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Highly Anticipated: Teen Daze

Vancouver’s Teen Daze will release his first album for Paper Bag Records on August 7th 2015‘Morning World’ was recorded with John Vanderslice at Tiny Telephone, his all-analog studio in San Francisco with co-producer Simon Bridgefoot. Watch the ‘Morning World‘ trailer below.
In 2010, Jamison, the person behind Teen Daze, had no idea what Four More Years would bring. That debut EP, a collection of blissful home recordings, was the work of a carefree 24 year-old. By 2012, things had changed, as they tend to do: relationships dissolved, illness affected his family, windows for outward communication were closing. The gravity of it all made for constant output; he reached for futuristic utopia with All Of Us, Together, found a devotional sanctuary inside The Inner Mansions, and embraced hibernation on Glacier. In hindsight, this was an artist coping through various forms of introverted escapism.

While proud of the material, Jamison sought to break this cycle when approaching the next record. He knew it would take a few leaps of faith, most directly: out of his bedroom… out of his comfort zone. For the first time, he gave up some control, inviting the input of others. Bearing over 30 demos, Jamison joined one of his musical heroes John Vanderslice at Tiny Telephone, his all-analog studio in San Francisco. Beyond the immediate sonic advantages of recording to tape, the sessions with Vanderslice and co-producer Simon Bridgefoot encouraged a new positivity and confidence to his craft.

Track Listing:
1. Valley of Gardens
2. Pink
3. Morning World
4. It Starts At The Water
5. Post Storm
6. Life In The Sea
7. You Said
8. Garden Grove
9. Along
10. Infinity
11. Good Night
9/12 – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune
9/15 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
9/16 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
9/17 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
9/18 – San Francisco, CA @ The Rickshaw Stop
9/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
9/24 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
9/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
9/26 – El Paso, TX @ The Lowbrow Palace
9/28 – San Antonio, TX @ 502 Bar
9/29 – Dallas, TX @ HOB Cambridge Room
9/30 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs Jr
10/1 – Houston, TX @ Rudyards
10/2 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
10/3 – Hot Spring’s, AR @ Maxine’s
10/5 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
10/6 – Atlanta, GA @ 529 Club
10/7 – Raleigh, NC @ King’s
10/8 – Washington, DC @ DC9
10/9 – New York, NY @ Baby’s All Right
10/10 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
10/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
10/14 – Montreal, QC @ Newspeak
10/15 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake
10/16 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
10/17 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
10/18 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
10/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
10/20 – Kansas City, KS @ The Riot Room
10/21 – Wichita, KS @ Rock Island
10/22 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
10/23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
10/24 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux

*all with Heavenly Beat

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So Many Dynamos


So Many Dynamos latest album, The Loud Wars, was released in June through Vagrant Records. This indie rock palindrome band has been around for awhile, though. One of their tours back in 2006 included a couple of shows with John Vanderslice. They’ve also shared the stage with many others worth mentioning, including Ra Ra Riot and Harvey Danger.

The first song, “Artifacts of Sound” was originally named “Out of this Party” but was changed after realizing that would be their third song with “party” in its title. There are a few parts of the song, as well as the album, where their sound brought the Lost Prophets to mind, particularly their song “Rooftops”. But, what I immediately found interesting on my first listen of the album is that all of the songs seem to have two parts to them. There were a few occasions where the sound changed so drastically that I had to look and see if I was still listening to the same track.

The next three tracks, “Glaciers”, “The Novelty of Haunting”, and “New Bones” have an unusual twist to their melodies. All three of these songs contain melodies from past So Many Dynamos songs performed backwards! What a creative dynamic, Dynamos! Not to mention, the songs are like stories, where the listener is able to pinpoint their climaxes and resolutions. “Oh, the Devastation!” and “The Formula” use group vocals to thankfully break up the monotony a little bit.

“Friendarmy” is a little bit calmer and quieter of a song, but not the lyrics. “You think we’re kidding, we’re not. We’re only playing but we’re playing God.” “It’s Gonna Rain” brings back the loudness but in the middle of the song they throw in some small video game sounding bits. Listen to the song in its entirety, and you’ll especially see here what I mean about the two songs in one. All of a sudden towards the end, the song sounds much happier, even though the band is yelling “I don’t want to make amends; I want to make a mess.”

Though I admit I have a tough time picking them out, the album does have some similarities to other bands. But, they definitely have their own spin to their music. Sometimes the confusion of not knowing where the song is going, makes the song excitedly better.  With that said, I have been enjoying The Loud Wars all week, which is more than I thought I would.

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John Vanderslice LOVES this video!

I went to see John Vanderslice the other night at the Warhol museum. It was a fantastic show! He also shared his love for this video with us and encouraged us to check it out for ourselves:

Dance Riot from May 23rd at Sasquatch music festival!

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