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  • Carry Illinois' Effortless Talent Makes New Album 'Garage Sale' Endlessly Playable

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    Carry Illinois' Effortless Talent Makes New Album 'Garage Sale' Endlessly Playable

    Carry Illinois - Garage Sale

    ‘Garage Sale,’ the new album from Carry Illinois, is a testament to the human experience. It’s a tour-de-force of emotion and takes you on an emotional journey with the band. For singer/songwriter Lizzy Lehman, losing a bandmate last year was a paralyzing experience, but writing new music gave her hope. 

    She said, “I took some songwriting workshops about using songwriting as truth-telling” and felt a switch in herself. She said that the class made her realize the importance of writing about her genuine experiences because “that’s the stuff that people really connect to.” To draw on the tragedy the band faced, 'Garage Sale' became therapy. 

    Despite the surrounding circumstances, the album became an expression of hope. The songs life you up rather than depress and each one feels like a new experience. The album has so many different influences from vintage college-rock mettle to a little lush AOR that it’s impossible to get bored. Take "Years to Come," which plays midway through the album and catches a current of ringing new-wave guitars, marching choral drums, and Brill Building harmonies: It's a defiant gesture though relatively unadorned.

    By partnering with admired producer John Vanderslice, the band took a raw approach, focusing on emotion and instrumental nuance. Lehman described her experience saying, “I think John, immediately when he heard the music, knew making sure the vocals were right up front and the lyrics could be heard was top priority, and made me super confident recording with him.” 

    But Vanderslice defers credit entirely to the band. He said he mostly tried to stay out of the way and just capture the energy. He even went as far as to say, “The band was so good I didn't want to impose a production style.” 

    With top-tier production, raw emotion, and exciting nuanced tracks, Garage Sale is a memorable album about love and loss. It’s a ode to recovery and moving forward — a true inspirational ballad.

    Album out: May 12

    Rate: 9/10

     

    -- Lou Flesh

    Buy here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/siren-ep/id824269502

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    http://nodepression.com/album-review/carry-illinois-effortless-talent-makes-new-album-garage-sale-endlessly-playable

  • Notes From Left of the Dial: Date Night With Brian "Anywhere" video

    Date Night With Brian, "Anywhere"
    Built around the musical muscle of three Seattle punk rock veterans, Date Night With Brian is a bass-less trio that evokes the noise of classic punk and indie rock while wading through a wash of fuzzed-out pop theatrics and rambunctious arrangements. With collected musical histories that extend back well over a decade, the band uses this wealth of experience and innate sense of band-centered dynamism to build a fierce and fiery foundation on which to offer their incendiary wares. Their new self-titled EP is out now on Top Drawer Records and is an apoplectic ride through their communal influences.

    For the video to their new song, "Anywhere," the band opts for a black and white performance piece, which finds them covered head to toe in reel-to-reel tape. The song possesses a fiery punk spirit, the kind that was thought to have died out in the late '70s. They mix in a bit of noisy pop to create a glowing mass of cross-genre pollination, resulting in a sound that doesn't feel beholden to any one set of rhythmic ideas but revels in its brisk dissemination of influences. The band's punk history shines through with their ability to navigate tremendous speeds without losing any sense of musical cohesion—in fact, through this practiced speed, they discover the gooey and reverberating heart of their extensive inspirations.

    http://nooga.com/175904/notes-from-left-of-the-dial-fallow-land-and-more/

  • New Noise Mag: Date Night with Brian CD Review

    Date Night With Brian
    Self-Titled EP
    (Top Drawer Records)

    The bass-less trio, Date Night With Brian, make up for the missing instrument with solid drumming and a brilliant two guitar attack plan. The Seattle group combines a fantastic mix of classic ‘90s alt rocks influences (all the greats like Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth and Meat Puppets) with infectious hooks that keep the songs with you long after you’ve stopped listening.

    A bit sloppy, but only in the most endearing way, you can practically smell the sweat and hear the clinking of beer bottles as the band rips through this collection of songs. There is an immediacy to everything from the drums and guitars to the shared male/female vocals that gives these songs that much more of a spotlight.

    The 5-track EP is frustrating only in its length; the songs, each as good as the one before it, end all too soon. A full-length album would be greatly appreciated.

    Purchase the album here.

    http://newnoisemagazine.com/review-date-night-brian-self-titled/

  • PASTE MAGAZINE VIDEO PREMIERE: Carry Illinois's 'Electric Charm' is simply touching and beautifully done

     

    When Carry Illinois’ bassist John Winsor took his life in 2016, the remaining members were numbed by their loss. They channeled their emotions the best way musicians know how: the release of a new album “Garage Sale”. The emotional 6-track tackles their loss not with sadness and helplessness, but with hope for their future. 

    by John Vanderslice, the album focuses on the importance of singer Lizzy Lehman’s lyrics and is a stripped-down wonder. Electric Charm is an upbeat bouncy track that comes from a 2-song release called “Electric Charm/Sea Inside”.The video’s colorful animation by Yukai Du is a unique representation of the music through color and morphing from one shape to the next. The result is the best dang thing I have seen in a long time!

    Lizzy states that the song "Electric Charm" began as a way for her to express and work through the pain that she experienced being bullied in high school.  “The only place I truly felt safe and at home was on stage and in the choir room. It wasn't until college that I was able to make friends that I could relate to and be myself around.  I could finally express my true self without the fear of being ridiculed or laughed at. It is only in the last couple years that I have found the strength to reflect on those early years with the confidence of knowing that I have risen above the hurtful words of my youth and find myself living happily.”

    Lizzy chose to have a video made for this song to express the growth in her personal confidence. She also wanted to have a beautiful piece of art that featured the musical talents of their former bass player John Winsor, who tragically took his own life in March 2016. This video is for him.

    When working with Yukai Du of Bliink Studios (Brighton, England) the collaboration came about very naturally. They provided her with the lyrics, the themes of the song, the color palette they preferred, and then gave her free-reign to work her magic.

    I like to give creative folks as much freedom as possible when starting a project and then ask for certain elements to be modified, provide criticism, and express my thoughts as the process happens. The imagery of a solitary person in space, the electric elements of earth, and the colorful abstract shifting shapes tie together the intimate themes of the song while creating a universal feel that people can relate to.”

    The video for "Electric Charm" is an exciting creative step for the band and Lizzy looks forward to diving deeper into more collaborative artistic efforts with future songs.

    This tribute to her friend and band mate is simply touching and beautifully done. It is an honor to listen to these lyrics and support this release. We suggest you check out Carry Illinois’s upcoming release “Garage Sale” which comes out May 12th. It is jam packed with songs that will instantly give you goose bumps.

    Myra Ivy

    http://carryillinoisband.com

    https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/04/video-premiere-carry-illinoiss-electric-charm-is-simply-touching-and-beautifully-done.html

  • AYRON JONES on ALTERNATIVE PRESS MAGAZINE

    Produced by legendary drummer Barrett Martin, Ayron Jones’ new album sets release date

     By Caitlyn Ralph

    Ayron Jones And The Way will release their new album, Audio Paint Job, June 2 via Sunyata Records.

    It's produced by legendary drummer Barret Martin (Queens Of The Stone Age). Here's what he had to say about the project:

    "Producing Ayron’s new album was a great experience for both of us. I’m an old school producer, but Ayron gave me hope that the next generation of forward-leaning musicians are going to do some great work in the future. Ayron’s ideas are rooted in the same classic forms I grew up with, yet he draws from modern hip hop, R&B, and soul, to create a new kind of Seattle rock that sounds both new and classic at the same time. During the sessions for Audio Paint Job, he learned from me, and I from him, so the album is both classic and future."

    Jones is on vocals, Ehssan Kirimi is on drums and Bob Lovelace is on bass.

    "Audio Paint Job is a title that has multiple meanings for me," Jones says. "It's a story about my mental and spiritual transformation through music."

    The album release show will take place at Seattle's Neptune Theater June 24.

    Jones also sings in the band Levee Walkers, alongside Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan. They have a two song single coming this summer.

    Album art:

    Tracklisting:

    Take Me Away
    Emily
    Its Over When Its Over
    Mr. Jones/Rockstar
    Boys From the Puget Sound
    West Coast Feelin’
    Play Me a Song
    Take Your Time
    Stand Up
    Lay Your Body Down
    Be There With You
    Love is the Answer
    Yesterday 

    http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/produced_by_legendary_drummer_barrett_martin_ayron_jones_new_album_sets_rel

