Nettwerk Management Artist Shiny Toy Guns have revealed today, Monday August 20 the cover art for III, their upcoming new album due out October 23 on Five Seven Music. They are also offering a free download of “Waiting Alone” remixed by L.A. Riots via Magneticmag.com.
The cover artwork for Shiny Toy Guns' III was created by Ben Schwartz using a photo by Oklahoma-based artist Benjy Russell. Shot on location in a very remote gypsum rock quarry in Oklahoma, it consists of three 6' mirrored columns against a massive wall of rock. “The album title III is very strong, simple and elegant, and visually it's very sculptural. I always pictured the album artwork having the title of the album incorporated into the photo. I also wanted there to be a hardcore juxtaposition within the elements used,” says Russell of his work. “There is an almost alien-like, razor sharp precision in the mirrored columns, which is in complete contrast to the sheer weight and strength in the boulders and craggy rock facing. I also wanted there to be an element of reflection both physically and metaphorically, especially with what the band has gone through to get to this third album. Not that I could have planned this any better, but in the reflection of the columns you can see a storm receding in the distance.”
Following the release of lead single, “Monarch,” Delerium reveals details about the first studio album in six years, Music Box Opera – out October 30 via Nettwerk Records.
With the creator/brainchild of Delerium Bill Leeb (Front Line Assembly, Skinny Puppy) at the helm, the Vancouver-based electronic outfit - which includes collaborators Rhys Fulber, Jared Slingerland and JeremyInkel - fuses ambient and cinematic production with soaring vocals courtesy of a myriad of guests. As a result, this Opera comes to life vividly and vibrantly.
"Music Box Opera is more of an electronic record than a world music record. It's ethereal, but there's a little bit of pop. We tried to intertwine and merge those two strands. The singers really held this up. The last album was more dark and worldly. Previously, I'd use acoustic guitars and real drummers. We really went electronic here and stuck to that vibe,” explains Leeb.
Leeb partners up with an array of talented guest vocalists on Music Box Opera – Azure Ray, Angela McCluskey, Nadina, Leigh Nash (of Sixpence None the Richer), Kristy Thirsk, Jaël and others. For full track listing, see below.
"Los Angeles' Family Of The Year completely embody the idea of a pseudo-familial relationship. Shoot, they even embody the concept of community." – Filter Magazine
“Loma Vista is a fine album of songs of love, longing and celebration.” – BBC UK
“Epic pop…a bright and startling debut...Fun- drenched” – NME
"bright, shiny power-pop" – Stereogum
"If there's an off-center California pop sound for the here and now, this is probably what it sounds like." – LA Weekly
2012 continues to be an exciting year for Los Angeles’ Family Of The Year, as they head out on the road with Walk The Moon, White Arrows and Hey Ocean!.
Next week, the band kicks things off with the 98.7FM stage at Sunset Strip Music Festival on Saturday, August 18 before heading to Europe to play the BBC Introducing Stage at The Reading & Leeds Festivals and France’s sold-out three-day music festival Rock En Seine, alongside Green Day, The Black Keys, Sigur Rós, The Shins, Placebo, Of Monsters and Men and others.
Family Of The Year will spend the remainder of August and early September touring through Europe, playing venues across the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Sweden and more. By mid-September, the band returns home to share the stage with Walk The Moon, White Arrows and Hey Ocean! across North America.
Great Lake Swimmers return home after a successful 50+ date international tour in support of New Wild Everywhere and are getting ready to hit the Canadian road once again in September after heading to the States for dates supporting Patrick Watson. All dates are listed below.
Great Lake Swimmers performed at CBC Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio and in front of the Beluga Whales at The Vancouver Aquarium in the weeks leading up to the April 4th release of New Wild Everywhere. They then celebrated a career high soundscan (#33) on the top albums chart, became X3 Artists Of The Month, saw two of their songs hit # 1 on CBC Radio 3, spent 4 weeks at # 1 on !earshot’s national roots music chart, released two videos and hit the road. By the time the band came home to Toronto for their sold out show at The Music Hall in early June, they had played over 40 shows across Europe and North America. Great Lake Swimmers then lit out for the summer music festival road for another dozens shows. They return home again on August 18 to perform at The Molson Canadian Amphitheater with Blue Rodeo before heading out for another round of North American dates in September and October.
New Wild Everywhere Media Reaction
“New Wild Everywhere is a treat of melodic proportions.” -- Paste Magazine
"New Wild Everywhere conveys a new maturity for the GLS, showcasing the assembled talents of the members, and highlights promises of even better things to come in their future. -- Blurt Magazine
“The Canadians’ fifth set tweaks their established formula with splendid results...gorgeous and rewarding...” -- BBC
Keep reading for more media reactions and tour dates.
Following the release of latest single, “Take Cover,” State Radio announces details to their forthcoming studio album, Rabbit Inn Rebellion - out October 23 via Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records. To listen to selections from the album, see above.
State Radio’s Chad Stokes (of Dispatch & Chadwick Stokes), Chuck Fay and Mike “Mad Dog” Najarian serve up rock n’ roll realism that weaves together stories of the downtrodden and the oppressed, but never loses its sense of hope. Demonstrating the band’s versatility, Rabbit Inn Rebellion is raw and gritty, rolling with thunderous drumming and delectably grimy guitars, moving away from the previously reggae- and ska-tinged productions on 2009's Let It Go.
