Thee Silver Mt. Zion

Constellation are an unstoppable force, as now they’ve announced the last of their new releases for Spring 2014, and what a way to round up with the announcement of Hang On To Each Other, a vinyl and digital-only EP of “remixes” from THEE SILVER MT ZION MEMORIAL ORCHESTRA.

Following their acclaimed Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything (review here) released in January, SMZ dusted off an old chesnut from their 2005 album Horses In The Sky and coat it in glitter and shards of glass; not remixes really, but brand new recordings that use set-closing live favourite Hang On To Each Other as a launching point for some rather glorious dancefloor excursions.

The EP will be available in the UK/EU April 28th and from the band directly during their upcoming North American tour (dates below).

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra 'Hang On To Each Other'

Here’s some words from the band…

It’s like that famous quote that Emma Goldman never said = “DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION”! Somewhere around 1964 or thereabouts, we wrote a tune called “Hang On to Each Other”. Acapella mostly, with just a few chords on harmonium. Recorded the thing in the woods ’round a campfire = heady times. The chords to that tune are like house music chords, and we figured we’d re-record it someday, thusly and EARNESTLY. 4-on-the-floor. Drum machines and arpeggiators. Pink lasers and grape-flavored smoke machines. Most important thing = No irony. Because we love that kind of music, and impromptu dance parties too.

Guess it took a long time to manifest, but this past x-mas we finally rustled up the necessary gear and holed up in the snow to loop thee joyful noise = 808, Oberheim Two-Voice, bright yellow toy keyboard, low pass filter, auto-wah bass guitar, wooden drone-box, squeaky tape delay, broken oscillator, string machine, distortion pedal, and violin. No guitar. We let the machines yell at each other until they were hoarse and wheezing. With a baby in her belly, Ariel Engle of AroarA did the kind of singing that we can’t, and we are thankful. Outside of the studio, the city was frozen, and thin tendrils of fine snow whisped across the ice like dragons. We made this thing like a for-real disco 12-inch, to give to d.j.’s to play because we live in the kind of town where some d.j.’s maybe will. Much respect and much love to thee sweaty dancers, and the lost ones, and the ones who fell away“. – xoxoxox thee silver mt. zion memorial orchestra

Now listen to Birds Toss Precious Flowers:

07.04.14 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
08.04.14 Brooklyn, NY Union Pool
10.04.14 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
11.04.14 Washington, DC Black Cat
12.04.14 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
13.04.14 Carrboro, NC Cats Cradle
15.04.14 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club
16.04.14 Asheville, NC Grey Eagle Tavern
17.04.14 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall
18.04.14 Nashville, TN Exit In
19.04.14 Birmingham, AL Bottletree
20.04.14 New Orleans, LA Gasa Gasa
22.04.14 Austin, TX The Mohawk
24.04.14 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
25.04.14 San Diego, CA Casbah
27.04.14 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex
28.04.14 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
30.04.14 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
01.05.14 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
02.05.14 Vancouver, BC The Rio Theatre
04.05.14 Calgary, AC The Republik
05.05.14 Saskatoon, SK Vangelis Tavern
06.05.14 Winnipeg, MB Union Sound Hall
07.05.14 Saint Paul, MN Turf Club
08.05.14 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
09.05.14 Pontiac, MI Crofoot Ballroom – Pike Room
10.05.14 Millvale, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre

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