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“Alex Lilly’s songs keep their cool,” proclaims The
New York Times; She is “making three-minute modern art pieces out of musical
Legos,” says buzzbands.la
Alex Lilly as photographed by Nora Colie
The New York
Times says 2% Milk “delivers
structural and emotional complexity with deceptive nonchalance. Through
heartache, rejection, workplace harassment and pervasive disillusionment, Alex Lilly’s songs keep their cool.” Stream 2%
Milk by Alex Lilly here
–In The Press
“Pretty freaking awesome.” — The FADER
“Lead single ‘Distracting
Me’ is a light (but not slight) pop song with a punchy beat and engaging
twisty-turny melodies.” — L.A. Record
Los Angeles-based artist Alex Lilly is a renaissance female.
In addition to the writing, arranging, producing, and
playing of her own music, Lilly has
established a notable career out on the road as a part of the touring bands of
such esteemed musicians Beck, Lorde, Ry Cooder, and the bird and
the bee. When Lilly’s in L.A,
she has stayed busy throughout the years with her own projects such as Obi Best, The Living Sisters, Touché,
and Zero DeZire.
is bringing all of her talents, ideas, and her singular voice to the table in
the form of 2% Milk, her debut full-length album, out now via newly-formed Release Me Records.
“At first I was a little hesitant to even put out this
song. My story was such a lighthearted version of workplace misconduct; I
didn’t want anyone to think I was an apologist for badly behaving men! I'm not,
but in this particular situation, it was more humorously pathetic than anything
else,” Lilly explains of the tune.
The music video’s co-director, Inara George adds, “I
think the first time I heard this song was when the idea for the video popped
into my head. I think most women can point to a moment when they’ve experienced
a little indignity at the work place.”
Lilly’s songs – she describes her sound as “sexy
psychological thriller” – are synthy, syrupy, and suspicious i.e. there’s
something going on here that’s not only pop, but actually pops. The intrigue
that abounds on 2% Milk moves the listener beyond toe-tapping and
finger-snapping, straight to brain-mapping.
the debut album from Alex Lilly, is out
now. Lilly tours with KOLARS in February and March. See above
for full itinerary. Alex Lilly is
available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom
at Fanatic for more information.
“Welch straddles the line between country and
soul in a similar vein to how Mr. Orbison did it.” – Ghost of Blind Lemon
Denton, Texas is the home of Chris Welch & The Cicada Killers, introduced as the “fabulous Cicada Killers” on “Cicada Sweat,” the James
Brown-inspired opening track of Shook, the north Texas band’s
upcoming sophomore album, which follows-up its 2017 debut Faded & Frayed.
The pronouncement is the only vocal on the song, an
improvisational moment that the band loved and kept, but it’s all that’s
needed: The Cicada Killers’ unique brand
of soul, shimmy, and shake speaks for itself.
Welch’s influences aren’t rooted only in Otis Redding, he also brings plenty of Alex Chilton, and even The Replacements’ “Alex Chilton” to the party, fronting an indie-rock rave-up sound
with the lived-in voice of a guy who went to one-too-many parties. Additional
influences on the band include the Stax
and Hitsville label rosters, along
with Kris Kristofferson, Lou Reed, and Afghan Whigs.
Unlike the band’s debut album, The Cicada Killers approached the songwriting on Shook
as a fully collaborative effort, recording in a marathon five-day session in
early 2018 at Cool Devices Studio with
Jeff Burke and Mark Ryan of legendary pop-punk band The Marked Men.
Five days to make an album could have been a luxury,
as the band is used to grinding it out. An early album track, “Shoenapper” details
one of those bleary-eyed road stories, in fact.
As band member Kelly Evans (Vocals, Saxophone) explains, “Maybe we’d imbibed just a bit too much, but the day that we came up
with this song was a little rough. We had to get back to Denton that morning,
and our bass player (Dave Huff) headed
out early, only to discover when he was stopped for gas that he wasn’t wearing
his own shoes. He’d stolen our drummer’s (Clint
Sawyer) shoes! We gave him a hard time for that one and this song was born.”
Shook by Chris Welch & The Cicada Killers
arrives on Feb. 22, 2019. Chris Welch is available for
interviews. Contact Josh Bloom
at Fanatic for more information.
Mixing rock n’ roll with punk rock energy, horn
drenched soul, jazz precision, Brooklyn band’s high-energy show already
selling-out NYC rooms.