  • RazorCake: Date Night With Brian Review


    Given that my father and uncle are both named Brian and it is my middle name, I convinced myself that I was destined to have an affinity to this band before I knew any more than its title. Then I discovered that one-third of one of my favourite bands, Sicko, was also one-third of DNWB. That person being Ean Hernandez, whose label is also responsible for releasing this record. I was sold from there. The bass-less trio’s songs have a quirky garage pop feel, which manages to offer up hints of Sicko through some of the guitar work and Hernandez’s vocals. Drummer Reba Cowen—who was in Tales From The Birdbath with Hernandez—provides main vocals on the final of the five songs, “Drink the Kool-Aid,” to end on the highest of notes. My attraction is now firmly cemented. –Rich Cocksedge

    http://razorcake.org/date-night-brian-summertime-10/

  • CD REVIEW: Logan Lynn "Adieu"

    CD REVIEW: Logan Lynn "Adieu"

    LOGAN LYNN

    ADIEU

    Former electronic artist, Dandy Warhols protege,

    LGBT activist and human being with many other

    attached labels and titles, Logan Lynn, drops an

    epic album of danceable Electro-Rock Pop gems.

    You’ll find yourself dancing and twirling through

    the house, lip syncing into your hairbrush to his

    bare-bones, no holds barred truth before you even

    have a chance to process the lyrical content. Like a

    pride-parade rock band fronted by a former Christian

    fundie superhero schooled in the finer points

    of Brian Wilson and the aforementioned Dandys

    who has the power-pop potential to become

    something resembling an Indie/Glam Macklemore/

    Owl City hybrid. I can’t stop listening to this. (selfreleased)

    by Chad Wells

    http://ghettoblastermagazine.com

  • SEATTLE WEEKLY : Violin Virtuoso Andrew Joslyn’s Serene Debut LP Was Born of Chaos

    Through a fire, ‘At the Bottom of the Ocean.’

     S

    eattle-based violinist/composer Andrew Joslyn has toured the world on the strength of his playing. He is most definitely a musician. But the prolific artist could easily have been the world’s most accomplished juggler.

    Sitting across a table from him in West Seattle’s cozy Uptown Espresso, plans, words, and ideas tumble out of his mouth at an amazing rate—objectives he seems to keep afloat, bouncing in midair—but they aren’t just wishes, they’re descriptions of the many actual projects he has his hands on.

    Joslyn, who will debut his first full-length record, Awake at the Bottom of the Ocean, on Friday and celebrate it with a concert in conjunction with Seattle Secret Shows on Sat., Feb. 18, also just finished scoring his first feature film, American Violence, starring Bruce Dern and NFL player Rob Gronkowski. “It was such intense work that I got tendinitis in both hands,” says Joslyn, who is also getting married to his fiancée in August. “I was putting in 14- to 16-hour workdays to pull it off. Some parts I had to record 80 times each for the big sound the director was looking for.”

    For many, these professional accomplishments would be enough. But not for Joslyn. He has to keep working, collaborating—hustling the chaos of his life into laser-focused songs, some of which are so packed with swells and sways they almost feel unreal. “I’m a workaholic,” he says, “I’m only happy when I’m working.”

    As a working artist, stress is always part of the job. But stress, confusion, and loss found Joslyn in his private life, too. About two years ago, an apartment fire took almost everything he and his then-girlfriend, singer Suzy Sun, owned—even their cat. “When it rains, it pours,” he says, shaking his head. And after the fire—and subsequent insurance claims and attempts to re-collect their lives—Joslyn and Sun ended their relationship, strained in part by Joslyn’s constant touring with the likes of Macklemore and Dave Bazan.

    But now, perhaps, all this struggle is paying off in terms of clarity and direction—thanks in large part to Awake. “I’ve always been beholden to someone else’s schedule,” says Joslyn of his musical collaborations. “But I owe so much to this record. I don’t know if people are going to like it or not, but during these past few years, I just needed to make it.”

    Awake recalls the virtuosity of baroque pop violinist Andrew Bird and the springs and dives of a Mozart concerto, and brings a curious, self-investigative quality unique to Joslyn. This is evident immediately in the record’s first song, featuring vocalist Will Jordan—one of the many exquisite guest singers, including Adra Boo and Shelby Earl. Jordan sings, raspy and wondering, “We’re all living for that royal grace, that special place, that plastic heaven.” The standout track, though, might be “I Should Have Said Goodbye Before I Met You,” an emotionally remorseful song featuring Sun’s lamenting vocals.

    And while the release of Awake is a point of excitement for Joslyn, his focus, as always, remains on the next ball in the air. “I want to write a new record and have my wedding be the release party,” he grins. “Almost like a music festival where we’ll give the album out to all our attendees. I really want to do that, to make something beautiful.” Out Fri., Feb. 10 via soundcloud.com/Andrew-joslyn-music

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