Baltimore’s premier indie-pop trio Expert Alterations have one eyebrow arched as they survey the surrounding pop landscape — they know they can do better. Strip it down, keep it lean, sweat off the fat. Despite their propensity for reducing the elements of pop to its essential core, Expert Alterations are minimal, but not skeletal — their bones are strong and their songs linger long after the music is over. Deadpan vocals mingle with sparkling, chiming guitars (that’s Patrick) and an insistent rhythm borne out of the tenacious, nervous energy of The Fall (that’s Paul and Alan, drums and bass respectively).
Expert Alterations’ influences range from the well-trod (TVPs, The Wedding Present) to roads less traveled (Yeah Yeah Noh, Close Lobsters) and they process them into songs that can stand side-by-side with such standard-bearers. Please do not confuse these gentlemen with dilettantes – Alan does double duty also playing bass in noise pop band Wildhoney, and Paul curates Baltimore Popfest and hosts Pay Your Rates, a monthly party devoted to UK DIY and post punk. In addition, the band has toured with a reformed Flatmates and supported bands such as likes of The Clean, Crystal Stilts and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.
While their influences may be Anglo-centric, Expert Alterations are partnering with one of the finest labels on this side of the pond. Possessing one of the most vital catalogs in the history of the form, archetypal indie-pop label Slumberland will be releasing Expert Alterations’ 2014 self-released cassette as a one-sided 12″ this summer. With five songs of such high quality, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be on the preferred format, and there is no label more suited than Slumberland to bring this fantastic EP to their dedicated fans worldwide.
April 18 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstate w/ The Buzzcocks
April 21 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery w/ Peach Kelli Pop
April 24 – Queens, NY – The Good Festival @ Threes Brewing w/ Tall Juan, Green Pages
April 25 – Brooklyn, NY – Pet Rescue w/ My Teenage Stride, Summer Saints
April 26 – Brooklyn, NY – Alphaville w/ Pale Lights, Green Pages
May 30 – Brooklyn, NY – NY Popfest @ The Knitting Factory
1. Venetian Blinds
2. A Bell
3. Midnight Garden
4. Memory Glands
5. Three Signs