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Podcast for October 3rd, 2017

Paul’s phone likes musicals way more than he does, and Tony reveals his favorite DC advice podcast. (It’s Advice! with Dave and Kat)

Light Beams – Feeling Good [Light Beams]
American Electric – Crazy Eyes [American Electric]
Aaron Abernathy – Children of the City [Dialogue]
The Red Fetish – Debridement [Non Sequitur]
Fellow Creatures – Frantik [three songs]
e v o l v – We’ll Make An Adjustment [Be Here Now]

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Fellow Creatures – Wouldn’t You Like To Know

Sam McCormally and Will McKinley-Ward’s experimental rock group Fellow Creatures apply dreamlike qualities drawn from their musical collaboration into their newest music video. “Wouldn’t You Like To Know”, directed by the band, creates a moody, non-literal interpretation of a frightening event that occurred on a tour stop in Cincinnati. You can hear Sam and Will recount the tale of “party jail” on this episode of the ChunkyGlasses podcast, including their entire origin story as metamorphosis from the well-loved folk rock band Ugly Purple Sweater and reflections on our city’s music scene. Their debut full length self-titled album is $7 on Bandcamp, and the only better use of your hard earned money is to pay the door guy at U Street’s Tropicalia to let you into tonight’s party celebrating its release.


Podcast for April 5th, 2016


Tony shows off his new favorite app, while Paul bitches about how a certain U Street music venue is doing business.

Babeo Baggins – Stay With Me (Lykke Li cover) [Love Songs For Tough Guys]
Javier Starks – Baby [Indigo Child: “D”-EITY (All Ears)]
Fellow Creatures – Breathe Easy [Fellow Creatures]
Brushes – Whatever, Again [whatever, again]
Teen Suicide – Living Proof [It’s the Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir the Honeypot]
Go Cozy – Our Best Reflections [Glaziao]

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Podcast for May 27th, 2015 feat. Sam McCormally of Fellow Creatures


Special guest DJ Sam McCormally of Fellow Creatures picks out some of his favorite DC songs!

Slow Machete – Gray Eyed Bird [Mango Tree]
Louis Weeks – Antelope [haha]
Redline Graffiti – Appetites [End the World+]
Caitlin Schneiderman – Your Way [Your Way single]
Tigers Are Bad for Horses – I.V. (Poisoned) [I.V. (Poisoned) single]
The Bumper Jacksons – When the Sun Goes Down in Harlem [Sweet Momma, Sweet Daddy, Come In]

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Fellow Creatures – Come Ye video

I’m quite enjoying watching the slow build of Fellow Creatures. The core duo of Sam McCormally and Will McKinley-Ward reconfigured the sound from their well-loved previous incarnation Ugly Purple Sweater, incorporating indie folk elements with more interesting electronic experimentation. Their live show really reflects this, with big bombastic foot stomping numbers and quieter harmonies providing a welcome dynamic together. Today’s video for the unreleased single “Come Ye” is a very well-shot live take in the basement of BicycleSPACE, “perhaps the world’s greatest bike shop”, directed by Ellie Walton. Keep your eyes peeled for more local Fellow Creatures live dates, but don’t miss Sam opening an excellent local bill at Gypsy Sally’s on Saturday night, featuring Letitia Van Sant & The Bonafides and headliners The Riverbreaks!


Q&A and Song Premiere with Fellow Creatures

by Tony Porreco

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In September of 2013, Ugly Purple Sweater decided it was time to call it a day. Over the course of the group’s 4 years of activity and 3 releases, Ugly Purple Sweater consistently impressed listeners with their appealing blend of bouncy indie folk and commanding vocal performances from songwriter Sam McCormally.

Following the band’s conclusion, McCormally spurred curiosity by signing up to do a stint on bass for Paperhaus, performed solo frequently and above all, said nothing of when or if he’d begin a new full band project. Fast forward to this past August when a new group called Fellow Creatures made their presence known with a single Bandcamp demo and an 8 bit image of McCormally and Ugly Purple Sweater guitarist Will McKindley-Ward. Reminiscent of mid-career Talking Heads and the David Byrne/Brian Eno album My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, the track (“Shuka Shuka”) features a funkier vibe than most anything in UPS’ catalog.


With only two public performances and a single available recording, we were eager for the opportunity to sit down with McCormally and McKindley-Ward to learn more about the new band before their headlining show this Saturday 11/22 at DC9. In keeping with everything that’s “new” about the band, Hometown Sounds is proud to premiere the very first finished & polished track by Fellow Creatures.

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