News Alternative 12/04/2018

New York-Based Psyche Outfit Cup Previews 'Magic Planet' From Forthcoming 'Jitter Visions' LP





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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) "Magic Planet is about the specter of something always floating above you, near you, in this case manifested by a menacing and murderous little planet. It follows you wherever you go, it circles around you when you stop moving. We all have our own little Magic Planets, and often there's nothing you can do about them. But I think it's important to acknowledge them and be aware of them," says Tym Wojcik.

Cup was founded by Tym Wojcik, a Polish-American drummer living in Queens, NY and originally from Houston, TX. Only five months after the release of the album 'Hiccup', Cup brings 'Jitter Visions'. This eighth album takes you to a place that's simultaneously new and familiar -- in the way that you might feel you've been here before, but can't be sure. A nagging and uneasy feeling. A record that is at times grinding and brash, at times smooth and melodic, like the ebb and flow of a fever dream.

Distorted, simple guitar riffs reminiscent of 80s punk, 'Help'-era Oh Sees, Slaughterhouse-era Ty Segall, layered with dark synths, bright delayed vocals, and driving rhythms. Lyrics about menace that comes from without, from within, about looking around the world from your own personal head, about being a person with another person, with people everywhere doing things. About changing into the same person over and over again.

With every passing release, Wojcik's sound becomes more distinct. Fuzz-soaked punk riffs that feel like they should be played faster, stretching and skewing into off-kilter melodies over driving dual rhythms. Songs about the fact of the body, the fact of existing, the challenge of conveying meaning. A background of anxiety throughout: a reflection of our odd world and oddly, incomprehensibly growing older in it.

"I had been messing around with some new tunes for a while, but this record really began when I got my first analog synthesizer and started making wild and odd noises with it. I sat on the couch with it on my lap and headphones on for two weeks and never found the end to the sounds it could make, and I still haven't, half a year later. The synth made these songs odder, darker, more menacing in some cases, and in others it made them lighter, more airy, waggish. It made me happy, and it also made me angry. I think it made the songs into something new. I hope so," says Tym Wojcik.

Aagoo Records is home to vinyl releases by Xiu Xiu, Darto, Wand, Lucky Dragons, The Use with Rachel Mason, Philippe Petit and more. 'Hiccup' is now available on vinyl through Aagoo Records' website and digitally via Bandcamp.

Cup will release 'Jitter Visions' into the world on April 27, It can be ordered digitally via Bandcamp or on vinyl directly from Aagoo Records. The band's new lineup will be revealed at the release show, which will take place on April 30 at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn, NY. Tickets are now available from https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1674454

"Cup spawns songs that do a psych job on your head, with loads of drive and fuzzed and layered guitars and often with what seems to be an echo chamber effect on the vocals (albeit with the guitars pleasantly overwhelming the listener). There is no pretense here - just pure raw get-it-all-out there binge garage-psych" - Overblown Magazine

"Consider the song an anti-anthem in that it rebels against the common grain yet sounds so damn appealing, remarkable, and unexpected. Much like an apparition" - Jammerzine

"He's blowing things out of the water. Simplicity at its best. Cup has that punk sensibility we'd all wish most musicians would hold onto but toss to the side" - Ghetto Blaster Magazine

"New York's rocker Tym Wojcik aka CUP plays loud and Apparition comforts and unsettles you, kisses you on the forehead while punching you in the stomach. American alternative rock that rules!!!" - The Noise Journal

Aagoo Records has revealed 'Magic Planet' as the second single off the forthcoming 'Jitter Visions' album, slated for released on April 27 via Aagoo Records. Based in New York City, CUP earlier previewed the single 'Cosmic Brain'.

TRACK LIST
1) Runny Rummy
2) Magic Planet
3) Daydream Machine
4) Eye See
5) Gum Boy
6) Freddie's Bounce
7) Liquid Grid
8) Caffeinated Lover
9) Cosmic Brain
10) Jitter Visions
11) Inverted Void
12) Spell Limbo
13) Time Attack!
14) It's Calling For You
15) Wide Eyed

Written, recorded, and mixed by Tym Wojcik, who is Cup. Mastered by Carl Saff. Artwork by Etienne Puaux. Melotron guitar on Eye See and It's Calling For You by Etienne Puaux.
Animation created by Etienne Puaux. Available on LP & Digital, released by Aagoo Records on April 27, 2018.

LIVE DATES
Mar. 23 New York - Berlin NYC with ORB (Australia) and Altar Boys
Apr. 30 New York - Record Release show at Baby's All Right (Brooklyn) with Darkwing, ESSi and Sic Tic






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