Trads (L-R): John Fatum, Alden
Harris-McCoy, Patrick Sargent, Mike Harlen, Michael Fatum. Photo by John
Trads – “Goin’ To California” Tour
02/06/2019: San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
02/08/2019: Arcata, CA @ Humboldt Brews
02/09/2019: Sebastopol, CA @ Hopmonk Tavern
02/11/2019: Santa Cruz, CA @ Kuumbwa Jazz Center
02/12/2019: Los Angeles, CA @ The Hotel Cafe
02/14/2019:Sacramento, CA @ Torch Club
02/15/2019: San Jose, CA @ The Art Boutiki (San Jose Jazz Festival)
Songwriter calls “Good Luck Unto
Ya” by The Rad Trads a “funky
kiss-off track with a killer guitar solo and plenty of horns.” The song leads off On Tap, the latest album
by The Rad Trads, out now on Hornblow Recordings. Listen to On Tap here.
The gentlemen comprising the Brooklyn-based five-piece
The Rad Trads distinguish themselves
in ways few bands can. Already drawing lines around the block at home, the
globe-trotting group’s singular take on rock n roll mixes punk rock energy,
horn drenched soul, and jazz precision, all with a lighthearted but sincere
delivery. It’s a sound and show that is gaining steam world over as The Rad Trads continue to tour in
support of On Tap, out now from Hornblow
Recordings. Listen to On
Challenging but humorous, at times The Rad Trads bring to mind Springsteen and his “Big Man” Clarence Clemons, Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks-era vocal style, and Wilco’s epic guitar breakdowns. All of this sonic goodness is only
upstaged by the fact that the guys in The
Rad Trads manage to exist as five distinct songwriters and singers in a
band that still sounds powerfully egoless, familial, and cohesive. And none of
them even planned on being vocalists!
Trads will launch a string of west
coast dates on Feb. 6th!
See above for full itinerary. Contact Josh Bloom
at Fanatic for more info
and/or guest list.
The Rad Trads
Meeting at New York University in 2012 as
conservatory-trained instrumentalists looking to play with NYC’s best
musicians, twin brothers John (Drums,
Vocals) and Michael Fatum (Trumpet,
Vocals), Michael Harlen (Bass,
Vocals), Alden Harris-McCoy (Guitar,
Vocals), and Patrick Sargent (Keys,
Saxophone, Vocals) were, at that time, just “a bunch of buds looking to play
the bars and drink for free,” according to John
Fatum. “The Rad Trads started off
with a bastardized jazz repertoire that was modified, on stage, into whatever
seemed to get the audience moving.” The band quickly developed a loyal
connection with its audiences. Michael
Fatum agrees: “It felt amazing.”
It was at this time that each band member’s individual
forays into original songwriting began, coinciding with the discovery that what
its followers were enjoying most was the band members’ personal connections
with each other. This, even more than the music itself, was making crowds come
back for more. As the band’s live sets began to be filled more and more with
original songs which all stuck to the “if you write it, you sing it” formula,
the fans remained enthusiastically engaged.
With all of that energy flying around, The Rad Trads could have simply been
perceived as just a party band, but the band’s booking agent realized that with
those expert chops, there might also be a niche within the jazz festival scene
for The Rad Trads, and he was right.
Harlen explains, “It turns out that
every jazz festival in the world needed a fun band to hold down the late night
parties, and so we went to Europe for the first time.”
This initial excursion has turned into nearly ten
trips to Europe for The Rad Trads,
in addition to performances on four continents, in 15 countries, 41 states, and
as of this writing, a string of dates in China. The diverse list of artists
that the band has performed with in that time includes Lake Street Dive, Charles
Bradley, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, and The Lone Bellow, among others. “We’ve loved every second of
traveling and seeing the world,” John
Fatum is the composer and vocalist of “On Tap” album opener “Good Luck Unto Ya,”
a soaring anthem with wall of sound-level overdubs, recently described by American Songwriter as a “funky
kiss-off track with a killer guitar solo and plenty of horns.” It’s a stunning
way to jump start the record, and for the uninitiated, will quickly bring to
mind visions of what The Rad Trads’
race-out-of-the-gate live show must be like.
The album is bookended by closing number “Wishing Well,”
which is, incredibly, the first song that Sargent
ever wrote. “We played the song live for almost a year before recording it, so
it had a chance to evolve organically before being put to tape,” he explains to
MAGNET Magazine, which in its
full-throated praise of The Rad Trads,
also asserts, “We’ve been racking our brains trying to think of another band
that has five leader singers, but we couldn’t come up with any.”
