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Linda Em – London Irish (Talking Elephant Records 21 September 2018)

Linda Em announces new ‘London Irish’ EP, previews ‘Wild Fire’ single

London-based Irish-born songstress Linda Em has announced her new ‘London Irish’ EP, to be released this fall via Talking Elephant Records. Ahead of that, ‘Wild Fire’ is the first single from this release – a sultry song that is as much of an earworm as it is seductive.

This EP is the first step in a different direction for Linda, towards a more atmospheric and spacious sound and vocal performance. It is both poetic and storytelling while still being brutally honest and personal. Her pure and raw vocals beautifully convey a nostalgic lyrical narrative, her warm endearing vocals drawing the listener into her musical story telling.

The ‘London Irish’ EP was recorded, produced and mastered at Orphan Recording, Dublin by Gavin Glass (Paul Brady, John Grant, Lisa Hannigan, Mundy), who is also music director for John Carney’s film ‘Sing Street’). It was mixed by Scott Halliday (John Grant, Lisa Hannigan and previously guitar tech for Prince and James Vincent Mcmorrow).

‘Wild Fire’ is about the power struggle in a relationship built on control and passion, where there can be no victor. Written by Linda Em and Eamon P. Gilmore, on this track, Em shares vocal duties with Gavin Glass.

“This is definitely more of love story or indeed a power battle. If you watch Game of Thrones, for instance, you’ll see that Wild Fire was one of their deadly weapons of choice. The fear of wild fire is indeed a fantastic metaphor for human passion and love and energy that could not be controlled or tamed,” says Linda Em. “The song is also an expression of a woman’s desire for freedom and the sadness that comes when two lovers simply aren’t right for each other. Even if they have this intense love, we realise as we get older, that love alone just isn’t enough.”

Originally hailing from Waterford, Ireland, Linda’s family immigrated to London’s East End in the 1980s. A natural singer, songwriter and storyteller, her lyrical narrative is comparable to that of authors, poets and playwrights with a strong visual essence, stimulating the listener’s own imagination. Her music explores a wide array of themes from forgotten fateful stories and uncelebrated heroines of the past to her own personal and family experiences.

Linda first started singing blues and rock ’n’ roll in pubs and clubs in her early twenties before meeting Chris Wyatt, with whom she wrote and recorded her first album ‘Shadow Lands’ in 2015. Her sound has grown to adopt strong elements of Americana and folk noir with an ominous and atmospheric Celtic undercurrent to it and splashes of gospel and soul.

“As a lyricist I’m telling a story and, through working with producer Gavin Glass, I think the musical side reflects and illustrates that. Gavin has managed to give the songs and sound a strong cohesiveness even though the songs are all written with different people,” says Linda Em.

Linda draws an ethereal energy flow from her inspirations, citing numerous artists as influences, including Leonard Cohen,  Edith Piaf, Nina Simone, Portishead, Hank Williams, Ennio Morriconeand the poetry of Ted Hughes.

Linda Em produces music in an extraordinary mix of influences and genres, blending folk (revisited from a current London / Irish cultural perspective), a bit of rock, Celtic melody and American blues. Her music is timeless, filtering new compositions through the prism of her musical heritage to produce an overall modern day eclectic feel.

The ‘London Irish’ EP will be available through the regular online stores and streaming platforms as of September 21, 2018, and will also be available on CD from Talking Elephant Records.

Linda Em will be playing an EP launch show in London on September 26 at Water Rats (19:30 – 22:30, 328 Grays Inn Road, Kings Cross) with support by Crayon Angels and JMK James.

