Thursday, May 14, 2015


"While traipsing through the same atmospheric layers as the horde of shoegazers out there, The Space Merchants' 'Mainline the Sun' still has a few boots on the ground. Mainly it's singer/guitarist Michael Guggino's touch of gravel and the la-la-ladies doing harmonies who don't go the easy angelic route. If neo-Paisley Underground is useable, let's."

The Space Merchants' new single, "Mainline the Sun," has debuted today via CMJ. Stream it here!

"Mainline the Sun" is a slab of the co-ed Brooklyn band's perfect, psyched-up country rock, with roots stretching back toward The Velvet Underground and Black Sabbath, as well as to Waylon Jennings and Bobbie Gentry.

As CMJ editor Eric Davidson, puts it, welcome to the "neo-Paisley Underground."

Debut album The Space Merchants is set for a June 9th release on Aqualamb Records, the Brooklyn label fast becoming known for its new approach to releasing music: in lieu of traditional album packaging, Aqualamb prints beautiful, 100-page, softbound books containing artwork, lyrics, liner notes, and download code.

Steel for Brains founder Jonathan Dick wrote recently, "In the spirit of labels like Hydra Head or Sacred Bones, Brooklyn's Aqualamb Records was born from the desire to place as much value on the aesthetic of a physical release as the music itself."

The Space Merchants was recorded with two engineers at two locations: with Aaron Bastinelli at Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn, NY (where he has also engineered and mixed recordings by The Hold Steady and Kurt Vile), and with Josh Meakim, a member of A Sunny Day in Glasgow, at the Sex Dungeon in Philadelphia, PA. The album was mixed by The Space Merchants' own Michael Guggino, and mastered by Josh Bonati (Psychic Ills, Pharmakon).

Pre-order The Space Merchants from Aqualamb, here.

New Yorkers, catch The Space Merchants live tonight at Cake Shop!

May 14 - New York, NY @ Cake Shop w/ Weird Owl
Jun 8 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade w/ Mini Mansions

Photo by Andrew Strasser