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Falling For The Sky Drops

The Sky Drops

Wilmington, Delaware is home to a charming dreamy couple of Shoegazers who call themselves
The Sky Drops. The Sky Drops are Rob Montejo and Monika Bullette. You may remember Rob from the area’s former Shoegaze band who had made a name for themselves worldwide, Smashing Orange. Smashing Orange are no more and Rob has teamed up with Monika to carry on his own blend of dreamy laced Shoegaze with a side of grungy rock for a bit of a kick. Monika has previously sang and played drums for the bands Nero and Licorice Roots. Between the two, you’ll find that they make all of the noise that’s needed. Monika plays drums and sings while Rob does his thing on guitar and vocals.

The following is a video of their song “Hang On” from the band’s debut EP, Clouds Of People.

The Sky Drops put out their first release in 2006 with an EP called Clouds Of People on Fridabear Records. The EP was strong enough to garner them worldwide attention and praise. Eventually, The Sky Drops put out a full length album in August of 2009 called Bourgeois Beat again earning them respect amongst the Dream and Shoegaze set around the world.

Set for a March 29, 2011 release is a new EP called Making Mountains which will be released on Custom Made Music. This will be released as a beautiful 12″ LP with a gorgeous silk screened cover. The album is limited to 100 copies, each being hand numbered. It will only be available either at their live shows or through Custom Made Music. If you order from the label, they will be $10 US or $20 internationally which includes all shipping fees. They are bound to go fast so don’t sit on these! Pre-order today for a March 29th mailing. You can send your payment using Paypal to custommademusic@gmail.com to ensure you reserve yourself a copy.

The track listing is as follows:
(Not necessarily in this order.)

Cut That Corner
Explain It To Me
Out The Window
Keeper
Together-ing

The Sky Drops - "Making Mountains" 12" vinyl cover

Also, if you are in any of these areas, you can catch The Sky Drops live at these following locations. They always put on a pleasant set so do try to make it out if you can.

The Sky Drops Spring Tour 2011:

Plaza del Sol
w/ Digging Up V & Middles
Saturday 26 March 2011
Norfolk, Virginia

Bruar Falls
w/ Golden Animals, The Sunshine Factory, Help, & Recess
Thursday 14 April 2011
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York

Deep Heaven Now 3 Festival
Saturday 16 April 2011
Somerville, Massachusetts

Austin Psych Fest
Saturday 30 April 2011
Austin, Texas

The Metro Gallery
Friday, 17 June 2011
w/ Thrushes, Sleepy Vikings & Young Jaguars
Baltimore, Maryland

*If anyone can help with bookings for the following shows listed below, please contact the band via The Sky Drops’ email address info@theskydrops.com as soon as possible.

Booking now – (subject to change):
Wednesday April 27 – New Orleans
Thursday April 28 – Houston
Tuesday May 3 – Des Moines
Wednesday May 4 – Minneapolis
Thursday May 5 – Chicago
Friday May 6 – Cleveland
Saturday May 7 – Pittsburgh

Here is just a taste of what to expect from the upcoming Making Mountains EP, courtesy of The Sky Drops and their new label, Custom Made Music. Be sure to reserve your copy now, set to ship on March 29, 2011. They are sure to go fast and are limited to 100 hand numbered copies with silk screened covers!

Free download from The Sky Drops of “Explain It To Me” from the new Making Mountains EP:
The Sky Drops – “Explain It To Me”

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Ceremony

Those boys from Fredericksburg, Virginia, the Capital of Drone, have done it again. Ceremony have just completed a new EP called Not Tonight on the Custom Made Music label. Not Tonight is set for release on March 29, 2011.

Ceremony are Paul Baker and John Fedowitz. Both share duties on guitar, bass, vocals, drum machines and any other synthetic noise maker they can get their hands on. Paul and John were also two thirds of the highly revered band Skywave along with Oliver Ackermann, now the lead man for A Place To Bury Strangers. When Ollie moved to NYC, Paul and John stuck it out going their own direction, along with a name change to Ceremony. In case you were wondering, yes, that is their little nod to one of their mentors, Joy Division.

Being a two man outfit, you could easily falsely assume that Ceremony would have a smallish sound. You would be greatly mistaken. The guys deliver a big sound with all the drone, bliss and punch you would expect from much larger bands. Their trademark sound is a very deep and powerful one. A sound that pays just as much attention to its melodies and song structures as it does to all that fuzzy drone that all the Shoegazers love them for. All in all, the total package makes each song a fully satisfying experience.

The new EP is called Not Tonight and consists of the following tracks:

1. “Not Tonight”
2. “Leaves Me Cold”
3. “Dreams Stripped Away”
4. “Take You Down”

Ceremony - "Not Tonight" (EP)

You can preview the title track, “Not Tonight”, on Ceremony’s MySpace player. Also, “Not Tonight” is now on regular rotation on Air Atlantic Underground Radio. Of course, you will want your own copy of the EP. Don’t wait until the end of the month; instead, go now to the Custom Made Music website where you can place your pre-order, set to be shipped out on March 29th.

Though Ceremony have played plenty of live shows, most have been in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US. For the first time, the band will venture out throughout continental Europe. If you are in any of these regions, you should take advantage of this rare visit. Below are their European tour dates:

Ceremony European Tour Dates:

April 8th King Kong Club-Berlin, Germany
April 9th Gruner Jager-Hamberg, Germany
April 11th Koln, Germany
April 12th Exhaus-Trier, Germany
April 13th Sonnenkeller-Balingen, Baden-Wurt Germany
April 14th Zwolfzehn-Stuttgart, Germany
April 15th Kranhalle-Munich, Germany
April 16th Deposito Giordani-Pordenone, Italy

Ceremony on MySpace
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