TRACK LIST
1 Wild Fire
2 Two Hands
3 Little Lightmaker
4 White Horse

CREDITS
‘Wild Fire’ written by Linda Em / Eamon Gilmore
‘Two Hands’ written by Linda Em / Ian Montague
‘Little Lightmaker’ written by Linda Em / Linda Coogan Byrne
‘White Horse’ written by Linda Em / Chris Wyatt
All tracks mixed by Scott Halliday
Mastering by Gavin Glass at Orphan Recording Studios

‘Wild Fire’, ‘Little Lightmaker’ and ‘White Horse’ produced by Gavin Glass
Recorded at Orphan Recording Studios, Dublin
Bass and drums by Scott Halliday
Mandolin, acoustic and baritone guitars on ‘Little Lightmaker’ by Robin James Hurt
Backing Vocals on ‘Wild Fire’ & ‘Little Lightmaker’ by Teresa Connelly
All other instruments by Gavin Glass

‘Two Hands’ recorded by Rupert Gillett
Recorded at The Cabin Recording Studios, Walthamstow, London
Piano by Suzanne Ho
Opera vocal by Neeharika Gollapalli

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Posted by on July 13, 2018 in Alternative

 

Walter Lure & The Waldos – Wacka Lacka Boom Bop A Loom Bam Boo (Cleopatra Records 17 August 2018)

Sole surviving Heartbreakers member Walter Lure announces new album with The Waldos

Recently signed to Cleopatra RecordsWalter Lure & The Waldos have announced their new album ‘Wacka Lacka Boom Bop A Loom Bam Boo’. This is the first new album in 24 years from legendary guitarist-vocalist Walter Lure, an original member of The Heartbreakers, who spearheaded the first wave of punk rock.

“This is my first release of new songs in 25 years or so since the last Waldo’s album. That might seem like a long time but it really only feels like a few years-life seems to contract over long periods for some reason,” says Walter Lure.

Ahead of this album release, the band is teasing the lead track ‘Crazy Kids’. The lead track ‘Crazy Kids’ will also be featured in the forthcoming full-length film ‘Thunders: Room 37’, which dramatizes the final days of Lure’s former bandmate Johnny Thunders.

Walter Lure tells the story: “Crazy Kids was originally written back in the 90’s sometime after the first Waldo’s release but, for some god knows what reason, I forgot about it after awhile. I hadn’t performed it in over 20 years until I dug it out again for this new release. The opening chords have a hint of a Sex Pistols feel to it and that was definitely on purpose. I remember discussing the high A major chord with Steve Jones of the Pistols on the Anarchy tour. It has lots of open strings reverberating with the higher notes.”

Their new full-length also features other new tunes such as ‘Damn Your Soul’, as well as killer new versions of Heartbreakers classics ‘London Boys’ and‘Take A Chance On Me’.

Today Walter Lure & The Waldos is made up of Walter Lure (guitar and vocals), Takanori Ichiuji (bass and vocals), Tak Nakai a.k.a. Takto (guitar and vocals), and Joe Rizzo (drums and vocals).

In 1975, Walter Lure became an original member of The Heartbreakers as guitarist and vocalist, joining Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan (of the New York Dolls), and Richard Hell (of Television), who was later replaced by Billy Rath. Lure was playing with glam-punk band The Demons when he joined The Heartbreakers and earlier played with anarchic Bronx hard rock groupBloodbath in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.

The Heartbreakers supported the Sex Pistols on their ill-fated 1976 Anarchy Tour just as the UK punk scene was building momentum. In 1977, they released their first and only studio album ‘L.A.M.F.’ The band’s 1977 song ‘London Boys’ is a swipe at the Sex Pistols, in response to the Pistols’ song ‘New York’, a put-down of the New York Dolls.

After The Heartbreakers’ “official” breakup in 1977, the band would often reform, continuing to play the occasional gig right up until Johnny Thunders’ death in 1991.

The Heartbreakers final show was for the Johnny Thunders Memorial Concert. In 1994, three Heartbreakers – Walter Lure, Tony Coiro and Joey Pinter – were joined by Jeff West in releasing ‘Rent Party’, The Waldos’ debut album.

Lure also worked with The Ramones on their albums ‘Subterranean Jungle’ (1983), ‘Too Tough To Die’ (1984) and ‘Animal Boy’ (1986), released a single with The Blessed, and also started a number of bands, including The Hurricanes and The Heroes, before ultimately founding The Waldos.  In 1997, Walter Lure also played a set of shows for the 40th anniversary of The Heartbreakers ‘L.A.M.F.’ album, joined by Blondie’s Clem Burke, Sex Pistols’ bassist Glen Matlock and Social Distortion’s Mike Ness.

