Ozzy Osbourne, Charlie Reed, The Steens, Beach Bums, Suburban Eyes, Saint Christopher, and Tayla Parx are the artists among these press releases for July.
Ozzy Osbourne – “Patient Number 9”: A new track by the metal legend starting with Halloween laughs and naughty metal guitar riffs and followed by a catchy melodic line punctuated by electric guitars and Ozzy’s vocals at the top of everything; let’s not forget the mad guitar solos by Jeff Beck. This is the titled track of Ozzy Osbourne’s upcoming album, the first since his critically acclaimed, worldwide, chart-topping 2020 “Ordinary Man” release. “The song is about a mental institution,” Ozzy said. “Having someone like Jeff Beck play on my album is just incredible, a total honor. There’s no other guitar player that plays like him and his solo on ‘Patient Number 9’ is just jaw-dropping.” Produced by Andrew Watt (who handled the same duties on “Ordinary Man”) and set for release on Epic, the new album marks Osbourne’s 13th solo studio album. It’s heavy, it’s hard-hitting, it’s historic–it’s everything you’d want from an Ozzy Osbourne record and maybe more. The Todd McFarlane-directed video includes bats, monsters, lots of pills, and scary comics-like animation. “Having worked with Ozzy in the past, I jumped at another opportunity to do so again… especially on the music side this time,” Todd McFarlane says. “In the harsh business called the music industry, any creative person who’s sustained a multi-decade career has shown the skill, talent, and tenacity that will always garner my admiration. Ozzy has shown many of us creative folks that it’s indeed possible to make a living doing what you love for nearly an entire lifetime. Go, Ozzy!” “Patient Number 9” was written by Ozzy, Watt, Robert Trujillo, Chad Smith, and Ali Tamposi and features a riveting solo from legendary guitarist Jeff Beck (one of the notable guest stars on the album). The video marks the first collaboration from the project with Emmy-and Grammy-winning director/producer Todd McFarlane. It is highlighted by McFarlane’s signature illustrations interspersed with live Ozzy vignettes in the role of “Patient Number 9,” which the revolutionary creative force in the world of comics and toys also filmed. In addition, this is the first-ever video to incorporate Ozzy’s artwork: his hand-drawn demons were animated and can be seen during the Jeff Beck solo in the song. Working with producer Watt for the second time, Ozzy welcomed a dynamic A-list supporting cast. The record boasts guitarists Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, and longstanding righthand man and six-string beast Zakk Wylde who plays on most of the tracks. For the bulk of the album, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers held down drums, while the late Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters made an appearance. Old friend and one-time Ozzy band member Robert Trujillo of Metallica plays bass on most of the album’s tracks, with Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and Chris Chaney of Jane’s Addiction supplying bass on a few songs. For the first time ever, Black Sabbath co-founder, guitarist, and riff-lord Tony Iommi appears on an Ozzysolo album. Mark September 9 on your calendar for this release by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter Ozzy Osbourne. “I was vaccinated and boosted and I still caught Covid in the end,” declared Ozzy in an interview. “My last album (“Ordinary Man”) was released just a few weeks before the pandemic started, and I was just about getting ready to go into the studio to work on this new one when the world shut down. It’s no secret that the last four years have been very difficult for me but making this album took my mind off of my problems.” An exclusive version of “Patient Number 9” with a limited-edition special McFarlane-designed comic book will be available for preorder; a limited-edition comic with a foil cover is also available with a special deluxe box.
Charlie Reed – “Holding On”: With Beatles-que arrangements of guitar, strings, and light percussion, the song has a retro-psychedelic flavor and a balladesque dimension. “Holding On” is the third single off Chicago indie-rock supergroup’s forthcoming album, “Eddy,” due July 21 via Earth Libraries. Charlie Reed consists of members Luke Trimble (Uh Bones), Colin Croom (Twin Peaks), Nick Beaudoin (Spread Joy), Nora Chin, Nolan Chin, Tyler Bixby (Spread Joy), and Justin Vittori (Diviño Niño). Speaking on their new single, Trimble wrote: “This song was definitely a product of a breakup. I felt I had been carrying the weight of a past relationship for months and wanted some relief. Pretty simple idea but almost visceral. I had to get it out.” “Holding On” walks in the aftermath of a breakup, indulging in Western slide twang guitar. But rather than pure sadness, Trimble leaves a bit of real-life uncertainty, the kind of mixed metaphor that happens in that state of shock: “Alive and well/ No mademoiselle/ To keep me here/ No one to fear.” The single also comes with a video directed and written by Alexa Viscius.
