The Chicago guitar-drum duo who released their debut album of hard rock dirges on Lovitt Records is emerging from the studio with a expansive digital release campaign taking fans through the end of 2014. Redgrave will be recording new music this year, releasing two digital singles every two months. Once 10 songs have successfully penetrated the digital universe, the band will collect them all for a special vinyl-only release.
The new music will be recorded all over Chicago, avoiding traditional recording studios and opting instead for experimental spaces. The mission is community and comradery: Joining REDGRAVE is a host of close Chicago friends and supporters who who will be helping the band’s music come alive.
Beginning March 4, 2014, download the band’s first pair of singles — “Child” and “Man Child” (iTunes, Bandcamp). Mastered by Todd Rittmann of Dead Rider, mixed by Mike Lust and produced by Eric Abert and Allen Epley of The Life and Times with vocals recorded by Mead in the band practice space at Superior St, the two new songs capture the essence of REDGRAVE: dark lyrical wit and infectious stoner-rock blowouts that started with “National Act,” the band’s Lovitt Records debut.
You can stream both songs now at : http://redgravemusic.com/music/
“Man Child” featuring the piercing vocals of guitarist Angie Mead and the jackknife turns in rhythm by drummer Stephen Howard. “Child” creeps forward with darker overtones. “I hear them calling/But I don’t answer/In the 11th hour/It won’t look so sweet,” Mead sings on her siren call to tearing down the delusion of organized religion.
To kick off the yearlong release campaign, the band is playing two shows in March: March 1 at the Double Door with Dead Meadow, and March 28 at the Hideout, headlining with support from Electric Hawk and Circles.
We are proud to announce that we have signed Chicago's Wedding Dress to the label. We will release a single in the first part of 2014 and look to have a full length out shortly there after. The band features Erin Elders (Maps & Atlases), Mike Russell & Matt Lemke (Suns), Bobby Burg (Love of Everything/Joan of Arc) and Christian Dawson (Gypsyblood) . You can read more about them on Brooklyn Vegan, check out tunes on Daytrotter or watch a live session on Audio Tree.
Upcoming Wedding Dress Shows
Jan 17 - Chesterton, IN @ The Sound Cellar
Jan 31 - Chicago, IL @ Double Door
Feb 11 - Palatine, IL @ Durty Nellie's w/ Man Man
Feb 24 - Chicago, IL @ Township
It has been a while since Ben Davis released Charge It Up! with his band of Jetts. Now close to 4 years later he has a digital only EP entitled, Storms We're In For; a little darker, a little heavier, the songs echo the ebb and flow of the complicated life journey we all take.
Ben Davis began his musical career with pioneering punk bands Sleepytime Trio and Milemarker, touring the world relentlessly for years. With the onset of the birth of a son, Davis settled into the Chapel Hill area and began a quiet solo project in his bedroom. Ten years later, this project continues forward as a full fledged band. After tours of Japan, Europe, and the USA, Davis and his tight knit band "The Jetts" brought their experience together to the studio to create a focused and concise record with a darker energy than previous albums. The veteran band friends that make up the band recorded at friend Alex's Seriously Adequate Studio in Carrboro. It was mixed by longtime collaborator Nick Petersen at Track and Field Studio.
Stream the release on bandcamp .
Des Ark hot on the heels of the vinyl reissue of WXDU Volume 3, spent some time on the road with Tim Kasher before slipping into the studio with Brian Paulson (Slint, Wilco, Superchunk). She'll be road testing a number of these new songs with a batch of dates with Maria Taylor and a DC gig with label mates Regents and Office Of Future Plan's J Robbins.
Feb 5 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle w/ Maria Taylor
Feb 6 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory w/ Maria Taylor
Feb 7 - Boston, MA @ Middle East (Upstairs) w/ Maria Taylor
Feb 9 - Washington, D.C. @ DC 9 w/ Regents, J Robbins
To say Aimée Argote is a prolific songwriter is a complete understatement. She's constantly creating and touring, and you shouldn't miss an opportunity to see her perform live. The 9 songs on this 12" were recorded live on WXDU 88.7 by Ross Grady in January of 2010 and were performed by a solo Des Ark — that means it's just Aimée with her guitar and voice, backed occasionally by guitarist Johnny Ward (Pygmy Lush). The vinyl is a coke bottle clear color and the cover art features a two-color screen-print. This is a re issue of the Paramnesia Records version which is now out of print.