NYC’s Post-Punk/Shoegaze Outfit, A Very Special Episode Release Cut for Time EP
New York City – NYC’s post-punk/shoegaze outfit A Very Special Episode, recently released their sophomore EP Cut for Time. Drawing listeners in with powerful female-fronted vocals, the band defies genre boundaries, blending elements of post-punk, noise rock, and alternative rock, to ethereal shoe-gaze tones all with a hint of glam-pop attitude. The release comes as their first under Knuckle Down Records, whom the band signed with earlier this spring. Cut for Time is out everywhere today and available in physical vinyl and CD format.
The new release marks a strong surge of growth for the band, as they have shifted to a much more aggressive and fast-paced tempo across the board, while elements of their intimate and atmospheric roots still are found in layered melodies and intricate guitar work. Rebel Noise, who premiered the EP, described them as “seriously dynamic and vivid” with Kasey Heisler’s vocals taking a lead, being “clear and sweet-tart in tone, but she belts it out with punk spirit.”
The band shared, “The goal of the EP was to create definitive versions of several of our songs that started as bedroom demos along with a couple new ones. ‘Gravity’ and ‘Still Here’ mostly remained the same with a faster tempo and higher production quality. ‘Crazy’ was radically transformed from a slow ballad to a as-fast-as-we-can punk track. ‘On Our Own Again’, if not obvious from the title, was a bottom up reimagining of Censored Dreams’ ‘On Our Own’ that ended up being completely its own thing. ‘Invitation to Delete’ is then our most pure new song that was created as a cathartic response to toxic social and political discourse online.” Blurring the lines between genres, A Very Special Episode are well on their way to honing a brightly dynamic and original sound that will appeal to a variety of listeners.
The band recently released their first official music video for their track “Gravity”. They shared, “’Gravity’ is one of the oldest songs we’ve ever written and inspired by Stranger Things.” The video, which was directed and shot by Emma Shalaway, plays with the duality of parallel universes and recollection, bringing the tracks lyrics to life. Heavily inspired by television and pop culture, the band embraces these influences in much of their music.
Watch Official Music Video for “Gravity”
Cut for Time was produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Brandon Bujnowski at If and Only If Productions. It is available digitally everywhere today including Spotify, Bandcamp, and Apple Music. Fans can order physical formats on CD and vinyl through Bandcamp, or Knuckle Down Records. The band will celebrate with an EP release show on September 8 at Gutter Bar (200 N 14th St, Brooklyn, NY) with The Rizzos, But Pyrite, and The Loneliers.
Saturday, September 8 – Gutter Bar, Brooklyn, NY (EP release show)
Sunday, October 14 – Knuckle Down Showdown Festival, The Delancey, New York, NY
About A Very Special Episode
New York City’s A Very Special Episode has a unique and atmospheric soundscape, concocted from ethereal shoegaze melodies, blended with the grit and attitude of post-punk, and finished with the energy and intensity of pop hooks. Powerful yet intimate, their music digs into your core, enveloping and cathartic to swallow all of your worries of the modern age.
Originally formed in 2016, the band has undergone a number of line-up changes and worked to develop their sound, all consistently led with the dynamic and enthralling vocals of Kasey Heisler and melodic guitar-work of Patrick Porter. Much of the band’s debut 2017 release Censored Dreams (EP) came together from home recordings, written over the course of several years. Pulling influences and inspiration from a variety of sources, the band cites television and sitcoms as a key influence to their identity. The band name, “A Very Special Episode” is trope for specific sitcom episodes that discuss heavy topics (relative to the content of network sitcoms). Embracing their modern roots, lyrical content is further inspired by the deluge of personal relationships, day jobs, and internet drama.
A Very Special Episode signed to Knuckle Down Records in April of 2018. Their sophomore EP Cut for Time was released August 31, 2018 and recorded by Brandon Bujnowski of If and Only If Productions.
Kasey Heisler: vocals and bass, Patrick Porter: guitar, Chayse Schutter: current drummer (Richard Chen was session drummer for recording of Cut for Time)