rose hotel debuts dreamy, introspective EP ‘Flowers By The Window”

rose hotel, the side project of Buffalo Rodeo songstress Jordan Reynolds, released debut EP ‘Flowers By The Window” today.

Reynolds’ voice is tranquil, her poetic lyrics introspective and wise throughout the course of the four song EP.

“Follow Me,” the lead single from the EP is reminiscent of Buffalo Rodeo’s dreamy soundscapes, but features a confessional lyrical style.

 “Will I follow you when the tide comes through / All your dreams will come true, just nothing that you knew,” she coos over lilting jangle.

Moody EP closer “Mystery,” plays like a personal diary entry being sung out loud.

“I’ll go out alone and I’ll go out alone alive,” Reynolds sings confidently.

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“These eyes ain’t yours anymore,” she repeats at the track’s climax, recalling Stevie Nicks.

‘Flowers By The Window” is available for download here: http://rosehotel.bandcamp.com

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Atlanta psychedelic trio CHEW drops EP, plays Tidball’s May 20

Brett Reagan (guitar/electronics), Snare-uh Wilson (drums) and Brandon Pittman (bass) comprise CHEW, an experimental rock band from Atlanta, Ga.

The trio creates a “hypnotic, electronic, spacewave” experience by pairing sampler and analog synth with live instrumentation.

After releasing a series of demos on their bandcamp page, CHEW dropped 3D EP, their debut effort, today.

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Atlanta psychedelic experimental rock trio CHEW released 3D EP, their debut effort, today. CHEW plays Tidball’s in Bowling Green May 20. Photo courtesy CHEW

“We’re super psyched,” Reagan said. “We have some awesome art work and a couple new songs that no one has heard before. It’s definitely an adventure, spanning a lot of different sounds.”

Each member of CHEW was been involved in a slew of other bands in the Atlanta music scene, including Blazers–an improvisational psychedelic group they all perform in.

“We’ve all kind of know each other from different projects living in Atlanta,” Reagan said. “Our other projects were ending and we wanted to fill those gaps.”

Reagan said his previous projects were geared towards a “heavy, angrier side” and said that though some of CHEW’s material reaches similar territory, it comes from a different place.

“It’s not an aggressive heavy, it’s stoner metal stuff,” Wilson said.

Reagan said CHEW is just under a year old, but have toured the the southeast extensively, including a trip to SXSW this year in Austin and gigs in New York City and Miami.

“My favorite shows are when we just do pop-ups in the street, street performances,” Wilson said. “So many people are just walking the streets. It’s always a good time, a wild experience.”

CHEW makes their first visit to Bowling Green May 20, playing Tidball’s with Bowling Green americana gothic act Former Friends of Young Americans and local math rock outfit YEAH DUDE.

TOUR DATES:

May 20 – Bowling Green, KY @ Tidball’s
May 21 – Lexington, KY @ Big Hair HQ
June 4 – Carrollton, GA @ Alley Cat
June 23 – Tuscaloosa, AL @ Druid City Brewing (EARLY SHOW)
June 23 – Tuscaloosa, AL @ Egans (LATE NIGHT SHOW)
July 13 – Milwaukee, WI @ Frank’s Power Plant
July 17 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
July 23 – Knoxville, TN @ Preservation Pub

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Astronomy Club frontman creates solo project Dingan, hear synthy single ‘Hazy’

Dylan Graves demonstrated a knack for penning catchy songs about teenage love and aimlessness on Astronomy Club’s 2015 self-titled debut EP. Graves, the frontman for the Bowling Green indie psych outfit, has created a new project entitled Dingan. Armed with just an $80 Casio CZ101 synth he snagged from a craigslist posting and a tambourine, the 18-year-old creates an alluring, foggy debut single. Listen to “Hazy” below.

 

When did you start Dingan?

I started Dingan literally the date that “Hazy” was released. I threw that song together in about 4 or 5 hours and felt inspired to keep making the lofi tracks on the side. 

Is it just a creative outlet for songs that don’t necessarily fit the aesthetic/sound of Astronomy Club?

