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Video: Favored Nations – “The Setup”

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The record features sounds as diverse as the bouncy basslines and disco vibes of the title-track to the gentle acoustic guitar strumming and mellifluous vocals found on “That’s Not Who We Are.” – Spin

“Amazon explores a diverse range of style and beats within three tracks while managing not to disrupt the flow of the album as a whole.” – In Your Speakers

Back in June, I posted about my newest love, Favored Nations. And I am thrilled to share the music video for another one of their tracks. Check out “The Setup” below.

“The Setup” will be familiar to anyone who made it to the end of Grand Theft Auto V. Where GTA is all sun, people, and action, the music video for the game’s finale track is foggy, dazed, and striking. However, what the two have in common is powerful, memorable visuals of fantasy.

The product of a night out in the city of angels, Favored Nations has accomplished quite a bit since they cut their first demos in early 2012. Their accomplishments thus far aren’t too surprising since the trio is made up of some very familiar and beloved men on the dance music scene. James Curd is one of the most sought after remixers in the genre and he founded the group with singer Morgan Phalen, whose voice was featured on Justice’s psychy second LP Audio Video Disco. Curd then added Surahn Sidhu, touring bass and guitar player for Empire of the Sun, to the mix.


On July 1st Favored Nations released their second EP Amazon via Jupiter Clique.

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Stream: New Album From The Chain Gang of 1974 – Daydream Forever

Click the image to stream the new album!

Click the image to stream the new album!

Earlier this week, Rolling Stone premiered the song “You,” proclaiming it “exists at the intersection between modern EDM and classic Eighties synth-pop.” Similarly, the album’s enthralling first single “Sleepwalking,'” which is featured on the television commercial for Grand Theft Auto V, recently debuted at #1 on the Alt Specialty Radio Chart and was also added to Sirius XM’s Alt Nation playlist. The song was nominated for Spike TV’s Video Game (VGX) Awards for “Best Song In A Game,” and is the most popular on the GTAV soundtrack , with over 30K sold.

Led by the genre-jumping singer/multi-instrumentalist Kamtin Mohager, the band will be performing at SXSW and Governor’s Ball, with additional tour dates coming soon.

Daydream Forever was produced by Isom Innis (Foster The People) with additional production and mixing from Tony Hoffer (M83, Phoenix). The new album is the anticipated follow-up to The Chain Gang of 1974’s widely acclaimed 2011 debut Wayward Fire, which Esquire declared “one of the summer’s most surprisingly fantastic new records,” earning similar praise from the likes of SPINMTVFADERNYLONRCRD LBL and more. They have shared the stage with the likes of Foster the People, Big Audio Dynamite, Tapes N Tapes, and The Naked and Famous, as well as a lauded performance at 2011’s Lollapalooza, which Yahoo proclaimed “a fabulous onstage display.”

 

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FULL TRACK: The Chain Gang of 1974 – “Sleepwalking”

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The Chain Gang of 1974, the moniker of genre-jumping singer & multi-instrumentalist Kamtin Mohager, is making headlines with his enthralling new single “Sleepwalking” which is featured on the new television commercial for Grand Theft Auto V. The commercial has been in constant rotation since its debut earlier this month during a new episode of “Breaking Bad,” and the song is the most popular on Grand Theft Auto V’s soundtrack, on sale now at iTunes. “Sleepwalking” is the first single from The Chain Gang of 1974’s highly anticipated sophomore LP Daydream Forever, which is due out February 4 on Warner Bros Records.

The Chain Gang of 1974 just finished a run of West Coast dates with The Vaccines, and is gearing up for a week-long trek with Sir Sly, kicking off October 8 in San Francisco. See below for details.

Daydream Forever was produced by Isom Innis (Foster The People), with additional production and mixing from Tony Hoffer (M83, Phoenix). Earlier this summer, Neon Gold unveiled a first look at the new album, by premiering the song “Miko.” Watch the official lyric video for it below:

The new album is the anticipated follow-up to The Chain Gang of 1974’s widely acclaimed 2011 debut Wayward Fire, which Esquire declared “one of the summer’s most surprisingly fantastic new records,” and earned similar praise from the likes of SPIN, MTV, FADERNYLONRCRD LBL and more. The band has shared the stage with the likes of Foster the People, Big Audio Dynamite, Tapes N Tapes, and The Naked and Famous, as well as a lauded performance at 2011’s Lollapalooza, which Yahoo proclaimed “a fabulous onstage display.”

THE CHAIN GANG OF 1974 TOUR DATES:

  • September 27 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
  • September 28 – San Diego, CA @ The Griffin
  • October 8 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent (w/ Sir Sly)
  • October 10 – Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl (w/ Sir Sly)
  • October 11 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos (w/ Sir Sly)
  • October 12 – Portland, OR @ Holocene (w/ Sir Sly)
  • October 14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court (w/ Sir Sly)
  • October 15 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater (w/ Sir Sly)

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