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VISAGE

Founding fathers of the New Romantics and pioneers of the ’80s sound, Visage return with a new album Hearts and Knives. “It has been 29 years since the last Visage album and during that period it often seems like we have all lived through several lifetimes,” comments Steve Strange, the band’s creative force and flamboyant leader singer. Visage began in 1978 when Steve Strange and Blitz Club partner-in-crime Rusty Egan joined forces with Midge Ure to create a futuristic, synthesizer-led group where style and fashion were matched by experimental but accessible music. The group was soon augmented with members of Magazine (John McGeoch, Dave Formula and Barry Adamson) and Billy Currie. They recorded their first single “Tar” with Martin Rushent at his Genetic Studio in 1979 (shortly to become the birthplace of the Human League Dare album).

Their breakthrough track “Fade To Grey” became a European hit and reached number 1 in eight countries in 1980. The band then enjoyed a series of hit singles “Mind Of A Toy,” “Night Train” and “The Anvil” coming from a pair genre defying albums, the eponymous Visage in 1980 and The Anvil in 1982. In 1981 Ultravox now led by Midge Ure took off and in 1982 Midge and Billy left to concentrate on what would become one of the biggest bands of the ’80s. In 1984 Visage made their third album Beatboy. As the public face of the band Steve Strange shot to stardom throughout Europe he continued to be active in hosting club nights (The Camden Palace, Club For Heroes) and in the fashion world.

In 2010 Steve reconnected with Steve Barnacle and began writing songs once more. Some time later ex-Ultravox guitarist Robin Simon joined the equation, bringing not only a large slice of shared musical DNA (that “Visage sound”) to the project, but also his own distinctive style and ethereal musicianship. Vocalist Lauren Duvall was invited into the fold, adding not only her sultry vocal ability but a slice of the classic Visage glamour too. With the core members in place the picture slowly started forming and the band reached out (once again) to Martin Rushent. He suggested the blueprint for the album and had began working on the first tracks before his untimely death in 2010. The Hearts And Knives album is dedicated to Martin.

The album features collaborations and contributions from Dave Formula (former Visage and Magazine keyboard player), Mick MacNeil (the former keyboard player and creative musical core of Simple Minds), ’80s super producer Youth, Rich Mowatt and Logan Sky. The sound of Hearts and Knives is “classic Visage” but with modern songs and style. There is the odd tip of the hat to modern production values but the sound is 1980-1982 Visage. It’s Vintage keyboards and synthesizers all the way. There’s not software synths on this record! The production by John Bryan and analogue synthesizer collector Sare Havlicek is firmly rooted in the ’80s. Many of the tracks are instantly recognizable as Visage (Moogs and the obligatory CR78 drum sound feature on several).

Visage (French for “Face”) has always been one part music to one part style & fashion. In 1980 the explosive combination of then futurist synthesizer music, fashion, make up & gender ambiguity set the blue print for the New Romantic movement and eventually the style template of the 1980s. Visage was one of the bands to evolve out of the famous night club the Blitz Club, created and hosted by Steve Strange and Rusty Egan. Other bands included the infamous Spandau Ballet and Culture Club.

Innovative style, clothing and make-up continue to be central to brand “Steve Strange.” In a series of style looks for the album he has collaborated with designers Haus of Gaga, Sorapol, Mark Fowler and long time collaborator milliner Stephen Jones OBE. The first album cover in 1980 was shot by veteran music photographer Peter Ashworth in the Blitz Club. Peter returns to shoot the cover of the fourth album. The shot references the famous “Fade To Grey” white face & water motif now displayed on a mask created by Lara Himpelmann. The current day Steve Strange bursts through the mask in a blaze of silver & red.

Hearts and Knives may have been a long time in coming but it is a purposeful statement of just where Steve Strange and Visage are at present. The past has been full of highs and lows but musically & creatively they are at a point where they can confidently present an album containing all the strands of their unique mix of music, fashion and style.

Visage’s new album Hearts and Knives is due for release in the U.S. June 11, 2013 and will be available on CD, limited edition vinyl and digtal formats through Pylon Records. Fall 2013 U.S. tour dates to be announced soon.

