New Demo Streaming at Absolutepunk!
While age sometimes offers the initial “whoa” factor for Stroudsburg, PA’s EDELWEISS (average age: 17 years old), the music and live performances are what really hammers in just how impressive they truly are. With their debut EP Pre-Columbians establishing their rightful place alongside such luminaries as musical peers Minus the Bear, Bloc Party and Two Door Cinema Club, their recent demos they’ve released show that the direction they’re headed splits off to much more fascinating and developed territory. It’s the sound of a band coming into its own and (dare I say it?) “maturing”. Edelweiss will also be showing off their musical prowess with their first ever mini-tour through the eastern half of the US (tour dates below).
The math-rock calculations of “Prologue: So I Am (Rough Demo)” which prompted Absolutepunk to premiere the stream and say, “The group have been buzzing on the blogosphere for quite some time. Besides the fact that they are a promising up and coming band, the members range from 15-18 years old, showing talent well beyond their years.” When it comes to the “age”-old question of their young talent, Niko Porlier (guitar, vocals) humbly says, “While some of us did have some lessons, for the most part, we learned most of what we know today on our own. The type of music we play doesn’t seem to require an extreme level of individual skill. Picking up and fiddling with notes is pretty much what we did to come to where we are today.” The skill and dexterity needed to perform some of these songs, however, is really showcased on “Withering Heights (Rough Demo)” which combines tightly-wound paranoid rock rhythms with fascinating guitar and electronic noodlings that swirl around Niko and Tommy Vitale’s intertwining vocals. The moody “Toussaint (Rough Demo)” offers yet another dimension of the direction Edelweiss is taking. “’Toussaint’ was written about what death and darkness might sound like,” explains Tommy. “As portrayed better in a live set, it sets a very grueling and pounding dark mood.” Hear “Prologue: So I Am (Rough Demo)” exclusively at Absolutepunk here: http://goo.gl/GkijX.
Veterans of the Pennsylvania, NYC and Brooklyn scenes, the band is expanding outside of their local stomping grounds and playing a mini-tour of the East Coast. “We are extremely excited to go on tour as it’s something we’ve always wanted to do,” says Niko. “We will be playing all throughout the Northeast while also visiting Chicago and Pittsburgh. We look forward to performing in new cities, reaching out to new people, and spreading our sound a little further into the scene.”
Edelweiss is Thomas Vitale (vocals/bass), Niko Porlier (vocals/guitar), Donald Young (guitar), Jacob Porlier (drums), and Jupiter Kissane (keyboard).
EDELWEISS TOUR DATES
July 5th – NYC @ Pianos
July 6th – Garwood, NJ @ Crossroads
July 7th – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire
July 8th – Saylorsburg, PA @ House Party
July 10th – Chicago, IL @ Fireside Bowl
July 11th – Chicago, IL @ Swing State
July 12th – Pittsburgh, PA @ South Hills Music
July 13th – Scranton, PA @ New Visions
July 14th – Stroudsburg, PA @ The Living Room