Helmed by NYC music guru Justin Miller (DFA, Have A Killer Time, Other People), Deus Records is a boutique label project that continues the great independent NY tradition of dropping highly danceable music with roots, rock n roll swagger. A year in the making, last month Deus Records released NYC band TV Baby’s debut album single “Klerin Priest” including remixes by Ivan Smagghe & Trus’Me. Now the label brings you NYC band TV Baby’s debut album, Dignity Don’t Dance, out early 2017.
TV Baby is a project that came to life during 2016 in a makeshift hideaway deep within a remote corridor of industrial New York City. The romantic isolation of their decaying surroundings leant its vibe to the otherwise occupied musicians as they intuitively explored their formative musical experiences, while playing at shifting their roles around within the band. From these changing dynamics TV Baby’’s debut album, Dignity Don’t Dance, was born. With the needle in the groove tracks of soaring ease can give in to that introspection and moments of bracing sensuality. Mechanical funk, laden with lucid dreams and chemical illusions vie with raw, earthy anthems from the basement and garage. Loose-limbed abandon is born from rum-soaked and acid-flecked AOR.
The forthcoming Long Player format allows the band to meld the most naive aspects of punk meets pop with mature, expansive and explorative grooves across ten tracks. Initially a set of sketches, the material soon became earworms that the band revealed in refining together. It is something that sits naturally with the three-piece and the result of their adaptations and challenging each other afresh in an immersive experience where the joy of creation is ever-present for the listener.
Dignity Don’t Dance LP shows TV Baby taking hold of many sounds and combining them into something that is distinctly their own. Although rooted in electronic sounds, the unashamed and unmistakeable homage to many seminal New York bands bubbles to the surface on each of Dignity Don’t Dance’s tracks. The rawest themes of lust, love, sexuality and abandon keep the album mercurial and constantly shifting in its form – from track to track and bar to bar. This dynamism is guided by respect for the five classical elements, produced by Gabriel Andruzzi and topped off with a mix down from Berlin based Brit Ewan Pearson.
Distinct from its musical roots and remote from a scene or set of influences, TV Baby’s Dignity Don’t Dance is a kaleidoscopic conveyor of familiar mantras hazily recalled, jacked up and reimagined with the ease of a collective fully in tune with itself.
TV Baby’s Dignity Don’t Dance 12” vinyl LP + Digital will be available on February 6th, 2017 via Deus Records.
A2. Klerin Priest
A3. Wild Joy
A4. Sweet Little Heart Of Hate
A5. Free Technology
B2. Swamp Beat
B3. Nite Vision Eye
B4. Sweet Gene Vincent
B5. Beware The Holy Whore