28.10.2014 news
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“The Most Disturbing Interpretation of Willy Wonka Ever” – Out Now

Earlier today, io9.com premiered the new video from Primus for “Pure Imagination”, calling Primus & The Chocolate Factory “The Most Disturbing Interpretation of Willy Wonka ever”.

 Primus & The Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble is Available Now

Available now on iTunesAmazonPrimus’ Official Store, or from your local record store (CD or Vinyl)

EXCLUSIVE limited edition T-Shirt/CD bundles also available at Best Buy

Watch A Live Matinee Performance of Primus & The Chocolate Factory at 1pm EST on Oct 30th: A Very Wonka Afternoon with Primus

 

“The idea was to combine the Frog Brigade and Primus, and do this record,’ says Claypool. I think like a good portion of the planet, we were all pretty put off by the remake of the ‘Willy Wonka’ movie – the Tim Burton version. I really wanted to pay homage to a film [1971's 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,' starring Gene Wilder] that was very important to me as a kid and very influential to me musically. So that’s what we did. And as opposed to just going in and recording the songs and playing them the way they are in the film, we twisted them up a bit…twisted them up a lot.”

It felt so good, in fact, that he decided to take Primus into the studio to prepare the soundtrack for an album release. Claypool admits that he’s always, “in some way, wanted to be Willy Wonka,” and, also, that he’s always wanted to work a cover of “The Candyman” — a memorable number from the film’s soundtrack — into Primus sets.

“Our project is an homage to Gene Wilder and David L. Wolper’s, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and the effect it had on me in my youth,” spouts Les, “Now we get to sell PRIMUS bars and hang out with demented Oompa Loompas. Plus to top it off, it gives me an excuse to wear a purple, velvet waistcoat and brown top hat for the next 18 months.”

Primus is currently touring “Primus & The Chocolate Factory” across the US.  Don’t miss their twisted Willy Wonka themed stage production.  Each night the band will be selling limited edition Willy Wonka themed silkscreen printed posters.

In your wildest dreams you could not imagine the marvelous surprises that await you….  

Primus & The Chocolate Factory Tour Dates
10/28 – Palace Theater – Waterbury, CT (Buy Tickets)
10/29 – Hippodrome – Baltimore, MD (Buy Tickets)
10/31 – Beacon Theatre – New York, NY SOLD OUT
11/01 – State Theatre – New Brunswick, NJ (Buy Tickets)
11/02 – Main Street Armory – Rochester, NY (Buy Tickets)
11/03 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI (Buy Tickets)
11/05 – Peabody Opera House – St. Louis, MO (Buy Tickets)
11/07 – Taft Theatre – Cincinnati, OH (Buy Tickets)
11/08 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA (Buy Tickets)
11/09 – Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL (Buy Tickets)
11/11 – The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater – Miami Beach, FL (Buy Tickets)
11/12 – Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, FL (Buy Tickets)
11/14 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Biloxi, MS (Buy Tickets)
11/15 – ACL live at the Moody Theater – Austin, TX (Buy Tickets)
11/16 – The Majestic Theatre – Dallas, TX (Buy Tickets)
11/17 – Majestic Theatre – San Antonio, TX (Buy Tickets)
11/19 – Orpheum Theatre Phoenix – Phoenix, AZ SOLD OUT
11/21 – Orpheum Theatre LA – Los Angeles, CA SOLD OUT
11/22 – Fox Performing Arts Center – San Siego, CA (Buy Tickets)
11/23 – Center for the Arts – Riverside, CA (Buy Tickets)
12/31 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA* (Buy Tickets)
1/2 – Arlene Schnitzer – Portland, OR (Buy Tickets)
1/3 – Paramount Theater – Seattle, WA (Buy Tickets)

*annual New Year’s show, without Chocolate Factory

 

 

20.10.2014 news
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Jessica Lea Mayfield – “Standing in the Sun” Video and Limited Edition 7″

Out November 4th is a new two-song Jessica Lea Mayfield single limited to 500 copies, with artwork handmade by Jessica, and available only through the ATO Records store (you can pre-order it now)!  The A-side is “Standing In The Sun” from Make My Head Sing. Watch the video, premiered by Noisey, below. NPR Music said of the track: “Her voice and the melody achieve a shimmering beauty, the sound of music coming from far away, floating through your mind”. The b-side is a live take of “No Fun” recorded at the Empty Bottle which sounds even more heartbrokenly-epic and reverb-drenched than the album version. Watch the video for “No Fun”, and check out tour dates below:

