Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tree Machines launches summer tour dates on first day of summer, Shares “Weights and Stones” lyric video from upcoming “Up For Air” debut LP.

Band’s two-year labor of love set for Sept. 1st release. See “vintage L.A.” video for “Waiting On The Sun.” RIYL: The King of Limbs, alt-J, Glass Animals.

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Tree Machines (L-R): Douglas Wooldridge, Patrick Aubry. Photo by Kasia Nawrocka.

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Tree Machines – In The Press

“Anthemic.” (The Wild) | “Gleaming placidity.” (BlackBook) | “Some LA soul that indie pop needs.” (Popdust) | “Viciously human.” (Atwood) | “Emotionally staggering.” (Diffuser) | “Best new rock song of the year.” (BULLETT) | “Beautifully brutal.” (Innocent Words) | “I’ve been unable to stop listening.” (Gold Flake Paint) | “Hope and illumination.” (The Vinyl District) | “Heart-quickening sentimentality.” (MAGNET) | “Best thing I’ve heard all week.” (Daytrotter)

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Tree Machines – On Tour

06/21/2017: Norman, OK @ The Red Brick Bar
06/22/2017: Fayetteville, AR @ Smoke And Barrel
06/25/2017: Milwaukee, WI @ Bremen Cafe
06/26/2017: Davenport, IA @ The Raccoon Motel
06/28/2017: Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
06/29/2017: Lincoln, NE @ Duffy's
07/01/2017: Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
07/02/2017: Denver, CO @ Hermans Hideaway

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“The clip looks like vintage L.A., you know, from the ‘80s like ‘The Terminator.’” (PureVolume)






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See the lyric video for “Weights and Stones” via Verbicide or listen via the links below!





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The bug that drew the Lawrence, Kansas-bred band Tree Machines – vocalist and lyricist Doug Wooldridge, his bandmate Patrick Aubry, and their producer, engineer, and drummer, Mike Giffin – to Los Angeles two years ago is about to yield its most impressive result to date. Up For Air, the album the band has labored over since moving into a house in the tiny L.A. neighborhood of Canoga Park and turning the garage into a tracking room, is now scheduled for release on September 1st.

The celebrate the completion of Up For Air and give the new songs a chance to breathe, Tree Machines will launch a week of tour dates on the first day of summer (June 21st), including an appearance at The Raccoon Motel in Davenport, Iowa presented by former Daytrotter-founder Sean Moeller, currently of Moeller Nights, who previously hosted the band after being one of the first industry tastemakers to discover Tree Machines upon the release of its hard-to-ignore, first-ever single “Fucking Off Today” in 2015.

A full Up For Air album track listing is forthcoming (the album is currently being mastered by Greg Calbi [Born To Run, Graceland] at Sterling Sound), but, for now, two singles from the album, “Waiting On The Sun” and “Weights and Stones” are already available.

“In our old band, Doug and I had always talked about an electronic component to our songs,” explains Aubry of “Weights and Stones.” “We were listening to Radiohead’s The King of Limbs, Alt-J’s debut, and Glass Animals. Needless to say, after forming Tree Machines, and as we were working on “Weights and Stones,” we were enjoying taking it to an electronic, clubby type of sound. And then we heard Lewis Del Mar’s song ‘Loud(y),’ and it really opened our eyes. I think of ‘Weights and Stones’ as our official ‘hello.’”

A music video for the “Waiting On The Sun” single is also out now.

“The shoot began after a couple drinks at a dive bar near the Paradise Motel,” Wooldridge says about the sequences that prompted PureVolume to reference the “vintage L.A.” of “The Terminator” in its coverage of the clip. “We had just wrapped up a few establishing shots when some patrons of the motel left the room we were parked in front of and left the door wide open. We spent 30 minutes filming inside a room we hadn't paid for hoping that the couple that had left weren't gonna drop back in!” he says.

See Tree Machines on tour from June 21st through July 2nd. Up For Air, the band’s debut album, is scheduled for release on September 1st, 2017. Members of Tree Machines are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Tree Machines Links


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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Married Bakersfield-based duo Fawns of Love follows-up “perfectly woozy” debut album with “Falling/Standing” 7-inch, out July 7th.

Hear “Falling” now via Overblown, hear “Standing” now via Spill.  Band to play release show at The Echo in Los Angeles on July 8th.

