That’s all, folks. Lioness, the band formerly known as Linus formerly known as Friendsome, has recorded and published its final song, placing the cap neatly on the group’s four year-long career here. Comprised of the killer team of Dema Paxton Fofang ’13, Jason Katzenstein ’13, Ethan Young ’13, Dylan Bostick ’13, Adrien Defontaine ’13, and John Snyder ’12, Lioness formed at an Open Mic in 2009, won the Battle of the Bands in 2010 and opened Spring Fling (for the yet-to-be-rivaled-and-probably-never-will-be lineup of Dirty Projectors, Black Lips, and Big Boi). And now they’re graduated. They sure do grow up fast, don’t they?
Lioness’ Bandcamp page is loaded with free-to-download single goodies, and probably boasts one of the more colorful collections of album artwork as well as music in the BandCampWes World. “Bullets” is no exception. Where their previous singles like “Hot Mess” pumped up the beach-punk vibe to the level of Surfer Blood, “Bullets” is a gorgeously crafted and easygoing tune reminiscent of Beach House. It’s pretty indicative of what the Ampersand once coined the “Post-Linus” music genre.
Fresh off the success of their Athenian-centric video for Grand Cousin, Jack Coyne ’13 and Sidney Sclheiff ’14 are back with not one, but two visuals for Dreamhost, the chillwavey side project of Dylan Bostick ’13.
The first video, for the Dreamhost song “Pools,” was shot in Costa Rica and features some pretty excellent clouds over a gorgeous valley/crater/mountainous landscape. In the words of Coyne, “The visuals were inspired by drunken nights in weird parts of Eclectic and all things Hawaiian punch.”
The second video, for the song “Me Too,” features Zach Carlson ’14 and a barren night carnival.
Wes Alum Myles Potters ’12 just released a fresh-to-death EP using works from his senior thesis called Apertures. Potters writes:
This release is many months in the making, and is the recorded, modified version of my Senior Thesis Recital at Wesleyan University. The Thesis revolved around the question: What can we consider to be ‘live’ music in the 21st Century? The music in this album, though recorded, continues to ask similar questions by highlighting contrasts between instrumental improvisation, sampled beats, and notated music.
I could spend a solid amount of time writing about what I like about it, not to mention the dank group of musicians that he had on the album: Wes Alum Owen Callahan ’12 on sax, Nate Campagne ’15 on drums, Sam Friedman ’13 ticklin’ the ivories, and Dylan Bostick ’13 (see: DreamHost) working the electronics. Instead, I asked Mr. Potters a couple questions, and I feel like that does a lot more justice explaining the album than what I could do by myself. That’s all past the jump.
Is it too late to post photos from Spring Fling 2012? Whatever. They’re after the jump.
Wanna help plan Spring Fling, book artists, and have unadulterated access to the most top-secret listserv this side of Romney’s tax return task force? You’re interested in Spring Fling Committee (the artist formally known as Social Committee), not Concert Committee. Co-chairs Trill Feinstein ’13 and Dylan Bostick ’13, whose new EP received a coveted 8.3 rating from A-Batte this morning, have the details on applying:
Spring Fling Committee will host a drop-in meeting in Usdan 108 from 12:15-1:15 pm this Friday. Come meet the current chairmen to ask questions, discuss any suggestions, or just to say hey! You can also pick up a physical application for committee. We will accept four new members. Application below:
Please submit to dbostick(at)wesleyan(dot)edu no later than 5 PM on Friday September 14th, 2012.
1) Why do you want to be on Spring Fling Committee?
2) What have you enjoyed about past Spring Flings? What would you change? If you have not been to a Spring Fling here, say not applicable.