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Your 33 Black Angels


Your 33 Black Angels

Your 33 Black Angels (a.k.a. Y33BA) present the single ‘Dirty Europa Forever’ off their new album ‘Eternities I’, their seventh LP to date. The animation and concept for the accompanying video was by Claudia Perez of the Zenoco digital arts company with editing by Winnie Cheung.

Y33BA are Dan Rosato, Josh Westfal, Daniel Bombach and D.A. Stern. Together they are a long-running New York City-based noisepop freakshow. This genre-defying project has its own stamp of dark pop, electro-paisley new wave space rock, with a dose of crunk bass and rhythm. They produce elegant vibrant melodies with strange, novel sounds. This is the New Age underground for the End Times.

“Dirty Europa Forever” is the sonic start of the Europa song trilogy, which includes “Viva Dirty Europa” and another to-be-released tune…DEF was recorded in NYC and Los Angeles.  Claudia Perez went from NYC to Mexico and back to bring us her insectoid daydream,” says Josh Westfal.  
“We flew across the continent just to get the sound right for the leadoff track of Eternities I… This song came from chopping and inverting the chords of “Viva” and ditching decadence for romance.  The lyrics return to the old Jarvis Cocker/Paolo Sorrentino dilemma: what to do when the party’s over and Rome has lost her imperial sway.  All the stolen paintings have been returned but the buildings keep crumbling.  The Emperor is bare and ill-equipped for swordplay.  Your confetti-freckled face blinks dust forever and for all.  Don’t cry, just remember you and me and dirty Europa.”

Recorded over three years and more than 60 studio days with endless mixes in the making, ‘Eternities I’ is 13 tracks built to stand as the culmination of Y33BA’s labors. Earlier, the band introduced listeners to the album’s first single ‘Hott Funn’ with a space-age alien force of a video, and ‘Dead New Romantics’. This video was also shot and edited by Winnie Cheung and Helena Sasseron at Maverick Studios with John Epperly behind the board.

This is a radical, angry, watermark record. Designed to embrace and rattle against the times. Combining haute popcraft with touches of the undercurrents of our lives–acid house, Paisley Underground, synth wave, field recordings, minimal electronica and epic RAWK.

The Y33BA wordsmiths have always been equal part poetry fans as lyricists, so the Poesia Concreta of Augusto de Campos or Guillaume Apollonaire may have as much an influence as wonderful lyricists like Neil Hannon, Bjork or Serge Gainsbourg. Breaking rhythms and broken meter match the polarized sounds from start to finish.

Formed in 2003, Y33BA debuted with the album ‘Lonely Street’ in 2007, which was a vinyl-only limited edition. Once the initial pressings sold out, Y33BA released the album on CD and digitally. They followed up with ‘Tales of my Pop-Rock Love Life’ (2008), ‘Pagan Princess’ (2009), ‘Songs from the Near Bleak Future’ (Optical Sounds, 2010), ‘Moon and Morning Star’ ( Optical Sounds, 2012) and ‘Glamour’ (2015).

In that time, they have played over 500 shows on 3 continents, sharing the stage with some rather fine acts.  The Monochrome Set selected Y33BA as direct support act for its first New York City show in 30 years. La Femme, The Veldt and Dyr Faser have toured or shared many nights with the group.  The band has also played with King Tuff, Blitzen Trapper, Suuns, Six Organs of Admittance, Blonde Elvis, B-17 and We Melt Chocolate.

Y33BA ‘Eternities I’ is now available across digital stores and streaming platforms, as well as Bandcamp

TRACK LIST
1. Dirty Europa Forever
2. Hott Funn
3. Title
4. Consolação Vignette
5. Endless Gaze
6. Viva Dirty Europa
7. Habibi
8. Dead New Romantics
9. Britpop Reveries
10. Microwave Mistral
11. Disgrace
12. Loathe
13. Dark G

TOUR DATES
June 20 Lowell, MA – Uncharted (with New Aura, The Abyssmals, Love Strangers)
June 21 Boston, MA – Dorchester Art Project (with New Aura)
June 22 Albany, NY – The Low Beat (with New Aura, The Abyssmals)
June 23 Brooklyn, NY – The Gutter Bar (with Big Spirit, New Aura and The Abyssmals)

Your 33 Black Angels – Dirty Europa Forever

Your 33 Black Angels – Dead New Romantics

 

Your 33 Black Angels – Hott Funn

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