Craft says of “The Rager” video, “My friend Alyssa portrays a tragic heroine who is delivering what will be her last performance. As she takes the stage, the audience is totally indifferent to her presence. In the song, she’s human; however, in the video, she represents something more. A beautiful idea, rock ‘n’ roll, our country, something dying… whatever it is you want that idea to be, that’s the character she plays here.”
Kyle Craft also recently delivered incredible solo performances of Full Circle Nightmare tracks “The Rager” and “Heartbreak Junky,” along with a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Chelsea Hotel No. 2,” for the Dinner Party Download’s “The Last Supper” (+final) episode. The show was recorded live in Seattle at the Moore Theatre [hear here].
Last month, Kyle Craft shared “Heartbreak Junky,” the cinematic lyric video from Full Circle Nightmare [see here]. Pitchfork said of the track, “When Kyle Craft’s heart breaks, it shoots glitter and confetti—by the time he hits the chorus, the song has erupted into a tempest of sassy brass, swirling organs, and hip-swiveling boogie.” The “Heartbreak Junky” visual brings the already vivid album cover to life. Full Circle Nightmare features front and inside gatefold images, shot by Peter Karavias.
Full Circle Nightmare is now available for preorder from Sub Pop and select independent retailers [see here], and will be available in the following formats:
LP gatefold jacket with custom dust sleeve
CD digipack with poster insert
North American preorders of the limited Loser edition will be available on maroon vinyl with a black swirl (while supplies last), and we also have a new T-shirt design with this release.
Full Circle Nightmare was produced by Chris Funk (of the Decemberists), with mixing by Trevor Spencer and the Helio Sequence’s Benjamin Weikel and Brandon Summers. Full Circle Nightmare is the follow up to Dolls of Highland, his acclaimed debut.
Kyle Craft has scheduled two Pacific Northwest week of release shows for 2018: Seattle’s Tractor Tavern on February 1st and Portland’s Doug Fir on February 2nd. Additional live dates will also be announced soon.
Loma’s Self-Titled Debut Album Will Be Out February 16th via Sub Pop.
“’Black Willow’ is a painting with darker contours than anything on [Cross Record’s] Wabi-Sabi or Shearwater’s most recent album Jet Plane And Oxbow, while retaining the depth and confidence of each.” — NPR Music
“the group graces us with some beautifully mystical vibes in the form of the devastating, ASMR-inducing first single” — Gorilla vs. Bear
“’Black Willow’ is a sinewy and chilly track that feels expansive as Emily Cross and Meiburg’s vocals intertwine.” — Stereogum
[Photo Credit: Bryan C. Parker]
Loma, the new project comprised of Jonathan Meiburg, best known as the singer of Shearwater, and Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record, will release their self-titled debut album on February 16th via Sub Pop. A product of a joint pilgrimage around the globe by fellow touring musicians, it’s a beautifully detailed and emotionally rich album that reveals a band obsessed with songs as sound.
After presenting the lead single, “Black Willow,” the trio now shares “Relay Runner.” As Meiburg describes it, “’Relay Runner’ was the happiest accident on the record. We discovered it when we wired up a tremolo pedal the wrong way, and got this funny, stuttering loop - and then we built a whole song around that sound. The last thing we did in the mix was erase the loop, which had gone from inspiring the song to ruining it! But it made sense that what was left underneath was a song about how to escape from a sealed room.”
In creating Loma, the trio convened in a house in the Texas hill country over a few months during a strangely charged time. When they began recording, Cross and Duszynski were a married couple, but their relationship ended during the sessions—an atmosphere Meiburg found both challenging and inspiring—and the isolated house became the album’s muse. Dogs wandered by the microphones; the sounds of birds and wind in junipers and live oaks hovered at the borders of the songs. A close listen to new single “Relay Runner” even reveals cicadas and frogs from a nearby stream. Except for Cross’s translucent voice in the foreground, there were no assigned roles on the album; each member of the trio played every instrument as needed. This feeling of freedom let buried energies find expression. Cross wrung catharsis from Meiburg’s lyrics and melodies, while Duszynski immersed himself in the engineering and mixing.
Wed. Apr. 11 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
Fri. Apr. 13 - Portland, OR @ MS Studios
Sat. Apr. 14 - Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
Tue. Apr. 17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Thu. April 19 - Taos, NM @ Taos Mesa Brewing
Sat. Apr. 21 - Austin, TX @ North Door
Loma is now available for preorder from Sub Pop and select independent retailers at smarturl.it/loma. North American preorders of the limited Loser edition will be available on clear vinyl with red and black swirlies (while supplies last). A new T-shirt design will also be available.
