Lizzy McAlpine, The Mary Veils, The Mellons, Riki, Stolen Nova, Lily Rayne, Keiynan Lonsdale are among these press releases for November.
Lizzy McAlpine –“doomsday”: A dramatic and emotive song slowly sprawling before blasting in an epic manner. The song was released alongside a Gus-Black-directed video for which the rising artist wrote the script. “This song is about being in a relationship that is so toxic that you know it’s doomed and preparing yourself for that eventuality,” notes McAlpine. “It’s heavy in funeral metaphors because heartbreak to me is like a death and that’s where I got the concept for the skeleton look in the music video. This song also starts a new phase for me and my sound and it’s extremely exciting to be able to break out of the Give Me A Minute box and step into a more mature version of myself as an artist.” The new song is her first solo release of the year and sets the stage for more music to come soon. In conjunction with today’s release, McAlpine confirms an extensive run of North American tour dates with Dodie. The shows kick off in early 2022 and include performances at New York’s Kings Theatre, Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, Chicago’s Riviera Theater, and Philadelphia’s The Fillmore as well as multiple shows at Los Angeles’ Theatre at Ace Hotel.
The Mary Veils – “Rowhome”: A joyful and triumphant track channeling ‘60s garage rock with gritty-fuzzy guitars, frantic percussion, reverb-drenched chords, and a frenetic crowd-surf-ready tempo. This is a new song by Philadelphia garage punk 4-piece The Mary Veils and the second single off their forthcoming EP “Somewhere Over the Rowhome,” out November 5th on PNKSLM Recordings. On the single, the band said, “The song ‘Rowhome’ came together around about the same time as ‘Home Video’ in our first few practices as a full band and was one of the first songs we tracked with Jessie Gimbel in his basement studio. We liked the raw energy of the track and Jeff Zeigler (Nothing, War on Drugs, Kurt Vile) and Cory Hanson of Wand really kept it that way when mixing it. The song itself in a way is partially about where we come from. The term Rowhome and Rowhouse is unique to our area. A story of despair not uncommon to cities and blue-collar areas. We wanted you to feel that dread. “Taking their cues from the classic punk of New York Dolls, and Johnny Thunders, the sheer energy, and inventiveness of Over the Rowhome’s four tracks also brings to mind the more contemporary likes of Osees and Hot Snakes. “We’re just throwing everything we think is cool into the pot and trying to cook up something with a similar flavor,” says drummer Evan Wall.
The Mellons -“So Much To Say”: Beach Boys harmonies for a vintage melodic song with a large dose of nostalgia for the ‘60s. On the single, Rob Jepson (vocals, guitar, keys) said: “‘So Much to Say’ is a collection of feelings from childhood on up. Like everyone, I always long for deeper connections and richer relationships. ‘So Much to Say,’ is about how hard it is to do that, even when you’re giving it everything you’ve got. Especially following the pandemic, I want it to remind people to be open to each other. This song is my way of saying, “I’m a person. You’re a person. Life is short and I want to be close to you.” On the track’s accompanying music video, Rob Jepson described how they produced and directed it themselves: “We created the video by the seat of our pants! Andrew is an outstanding visual artist and he took the creative reigns. I ran logistics and prayed that we didn’t go over budget! It was a thrilling (and daunting!) challenge to put the song into a visual context.” The band has announced its forthcoming album, “Introducing… The Mellons!” due April 27, via Earth Libraries.
Riki – “Florence and Selena”: A noir saxophone, swirls of synth, and beats open a dreamy dancefloor for Riki’s ethereal vocals. This is the latest track from the West Coast new romantic icon’s upcoming album, “Gold,” due November 26 from Dais Records. Riki notes about the song: “Opening the scene is a moody line on the saxophone, played by Charles Gorzcinsky, followed by Josh’s nostalgic twinkling keys. This crescendos to a peak before a momentary breath in. To breathe in is to inspire: to animate the spirit. In this case, it is to tell the story of old friends whose path forward is yet unknown.” “Gold” is RIKI’s second simulacrum of pitch-perfect synth-pop, aptly titled for the precious substance it is. Inspired by notions of symbolic power, letting go, and transmutable realms of the heart, “Gold” further refines her rare gift for making swooning melancholia as anthemic as atmospheric. Working with Eustis at his Pasadena, CA studio, the sessions unfolded fluidly and fruitfully, focusing on “quieter moments” and refining the record’s palette and voice. Occasional interruption from a nearby flock of wild parrots infused a mood of California dreaming, purple sunsets dissolving into deepening neon night. Riki will be playing Substance Festival at The Belasco Theater in Los Angeles next week.