On August 17, ‘Wacka Lacka Boom Bop A Loom Bam Boo’ will be available from digital music stores and streaming platforms such as Spotify, but it is already available for pre-order via Bandcamp, where it is also available on both CD and red vinyl with reverse-board jackets.

On September 1, Walter Lure & The Waldos will hold their record release party at Bowery Electric in New York. Ahead of that, on July 15, the band will also be playing Johnny Thunders’ Birthday Bash at Bowery Electric, along withLenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), The Carvels NYC, Heap, The Hipp Pipps, Lulu Lewis, Red Datsun, The Ritualists, The Skelekasters, The Skullers, Steve Krebs & The Maynard G’s, The Threads, DJ Steve Fallon, and Dennis Doyle.

TRACK LIST
01 Crazy Kids
02 Damn Your Soul
03 Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day)
04 London Boys
05 Lazy Day
06 Take A Chance On Me
07 Wham Bam Boo
08 Bye Bye Baby
09 She Doesn’t Love You
10 Little Black Book
11 Don’t Mess With Cupid
12 You Talk Too Much

CREDITS
Performed by Walter Lure & The Waldos
Featuring Trisha Scotti
Andy Shernoff – Background vocals
Brian Hurd and Randy Pratt – Harmonica
Arno Hhecht,Danny Ray – Sax
Joey Pinter – Guitar Solo on ‘Take a Chance on Me’
Produced by Andy Shernoff
Engineered by JZ Barrell at Randyland Studios, Manhasset, NY
Mixed by Joe Blaney at Overlook Mixdown
Mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering
Overdubbed at Andy’s House of Hits by Andy Shernoff
Design and Layout by Fendi Nugroho

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Posted by on July 12, 2018 in Alternative

 

Lost Chocolate Lab – Lost Landscapes (31 August 2018)

Seattle’s Lost Chocolate Lab Announces ‘Lost Landscapes’ LP, Previews ‘Squall’ single

Seattle-based artist Lost Chocolate Lab has announced the forthcoming release of a new ‘Lost Landscapes’ album. The first single ‘Squall’ can be streamed ahead of this. From soft blankets of distortion to hazy clouds of noise, this is a long-lost love letter to the first wave of shoegaze six-string pioneers, where guitars caterwaul in-collision with cascading waves of reverberation and acrobatic effects-pedal atmospherics.

Here we find the guitar-based lyricism of Godspeed You! Black Emperor or The Grateful Dead, combined with the barely-guitar noise-explorations of My Bloody Valentine, Jimi Hendrix and Flying Saucer Attack.

Lost Landscapes is over 80 minutes of spontaneous guitar composition, rippling-with-waves of effects pedal manipulation, bilious clouds of feedback, and laser-sharp tendrils of sonic-storytelling. Recorded over a long-weekend in Seattlein the 2017 winter, base-tracks were laid-down digitally in 2 sessions of single-pass improvisations. Revisited with a second improvised pass of solo guitar atmospherics, this gave birth to the 10 songs on this album. Mastered by Heba Kadry at Timeless Mastering, these sound sculptures harness hi-fidelity emotions.

Lost Chocolate Lab is led by guitarist Damian Kastbauer and became a noise-making unit following the disbanding of Minneapolis noisepop shoegaze pioneers February (Carrot Top/ Saint Marie Records) in 1997. Formed as a platform to reach further into the moment through mostly improvisational works leveraging long-form musical expression, Kastbauer has guided this music project through its various formats – from producing mind-bending noise, meditative ambient flute music with Julie Kastbauer, and full-on improvisational space jazz as a trio with Minneapolis drummer JP Hauer.

In its current incarnation, the basic elements of improvisation, instrumental storytelling, and guitar-based expression have been synthesized into a pure expression of the effects-heavy solo guitars, mucking-with the fabric of space and time. These works fundamentally aim to channel the “now” of improvisation and tap into the flow of possibility from fingertip to speaker cone. After setting up a system of playback that allows for the dynamic manipulation of guitar and effects in realtime, the goal is to let it flow and bottle the lightning for repeated playback.

