June 30, 2017

Premiere: Blood Orphans - "Quit Ripping My Friend"

Watch the video for Blood Orphans' new single.

“Quit ripping my friend” is the first single off the upcoming Blood Orphans album you’re
dead, slated to be released on vinyl and cassette this August through their own label, Cottage St. Blood Orphans is the music and performance project of Olympia artist Matt Summers, though a collaboration with many other notable locals is what makes you’re dead whole and special. The accompanying band for the album consists of Mike Ditrio who has worked alongside Crying, LVL UP and Bethlehem Steel, Josh Hoey (Parasol, Box Fan), Morrissey Morrissey (First Boyfriend), and Rachel Fouche.

Like a deconstructed rendering of Modest Mouse with ominous Cranberries-esque instrumental fade-outs, Blood Orphans serves as a prime musical accompaniment to reading your horoscope. Each song is a sensory experience, helping you get in touch with the elements. It's perfectly representative of their home base in the Pacific NW, a magical place that’s lush, mountainous, and gray and hazy at times. Last October, Blood Orphans released a cover of P.S. Eliot’s “Cross Eyed” on a Crutchfield tribute compilation, and “quit ripping my friend” is their first release since then, not to mention their first original release since April of 2016. The songs on you’re dead continue to reflect the range of Summers’ talent and the dynamics of the Blood Orphans sound. Summers calls the new album “an invitation to openness and vulnerability.” Recommended for fans of Ylayali, Tim Woulfe, and getting lost in the woods.


Listen to Blood Orphans on bandcamp.

Blood Orphans and First Boyfriend West Coast Tour
august 11: album release show at Gallery Boom, Olympia, WA with Ugly Lovers and Worry Doll*
august 17: Portland, OR
august 18: Arcata, CA
august 20: Oakland, CA
august 21: Santa Barbara, CA
august 22: La Puente, CA
august 23: Santa Cruz, CA
august 24: Sacramento, CA
august 25: Nevada City, CA
august 27: Corvallis, OR
august 28: Portland, OR
*just Blood Orphans

Alyssa Rorke is a Philly-based writer/artist/musician/barista. Find her daily musings on Twitter @poetrygirl420.