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Hearts and Knives Tracklisting:
1 Never Enough
2 Shameless Fashion
3 She’s Electric (Coming Around)
4 Hidden Sign
5 On We Go
6 Dreamer I Know
7 Lost In Static
8 I Am Watching
9 Diaries Of A Madman
10 Breathe Life
11 Shameless Fashion – The Extened Mix (Bonus Track Exclusive to U.S. CD)

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WENDY JAMES

WENDY JAMES’ NEW DOUBLE-SINGLE “YOU’RE SO GREAT / IT’S ALRIGHT MA” FEATURING THE STOOGES’ JAMES WILLIAMSON & THE BAD SEEDS’ JIM SCLAVUNOS OUT NOW!

On her last solo album, 2010’s critically acclaimed I Came Here To Blow Minds, Wendy James recorded with French indie musicians who shared her passion for NYC punk, Detroit garage and new wave, but now she’s going straight to the source. Working directly with The Stooges’ James Williamson (guitar & bass) and The Bad Seeds’ Jim Sclavunos (drums & percussion) the former Transvision Vamp lead singer has created two stunning tracks on her new double-single that capture the urgency and spirit of not only early punk but rock’n’roll in general.

The A-Side is a version of Sonic’s Rendezvous Band’s “You’re So Great,” where Wiliamson’s signature search-and-destroy guitar riffs retain the gasoline-soaked essence of Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith’s original, yet the song is transformed into a high-energy slice of modern power-pop with Wendy’s boyant and soaring vocals throughout the track. The B-Side finds the trio digging deep into Bob Dylan’s vast canon with their own snaky and seductive take on “It’s Alright Ma.”

These two tracks are but an early sneak peek at Wendy’s forthcoming solo album.

Wendy’s new “You’re So Great / It’s Alright Ma” Double-Single is out now digitally and available through iTunes (purchase here), with a special limited edition 10″ vinyl pressing to be released in the near future.

LISTEN TO BOTH OF WENDY JAMES’ NEW TRACKS FROM HER FORTHCOMING NEW DOUBLE-SINGLE “YOU’RE SO GREAT / IT’S ALRIGHT MA”
[Feel free to post these audio streams for your viewers]
“YOU’RE SO GREAT”: http://soundcloud.com/makeyourmindup/wendy-james-youre-so-great
“IT’S ALRIGHT MA”: http://soundcloud.com/makeyourmindup/its-alright-ma

WENDY JAMES ON ‘YOU’RE SO GREAT’:
Sonic’s Rendezvous Band are one of my favorites. They wrote song after cool song, like ‘Keep On Hustlin,” “Do It Again,” “City Slang,” “Sweet Nothin” and of course, “You’re So Great.” I got my chops singing hard and fast pop songs with Transvision Vamp, and when I heard “You’re So Great,” it viscerally hit me that Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith had written the complete essence of what I was good at. I stored the song in the back of my mind, and waited for the right moment to record it. When I met James Williamson the dots connected and we decided instantly to go and do this together. For all the reasons above and of course, he is bandmates with Drummer Scott Asheton (Stooges and SRB) and he represents Detroit and Ann Arbor, no-one captures the guitar sound of Michigan like James Williamson does. It’s obvious. It was just a question of who was going to shout ‘1,2,3,4…..’

WENDY ON ‘IT’S ALRIGHT MA’:  
I, like millions of others, begin and end with Bob Dylan. Since I can’t remember when, maybe 12 years old? Bob has been my touchstone. His songs are what I listen to when I need to calm my soul, find my peace, find my strength, affirm my wisdom. Bob Dylan has tracked my soul for all my life so far, and always will. There are of course, so many many perfect moments from him, it’s mind-blowing the simplicity, the complexity, the effortlessness, the timelessness of his words and his melodies. Blood On The Tracks, Bringing It All Back Home, Desire, Slow Train Coming… I mean, I’m just going to list you everything. But… when I was about 13 years old I heard “It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding” and that was it for me. He knew everything. Job done. Life explained.

So, now, 2012, when James and I had decided to do “You’re So Great” as a special Single Release, he asked me what my favorite Dylan number is and always, ultimately I go to “It’s Alright Ma.” Enthusiastically we decided to record both songs, and then… Let me tell you, there’s a big difference between listening to “Its Alright Ma” and singing it. I understand his rhythm, his intention, his breath, his humor, his message, to be clear: I understand his choice of words.