The Steens – “What A Way To Die”: Gritty, raucous, badass, the track is catchy, empowering, and propelling as if a new level of distortion was applied to classic punk rock while doing a nod to the past. The Steens, two brothers from Orange County who formed their band in 2021 using their surname, will release a new EP this summer. Naming the band was an easy decision with the duo’s sound and vision firmly planted in their roots. At an early age, their father was actively working in the music industry as an A&R/ artist manager while their mother was pursuing a promising career as a stylist. This all changed when their dad was arrested and went on to serve a 10-year prison sentence. The Steen’s “future rock n’ roll” sound picks up where their fate dropped them off. Feeding back and buzzing like gleaming gold through a distorted lens, the brothers have woven a sound very much in tune with their childhood. Blown-out 808s clip your speakers while fuzz-injected guitars and vocals invite ancestors like Little Richard to perhaps take some more uppers. Someone suggested their band was like “the Black Strokes or something.” The Steens weren’t offended by the comparison but later stated, “The Strokes are great, but they’re a little polite, no? If we were gonna be the “black anything” and not “the Black Beatles” can’t we at least be “the Black Iggy Pops.” I really like this.
Beach Bums -“IDGAF”: A weird and aggressive noise soundscape done at a high speed, attempting to blend hip hop with punk rock, mixing anxious beats with screams and disorienting electronic noises. This unstoppable chaos is the brand new single taken off Beach Bums’ forthcoming album, “Overcast,” out August 16 via Lolipop Records. Speaking on the single, the band wrote: “‘IDGAF’ lyrically speaks on all the chaos, drugs, and experiences that we’ve had working in the music industry. It’s something you can’t fully understand unless you persevere through it yourself. While the lyrics speak on something deeper, the music video was made to be more lighthearted… just the 5 of us and Phobia Films going crazy in a basement.” The video accompanying the song confirms all this. One of Southern California’s most exciting bands, Beach Bums (aka BEACHxBUMS!) are a young genre-defying band that plays with everything from 808s, auto-tune, real and programmed drums, metal and indie guitar, and so much more. The result is a group you just can’t pin down. Their style is self-described as “MYCORE.” They are going on a west coast tour this summer.
Suburban Eyes – “Uncomplicated Lives”: A jangly ballad with nervous guitars, bright vocals, and pleasant harmonies by a collaborative project between old friends and fellow travelers Eric Richter (Christie Front Drive, Antarctica), Jeremy Gomez (Mineral, The Gloria Record) and John Anderson (Boys Life). Originally written, demoed, and filed away many years ago by Richter, “Uncomplicated Lives” was brought back to life at the outset of this new project and is presented here in its final form with contributions from Chris Simpson (Mineral, Mountain Time) and Kerry McDonald (Christie Front Drive), with mixing by the GRAMMY-Award winning Peter Katis (The National, Frightened Rabbit). After many years of crossing paths in the mid-to-late 1990s and early 2000s, ultimately drifting off in different directions as their respective bands dissolved, Richter, Gomez, and Anderson reconnected in 2020 and soon realized that they shared a desire to create again. While exploring different musical territory — drawing from influences gathered over many years of profound music appreciation — Suburban Eyes embraces the same DIY sensibilities of their former bands and shared experiences. It is with this kindred spirit that they approach the process of creating new and meaningful music together. Richter had the following to share about “Uncomplicated Lives” and its origin: “There was an outdoor flea market on Broadway in downtown Manhattan that I would frequent in the late-‘90s. One weekend I bought a cheap, sort of beat-up, acoustic guitar for $12. It didn’t have the greatest tone, but a few open chords sounded great on it. In the summer of 2008, while I was living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, I wrote a handful of songs on it and recorded them on a little handheld digital recorder. ‘Uncomplicated Lives’ was the only song that survived those writing sessions. I ended up demoing it at home a few years later and it just sat in a folder on my computer for 13 years. When we started this project, I shared a bunch of demos that I recorded over the years, and ‘Uncomplicated Lives’ seemed to stick, and I’m really happy that this song is seeing the light of day. Thank you to Chris Simpson and Kerry McDonald for their contributions as well.” Stay tuned for more music from Suburban Eyes throughout 2022 and beyond.
