VIDEO: Mortar & Pestle’s “U.V.”

When was the last time you had taken some ludes? Never? Maybe this video will motivate you to not do ludes, but maybe find music that will give you the same high, and perhaps Mortar & Pestle are the group to do it. “U.V.” was directed by Brennan King and has to group creating a fun feeling that was felt in the song, but is now enhanced in a video setting. It is the group’s first video made for their first release, my review of which can be read by going there.

REVIEW: Mortar & Pestle’s self-titled EP

 photo MortarPestle_cover_zps30a7590c.jpg The debut EP by Oakland’s Mortar & Pestle has vocalist Janaysa Lambert and band creating sounds that could have been influenced by everyone from Missing Persons to Lene Lovich, with with more of a pop punch that helps to push these six songs into the forefront. Imagine vocalist Res (of “They Say Vision” and “Golden Boys” boys) deciding to split herself and creating a separate persona, merely as a means to record more music. That’s Mortar & Pestle, who combine elements of pop, soul, new wave, and rock to create something that will make listeners desire much more than originally intended. I also loved Paul Shinichi’s keyboard/synth work, definitely showing someone who can stand out in a band with a moving vocalist. Must also show respect to drummer Sean Paul Duke and bassist Justin Martinez, both of whom created the kind of group one tends to expect on albums by Kylie Auldist. More EP’s, please.

(The Mortar & Pestle EP will be released on May 7th.)

FREE MP3 DL: Mortar & Pestle’s “U.V.”

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From Oakland comes a pop trio who may sound like a duo upon reading their name: Mortar & Pestle. None of the members in the group are named Mortar or Pestle, but in fact are named (from left to right) Sean Paul Duke, Janaysa Lambert and Paul Shinichi. The group have a debut album on Post Primal due out on May 7th, but they are sharing the first single from it. A video is on the way but for now, you get the audio that you may download for a limited time.

The group have a small handful of shows around the time of the album’s release:
May 10… Oakland, CA (The Uptown Record Release Show
May 12… Portland, OR (The Lovecraft) *
May 15… Seattle, WA (The Redezvous/Jewelbox Theatre) *

* w/ Not from Brooklyn