I’d say that, yes, it is definitely a personal creative outlet to keep my ideas from being limited.

Talk about your plans/expectations for this project?

My plans and expectations for this specific project will simply be to provide people with some free tunes while gaining experience and growing as far as production and songwriting goes.

What influences did you draw from for Dingan?

My influences for this project are definitely artists like Ariel Pink, John Maus, The Cure, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, etc.

Talk about your songwriting process for this project. Do you come up with lyrics first?

My songwriting process so far has been me making an instrumental with good structure, then write the full set of lyrics before recording all parts back to back. That’s what seems to work on a personal level. So far, “Hazy” is the only track i have put out, but I do plan on releasing more when I catch a break from everything else.

rose hotel drops single ‘follow me’ from forthcoming debut EP

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rose hotel is the solo project of Buffalo Rodeo vocalist/guitarist Jordan Reynolds.

“Follow Me,” the lead single from upcoming debut EP “flowers by the window” is reminiscent of Buffalo Rodeo’s dreamy soundscapes, but features a confessional lyrical style. The track seems to be a page ripped from Reynolds’ own diary.

 “Will I follow you when the tide comes through / All your dreams will come true, just nothing that you knew,” she coos over lilting jangle.

“The songs of rose hotel linger between dreamy bedroom-rock and softer, folkish tendencies — all while wearing rose-colored glasses,” Reynolds said. “Rose Hotel’s first EP ‘flowers by the window’ is a vocally-driven musical collection of diary entries or lines stripped on the backs of gas station receipts. ”

Reynolds embarks on her first solo tour as rose hotel this week, sharing the bill with Chicago act V.V. Lightbody for a string of dates.

rose hotel’s EP ‘flower’s by the window’ will be released 5/10 and is available for pre-order here: https://rosehotel.bandcamp.com.

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BEST MUSIC OF 2015: Buffalo Rodeo’s dreamy EP ‘123 Water’

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Buffalo Rodeo performs at the 2015 Big To Do Music Festival in Oakland, Kentucky.

Back in February I wrote about Buffalo Rodeo’s “Blue Sky,” the first single due from their EP “123 Water”. Roughly 11 months later the song, and EP, are still in rotation for me on almost a daily basis. No doubt, I have a tendency to wax poetic about music created from Bowling Green natives (feel free to read about it here: http://bit.ly/1YL01bZ), but this EP was a coming out of sorts the indie psych rockers. No, it’s not just my assessment, Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz seems to be in agreement.

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Lead singer Zach Preston supplies pure vocals and cements himself as one of Bowling Green’s best songwriters on the EP.

Keyboardist and vocalist Jordan Reynolds’s vocals bring to mind Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick or Fleetwood Mac songstress Stevie Nick. When paired with Preston’s, the effect is intoxicating. A trip if you will.

On dreamy gem “Blue Sky”, easily one of the catchiest songs I encountered all year, the quartet conjures late 60s era psychedelic gold.

“123 Water” is drenched in infectious melodies and obscure lyrics. The band uses seemingly mundane Bible Belt archetypes (“a preacher filled father with mystery” / a complacent teacher who “fears following a fantasy”) as a lens to create a mysterious, arcane soundscape.

“I still think I want to run and play with fire, I won’t wake the sun up in my dreamland / All the little girlies in the mezzanine they form a foreseen aunt dormancy and I,” Preston and Reynolds coo.

The band is also bolstered by the talents of guitarist Nate Davis and bassist Patrick Duncan, in addition to drummer Ryan Gilbert.

Buffalo Rodeo has become a fixture not only in the few bars in Bowling Green, but in a slew of venues in country music’s capital, Nashville, just about 65 miles south.

The quintet demonstrates they are hardly riding the wave Bowing Green’s Grammy-nominated rockers Cage The Elephant created for the town’s alternative music scene. Hopefully 2016 will bring Buffalo Rodeo’s first proper full-length. Go hide out in a warehouse already.

