calla

Televise

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QS116 CD / a few available
QS116 LP / available

Third record by Calla published in 2002 by Quatermass/Rosa for Europe and by The Arena Rock Recording in USA.

Occupying both the garage and the temple, Calla are at once dissonant and pristine, harmonious and rhythmic. They cling to the dirty residues of NYC with an attention always affixed upward to cosmopolitan refinement. A fact perhaps explained by the group's roots in Texas and their emigration to Brooklyn. Unlike most of their contemporaries, Aurelio Valle (guitar/vocals), Wayne Magruder (drums/programming/percussion) and Sean Donovan (keyboard/bass/programming) understand the way in which the dirtiness of rock intersects the world of high art.

From their 1999 self-titled debut (Sub Rosa) to 2001's SCAVENGERS (Quatermass / Young God), Calla drew upon this understanding. Not wishing to rest on their existing answers, their third release and first for the Arena Rock Recording Co and Ryko (in USA), TELEVISE pushes harshly against complacency with stunning sophistication. The music allows avant gestures to collapse into supple pop while catapulting their dark breathless aggression into a furious swelling of feedback. This is the moment when the curtains are opened and light floods the room. Calla's shows are some of the most anticipated in New York. It is impossible to watch them perform without becoming transfixed on the intensity of its presentation. Angular guitars bend across thick bass lines; weightless electronics become pulled into the harsh simplicity of minimalist percussion; Aurelio's fragile voice rises boldly against the torrents of expressive noise.

PRESS
"The next time U2 have a band meeting to decide what to sound like next they ought to have a copy of 'Televise'"
London Sunday Times
"'Televise' is the sound of metal fire escapes, potholes and subway paranoia. Think the Velvet Underground with soaring guitars and angst turned way up."
NME
"Is it too early to start talking about Album Of The Year? Records like this don't come around too often"
i-D

FEATURES

AURELIO VALLE
WAYNE MAGRUDER
SEAN DONOVAN
PETER GANNON

TRACK LISTING CD / VINYL - 10 TRACKS

1 Strangler 4:24
2 Monument 3:40
3 Astral 4:35
4 Don't Hold Your Breath 4:48
5 Pete The Killer 3:30
6 Customized 4:56
7 As Quick As It Comes / Carrera 6:23
8 Alacran 1:13
9 Televised 6:22
10 Surface Scratched 6:13