"eight tracks of blistered disco-punk, blunt house tracks, and squirrely techno" - Thump (RIP)
"a New York-centric soundworld where the spirit of '80s garage house, disco, and early 2000s post-punk dovetail together" - the 405
"an EP full of immaculately hip grooves" - New York Times
CRYING ALONE ON THE TRAIN IN 2017
Last Chance is dance music for the end of the world, songs where modern anxieties dissipate in the throb of the crowded club. Mixing concrete-hardened influences from 80s’ Paradise Garage to ‘00s post-punk, the debut release from NYC band House of Feelings features eight tracks about emotional and physical survival in an island city where people go to become someone—often losing themselves in the process. “This is not / my real life,” guest vocalist Meredith Graves sings on “Avatar,” a line that captures the EP’s fixations.
The record began with a real-life identity crisis: bandleader Matty Fasano’s decision to leave one musical family and start another. For years, Fasano released dark, Nick Sylvester-produced pop music with GODMODE, a period that also saw him through a successful career as a sideman—from the choir in LCD Soundsystem’s farewell shows to playing sax on Shamir’s Ratchet. After GODMODE put out the first two House of Feelings singles, “Learn Your Science” and “Americans,” which Fasano co-wrote with his long-time creative partner, the writer and multi-instrumentalist Joe Fassler, a choice was made to leave the label and start something more independent, collaborative, and open-ended. Today, Fasano runs House of Feelings as a band, a radio show, and a series of underground dance parties, a scene where up-and-coming DJs and bands play alongside established acts like FaltyDL, Olga Bell, and Infinite Best labelmates Mr Twin Sister.
House of Feelings is a platform for others, but it’s also an artist in its own right. For the debut EP, Fasano and Fassler recruited sound artist and YVETTE drummer Dale Eisinger to produce (Fasano and Eisinger also work together in Father Figure and Brooklyn live staple PLAQUE). They wrote and recorded Last Chance in Eisinger’s Myrtle Ave apartment, focusing on a series of songs about the way artistic ambition both asserts the self and fractures it—how success and failure can come to define us, yet can’t fully explain who we are. It’s a deeply personal record, but one that’s not afraid to cede the spotlight to other distinctive voices: guest vocalists include Meredith Graves, Shamir (“Falling”), GABI (“Hurt Me”), and the film critic Kristen Yoonsoo Kim (“It’ll Cost You”).
The result is a record that’s by turns harrowing and ecstatic, one that juxtaposes sweltering grooves and terrifying truth-bombs. Ultimately, Last Chance pushes past anguish towards catharsis, taking refuge in rhythm itself. It’s music that, in the words of Pitchfork’s Phillip Sherburne, “consoles the best way it knows how: in lively rhythms and bright melodic figures that offer the promise of a better world—precisely what dance music has always done best.”
released August 11, 2017
Songs by Matty Fasano, Joe Fassler, and Dale Eisinger
Produced by Dale Eisinger
Art Direction by Kris Petersen (TAG OUT)
Original House of Feelings Logotype by Mike Zimmerman
Assistant Production by Adam Moerder
Sequencing by Hunter Giles (Infinite Best)
Mastered by Josh Bonati
Matty Fasano - vocals, sax, programming
Joe Fassler - vocals, programming
Dale Eisinger - vocals, tambourine, programming
Kristen Yoonsoo Kim - vocals on "It'll Cost You"
Meredith Graves - vocals on "Avatar"
Gabrielle Herbst - vocals on "Hurt Me"
Shamir Bailey - vocals on "Falling"
Tim Angiolillo - sax
Melody English - vocals on "It'll Cost You" and "Teach You"
Nick Kadajski - sax
Casey MacFarlane - sax
Tyler Bowling - trumpet