Jessica hits the road in November. Don’t miss her great live show, tickets are available from her website:

11/13 – Cosmic Charlie’s – Lexington, KY

11/14 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA

11/15 – 40 Watt Club – Athens, GA

11/17 – The Southern – Charlottesville, VA

11/18 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY

11/19 – Fete Lounge – Providence, RI

11/20 – The Ballroom at Outer Space – Hamden, CT

11/21 – York Central Market House – York, PA

11/22 – Rumba Cafe – Columbus, OH

17.10.2014 news
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Watch Benjamin Booker on Jools Holland

Benjamin Booker and the band stopped by Later… With Jools Holland last week to perform “Violent Shiver” and “Happy Homes”, with Jools himself joining in on keys for “Happy Homes”. Check out the footage below, and be sure to check out Benjamin Booker on tour in the US this fall, with dates in Europe and Australia coming up (tour dates below video, tickets at his website):

10/17 – Birmingham AL @ The Bottletree #

10/18 – Atlanta GA @ Vinyl #

10/20 – Washington DC @ U St. Music Hall #

10/21 – Philadelphia PA @ World Cafe Live – Downstairs #

10/22 – Cambridge MA @ TT The Bear’s #

10/24 – Tallahassee FL @ Club Downunder

10/25 – Tampa FL @ Coral Skies Festival

10/26 – West Palm Beach FL @ Coral Skies Festival

10/29 – Orlando FL @ The Social

10/30 – Gainesville FL @ High Dive

10/31 – Mobile AL @ Soul Kitchen

11/01 – New Orleans LA @ Voodoo Music Experience

11/06 – New York City @ Mercury Lounge

11/07 – Brooklyn NY @ Baby’s All Right

14 Nov – Paris, France @ La Cigale

15 Nov – Nantes, France @ Stereolux

17 Nov – Toulouse, France @ Le Bikini

19 Nov – Cologne, Germany @ Blue Shell

20 Nov – Brussels, Belgium @ Rotonde

22 Nov – Utrecht, Netherlands @ Le Guess Who Festival

24 Nov – Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow

25 Nov – Berlin, Germany @ Bang Bang Club

01 Feb – Brisbane @ St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival (Brisbane Showgrounds)

06 Feb – Sydney @ St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival (Sydney College of the Arts)

07 Feb – Melbourne @ St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival (Footscray Centre)

08 Feb – Fremantle @ St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival (Esplanade Reserve)

26 Feb – Brighton @ Audio (14+)

27 Feb – Manchester @ Academy 3 (14+)

28 Feb – Glasgow @ King Tuts (14+, 16&U with parent)

02 Mar – London @ Village Underground (18+)

14.10.2014 news
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Stream ‘Primus & The Chocolate Factory’ at NY Times!

New York Times Streams Primus’ New Album Primus & The Chocolate Factory, out October 21 via ATO Records

Pre-order from Amazon | iTunes | Official Store

We are elated to share the New York Times’ full album stream of Primus’ upcoming album Primus & The Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble, The album is out October 21st via ATO Records. Catch the band’s set design full of “Pure Imagination” at the highly anticipated Wonka-themed live performances this fall.

The definitive Primus line-up – Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde, and drummer Tim Alexander – is back together and set to release their first full-length studio set in nearly 20 years, ‘Primus & the Chocolate Factory,’ due out on ATO Records on October 21. “The idea was to combine the Frog Brigade and Primus, and do this record,’ says Claypool. I think like a good portion of the planet, we were all pretty put off by the remake of the ‘Willy Wonka’ movie – the Tim Burton version. I really wanted to pay homage to a film [1971's 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,' starring Gene Wilder] that was very important to me as a kid and very influential to me musically. So that’s what we did. And as opposed to just going in and recording the songs and playing them the way they are in the film, we twisted them up a bit…twisted them up a lot.”

 

It felt so good, in fact, that he decided to take Primus into the studio to prepare the soundtrack for an album release. Claypool admits that he’s always, “in some way, wanted to be Willy Wonka,” and, also, that he’s always wanted to work a cover of “The Candyman” — a memorable number from the film’s soundtrack — into Primus sets.

