Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Recent Los Angeles transplant, Shane O’ Malley Firek, preps debut album as The Ferdy Mayne, out March 24th. Daytrotter session up now.

Rehab from struggles with alcoholism, jail time inform potent lyrics on album influenced by many masters. Hear “Pears and Asian Wine” here.

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Shane O’Malley Firek of The Ferdy Mayne as photographed by Alexander Harris.

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Hear “Pears And Asian Wine” from the upcoming self-titled debut album by The Ferdy Mayne.




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Daytrotter session just-posted! Hear several live versions of tunes appearing on the upcoming debut album by The Ferdy Mayne.

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The story of Shane O’Malley Firek, the single constant member of The Ferdy Mayne, is one of journeys – physical, spiritual, and a combination of the two.

“I was going through massive change when I was writing this material,” Firek explains. His moves from Detroit to Nashville, then to New York City, and now on the eve of the release of his self-titled debut album (March 24th, Greater Peaks Records), to Los Angeles, all inform these songs.

“Los Angeles is a shimmering object at first glance,” he remembers. “It is unreliable, similar to the unreliable dream of New York City, but I trust in the truth that you can sharpen the tools you came here with.”

It’s a lot of movement, the other side of the coin of confinement, which Firek also knows something about. It’s likely the same optimism about his first glimpse of Los Angeles that kept him going before arriving there.

“Before my sobriety, I was completely insane, in and out of jail, losing friends and putting myself in considerable debt,” he confesses. “I quit drinking around the time I began to perform in New York, and I’ve been sober a little over three years now.”

Free of the law, and free of the hold of alcohol, Firek accomplishes on this album what any artist hopes to who has lived through pretty good and really bad, and that is to fully inform the work with experience.

Firek is most proud of his lyrics, and unlike some songwriters, he fights hard for them, sometimes over the course of many years.

“When I write songs, it takes a very long time. Very rarely do songs come quickly, aside from a few on this record,” he says.

While Firek has been pulling The Ferdy Mayne cart since 2008, the upcoming album is his first full-length effort. That said, the record has the fresh vitality that a first album should, and shows influences both very obvious and more obscure, from Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed and Leonard Cohen to Merle Haggard, Wilco, and Lambchop.

“My influences are generally focused on very specific records and even more so, specific songs,” Firek says, breaking down the myth, and shedding light on the idea above by specifying it’s Darkness On The Edge Of Town, Street Hassle, and New Skin For The Old Ceremony that he’s feeling, along with Pride In What I Am, A Ghost Is Born, and How I Quit Smoking.

Firek’s laser-focused love for the specifics of other’s work also serves to put his own pride in perspective.

“I am in love with this record, and I want people to love it, too, but if the world doesn’t want it, I definitely have plenty more.”

Firek’s journey continues in 2017. Details of a tour behind the release of the debut album by The Ferdy Mayne will be announced shortly. The self-titled debut album by The Ferdy Mayne arrives on March 24th, 2017 via Greater Peaks Records.

Shane O’Malley Firek is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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The Ferdy Mayne
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March 24th, 2017
(Greater Peaks Records)


Track Listing:

01. Factory Release
02. Real Shackle
03. Pears And Asian Wine (STREAM | MP3)
04. Define My Name
05. Roseanna
06. In The Thick Of The Night
07. Slipping On Dimes
08. Heavy Metal Heart
09. Greater Peaks Of Avid Laurel Evenings
10. Moonier
11. Sucker

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The Ferdy Mayne Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

Monday, November 14, 2016

Dallas-based duo, Corner Suns, comprised of John Dufilho (The Apples In Stereo), Brandon Carr (The Earlies) to release debut album.

Baroque pop, psychedelic influences color the “steady pulse of paranoia” on first single, video “Borrowed Time,” streaming now.

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Corner Suns (L-R): Brandon Carr, John Dufilho. Photo credit: Jerome Brock.

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Hear “Borrowed Time” by Corner Suns via Flood Magazine! See the video via Glide Magazine!




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“Merging the sparkle of Dufilho’s textures in Apples in Stereo, and the baroque-influence of Carr’s vocals. A steady pulse of paranoia and psychedelia.” – Flood Magazine

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Corner Suns – the Dallas-based duo of ​​John Dufilho (​​The Apples In Stereo, ​​The Deathray Davies) and ​​Brandon Carr (​​The Earlies) – will release its self-titled debut via ​​Idol Records on ​​Jan. 13th, 2017.

The 14-track album combines neo-psyche and baroque pop influences that will grab the attention of fans of artists such as ​​The Zombies, ​​Magnetic Fields, and ​​The Shins, that share a similar ability for sharp songwriting, memorable vocals, and pop hooks.

The album’s first single and music video is “Borrowed Time,” premiered via Flood Magazine and Glide Magazine respectively.

“After I stopped touring with ​​The Earlies in 2007, I had pretty much given up on creating music,” ​​Carr explains. “Fast forward to the summer of 2013, and I get a call from ​​John out of the blue asking if I’d be interested in singing on a new project of his.”

