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Album Review: Spylacopa – “Demon John”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 2:24 PM (PST)

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John LaMacchia of Candiria fame returns with the latest record from the Brooklyn resident’s acclaimed Spylacopa project (purchase HERE). Like anything else he has been a part of, Demon John shows a huge range of musical capability while retaining a sense of adventure and reverence for art itself. This is not mere showboating just because he can.

From the collage/electro weirdness/soundtrack feel of “Van Sicklen Valley” to the almost shoegaze/dark post-rock meets grunge feel of lead single “Duskeyhead” ,there is a swirl of influences too numerous to break down. Besides, that would only be another form of showing off and it is cooler to let the music wash over you in movements than to nitpick it all apart.

“Nolita Lullabies” appears to be recorded street noise of someone kind of ranting about how real friends will never harm you. It’s a cool :52 interlude and kind of funny if you have ever heard someone slightly intoxicated on a street corner. Sabrina Ellie’s backing vocals on the dark , almost Nice Cave meets Bee & Flower reminiscent “Lovely One” are also a highlight.

“mAlice” is an alternative rock gem that bears the most in common with the recent Parallels or previous Spylacopa EP in terms of tone. LaMacchia sounds like he has grown a lot more confident as a singer while also displaying some of the great melodic lines here that were sprinkled throughout the semi-controversial more melodic (yet nonetheless banger) Candiria record What Doesn’t Kill You

There is an almost Alice In Chains meets Swans by way of Brooklyn disillusion-feel to much of this record. It feels very much a postcard from John more than some of the other Spylacopa albums which, while bad ass, at times were more like an assemblage of bad ass tracks than the smooth narrative Demon John is.

“Christmas In the Desert” assures the lonely overall feel of this beautiful album is not lost, LaMacchia really showcasing his virtuosity as a player yet not tipping his hand on a reverb heavy acoustic instrumental that could have fit somewhere on a record from Burton C. Bell’s Ascension Of The Watchers.

“Frenz Lyke Theze” is another true highlight, a classical sounding dark ballad that is audiophile gold. Weird looping hand drum patterns and other aspects lend to a growing feeling of ascent as blips and a glitchy beat create a skeleton before your eyes.

Can’t wait to hear what is next from this restless spirit. This record proves beyond a doubt that LaMacchia can keep Spylacopa strong with any collaborators or on his lonesome.

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Spylacopa have a new music video out for the song “Duskeyhead” from new release DEMON JOHN (out today) premiering to coincide with the album launch over at Revolver. Check it out HERE.

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Interview: Spylacopa – On the anticipated “Demon John” record.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 9:19 PM (PST)

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“Once you begin trying to please people, all of the heart and truth and spirit is gone. It must come from that deep place inside or the listener will see right through you.” John LaMacchia 

Spylacopa and Candiria are kicking out the jams a lot at present, all around more of how avant garde fringe metal scene weirdos who still like hardcore pits AND post rock want things to be in the world. Always a big pleasure to speak to John LaMacchia and especially when the respected scene vet with the enthusiasm of a new blood has a lot boiling on the stove, so

Pre orders are avail at www.spylacopa.bandcamp.com

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New Spylacopa album coming Feb. 3rd?!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 3:56 PM (PST)

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Yes, it’s true. This from Rising Pulse HQ HERE.

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We’re eagerly anticipating the Spylacopa pending full length Parallels (due out Tuesday, March 31st via dope Brooklyn based label Rising Pulse). The album will be out on deluxe colored vinyl and across all major digital platforms and is sure to make a big, red splash. The band is capable of pulling off many styles from more alternative rock leanings to ambient moments to intense post-metal.

In this new (video) mini documentary John LaMacchia of Spylacopa discusses specifically the making of “Hexes”, the (NSFW) video for the opening track off of the record. Spylacopa Promo “Making Hexes”, a behind the scenes mini documentary can be seen HERE.

A link for the previously released completed “Hexes” video, which was directed by independent video artist and film maker Steve Perlmaster can be found directly HERE.

The full length Album, Parallels, was Produced by John LaMacchia, mixed by Ken Schalk of John’s other band Candiria and mastered by Julian Silva at On Air Mastering

Pre orders for the deluxe colored vinyl are available now.

LaMacchia also graced us with a full length text interview on the whole album/current state of the band which you can read HERE.

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From Faith No More to Failure to even Coal Chamber, there are a lot of names this year making records we didn’t think we’d hear from again. Add Spylacopa to that list. Who? A revered underground side project of John LaMacchia of near legendary Brooklyn fusion metal/hardcore/hip hop/jazz collective Candiria (aka pretty much my favorite live band of all time). Spylacopa released sporadic experimental music before shifting to become a veritable cult supergroup of sorts with members of Isis (the post-metal band, you cornholes!), Dillinger Escape Plan and Ms. Julie Christmas of Made Out Of Babies/Battle Of Mice fame.

Busy schedules, a plethora of work and life events brought delays in a follow up to the band’s well received EP a few years back (time flies), but the murder of drummer Troy Young really brought things to a new place for LaMacchia. He knew after awhile on a core level that more Spylacopa music ought to reach the light of day. Thus was born Parallels.

Pre-order HERE (seriously, do it now!) and record release show info is HERE (with Meek Is Murder!!)

For a full interview scoop read BELOW!!!

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