What I Heard This Morning: Ed Schrader's Music Beat

Ed Schrader's Music Beat is one standing floor tom and one bass, pushing and experimenting with post-punk minimalism.  Effective?  Check out the video clips below.

Ed Schrader's Music Beat will be releasing a new album, Jazz Mind, at the end of March.

All info comes courtesy of Us/Them Group.

Minimalist fury: Ed Schrader's Music Beat premiere track from debut album, launch U.S. tour

Baltimore duo tied to Dan Deacon's Wham City, Future Islands, No Age

"Schrader's voice alternates between a low, Ian Curtis-esque bellow and a frenetic bark that recalls Andy Falkous of McClusky and Future of the Left. In other words, this is aggressive music, even in its quieter moments." -- Pop Matters

"Jazz Mind alternates between two distinct styles: harsh, thrashing punk, where Schrader screeches and howls, and minimalist beat poetry, where he chants in a sometimes sleepy monotone." -- Chicago Reader

Baltimore minimalist duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat premiere a new track from their forthcoming full length today via Prefix Mag. The frenetic and incisive song "When I'm in a Car" features guest guitarist Randy Randall of No Age. It's an urgent blast of vitriol reminiscent of early Public Image Ltd as well as the more recent sputter of Jay Reatard and Iceage. Download/stream HERE.

Ed Schrader's Music Beat (ESMB) kick off a national headlining tour this week. Please see complete dates below.

Previously better known as a partner in Dan Deacon's Wham City collective and performing solo with just voice and a floor tom, Ed Schrader has recently made inroads with ESMB by teaming up with bassist Devlin Rice and touring with Future Islands and Dan Deacon in the last year.

Watch a powerful 10-minute live video HERE. Check out videos of individual songs below.
Jazz Mind opens with the snarling fury of "Sermon", driven by Schrader's high-pitched wail over early-Swans style primal drumming and blurting bass. Turning on a dime, "Gem Asylum" is a sparse and compelling lullaby of delicately chanted vocals and hypnotic bass notes reminiscent of Chairs Missing era Wire. Elsewhere, when ESMB strips down the noise on "My Mind is Broken", "Air Show" and "Can't Stop Eating Sugar", there remains an icy intensity hearkening to Joy Division. Meanwhile, "Rats" and "Gas Station Attendant" explode with a rage and raw simplicity that's rare in an era of unlimited access to audio gloss. Jazz Mind is perhaps the closest one can come to inventive, unbridled emotion.
Jazz Mind will be available everywhere on LP, CD and Download via Load Records on March 20th, 2012.

02/29 Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
03/01 Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class 
03/02 Detroit, MI @ Lager House
03/05 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
03/06 Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters
03/07 Minneapolis, MN @ the Hexagon Bar
03/08 Dubuque, IA @ Off Minor
03/09 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
03/10 Denver, CO @ Rhinoceropolis

03/13 Seattle, WA @ the Funhouse
03/14 Portland, OR @ Rotture
03/16 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
03/19 Los Angeles, CA @ Pehr Space
03/21 Phoenix, AZ @ Meat Market
03/22 El Paso, TX @ M's Lips Lounge
03/23 Austin, TX @ Beerland
03/24 Dallas, TX @ Queen City Hall
03/25 Hot Springs, AR @ The Exchange
03/26 Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
03/27 Athens, GA @ Farm 255
03/28 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
03/29 Asheville, NA @ Broadway's
03/30 Greensboro, NC @ TBA
03/31 Chapel Hill, NC @ The Nightlight
04/01 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter

Artist: Ed Schrader's Music Beat
Jazz Mind
Label: Load Records
Release Date: March 20, 2012

01. Sermon
02. Gem Asylum
03. Traveling
04. Right
05. Do The Maneuver
06. Rats (VIDEO)
07. My Mind Is Broken (VIDEO)
08. When I'm In A Car (MP3)
09. Air Show
10. Can't Stop Eating Sugar (VIDEO)
11. Gas Station Attendant

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