 

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BEST ALBUMS OF 2015: Waxahatchee’s mystifying “Ivy Tripp”

Waxahatchee Creek is a body of water that feeds the lower Coosa River near Shelby, Ala. It’s also the moniker songwriter and Birmingham, Ala. native Katie Crutchfield has used to craft three indie masterpieces, equal parts devastating honesty and gritty wisdom.

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Crutchfield’s breakthrough was 2013’s Cerulean Salt, an insidious collection of songs, at times capturing portraits of people on the edge, hanging on by a  tattered thread.

“I will grow out of all the empty bottles in my closet/And you’ll quit having dreams about a swan dive to the hard asphalt,” she laments to a grieving lover on “Swan Dive”.

In painstaking detail recalling songwriter Elliott Smith, Crutchfield captured haunting vignettes of tormented drug addicts, suicidal lovers and vagabond youth. (Escape yells both our names out loud/
We run like hell, I’ll write a tragic epilogue and you’ll act it out,” she howls over urgent, tinny guitar riffs on “Dixie Cups and Jars”)

Waxahatchee’s third record “Ivy Tripp”(her first since being signed to Merge Records) finds the prolific songwriter more confident as she creeps further into adulthood. Crutchfield, however, hasn’t lost her distinct talent of delivering a lyric capable of ripping your heart in two.

Album opener “Breathless” is jilting and abrasive, as Crutchfield recalls old habits  “If I was foolish I would chase a feeling I long ago let fade/ We could be good for days.”

On “La Loose,”  upbeat drum-machine instrumentals contrast Crutchfield’s penetrating lyrics. “And this charming picture of hysteria and love/ It could fade or wrinkle up, I don’t hold faith in much”.

Album standout “Poison,” bears the record’s title, a term Crutchfield coined to describe a certain aimlessness definitive of the twenty-something experience.

“And your birthday party tongue, dripping your summer eyes/ Travel the world Ivy tripping with no spotlight,” she sings through fuzzy distortion.

Favorite tracks: Poison, Grey Hair, <

 

BEST ALBUMS OF 2015: All Dogs are scrappy, resilient on debut full-length ‘That Kind of Girl’

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Columbus, Ohio punk quartet All Dogs have a penchant for penning confessional songs that make you feel like you’re being let in on a secret. Lead singer Maryn Jones flexed her songwriting acumen on a pair of 2013 releases, painting blurry portraits of a not so distant adolescence.  “You will always be my home, my friend / I know and you know that things aren’t the same/ But that doesn’t matter, things just change,” Jones admits to an old friend on “Buddy”, lamenting the pangs of growing up and growing apart.

The pop-punk outfit released their debut full length “That Kind of Girl” in 2015, delivering 10 infectious, resilient tracks that find Jones coping with unrelenting depression in brutally honest lyrical fashion.

On “Skin,” she grapples with the void left by an  old lover, maintaining “every darkness I push through/ There is a quiet familiar feeling/ And in it I am always waiting for everything to fall/ Just like I always make it so.”

Title track and album standout “That Kind of Girl,” is a dizzying head rush, pairing euphoric riffs with burning rage.

“And I know that I’m always fucking up your world/You were better off not messing with that kind of girl,” Jones screeches with intoxicating belligerence, smarting from an ex’s vitriolic assessment of her.

Jones acknowledges the destructive toll her mental illness takes on her psyche and those she holds near.  The song captures the struggle of simply trying to stay afloat from day to day.

“I am underneath the water, kicking every day,” she admits in the record’s rawest moment.

 

 

Bully pines for clarity on ‘Feels Like’

December brings a vast collection of mediocre Christmas music to radio airwaves and an overwhelming amount of best of  year-end listicles to newsfeeds. This post qualifies as the latter. Sort of. 2015 proved to be a prolific year for female musicians. (Well, I thought so) I’m going to blog my Top 10 favorite records from female musicians between now and the end of the year.

