On February 15th, 2019, Sub Pop will release the debut album Castfrom Polish artist Perfect Son (aka Tobiasz Biliński). The 10-track album features the previously released lead single “It’s For Life,” along with the highlights “Promises,” and the latest offering, “Lust.” Biliński and his wife Anna Mayer-Biliński directed the atmospheric lyric video as seen above. (see also CLASH “Track of the Day” January 15th).
With powerful, sweeping production that recalls the best pop beats of Matthew Dear and arcing melodies that conjure the majesty of Jonathan Meiburg, Perfect Son animates sensations of lust, belonging, and newfound trust with tumescent electronic arrangements that threaten the safety of any sound system.
Cast was co-produced by Biliński and Marcin Buźniak at Axis Audio in Warsaw, with additional production from Jeff Zeigler at Uniform Recording in Philadelphia, and mixed/mastered by Buźniak.
The Deluxe Editions of Rehab Doll and Dry As a Bone will be available Friday, January 25th worldwide via Sub Pop.
You can now hear remastered versions of the riff heavy title track from Green River’s Rehab Doll, and the bluesy grind of “Unwind”from Dry As a Bone. Both albums will be available as expanded and remastered deluxe editions from Sub Pop on CD/2xLP/DL worldwide January 25th, 2019. Jack Endino served as the executive producer for the project excavating & restoring tapes, mixing, remixing & mastering both packages.
LP preorders of each album through Sub Pop Mega Mart and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser editions of Dry As a Bone on forest green vinyl and Rehab Doll on opaque lime green vinyl (while supplies last).
Rolling Stone had this to say of Rehab Doll: “Proto-grunge at its best, its mud-dipped tracks breaking down and building themselves back up in real time. Frontman Mark Arm (later of Mudhoney) sounds like he gargled with lye before cutting tracks like the boogie-gone-bad “Together We’ll Never,” while the band’s rip-roaring cover of David Bowie’s “Queen Bitch” (originally only available on the album’s cassette release) hints at the wry humor that would animate much of the Seattle scene’s best moments.” And Magnet Magazine offers this, “Not only did Green River exemplify the collision of punk, metal and classic rock that became the early Seattle sound’s calling card, it eventually spawned some of the most recognizable faces of the grunge era….Green River sound is exactly what you would expect, with the tension of competing styles (Arm’s unhinged, punk-rock shriek vs. Gossard and Ament’s bluesy metal wanking) forming a singular, if combustible, mix….The impact is something akin to a beer bottle to the head, and it still reverberates 20 years later.”
[Photo Credit: Charles Peterson]
About Green River’s Dry As a Bone and Rehab Doll:
The story of Seattle’s rise to global rock supremacy in the late ’80s and early ’90s begins with Green River. Made up of Jeff Ament (bass), Mark Arm (guitar/vocals), Bruce Fairweather (guitar), Stone Gossard (guitar), and Alex Shumway (drums), the quintet put out three 12”s and a 7” single during its brief existence. But Green River’s influence on Seattle’s music scene spread far and wide—thanks to the members’ dispersion into bands including Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, and Love Battery, as well as the punk-glam-sludge-rock songs they left behind (read more here).
Masked country crooner Orville Peck will release Pony, his full-length debut, on CD/LP/DL March 22nd worldwide through Sub Pop, with the exception of Canada where the album will be released by Royal Mountain Records.
Pony, which features the lead single and official video for “Dead of Night,” along with the highlights “Turn to Hate,” “Buffalo Run,” and the previously released “Big Sky,” was produced by Orville Peck, recorded and mixed by Jordan Koop at The Noise Floor on Gabriola Island, British Columbia and mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering in Montreal, Quebec.
“Dead of Night” is a torch song about two hustlers traveling through Nevada desert. Young drifters whose whirlwind romance takes us on a dusty trail of memories - racing down canyon highways, hitchhiking through casino towns and ending ultimately in tragedy. Orville recalls the adventures of his young love as he watches the boys silently pass him on the strip, haunted by the happy memories of his past.
The “Dead of Night” video follows Orville and his posse of companions - a washed up gambler, a Cubano boxer, a Senegalese cowgirl, and a Wild West club kid (Played by Hopper Penn, Alex Cammen, Magné Ndiaye and Dez Sam, respectively). “Dead of Night” was directed by Michael Maxxis, and shot on location in Nevada at the legendary Chicken Ranch brothel (the real-life inspiration for The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas), and features many of the ladies who work there.
Orville Peck’s previously announced late winter and spring international tour schedule for 2019 has been extended through May 19th. The newly added headlining North American shows (April 11th-May 3rd, May 8th, and May 13th-19th) will have Orville and his band making new stops in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Baltimore, Richmond, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver. Additional highlights include: London residency shows February 28th-March 2nd; A free show in Paris, France on March 5th; Halden, Germany on March 5th; Berlin, Germany on March 6th; and support dates with Lord Huron May 6th-7th and May 9th-12th.
Feb. 28 - London, UK - Islington Mar. 01 - London, UK - Servant Jazz Quarters Mar. 02 - London, UK - The Shacklewell Arms Mar. 04 - Paris, FR - Supersonic (Free Show) Mar. 05 - Haldern, DE - Pop Bar Mar. 06 - Berlin, DE - Auster-Club Apr. 11 - Ottawa, ON - The Dominion Tavern Apr. 12 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rosa Apr. 13 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall Apr. 25 - Philadelphia, PA - The Boot & Saddle Apr. 26 - Brooklyn, NY - Zone One @ Elsewhere Apr. 27 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery Apr. 28 - Richmond, VA - The Camel Apr. 30 - Pittsburg, PA - Andy Warhol Museum May 01 - Lakewood, OH - Mahall’s May 02 - Detroit, MI - Lager House May 03 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle May 06 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note* May 07 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Criterion* May 08 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk May 09 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace* May 10 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre* May 11 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre* May 12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren* May 13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Moroccan Lounge May 15 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord May 17 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios May 18 - Seattle, WA - Barboza May 19 - Vancouver, BC - The Wise Hall * w/ Lord Huron
Pony is now available for preorder through Sub Pop Mega Mart and Royal Mountain Records. US preorders of the LP through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on yellow with orange swirl vinyl (while supplies last). A new t-shirt design will also be available. Additionally, European and UK LP preorders of Pony through select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on Gold vinyl (while supplies last).
Weyes Blood’s new song, “Andromeda,” her first recording of original material since 2016’s acclaimed Front Row Seat To Earth, is now available worldwide from Sub Pop in all the digital places.
“Andromeda” plays on a few themes (mythology, astronomy, technology), and is ultimately a love song about finding something long-lasting in an ever-changing world full of distractions, unrealistic expectations (“looking up to the sky for, something I may never find”) and past disappointments.
“Andromeda” was written and composed by Weyes Blood’s Natalie Mering, co-produced by Mering and Jonathan Rado, and mixed by Kenny Gilmore in Los Angeles. “Andromeda” will be found on her highly anticipated fourth album, due out later this Spring worldwide from Sub Pop.
[Cover Art Photo by Brett Stanley]
Weyes Blood Tour Dates
Weyes Blood has scheduled four California shows this spring, beginning April 1st in Fresno at Strummers and currently ending April 4th in Los Angeles at the Masonic Lodge. Tickets for these shows go on sale Friday, January 18th at 10 am PST. Additional dates will be announced soon.
Apr. 01 - Fresno, CA - Strummers Apr. 02 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Atrium at The Catalyst Apr. 03 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones Apr. 04 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge