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Two college professors spend
an hour chatting about The Jazz
Butcher, the pursuit of perfection, and being called the California version
of The Cure. Listen
to Alex Green of the Stereo Embers podcast with John Andrew Fredrick of the black watchhere.
the holy union of Guided By Voices, The Wedding Present and any number of New
Zealand pop heroes.” — Buzzbands.la
watch will release Witches!,
the follow-up to last year’s The Gospel According To John, and
the band’s 16th album (July
27th, Atom Records.)
was recorded acoustically on acoustic guitar and Beatles-esque Epiphone Casino by self-professed
frontman-loudmouth-quiet guy-author, John
Andrew Fredrick at Rob Campanella’s
(The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Tyde, Mystic Braves) Hollywood studio, then seriously sonically
embellished by producer/mixer/noisemaker Scott
Campbell (Stevie Nicks, Shelby Lynne, Acetone.)
Of the track, Fredrick
explains, “Georgette, Georgette,” was the last song written for the record. I wrote the blasted thing at a
backyard party at Rob Campanella’s
house. I met a woman called Georgette
and when she found out I was a songwriter, she challenged me to write a song
with her name in it. I went into Rob’s
studio control room and came out and played it for her maybe fifteen minutes
About Witches!, Fredrick coyly notes that he was “deeply engrossed in obsessively
listening exclusively (“and I mean I didn’t even put on any Beatles!’) to “The Pink Floyd” (Fredrick
always includes the band’s original “The.”)
The new collection reflects Fredrick’s
goal to make something ‘that sounds like if Syd Barrett had joined New
Sixteen albums in, Fredrick is candid about his career, saying, “I reckon at this
stage you could call me an artist who has been driven a bit mad by incessant
creation. I know I cannot stop making things. Witches! is the work of a
wee bit mad person. A functioning one -- an over-functioning one! Aren’t we
the black watch arrives July 27th, 2018 via Atom Records. The album’s preceding EP “The Paper Boats” is out now. John Andrew Fredrick is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom
at Fanatic for more information.
“I’ve always been fascinated with UFO’s,” says Denton,
Texas-based Scott Danbom of the
track taken from the former Centro-Matic
member’s debut solo album under the name Static
Diary. “‘Close Encounters of The
Third Kind’ is my favorite film.” Hear
“UFO’s” now at PopMatters here. “This song also reminds me of the kind of
songwriting that I fell in love with as a kid,” Danbom continues.
Static Diary’s self-titled full-length arrives on July 27th via Goliad Media Group, and Danbom will play a record release show
at Denton venue Dan’s Silver Leaf
the following evening alongside label mate Margaret
Chavez, the solo moniker of Marcus
William Striplin of Pleasant Grove,
who also released a solo record on the Goliad
Media Group label earlier this year.
In addition to his work with the pioneering
alt-country band Centro-matic, Danbom is a veteran performer and
accompanist, who has also worked with Centro-matic
leader Will Johnson (who appears on Static Diary), as well as Sarah Jaffe, Drive-By Truckers, and many more throughout his long career. As Danbom explains, Goliad’s Chris Welch
played an integral role in motivating Danbom
to bring his debut solo album into existence.
“Talking to Chris
about my work, and the idea of Goliad
as an outlet that could capture some of what had been collecting throughout the
years, really inspired the latest collection of ideas and songs,” he says. The
record is a long time coming for Danbom,
who has been composing since he was a child.
“I’ve been writing and arranging pretty much since the
first time I sat down at the piano,” he says. “I entered a couple of
composition contests in early grade school, and the first synth I owned
inspired countless compositions in high school and college.”
Even so, while Danbom
has had the good fortune to play with many prolific writers and original voices
throughout his professional life, he confesses that this scenario “can stall
your confidence when you are trying to find your own voice. It was always in
the back of my mind to find a situation where I could focus this creative
Diary, Danbom succeeds at
bringing his haunting keyboard and vocal arrangements, and his experimental
ambient and instrumental concepts, together under one roof. He describes these
divergent artistic personalities as “a word and a symbol that mean the same
thing but just have a blurry, different feel. Nothing too complex and nothing
Diary, the debut solo album by Scott Danbom, arrives July 27th, 2018 via Goliad Media Group.Danbom
is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom
at Fanatic for more information.
Over the course of three albums, five EPs, numerous
singles, and a batch of cover songs in a mere half-decade, Putnam’s mostly one-man project The March Divide has delivered a seemingly unending stream of songs
that have established the San Antonio-based artist as one of the best rock
songwriters working today.
releases “I Don’t Care”, the first
single from Anticipation Pops (Aug.
