“Heartbeat Overdrive” named one 2014’s best local releases by Austin Chronicle; Deluxe vinyl edition now available.
Moonlight Towers (L-R): Jason Daniels, James Stevens, Jacob Schulze, Richard Galloway.
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Check out the just issued LP edition of Heartbeat Overdrive – 180 gram white version limited to 100!
Moonlight Towers – Live
01/07 Memphis, TN @ The Hi-Tone Cafe w/ Amy Lavere & Will Sexton, John Paul Keith
01/08 Nashville, TN @ The Basement
01/09 Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s
01/10 Baton Rouge, LA @ Chelsea’s Café
Moonlight Towers – In The Press
“Perfect pop songs are few and far between, but Moonlight Towers has picked up the scent.” – My Old Kentucky Blog
“Honest rock songs bursting with catchy pop hooks.” – Side One Track One
“These tunes raise hairs on the back of my neck.” – BLURT
Austin-based rock & roll foursome Moonlight Towers released its latest album Heartbeat Overdrive in the hubbub of late 2014, and now in these first days of 2015, the album is positioning itself as a “one you might have missed” contender. Coming on the heels of notice from the local Austin media for the seasoned band’s infinitely catchy and wholly satisfying roots rock and pop songs, Moonlight Towers will play a string of Southern dates in support of the release this week. See above for full itinerary.
Additionally, in response to Heartbeat Overdrive becoming an instant top seller at local Austin institution Waterloo Records, the Moonlight Towers’ label home Chicken Ranch Records has pressed up an LP edition of the album, including a limited 180-gram white vinyl limited to 100 copies. While the wax won’t hit stores nationally until March, both the white vinyl and standard black vinyl versions are available via the Chicken Ranch Records website, local Austin retailers, and will be sold by the band on tour.
Moonlight Towers distinguished itself 2011 when revered musician-actor-legend Little Steven Van Zandt named the tune “Heat Lightning” from band’s Day Is The New Night album one of the “coolest songs in the world.” Back then, band leader James Stevens said “We just want to make people dance,” and while he states that Heartbeat Overdrive “doesn’t totally overwhelm the listener with heavy ‘me, me, me’ deep thought,” it’s a claim that still sounds very much like “We just want to make people dance.”
Regardless, Heartbeat Overdrive is, as its title suggests, passionate and strong. So much so that “recommended if you like Springsteen, Petty, and 70’s-era Dylan” is kind of putting it mildly. This last bit is clear on the album’s first single “Out Of The Gray,” which Stevens explains “was written to chronicle that shitty feeling of watching someone you love go away forever, yet doing your best to pick it all up.”
With all of this “not heaviness,” one might think Stevens is perhaps putting on a brave face rather than be thought of as a purveyor of sadness when he says Heartbeat Overdrive isn’t a heavy album. But, to his credit, when you get to the grooves themselves, the album is a real jam. “I think we thrived on that energy,” he says. “It was an emotional roller coaster, but I just wanted to get the rawest performances I could.”
Heartbeat Overdrive by Moonlight Towers is available from Chicken Ranch Records. The album’s first single “Out Of The Gray” is streaming now. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
(Chicken Ranch Records – Out Now)
02. Come Back To Tara
03. Fool’s Highway
05. Day In Day Out
06. Wrong Enough To Be Right
07. Exit My Mind
08. Heartbeat Overdrive
09. Crawling Back
Moonlight Towers Links
Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion