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Whether it’s playing guitar with Brownout or producing records by Third Root and Grupo Fantasma, Austin’s Adrian Quesada is a busy man. Last year, a break in his schedule found him writing some psychedelic soul songs, but he needed a singer. Enter Austin’s Eric Burton, and together, they’re Black Pumas.
Recorded at Quesada’s studio, Black Pumas’ debut is out later this summer. Quesada finds it thrilling to start from the ground-up again. “It’s exciting to make new music, you know,” he says. “Imagine if you asked a director to just make Star Wars 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. I feel like I like telling different stories, I like writing different music, and it’s hard for me to write the same style of music every year.”
Listen to the feature below, hosted by Jody Denberg and produced by Art Levy, with engineering assistance from David Alvarez. Catch Black Pumas at the All The Friends Ball at Spiderhouse Ballroom on Sunday, March 11 at 11:30 p.m.
Click here the listen to Young Valley’s new track “Til I Cross Your Mind” via No Depression
SONG PREMIERE: Young Valley — “Til I Cross Your Mind”
By Rachel Cholst
Young Valley is one of those bands that makes you excited about discovering new music. They’ve hit on a formula that’s tried and true: strong harmonies and a solid, Midwestern rock beat with an energy that makes you feel like you’ve never heard it before. “‘Til I Cross Your Mind’s” lilting melody is equal parts fun, nostalgic, and spiteful. You wouldn’t know it was off the cuff, but according to the band’s drummer and singer-songwriter Spencer Thomas, “This song was one of those ‘fall into your lap’ kind of tunes. I was struggling with a past relationship I believed was worth fighting for. After a text conversation confirming that she did not feel the same, I wrapped up all the words I couldn’t properly communicate into ‘Til I Cross Your Mind’ and moved on.” The band handles these complex emotions with a breathtaking confidence, creating a song that is equal parts poignant and cathartic.
Young Valley’s self-titled album will be available April 20th on vinyl, CD, digital and streaming formats via Matt Patton (Drive-By Truckers / The Dexateens) and engineer/producer Bronson Tew’s new label imprint Dial Back Sound. Click here to pre-order all formats.
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Click here the listen to The Tillers’ new track “Like A Hole In My Head” via The Boot
THE TILLERS, ‘LIKE A HOLE IN MY HEAD’ [EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE]
Folk quartet the Tillers are premiering their new song “Like a Hole in My Head” exclusively with The Boot. Readers can press play below to hear the track.
“Like a Hole in My Head” features lush strings and an upbeat melody, but its sound masks its serious subject matter. Singer, songwriter and banjo player Mike Oberst tells The Boot that the song is “pretty personal” and also written in honor of friends lost to substance abuse.
“In some ways, it is also an outreached hand to those friends who are currently struggling with addiction and depression, to help them rise above,” Oberst tells The Boot. “For so many, that friend is never far, and it’s up to us to listen and love before it’s too late.”
Along with Oberst, guitarist Sean Geil, Sean’s brother Aaron on bass and fiddle player Joe Macheret make up the Tillers; Aaron Geil joined the band in 2010 following the departure of original bassist Jason Soudrette, and Macheret came on board in 2015. The group formed in August of 2007 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and their roots lie in the city’s punk rock and hardcore scenes — which shouldn’t be too surprising after hearing “Like a Hole in My Head.” They’ve earned numerous local awards, toured throughout the U.S., UK and Ireland, and released five albums so far.
The Tillers’ upcoming sixth album, The Tillers, is set for release on March 23 via SofaBurn Records. The album is available for pre-order on vinyl and on CD. Keep up with the band’s tour plans on their official website. – ANGELA STEFANO