On third album Spills Out, Brooklyn noise-punk mischief-makers Pterodactyl have mutated from their abrasive loft-show roots into a glorious, broken-pop juggernaut. The band's squealing, sweat-soaked art-bustle had rapidly put them alongside contemporaries like Oneida, These Are Powers and Parts & Labor; but Spills Out gently leads the trio towards the uplifting, wistful harmonies of '60s rockers like The Zombies, CSNY and the pre-acid Beatles. Pterodactyl's onomatopoetic barks have been replaced by a luxurious three-part croon; their adenoidal squawk has been expanded to include Spectorian levels of reassuring fuzz. Their most ambitious statement to date, Spills Out is triumphant, melancholic, unapologetically pop. Alongside the band's own experiments with Wurlitzers, megaphones, and ukeleles, Spills Out features many guests. "It was important for us to look to our friends for collaboration on this record," says drummer/vocalist Matt Marlin, citing appearances by Dan Friel (Parts and Labor), Zach Lehrhoff (Ex Models), organist Mike Gallope (Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang), violist Amy Cimini (Architeuthis Walks On Land), and producer and electronic wunderkind Frank Musarra (Hearts of Darknesses). The record bulges with the scorched hum of the Kawasaki Dual Cool Keys, a discontinued toy keyboard from the early '00s that the band loves for its bizarre soundbank and unique ability to fold in half for duet play. With help from producer Jonny "Two-Eyes" Schenke (Mittens on Strings), the band laid the basic tracks in Hodges' Bushwick loft space, The Wallet. From there, Pterodactyl moved the files to their Williamsburg practice space for a winter of exhaustive, self-conducted overdub sessions that helped to create the album's monolithic sound clouds: Kremer spent six hours recording the dueling guitar lines for "Searchers," Hodges stacked six overlapping vocals for the massive one-man chorale in "Thorn." For the cover art the band re-tapped the designer for their 2010 vinyl-only EP, Arnold's Park: a brilliant young artist called Otecki, from the small city of Wroclaw, Poland. Lyrically, Spills Out is a bittersweet look at endings and conclusions. In the two years since the psych-inspired Worldwild, members of Pterodactyl went through various life changes, from romantic break-ups to the terrible loss of a close friend. Kremer took a hiatus from his job as a high school physics teacher after seven years, and "The Break" details the complex emotions of life-after-work. "The most striking thing about not working," says Kremer, "was that I didn't have the job to cover up the things I was feeling day to day. It's easy not to face yourself at all if you're pouring yourself into other things, even if it's a job you care about, or music, or someone you love." Once the treble-saturated brats of the Brooklyn underground, Pterodactyl is digging deeper than ever, towards a place where sunny songs have uneasy cores, where shimmering harmonies can explore recession-era anxiety, and heartening squelch juxtaposes sadness and loss. "We really wanted to embrace some darker moods," says Hodges. "Some of the songs that sound happy are expressing fucked-up things. I think all of us opened up a lot."

Watch Pterodactyl Do a Stripped Down Set for the Violitionist Sessions

Pterodactyl stopped by Denton, TX to do a stripped down set and interview for the Violitionist Sessions. Watch the videos now, which feature two new songs from Spills Out (Nerds and The Hole Night) and an older track (December). You can also check out the full interview HERE.

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Pterodactyl’s Spills Out is Out TODAY

Pterodactyl’s Spills Out is out today! You can pick it up here and catch the band on tour NOW: Read the rest of this entry »

New Video: Pterodactyl “School Glue”

Pterodactyl – “School Glue” from stereogum on Vimeo.

Today Stereogum premiered Pterodactyl’s new video for “School Glue” from their new album Spills Out. The video features Pterodactyl held prisoner in a Sci-Fi fantasy world. Lording over them is a series of floating heads that include members of Oneida, Parts & Labor, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ex-Models, and Knyfe Hyts. Pterodactyl’s Spills Out comes out November 15 on Jagjaguwar’s Brah Records imprint. Tomorrow Pterodactyl start a five week North American tour, check out the tour dates HERE.

Parts & Labor Announce 10th Anniversary and Retrospective Shows Followed by Indefinite Hiatus

An announcement from Parts & Labor in their own words:

Dear friends,

This January, Parts & Labor turns 10 years old. We’re planning a string of celebratory shows, in which we play selected material from all of our full length albums, leading up to a big 10th anniversary blow out on February 24th, 2012.

Following these performances, we’re going to take an extended hiatus. We feel incredibly fortunate having had a decade of amazing experiences — making records and new friends, performing with so many killer musicians and artists. But it’s time for each of us to focus
on personal projects for a while. We’re all going to continue to make music through other endeavors.

We’d like to thank everyone who’s supported us, bought our albums, seen us live, offered us a floor to sleep on. We love y’all. As a token of our esteem, we’re giving away a final song called “No Nostalgia (featuring Todd Bailey and Where’s The Party At)”, which was recorded during theĀ Receivers sessions, but suddenly seems all too prescient.

Dan/BJ/Joe (Parts & Labor)

DOWNLOAD: Parts & Labor “No Nostalgia”


10/19/11 Brooklyn, NY- Union Pool (performing songs from Receivers) Jagjaguwar/Secretly Canadian/Dead Oceans CMJ Showcase w/ Exitmusic, Gauntlet Hair, Porcelain Raft, & A Place to Bury Strangers
11/18/11 Brooklyn, NY- Death by Audio (performing songs from Mapmaker) w/ Knyfe Hyts, Antimagic, Zulus
12/03/11 Ithaca, NY- The Haunt
12/16/11 Brooklyn, NY- Knitting Factory (performing songs from Stay Afraid) w/ Pterodactyl
02/24/12 Brooklyn, NY- 285 Kent Ave. -10th Anniversary Fest/ Last Show w/ Oneida, Talk Normal, more TBA

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