Brooklyn Vegan review of new BNLX EP

 Brooklyn Vegan‘s Bill Pearis wrote a great review of the new BNLX EP #10…

Minneapolis duo BNLX, led by Flowers Studio owner and indie rock vet Ed Ackerson (27 Various, Polara), are back with their first record since 2015’s Good LIght. It’s a return to the EP format that birthed the band — X is their 10th record in the format — and it is where they really excel. They haven’t altered their sound one iota — fuzzed out rock that draws from ’80s and ’90s influences that are easily spotted — but they do it so well and with a real sense of joy it doesn’t matter if you’ve heard it all before. Plus, Ackerson is a really savvy arranger — there’s a lot more going on in these songs than you may initially realize.

There is some definite post-election venting in the lyrics — there are shouts of “Deplorables!” on opening cut “Hit After Hit” — but BNLX never lose their sense of humor which is one of their secret weapons. My favorite song on the record is their cover of The Pink Faries’ “Do It,” a one-chord jam workout where things get pretty weird in the second half thanks to SAVAK’s Sohrab Habibion (solo guitar and Frippertronics) and Monsterland’s Greg Vegas on sax. The EP finishes with a cover of Wire’s 2017 single “A Short Elevated Period” which they turn, slightly, into a party anthem. This record is fun, which is a commodity in short supply these days.

Brooklyn Vegan talks about new BNLX EP, video

BNLX photo by Ed Fruin

Bill Pearis writes about the latest BNLX action in Brooklyn Vegan…

BNLX, Minneapolis’ premier psychedelic/noise/punk/situationist/”music” group, are set to release their eighth eponymous EP in April. It’s lead single is the very catchy “Opposites Attract” and we’ve got the premiere of it’s music video, filmed in Buenos Aires while on tour in South America. You can watch it below. If you want to play catch-up on their previous seven EPs, their compilation, Produit Collecté, is out now and if you order the vinyl, you also get a download of all the EPs in full (including the new one.) You can stream Produit Collecté below too.

BNLX will be on tour in May and while we wait for details on that, the group have also remixed a single from Swedish noir-gaze outfit Blackstrap. The track, “Make Sense Make Change” features Victoria Bergsman of Taken by Trees/Concretes, and features on the band’s forthcoming TBA album. Stream the remix and the original below.

 

Brooklyn Vegan premieres BNLX “Vibrant” video, announces SF+LA shows

Brooklyn Vegan premieres the new BNLX video for “Vibrant”, filmed last month in Amsterdam….

As mentioned, Minneapolis’ BNLX were just in NYC for a couple shows. Now back in their home state, the band have left us a present in the form of a new video for “Vibrant,” a song off last year’s full-length debut. The clip was filmed on their recent visit to Amesterdam and it premieres in this post. Watch it below.

Meanwhile BNLX are prepping another of their “serial indoctrination campaigns,” like the quarterly EPs that first introduced the band. They’re also about to play their first-ever West Coast shows, including dates in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Those are listed below.

BNLX – 2013 Tour Dates
6/5 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club with Peace 830 PM
6/7 SF @ Neck of the Woods 9 PM
6/8 SF Parkerzalooza at Light Rail Studios 8 PM
6/10 LA @ The Echo with Hindu Pirates 9 PM
6/21 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club w/ Parquet Courts