because it adds a shine to the grit, and a spark to their banging and wailing. It has other perks, they say, “Besides really digging the music we are making, brother fights are always short lived.”
A1. Family Dinner
B1. Try And Stop Me
- 04/01 Akron, OH, Musica^
- 04/03 Grand Rapids, MI, Pyramid Scheme^
- 04/04 Ann Arbor, MI, Blind Pig^
- 04/05 Toronto, ON, Garrison^
- 04/06 Buffalo, NY, The Ninth Ward^
- 04/07 Pittsburgh, PA, Brillobox^
- 04/09 Hamden, CT, The Space^
- 04/10 Cambridge, MA, The Middle East Downstairs^
- 04/11 Brooklyn, NY, MHOW^
- 04/12 Philadelphia, PA, First Unitarian Church^
- 04/13 Washington DC, Rock & Roll Hotel^
- 04/14 Chapel Hill, NC, Local 506^
- 04/15 Nashville, TN, Exit/in^
- 04/17 Orlando, FL, The Plaza^
- 04/18 Tampa, FL, Crowbar^
- 04/19 Tallahassee, FL, Club Downunder^
- 04/20 Birmingham, AL, The Bottle Tree^
- 04/21 Atlanta, GA, The Masquerade^
^w/Margot & the Nuclear So and Sos