 

With the album drop scheduled for October 21, Primus plans to tour the Chocolate Factory beginning the very next day. “We’re going to do some touring with it and we put together this pretty abstract stage production,” says Claypool, “We’re going to take it out there, around the planet, and see what happens. And, in light of the record business being gutted by the internet, we’ve made some PRIMUS brand chocolate bars to peddle as well.”

 

Of course, Claypool realized that it was risky business to adapt a cinematic classic that is so close to so many people’s hearts. And, naturally, he realized that it was dangerous waters to swim in the wake of Gene Wilder, who portrays Willy Wonka in the original film. The band pulls it off by making something that is truly their own, without taking anything away from the movie.

 

“Our project is an homage to Gene Wilder and David L. Wolper’s, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and the effect it had on me in my youth,” spouts Les, “Now we get to sell PRIMUS bars and hang out with demented Oompa Loompas. Plus to top it off, it gives me an excuse to wear a purple, velvet waistcoat and brown top hat for the next 18 months.”

 

 

Primus & The Chocolate Factory
October 22 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
October 24 – Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre
October 25 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
October 26 – Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center for Performing Arts
October 28 – Waterbury, CT @ Palace Theater
October 29 – Baltimore, MD @ Hippodrome
October 31 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
November 1 – New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theatre
November 2 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
November 3 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
November 5 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
November 7 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
November 8 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
November 9 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
November 11 – Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater
November 12 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
November 14 – Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
November 15 – Austin, TX @ ACL live at the Moody Theater
November 16 – Dallas, TX @ The Majestic Theatre
November 17 – San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theatre
November 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre Phoenix
November 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre LA
November 22 – Escondido, CA @ Center for the Arts
November 23 – Riverside, CA @ Fox Performing Arts Center
December 6 – Santiago, Chile @ Rockout Fest

December 31 – Oakland, CA # Fox Theater*

January 2 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
January 3 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater

*annual New Year’s show, without Chocolate Factory

 

 

06.10.2014 news
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Stream Stars’ new album “No One Is Lost” on NPR First Listen!

Today NPR Music launched a full album stream of STARS’ ‘No One Is Lost,’ one week ahead of release, saying it “prioritizes lightness and bittersweet uplift over the devastation strewn throughout ‘Set Yourself On Fire’ or ‘In Our Bedroom After The War.’ It’s the work of a band that’s plumbed life’s depths, only to find something worth living for at the bottom.”

‘No One Is Lost’ has already been featured as one of the most anticipated fall releases on New York Magazine, Pitchfork and Paste, and New York Magazine’s Vulture named the title-track one of the “Best New Songs” of this week. Listen to the full album at NPRhttp://shorefi.re/1q3oMIY

STARS recorded ‘No One Is Lost’ at Montreal’s Mile End Studios, the former home of Handsome Furs (and the site of Arcade Fire’s first rehearsals). Mile End became a home away from home. Creeping into the sound of the new record was the music from the now-defunct discotheque Royal Phoenix located downstairs. The result is STARS’ most dance-floor-ready album to date. Drummer Pat McGee explains, “The sub-bass throb coming from the club below our studio was undeniably and unavoidably influential. It motivated us to out-throb the throb.”

STARS kick off their headlining North American tour in November with dates at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg, plus shows in DC, Boston, and LA. See a full list of dates below.

Watch the “joyous” (SPIN) music video for “From The Night”:

STARS ‘No One Is Lost’ Tour Dates:

11/08 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall

11/09 – Boston, MA @ Royale

11/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

11/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

11/13 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

11/14 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre

11/15 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft

11/16 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge

11/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

11/21 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre

11/22 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre

11/23 – Buffalo, NY @ The Tralf

02/03 – Kingston, ON @ Grand Theater

02/05 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis

02/06 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial

02/07 – Ottawa, ON @ NAC

02/11 – London, ON @ London Music Hall

02/12 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth

02/13 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth

02/21 – Winnipeg, ON @ Burton Cummings

02/23 – Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brian/Odean Event Centre

02/24 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall

02/25 – Edmonton, AB @ Winspear

02/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue

02/27 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue

02/28 – Victoria, BC @ Alix Goolden

03/03 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune

03/04 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin

03/05 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

03/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda

01.10.2014 news
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Hear New Mariachi El Bronx Single “Wildfires”

HEAR NEW MARIACHI EL BRONX SINGLE “WILDFIRES”

Mariachi El Bronx just released the lead single “Wildfires” from their forthcoming new album, ‘Mariachi El Bronx (III),’ out November 4 via ATO Records, and it’s available for streaming here: https://soundcloud.com/thebronxxx/wildfires

Mariachi El Bronx will celebrate the album’s release with a fall West Coast run that will kick off November 5 with a record release show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. The band will be touring Europe in December, supporting ATO labelmates Gogol Bordello.

