“Dream of the End” from Sneaky Bones, Out Now!

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Sneaky Bones has just released his latest album, Dream of the End, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2014’s 7″ Eternity/Have You. On Dream of the End, Bean takes center stage on an array of instruments from vocals, guitars, pedal steel, bass, piano, arranging and production; showcasing his talent as a multi-instrumentalist.

Listen here now, Sneaky Bones “Dreams”
https://soundcloud.com/sneakybones/dreams-single/s-YjT8F

He has worked with notable artists such as The Lonesome Billies, Tumbleweed Company, and The Dwells, traveling across the U.S. and Europe. For 2015 Sneaky Bones has built upon past albums, drawn from momentous events, and created lyrical prose and instrumental energy to tell his story. Building upon his notable sound of dream folk, the next chapter in the Sneaky Bones book will surely win your ears, and your heart.  

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Put Your Records On: American Darlings

American Darlings

At The Great Record Chase we strive to get inside the heads of prominent new artists, and what makes their musical nerves tick. Over the course of several months we have been putting together a project in which a selection of new artists on our radar have put together an editorial. This consists of musical influences that formed, shaped, and brought to life their sound. There has been an impressive amount of new talent that has come our way since starting this website back in the Fall, and we want to take everything to a whole new level.

Today we sit down with Jason Maksymilian, frontman of New York based American Darlings; a psych-rock dream. Currently their latest EP, Rubber Tracks, has been making waves. Stellar for Summer? You bet!

Dive in!

Name three albums or artists that influenced your musical styling you play today and why they are important to you.

Jason Maksymilian: Three albums that initially come to mind are You’re Living All Over Me by Dinosaur Jr for it’s raw in-your-face guitar sound, You Made Me Realize by My Bloody Valentine for it’s sonic gritty textures combined with ethereal lush vocal melodies and A Hard Day’s Night for being my first “textbook” on how to write a song; songwriting 101.

What made them so influential to you?

Jason: All of those albums really showed me different ways to write songs and play guitar at different times in my life.
 
When did you first discover them? How did they help form the music you play today?

Jason: I heard A Hard Days Night when I was maybe 6 or 7. My Dad would play mixed tapes of music from the 60s on road trips and that album stood out in my mind-so catchy and memorable. It was also the first guitar chord/music transcription book I got while learning how to play. You’re Living All Over Me and You Made Me Realize came later on. J Mascis taught me new ways to solo while Kevin Shields (ironically) showed me how to sing delicately and made no apologies when using the tremolo bar on a Fender Jazzmaster.
American Darlings Bandcamp: americandarlings.bandcamp.com

Well-Known Strangers – “Another Sun”

WellKnown Strangers is Joe Adamek (guitar/songwriting), Betsy Ade (vocals/songwriting), Roger Gower (drums), Sacia Jerome (cello), Jon Wolf (guitars), and John Kulas (bass guitar, guitars). Joe is the band’s creative spark, introducing songs and guiding band’s overall artistic direction, though Betsy is an essential creative foil. Her songwriting and rich lyric gifts are essential in the band’s overall sound and direction, and her vocal delivery is unmatched. Members of the alt-pop collaboration have collectively played well over 250 shows around the Midwest, including Chicago-Metro, Milwaukee, Madison, Rockford, and Minneapolis. The group mines a sophisticated but accessible sound that recalls Goo Goo Dolls, Mumford & Sons, 10,000 Maniacs, Brandi Carlile, Annie Lennox, Rusted Root, and Matchbox 20.  Distinguishing WellKnownStrangers from those bands are the one-two punch of Betsy’s vocal power, sass, and swagger, and Sacia’s classically trained cello playing. Together the band creates a powerful sound that will keep drawing you back in.

WellKnown Strangers – “Another Sun”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyAQfTHkOMo

Put Your Records On: The Autumn Stone

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At The Great Record Chase we strive to get inside the heads of prominent new artists, and what makes their musical nerves tick. Over the course of several months we have been putting together a project in which a selection of new artists on our radar have put together an editorial. This consists of musical influences that formed, shaped, and brought to life their sound. There has been an impressive amount of new talent that has come our way since starting this website back in the Fall, and we want to take everything to a whole new level.

