Fairy Bones is working on producing their new album Dramabot, which is set to come out in 2015. They started an Indiegogo campaign and need our help to raise enough money for this new album. If you check out the website, you will see that some of the great incentives include music, artwork, wings, and studio time with Bob Hoag!
Check out their video below and remember to support local music!
Jack White is constantly looking for ways to push the boundaries of vinyl records. For his new album Lazaretto, which is a phenomenal album, he has even more tricks up his sleeve. Check out his interview with Jimmy Fallon to learn more:
Bailey, Ethan, and I are all super excited because we have tickets to Outsidelands Festival this year! The festival is from August 8th-10th in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. There are several great bands playing including the headliners Kanye, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and The Killers. We are also looking forward to Macklemore, Death Cab For Cute, The Flaming Lips, Cvurches, Paolo Nutini, Capital Cities, GROUPLOVE, Jenny Lewis, and Dum Dum Girls. Go to their website www.sfoutsidelands.com to view the entire lineup. This festival is especially exciting because there will also be art, food, beer, wine, and all sorts of environmentally friendly fun including a bicycle valet service! Although tickets are sold out, you can still find tickets on StubHub. What bands would you like to see live?
We will post more updates as the festival gets closer!
After a long hiatus, the New Pornographers recently announced that they are releasing a new album soon! Here's what they said on Facebook: The New Pornographers’ highly anticipated new album, Brill Bruisers, will be released August 26 on Matador Records! Pre-order below.
Of the album, lead-singer and main songwriter AC Newman comments, “This is a celebration record. After periods of difficulty, I am at a place where nothing in my life is dragging me down and the music reflects that.” Produced by band-member John Collins (bass) with Newman, the 12-track album was recorded primarily at Little Blue in Woodstock, NY and at JC/DC Studios in Vancouver B.C. with additional recording in Austin, Brooklyn and Vermont. Newman adds, “We wanted Xanadu and we wanted Sigue Sigue Sputnik, which translated into sparklier and faster.”
Brill Bruisers track-listing:
1. Brill Bruisers 2. Champions Of Red Wine 3. Fantasy Fools 4. War On The East Coast 5. Backstairs 6. Marching Orders 7. Another Drug Deal Of The Heart 8. Born With A Sound 9. Wide Eyes 10. Dancehall Domine 11. Spidyr 12. Hi-Rise 13. You Tell Me Where
We are also happy to announce a fall tour with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart in support of the album including shows at L.A.’s The Wiltern and New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom as well as appearances at Toronto’s Riot Fest and Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. Tour pre-sale start at 10am local time on Wednesday, June 11. Go to http://bit.ly/UpktQOfor details.
On March 29th, we had the privilege of sitting down with the local band Fairy Bones for an interview to talk about their new album Dramabot as well as what it is like to be a local Arizona musician.
Fairy Bones members from left to right: Matthew Foos, Ben Foos, Robert Ciuca, and Chelsey Louise
Q: You guys recently signed with 80/20 Records, how is that going? Matthew: It’s been a really good learning experience Chelsey: They are very helpful and we are very good friends with Zero Zero and Captain Squeegee, so it’s nice to be on the same team Robert: It’s nice to have more brains thinking about your band. Like what you should do, where you should go next, what you shouldn’t do because the four of us can't really make all of the decisions. Chelsey: Yeah, you can get really self-obsessed I think and you’re like “everything sucks” or “everything rules” and it’s usually somewhere in between.
Q: How was the response to your first EP (the Fairy Bones EP)? Chelsey: It has gone really well. The response has been really good and the Phoenix Newtimes picked Like Like as one of the best things they’ve heard in 2013. Everyone really like that song. It’s gone much better than I could have ever anticipated. We were looking for someone to record with and everyone was freaking out about Bob Hoag. So I went and met him and his energy is awesome, he is just really cool. We did the record with him and it was insane, I cried when I first heard one of the songs.
