Chicago-based artist’s single “Medinah” influenced by “Satanic Majesties,” “Magical Mystery Tour”.
Chris McDuffie of Whitejacket. Photo by Lisa Pekarek.
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“Medinah” is the latest single from the upcoming debut album “Hollows and Rounds” by Whitejacket.
“…wonderfully upbeat piano-driven pop that sounds something like a cross between Stackridge and The Beach Boys. TOP PICK.” – Babysue
Chris McDuffie’s musical career began when he was lured away from his graduate studies to play keyboards and percussion in The Apples in stereo. Despite a propitious beginning, the rigors and temptations of touring took their toll on McDuffie who was abruptly and publically dismissed from the band after blowing a tambourine cue onstage in Albuquerque.
Cast out of the Elephant 6 garden, McDuffie packed up his tambourine and retreated to Chicago where he eventually began work on Hollows and Rounds, his debut album as Whitejacket due April 3rd. While the album’s latest horn-heavy single “Medinah” shows the influence of Their Satanic Majesties Request and the funhouse feel of Magical Mystery Tour, McDuffie admits, “I fear the chorus may owe a little debt to The Cardigans.”
Of the song’s title, McDuffie explains, “Medinah is, among other things, a town in Illinois. Though, to me, it sounded like an interesting name for a woman. The song is about a beguiling but difficult love object – someone who simultaneously fills you with fears of abandonment by them and fantasies of escape from them.”
As for the other songs on Hollows and Rounds, McDuffie claims the influence of many obscure artists from the sixties and seventies such as Margo Guryan and Billy Nicholls, but cheerfully admits the obvious: “The Beatles are my first love. These days, I feel like indie types demand a certain literary seriousness from songwriters, but Paul McCartney’s example reminds me that a song doesn’t need to be absolutely sincere or lyrically sublime to succeed. It’s okay to occasionally indulge yourself in a silly love song.”
Chris McDuffie’s debut album as Whitejacket is scheduled for release on April 3rd, 2012. McDuffie is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
Hollows and Rounds
(S/R – April 3rd, 2012)
01. Versus Angel
02. Those Are Pearls
04. Walkin’ Blues
05. Single Seagull
06. River's Song
09. Easy Now
10. Inside Out
13. Like it Warm
Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion