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Following The Seven Fields of Aphelion's Periphery (Feb '10/Graveface) and Tobacco's Maniac Meat (May '10/Anticon), Dreamend's album, So I Ate Myself, Bite by Bite is the latest album from a member of the peculiar electronic band, Black Moth Super Rainbow. With So I Ate Myself, Bite by Bite and its companion piece (which is set to come out in 2011), Dreamend diverges from the synth-pop of Black Moth to take on a nightmarish folk sound that evokes the faded scenery of ghost towns and eerie midnight drives.

As Dreamend's sole member and proprietor behind Graveface Records, an independent label with a sharp focus on hand assembled items and limited editions, Ryan Graveface has a dazzlingly complex album in SIAMByB. Heavy on banjo, bells, guitar, organ and fearlessly honest vocals, this record is relentlessly catchy.

"Pink Cloud in the Woods," sets the tone for the album with its deceptively patient ruminations. Sparse cricket sounds, bells and piano evolve into stop-and-go drums and the breathy chant of "I walked through the woods. It was a rainy day." From there, SIAMBbB sprawls out like a cinematic experience more than a loose collection of songs. The tale concerns a character who acts on his destructive fantasies and impulses. A synapse in his head snaps like a twig and before he knows it, he's in the middle of a deed he'd never have imagined undertaking just days before.

The banjo-laden song "Pieces" delves deep into the details of the crime with intrepidly gruesome lyrics. Its misleadingly upbeat energy by way of intricate drumming causes this song about brutal murder to be unusually catchy. Album closer "An Admission" shifts down the synth highway as it details the character's seemingly inexplicable need to kill again and again. It starts with pitch bending swirls buttressed by banjo and drums. Soon, these elements are overtaken by stormy effects and soprano "whoo-ooo"s, culminating in an about-face of percussive THRASH.

The tale of SIAMBbB will have you reeling and so will its incredible packaging. The label who brought you indie-rock's first bonafide, hand made pop-up book with Long-Forgotten Friend have upped the ante: the LP version of So I Ate Myself, Bite by Bite, is presented like a phenakistoscope, a classic Victorian animation machine. If you thought picture discs and colored vinyl were cool (both mediums you Graveface aficionados will know a lot about), wait until you get a load of William Schaff's painstaking, brilliantly delivered design. It's truly a remarkable accomplishment in the annals of the Album as Artform, which is a hallmark of Graveface Records.


MAGNESIUM LIGHT (mp3 download)

LP: The picture disc is packaged in a sleeve and comes with 12x12 cover art, die-cut circle for animation viewing, collage, Freddy Point and download code. The LP version contains extra material not found on the CD or download. The 150 pre-orders will come with everything pictured here along with an 11x11 hand-typed page from the serial killer's journal (see below for more info on this). Also, five randomly selected pre-orders will include a test pressing of the album. All LP copies are hand-numbered. CLICK HERE TO VIEW A VIDEO OF THE ANIMATION IN ACTION.

CD: The CD is packaged in a Stoughton gatefold sleeve and includes a collage, Freddy Point and anything that can fit in the mailer. The first 500 copies are hand-numbered.

The album is based on the life of a real serial killer, whose journal was bought at auction many years ago by yours truly. Instead of simply scanning in the pages, I'll be recreating them, including the blood and drawings contained therein. I will try to make one for every vinyl pre-order, but if I cannot bleed and/or type anymore, it will become a random insertion thing. Wish me luck.



08/13/2010 Subterranean, Chicago  (EARLY, ALL AGES CD RELEASE SHOW)  BUY TIX HERE
09/09/2010 DC9, Washington W/ TOBACCO
09/10/2010 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia W/ TOBACCO
09/11/2010 Ottobar, Baltimore W/ TOBACCO
09/16/2010 Iron Horse, Northampton W/ TOBACCO
09/17/2010 Higher Ground, South Burlington W/ TOBACCO
09/18/2010 Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge W/ TOBACCO
09/23/2010 Mickey Finn's Pub, Toledo W/ TOBACCO
09/24/2010 The Blind Pig, Ann Arbor W/ TOBACCO
09/25/2010 The Strutt, Kalamazoo W/ TOBACCO
09/29/2010 Artistika, Greensboro W/ TOBACCO
09/30/2010 Local 506, Chapel Hill W/ TOBACCO
10/01/2010 Square Room, Knoxville W/ TOBACCO
10/02/2010 123 Pleasant Street, Morgantown W/ TOBACCO


Yesterday we released the new single by the wonderful Hospital Ships on pink vinyl.  You can pick one up at the Graveface site or grab the single from Itunes here.  We also put up a combo order for the animated picture disc and single to save a few dollars.  Grab it here. Please check out HS live this summer:

August 24th Chicago @ Schubas w/ The Wooden Birds 
August 25th Lawrence @ Jackpot w/ Fruit Bats
August 26th Omaha @ Waiting Room w/ Fruit Bats
August 27th Columbia, MO @ TBA w/TBA


Appleseed is currently at work on both their debut Graveface full length and a series of 7 inch singles for us.  In other awesome news, Chris Crisci is now making guitars, and they are incredible!  Please take a look at them here and get in touch if you're interested in having him build you one.  Here are their newly announced tour dates:

Aug 6 2010  
The Jackpot Music Hall Lawrence, KS  
Nov 3 2010  
Juanita's Little Rock, AR  
Nov 4 2010  
The Loft Dallas, TX  
Nov 5 2010  
The Warehouse Houston, TX  
Nov 6 2010  
FFFF Austin, TX  
Nov 7 2010  
The Opolis Norman, OK  

Well, that's enough rambling for one email.  I really appreciate your support.  Please take care out there,

Ryan Graveface

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