Today we sit down with James Cassidy, who makes up half of New York’s The Autumn Stone; a psych-rock dream. Currently their debut record, Beautiful Freaks, is an enticing introduction to the band, with a hazy new video in tow for “Vampires.”

Dive in!

Watch Now: The Autumn Stone “Vampires”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09JkYDBAPz0

Name three albums or artists that influenced your musical styling you play today and why they are important to you.
 
James- Syd Barrett, Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse), Brian Wilson –  To me lyrically and musically three of the best songwriters of all time. They were all so incredibly inventive and innovative with their instruments, and words
 
What made them so influential to you?
 
Brian’s arrangements are some of the best ever recorded. All of these artists evoke a certain melancholy which I guess I sort of struggle with myself. Also, the way they sing. They were unconventional singers (not counting Brian of course) and I felt maybe I could sing too,  even if I didn’t sound like Brian Wilson or Robert Plant.
 
 When did you first discover them? How did they help form the music you play today?
 
My father got me into The Beach Boys when I was a kid,  I heard Sparklehorse on amazon.com when I used to buy CDs a million years ago. They recommended Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot based on what albums I was looking at which were mostly The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev and Home. I got into Syd through being a Pink Floyd fan,  you know, the ignorant kind who only likes or is aware of The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon. I read an article somewhere about Piper at The Gates of Dawn and went out to Tower Records and bought it. It blew my mind. From there I bought his solo stuff which to me is even more impressive. All of these bands seep through and influence my music all the time.

http://facebook.com/theautumnstone

BRAIDS Announce Headlining Fall Tour Dates

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Braids are a three-piece experimental pop band from Montreal.

To record their third album, Deep In The Iris, Braids decamped to a series of retreats in the mountains of Arizona, Vermont, and upstate New York.  Surrounded by nature in all its warm vitality, the longtime bandmates strove to shed the fabric of their day to day relationships, being bare and vulnerable before one another.  What resulted is Deep In The Iris, their strongest record to date – powerful, yet fragile; immaculately sculpted, but deeply human.

Driven by roomy acoustic instrumentation and tasteful electronics, Deep In The Iris is easily Braids’ sunniest and most immediate record. While the icy, airless production of their second album Flourish // Perish suited the songs’ inward gaze, the widescreen warmth and full-bodied punch of Deep In The Iris are the perfect complement to its unflinching lyricism. 

Raphaelle Standell has always had a formidable voice but rarely has it sounded as vital, focused, and powerful as it does here.  True to the process that birthed it, the record explores a number of heavy subjects, including pornography, abuse, and slutshaming. Standell’s emotional vulnerability becomes a triumphant weapon in its own right: scything through wrongdoing and shame with equal aplomb, and clearing the way for the many others who will find resonance in the bravery of these lyrics. Written from a place of inspiring strength and unblinking lucidity, the lyricism of this record is a cathartic gift.

Tour Dates

7/25 Guelph, ON – HIllside Festival
8/01 Detroit, MI – Tires
8/21 Ottawa, ON – Arboretum Festival
9/17 Montreal, QC – Pop Montreal
9/22  Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
9/24  Chicago, IL – Subterranean
9/25 Champaign, IL – Pygmalion Festival
9/26  Saint Paul, MN – Turf Club
9/27  Winnipeg, MB – The Good Will
9/29  Calgary, AB – Commonwealth
9/30  Edmonton, AB – Denizen Hall
10/2  Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt
10/3  Seattle, WA – Lo Fi
10/4  Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
10/6  San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
10/8  San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
10/9  Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
10/12  Dallas, TX – Club Dada
10/13 Austin, TX – The Mohawk
10/16  Atlanta, GA – 529
10/17  Raleigh, NC – Kings
10/19 Washington, DC – DC9
10/20  Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
10/21  Boston, MA – Great Scott
10/22  Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right