Each song on Rabbit Inn Rebellion has a unique story. These 11 tracks create a concept album, depicting a dystopia world ravaged by endless war (“Take Cover”), wanton executions (“State of Georgia”), heartless oligarchs (“Big Man”) and the unlikely love between freight train runaways (“Adelaide”). But this isn’t science fiction; these stories are true, revealing facets of the world, as it is today. In some cases, the stories are ripped straight from newspaper headlines, e.g. the “love” story between a man and a sheep on the Black Sabbath-like “Black Welsh Mountain." Other notable highlights include “Desert Queen” - a raucous song about Stokes’ four-legged friend, a descendant from Grateful Dead’s touring dog Karma.
Dispatch has unveiled the official music video for their single and title track from their forthcoming album, Circles Around The Sun. The video, which premeired last week on Vevo.com, was directed by Eric Heimbold and is dedicated to Larry Perry, a young disabled man who (legend has it) was sent unwillingly into space by NASA in the ‘60s. The video features footage of the band and Larry during various point of his life from childhood to adult as well as archived footage from NASA.
“Circles Around The Sun is the legend of our friend Larry Perry, who passed away this past year," guitarist-vocalist Chad Urmston told Rolling Stone. Whether the legend of Perry’s voyage into space is actually true is still debated amongst conspiracy theorists and his story has been told in How’s Your News, an American television series and feature film that aired on MTV and captivated audiences. The video is a tribute to Larry. To find out more about Larry Perry, click HERE.
Circles Around The Sun is the group's first studio album in twelve years and will be released on August 21st on the band’s own Bomber Records. Produced by Peter Katis (Interpol, Jonsi, The National), the album is an eclectic rock and roll record that delivers on the gutsy storytelling, compelling songwriting, and radiant harmonies that earned the band its diehard fanbase.
“Scottish indie-rock’s new champs…Gigantic of sound and vision, grandly poetic of pronouncement, the Millennium Stadium surely beckons." -- MOJO
"Admiral Fallow approach the epic indie-pop of their second album with the cocksure bravado that comes when everyone's watching..." -- Q Magazine (4 stars)
“…indie-folk accentuated by diverse instrumentation…those musical choices are what distinguish Admiral Fallow from contemporaries." -- Paste Magazine
“Hearts might well burst under prolonged exposure to this record.” -- BBC Music
Scottish quintet Admiral Fallow have announced details regarding their first ever North American tour, which starts Saturday, September 29 in Chicago, IL and wraps on Saturday, October 20 in Chapel Hill, NC. The band will also appear at Filter Magazine’sCulture Collide Festival, alongside artists like of Montreal, Junip and The Wombats.
The band recently unveiled a new video for “Guest Of The Government,” a track from their critically acclaimed sophomore album and Nettwerk debut Tree Bursts In Snow. The single, along with B-side and previously unreleased track “Concrete Oaths,” will be released in iTunes on September 4, 2012.
Last month, Nettwerk Records released Loma Vista from Los Angeles-based Family Of The Year.
Returning home next week, the band is set to play the 98.7FM stage at Sunset Strip Music Festival on Saturday, August 18th before heading to the UK to play the BBC Introducing Stage at The Reading And Leeds Festivals – Friday, August 24 (Reading) and Saturday, August 25 (Leeds).
The band has already played sold-out shows in England and across Europe, including a triumphant set at France’s renowned music festival Les Vieilles Charrues, and garnered support stints with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Mumford & Sons, Grouplove, Good Old War, Belle Brigade, Milo Greene and more.
Formed in 2009, Family Of The Year is rounded out by Sebastian Keefe (drums, vocals), James Buckey (guitars, vocals) and Christina Schroeter (keyboards, vocals).
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more tour announcements.
"I've known Liam for four years now and can honestly say I am a true fan. The first time I heard his cover of ‘Bandit’ by Neil Young, I was hooked. You wouldn't expect to hear such maturity and depth in the songs of someone so young, yet there it is.
To be sure, his voice is almost as big as his heart."
-- Leigh Nash (Sixpence None The Richer)
In celebration of the release of his debut Nettwerk album Cicada (out today), Toronto based singer/songwriter Liam Titcomb has revealed an official video for lead single “Love Don’t Let Me Down.”
Recorded in Nashville and produced by Jay Joyce (The Wallflowers, Cage The Elephant, Patty Griffin), Cicada is a result of Liam’s journey both personally and as a songwriter over the past couple of years. In 2010, shortly after ending an intense relationship, Titcomb stole away to London for a month-long songwriting retreat. Exploring everything the UK had to offer and forging some incredible friendships in the process, he hit his stride as a writer and began penning the material that would eventually become his latest offering.
Stream Cicada in full on SoundCloud here:
"This is a fresh start," says Liam. "I'm ready to go after the whole globe. There's a little bit of everything on this album. It's bittersweet at times. It's fun at times. This is who I am at the end of the day. I make music because I love it."
Liam also announced fall tour dates across Canada supporting Colin James. Tour dates are below.