PYYRAMIDS' full-length debut, Brightest Darkest Day, is out today on indie label Paracadute. Fans can check it out now on AOL Spinner.com, which is streaming the album all week long here. The band - helmed by Timothy Nordwind from indie rock band OK Go and Drea Smith of the electro-pop outfit He Say/She Say - will kick off a month-long tour tomorrow, April 10, at The Mercury Lounge in New York City. The run will include shows in Paris and London and a string of West Coast dates that includes a hometown gig at The Satellite in Los Angeles on May 2. See below for itinerary.
The video for "Paper Doll," the first single from Brightest Darkest Day, premieres today here. It was lensed by Ericka Clevenger, who directed the videos for two songs from PYYRAMIDS' 2012 EP, Human Beings.
Blackbook declared Brightest Darkest Day "infectious...the music is warm and tropical even despite its late-night freeway gloss" and Glamour Magazine (UK) hailed the album as an "homage to filth-laced feedback, Karen O and hazy, summer nostalgia," praising the duo for "giving the 90s Sound City revival a sun-soaked, Californian makeover." "Haunting and beautifully textured," was how MSN.com described the band's songs, noting: "Pyyramids is arguably the equal of critical darlings the xx" while Consequence of Sound praised the "dense 'Paper Doll' with its thundering drums" and the "windy, noir-driven pulse of 'That Ain't Right.'"
Introduced by a mutual friend via email, Nordwind and Smith initially bonded over an affinity for first-wave British post-punk and 80's Manchester bands. They began creating songs together, working from their respective homes, and finally met when a tour brought Tim to Chicago. Drea came out to Los Angeles in early 2012 for their first proper recording session and moved to the West Coast before the year was over.
Recorded in Nordwind's basement studio, with the final tracks recorded at Dan Konopka of OK Go's studio, Brightest Darkest Day was mixed by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, MGMT) and Konopka. It is available as a digital download or - at shows and here - on cassette with a digital download.
Video link to share: http://www.youtube.com/pyyramids
PYYRAMIDS - UPCOMING TOUR DATES
10 - New York, NY @ The Mercury Lounge
11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
15 - Paris, FR @ Fleche d'Or - Paris
17 - London, GB @ Shacklewell Arms
19 - London, GB @ KOKO Camden
2 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite
11- San Diego, CA @ Bar Pink