​​Carr had collaborated with ​​Dufilho in the past, and being aware of the latter’s “multi-instrumental prowess and penchant for song proliferation,” ​​Carr immediately recognized Corner Suns as his avenue back into music.

“My original idea for this record was for it to be really heavy,” says ​​Dufilho. “I wanted to make something that sounded like Black Sabbath, but I realized that I had no idea how to write songs like that.”

“It’s true, our psychedelic ​​Black Sabbath concept was a misadventure,” ​​Carr jokes. “My voice was still muddled from the years off, but ​​John helped me find it again, and the songs really began to come together.”

“When ​​Brandon and I worked together a few years back, I already loved his band ​​The Earlies,” ​​Dufilho remembers. “But as soon as I recorded him, I knew I wanted to write more songs for him to sing. He’s got an amazing voice – it’s really one of a kind.”

In addition to ​​Carr’s vocals, singer-songwriter ​​Sarah Jaffe is featured on two ​​Corner Suns tracks, and the album’s overall sound reflects the easy, collaborative nature of its creation.

“I’d play all instruments, sing, and send a mix to ​​Brandon in Abilene,” ​​Dufilho explains. “​​Brandon would come to Dallas on weekends and we’d drink, argue about whether ​​The Pixies are any good, and eventually get around to recording his vocals to replace mine.”

“​Borrowed Time,” the first single and video from the album is also the first song that ​​Dufilho wrote for the project.

“​‘Borrowed Time’ was inspired by artists I love like ​​Broadcast, ​​The Clientele, and ​​Jacco Gardner,” ​​Dufilho says. “​​Brandon laughed when he first heard it, because I’d given him a song with only two lines to sing.”

 “I was a little disappointed with that,” ​​Carr admits, “But I believe history will be on our side.”

John Dufilho and Brandon Carr of Corner Suns are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Corner Suns
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Jan 13th, 2017
(Idol Records)
  

Track Listing:

01. Borrowed Time (STREAM | MP3 | VIDEO)
02. The Speed of Sound
03. Sleep
04. Through The Winter
05. Set In Stone
06. Don’t Look Down
07. Trance
08. I’m Not The Only One
09. I Started Something
10. Should’ve Asked Paul
11. The Rattle In The Room
12. Hey Explorer
13. Pig
14. Another Book

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Houston’s politically-minded pop band The Wheel Workers premieres two “hard-charging anti-Trump tracks” via The A.V. Club.

“I am horrified by the rise of what he represents,” says band’s lyricist Steven Higginbotham. RIYL: Devo, The Cure, democracy.

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The Wheel Workers (L-R): Kevin Radomski, Steven Higginbotham, Josh Rodriguez, Erin Rodgers, Craig Wilkins. Photo by Allison McPhail.

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Hear “White Lies” / “All My Fault” by The Wheel Workers via The A.V. Club or at the links below!



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Houston! See The Wheel Workers live!

11/11 Houston, TX @ Rice University
11/20 Houston, TX @ Last Concert Cafe
12/16 Houston, TX @ Raven Tower

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“The new split single from Houston-based band The Wheel Workers may be a pair of songs aimed straight at Donald Trump and the 2016 election, but musically and lyrically, it extends far beyond the political heat of the moment.” – The A.V. Club

Houston-based five-piece band, The Wheel Workers, makes politically conscious pop songs with hooks in the tradition of the catchiest folk and punk protest songs of Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, The Clash, and Bad Religion.

The group has previously been nominated as Houston’s “Best Pop Act” in the yearly Houston Press Music Awards, with the band’s leader and lyricist, Steven Higginbotham receiving a nomination for himself as “Best Songwriter.” The Houston Chronicle called the debut album by The Wheel Workers “one of the best albums made in Houston” in the year of its release.

For a politically-minded pop band, the 2016 Presidential election has provided a lot of grist for the mill. As such, The Wheel Workers present the two-song single “White Lies” / “All My Fault” as a stinging indictment of the Republican candidate, and the culture that created him.

“I am horrified by the rise of what he represents,” Higginbotham says. “To me, we are seeing the rise of a white nationalist movement into the mainstream. He represents a leap into the darkness of cult of personality politics that is antithetical to a democratic society. The fact that he stands a chance in this election is the most disturbing development in American politics in a very long time.”

As for the new pair of tunes arriving just in time to vote, Higginbotham explains, “‘White Lies’ addresses the insecurities and ignorance of the white population that makes them especially vulnerable to the hateful appeal of the greatest liar in the history of American politics, and ‘All My Fault’ imagines him in first-person, as a Joker figure that is disgusted by a world that would take his vulgar, self-promoting candidacy seriously.”

Of course, while both of these songs express significant anger and frustration, they’re also catchy as can be, all the better to get the message across. It’s this combination that has previously earned The Wheel Workers praise, and these new songs conjure an approximation of what Freedom of Choice-era Devo and Disintegration-era The Cure might sound like if either wrote overtly political tunes.

In addition to the release of the “White Lies” / “All My Fault” single, The Wheel Workers are continuing to write and record the follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed 2015 album CITIZENS, with an eye on a release in 2017.

Members of The Wheel Workers are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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The Wheel Workers Links


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