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Fawns of Love (L-R): Joseph Andreotti, Jenny Andreotti. Photo credit: Joseph Andreotti.

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Hear two new songs by Fawns of Love now via Overblown and Spill or the links below!

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Fawns of Love: “Falling”




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Fawns of Love: “Standing”




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Los Angeles! See Fawns of Love live at The Echo on July 8th, 2017! 

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Fawns of Love – In The Press

“Drifts along dreamily.” — MAGNET

“The soft gauze of Cocteau Twins and Slowdive. Perfectly woozy.” — FLOOD

“This is not quite dreampop, rather hauntpop.” — Overblown (UK)

“Captures turmoil through impenetrable sonic textures and emotionally thick lyrics.” — Atwood Magazine

“There is obsessive joy in the Fawns of Love’s take on shoegaze.” — The Big Takeover

“Dream pop perfection. ” — When The Sun Hits

“Could become your favorite band.” — The Blog That Celebrates Itself

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Married Bakersfield, California-based dreampop duo Fawns of Love returns hot on the heels of early 2017’s debut album Who Cares About Tomorrow with a new double-A side 7-inch and cassette “Falling / Standing,” to be released in that most physical of forms on July 7th, 2017. As the debut Fawns of Love album was released, and students headed to the beach for spring break, their teachers headed to the recording studio. At least that’s what the Andreottis did.

“We recorded ‘Falling’ and ‘Standing’ in our apartment during our spring break from teaching,” Joseph explains. “We used a vintage reel-to-reel, Korg MS-20 synthesizer, Korg SQ-1, and Electro-Harmonix analog guitar pedals alongside Logic. A Warren Ellis signature Eastwood Tenor Guitar was used as was a Fender Jaguar bass guitar.”

Taking notes, kids? These specifics will be on the quiz!

Quiz: How long have the Andreottis been making music?

Answer: Married for 13 years, and performing together for 16, the duo has variously recorded and toured throughout that time under the names Funeral Club and Peppermint Kisses, releasing records with RCRD LBL, Plastiq Musiq, and several others along the way. In 2013, they began a break when Jenny enrolled in a history graduate program, but by 2017, it was time to begin being a band again, including choosing a new name.

Quiz: How did Fawns of Love choose the name Fawns of Love?

“One of our favorite records is Hounds of Love by Kate Bush,” Joseph says. “We wanted a name that would pay homage to that record.”

Diving back into creating, the Andreottis decided to do something new with their latest musical inspiration, bringing their love of not only Ms. Bush, but also My Bloody Valentine, Blur, Pulp, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Chills, along with the aforementioned Cocteau Twins and Slowdive to the new project.

And Sparks. In Jenny’s case, lots of Sparks.

“To prepare for this album, I listened to every era of Sparks every chance I got,” she says. “What did I learn? That there is only one Sparks, so I better find a voice that works for me. I must say I am pleased with the results.”

Indeed, Fawns of Love takes all of these legendary sounds, which some immediately think of as cold or aloof, and makes them pop with overtones of The Smiths, New Order, and the undeniable warmth that comes from the Andreotti’s many years of making music together.

Look out for the “Falling / Standing” 7-inch and cassette by Fawns of Love on July 7th. The duo’s debut album Who Cares About Tomorrow is out now. Jenny and Joseph Andreotti are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Fawns of Love
“Falling/Standing” 7-Inch / Cassette
(S/R)
July 7th, 2017


Track Listing:

Falling (SOUNDCLOUD | MP3)
Standing (SOUNDCLOUD | MP3)

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Fawns of Love
Who Cares About Tomorrow
(S/R)
Out Now


 Track Listing:

01. Silly Boy (SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY | MP3)
02. That’s What We Do (SOUNDCLOUD | MP3 | SPOTIFY | VIDEO)
03. His Face
04. How We Live Now
05. Names, Names, Names
06. Miranda
07. Girls
08. Scattered Pieces

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Lexington, Kentucky-based ten-person ensemble Big Fresh releases new “Fall Preview” EP, launches week-long tour today.

Guest vocalists include Robert Schneider of Apples In Stereo on “Paralyzed,” Michelle Hollis on tribute track “Like Swayze”.

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Big Fresh (clockwise fr. upper left): Faith Diamond, Matthew Clarke, Brian Conners Manke, John FergusonNick Coleman, Kim Smith, Ben Phelan, Dave Farris, Ben Fulton. Photo credit: Chad Stockfleth.

