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Ardamus315



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any news on a tour yet?
Post Wed Sep 07, 2011 6:45 am
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Sage Francis
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There will not be a tour. There will be spot dates and we'll post them as they come about. Swell of the Metermaids is about to have a baby and both members have fulltime jobs, so that limits the amount of travel that can happen. And, as far as I've learned, that's probably the best way for most artists. Especially if they're not fresh out of high school with nothing to lose.

They will be performing with me in Seattle and Portland this month. And I think we'll be working out a NYC, Boston, RI run this November.
Post Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:49 am
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Sage Francis wrote:
They will be performing with me in Seattle and Portland this month. And I think we'll be working out a NYC, Boston, RI and Philly run this November.


I fixed that for you. Thanks!
Post Wed Sep 07, 2011 4:30 pm
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Really enjoyed this album. My producer sent me a beat using the same sample as on 'Kill the Crow'. Now I have to scrap it... thanks a LOT Metermaids!
Post Wed Sep 07, 2011 4:57 pm
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Been listening to the soundcloud page while at work and this album is kicking my ass. Right up my alley. The beats, cuts and rhymes. Stellar. Definitely purchasing this. To be honest, the songs I heard from these guys before this album did not do it for me. This album is a pleasant surprise. Favorites on the album are 8mm, last of the emts and victory blvd. Good shit
Post Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:49 am
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Jack Shitt wrote:
Really enjoyed this album. My producer sent me a beat using the same sample as on 'Kill the Crow'. Now I have to scrap it... thanks a LOT Metermaids!


Is it just me or does the sample sound really familiar? Can't put my finger on it right now but i'm sure i've heard it somewhere. Great song anyhow!
Post Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:09 pm
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Now that I've had a chance to hear the record in full I'm really digging it as a whole. The vibe is very New York, and decidedly different from the previous Metermaids stuff I've heard. Can't recommend this one enough. Good call, SFR!
Post Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:16 pm
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Just bought the album last night and I'm really feeling it. As Captiv said it's different from previous Metermaids stuff but every track has ya' nodding your head to the beat. "Kill the crow" I think is my favorite track.
Post Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:42 am
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I might be crazy, but 9th sounds a lil' like Brother J from X-Clan at times. hahahaha

And, I love the "Engels & Marx" reference on Buck's verse.

Digging the whole album.

The MM boys have done it again!!
Post Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:47 pm
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NEW VIDEO!

Victory BLVD
Post Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:08 pm
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this is one of my favorite songs on the album.

metermaids are SO MUCH FUN! can't wait to see them in pawtucket!
Post Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:13 pm
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A review has just come in courtesy of Chaz Kangas at Spectrumculture.com:

Brooklyn rap duo Metermaids like to refer to themselves as the "Bad News Bears of hip-hop." While this is accurate, it bears mentioning that they're not akin to the cleaned up Billy Bob Thornton team, but rather the Walter Matthau-led original. In a musical drought where much of New York's rap output has been dead set on recreating past magic, MCs Sentence and Swell haven't needed to recapture anything they've had all along. After being a show-stopping staple of East Coast indie-rap scene, the two signed with Sage Francis' Strange Famous Records and have unleashed a beast of an album in Rooftop Shake.

The most impressive feat of Rooftop Shake is how perfectly it captures the energy of the duo's live show, and the adrenaline isn't compromised in the slightest as great performances and impeccable mixing fill the duration of the record. Second most impressive is the guest list. As rare as it's become to hear any scratching on rap records these days, the welcome surprise of its inclusion here is made that much better in being performed by X-ecutioner DJ Rob Swift, among the best turntablists in the world today. Also heard are labelmates Buck 65 and Sage Francis, who contributes two appearances. Production on the record is divided between longtime collaborator M. Stine and Grammy Award winner 9th Wonder. 9th's production has become quite polarizing, especially in recent years, but if you've ever been a fan of his, you'll be happy to know his contributions here are easily among his best work, combining the glossy shine of Little Brother output with the heartfelt soul of his Murs collaborations and a crunching thump that knocks with a fury he hasn't hit with in some time.

What's enjoyable about Rooftop Shake is that it's a truly New York record, but as a whole what stands out is its completely unshakable artistry. The two have toiled together for so long now that they know not only what they want to sound like, but how to achieve it. From the bittersweet tribute to touring "Gone" to the gripping character study of "Last of the EMTs" to the wistful stroll through an old flame's old neighborhood in "Ghost Town," both Metermaids excel at concepts and wordplay as much as rocking a party. Particularly refreshing is how engaged both Sentence and Swell sound with what they're doing, neither feigning apathy nor phoning it in, giving a certain comfort that they're just as excited about making rap music as their listeners are hearing it.

There's something really special about Rooftop Shake that, as a longtime fan of underground hip-hop, feels warmly satisfying. Metermaids remind me of that indie-underground renaissance of the early 2000s, a vibrant time that sprung from a DIY-aesthetic as well as a seemingly bottomless pool of creativity. In the decade since, we've watched as so many of these groups break-up, burn out and fade away without ever delivering that one great album it seemed they were sure to make. Rooftop Shake is a record with a focused mind and passionate heart set on following through on every underground rap promise left unfulfilled and having a heck of a fun time doing it.
Post Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:28 pm
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A new review from Undersong:

http://www.undersong.co.uk/2012/04/23/undersong-underground-metermaids/
By Sadie Walton

If I was asked to define the future of modern Brooklyn hip hop in one album, I would grab Rooftop Shake by the Metermaids, wave it in your face, and get it all up in your grill.

The Metermaids are made up of Sentence and Swell, two NYC based emcees, plus DJ Rob Swift (who you may know from the X-Ecutioners). Alone, these three drop some pretty awesome tracks, with some astute rhyming, banging cuts and trademark scratches (as in Planes Down, which is Generation X-rap-metal-fusion freaking awesome). But the icing on the cake is Rooftop Shake and its production quality, handled by 9th Wonder and M Stine. It is this album that separates the Metermaids out from the hundreds of other wannabe hip hoppers hanging around Coney Island.

Of course, producers canít make gold from dirt, and the natural raw talents of Sentence and Swell were picked up by Sage Francis (Strange Famous Records) after they dropped their five track EP, Smash, Smash Bang(which, in my opinion, is the uncut diamond in their crown Ė proper rap/rock hybridised magnificence).

But it is when listening to Rooftop Shake that you suddenly realise Ė Oh. My. God. This album is GOOD. But not just underground good. Thanks to 9th Wonder, who has produced tracks for Jay Z, Drake and Murs (amongst many, many others) this album contains hits which you could realistically see in the Top 20 alongside Chris Brown and Beyonce (who, by the way, he has also worked with). Really.

If you need further convincing of this, I would have to point you towards Ghost Town. With the slick raps of Swell opening and the cool, RíníB soul hooks that 9th is so well known for, this song is an ultimate showpiece for the Metermaids. Reading their blog on the subject, it sounds like the track almost beat them. But they turned the corner and the final product contains something you rarely find in an underground hip hop album: Commercialism.

The trick with Rooftop Shake is that it has such universal appeal. It has hip hop and rap, combined with soul, breakbeats, DJ scratches and RíníB. 9th Wonderís influence is heavy throughout the album Ė the rhymes are tight, the harmonies fluid and the production slick. But Iím not saying its commerciality makes it a bad hip hop record. Au contraire. It gives these unknown, underground, underpaid emcees (both Sentence and Swell still work day jobs) the best chance at breaking into the big time that I have ever seen from artists on an independent record. And even better, if they DO make it big, they will do it on merit, and without compromise, as the sound created on this album is just soÖ well, Metermaids. 9th Wonder has given these talented guys to key to the golden faucet, without shadow of a doubt (specifically in Gone, which I reckon is the record Jay Z would have made, if he was allowed). However, itís up to them to figure out how to use it, as 9thís production spot was purely in a guest capacity.

From reading their blog, itís clear this album was a labour of love; a challenge, both musically and stylistically. But they have nailed it, and created a record which could sit proudly next to The Black Album on anyoneís CD shelf. Yeah, I said it.

But this isnít an album review. Yes, Rooftop Shake has something different about it, which gives you the kind of goose bumpy feeling I imagine Simon Cowell got when watching an unknown Leona Lewis warble her first notes on X Factor. You know something big is going to happen for these guys. But you can see how they got there from listening to their back catalogue of tracks and mixes. The raw talent and tight hooks are all there on Smash, Smash Bang and Hello, and itís clear that although Sentence and Swell are awesome lyricists, they need a producer who can keep them in check, lay down some beats and sew it up into a neat package (which both M. Stein and DJ Swift do tremendously well, when 9th isnít about).

The guys themselves describe themselves as ďThe Bad News Bears of Hip HopĒ. However, if there is one thing I reckon the Metermaids need to do is focus on getting their Bad News OUT THERE. Because these guys will go far; thatís if they let themselves.
Post Tue May 01, 2012 5:06 pm
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NEW VIDEO!

"GRAVEYARD SHIFT"



"Rooftop Shake" is available now on CD & MP3 at http://tinyurl.com/RooftopShakeLP
Also available on iTunes at http://tinyurl.com/RooftopShakeITUNES
and Bandcamp: http://tinyurl.com/RooftopShakeBandcamp
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