Monday, April 27, 2015

Tree Machines debut EP out now! Hear “Late Snow” via BlackBook, check out Lawrence, Kansas duo’s debut Daytrotter session.

 “I knew we had finally made the music we had been working towards,” says duo’s Patrick Aubry of first time hearing latest single.

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Tree Machines (L-R): Douglas Wooldridge & Patrick Aubry. Photo by Phil Peterson.

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Tree Machines – In The Press

“Emotionally staggering.” – Chuck Armstrong, Diffuser

“Best new rock song of the year so far.” – Luke O’ Neil, BULLETT

“This is the best thing I’ve heard all week. So amazing.” – Sean Moeller, Daytrotter

“I’ve been unable to stop listening.” – Tom Johnson, Gold Flake Paint (UK)

“Grips you in such a beautifully brutal way.” Innocent Words

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“Late Snow” is the latest single from Tree Machines. Hear it now via BlackBook or at the links below!




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Hear the debut Daytrotter session by Tree Machines now!

“‘Late Snow’ is a song about the fading love for a town that once felt like home,” says Doug Wooldridge of Lawrence, Kansas-based duo, Tree Machines. “Where all the once familiar faces seem like strangers. To us, it’s more like a movement than a pop song,” he continues about the track which appears on the just-released debut Tree Machines EP and was recently premiered by BlackBook. “It really was the magic track that came together once we got into the studio.”

Wooldridge’s musical partner Patrick Aubry elaborates about the concept saying, “Anyone who’s lived in the Midwest knows the feeling of a late snow while waiting for the warm weather to break through the winter. There’s always one more snowfall to prolong the salvation, but the wait always seems to make those first days of spring that much more enjoyable.”

Aubry goes on to say that the track is his favorite on the band’s new record.  “When I heard it finished for the first time, I had a hard time keeping the tears back. I knew we had finally made the music we had been working towards for years.”

The previous single from Tree Machines, the provocatively titled single “F***ing Off Today” (only censored to avoid your spam filter!), may have been a risky choice for a new bands very first single. The tune is an ode to apathy of epic proportions, lyrically capturing the idea of not caring in a way no artist has before, and frankly couldn’t exist with any other name.  Scroll down to check out the video for the song via The Wild.

“With open mouths to feed, we’re f***ing off today,” Wooldridge sings with ultimate conviction, adding an ironic touch that gives the song even more potency.  The anthemic aspects of this message were borne of Wooldridge and Aubry’s observations of the on-off, blissed-out-but-strung-out club kids they’d see during their gigs as lighting designers.

The ability to grasp the confusing feelings of youth, and longing for something so much bigger than what they refer to as “the Midwest lifestyle,” is in Tree Machines’ DNA.  It explains why we haven’t heard a song about apathy delivered in such blunt terms until now. 

The self-titled debut EP by Tree Machines is out now.  Patrick Aubry and Douglas Wooldridge of Tree Machines are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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 “F***ing Off Today” is the first video from Tree Machines. See it via The Wild or at the links below! NSFW and CLEAN versions available.



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Tree Machines
S/T EP
(Self-Released)
Out Now


Track Listing:

01. F***ing Off Today (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3 | VIDEO)
02. Late Snow (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3)
03. Misunderstood
04. At the Wheel
05. The Fire
06. Black and Blue
07. Man at the Door

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Tree Machines Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tidelands flies drone through California Redwoods for “Old Mill Park” video. Song is title track from SF-based duo’s latest.

Called “multilayered confection of smart pop” by NPR-affiliate KQED, new EP features contributions from John Vanderslice.

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Tidelands (L-R): Gabriel Leis, Mie Araki. Photo credit: Elliot Jaramillo.

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Tidelands – In The Press

“A multilayered confection of smart pop.” – KQED (NPR)

“Refreshing, stimulating, and likely to induce daydreaming.” – My Old Kentucky Blog

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 See the video for the title track from the latest Tidelands EP “Old Mill Park” now via Groundsounds or at the link below!


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“I had an idea for a drone to fly the route from Cascade Falls to the Old Mill,” says Gabriel Leis of San Francisco-based duo Tidelands of the concept for “Old Mill Park,” the title track and first music video from the new Tidelands EP, out now.  “The director, Elliot Jaramillo, had just gotten into drone photography,” Leis says.  Ultimately, Jaramillo perfectly captured the feeling Leis had in mind. 