The visual accompaniment to the full Lost Landscapes album was collected during a daily 9-5 commute across the water from Seattle to Bellevue. Soundtracked by evolving landscapes and inexorably linked to a time and place in urban Washington, processing was applied to the visuals in an effort to mirror the unfolding soundscapes that were being refined through a process of daily iteration. What began as a physical expression manifested in the swirling effect-pedal aesthetic of solo guitar performance was melded to abstract visuals in an audio-visual ballet of tonality and psychedelic imagery.

Lost Chocolate ‘Lost Landscapes’ will be available on August 31 across online music stores and streaming platforms, as well as via Bandcamp.

TRACK LIST
1. Contents / Weightless     10:13
2. Alien Lands             06:53
3. Squall             06:36
4. Everything Is Heavy         03:43
5. Let’s Fold Space         04:56
6. Night Drive             06:32
7. Horseback Headspin        08:16
8. We Start Over?         05:54
9. Dancing Towards Infinity     08:12
10. This Could Be The End     09:39

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Posted by on July 5, 2018 in Alternative

 

Tombstones In Their Eyes – Nothing Here (Send Me Your Head Records 24 August 2018)

LA’s Tombstones In Their Eyes previews ‘Silhouette’ off ‘Nothing Here’ EP

Los Angeles’ rock outfit Tombstones in Their Eyes have announced their new ‘Nothing Here’ EP, previewing the lead track ‘Silhouette’ahead of this. Tombstones create walls of sound that are simultaneously sonorous and hazy. These are cavernous, stoner lullabies that descend into post-rock soundscapes and are wrapped in dark shoegazing dreamscapes.

Recorded at L.A.’s Kitten Robot Studio with Paul Roessler (Nina Hagen, The Deadbeats, The Screamers, 45 Grave), this new release follows up several critically acclaimed releases: their ‘Shutting Down’single and ‘Fear’ EP. Earlier they released their huge sounding ‘Bad Clouds’ EP (2016), and debut album ‘Sleep Forever’ (2014).

“Silhouette was created one lonely night in the basement recording studio.  It’s a song about losing yourself.  The catharsis is in the creation of the song and the release of the painful feelings,” says frontman John Treanor. “In its three songs, this EP incorporates the Tombstones sound, even though the songs do not follow the same recipe and include a morose rocker, a shaking blues and a soundscape.”

Tombstones in Their Eyes create music laced with celestial grandeur and a fuzzed out psychedelic majesty that looks out into the universe just as much as it looks inward toward the soul.

With musical influences including The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Elliott Smith and The Melvins, the four-piece’s sound embraces a wide range of genres – from the stoner rock of Kyuss to the warped neo-psychedeia of Spacemen 3 to the cavernous and doom-laden sounds of Electric Wizard and beyond.

Tombstones In Their Eyes’ current line-up is John Treanor (guitar, vocals, keyboards, songwriter), Josh Drew (guitar, backing vocals), Mike Mason (bass, guitar) and Stephen Striegel (drums). The band initially began as a demo swapping exercise between John Treanor in L.A. and his childhood friend James Cooper, now in New York, but soon coalesced into a full fledged band. For John, writing and performing songs is also a way of dealing with severe anxiety and depression, a way of talking about the subject without being the centre of the conversation, and a way of being subliminal rather than direct.

Tombstones In Their Eyes ‘Nothing Here’ will be available on August 24 via online music stores and streaming platforms such as Spotify. Already now it can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp.

CREDITS
John Treanor – vocals/guitar
Stephen Striegel – drums/tambourine
Josh Drew – guitar/vocals
Mike Mason – bass
James Cooper – musical guidance
Produced by Paul Roessler and John Treanor
Recorded and Mixed by Paul Roessler at Kitten Robot Studios
Mastered by Alex DeYoung at DeYoung Masters
Cover Art/Design by Robin Gnista
Send Me Your Head Records – SND 007

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Posted by on June 27, 2018 in Alternative

 

Dentist – Night Swimming (Cleopatra Records 20 July 2018)

Dentist signs with Cleopatra Records; New Album & Summer Tour Coming. 

