New Song + Video : TV Buddhas : Fun Girls

I have a soft spot for that ramshackle guitar pop that festered on the Eastern Seaboard in the late 70s; bands like Richard Hell and The Voidoids, Johnny Thunder and the Heartbreakers and Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers. These acts, as well as individual purveyors like the prodigious Robert Quine, not only operated chronologically between msuical milemarkers like Television and Sonic Youth, but stylistically as well, combining angular guitar riffs with punk energy and occasional sheets of noise, all on a ditch digger’s budget. I love that music. Not surprisingly, I think I love TV Buddhas.

The trio is a family affair consisting of brother and sister Uri and Mickey Triest, as well as Mickey’s husband Juval Haring. Hailing from Tel Aviv by way of Berlin, TV Buddhas will be crashing upon U.S. shores this fall in support of their new self-titled EP on the We Are Busy Bodies label. Remember that ditch digger’s budget I mentioned earlier? The EP was recorded at the band’s home in Berlin in roughly an hour using a single microphone and a field tape recorded. That’s shoestring, baby!

The first single, Let Me Sleep, sputters and crackles with the frayed intensity of vintage Stooges or The MC5, and serves up some absolutely filthy licks, the likes of which haven’t been heard ’round these parts since Brother Wayne Kramer up and disappeared. Second single, Fun Girls, is a decidedly darker affair which finds Mickey cozying up to the mic for an indictment of…well, fun girls; her Kim Gordon/Moe Tucker stream of consciousness delivery struggling to keep its head above the band’s fragmented whirlpool of sound. And just in case you had a difficult time discerning the theme of the song, the video pretty much spells it out for you. I’m expecting big things from TV Buddhas, so you might want to circle that September 12th date in Indy on the old social calendar.

MP3 : TV Buddhas – Fun Girls
MP3 : TV Buddhas – Let Me Sleep

TV Buddhas on Tour
09/01 Providence, RI @ Thee Homestead
09/02 Brooklyn, NY @ Don Pedro’s
09/03 Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st Street Pub
09/04 Baltimore, MD @ Golden West Cafe
09/05 Milford, CT @ Daniel St.
09/06 Philadelphia, PA @ Danger Danger Gallery
09/07 Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
09/09 Chicago, IL @ Ronny’s Bar
09/10 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagle’s Nest
09/11 Toledo, OH @ Frankies
09/12 Indianapolis, IN @ Melody Inn
09/13 Nashville, TN @ Springwater
09/14 Oxford, MS @ Red Star
09/15 Birmingham, AL @ Magic City Wholesale
09/16 New Orleans, LA @ The Saint
09/17 Houston, TX @ Super Happy Fun Land
09/18 Austin, TX @ Beerland
09/20 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
09/21 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Hi-Lo
09/23 Tucson, AZ @ Plush
09/24 Phoenix, AZ @ The Rogue Bar
09/26 San Diego, CA @ Bar Pink
09/27 Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell
09/28 San Francisco, CA @ TBA
09/30 Concord, CA @ The Red Hat
10/01 Chico, CA @ Monstro’s Pizza
10/02 Arcata, CA @ The Alibi
10/03 Portland, OR @ Backspace Cafe
10/04 Vancouver, BC @ The Astoria
10/05 Seattle, WA @ Comet Tavern
10/07 Denver, CO @ Unit B
10/08 Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
10/09 St. Louis, MO @ Lemp
10/10 Hot Springs, AR @ The Exchange
10/12 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
10/13 Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
10/14 Rochester, NY @ Bugjar
10/15 Toronto, ON @ Parts and Labor
10/16 Hamilton, ON @ Casbah Lounge
10/19 Brooklyn, NY @ Party Expo (CMJ)
10/19 New York, NY @ R-Bar (CMJ)

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