Obviously, while the songs on On Tap are exceedingly
original, the band’s story is, too. Or maybe surviving the story is what’s most
fascinating. As a group comprised of conservatory trained instrumentalists, it’s
actually five individual writers and singers that glue The Rad Trads together, the sound of five artists that have found a
“Our unconventional process keeps The Rad Trads fresh for us, always,” Harris-McCoy explains. “The fact that our egos have not taken us
down is somewhat of a modern miracle!”
by The Rad Trads is out now from Hornblow Recordings. Look out for new
music videos for album tracks “My Place”
and “Thumbtack,” coming soon. The Rad Trads will continue to tour
Members of The
Rad Trads are available for interviews. Contact Josh
Bloom at Fanatic for
“Beckoning listeners somewhere exciting and unfamiliar
where menace looms heavy in the air,” says BTRtoday
about “Anarchy,” the first official
single from J Hacha De Zola’s upcoming
Nouveau (Caballo Negro, March 8th.) J also recently kicked off the
Jersey City episode of BTRtoday’s
“Spotlight On The City. Click
“The kind of alluring character found in old
children’s books.” — UTNE
“A wild man in the vein of such fire breathing artists
like Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Captain Beefheart.” — Paste
“A large, spinning rock ‘n’ roll affair as enticing as
it is distant and strange.” — MAGNET
“Dangerously delightful, whirling, and rhythmic.” — The Big Takeover
“Bound to light the way forward and inspire a legion
of imitators.” — PopMatters
“A compelling all-over-the-map collision of jazz, blues,
show tunes, garage rock, and Latino flavors.” — BLURT
“This is an Urban Junkyard record.”
It’s a descriptor that J Hacha De Zola has been casually using over the course of three
album releases. With the upcoming full–length Icaro Nouveau (out March 8th), the Jersey
City–based musician defines the genre in detail.
Produced by iconic engineer John Agnello, a career–long cohort of another “J” – J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr, and most recently the man behind albums by Waxahatchee, the new Hacha De Zola songs are described by
the artist as full of “villains, spells, desires, romance, danger, redemption,
He adds, “and a eulogy,” referring to “Ode
To Ralph Carney,” about the late, legendary saxophone sideman of Tom Waits (and many others), who served
not only as a player, but more importantly, as a spiritual guide for Hacha De Zola over the course of the
latter’s young career.
“My heart aches,” Hacha
De Zola says about the man he calls “Johnny Marinara” on the tune, directly
lifting Waits’ own nickname for Carney. The “Icaro” of the new album’s
title speaks to that aching; the word refers to “language taught through other
worldly sources intended to heal those who hear it.”
was Hacha De Zola’s compatriot in
developing the Urban Junkyard sound that now has a life of its own on Icaro
“He was an integral part of this sound. He was my
secret weapon,” Hacha De Zola says.
“His horns were ever–present, as was his input. Not having him around for Icaro
Nouveau was unsettling for me.”
spirit was still in the room, and helped Hacha
De Zola get in touch with his creativity in a new way, with greater depth.
More specifically, the “Nouveau” portion that completes the new album’s title.
“I’ve been developing my own new language, through the
elements that are most familiar to me,” Hacha
De Zola explains. “My neighborhood – ‘mi barrio’ – where I’m from, and the
diversity of cultures and vibes there.”
“Environment is everything,” he continues, “There’s power
in the intent behind words and in their delivery. You might not even understand
a certain language, but can get a sense of the intent when it’s spoken.”
You can feel it in the Urban Junkyard.
J Hacha De Zola’s fourth full-length album Icaro Nouveau is
scheduled for release on March 8th,
2019. Hacha de Zola is available
for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom
at Fanatic for more information.
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Illusión,” the current EP by J Hacha
De Zola, is out now via the Caballo
“J Hacha De Zola sings a song of unrequited love with ‘Syn Illusión’. As songs on the matter
go, this is one that’s bound to light the way forward and inspire a legion of
imitators.” — PopMatters | Listen to
J Hacha de Zola’s “Syn Illusión” at PopMatters
or via the link below!
See Fawns of Love at The Echo this coming Monday, Jan. 21st w/ Choir
Boy and SRSQ! Tickets
on sale now.
the shoulders of The Cure and Slowdive with its swimming guitar lines and
washes of hazy, bright synths. – buzzbands.la
Bakersfield, California-based shoegaze / dreampop duo Fawns of Love (Jenny and Joseph Andreotti)
issues its second album Permanent today. The album is the
duo’s first album release for Test
Pattern Records. Recent single “Mournful
Eyes” can be heard via Grimy
Goods and the music video for the track is streaming now at High Clouds.
Both full-time educators – Joseph teaches middle school, Jenny
is a full-time instructor at CSU-Bakersfield – the Andreottis have been performing together for 16 years, recording,
touring and releasing music throughout that time under various names and
labels. 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.
“One of our favorite records is Hounds of Love by Kate Bush,” Joseph says. “We wanted a name that would pay homage to that.”
In addition to Kate Bush, additional influences on Fawns of Love include familiar names
such as The Chills, Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, Blur,
Pulp, Slowdive, The Jesus and Mary
Chain, and Sparks.
Fawns of Love takes all of these legendary sounds, which some might
think of as cold or aloof, and makes them pop with overtones of The Smiths, New Order, and the warmth that comes from the Andreotti’s many years of making music together.
Permanent, the second full-length by Fawns of Love, is out now from Test
Pattern Records. Jenny and Joseph Andreotti are available for
interviews. Contact Josh Bloom
at Fanatic for more information.