With the new album, Mariachi El Bronx added new electronic elements for the first time to its signature acoustic style. Frontman Matt Caughthran found himself confronting dark influences in the lyrics.

“There were things that I thought I had already written out of my system. My dad passing away. Some slip-ups that really dragged me down. But I think that with this record I finally got those monkeys off my back,” he recently told the Wall Street Journal. “There was a time a couple years ago when ego had gotten the best of me, and I made a lot of mistakes. ‘Wildfires’ is about being driven by something that’s stronger and darker than yourself.”

Caughthran wrote the song as local winds were causing fires around the band’s hometown of Los Angeles. But the song ends on a hopeful note as he sings, “How did I survive, burnt but still alive?” He says, “The thing that I love about the soul of mariachi music, and El Bronx, is its feeling of triumph.”

MARIACHI EL BRONX – 2014 TOUR DATES (TICKETS HERE)

West Coast Headline Tour

11/5 – Los Angeles, CA @ The El Rey Theatre

11/6 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Co

11/7 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones

11/8 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

11/10 – Bellingham, WA @ The Wild Buffalo

11/11 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile

11/12 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre

11/14 – Sacramento, CA @ Assembly Music Hall

11/15 – Fresno, CA @ Strummers

Supporting Gogol Bordello

12/1 – Gdansk, POL @ B90

12/2 – Krakow, POL @ Rotunda

12/4 – Warsaw, POL @ Stodola

12/5 – Berlin, GER @ Astra Kulturhaus

12/6 – Osnabrück, GER @ Hyde Park

12/8 – Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy

12/9 – Liverpool, UK @ O2 Academy

12/11 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy

12/12 – Sheffield, UK @ O2 Academy

12/13 – London, UK @ The Roundhouse

12/14 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City

12/16 – Dublin, IRE @ The Academy

24.09.2014 news
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Hurray for the Riff Raff Launches “Body Electric Fund”, Listen to Unreleased Song for Trayvon Martin

Hurray for the Riff Raff‘s Alynda Lee Segarra is known for taking a strong stance against hatred, violence, and inequality through her music, weaving social messages into songs like  “The Body Electric”, a moving ballad against gender violence. Today, Hurray for the Riff Raff announced a campaign on indiego go to establish “The Body Electric Fund”, intended to create awareness surrounding and provide financial support for the causes and movements championed in the music.

“The process of writing ‘The Body Electric’ was very powerful for me,” says Hurray For The Riff Raff’s Alynda Lee Segarra. “I felt the waves of a 26-year span of desires to see all women free from violence crash into me. It was anger, a desire for justice and a dream of change…I hope to use our platform as a band to shine the spotlight on those organizations that do the work that can truly change our futures.”

The campaign will support both the creation of a video for “The Body Electric” that will raise awareness of violence against women, minorities and LGBT groups and “the Body Electric Fund” which will in turn benefit a variety of organizations working to promote peace for those in these communities, including the Third Wave Fund and The Trayvon Martin Foundation.

Those who donate $10 or more to the indiegogo campaign will be able to download a previously unreleased track, “Everybody Knows (for Trayvon Martin)”, which premiered at TIME. The band hopes to raise $20,000 to fund the creation of “The Body Electric” video and The Body Electric Fund. $10,000 will go toward the making of a music video which will shed light on violence against women, minorities, and the LGBT community. After the video expenses have been met, the rest of the money raised will go to The Body Electric Fund. The Body Electric Fund is powered by RPM, a nonprofit agency that provides artists with strategy and support for their activism and philanthropy.

