Known for their indie rock scuzz-meets-growling guitar grunge, California X has announced their highly anticipated sophomore album Nights in the Dark. The follow up to their critically acclaimed eponymous debut, the new album will be released January 13, 2015 via Don Giovanni Records. Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr, Speedy Ortiz) once again helms the engineering deck, ensuring the new record retains all the distorted overdrive of the band’s characteristic fuzzed out, hard guitar-driven sound.
Drawing on influences from 70s rock to 90s alternative, Nights in the Dark not only stimulates the senses but it allowed the quartet to delve deeper into more conceptual work, the contrast between light and dark, contentment and longing. Title track “Nights In The Dark” bursts the record open with power pop hooks and euphoric guitar. “Nights in the Dark” premiered with VICE’s Noisey and is available HERE to post and share!
Heavy on distorted guitar hooks and rhythms, Nights in the Dark finds the quartet exploring both mood and texture. “Red Planet” is a slow burning jam, gradually introducing percussion rolling into a wailing guitar peak, eventually leaving the embers burning out. The gravitated jam that opens “Blackrazor (pt. 1)” builds to addictive vocal harmonies and then to the manic power of “Blackrazor (pt. 2)”, followed by the gentle tapping build of instrumental cut “Garlic Road,” punctuated by spare piano chords.
Formed by friends Lemmy Gurtowsky and Dan Jones upon relocating to Amherst, MA, California X have crafted a more mature sophomore record, that find solace in a heavy, lush and melodic home with the addition of Zach Brower on guitar and Cole Lanier on drums. An introspective vision is confronted as the band maneuvers, seamlessly as ever, from fuzzy power chords to conceptual ballads.
Butch Walker has announced his highly anticipated seventh full-length album Afraid Of Ghosts, out February 3 via Dangerbird Records. With his remarkably diverse resume that includes everything from guitar god to GRAMMY and CMA nominated producer, Walker's new LP shows both skill and tenderness. The production was helmed by Ryan Adams at his PAX AM Studios in LA along with friends & special guests Johnny Depp and Bob Mould. With gritty hints of folk, pop and rock, Afraid Of Ghosts weaves a journey through life, love, death and everything in between.
The album opens with title track “Afraid of Ghosts” which finds Walker attempting to come to terms with his demons over spare acoustic guitar notes and accordion chords, while the gentle doo-wop of “How Are Things Love” brings both the artist and the listener back in time. “Bed On Fire” takes things back up a notch as haunting strings and electric guitar build to a chill-inducing distorted crescendo.
First album single “Chrissie Hynde” wistfully recounts the legendary Pretenders frontwoman’s voice coming through the speakers, over a combination of acoustic and electric guitar, piano and a solitary drumbeat, captivating as always with Walker’s effortlessly unique vocals. The track is available to post and share HERE, and on iTunes as an instant-grat MP3 w/ Afraid Of Ghosts pre-order now!
Throughout his career, Butch Walker has always inspired with his infectious yet never over-bearing sense of melody. He joins his friend Ryan Adams on the road this fall for a nationwide tour. Together he & Adams will be one thing: undeniable.
On the cusp of celebrating 10 years as a band, Screaming Females announces Rose Mountain, the New Jersey DIY-punk trio’s sixth LP due February 24 on Don Giovanni Records. The band self-produced their previous releases (with Steve Albini engineering their 2012 LP Ugly and the 2014 concert album Live at the Hideout) but overturned the long-standing, self-imposed rule this time by bringing in Matt Bayles (Mastodon, the Sword) as a producer. Setting out with a vision so clear that it almost became a studio mantra, the resulting songs are concise, crisp and melodic, in essence creating at once their most complex and accessible record to date.
Upon listening to the blazing guitar and ecstatic percussion on Rose Mountain, the word “restraint” may not initially come to mind. And while melody has always been a central part of the band’s music, the musicians have often layered them into massive thickets of interlocking sound on previous albums. However, on Rose Mountain the band was ready to try something more streamlined with Paternoster’s vocal melodies and lyrical themes being pushed into the forefront, while never skimping on the raw intensity they have become known for.
Taut album opener “Empty Head” leads with a powerful guitar line that will leave fans enraptured on contact. Lovesick ballad “Hopeless” builds to a lush emotive climax while album closer “Criminal Image” takes on a more powerful stance with ecstatic guitar-driven peaks broken up by moments of melancholy. The infectious bass line and powerful arpeggiated guitar line set the stage for sweetly growling vocals on “Ripe”. "Ripe" was revealed with Pitchfork today and is available to post and share HERE.
Formed in 2005, Screaming Females is singer/guitarist Marisa Paternoster, bassist Michael Abbate and drummer Jarrett Dougherty. The band has performed alongside Dinosaur Jr., The Julie Ruin, Titus Andronicus + more and just wrapped up a national tour with PUJOL. Stay tuned for more info and opportunities to experience the band’s ferocity live on stage.
Premiering with more of a yell than a whisper, Los Angeles based five piece Irontom are here to turn the rock scene on its head. Their lead single “The Minista” is proof of this mission. Today the official music video for the single was unmasked on Rolling Stone and as a bonus the band is offering a free download of the track on their website.
The music video for this single is one that begs to be watched over and over again. Irontom drew inspiration from a 1970’s Rothschild family party in Los Angeles and the visuals in the video also pull heavily from the likes of Dali and Magritte. Working with one of the best make-up artists in Hollywood, David LeRoy Anderson, Irontom were able to create a visually stunning companion to one of the most fun songs you’ll hear this fall. Of course, the eye-catching makeup, dazzling costumes, and surprise cameo by the one and only Charlie Sheen also contribute to its impact.
