After a quiet 2011, West Palm Beach’s The Band in Heaven (TBIH) started off the new year with a fantastic albeit horrifying music video (below) and a 7” vinyl released on Jan. 20 by HoZac Records, whose catalogue includes releases by Blank Dog, Black Lips, Dum Dum Girls, Davila 666, Mark Sultan, UV Race, and South Florida’s Teepee and Jacuzzi Boys. The Chicago label was seduced by TBIH’s slow-burn drone and the disturbing images that Alice Cohen wove together for the trio’s “Sleazy Dreams” video.
The creepy video, which was featured on Brooklyn Vegan and MTVIggy, captures the band’s layered drone with a corresponding static, hazy sheen. Following a day in the life of a deranged and (hopefully) fictitious cult, the video is littered with religious symbolism, demonic children, and an all-too-convincing cult leader, thus the list of tags: “sexy”, “nuns”, “Jesus”, “Crowley”, “Christian”, “holy mountain”, “stoner”.
Core TBIH members Lauren Dwyer (vocals, keys) and Ates Isildak (vocals, guitar) are now rounded out by permanent drummer Ryan Schemm, who played his first show with the band on New Year’s Eve after just two practices. The trio’s four-song HoZac release features a re-recorded version of The Band in Heaven’s “Summer Bummer” (No. 6 of the Top 15 South Florida Songs of 2010) with Surfer Blood front man John Paul Pitts on lead guitar.
TBIH has plans to tour in 2012 and so far has confirmed stops at two prestigious Texas festivals, South by Southwest in March and the Austin Pysch Fest in April. The trio also intends to release an LP, sometime sorta soon.
“We are slowly working on the full length,” Isildak says. “That will probably be the next thing we release, but it’ll still be months from now.”