About the Third Wave Fund

The Third Wave Fund is the only national fund that supports and strengthens youth-led gender justice activism who proudly bridge feminist, queer, and trans organizers and donor communities for the sake of a stronger, more resourced movement for gender, racial, and economic justice.

About the Trayvon Martin Foundation

The Trayvon Martin Foundation’s purpose is to create awareness of how violent crime impacts the families of the victims and to provide support and advocacy for those families in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin

15.09.2014 news
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Listen to Primus’ “Golden Ticket” from Primus & The Chocolate Factory, Out 10/21

SPIN just premiered the latest track from Primus’ upcoming album Primus & The Chocolate Factory, the band’s dark, strange interpretation of the classic “Golden Ticket” from the 1971 Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory film.

SPIN says, “Heard below, that memorable cut from the film is reborn with help from bounding bass, chiming vibes, Claypool’s deep warble, and a handful of eerie effects — taken all together, this is the aural march of a demented carnival barker leading a band of skeletons wielding toy instruments. Our conductor and colonel’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade pitch in on the album too (credited as the Fungi Ensemble), making for a robust bunch of tried and true rock experimentalists, playing in service of a canonical slab of cinematic psychedelia.”

Listen to the track below, and check out their tour dates, including recently added shows on the West Coast. Tickets are available at http://primusville.com/tickets/.

Primus tour dates:

October 22 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
October 24 – Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre
October 25 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
October 26 – Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center for Performing Arts
October 28 – Waterbury, CT @ Palace Theater
October 29 – Baltimore, MD @ Hippodrome
October 31 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
November 1 – New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theatre
November 2 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
November 3 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
November 5 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
November 7 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
November 8 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
November 9 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
November 11 – Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater
November 12 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
November 14 – Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
November 15 – Austin, TX @ ACL live at the Moody Theater
November 16 – Dallas, TX @ The Majestic Theatre
November 17 – San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theatre
November 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre Phoenix
November 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre LA
November 22 – Escondido, CA @ Center for the Arts
December 31 – Oakland, CA # Fox Theater*
January 2 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
January 3 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater

*annual New Year’s show, without Chocolate Factory

10.09.2014 news
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Watch trailer for Drive-By Truckers Live Film “Black Ice Vérité”

Paste Magazine just premiered the trailer for “Black Ice Vérité”, a live film documenting Drive-By Truckers‘ show at the 40 Watt Club in their hometown of Athens, GA where they played English Oceans in full. Both the film and a deluxe edition of English Oceans that includes eight live tracks and and the live DVD will be released on November 18. Watch the trailer below, scroll down for tour dates and deluxe album tracklisting, and pre-order the album on Drive-By Truckers’ website.

 

 

English Oceans Deluxe Edition Bonus Track Listing
1. First Air of Autumn
2. Grand Canyon
3. Made Up English Oceans
4. The Part of Him
5. Feb 14
6. Panties in Your Purse
7. Dead Drunk and Naked
8. Shit Shots Count

 

Drive-By Truckers Tour Dates
September
12 – Louisville, Ky. @ Iroquois Amphitheater w/ North Mississippi All-stars
13 – Detroit, Mich. @ Royal Oak Theater%
14 – Champaign, Ill. @ Canopy Club%
16 – Omaha, Nebr. @ Slowdown#
17 – Tulsa, Okla. @ Cain’s Ballroom#
18 – Dallas, Texas @ Southside Music Hall#
19 – Memphis, Tenn. @ Minglewood Hall%
October
4 – Mt. Pleasant, S.C. @ Holy City Hogs
10 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Tabernacle$
11 – Birmingham, Ala. @ Cask and Drum
17 – New York, N.Y. Beacon Theater$
18 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Electric Factory$
19 – Albany, N.Y. @ Hart Theatre at The Egg
21 – Pawtucket, R.I. @ The Met
22 – Bethlehem, Pa. @ Musikfest Cafe
23 – Columbus, Ohio @ Newport Music Hall^
24 – Chicago, Ill. @ Riviera Theater^
25 – Springfield, Mo. @ Gillioz Theater^
28 – Fayetteville, Ark. @ George’s Majestic Lounge^
29 – Oxford, Miss. @ The Lyric Oxford^
30 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Ryman Auditorium^
November
1 – Charlotte, N.C. @ The Fillmore^
20, 21, 22 – San Fran, Calif. @ The Fillmore w/ Sturgill Simpson

# = Lucero
% = Lee Bains & The Glory Fires
$ = St. Paul & the Broken Bones
^ = Houndmouth

09.09.2014 news
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Fly Golden Eagle joins ATO Roster, “Quartz” Out 10/14!