24th, Slow Start Records),
theupcoming fourth album by The March Divide, produced by Mike Major (At The Drive In, Sparta,
Gone Is Gone). Hear the track now
and read an interview with Putnam
courtesy of Glide
Putnam says of the tune, “I think there’s something really
special about a two-minute pop song, it’s like a shot of adrenaline. Writing a
song like that is like a flash. It’s a slow build of liberation and confidence,
expressed in two minutes.”
Anticipation Pops is Putnam’s
best work to date, mostly because the ten songs here reveal a greater emotional
depth, along with performances, and lyrics, that go beyond anything that Putnam has offered up before. Perhaps
his near-manic recording and touring schedule was prologue that has led to the
relatable sensitivity that is this album.
“This record feels like a new direction,” Putnam says.
Putnam claims that the work on Anticipation Pops
represent a thematic “consistent inconsistency,” different from his more
planned past albums. And while he dials that back when he agrees that the album
is cohesive, he’s either being modest, or is far enough outside of his comfort
zone now not to notice that Anticipation Pops is actually his
most thematic record of all.
Writing ten personal songs from a unique perspective,
but relatable to everyone, is an artistic goal most songwriters never achieve. Putnam affirms that he made Anticipation
Pops by deciding, “this is what I’m doing, take it or leave it.”
Apparently he didn’t know that the result would be the work his fans can care
for most of all.
Anticipation Pops, the fourth full-length album by The March Divide is out August
24th, 2018, on the artist’s recently co-founded Slow Start Records label. The album’s
first single “I Don’t Care” is available now along
with digital, CD and vinyl pre-orders at Bandcamp.
The March Divide – Live
6/23/2018: San Antonio, TX @ The Point Park & Eats (w/ Brightwire)
6/30/2018: San Antonio, TX @ Fralo’s Pizza
7/28/2018: San Antonio, TX @ Fralo’s Pizza
8/24/2018: San Antonio, TX @ Ventura (Record Release Show)
8/25/2018: Wichita Falls, TX @ Mustang Bar
9/8/2018: El Paso, TX @ Monarch (Record Release Show)
“Deep, focused vocals seem to glide effortlessly
through a dense fog as a rhythm of soft strings keeps us on target. This may be
the perfect soundtrack to the morning.” — All
With Me’ started out being written while I was in still in San Diego,” says
21-year-old songwriter and guitarist, Austin
North of the song (hear it at All
Things Go), the latest single from his band Sleepspent’s debut EP, out now via El Paso-based Slow Start Records. Sleepspent launches a tour at hometown
venue Neon Rose this evening, June 7th. See below for full
itinerary. “It’s mostly about miscommunication and how people don’t think
before they speak, or don’t care about the impact their words have.”
North began performing as a UC San Diego student before eventually returning
to his hometown of El Paso to form Sleepspent
with friend and co-writer, Aaron
Quintanilla. The band, now a trio including Cecilia Otero on bass and Josh
Mendoza on drums, released its Chris
Common (Minus The Bear, Chelsea Wolfe, Le Butcherettes)-produced debut “It’s Better If You Don’t Speak Or Think” via Slow Start Records on May 4th.
North’s knack for creating music that is bathed in atmosphere (think Slowdive mixed with a more reverb-y Radiohead, led by a guitarist with an
effects pedal fetish) that doesn’t lean away from authentic lyricism and
captivating vocal performances (think Jeff
Buckley) is proven on “It’s Better
If You Don’t Speak Or Think”.
“We’re also definitely inspired by shoegaze and dreampop,”
North says, elaborating on Sleepspent’s sound. “That can be heard
in the alternate tunings used throughout our music as well as the melodic chord
progressions and melodies.”
And though he’s young, North also takes influence from future hall-of-famers like The Cure and The Smiths – two more acts with definitive “sounds” that have never
sacrificed art for artifice. North’s
formative years studying jazz guitar wraps it all up in a solid technical
foundation, too, but ultimately, Sleepspent
songs exist to make you feel.
Sleepspent has already been nominated as a ‘Best Band in the
City’ by The City Magazine in El
Paso, who called the trio “completely captivating, live and through your
speakers.” As Sleepspent’s local
following has grown, the group has become a go-to local act to support
nationally touring artists, in addition to beginning to hit the road itself.
“It’s Better If You Don’t Speak Or
Think,” the debut EP by Sleepspent, is out now via Slow Start Records. Austin North is available for interviews.
Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.