It was heaven in the studio, losing myself on the microphone, telling the tale, singing the truth, having my few hours bathing in that High White Noise… and James in the control room watching on proudly…Yes. It was a good day… It was the kind of day that explains exactly, innately, why one does this in life.


Wendy James [photo credit: Ricardo Gomes]

Bruised beatnik blues from blonde survivor. Wendy James comes on like a wild-eyed prophet, a fire-breathing feline and a disenchanted cyber-cowgirl. – UNCUT

A racier, bolder, more confident set of songs, from gothic Americana to revolving new wave garage where she sounds like the Shangri Las meets Joan Jett. – MOJO

Superb. – DANGEROUS MINDS

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WHERE IS PARKER GRIGGS? LP

Where Is Parker Griggs? is a collection of songs from the Alive Naturalsound label, with EXCLUSIVE MATERIAL by HACIENDA, RADIO MOSCOW, BUFFALO KILLERS, BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES and more. This compilation showcases the many facets of this respected L.A. based indie imprint, founded by Patrick Boissel 17 years ago. From garage rock, psych, punk, deep blues and Tejas garage-soul, Where Is Parker Griggs? is an impressive overview of some of the new blood currently pumping through Alive – the first label to have the taste and insight to sign not only The Black Keys and Two Gallants, but all of the remarkable acts on this collection (not to mention many others). This album also features an early preview from Alive’s latest signing, the rootsy psyouthern soul of Birmingham, AL rock quartet LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES, whose full-length debut lands April 2012.

Where Is Parker Griggs? will be released January 10th as a 180 GRAM VINYL Ltd. Edition and Digital download, the latter which also features two additional bonus tracks from LEFT LANE CRUISER and THE BLOODY HOLLIES.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND SHARE LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES NEW TRACK “EVERYTHING THAT YOU TOOK”

Where Is Parker Griggs? TRACK LISTING

side one
1. RADIO MOSCOW – Open Your Eyes — First time on vinyl
2. HACIENDA – Look At That Girl — Exclusive to this release
3. BUFFALO KILLERS – Love is Gold — Exclusive to this release
4. RADIO MOSCOW –  The Stranger — Exclusive to this release
5. HENRYS FUNERAL SHOE with Scott Morgan & Friends – Gimme Back My Morphine — Exclusive to this release
6. BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES– Easy Money — Exclusive to this release
side two
1. LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES– Everything That You Took — Exclusive to this release DEBUT ALBUM TO BE RELEASED THIS SPRING
2. BRIAN OLIVE – Back Sliding Soul
3. BUFFALO KILLERS – Oh My Word — Exclusive to this release
4. HACIENDA – Love Me More — Exclusive to this release
5. GARDENS – Maze Time
6. WHITE NOISE SOUND – There Is No Tomorrow

Bonus for Digital : LEFT LANE CRUISER – Weed Vodka & THE BLOODY HOLLIES – Dirty S*x

So where exactly is Radio Moscow’s singer, guitarist and creative fountainhead, Parker Griggs? Actually, we don’t have a clue. But we do know that in January he’ll be out on the road fronting Radio Moscow for a handful of explosive Midwest shows in support of their latest Alive album, THE GREAT ESCAPE OF LESLIE MAGNAFUZZ. The northern California (by way of central Iowa) trio will then be teaming up with Swedish hard-rockers GRAVEYARD for a coast-to-coast winter tour. You can pin Parker down in one of the cities below as part of this super-heavy, mind-bending double bill!

RADIO MOSCOW MIDWEST TOUR DATES
01/06/12 Gabe’s, Iowa City IA
01/07/12 KURE 88.5 In-Studio Session, Ames IA
01/07/12 DG’s Taphouse, Ames IA
01/09/12 Ultra Lounge, Chicago IL
01/10/12 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH

RADIO MOSCOW / GRAVEYARD 2012 TOUR DATES
01/12/12 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
01/13/12 Middle East, Cambridge MA
01/14/12 North Star Bar, Philadelphia PA
01/15/12 Golden West, Baltimore MD
01/16/12 DC9, Washington DC
01/17/12 Strange Matter, Richmond VA
01/18/12 Casbah @ Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte NC
01/19/12 Asheville Music Hall, Asheville NC
01/20/12 Exit / In, Nashville TN
01/21/12 The Masquerade, Atlanta GA
01/22/12 Hi-Tone Café, Memphis TN

01/23/12 Dave’s Skate Park, Texarkana, TX
01/24/12 Fitzgerald’s, Houston TX
01/25/12 Mohawk, Austin TX
01/27/12 Yucca Tap Room, Tempe AZ
01/28/12 Bootleg Bar, Los Angeles CA
01/30/12 Café Du Nord, San Francisco CA
01/31/12 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR
02/01/12 The Tractor, Seattle WA

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THE WHISKEY GENTRY

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THE WHISKEY GENTRY TO RELEASE THEIR NEW ALBUM DEAD RINGER APRIL 7TH ON VINYL, CD AND DIGITAL FORMATS VIA PITCH-A-TENT RECORDS!

Following the release of their first two acclaimed albums, Please Make Welcome (2011) and Holly Grove (2013), the Atlanta-based band The Whiskey Gentry are set to release their third full-length studio album entitled Dead Ringer this spring. On it, the husband and wife duo of Lauren Staley & Jason Morrow and bandmates have created an effort that builds on many of the sounds of their previous albums – incorporating deep country, Americana, honky-tonk, bluegrass and a stiff shot of gritty rock ’n’ roll, yet it also finds the band testing themselves and pushing beyond their own boundaries.

Dead Ringer deals with growing up, and how that’s affected the band’s relationships, and the places they’ve gone and people they’ve met in the process. As singer/songwriter Lauren Staley puts it, “There’s also a lot of questioning where you are in your life: are you going to follow your dream, or are you going to do what society thinks you should do?”

It’s apparent with this effort that Staley & Co. have opted for the former. “A common lyrical thread throughout this album are stories about being on the road,” Lauren admits, “and chasing your dreams and the outcomes – either good or bad – in doing that.”

Stepping outside of the comfort zone of their previous recordings, the band has moved in a different direction musically. “Sonically, the biggest difference of this record is that we recorded it live together in the same room at Echo Mountain Recording Studio (Asheville, NC),” Lauren explains. “There are less overdubs, which makes it sound more like how it would if you were to see us in person – it’s raw, it’s not perfect. We worked with a producer for the first time (Les Hall), and he had so many amazing ideas we’d never thought of and really pushed us to think outside of our box. There’s an energy on this record that we’ve never captured before, and I think it was a complete game changer for our sound.”

Dead Ringer has more guitars, more attitude and more of an edge than anything the band has done before. It’s not such a massive departure in sound that fans won’t understand it, but they will notice. “We are not a different band,” Lauren explains, “but we’ve definitely grown up and are changed people from the time we started this band. I think we’re better musicians, better songwriters. We’ve learned lessons and we’ve worked hard, and we want to tell our current fans and new fans the stories of what we’ve experienced on this journey. Musically, there are still elements of bluegrass and honky-tonk in our sound, and there always will be. However, I think we’ve expanded the scope of what we can offer people – there’s something for everyone on this record.”

The Whiskey Gentry has been tearing up the road for the better half of the last decade, logging over 150 shows each year, and winning over crowds at major festivals such as Shaky Knees, Shaky Boots, Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, FloydFest and many others. With the release of Dead Ringer they’ll continue this trend, bringing their raucous, high-energy shows to audiences from coast-to-coast.

The Whiskey Gentry’s Dead Ringer will be available on limited vinyl, CD and digital formats on April 7th via Pitch-A-Tent Records.

The Whiskey Gentry are:
Lauren Staley – vocals, acoustic guitar
Jason Morrow – electric guitar, vocals
Sam Griffin – bass
Carlton Owens – drums (Nico Lembo – touring drummer)
Rurik Nunan – fiddle, vocals
Michael Smith – mandolin
Chesley Lowe – banjo
Les Hall – piano, hammond

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WHITE NOISE SOUND

WHITE NOISE SOUND is the eponymous debut from the Swansea / Cardiff, Wales-based sextet. Completed with the help of Pete Kember (Spacemen 3, Spectrum and E.A.R) and magician Cian Ciaran (Super Furry Animals), the album is the realization of a band conjuring their own particular wall-of-sound – at once relentlessly pulsating and blissed-out.

The band had honed their craft across the UK and through Germany where they supported the likes of The Warlocks, Spectrum, Mark Gardener (Ride) and the Super Furry Animals, and shared the stage with members of Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized.

WHITE NOISE SOUND is a psychedelic dream-piece. It will be available on 9/21/10 on CD and PURPLE VINYL, ltd. edition of 700. The LP comes with an alternative cover.


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HERE’S WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT WHITE NOISE SOUND’S S/T DEBUT:

“The self-titled debut album from White Noise Sound offers the closest recreation of the wall-of-sound built by bands like My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus and Mary Chain in years. It is clear from the grinding, echoing guitars and laconic vocals of “Sunset” (the album’s opening track), that this Welsh sextet has the musical onions to dive straight into this experimental form. This is an album that can be appreciated just as easily for its progressive nature as it can for nods to the past. Regardless of whether or not we find ourselves on the cusp of another retro fad, White Noise Sound have made a solid, intriguing experimental debut.” – BLAST MAGAZINE / BOSTON

“Feedback drenched songs haven’t sounded so good before. White Noise Sound clearly creates compelling and contemporary music that blows your mind away. Oozing out unsettling, yet uncompromising sounds they push the limits of what’s possible in music. Imagine a Syd Barrett led Pink Floyd exploring all their creative juices and taking their music to the next level in the 21st century and beyond. You are witnessing and listening to the future of greatness. “Sunset,” “There is No Tomorrow,” “Blood,” “Is It There For You,”  and “Fires in the Still Sea” are arguably the best songs found on this must-listen album. If you haven’t already, stop reading right now and go check them out immediately. You won’t be disappointed!” – THE RIPPLE EFFECT

“ONE TO WATCH… blissful tone and ecstatic drone is on full display here, likewise White Noise Sound’s skill for the multi-cylinder guitar roar and motorik chug.” – BUZZ MAGAZINE

“In this day and age of ironic and increasingly obtuse band names, a band like White Noise Sound is refreshing. Like the heyday of generic foodstuffs, what you see on the label is exactly what you get here. WNS has been influenced by earsplitting bands from both sides of the Atlantic, including Velvet Underground, Suicide, Jesus And Mary Chain and of course the aforementioned Spacemen 3.” – MY OLD KENTUCKY BLOG

“… a hard rocking, ear delight.” – ROCK AND ROLL GURU

“This aptly named band manages to get all kinds of drone going, and then revs into a full-on pop song when you least expect it.  A world of music is created here that exists at the corner of Krautrock and Shoegaze, with field trips to Psych and Garage.  Timely and timeless.” – PIRATE CAT RADIO / SAN FRANCISCO

“The mesmerising sound of psychedelic guitars never gets old and this new sextet from Wales is here to prove it. Riding a hypnotic beat through a controlled wall-of-sound, they refresh an underground heritage that wears its sunglasses at night and grooves to the special sounds of the Velvet Underground and their many progeny. With some tutelage from Spacemen 3′s Pete Kember, WNS’s impressive debut charges out of the gate with the Suicide-style propulsion of “Sunset” before finding a dream-like plateau of noise-y bliss.” – Chris Twomey / TANDEM

“We’re absolutely loving this sonic blast of intense, hypnotic pyschedelic rock from Welsh sextet White Noise Sound. It comes from their debut self-titled album and it is no surprise to discover the band had assistance with the record from no less than Pete Kember (Spacemen 3, Spectrum etc.) and Cian Ciaran from Super Furry Animals. Lead track is ‘Sunset’ and from just one listen you can see these boys could be destined for seriously big things in the spaced out world of stoner rock. Blending corrosive feedback, pulsating krautrock rhythms, floating vocals and wall-of-sound guitars, the track builds and builds into a perfectly judged ear-shattering, blissed out climax. Thoroughly recommended.”  – THE MAD MACKERAL / UK

“… blissed-out electronic soundscapes that feel like a dream.” – PHILADELPHIA WEEKLY

If you’re gonna (essentially) cover Spacemen 3’s “Revolution” in 2010, good god this is the way to do it.” – ARTHUR MAGAZINE

“… like a cross between The Doors and The Jesus and Mary Chain with a sweeping, dramatic sound. I got shivers down my spine listening to “There Is No Tomorrow,” and “(In Both) Dreams & Ecstasies” is simply epic.  Listening to these songs reminds me of the first time I listened to Cranes; they have this other-worldly, blissed-out sound that’s just incredible.” – ADDICTED TO MEDIA

WOLFMOON

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FIRST REISSUE EVER, ON ANY FORMAT of this sought after collectors’ album of Southern Soul and pop gospel. Wolfmoon, aka Little Tommy, hails from Richmond, VA and is without a doubt one of the most talented performers Swamp Dogg has worked with and produced. This terrific album includes great cover songs of “People Get Ready,” “If I Had A Hammer” and “Proud Mary,” along with originals penned by The Dogg. The album art is a beautiful psychedelic illustration reminiscent of the ’70s. Ltd. ed. color vinyl with original gatefold jacket available from Bomp-mailorder.

“Wolfmoon … what can I say about Wolfmoon that hasn’t already been said about Idi Amin. He’s a treacherous, lying, two-faced song thief; with possible cannibal tendencies. With all that said, he was and still may be one of the greatest singers and entertainers that I’ve known in my career. On top of that, he was a drummer’s drummer. He was the best. That’s how I fell into his trap. This album is timelier today than it was in ‘69. Forget the taste I have in my mouth and listen to a bad motherfu**er sing some great Swamp Dogg songs.”  – Swamp Dogg

WOLFMOON TRACK LISTING:
01. Cloak Of Many Colors
02. If He Walked In Today
03. My Kind Of People
04. If I Had A Hammer
05. People Get Ready
06. Proud Mary
07. God Bless
08. That’s My Hope For Heaven
09. Treasures I Have Found
10. The Artist

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YAZAN

BROOKLYN-BASED PSYCH-BLUES MUSICIAN YAZAN TO RELEASE FOUR-TRACK HOWLIN’ EP APRIL 21ST ON VINYL & DIGITAL FORMATS VIA SHOULDER TAP RECORDS!

If we’re being honest, New York is in a bad place. Commerce is trumping culture, cops are busting buskers, and only advertisements provide the little color decorating Manhattan streets. Yazan comes to help to resurrect the uncompromising creative spirit that recalls a time and place seemingly lost to bourgeois bars and faceless luxury condos.

Raised in the clouds at the top of a tower built on the river in the middle of the city, Yazan is back on Earth for the time being. He has spent recent years moving crowds to dance and cry with his sometimes delicate, sometimes frenzied sound, vibrating crowds en masse at basement parties in his secret underground Brooklyn laboratory. His performances are ceremonies of a shamanic sort, leading crowds into higher states with his deep grasp of sound and rhythm. His friendship and collaboration with luminary artist/comedian Reggie Watts has helped him to access that infinite universal spirit that guarantees no two performances to be alike.

Since releasing two raw solo records inspired by the power and simplicity of acoustic country blues and folks artists like RL Burnside and Bob Dylan, Yazan has returned with his first electrified release. On Howlin’ (Shoulder Tap Records, SHT014), Yazan reimagines four of his country blues originals backed by powerhouse drummer Kris Kuss (PILE), recorded live at Kutch-1 Studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. His guitar chugs along in a backwoods style between soaring slide licks, while his voice throbs and warbles with crushing lament and playful joy. His sound is sky and and earth coming together in balance.

Yazan’s four-track EP Howlin’ will be released April 21st on limited vinyl and digital formats. He is currently on tour playing guitar for PILE, as well as opening select shows across the US (dates below).

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HOWLIN’ TRACK LISTING:

1. Tell Me Baby

2. Howlin’

3. I Get High

4. Help Me

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  • Tour Dates

    • 07/20/17 CRACKER in Westbury, NY at Westbury
    • 07/21/17 PAUL COLLINS in Tourville-Sur-Mer FRANCE at “Le Sable, Les Mouettes et Les Guitares Electriques” Festival
    • 07/21/17 JEREMY PINNELL in Knoxville TN at Boyd’s Jig & Reel
    • 07/21/17 CRACKER in Peekskill, NY at Paramount Hudson Valley
    • 07/22/17 JEREMY PINNELL in Knoxville, TN at WDVX RADIO “Blue Plate Special” session
    • 07/22/17 JEREMY PINNELL in Memphis TN at Loflin Yard
    • 07/22/17 CRACKER in Burlington VT at Arts Riot

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