“It’s an homage to a special place where I have childhood memories,” Leis says. “The majesty of the redwood forests of Northern California, and the feeling of nostalgia for a time that is lost to youth. It’s an actual place in Mill Valley where I spent part of my childhood, a magical place with a creek that runs down a small canyon to a classic three-tiered swimming hole, and then under the skeleton of the original old mill that the town was named for.”

Comprised of guitarist and vocalist Leis and drummer Mie Araki, Tidelands is a duo by circumstance instead of design. Teaming up amid the ashes of a previous band, the pair started using loops to fill out its sound.

“That created a sound of its own, and directed my songwriting for the first couple years of the band,” says Leis. “This time, I wanted to write and record songs that would stand on their own with just an acoustic guitar and my voice.”  On the new EP, basic guitars, upright bass, drum, and vocal tracks were all recorded live in the studio as full takes. Only later did the band “get all Tidelands” with the songs, building them up with strings (once again collaborating with the Magik*Magik Orchestra), keys, horns and harmonies.

The release of “Old Mill Park” was preceded by the single “Dog Named Bart,” which includes vocal contributions from John Vanderslice and frequent Tidelands collaborator Debbie Neigher.

“I gotta give a shout out to JV for altering the phrasing and delivery of the vocals that we all sung together,” acknowledges Leis of Vanderslice’s essential contributions.  “Old Mill Park,” the new EP by Tidelands, is out now.  Gabriel Leis of Tidelands is available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Hear “Dog Named Bart” from the new Tidelands EP “Old Mill Park” via The Bay Bridged or the links below!





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Tidelands
“Old Mill Park” EP
(Redgummy Records – Out Now)
  

Track Listing:

01. Old Mill Park (VIDEO)
02. Dog Named Bart (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3)
03. Four Strings and a Wooden Box
04. Hole in the Ceiling
05. Brown Eyes
06. Low Roller

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Tidelands Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion



Monday, April 20, 2015

San Francisco-based foursome In Letter Form references its new wave and post punk heroes on latest single, music video.

Fans of The Cure, Joy Division, Bauhaus can check out “Reflecting The Rain” via The Wild, “Wait Now” via PureVolume.

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In Letter Form (L-R): Peter Dosanjh, Andres Lopez, Eric Miranda, James Levis. Photo Credit: Rachel Escoto.

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“Reflecting The Rain” is the latest single from In Letter Form.  Hear it via The Wild Magazine or at the links below!





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“Smooth melodies and sincere lyrics, can’t go wrong.” – The Wild Magazine

“I sent my girlfriend a mix tape early in our relationship with the Velvet Underground song ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’ on it,” recalls Eric Miranda of San Francisco foursome, In Letter Form. “It was basically a message from me encouraging her to become self-realized, confident, and aware of her beauty. In ‘Reflecting The Rain,’ when I sing ‘you were reflecting the rain,’ I mean that she was reflecting her sadness.”

“Reflecting The Rain,” which Miranda goes on to say was musically influenced by the Modern English classic “I Melt With You” (the “ah, ah, ah’s” in the tune’s breakdown are an obvious nod), is the band's latest single, and is scheduled to appear on a full-length In Letter Form album currently in production.

The influential work of The Cure, Joy Division, Bauhaus, and New Order are all touchstones when it comes to In Letter Form’s tunes.  Based on the early reaction to the band's previous single “Wait Now,” the group is hardly being perceived as derivative, however.  Instead, it seems In Letter Form is making that rare sound which not only prompts listeners to revisit those classic artists, but also makes them want to discover more about the intriguing new band inspired by them.

“We are sentimental about the way we go about writing songs and performing them,” says Miranda. “We want listeners to hear a close approximation of our truth.”

Lyrically, the songs of In Letter Form deal with some of the harder of those truths: loss of control, loss of love, loss of innocence, loss of relationships, family members, and so on.  Personal loss colors the band’s music, not only since inception, but even to the point of this writing, as Miranda’s best friend passed shortly after working on the band’s just-premiered music video for “Wait Now”.

“There’s something intrinsically contradictory in the word combination ‘wait now’ and this duality was very much present in my friend,” Miranda explains.  “Wait Now” and “Reflecting The Rain” by In Letter Form are out now.  Members of the band are currently available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Hear the “Wait Now” single by In Letter Form via Groundsounds and see the music video via PureVolume!


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In Letter Form Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion