Over the past decade, VICTORY AT SEA have taken the dark-and-stormy, barbed-guitar torch from Come and run with it, subtly evolving with each of their five full-lengths. There’s still plenty of serrated guitar chords and big drums on their new All Your Things Are Gone (Gern Blandsten), but frontwoman Mona Elliott has become a more nuanced songwriter, and the band have developed a deft dynamic sense of interplay with her throaty delivery. If you heard their last disc, Memories Fade, you won't be surprised at the instrumentation of the song below, but you might be shocked by how good they've gotten at it: those piano chords are all NPR-perfect without getting all like this, and you'll probably never hear another song about wanting to take a nap that also leaves you with an urge to go read that. They celebrate the release of the new disc with pals Helms, Tiny Amps, Broken River Prophet, and Seana Carmody upstairs at the Middle East, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 617.864.EAST. [MORE INFO]
LISTEN: Victory at Sea, "To You and Me" (mp3, OTD exclusive)
REMINDER: Devil Music is playing an early-eveningish CD-release tonight, see Cami's post below for details.