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Before the massive 2016 catch-up overhaul resumes, it’s going to take one massive side step to introduce the world to Ubetcha. Comprised of Glueboy‘s Coby Chafets and Milk Dick‘s Brian Indig, Ubetcha is the product of two compellingly warped minds that crank out music at a genuinely alarming pace. Both Chafets and Indig have had dalliances with deeply experimental side projects to their main vehicles but Ubetcha sees the two embracing a gleeful collision course and staggering away from the crash with surprisingly sharp results.

Their first single, the punk-laced basement pop number “Always Tired” is an instant standout, full of playful eccentricities, jackknife riffing, and an abundance of energy that practically derails the entire thing. Somehow, “Always Tired” finds a way to contain that energy and play into the outsize persona that will undoubtedly come to define the band. Another defining aspect will likely be the tongue-in-cheek humor that permeates the entirety of “Always Tired”, a song ostensibly about being too exhausted to do anything enjoyable that — as noted — is fueled by a startling amount of energy.

From the gargled “Whoa, hey everybody!” that kicks “Always Tired” off, there’s not a moment of the 92-second track that goes to waste. While the duo switches responsibilities throughout their upcoming record, which is full of similarly feral tunes, Chafets handles the lead vocal, Indig does back-ups, both tackle the guitar parts, Chafets on bass, and Indig on drums. It’s one of the more complete — and effective — two-person collaborative efforts to come along in a while and will likely lead to a lot more exhilarating future material. For now, the best thing to do is just crank this up, figure out whether you’re exhausted or adrenalized, and let “Always Tired” take you wherever it damn well pleases.

Listen to “Always Tired” below and keep an eye on this site for more updates on the duo.

Introducing: Montana and the Marvelles


The past few days I’ve been adjusting to life in Brooklyn with DBTS (an acronym for David Blaine’s the Steakhouse) being kind enough to take me under their wings and ease me into the transition. Being introduced to a culture that I’d already been familiarized with via the magic of the internet and word-of-mouth was a memorable experience and nothing solidified that more than being on hand to witness the first-ever appearance of Brooklyn supergroup Montana and the Marvelles.

After multiple cleaning sweeps and a day of decorating, DBTS was ready to play host to an unofficial wedding ceremony. The bride and groom-to-be, friends of the DBTS tenants, will be officially wed at a small, private ceremony. With that being the case, they decided to throw a party where their friends could celebrate their marriage ahead of the more intimate event. Guests dressed to the nines, alcohol was free-flowing, root beer floats and tacos were at the ready, everyone was all smiles, spirits were high, and fond toasts were given.  After all the personal stories had been told and all the noisemakers had been given out, a band took the floor: Montana and the Marvelles.

At the outset of Montana and the Marvelles, the band was uncertain whether or not their intended wedding project would be a one-off; the details were kept secret. Now, one gripping performance into what could be a very fulfilling path, the band’s made a commitment to playing more shows (and have graciously allowed me to offer their official introduction to the world at large).

Made up of members of several high-profile Brooklyn bands, including site favorites like LVL UP, Sharpless, and Painted Zeros (among others), the band’s more than likely to generate some interest. Unsurprisingly- especially with the caliber of talent involved- the band’s live show is stunning. Suave and genuinely finessed, they play as sharp as they look. As for the song selection- at least on this particular night- it’s just about flawless. Ranging from Etta James to Angel Olsen, it provides the band’s deeply charismatic vocalist and central character- Montana Elliot (of Sharpless)- a considerably impressive showcase.

Montana and the Marvelles were in fine form from the very beginning of the first song, catering perfectly to the crowd. As their set progressed, they made sure to include accommodations for their guests of honor; a first dance, a surprise performance that roped the groom into the band, and a few more twists were incorporated. Each new song (or surprise moment) continuously elevated the level of collective exuberance cultivated by the small (but enthusiastic) party. By the time all of the scene-stealing solos had been torn (courtesy of LVL UP‘s Nick Corbo), all of the showstopping vocals had been sung, and a particularly fierce rendition of “Dancing in the Dark” had been played to close out an incredibly spirited set, it was abundantly clear that Montana and the Marvelles had locked into something that transcends the typical wedding band.

Fortunately for all of us, they’re ready to keep going. If you’re in need of a band to play your wedding, bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah, commitment ceremony, prom, or nearly any other formal event, don’t hesitate to send a message their way; it’s already hard to imagine you could find anything better.

Enough small talk and exposition; it’s both an honor and a privilege to present Montana and the Marvelles to the world. Photos and videos of the band can be found below.