Saint Christopher – “Fire Season”: A dreamy, languid lo-fi pop song with emotive vocals, but interrupted by abrupt changes with pulsing guitar lines, distorted vocals, and creative sonic arrangements. On his new single, Chris wrote: “Where I grew up, We would get days off from school every Fall when the hills would catch fire. Nowadays, I have to stay in my seat and finish my work. Back then it felt like the bad times would come in seasons. Same with the good times. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize that the good times and the bad times happen all at once. Fire season is all year. This song is about the death of an old perspective and the birth of a new one. The death of potential and the birth of acceptance. I’m not looking for my big break? I’m just looking for a little break. We all deserve a pause button. This song is mine.” Saint Christopher is the project of Los Angeles musician Christopher Kalil (formerly of Arms Akimbo) and “Fire Season” is the second single off his debut LP, “Pop Shit,” due October 7. The album is an expansive and diverse body of work that is at once an incisive commentary on the music industry, an earnest and heartfelt expression of the ups and downs of making a living as an artist, a shot across the bow of popular culture, and a genuinely great and un-ironic pop record. Christopher Kalil will also be releasing more music over the coming months, ahead of the album’s release.
Tayla Parx – “Flowers”: A sweet but strong pop song carried by high-pitched vocals expressing yearning, power, and a touch of hip hop energy. “Flowers” is the new song from Grammy-nominated songwriter, singer, actress, and businesswoman Tayla Parx. “‘Flowers’ is about living your life in the present and showing your loved ones, including YOURSELF, how much they mean to you in the now instead of waiting until it’s too late,” recalls Parx. “Flowers represent life and living, and the song represents my desire to celebrate every part of my life, no matter how big or small. Go get yourself some flowers now!” Tayla Parx has established herself as a history-making behind-the-scenes force with a discography streamed over 1 billion times and counting. Winner of Billboard’s 2019 “Hitmaker” Award, Parx was the first female songwriter to have three simultaneous Top 10 songs—Ariana Grande’s “7 rings” and “thank u, next” and Panic! At The Disco’s “High Hopes”—in the Hot 100 since 2014. Last year, Parx released her album “Coping Mechanisms” via TaylaMade / Atlantic Records, the follow-up to her acclaimed 2019 debut album “We Need To Talk.” Parx notably penned a total of six tracks on Grande’s blockbuster album “Positions,” including “34+35” and “pov,” not to mention co-writing the double-platinum track “Love Lies” for Khalid and Normani, Anderson. Paak’s “Tints (featuring Kendrick Lamar)” and Dua Lipa’s “It Ain’t Me.” Most recently, Dan and Shay’s “Glad You Exist” peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart while For King & Country’s “Relate” debuted on the Hot Christian Songs chart, marking the first chart appearance for the group. In addition, her Grammy Award-nominated catalog consists of songwriting contributions on Justin Bieber’s Justice (“Triple Chucks Deluxe”), HAIM’s “Women In Music Pt. III,” John Legend’s “Bigger Love,” Janelle Monáe’s “Dirty Computer,” Christina Aguilera’s “Like I Do (featuring GoldLink),” The Internet’s “Ego Death” and the film “Hairspray.” Earlier this year, Parx launched TaylaMade, Inc., a new umbrella company housing Parx’s ventures: Parx Publishing, Parx Studios, 3020 Management, and lifestyle brand Trailer Parx.
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