Wednesday, April 1, 2015

San Francisco-based foursome In Letter Form references best of English post-punk sounds on poignant, personal new single.

“We still write and mail letters,” says vocalist Eric Miranda of band’s philosophy. RIYL: The Cure, Joy Division, Bauhaus.

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

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“Wait Now” is the new single from In Letter Form.  Hear it via Groundsounds or at the links below!





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“Our name refers to what we consider an antiquated method of communication,” says Eric Miranda, band leader and vocalist for the San Francisco-based foursome, In Letter Form. “Yes, we still write and mail letters.”  The band’s point of view is made clear on its new single “Wait Now,” which will appear on an upcoming In Letter Form album, currently in production.

“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 away shortly after working on the band’s upcoming “Wait Now” music video.

“There’s something intrinsically contradictory in the word combination ‘wait now’,” Miranda says. “And this duality was very much present in my friend. The video will be dedicated to him.”

Musically, In Letter Form’s touchstones are clear, as well.  The Cure, Joy Division, Bauhaus, along with New Order, Depeche Mode, and The Jesus and Mary Chain – they can all be heard on “Wait Now.”  But where many artists influenced by this important English musical moment fall short, In Letter Form excels.  Theirs is that rare, reverential sound that not only makes you want to revisit classic artists, but pushes you to want to know more of the story behind the intriguing new band inspired by them.

“Wait Now” by In Letter Form is out now.  Another In Letter Form single and video “Reflecting The Rain” on the way. Members of In Letter Form are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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In Letter Form Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tree Machines writes ode to apathy that can’t exist with any other title. See the video for Kansas-based duo’s epic “F***ing Off Today.”

Called “best new rock song of the year so far,” track slated to appear on Lawrence, Kansas-based duo’s debut EP, arriving March 31st.

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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

“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)

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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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Lawrence, Kansas-based duo, Tree Machines, comprised of Patrick Aubry and Douglas Wooldridge, is set to release its debut self-titled EP on March 31st, preceded by the provocatively titled single “F***ing Off Today.”  See the recent premiere of the music video for the track via The Wild here.

While it may be considered risky for a new band to title its very first single “F***ing Off Today” (the only reason the title is censored here is to ensure safe passage through your e-mail filter), this song couldn’t exist with any other name.  The tune is an ode to apathy of epic proportions, lyrically capturing the idea of not caring in a way no artist has before.

“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.

For the song’s music video, the duo headed to (not so) glamourous Los Angeles.

“Culver City’s a hell of a place to find yourself on a Tuesday morning,” says Wooldridge. “Run down warehouses and littered streets – I guess we didn’t really know what to expect beyond the fact that we were shooting our first music video.”

The band arrived to find on set to find a “magical forest” of metal stands with dead limbs attached, small potted trees, leaves covering the ground, and a palm tree strung with Christmas lights.

“It was perfect,” Wooldridge remembers.

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.  For it to work, it’d have to be a tune with a title hook as believable (and necessary) as this one.

The self-titled debut EP by Tree Machines arrives March 31st.  Patrick Aubry and Douglas Wooldridge of Tree Machines are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Tree Machines
S/T EP
(Self-Released)
March 31st, 2015


Track Listing:

01. F***ing Off Today (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3 | VIDEO)
02. Late Snow
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



Monday, March 23, 2015

See puppeteer get what’s coming to him at felt-covered hands of his “friends” in new Nick Lutsko music video.

“Music is my first love, but puppetry is a close second,” says Chattanooga-based artist of his “backing band.”

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Nick Lutsko as photographed by Harris Oates

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Nick Lutsko – In The Press

“A colorful mélange of noise.” – Popmatters

“Nick Lutsko has a new video that will undoubtedly trip you out.” Yahoo!

Read the Chattanooga Times Free Press cover story on Nick Lutsko here

Check out the track premiere of “ALL SHOOK UP” via Relix!

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 “Predator” is the latest music video from Etc. by Nick Lutsko.  See the premiere via Yahoo! or at the link below!


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In college, my roommates and I stayed up making puppets,” says Chattanooga-based musician, Nick Lutsko about a late-night college activity that most students probably can’t relate to. “Music is my first love, but puppetry is a close second.”

Lutsko’s parents were gracious enough to let their son destroy the family garage while building the set for his “Predator” music video, recently premiered via Yahoo! Music.  The song is the first single from Lutsko’s newly-released sophomore album Etc.

The video for the track depicts a sunshine-y children’s show featuring a puppet-band, but the story behind the scenes is something much different.  We find out that the puppeteer is a real meanie, but ultimately he gets what’s coming to him at the felt-covered hands of his “friends.”

“There’s lots of creepy guys doing creepy things under the guise of family values out there,” Lutsko says of his inspiration behind the song. “Those are the worst kind of predators in my book.

The “Predator” video was in the already deep in production when Lutsko decided to make spend $20 making an off-the-cuff music video for another Etc. track.

“We bought as many hotdogs as $20 could buy,” he says of the clip for “ALL SHOOK UP” which has Lutsko’s father, girlfriend, and friends off screen throwing hot dogs at him as he attempts to perform the song. The video received a quick 20,000 views after being posted on Reddit on the same weekend that it was completed.  “It was a genuinely irritating five minutes,” Lutsko jokes of the shoot.

In these two songs, new fans of Nick Lutsko will hear the sound that curiously, but accurately, designates him as the only musician on Facebook listing his genre as “Folk/Funk/Blues.”

Etc., the new album from Nick Lutsko, is out now. Lutsko is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.

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Nick Lutsko – Live


04/10 Chattanooga, TN @ JJ's Bohemia Record Release Show
06/13 Chattanooga, TN @ Riverbend Festival Chevy Truck Corral Stage, 6PM

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 See Nick Lutsko get pelted with hot dogs in the music video for “ALL SHOOK UP” via BLURT!


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Nick Lutsko
Etc.
(S/R – Out Now)


Track Listing:

01. Cherry Red Medicine
02. Okay
03. Predator (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3 | VIDEO)
04. ALL SHOOK UP (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3 | VIDEO)
05. Dreaming of Medusa
06. Geranium Thief
07. By & By
08. (You Aren’t So) Beautiful
09. Thanks to Uncle Stacy
10. Remember Me
11. Morning Star

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Nick Lutsko Links


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion