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Slander New Stereogum “Band to Watch”

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slanderSlander is the latest focus of the Stereogum “Band to Watch” highlight — after listening to their new Magnets + Ghosts singleAmrit Singh lauds their sound as “a combination of sweeping ’70s guitar rock with a more gnarled punk spirit” –

The article also reveals a 5-song primer mixtape that Slander put together, which you can check out over at Stereogum


Debut Slander Single: Magnets + Ghosts

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slander-single-back-portfireeditFollowing the recording of the debut EP “world as museum” and getting their first live show under their belts, Slander decided to head to the studio to record a debut single.

Fortune smiled on the band when an old friend from the neighborhood pointed them in the direction of Daniel Schlett and the Strange Weather studio in Brooklyn. Schlett was able to capture the total spectrum of the band’s sound, creating a delicious slab of post-punk on “Magnets” and the lush, yet rocking sound of “Ghosts”.

The single was recorded and mixed in one ten hour session on Saturday 22 September 2012.


Slingshot Single, by Sodium Lights

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Slingshot FrontSodium Lights
 have released a follow-up single to their scintillating Transtulit LP from 2011. After the sessions that completed Transtulit, the band decided to go even further into the deep house foundations that made up the electronic side of the group’s electro-rock.

The guitars were put inside their cases, and programming began in earnest during the winter of 2011-12. The band wrote an album’s worth of new material in a few months, and singer Julia Farrar began to add vocals to the rough ideas. As the songs began to take shape, the band began to realize that releasing a single from the best of the accumulated material would actualize the ideal of the “trance pop” songs they were trying to create.

Slingshot BackInstead of following up 2011’s Transtulit with another full length LP, Sodium Lights decided to release singles of these sessions, of which “Slingshot” is the first.


Slander Up For New England Artist of the Month

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slander at oasisFresh off their first show at the Oasis in New London, and a week after their first EP World as Museum has been released, the new indie rock quintet Slander is already listed up for New England Artist of the Month in a poll at The Deli Magazine

Help out the band and give them a vote!

Slander, the Mystic supergroup, consists of Grayson Connelly on guitar, Luke Hunter on guitar and vocals, Julia Farrar on vocals, Chris Wimpfheimer on bass, and Rich Freitas on drums.


New Luke Hunter Single: Heart & Home

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Each of Luke Hunter’s releases are more evocative and focused, driven with emotion and seeking our hearts.

Heart & Home is a proper single, assisted with James Burke on bass, and Tyler Crawford on drums. It gets in your head, it gets in your heart, and it hits straight home – a masterpiece and proof that Luke has truly become an artisan songwriter. The production and mixing, by Alex Pellish (17 Relics, Portersville, Vera from Alice, Highlighter, Sodium Lights), further refines and enlightens this immediate indie rock classic.

And cued right up, the backside features the daedalian guitarwork of Leafmeal, fleeting across unraveling midsummer meadows, across balearen lovers spread out beneath the wide blue sky – twirling in so many memories brought back from the fade –

Absolutely fantastic.


Third Annual Whalies

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The Third Annual Whalies will be held at New London’s Hygienic Art Park on May 26th – you can vote online for some of the People’s Choice nominees at the Wailing City website.

The Whalies are always a blast and showcase a refreshingly diverse mix of live music and artists, all mingled together and celebrating in style – it is easily one of the most enjoyable and compelling events around, and we hope to see you there.

Several songs first published here at PortFire are up for some potential Critics Choice Awards:


Luke Hunter “Darshana”


DJShecky “Frequency Modulation”

Mat Tarbox “Vertical”