Transient Years, produced by Casey Bates (Gatsbys American Dream, Portugal, The Man, MxPx, Chiodos), is a collection of music to be ultimately impressed by with an aggressive indie rock sound where at times listeners can find hints of experimental pop.
It is funny, great and sad all at once at how fan funding has progressed in the past number of years. I started with the process with some of my clients as far back as 2002 and now with numerous websites and different ways to both donate directly and sites where you have to achieve the full amount before receiving it, fan funding has taken center stage in many ways.
Artists are throwing numbers at dart board and telling fans that’s all they need to make the album that will bring them to the masses. The bulk of the time, the number is way under what is required and many of these projects are not being finished, fail to even see the light of day or they are falling apart right out of the gate.
Now for certain artists that are just trying to make a recording for a smaller fan base and doing it on a shoe string budget with more of the intentions of creating a product more on the fun, hobby or local level, this is a fine approach. Yet, it can cause issues when artists are pushing for a larger level of success.
Finland’s experimental indie pop masters, Rubik, are set to release their third full-length studio album, Solar, out April 2011 on Paper Tiger/Fullsteam Records. Solar was created during the hottest summer of our lifetime in Helsinki’s Kulttuuritalo (“House of Culture”), a historical brick-walled venue designed by Finnish architect giant Alvar Aalto in the 1950s.
Kulttuuritalo is best known for hosting concerts of historical artists such as John Coltrane, Queen, Frank Zappa, Gil Evans and Jimi Hendrix. Fittingly then, Solar, produced and recorded by the band themselves and mixed by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Gnarls Barkley) absolutely cooks.
The Long Island rock band Sainthood Reps have recently signed to Tooth & Nail Records. The band will also be performing at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas at the Tooth & Nail Showcase on March 19 at Bat Bar.
As 2010 drew to a close, the band partnered with Tooth & Nail Records to begin working on their debut full-length, produced by Long Islander Mike Sapone (Brand New, Crime in Stereo, The Xcerts) and slated for release in 2011.
Sainthood Reps began when Francesco Montesanto created and recorded four-demos and played them for his longtime musical companion, guitarist Derrick Sherman. Knowing that he was unrefined, Montesanto hoped to entice Sherman into joining his musical endeavor because of his experience and similar musical interests, and thought he could turn his project into something worth pursuing more seriously.
One of the fastest growing regional success stories on the east coast, Lovebettie has captivated audiences across the country with their sultry, blues-drenched rock fusion.
Making their first steps onto the scene in early 2005, Lovebettie began as a songwriting duo of founding members Alexandra Naples (lead vocals/piano) and C.T. Fields (guitar/vocals).
Independent trio, Peter, Bjorn and John, performed their new single, “Second Chance,” on Conan.
Independent band Unwritten Law are streaming their newest single, “Starships and Apocalypse,” off their soon to be released album, Swan.
The southern California quartet, Unwritten Law, recently announced Australian performance dates. The band is scheduled to play 4 dates in March in the land of Oz. The indie band hasn’t toured Australia since 2008.
UL will offer unreleased single, “Starships,” off of Swan as a free download with every ticket purchase, so Aussie fans will be the first to hear the band’s evolved sound. The offer is only available for tickets purchased in January.