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Friday
Mar152013

Pop hooks shone through a melancholic prism: Generationals release 'Heza'

Album release: Heza by Generationals (features Put a Light On, no. 1 on Hype Machine)
Release date: 8 April 2013
Label: Polyvinyl
Listen: on official site

Since releasing their debut full-length Con Law in 2009, Generationals have consistently delivered pop hooks shone through a melancholic prism. 2013's Heza brings the band to Polyvinyl and along with the label change, comes a subtle but significant sonic shift.

Recorded in phases at Jim Eno's Public Hifi in Austin, producer Daniel Black's Bent Black studio in D.C., and the band's hometown of New Orleans, Heza finds Generationals more satisfied in writing songs that breathe and grow over time. These songs show restraint, with hooks developing in the spaces betweensounds. The attention to rhythms and textures reveals a more patient band - one willing to dig for deeper gems than in their previous work. Tracks like You Got Me and Put a Light On use minimalist electronic frameworks to match the intensity of more straightforward guitarwork on Spinoza and I Never Know, all of them paying more attention to layers and textures than to forcing the hook. On Heza, Generationals aren't so much shedding their old skin as growing more comfortable in the one they've always inhabited.

Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer struck up a friendship as high school freshmen in New Orleans, LA. While attending Louisiana State in Baton Rouge, the two formed The Eames Era with three classmates in 2003. The dissolution of that group in 2007 led to a return to New Orleans where Joyner and Widmer started writing songs as Generationals. Baton Rouge-native and Eames Era producer Daniel Black (The Oranges Band) invited them to record their debut LP, Con Law, at his Washington D.C. studio 'Bent Black' in 2008, where incessant coverage of the presidential campaign between Barack Obama and John McCain, and the issues dividing the candidates' viewpoints, gave rise to the band's name.

New Orleans-based label Park The Van (Dr. Dog, The Spinto Band) released Con Law in 2009. Its retro vibe clearly bore the influence of Phil Spector's mid-century pop, but Generationals' influences always ran the gamut, with pieces of Britpop, dance and electronic poking through the trumpet stabs and Abbey Road compression on their analog 24-track recordings.

The band maintained their obsession with tape recording on 2010's Trust EP, produced in Austin, TX by freak- folk mastermind Bill Baird (Sunset, Sound Team). Trust saw the band drift away from the Brill Building origins of Con Law in favor of a new wave sound that owed more to The Sugarcubes and The Stone Roses than the Ronettes. 2011's sophomore LP Actor-Caster revealed a band zeroing in on their strong suit: dynamic pop songwriting. All ten of its taut, bright songs found their way into the band's setlists as they hit their stride with a live confidence earned by relentless touring.

The band's latest endeavor, Heza, brings them to Polyvinyl Records, who will release the album on CD, LP, cassette, and mp3 in the UK on April 8th, 2013.

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Tuesday
Oct022012

John Wheeler's new single 'Deeper in Debt' out November 5 on Cooking Vinyl


Single release
: Deeper in Debt by John Wheeler
Release date: 5 November 2012
Label: Cooking Vinyl 
Listen: Watch official Youtube video for 'Deeper In Debt'

Just in time for the US elections, November 5 sees the release of the new single, Deeper In Debt, from John Wheeler. Best known for the past decade as the creator and frontman of the successful Rockgrass act, Hayseed Dixie, this snappy little slice of righteous reality-rock indignation finds Wheeler stepping out into his own and venturing into lyrical and musical territory quite removed from the work of his previous band.

The single’s contemporary economic observations hint at Wheeler’s rich awareness of philosophy, politics and history – fiddles make an appearance in the song’s solo section but hick he ain’t. And more of this can be expected with a full album release due early next year. Eclectic and original, like Hayseed Dixie’s critically refreshing seventh album No Covers (for which Wheeler was chief songwriter), but with extra personality, intelligence, insight and, of course, all the charm and humor that flung Hayseed into such credible popularity., though this time with a bit harder bite.

The full album, Un-American Gothic, is set for a February 2013 release on the Cooking Vinyl label. 

In advance of this, John Wheeler will be going on a UK tour from November 21 through to December 1.  Dates and venues are as follows::

  • November 21 - Wednesday - Bristol - Colston Hall
  • November 22 - Thursday - Exeter - Phoenix
  • November 23 - Friday - Salisbury - Arts Centre
  • November 24 - Saturday - Yeovil - Quicksilver Mail
  • November 25 - Sunday - Stoke on Trent - Sugarmill
  • November 27 - Tuesday - Aberdeen - Lemon Tree
  • November 28 - Wednesday - Glasgow - Oran Mor
  • November 29 - Thursday - Newcastle - The Cluny
  • November 30 - Friday - Pocklington - Arts Centre
  • December 1 - Saturday - Holmfirth – Picturedrome

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Wednesday
Apr252012

New EP from US band Marvlec

EP release: What Are You Waiting For by Marvlec
Release date: May 14 2012 
Listen: http://soundcloud.com/marvlec 

Marvlec are a band from the US who have graced the cover of magazines, appeared on TV channels and opened for Fuel, playing their own brand of melodic hard rock. Comparable to the work of Tool, Shinedown, Seether and Pearl Jam, they take this template and add their own unique twist on the sound.

The band formed in 2009 when David Hamilton, the lead guitarist/vocalist, joined childhood friend Scott Dotson, drummer, all original Marvlec members. They both found inspiration in any negative goings-on in their lives, seeking to take them and change them into positive things. An uplifting and optimistic influence was created. When Ben May and Gustavo Lombana joined the band the four piece was complete.

Their debut EP, What Are You Waiting For, is out on May 14 2012, and you can see the brand new video for EP track Pack and Run here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7YzulvOuNk&feature=relmfu

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