Following last summer’s 7″, “Serious Radical Girls,” yesterday marked the release of Panda Riot‘s latest LP, Northern Automatic Music. Out on Saint Marie Records, the album, which includes the previously released song, is eleven tracks of non-stop pop rock that come together more like the soundtrack to a dream than a traditional rock record.
From the album’s lead track, “Amanda in the Clouds,” you are introduced to the vibe of Northern Automatic Music. The airy and almost haunting layered vocals of keyboardist Rebecca Scott lead you through the album over guitarist Brian Cook’s calculated drum machine work. Currently available on CD, you can pick up the album through Saint Marie’s website for $11.99.
Panda Riot will be celebrating the release of Northern Automatic Music at the Hideout (1354 W Wabansia) this Friday, 2/22. The 21+ show kicks off at 10:00 PM with Light Foils and Big Colour. Tickets are just $8.00 and can be picked up online or at the door before the show. You can RSVP to the event on Facebook here.
To coincide with the release of Northern Automatic Music, Chicago label Notes & Bolts is releasing the track “Amanda in the Clouds” on a very limited edition 7” Flexi. The 7” is pressed in an edition of 250 — 210 of which are packaged in a regular sleeve with the remaining 40 in a special “cloud” sleeve.
You can trust me when I say that these things are seriously cool, and we’ve got a copy to giveaway. Grab the details of the giveaway below, and if you don’t win here, you can always pick up a copy from the Notes & Bolts website for just $5.00.
If you can’t make it out to the Northern Automatic Music release show at the Hideout this Friday, you can catch Panda Riot live at Saki Records (3716 W Fullerton) on Sunday, 2/24, for the official release of the Flexi. The free show starts at 4:00 PM with Startropics, and you can RSVP to the event on Facebook, here.
For a chance to win a copy of the 7” Flexi, “Amanda in the Clouds,” share with us in the comments of this post a single that you’d like to have on a Flexi. A winner with a North American mailing address will be chosen one week from yesterday, Tuesday, 2/26.