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The Machete Demos

When I moved to South Florida in the late 90s, I was moving from a surprisingly thriving music scene (at that time) in Morgantown, WV, and when I got to Miami, I was hoping I’d get involved in another music scene as vibrant as Morgantown’s.

I was still a very young man at that time, at only 20 years old. I cut my teeth early in the bands Lincoln and Kukim, and before moving south I already had toured twice, played amazing shows, opened for likes of The Jesus Lizard, Archers of Loaf, Rites Of Spring, Brainiac, and several other legendary bands. The bar was set very high for me at that time.

When I first arrived in Florida I was seeing a lot of bands, but quite honestly a lot of them seemed like a joke to me at the time, amateur, dated sounding, and just not very skilled. All that changed quickly though when I saw some band perform at Churchill’s Pub one night at probably 2 am or so.

They were an odd looking bunch of kids, a drummer who looked a bit out of place, like maybe he was in the wrong band, and had accidentally wondered in from the sports bar down the street, a hip looking bassist with horn rimmed glasses, a guitar player with a mullet, a huge Gibson Explorer knock off guitar and a 5150 amp well… more
released January 13, 2020

Justin Gracer – guitar, vocals, drums, bass
Cynthia Trullinger – backing vocals on “Go Tell It On The Mountain” (originally by Verses)

hums – hello – a new collaboration between me and Chiaki Yamamoto

Anthill Recordings presents ‘hello’ by hums. hums is a new project by Chiaki Yamamoto, and me, Demonic Sweaters. I met Chiaki though our mutual friend Satoshi Inoue, whom I collaborate with in his project Echoscape.

Satoshi moved back to Japan a few years ago, but he told me his friend was moving close to the area and we should get together. Chiaki and her husband Osamu came to visit Victor and I one weekend, and at the end of the night, Chiaki and I played a bit of music. She was playing guitar and singing and I played my new fretless bass. I really liked how it sounded, and suggested we work on a recording project.

Once Chiaki got back to Long Island, she started working on some new songs and would send me the parts remotely. I would ad my parts and we’d talk a bit about the direction. We decided to focus on two songs and release a single. The result is what you see here, and I’m really proud of these two tracks. Both will be avalible tomorrow on Bandcamp as well as every streaming music service at https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/hums/hello

The songs were both written by Chiaki, and produced, mixed and mastered by me. Video by Chiaki Yamamoto credits releases December 16, 2019 Chiaki Yamamoto – Guitar / Vocals Demonic Sweaters – Drums / Bass / Synths Recorded by Chiaki Yamamoto and Demonic Sweaters Lyrics and Music by Chiaki Yamamoto Produced, Mixed, and Mastered by Demonic Sweaters #indierock2020 #needledrop #spotify #bestnewmusic #demonicsweaters #nonbinary #indie #bossanova #nyc #japan #longisland

Music Recommendation – In Quiet Contempt by Subtle People

Very interesting stuff, which comes as no surprise from Subtle People. To call this jazz isn’t exactly accurate, but I wouldn’t call it pop either, nor ambient, but somewhere in the landscape of all three would be more appropriate. At times I feel a later Talk Talk vibe, crossed with David Sylvian, and even Sade occasionally. Consistency in production and style is very strong on this LP, probably stronger than any of Gracer’s other solo works. there’s a strong Film Noir atmospheric vibe going on here and overall the album conveys a real sense of depth and subtlety. This is a great achievement.

Highly recommended.