Q: So, now you are working on a full-length album called Dramabot, tell us about that. Chelsey: We don’t know what we’re doing because we’ve never released a full-length before and there are different opinions on whether or not a full-length is even relevant anymore, but I have always wanted to do one. We want to do something different though, we don’t just want to release an album and that’s it. We have a website (dramabot.org) and an Instagram (dramabot14) just for this album and we might do some interactive stuff to make it different. The imagery behind it is like retro-futurism, so the images are a little creepy and weird. We have a lot of art-things going on. Robert: We just started the boneshaus Instagram as well (@Boneshausart).
Q: So Chelsey, you recently started a blog, tell us about that. Chelsey: The blog is called What’s Your Band Again. I do not have a lot of time, but yes I am doing that. The next thing I am putting out is how to book out of state, which is incredibly difficult to do. I failed a lot at it and sent out the wrong kind of email, but I think I have the hang of it now. I asked my friends like Manny from the Rogue Bar and Kevin Gassman who is a radio host and I asked them how they like letters written to them. It is going to be an informative post about how to email people you don’t know about your band.
Q: Do you enjoy being a part of the local Arizona scene? Matthew: We don’t hate being a local Arizona band. We are noticing that some bands don't’seem to go beyond it and we are very conscious to not do that to ourselves. It is one of the main reasons that we have been doing these out of town shows, so that we don’t keep playing with the same group of people at the same venues. It’s fun and it’s great, but we want to do this for a living, so we want to go farther than just Phoenix. Chelsey: I think the mentality is a little culty, and that’s fine, it’s not negative in any way, but we want to grow in popularity, but Arizona will always be our home and that’s great. I do feel like it’s very circular and I felt like we were just hitting repeat all the time and I was just like, “let’s just go somewhere else.” That’s why we are doing all of the shows all over like Flagstaff, New Mexico, and LA. And then we’re going to come back to Arizona and the shows will be really big because we haven’t been here in a while. It is very supportive. The people who come to the shows are great and very supportive and we wouldn’t be doing anything or be anywhere without them, but I feel like it can get really repetitive and, therefore, a little bit catty behind the scenes, so I think it’s good to kind of remove yourself from the situation. The people who go to the show, though are so awesome because they know us and I wouldn't have met them without this band. And they know the words, which is always amazing.
Q: Do you feel like you’re starting over when you go to a new place? Matthew: For me, no, because I like the challenge Chelsea: And we do the same show no matter where it is, we kind of feel the energy, though, and cater towards that. Like, if they want to thrash dance, I will go out in the crowd and do that, but if they just want to chill, I’m not going to go disturb them. We have been pretty fortunate in being able to meet other touring bands, especially when they come to Phoenix. We go out to their shows and support them and then they’re really great about having us out to their shows, so we have been very fortunate.
Q: What are your major goals, both personally, and as a band? Matthew: Personally, I just want to be the best drummer, performer, and songwriter that I can be and I really just want to be the baddest ass band possible. We have recently been listening to stuff we did last year and we were super excited and everything was really punk and really fast and raw and now we’re relaxing and everything is sounding a little bit heavier and I like the challenge of going out of town and playing with bands that are bigger than us so we can learn. Chelsey: Yeah, we dissect everything to try to figure out what we can be doing better because we need to be moving at this rapid pace, otherwise we’re stuck. If you want to do this right, you have to go, go, go and we did. As far as personal goals go, I want to grow as a songwriter. The best part about being in a band for me is making a new song. Performing live is always amazing, but I think writing new material is the best part about being in a band. We played this riff the other day and we were like oh my God, I can’t believe this is happening right now. Those are the best moments. Also, I want to do this full time and we are going in the right direction. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Q: What made you start playing music? Matthew: I remember one day, my mom brought home drum sticks and a drum pad and I was in drum line in high school and then I did UofA’s drum line. When we did our first show, there were 60,000 people in the stadium and it was like, “this could be really fun.” I think a big turning point for me was finding Chelsea and Robert on Craigslist and we were in a band for like a second. Then we broke up and went our separate ways and my brother and I were in a band with another guy. It was fun and it was great, but I remember Fairy Bones playing our first song at Long Wong’s and the reaction was so intense and immediate and that was one of those times where I was like, “ok, we can do this.” That was one of those life changing moments where I knew this was what I needed to do. Chelsey: For me, I have a lot of “issues” like anxiety and normal stuff like that. Living in this world is tiring and awful sometimes and makes your brain go at a million miles an hour and when I’m playing live, I cannot think about anything else, everything is good. Robert: It’s sort of like an out-of-body experience, something you feel like you have to do. It lets the noise out of your head.