First up:

Bully, “Feels Like”

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Alicia Bognanno’s guttural howls on “Trash” are sung through gnashed teeth, a primal scream that serves not just as a form of spine-chilling catharsis, but as a tool to enact revenge. The song unfolds like an unhinged letter penned to a former flame whose pattern of lies and betrayal have left her scarred and permanently hardened.  Bognanno stabs back with razor-sharp wit, making it painfully clear the dragging of time has done no healing. Instead, it’s left her feeling rotten. Like garbage. (It’s magic you make me feel like trash,” she deadpans.)

Bully, a Nashville-based band fronted by Bognanno, recalls gritty 90s era grunge on full length debut “Feels Like,” at times channeling the rawness and bite of British alt icon PJ Harvey. Kurt Cobain-era comparisons aside, the 25 year-old Rousemont, Minn. native displays a knack for crafting potent and unflinchingly honest pop punk. On album standout “Trying” she’s fending off crippling fear and grappling with her sexuality, identity and the weight of a haunted memory. She describes the dizzying sensation of “of growing so far from myself,” the somewhat universally relatable struggle of trying to silence the shrill voice of self-doubt in our heads. Though bruised and exposed, Bognanno manages to steady herself masterfully on shaky ground, finding strength by confronting belligerent, cringeworthy memories with the powerful salve of quiet introspection. “I’m just looking for clarity to get me through,” she confesses.

 

 

Q&A with Astronomy Club’s Dylan Graves

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Courtesy of Astronomy Club

Astronomy Club, a Bowling Green, Ky. four-piece, teenage indie psych rock outfit, released their self-titled debut EP May 25. Over the course of the six tracks, Astronomy Club cements their place as yet another band to keep your eyes peeled out for in the lively Bowling Green music scene.

Lead singer/guitarist Dylan Graves paints a vivid portrait of teenage love on standout track “The World Disappears”.
“Take me by the hand let’s pass some time/ The sun it sets and it’s red like wine / Running through the distance, the gold horizon the hills go on for miles/ And when I’m with you girl, the world it disappears,” Graves sings nonchalantly on the EP’s opener.
Check out Astronomy Club’s debut EP here: https://astronomyclub.bandcamp.com/releases
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Courtesy of Astronomy Club

Below is an interview with Astronomy Club front man Dylan Graves.

What are some of the band’s major influences? “The World Disappears” feels reminiscent of The Strokes to me.. that incidental, or are they a pretty big influence?

DG: We actually pull influences from a ton of places. I actually grew up playing a lot of classical music and classic rock (Zeppelin, Sabbath, Pink Floyd, etc.) and it eventually turned into playing a lot of jazz chords and that’s when I first started to write tunes. Justin was a heavy Rush fan growing up so his bass style is definitely influenced a lot by them. Titus really likes the drummer from Mutemath, and I don’t think anyone else in the band could name a Mutemath song, but that’s one of Titus’s favorites. Anthony didn’t play keys on the tracks, but he loves Black Sabbath, The Doors, and doom metal stuff. We really pull influences from all over and it’s always a good time to put our minds together.

Is this your first professional release?

DG: Yep. It’s really the first release for anyone in the band so we’re stoked about it.

How does the songwriting process typically work for you? I’m sure it’s a pretty convoluted process, but do lyrics or melodies typically come first?

DG: Our songwriting process is weird, man. We’ve written every song on the record in 2 hours or under. We usually make a cool instrumental and then I’ll go into a corner and write lyrics and come back and spend the rest of practice working on structure.

How long have you been playing with everyone in Astronomy Club? When did the band officially form? Have house shows been the extent of your performances thus far? Are you all teenagers? Can you tell me who all Astronomy Club is comprised of?

DG: Astronomy Club has been a band for about 10 months. The original lineup of Titus, Justin, and I came together in the early fall of 2014. We played for a couple of months and decided we wanted keys, so Kane Martin joined and played a couple of shows with us. He is the one who recorded with us as well. The current lineup is Justin Hull on bass, Titus Smith hits drums, Anthony Joiner plays keys, and I play the git-fiddle and sing. The other 3 members are 18 years old and I am 17 years old. So far, yes, all we have played are house shows.

Where was the EP recorded? How long did the process of making it take?

