Out in the Storm, Katie Crutchfield's fourth album as Waxahatchee and her second release with Merge, is the blazing result of a woman reawakened. Her most autobiographical and honest album to date, Out in the Storm is a self-reflective anchor in the story of both her songwriting and her life. As Crutchfield prepared for the release of her Merge debut Ivy Tripp, she found herself depleted emotionally and professionally amidst the dissolution of a noxious relationship. "Ivy Tripp doesn't really have any resolution. It's a lot of beating around the bush, and superficially trying to see my life clearly, but just barely scratching the surface. Out in the Storm digs into what I was going through without blinking. It's a very honest record about a time in which I was not honest with myself." After much self-examination, Crutchfield found renewed energy and support from her bandmates. With these strong women surrounding her, she found the strength, clarity, and poise to overcome the emotionally taxing Ivy Tripp tour in an explorative space that would result in Out in the Storm.
Ex-Vöid is a new musical group featuring former Joanna Gruesome members Owen Williams & Alanna McArdle.
After having written two short albums of 'critically acclaimed' hyper-aggressive pop music, touring the capitalist west, and winning a kind of 'National Music Prize' with Joanna Gruesome, McArdle & Williams went their separate ways.
Following the split, McArdle (a Gemini) began a lucrative career selling occult & astrological speculations to various lifestyle magazines, while Williams (an Aquarius) earned a small monthly allowance playing electric guitar in the notoriously pathetic, prostration-centered Punk-Rock group The Snivellers.
After a chance meeting at a contemporary dance class, McArdle and Williams began to discuss working together again. Ideas were formed during breaks in their weekly sessions and, eventually, Laurie Foster (a Cancer) and Kester Davies (a Pisces) -- also students from the class -- were recruited as a 'rhythm section'. Jonny Coddington (a Leo) later joined on guitar.
Taking influence equally from Black Sabbath's “Into The Void”, D.C.-area hardcore legends “VOID,” and Raincoats number “The Void”, the group 'Ex-Vöid' was formed and began to compose short power-pop songs with titles like "Boyfriend," "Angry (At You Baby)," "Lying (To You Baby)," and "My Baby Is a Communist."