Indie surf rock outfit Dentist have announced they will release their third album ‘Night Swimming’ via Cleopatra Records on July 20. In the meantime, they present the first single off that album, called ‘Corked’.

Dentist centers around the songwriting partnership of EmilyBornemann (vocals and bass guitar) and Justin Bornemann (guitar), who had been writing songs and performing together in various ways since first meeting in 2008. The band is rounded out by Matt Hockenjos on drums.

Rightfully earning their place as one of New Jersey’s buzziest bands, Dentist was named one of the top 10 bands at this year’s SXSW by Mercury News and a darling of critics at NPR, Stereogum, Flood Magazine and more.

The new ‘Night Swimming’ album juxtaposes catchy indie surf pop with lyrical themes about social anxiety and heartache. ‘ Night Swimming’ showcases an aggressive approach to their beach inspired pop with lyrics covering the spectrum of human emotions. Produced by Andy Bova and Justin Bornemann, this album was mastered by Jürgen Engler (Die Krupps, Nico, Iggy and The Stooges, Queensryche).

“This album was an attempt to capture all the different aspects of ourselves and create something that we would want to listen to,” says Justin Bornemann. “Musically we are attracted to rawness and simplicity, but melodically we lean towards a pop aesthetic.  The lyrics tend to be focused on social anxiety, heartache and loss, but sometimes reveal love and optimism,” adds Emily Bornemann.

Their strongest release to date, the new album showcases the bands ability to fit pop hooks into aggressive garage punk one moment, then  dreamy surf pop the next.  The album is cohesive but represents an exercise in capturing all aspects of the band’s personality. The band, who tour consistently, has shared the stage with Television, Screaming Females, Ringo Deathstarr and Laura Stevenson, among others.

Formed in 2013 amidst the oceanfront urban landscape of Asbury Park, Dentist’s sound combines the freedom of the beach atmosphere and the urgency of the city into a fuzzed out, surf punk-tinged brand of indie pop with hooks and infectious melodies to spare. Emily Bornemann’s vocals are countered by the band’s sometimes aggressive, but always addictive sound.

The band released their self-titled debut album in 2014, which Pandora described as “a deliriously infectious collection of fuzzy, California-styled, indie pop jangle and sun dappled garage rock crunch”.

Their sophomore album ‘Ceilings’ was released in 2016 via Little Dickman Records to critical acclaim, receiving press from the likes of Noisey and Stereogum. Their single “Meet You There (In Delaware)’ found its way onto Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist and was chosen as one of Daytrotter’s top 100 songs of 2016.

This summer, Dentist will be embarking on a new nationwide tour, running through July and August, in support of their ‘Night Swimming’ album. This will be their longest US tour to date spanning coast to coast.

CREDITS
Produced by Andy Bova and Justin Bornemann. Mixed by Andy Bova.
Recorded at Simple Sound Studios in Oceanport, NJ.
Mastered by Jurgen R Engler.
All songs written by Dentist.  Dentist is Emily Bornemann on vocals and bass, Justin Bornemann on guitar and Matt Hockenjos on drums.
Bass on “The Latter” performed by Nick Kaelblein.
Album artwork by Li Sutkowski.

TOUR DATES
7/18 Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s
7/19 Washington DC @ Black Cat
7/20 Richmond, VA @ Hardywood Brewery
7/21 Charlotte, NC @ Petra’s
7/22 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
7/24 Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Olde Bar
7/25 New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
7/26 Houston, TX @ notsuoh
7/27 Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlies
7/28 El Paso, TX @ Love Buzz
7/30 Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space
7/31 Long Beach, CA @ The Prospector
8/1 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
8/2 Los Angeles, CA @ Highland Park Bowl
8/3 Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door
8/4 Sonora, CA @ Winter’s Tavern
8/5 Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s
8/6 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Ct
8/7 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
8/8 Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
8/9 Columbia, MO @ Cafe Berlin
8/10 Omaha, NE @ The Down Under
8/13 Muncie, IN @ BHN
8/14 Cincinnati, OH @ The Hub
8/15 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place