Irontom is made up of Harry Hayes on lead vocals, Zach Irons on guitar, Dane Sandborg on bass, Daniel Saslow on the keys, and Dylan Williams on drums. While their music is a good preview of what to expect from these newcomers, to get the full Irontom experience Harry Hayes insists that you have to “experience the band on a concert stage” where he employs dance moves even funkier than those showcased in this music video.
Sheen and Anderson aren’t the only heavyweights in the ring for Irontom. This single, as well as their next two, are all produced by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jack Irons of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam. And no, it’s not a coincidence that the producer and the guitar player have the same last name. They’re father and son. Zach says, "My dad and I have been playing together since I was a young kid. It makes perfect sense for us to collaborate. Musically, we have a perfect understanding of each other.”
Be on the look out for more Irontom songs to be revealed shortly.
Swedish-Belgian avant-pop duo Victoria+Jean recently announced the release of their new EP, V+J- set to drop December 1st! The pair have quickly come to prominence in their native Europe as a result of their undeniably catchy pop melodies, complete with Victoria’s unique, oft-raw vocals, Jean’s sensual guitar & a knack for heartbreakingly relatable lyrics. Hot on the heels of their debut full-length album, Divine Love, the V+J EP comes complete with four deliciously edgy oeuvres- featuring arousing, rock & roll guitar licks one moment & poignant ballads of longing & lust the next. The musical chemistry between the two is utterly indisputable.
Victoria+Jean have today revealed the accompanying video for EP cut “Why Won’t You,” directed by acclaimed director Christophe Thockler. As Christophe elaborates,“when Victoria+Jean asked me to choose a track to work with, I was immediately blown away by the powerful energy of ‘Why Won’t You,’ and fire immediately came to mind. This piece of music was a perfect playground for me to play with rhythm, stop motion fast-paced sequences, and of course, onirism & symbolism.” Check out the gorgeously strikingPureVolume-premiered “Why Won’t You” video where it’s available to post & share HERE!
Divine Love & V+J are a culmination of Victoria+Jean’s lives: constantly moving between cities & flights- from London to Stockholm, Paris to Brussels, and finally New York. The two met in Brussels & instantly formed a musical bond that would result in the creation of the Victoria+Jean duo.
Stay tuned for more news from Victoria+Jean coming soon!
Global Melbourne ambassadors Cut Copy recently released Cut Copy presents: Oceans Apart via the band’s own dance imprint, Cutters Records. A 19-track continuous DJ-mixed snapshot of new & exclusive music from their hometown’s thriving underground dance music scene & club culture, Cut Copy presents: Oceans Apart was mixed by the band themselves. Two vinyl EPs of compilation highlights will additionally be released tomorrow, November 18th.
Having previously dropped compilation cuts NO ZU’s “Raw Vis Vision” & Ara Koufax’s“Brenda,” the band has now unveiled the accompanying Cut Copy presents: Oceans Apart documentary. Exploring the stories of four groups featured in the compilation, the 12-minute documentary provides a rare, fascinating glimpse into Melbourne’s burgeoning dance music scene. Check out The FADER-premiered Cut Copy presents: Oceans Apart documentary film where it’s available to post & share HERE!
Both a local scene document, which is increasingly rare in this global age, and a pulsating 80-minute dance journey, Cut Copy presents: Oceans Apart is the product of the band’s observations of its hometown, where it became undeniably apparent that this fertile community was mushrooming. The compilation threads together a cross-section of the different party crews, label rosters & ambitious lone rangers that have been catalysts in making Melbourne vibrant & happening week in, week out- all in the format of a continuous DJ mix.
Singer-songwriter siren & multi-instrumentalist Tori Vasquez has quickly become renowned in her native Texas for her beautifully melancholy storytelling. Growing up in a family spanning several generations of musicians & songwriters, it was perhaps inevitable that the songstress would quickly find her own unique voice & path in today’s music world. Tori self-describes her music as being created from “whiskey sessions,” with the help of an acoustic guitar & bottle of whiskey.
With at once strikingly powerful & arrestingly subtle vocals, and the rare courage to sing exactly what’s on her mind, it wasn’t long before the buzz surrounding Tori led her to be signed to acclaimed indie label Brando Records & the release of her debut EP, Let It Go, shortly thereafter. The next year found Tori touring the world, performing everywhere from Austin to Los Angeles, London to Berlin.
Tori entered the studio this year to record her upcoming debut full-length album, which is slated for a 2015 release. To tide fans over in the meantime, she’s now unveiled “Wear You Thin,” a melodic, emotional oeuvre with a heart-wrenching chorus that will have listeners hitting repeat. Give the Elmore Magazine-premiered “Wear You Thin” track a spin where it’s available to post & share HERE!
Polyvinyl has announced Volume 2 of their popular 4-Track Singles Series. Each month, subscribers will receive a limited edition, two-song 7”, pressed on colored vinyl and packaged in a jacket featuring unique artwork by GRAMMY-nominated artist Jesse LeDoux. Only 1000 subscriptions are being made available.
Like the sold out 2014 series, the 2015 series centers around a traveling Tascam 4-track cassette recorder that was passed along from one musician to the next. Today, Telekinesis treats fans with a sneak peek of their 7” single titled “Can’t See Stars”, available to post & share HERE.
Among the artists to record on the device are of Montreal, David Bazan, Deerhoof, and Crooked Fingers, as well as Blikk Fang, a long-rumored collaboration between Kevin Barnes (of Montreal) and Andrew VanWyngarden (MGMT). The full list of participating artists can be viewed below.
4-Track Singles Series Vol. 2 Artists:
Blikk Fang (MGMT, of Montreal)
Ducktails (Real Estate)
Jonathan Rado (Foxygen)