Teach Me Equals Share “Coelacanth,” Add Tour Dates

Scape-rock duo Teach Me Equals have shared “Coelacanth,” the second single on their upcoming Knives in the Hope Chest LP available September 16, 2014, on Minorlit Records. Through their unique instrumentation and ardent live shows – more than 200 a year – Teach Me Equals has earned a faithful cult following, appealing both to those looking for challenging musicianship, clever lyricism, and those looking for pop music with an artistic bend.

The musique concrete inspired “Coelacanth” combines a dense looped-arrangement for cello and a driving but tentative rhythmic pattern comprised solely of noise samples made with ¼” cables. However, at its core, “Coelacanth” is a lucid love song that draws from the 1938 historic re-discovery of the thought-to-be extinct Coelacanth for its metaphor.

Formed in 2011, Teach Me Equals began and remains a showcase of an intense collaboration between its two members, New Jersey native Greg Bortnichak (cello, sequencing, guitar, vocals) and Floridian Erin Murphy (guitar, violin, keyboard, vocals). At the heart of their debut, Knives in the Hope Chest, is Murphy and Bortnichak’s shared affinity for writing along the edges and exploring the limitations of their instruments. “At no point in the record is there a moment that both of us did not develop together,” explains Bortnichak. Though the only instruments used in the making of the album are cello, guitar, violin – and, on a song or two, keyboard and Theremin – the album inhabits a massive space, one created through a meticulous recording process that included, at times, dozens of layered tracks. Informed and educated equally by the DIY/Lo-Fi scene – Bikini Kill, Unwound, Eric’s Trip, the Microphones – and classical composers and jazz musicians, Teach Me Equals blend the minimalism of punk and modern composition with the epic expressions of Wagner and Coltrane.

Tour Dates:
09/01 Portland, OR @The Know
09/03 Olympia, WA @ Northern
09/04 Seattle, WA @ El Corozan
09/05 Salem, OR @ Christo’s
09/06 Medford, OR @ Johnny B’s
09/07 Eureka, CA @ Siren Song
09/08 Arcata, CA @ Jambalaya
09/10 Oakland, CA @ Stork Club
09/11 San Francisco, CA @ Vacation
09/13 Sacramento, CA @ Old Ironsides
09/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Origami Vinyl
09/16 Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge
09/17 Long Beach, CA @ The Federal
09/18 San Diego, CA @ Til Two Club
09/19 Las Vegas, NV @ “Shh… It’s a Secret!”
09/22 Phoenix, AZ @ The Trunk Space
09/23 Albuquerque, NM @ Tannex
09/24 Albuquerque, NM @ The Battery
09/26 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Zodiac
09/28 Denver, CO @ Walnut Room
09/29 Salt Lake City, UT @ Shred Shed
09/30 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
10/12 Duluth, MN @ Red Herring
10/26 Brooklyn, NY @ Muchmore’s
11/01 Ottawa, ON @ Pressed Café
11/07 Milwaukee @ Linnerman’s Riverwest
11/09 Chicago, IL @ Burlington Bar
11/21 Hot Springs, AR @ Maxine’s
11/22 Shreveport, LA @ Bear on Fairfield

Track List:
01. Red, Royal
02. Dictionary of Imaginary Places
03. Coelacanth
04. Swallow the Smoke
05. More Where That Came From
06. As the Crow Flies
07. Spider Rope
08. I Do
09. Lullaby For Piano

Photo by Gabriel Hernandez


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