Q: Who are your biggest musical influences?Matthew: Buddy Rich, John Theodore from the Mars Volta, Queens of the Stone Age, Black Crows, Radiohead, Incubus Chelsey: Queen, specifically Freddie Mercury and Nirvana, specifically Kurt Cobain and musical theatre Ben: Herbie Hancock and Stanly Clark are my two go-to guys. Also Les Claypool. Robert: Muse, Dave Matthews, Nirvana, Jack White
Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians? Matthew: Don't stop practicing! Chelsey: In general, just don’t stop. If you keep going, you’ll be fine. Move forward, don’t be stagnant and you’ll get what you want. Robert: And don’t fall for those movies where there’s some guy in the back from a record label and he’s going to sign you because he loved your band. You have to go out and meet people and do it yourself. Chelsey: Even if you’re signed to a record label, you are still responsible and you can’t rely on anyone but yourself. Robert: It’s your art, your craft, and no one is going to care if you don’t push it. Chelsey: we will probably have a crowd funding campaign coming up pretty soon. Also, come to our shows and tell your friends!
These are bands that we think should be more popular than they are based on their well-refined sounds and all-around great music! These are not necessarily underground or unheard of bands, they are just under appreciated in our opinions.
This Portland-based band is signed to Polyvinyl records. Although they only have one album out, they have already found their own unique sound and put on a great live show.
2. DUM DUM GIRLS
This all female group truly knows how to rock their instruments and have created their own modern-day take on the surf-punk genre with a infusion of pop music. Currently, they are making their rounds at many of the US music festivals, which will definitely give them some recognition.
This is a power-punk band with surf-punk influences as well, that is really hitting hard in the LA punk scene and they play excellent music that even non-punk fans can enjoy.
4. YOUNGBLOOD HAWKE
This is an LA- based pop band who are gaining some momentum through KROQ, but they still haven't made an impact on the rest of the country, but their sound says otherwise.
5. SURFER BLOOD
This alternative rock band out of Florida just released their second album. They may have learned about catchy turns from Rivers Cuomo, give them a listen!
This Southern California based band sounds like a mix of every band you loved from the 1960s San Francisco movement all put into one and they are one of my personal favorites.
7. THE DROWNING MEN
This San Diego based band is like nothing you've ever heard, which is why it is impossible to describe them. Any band that plays both a theremin and a melodica is a win in my book.
8. MIDDLE CLASS RUT
This two-piece hard-rock group out of Sacramento, CA came into existence in 2006 and heavily toured and pushed their live music before finally releasing No Name No Color their first full-length album in 2010. They are also super nice guys and put on a great live show.
This group of high schoolers still haven't developed to the most of their potential... but they are still in high school and sound excellent. In a couple years I expect big things out of these teenagers. Currently they are preparing for their second full Van's Warped Tour.
10. ZZ WARD
ZZ Ward is the most popular of these bands, but she still has the potential to grow so much more. She could easily get heavy play on the airwaves because her sound is so polished and she knows exactly who she wants to be as an artist.
Whether you are a band or a music lover, bandsintown.com is an extremely useful resource. When you log in through your Facebook, it immediately starts tracking the bands and artists that you like on Facebook and tells you when they're coming to your area. The other really cool thing about Bandsintown is that you can look up what is happening in your area by date. I use this all the time. For example, if I am going to be in Phoenix for a weekend, I will look up what bands are playing while I'm there. You can use Bandsintown online or through the App, which is super easy to use. If you are an artist, you should most definitely be posting your upcoming shows on the website. Anyone can post an event and, just like everything else on the site, it is super easy to do! ...C
On Monday night we saw Best Coast open up for the Pixies and they were amazing, of course! This week, I decided to go with the song The Only Place because it really makes me want to be on a beach somewhere in California...C