While in Paris during his European tour supporting the album, Chad and his backing band the Bleach Wipes performed a rooftop session for French website MOWNO. The band played stripped down versions of Light Information standouts “Host Body” and “Static Shape.”
VanGaalen also premiered the previously unreleased “Dust on Dust (Dog Walking Jammer)” single through Adult Swim, a driving instrumental which arrived earlier today, and caps off their year-long ‘Singles Program.’ The appropriately-titled “jammer” is representative of his more electronic and instrumental work that doesn’t always make it to his solo albums [listen here].
“Dust on Dust (Dog Walking Jammer)” isn’t VanGaalen’s first collaboration with the network. VanGaalen is also an amazing visual artist, having contributed both his animation and music to Adult Swim’s “Dream Corp LLC” — where he helped design the robot character T.E.R.R.Y, as well as composing the bizarre and memorable score.
And on the final leg of his recent Light Information tour, Chad stopped by CBC Q for a chat with show host Tom Power. The two talked about the new album, as well as Chad’s multifaceted life as an animator and visual artist. Chad and the Bleach Wipes also knocked out a few tunes from Light Information. The performance airs December 21st on CBC.
Chad VanGaalen and the Bleach Wipes have scheduled new, Canadian dates for 2018 in support of Light Information, which begin January 19th in Winnipeg at The Good Will and end January 27th in Edmonton at the Starlite Room. The tour comes on the heels of his successful, 50-date international tour for 2017, which saw performances in Germany, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and France.
2018 Tour Dates Jan. 19 - Winnipeg , MB - The Good Will * Jan. 20 - Saskatoon, SK - Winterruption! Festival * Jan. 25 - Calgary, AB - Commonwealth Bar and Stage * Jan. 26 - Red Deer, AB - Bo’s Bar * Jan. 27 - Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room * *w/ Mauno
Bully released their sophomore album Losing via Sub Pop Records this past fall to critical acclaim, with UPROXX naming it one of the best rock albums of 2017. Today, they are debuting their new music video for single ”Running.” The video, which was shot in Nashville and directed by Alan Del Rio Ortiz, is a stylized take on early 90’s videos. Without being too on the nose, the imagery explores how we run away from our feelings and how the media portrays millennials and youth.
Bully has been on the road non-stop since the release of Losing, playing to packed rooms across North America. The band will play three hometown shows at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge before taking a short break and embarking on a UK tour this Spring, as well as an extension of their US dates. A full rundown is as follows:
12/13/17 - Terminal West - Atlanta GA 12/14/17 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville TN 12/15/17 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville TN SOLD OUT 12/16/17 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN 2/16/18 - The Opolis - Norman, OK 2/17/18 - Meow Wolf - Santa Fe, NM 2/18/18 - Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ 2/24/18 - Hi-Fi Music Lounge - Eugene, OR 2/26/18 - Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC 2/28/18 - Neumos - Seattle, WA 3/1/18 - The Bartlett - Spokane, WA 3/2/18 - Neurolux - Boise, ID 3/3/18 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT 3/5/18 - Denver CO - Larimer Lounge 3/6/18 - Kansas City MO - Record Bar 4/24/18 - The Open Chord - Knoxville, TN 4/25/18 - Musica - Akron, OH 4/26/18 - Ace of Cups - Columbus, OH 4/27/18 - The Woodward Theater - Cincinnati, OH 4/28/18 - Snug Harbor - Charlotte, NC 5/9/18 - The Sunflower Lounge - Birmingham, UK 5/10/18 - Picture House Social- Sheffield, UK 5/11/18 - Buyers Club - Liverpool, UK 5/14/18 - The Cookie - Leicester, UK 5/15/18 - The Portland Arms - Cambridge, UK 5/20/18 - Gold Sounds - Leeds, UK 5/21/18 - Hug and Pint - Glasgow, UK 5/22/18 - Sneaky Pete’s - Edinburgh, UK 5/24/18 - Think Tank? - Newcastle, UK 5/29/18 - The Boileroom - Guildford, UK 5/30/18 - The Moth Club - London, UK
Losingwas recorded in Chicago at Electrical Audio, recorded and engineered by lead-singer Alicia Bognanno and is available for purchase here.Losing is the follow up to Bully’s critically acclaimed debut Feels Like. Bully is made up of founding members Reece Lazarus, Clayton Parker and Bognanno, and you can follow then everywhere in the known inter-verse via Facebook | Instagram | Twitter .