The Obsessives, above all else,write the music that they want to listen to.
Comprised of founding members Nick Bairatchnyi (guitar, bass, vox) and Jackson Mansfield (drums, guitar, keys), their sound has spent the last decade evolving through elements of DIY, grunge, alternative, and math to shape into something that feels the most uniquely authentic to their version of exciting noise. Bairatchnyi’s lyrics emphasize the importance of songwriting’s storytelling aspect, and what pours out of him has a rough edge of urgent specificity. Paired with a soundscape that manages to both punch in its efficacy and shimmer in its intricacy, the sonic chemistry between these two high school friends delivers unmatched, easygoing musicality.
Their arrival took shape through weekender basement shows in Bethesda and the labyrinthine DIY community in Arlington and D.C. before finally making their move to Philadelphia to hit with cornerstone groups like Modern Baseball, ultimately solidifying their place in the scene.
Joined by Ben Kaunitz (guitar, bass) and Coby Haynes (drums, percussion) in 2018, the live lineup has evolved from a sonic rough-and-tumble to a fully collaborative space, encouraging a new era of thematic cohesion. After opening up the creative dialogue beyond just a duo, the band’s sound has been able to make a mature tonal shift in style and form.
Following the release of 2017’s The Obsessives (Lame-O Records), the band has spent a lot of time compartmentalizing and re-shaping their projects. The difference between being 18 and 24 isn’t the world, but at the same time — it is. The Obsessives’ sound has grown up with and around them, and is ultra-specific to what they feel are various catalytic experiences. The determinant factor that sets 2015’s Heck No Nancy (Near Mint Records) apart from 2021’s forthcoming release under producer Will Yip (Memory Music) is an entire set of lives that’s been lived. The best part is — they dig it as much as you will.
So excited to announce our signing and partnership with the brilliant Bartees Strange. Bartees’ voice, artistry, and songwriting is undeniable. We’re beyond stoked to share with you his latest single “Mustang” streaming now and check out the incredible video!
Anthony Green will be hitting the road this fall with Mat Kerekes of Citizen, and Secret Space. Dates below.
Sept 2 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA Sept 3 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY Sept 4 – Ottobar – Baltimore, MD Sept 6 – Canal Club – Richmond, VA Sept 7 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA Sept 8 – The Social – Orlando, FL Sept 9 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL Sept 10 – The Orpheum – Tampa, FL Sept 12 – House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX Sept 13 – Sons of Hermann Hall – Dallas, TX Sept 14 – Mohawk – Austin, TX Sept 16 – Nile Theater – Phoenix, AZ Sept 18 – Quartyard – San Diego, CA Sept 20 – The Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA Sept 21 – Oakland Metro Operahouse – Oakland, CA Sept 23 – The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO Sept 25 – The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL Sept 26 – Saint Andrew’s Hall - The Shelter – Detroit, MI Sept 27 – A&R Music Bar – Columbus, OH Sept 29 – Mr. Smalls Theatre– Pittsburgh, PA Oct 1 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
Formed by producer, engineer and songwriter Will Yip in conjunction with Run For Cover Records, Memory Music is home to releases created in Studio 4, a recording studio in the Philadelphia area. Yip, who has produced and engineered albums for Lauryn Hill, Title Fight, Circa Survive, Balance + Composure, La Dispute and Pianos Become the Teeth, launched the label in 2015 to highlight the community of artists he’s built around his studio and overall vibe generated by the studio space. Each release reflects the uniqueness of Studio 4’s room and the way each artist uses it differently, creating varied albums that all carry a cohesive thread of their creative environment and Yip’s touch.
The inspiration for the label came from a series of acoustic live shows Yip held in Studio 4 in September of 2013 and his desire to unveil those intimate recordings. Memory Music’s debut release is Tigers Jaw Studio 4 Sessions, captured during one of the acoustic sessions, and the label will continue to release further sessions in the future. Memory Music follows in the vein of labels like Sun Records and Motown, which created a unique vibe, partially because they used the same studio for most of their classic recordings. Like with Studio 4, the energy and consistency of those rooms offered identifiable texture throughout the recordings while still allowing the artist shine individually.
Yip, who released a compilation of his artists, Off The Board: A Studio 4 Compilation, in 2013, aims to make the label a collective of artists he believes in and to release music in an organic way. The focus is putting the spotlight on independent, strong songwriting and revealing the aura created by Yip’s work in Studio 4.