Sales (band)

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SALES
OriginOrlando, Florida, United States
GenresLo-Fi, minimalist guitar pop
Years active2013 (2013)–present[1]
LabelsSALES
Associated actsJSHIH, De Nada
Websitewearenotsales.com
Members
  • Lauren Morgan
  • Jordan Shih
  • Malcolm Martin (touring)
Past members
  • Joy Cyr (touring)

SALES is an American guitar-based pop band from Orlando, Florida. The band's members are musicians Lauren Morgan and Jordan Shih.[1] They are joined on tour by Malcolm Martin, who serves as the live drummer and percussionist.

In July 2014, the band was named "Ones to Watch" for the second half of 2014 by The Hype Machine for being one of the most blogged artists yet to release a long play album.[2][3]

The band is independent and self-released their first 7" Single renee/tonka time on December 1, 2013 through the music platform Bandcamp.[4] Their first EP was released in September 2014, and their first album in April 2016.

Artwork for all of the band's releases is done by collage artist and designer Alana Questell.[5]

History[edit]

Morgan (guitar, vocals) and Shih (guitar, programming) formed the band in Orlando, Florida after the longtime friends had been recording music together on and off for several years. Their latest musical project, SALES, is based on vocal and instrumental improvisation as well as sampling.[1]

On January 31, 2014, the first day of the Chinese New Year, the band released their second single titled "chinese new year."[6] The band subsequently received positive acclaim from music blogs, including CMJ, Stereogum, and Pigeons and Planes.[7][8][9] CMJ described the track as a "...sandy, sashaying tune with singer Lauren Morgan's slightly cooing vocals skipping over upbeat guitars and a little synthy buzz. At least the Year of the Horse is sounding pretty good so far."[7]

On September 16, the band announced the release of their debut EP, along with a remix by fellow Orlando musician XXYYXX.[10] They released their EP, along with a new track titled 'getting it on' on September 22, 2014.[11][12]

On April 12, 2016, the band hosted a live Twitch stream and listening party where they played tracks from their upcoming self-titled debut and revealed the artwork by Alana Questell.[13] The album, titled SALES LP, was released on April 20, 2016.[14]

On August 18, 2016 the band announced via their Facebook page that an additional member, drummer Joy Cyr, would be joining for their 2016 touring season.[15]

By April 2017, Cyr had been replaced by Malcolm Martin, who has continued as its touring drummer, and is frequently tagged and featured in photos on their social media.[16] However, Martin is not listed as an official band member on its Facebook or Bandcamp.[17][18] The band still brands itself as a "duo" on its Twitter.[19]

In September 2017, the band released a new single, Talk a Lot. They followed this up with the single Off and On in February 2018, and White Jeans in May 2018. In July 2018, SALES released its second album, forever & ever. The cover photo was taken by Malcolm Martin, a contrast to their previous releases, in which all artwork had been done by Alana Questell. The three single covers also featured photographs, though it is unclear who took the photos from their website.[18]

As of January 28, 2019 SALES has 953,489 monthly listeners on Spotify.[20] Between March 28th and May 5th they will be touring across the southern portion of the United States.[21]

Discography[edit]

7" Singles[edit]

  • renee/tonka time 7" – 2013 (self-released)

Singles[edit]

  • renee  – 2013 (self-released)
  • chinese new year  – 2014 (self-released)
  • vow  – 2014 (self-released)
  • jamz  – 2016 (self-released)
  • ivy  – 2016 (self-released)
  • for you  – 2016 (self-released)
  • Talk a Lot  – 2017 (self-released)
  • Off and On[22]  – 2018 (self-released)
  • White Jeans – 2018 (self-released)

EP[edit]

SALES EP[edit]

Self-released on September 22, 2014 as a six song EP including: renee, vow, chinese new year, getting it on, toto, and toto (XXYYXX) remix.[23]

Albums[edit]

SALES LP[edit]

Cover art for SALES LP
Cover art for Forever & Ever

Self-released on April 20, 2016 as the first full length album.[24] In one review by DIY (magazine) the album was rated at 4/5 stars and described as having "a gift for appearing both shy and direct."[25]

Forever & Ever[edit]

Self-released on July 19, 2018 as their second full length album.[26] In one review by Pitchfork (website) the album was rated at 7.0/10 and described as "a world of cozy, minimalist pop."[27]

Compilations[edit]

  • Majestic Casual II – 2014 (Majestic)
  • those who were once friends are now fam – 2014 (Odd Castles)[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Relax, AFP (May 23, 2014). "Artist in profile: Sales". Yahoo. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  2. ^ Mokoena, Tshepo (July 24, 2014). "The 20 acts the Hype Machine thinks you should hear in the rest of 2014". The Guardian. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Hype Machine Ones to Watch 2014 1/2". Hype Machine. July 2014. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  4. ^ "SALES Bandcamp". Bandcamp. December 1, 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  5. ^ "Girl Spotlight: Alana Questell". The Le Sigh. August 28, 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  6. ^ "SALES Bandcamp". Bandcamp. January 31, 2014. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  7. ^ a b Plaugic, Lizzie (January 31, 2014). "Listen: SALES – "Chinese New Year"". CMJ. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  8. ^ Rettig, James (January 31, 2014). "Sales – "Chinese New Year"". Stereogum. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  9. ^ "Daily Discovery: Sales, an Orlando Duo Making Catchy Guitar Pop Without Any of the Extra Noise". Pigeons and Planes. May 16, 2014. Retrieved August 27, 2014. |first= missing |last= (help)
  10. ^ "premiere: SALES – toto (XXYYXX remix)". Gorilla vs. Bear. "Gorilla vs. Bear". October 19, 2014. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  11. ^ "stream SALES' charming debut EP". Gorilla vs. Bear. "Gorilla vs. Bear". October 19, 2014. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  12. ^ "SALES released an EP with an XXYYXX remix, playing shows, including NYC w/ Mitski & Salt Cathedral (streams)". Brooklyn Vegan. "Brooklyn Vegan". October 19, 2014. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  13. ^ "SALES Has it Leaked?". Has it Leaked. 'Has it Leaked'. August 12, 2016. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  14. ^ https://sales.bandcamp.com/album/sales-lp
  15. ^ WeAreNotSales. 'Facebook'. August 18, 2016 https://www.facebook.com/wearenotsales/photos/a.484479018301367.1073741829.405656396183630/1067342620015001/?type=3&permPage=1. Retrieved August 18, 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ https://www.instagram.com/wearenotsales/
  17. ^ https://www.facebook.com/pg/wearenotsales/about/?ref=page_internal
  18. ^ a b https://sales.bandcamp.com/album/forever-ever
  19. ^ https://twitter.com/wearenotsales
  20. ^ "SALES". Spotify. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  21. ^ "SALES". wearenotsales. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  22. ^ https://sales.bandcamp.com/
  23. ^ "SALES EP, by SALES". SALES. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  24. ^ "SALES LP, by SALES". SALES. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  25. ^ Subscribe. "SALES - SALES". DIY. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  26. ^ "forever & ever, by SALES". SALES. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  27. ^ "SALES: forever & ever". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  28. ^ Moreland, Quinn (May 20, 2014). "Stream odd castles' those who were once friends are now fam mixtape". Impose Magazine. Retrieved August 27, 2014.

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