TRACK LIST
1. Upset Words
2. Night Swimming
3. Alone In The Garden
4. OH
5. Tight Spot
6. Remind Me
7. Figure-four
8. All Is Well (In Hell)
9. Corked
10. Owl Doom Pt. 2
11. The Latter

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Posted by on June 23, 2018 in Alternative

 

Hologram Teen – Between The Funk and The Fear (6 July 2018)

Stereolab’s Morgane Lhote previews ‘Bleecker Street! Chase Me!’ from debut Hologram Teen LP

Well after seminal indie kosmische act Stereolab dissipated and its members parted ways to move along their own separate paths, long-term keyboard player Morgane Lhote eventually emerged on the music scene a few years ago as Hologram Teen. This solo electronic motorik disco project has produced several 7″ and an EP. Now she will finally be releasing her debut album ‘Between The Funk and The Fear’ digitally on July 6.

The vinyl version was first released at the end of 2017 by London Label Polytechnic YouthTo date, only two tracks from this album have been shared – ‘Escape from Paris (Orange Crate Art Remix)’ and God(d) Of Thunder Vs. Sukia’.  Ahead of the album’s digital release, Hologram Teen is previewing yet a new track off this album, called Bleecker Street! Chase Me! 

“Bleecker Street! Chase Me!’ is one of the shortest songs on the album and the companion piece to ‘Brooklyn’s Broken! You Caught Me!’. I had a very cinematic vision for the track: a driving pulse evocating chase scenes from the late 70’s/early 80’s John Carpenter and Walter Hill movies but with a sinister slant to it. The song is set in NYC on the east side of the Bleecker Street subway station, where you see can disco-like honeycombs of LEDs on the ceiling. This digital art installation always fascinated me during my commute as it felt like being transported back to Studio 54 but in a super grimy setting. Very New York,” says Morgane Lhote.

Morgane Lhote recorded and performed with Stereolab during their imperial phase between 1995 and 2001, when they released a series of career defining albums including ‘Emperor Tomato Ketchup’. Later on, she did a stint in The Projects and, from 2005, played in Garden with members of Simian Mobile Disco before starting the Hologram Teen project. Having lived in Paris, NYC and London, she is now based in LA.
‘Between The Funk and the Fear’ includes 11 killer occasionally whacked-out tracks, inspired by a multitude of key figures from varying genres – the soundtracks of Goblin and John Carpenter, 1970s French Disco and psychedelic Brazilian rock, Congolese Soukous, and the string arrangements of François de Roubaix and Jean-Claude Vannier.
This release follows Hologram Teen’s widely acclaimed ‘Marsangst’ EP, released via Happy Robots Records last year. Apart from California’s Sukia, Morgane Lhote is joined on his new album by Swedish musician Orange Crate Art, spicing up the proceedings. Long time collaborator Richard Bennett also mixed and produced all the songs on the LP, and the live instruments were recorded at his studio in Brooklyn, Acme Hall.
Although Hologram Teen embraces electronica and pop, she does so in a way that is more evocative of a prog rock disco horror soundtrack than the soulless EDM that fills the pop charts. Her approach in mixing creepy vintage library effects with bouncy dancehall synths and disco beats has won Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker over as one of her many newfound fans.

“With this first LP, I wanted to create the soundtrack to the trippiest horror movie ever, and combine the scary and the absurd, through a very tongue in cheek aesthetic both musically and visually. For this project, I decided to experiment with adding live instruments, such as bass, drums, and strings, instead of or in conjunction with electronic instruments on some tracks. It was especially interesting to merge both musical feels and textures into one cohesive narrative,” says Lhote.

‘Between The Funk and The Fear’ will be available across all the regular music stores and streaming platforms, and can also be pre-ordered via Bandcamp.