We’re incredibly excited to announce the newest addition to the ATO Records roster: Nashville’s own Fly Golden Eagle. Their upcoming album Quartz will be released on October 14, and they’re heading out on tour with labelmates J. Roddy Walston & The Business (scroll down for dates, tickets are available on their website). Read more about the album below:

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When you lower the needle down onto a Fly Golden Eagle record, you’ll hear a few different things at once. You’ll hear the stomp-heavy drama of T. Rex. You’ll hear the swirling colors and textures of The Doors. You’ll even here a growl of punk rock mixed effortlessly with the choral echoes of the gospel church. And it is all of these – the psych-rock-glam-funk-gospel sounds – that unify to fully form this Nashville quartet and their upcoming LP, Quartz, the band’s first-ever release on ATO Records.

 

“I wanted this album to be a real reflection of the whole band effort, of the vibes of us playing together,” said founding member and lead singer Ben Trimble. “I want people to listen to it and be able to feel the chemistry.”

This was a definite contrast from Fly Golden Eagle’s previous psych-funk release, Swagger, and Trimble’s work through-and-through.

“It [Swagger] was my thing,” he describes. “Quartz is about something bigger.”

To be released on October 14th, Quartz is a 26-song epic, a collection of songs that join together to form a narrative arc describing a story that is sometimes vulgar, sometimes profane, and sometimes beautiful. The album lines up with the groundbreaking 1973 film The Holy Mountain, an avant-garde masterpiece directed by Alejandro Jodorowski, produced by The Beatles’ manager Allen Klein, and funded by John Lennon and George Harrison. Trimble found himself inspired by the film while writing the material that would become Quartz. It was not a given that the music and the movie would run in tandem, but as Trimble continued to write the through-lines of both works matched up, leading to an inspirational set piece of visuals, music, and story.

These combined efforts are certainly evident in the overall power of the record that also translates to Quartz Bijou, a 12-song abbreviated version of its originally intended 26-track version, Quartz. Bijou ebbs and flows seamlessly; it’s a deeply satisfying stand-alone musical effort, with the bonus realization that there’s more to be heard and experienced.

Fly Golden Eagle has also worked extensively with Andrija Tokic, cut music in The Bomb Shelter, and played on some of the most significant albums representing the new Nashville sound, including Benjamin Booker, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Majestico and Alabama Shakes. They have also toured with Alabama Shakes and other acts including Dr. Dog, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, the Arctic Monkeys and more. Coming off of summer festival performances at Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, the band will hit the road this month with rollicking rock quartet J. Roddy Walston & The Business, dates below.

Whether live or on record, Fly Golden Eagle’s music is a ride and it’s one that you should take as often as you can, with the volume turned up. Just say yes to the question posed in slinky seduction of “Horses Mouth:” “I’m never bending to the imitations/ Why don’t you come and take a trip with me?”

Tour Dates

9/11 – New York, NY – Glasslands

9/13 – Burlington, VT – Nectar’s

9/26 – Chattanooga, TN – JJ’s Bohemia

9/27 – Charlotte, NC – Double Door Inn

9/28 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre#

9/29 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight at Mr. Fred’s

9/30 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre#

10/1 – Oxford, MS – The Lyric Oxford#

10/2 – Jackson, MS – Duling Hall

10/4 – Norman, OK – Opolis

10/6 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck#

10/7 – St. Louis, MO – Plush#

10/8 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge#

10/13 – Tucson, AZ – The Flycatcher#

10/14 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern#

10/15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Satellite

10/16 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubador#

10/17 – San Fran, CA – The Independent

10/20 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge#

10/22 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile

10/27 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater#

10/29 – Dallas, TX – Trees#

10/30 – Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds#

10/31 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz Rock N Roll Chicken Shack#

11/2 – Birmingham, AL – Workplay Theater#

11/3 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West#

11/4 – Winston Salem, NC – Ziggys#

11/6 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair#

11/7 – New York, NY – Stage 48#

11/8 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts#

# = with J. Roddy Walston & The Business

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