French-American post-punk band DTCV (pronounced Detective) was formed in Los Angeles in 2012 by Vivarock and Fiat Lux. Known for its industrial-strength hooks and its bruising live show, the group has been compared variously to Sonic Youth, Mission of Burma, and “post-Nico Velvet Underground with Debbie Harry on vocals.”

DTCV has thus far released two EPs, Very Fallen World and Basket of Masks. A full length album, However Strange, was released in late August 2012 on cassette by Burger Records. All three of these earlier releases were reissued in February 2014 by Mock Records under the title The Early Year. The groop recently released Hilarious Heaven, an ambitious (read: contains free jazz saxophone skronk and flute solo(s), a piano ballad in French, synth-pop, a Monks cover, and two songs that surpass the eleven minute mark) double album recorded by Steve Kille of Dead Meadow, on Xemu Records. The brilliant artwork was supplied by Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices. DTCV will be touring extensively throughout 2014/2015 in support of both Hilarious Heaven and The Early Year, as well as their forthcoming LP Uptime!

NEW: Here’s a new video for the song “Electrostatic, Inc.” from Hilarious Heaven

NEWER: A 7″ single of a recent Part Time Punks session for KXLU in LA is out now via Unsatisfied Records. Here’s the A side, a cover of Blondie’s “In The Sun.”

And here’s the video for “In The Sun,” directed by our cinema/logistics manager Mike Postalakis:

NEWEST: A new album titled Uptime! is scheduled for release in mid-February 2015 on Unsatisfied Records. The first single, “X-Water,” will debut in November.

You can find videos for some of the songs here and here and here. You can find DTCV on Facebook here and on Twitter here and on Tumblr here and on Soundcloud here and on YouTube here and on Spotify here and on iTunes here. To name but a few of the band’s internet presences.

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