TRACKLIST

01 Post-Apocalypteacakes
02 Bleecker Street! Chase Me!
03 Tracksuit Minotaur
04 God(d) of Thunder vs. Sukia
05 Roller Lover Doppelgänger
06 Hologram Teen & Brasil 666
07 Bartók in C
08 Brooklyn’s Broken! You Caught Me!
09 Lesbian Death Drums
10 Magique Afrique
11 Escape from Paris (Orange Crate Art Remix)

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Posted by on June 17, 2018 in Alternative

 

Fred Abong – Homeless (29 June 2018)

Fred Abong (Throwing Muses, Belly) Announces ‘Homeless’ EP, UK Tour with Kristin Hersh

Fred Abong – best known as former bass player for the influential art-punk band Throwing Muses and Grammy-nominated alt-rock band Belly – has announced he will release his debut solo EP ‘Homeless’ to coincide with his June UK tour.

Comprised of six tracks, entirely performed by Abong and recorded in Rhode Island, this album will be released on June 29. Having been immersed in academia for the last eight years or so, Abong was inspired to record this album by friend and former Throwing Muses bandmate Kristin Hersh, who has been releasing solo albums since 1994 (her debut solo album featured Michael Stipe of R.E.M.).

“I find the process of songwriting totally mysterious. Beyond a general feeling of ‘fullness’ that sometimes shows up when I have a guitar in my hand or even when I’m just walking, I couldn’t explain where the inspiration comes from, either for a song or anything else that is filed under ‘art’. I do, however, get images that are then translated into words or lyrics (hopefully, the ‘right’ words) as well as into rhythmic melodies,” says Fred Abong.

Prior to being in Throwing Muses and Belly, Fred was active as a drummer and bass player in numerous bands centered on the Newport, RI hardcore punk scene, which gave rise to bands like Vicious Circleand Verbal Assault. Partly because of these DIY roots, Fred left the music ‘business’ after the release of Belly’s ‘Star’ in 1992, choosing instead to quietly and independently pursue his own music.

Since then, Fred has written dozens of songs, of which only a few have been recorded. Of the songs that he has managed to record, they are primarily demos and often feature Fred playing every instrument.

Abong’s music has been described as cross between “ragged Replacements and lyric-driven Bob Dylan,” and as “Elliott Smith with balls”. Most recently, Fred collaborated with Tanya Donelly, former bandmate in both Throwing Muses and Belly, on the song ‘Snow Goose and Me’ for her 2016 ‘Swan Song’ series. ABC News dubbed this track “a moody, expressive bit of songwriting that will demand repeat listens”.

In addition to his musical interests, Fred also recently completed a Ph.D. in Humanities and has, for the past six years, been working as an adjunct professor in the Religious Studies, Philosophy, and English Departments at various universities.

In support of the EP release, Fred will be touring the UK in mid-June 2018 with Kristin Hersh, opening a string of shows for her. The tour kicks off on June 17 in Bristol at the Redgrave Theatre and wraps up in Britain’s south-east on July 1 at the Ramsgate Music Hall.

“Kristin is my kinda people, and always has been. I’m just happy to be able to listen to/watch her play, which is something I haven’t had the opportunity to do very much in the intervening years,” says Abong.

Fred Abong’s album will be released digitally, available exclusively on Bandcamp, with CDs to be available exclusively at shows during his UK tour. Show and ticket info for all shows can be found at goo.gl/2mWgrW.

TOUR DATES
June 17  Bristol – Redgrave Theatre
June 18  London, Cecil Sharp House
June 24  Glasgow, Mackintosh Church (also joined by Beerjacket)
June 25  Halifax, Square Chapel
June 26  Newcastle, Cluny 2  SOLD OUT
June 27  Newcastle, Cluny 2
June 28  Cambridge, Storey’s Field Centre
June 29  Ramsgate, Ramsgate Music Hall  SOLD OUT
June 30  Brighton, Duke of York’s Cinema
July 1     Ramsgate – Ramsgate Music Hall

TRACK LIST
1. Plum
2. Rattler
3. Homeless
4. Hi Avalon
5. Equinox
6. The Cannery

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Posted by on June 16, 2018 in Alternative