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Hear “Paralyzed” (feat. Robert Schneider) at Brooklyn Vegan and see the video at Impose or the links below!




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Big Fresh – In The Press

“Tuneful, quirky pop.” — Brooklyn Vegan

“Big Fresh throws the listener one curveball after another.” — PopMatters

“Proud purveyors of exotically down-home art pop.” — Ace Weekly (Lexington)

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Big Fresh – On Tour

6/02/17: Huntington, WV @ The Press Club (w/ ATTEMPT, Letters)
6/03/17: Washington, DC @ Seventh Stanine Festival (w/ ATTEMPT)
6/04/17: Baltimore, MD @ EMP Collective (w/ Hanna Olivegren, ATTEMPT)
6/05/17: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (w/ Matt Duncan, ATTEMPT)
6/07/17: Pittsburgh, PA @ Howler’s (w/ Delicious Pastries, ATTEMPT)
6/08/17: Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog (w/ ATTEMPT)
6/09/18: Columbus, OH @ SpaceBar (w/ Val Glenn, ATTEMPT)

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Chattanooga’s Nooga.com says the latest Big Fresh single “Like Swayze” is “bathed in a cosmic AM rock luminescence.” Check it out!

“We got tired of hearing ourselves singing lead on every track,” explains John Ferguson of Lexington, Kentucky-based ensemble Big Fresh. “So we invited a few of our talented friends to join us.”

Big Fresh, one of Lexington’s most venerable pop music institutions, is proud to announce the release of “Fall Preview,” one of two EPs that the ten-member band has scheduled for 2017 on its own Desperate Spirits label. “Fall Preview” represents the first Big Fresh release in six years, following up the band’s third full-length, 2011’s Moneychasers, and is available today digitally and on collectible limited vinyl.

One of  the “talented friends” appearing on “Fall Preview” is Robert Schneider, co-founder of the Elephant 6 Recording Co., and Ferguson’s bandmate in The Apples In Stereo. Schneider sings lead on the first “Fall Preview” single “Paralyzed,” recently premiered via Brooklyn Vegan, with an accompanying music video now streaming via Impose. The latest single from the EP is “Like Swayze” (yes, that Swayze), which features lead vocals from Lexington-based Hip-Hop and Soul singer, Michelle Hollis.

Ferguson explains, “‘Like Swazye’ started out as an instrumental slow jam and morphed into an outlet for my obsession with ​​Patrick Swayze’s films. From ‘Point Break’ to ‘The Outsiders,’ from ‘Dirty Dancing’ to ‘Road House,’ ​​Patrick Swayze is, for me, the ultimate action star. He’s the thinking man’s action star. He’s not afraid to own the dance floor with the hottest women in the room, or to rip a motherfucker’s throat out. Our song, ​​‘Like Swayze’ is an homage to the vulnerability and strength presented in the collected works of ​​Patrick Swayze.”

Drawing from musical touchstones near and far, “Fall Preview” synthesizes the breezy harmonies of The Free Design, the lush arrangements of David Axelrod, and the gleeful deconstructionism of XTC.

In addition to the contributions from Schneider and Hollis, “Fall Preview” features vocals in Mandarin by Bianbian, lead singer of the Beijing pop band Candy Monster, on its opening cut “Tongku,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Beans” features the stylings of Hair Police founder, Trevor Tremaine, and “Yes Yes Yes” is voiced by former Big Fresh singer, Kate Pope.

Big Fresh hits the road (all ten band members!) today for dates in the Northeast and Midwest (see above for itinerary), and the second EP in this series, “Sweeps,” will follow closely behind in the fall. “Sweeps” will also feature guest vocalists, this time including Ken Stringfellow of The Posies, Per Sunding of Eggstone, and Karen Hover of Sound of Ceres.

The “Fall Preview” EP by Big Fresh arrives today digitally and on collectible limited vinyl. John Ferguson of Big Fresh is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Big Fresh
“Fall Preview” EP
Out Now
(Desperate Spirits)


Track Listing:

01. Tongku (feat. Bianbian)
02. Paralyzed (feat. Robert Schneider) (SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY | MP3 | YOUTUBE)
03. Rock ‘n’ Roll Beans (feat. Trevor Tremaine)
04. Yes Yes Yes (feat. Kate Pope)
05. Like Swayze (feat. Michelle Hollis) (SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY | MP3)

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Big Fresh Links


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