DG: The EP was recorded in Scott Gardner’s (keys for Sleeper/Agent) home studio. This EP took 3 weekends of recording and a couple weeks of mixing and mastering. All in all it was over the course of about 3 months due to us all being busy so often. It felt like we were making the EP for a really long time and we are all glad to finally share our tracks with everyone.

How influenced/inspired are you by Bowling Green bands (Cage The Elephant, Sleeper/Agent, Morning Teleportation, Buffalo Rodeo, etc.) How important is it for you to forge our own identity outside of the Bowling Green music scene?

DG: We totally love and will always support BG bands. I enjoy both Sleeper and Cage, but Morning Teleportation really connects the most with us collectively. We love to put on shows and entertain locals a whole lot. With that being said, Astronomy Club is also interested in playing out all over.

What are your goals/aspirations for Astronomy Club in 2015? Long-term?

DG: In 2015, our goal was to put out the EP. Now that it happened, we want to play more shows and share our music around the world.

Do you feel like the BG music scene is pretty active right now, in terms of new bands/younger bands?

DG: Definitely. You got Spirit Week, Heron and Crane, The States, Maelle… all of them kick ass. They are all great people and we love to play with and just be around other young musicians.

How important is it for you to continue the musical success the Bowling Green music scene has experienced recently? Or does that even cross your mind?

DG: We definitely would like to further the success of our amazing local scene. Popularity is not something we strive for. Reaction from listeners is what we strive for. There is nothing cooler than nice compliments from listeners. Everyone in Astronomy Club gets genuinely overjoyed when people feel the need to tell us that they loved our sets and stuff. Music is cool.

Is there a song you are most proud of from the EP?

DG: My favorite song to play on the EP is “Young Again.” We are all super proud of how that turned out.

Would you say there is a cohesive theme for the EP lyrically or sonically?

DG: There isn’t really a set theme for the EP. I do notice that throughout the course of the EP it goes from a light euphoric feel to a dark euphoric feel. We didn’t set out for that to happen but it’s pretty cool how it turned out that way.

Heron and Crane release single “Drat”, prepare for August release

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Brian Wilson’s haunted vocals articulated the solace and insanity that can fester inside one’s bedroom on The Beach Boys classic “In My Room.”

Heron and Crane, a Bowling Green, Ky alternative three-piece, echo a similar sentiment on their evocative, introspective new single “Drat”.

“Blank for days stuck inside my room with nothing to do / Are you surprised the static grows? A channel buzzing with snow,” Lead singer/guitarist Collin Hancock howls on the slow-burning track.

“Drat” proves to be somewhat anthemic in regards to the growing pains of small-town life.

“Everything I do feels so lame / Like I’m on cocaine stuck inside my room with nothing to do.”

Check out “Drat” (here: http://heronandcrane.bandcamp.com/releases ) and request it on Western Kentucky 91.7. by calling 270.681.7917.

Hancock on the band’s formation and sound: “We formed in 2014. The band consists of David Stites (Bass), Riley Finwood (Drums), and of course me (Guitar/Vocals). As far as our sound, we draw on The White Stripes, The Smiths, Alabama Shakes and Weezer. When it comes to lyricists, it doesn’t get much better than Mos Def, Conor Oberst and Robin Pecknold. And though our band doesn’t sound anything like Mos Def, Bright Eyes, or The Fleet Foxes, I’m definitely aiming for that sort of craftsmanship.”
Hancock said Heron and Crane’s debut will drop August 14 with in-store performance at Mellow Matt’s Music & More in Bowling Green.
 “This album works more as a sampler of what we have to offer,” Hancock said.  “There’s blues, rock and even a little folky murder ballad coming from some skiffle influence. We had a great recording experience with Scott Gardener, who did excellent work in producing this album. Getting in the studio helped us find our footing, and the next batch of songs promises to be representative of our growth and thematically centered.”
UPCOMING Bowling Green shows:
Aug 6th Tidballs
Aug 14th Mellow Matt’s (Record Release Show)
Aug 15th The Manor
Aug 23rd The Falcon’s Nest
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