ED SCHRADER'S MUSIC BEAT
LABEL: Carpark Records
LINKS: Website / Facebook / Bandcamp / Twitter
AVAILS: Spring 2018/Summer and Fall Festivals, Winter 2018 Tour Support
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat is a Baltimore-based post-punk band consisting of Ed Schrader and Devlin Rice. Ed and Devlin first met nearly a decade ago while performing in separate acts on the legendary 2008 Baltimore Round Robin tour (curated by Dan Deacon and also including Beach House and Future Islands); Ed fondly recalls dropping Devlin’s jaw with his maniacal Jack Nicholson impression.
Since forming in 2010, the duo has mounted 19 tours of the U.S., frequently opening for Future Islands, and sharing stages with such acts as No Age, Lightning Bolt, Matmos, and Ceremony. The Music Beat originally worked in a maximalist drums, bass, and vocals mode, releasing the noise-rock full-lengths Jazz Mind (Load Records, 2012), and Party Jail (Infinity Cat Recordings, 2014). Their song “Sermon” is used in the Adult Swim short Unedited Footage of a Bear, and “Rats” appears in Theo Anthony’s feature documentary Rat Film.
For their game-changing new record Riddles, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat has teamed with producer and co-writer Dan Deacon to broaden their sonic palette and explore the possibilities of the art-rock and alt-rock genres.
“they record vivid little tantrums that produce a whole lot of tension and foreboding from very elemental sounds..a visceral surprise every time.” - Pitchfork
“Ed Schrader’s Music Beat have come a long way..’Dunce’ is cocky and sneering, sick of being second fiddle against others who don’t have what it takes...In an era filled with privileged obliviousness and idiot princes, it feels like a welcome corrective.” - Stereogum (Best Songs of the Week)
"'Dunce,' the lead single of the long-awaited Ed Schrader’s Music Beat record Riddles, is a densely produced (by Dan Deacon), moody alt-rock smash hit...and it only gets stranger from here." - Noisey
“It’s truly refreshing to hear a band not fuck around and bring their formidable talent to the front of a record...irresistible, in-your-face post-punk” - SPIN
“Equal parts sonic chaos and minimal bliss…[Ed Schrader’s Music Beat] masterfully blends mixed tempos and shock hooks in an unexpectedly visceral, enjoyable fashion.” - Dazed
“go see Ed Schrader’s Music Beat immediately — total surprise of the night.” - Brooklyn Vegan