Stolen Nova – “Clouds”: A danceable and joyful synth-pop song by Stolen Nova, the solo project from Josh Landau, frontman of the acclaimed L.A. rock band The Shrine. The single cover features the Chain Reaction sculpture in Santa Monica, designed by Paul Conrad and built by Peter M. Carlson. “I can’t believe this sculpture is in Santa Monica. I went to High School across the street from it and it’s just so dark and intimidating. Santa Monica is so clean and sunny. Rumor is that it’s made from recycled guns. The doom of the sculpture fit the feeling and obviously the title of ‘Clouds,’ it’s an upbeat song musically but I was down when I wrote the lyrics. I remember I was on a long walk across town in Paris and it started raining. I was traveling alone and thought the trip I was on was gonna be quite different to how it turned out.” This is a departure from The Shrine, a band firmly rooted in the skateboarding community, often playing parties for Thrasher Magazine and soundtracking skate videos, in addition to ongoing collaborations with Obey’s Shepard Fairey. Landau, whose upbringing revolved around the Dogtown and Z-Boys lifestyle of the neighborhood, surfing Venice Beach and skateboarding in the empty swimming pools of Beverly Hills, spent the end of the 2010s touring the world with The Shrine, opening for the likes of Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden. Stolen Nova was born as Landau began to realize that he had accomplished his teenage dreams—playing with the legends from whose songs he’d first learned guitar, collaborating on a skateboard with Z-Boy Jim Muir, opening for Slayer all over Europe… Instead of resting on his laurels, Landau embarked in search of new inspiration, discovering new pockets of his hometown and spending months couch-surfing in London. Upon returning home, he laid down the rough ideas of what would become “Vortex.” Much more music from Stolen Nova is imminent.
Lily Rayne – “1 OF 1”: An atmospheric, R&B-and-hip-hop-infused track with cascading drums and Lily Rayne’s bright voice. “1 of 1” is the reintroduction to the world of this Rhode Island native and Atlanta-based artist who fuses alternative hip-hop and R&B to create a fresh, eclectic sound for the masses with the lyricism of a woman wise beyond her years and poised for stardom. When asked about her new single, Rayne, emphasizes the song’s addictive hook – “Everybody thinks I’m crazy but I think you’re all the same!” Her first record, “Super Lit”, circulated bringing interest in and out of her city while her subsequent single, “On!” went viral after capturing the attention of singer Justine Skye who shared it on her socials. Ready to tell her story, Rayne dropped her debut EP, “Rhode Girl,” followed by her EP “FEMME” in 2017. Rayne is now back with new musical inspirations, more life experience, and a fresh take on her future as she gears up to release her next album at the top of 2022.
Keiynan Lonsdale – “Gods Of The Disco:” An Aussie dancefloor with sexy moves, blending vintage disco à la Saturday Night Fever (just check out the very hot video accompanying the song) with an R&B flair in the vocals. The Australian/Nigerian dancer, singer-songwriter and actor definitively revisits the glory days of dance music on his new ’70s-inspired release “Gods Of The Disco.” The hypnotic track is an electrifying take on disco, combining the most irresistible elements of the genre to ensure maximum action on the dance floor with each spin. The video, which incorporates Anthony “Skvtch” Gilbert’s impeccable choreography, also features Keiynan hitting the dancefloor giving nods to Michael Jackson’s iconic moves. “No word of a lie, Gods of the Disco has become my pump-up song whenever I need to get myself right to go out to the club or to a high energy gathering, the music gives me the vibes I need and puts me in the mood to have a great time, even if before-hand I am wrapped up on the couch like a well-behaved grandpa,” Keiynan says of the track. “And It works every time because that was the intention, I wrote it because I was headed to a big disco rave that night & I needed the motivation, that was on a personal level… on a more global level – I wanted it to speak to people’s human desires & human right to enjoy a good time… so there is definitely some magic in this one.”
Creem -America’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – November 1971 (Volume 3, Number 6)
“Sure, we don’t pay much but then who else do ya know who’ll publish you?”
in the immortal words of Jason Isbell to me at Gov Ball a coupla years ago: “let’s do this…”
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