national

National Site

Bear With Hawk Fist

Last week the newly formed label Disfigured Out Records, the work of the folks behind Volcano Rats, celebrated the life and sounds of a truly unique guitarist Bear With Hawk Fist. They put a bunch of his previously released music on youtube, but also dropped two new singles.

These new singles are “These Are Indeed The Last Days” and "The Parallels Between Life and VHS”. The later has a couple of versions that you will pay as much as $39.95 for the digital file, but all proceeds to the man himself.

 

   

Debut The P'ids Demo EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

With their debut five-song demo, The P’ids have got our attention. There’s an immediate impact as the tracks carry an intensity that closes the distance, backed by a swift, lyrical punch. Welding raw, revving instrumentation with a seasoned sound, an enticing energy is ever-present as the force of the band is fleshed out. And think this is just the beginning…

   

PREMIERE: Explore Andrew Fox's lipstick stained world on "John / Candy"

You'll find a sloppy, lipstick-stained world in the video for “John / Candy,” the newest psych-rock vamp by New York songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Fox. Born from the intention of writing a track about actor and comedian John Candy, Fox's single ended up detailing the two sides of the human condition (the facade and the impulse-ridden inner part), with Candy-inspired lurid lyrics about being a “one time call girl,” sung against acidic backdrop of garage guitars and chorus-laden vocals. The video itself - shot all around Portland, OR - showcases Andrew Fox and friends as they don makeup and wigs, hang out at the playground and eat (you guessed it) candy under the shaky lens of an iPhone 6. The whole production is rough around the edges in the best way, and promises more loose fun when Fox releases Shock By Shock on March 22nd. Until then, check out the video below. - Connor Beckett McInerney (@b_ck_tt), Photo by Tonje Thilesen

   

Sensational instrumental guitars abound on William Tyler's "Goes West"

One particular album has ranked high on the Nashville and worldwide Bandcamp charts over the last few weeks: William Tyler's instrumental guitar album, Goes West. The Nashville-based musician based his follow-up to 2016's Modern Country on a trek to California; you can hear that Pacific vibe in the post-rock-like harmonies and subtle flange of the undistorted guitars on tracks like "Not in Our Stars" and "Eventual Surrender". Tyler also shows off his finger-picking chops on "Rebecca", a song that might remind Allman Brothers listeners or former Guitar Hero players of "Jessica" both in music and in title. Goes West makes for great sit-back-and-relax material in your headphones; if you'd rather see Tyler perform the songs live, his current tour will take him home to Nashville on March 10th to play 3rd and Lindsey. Listen to "Fail Safe", the second track from Goes West, below. - Will Sisskind

   

Tom Schraeder "Poise"

Tom Schraeder released a new instrumental album called Poise yesterday, February 12th. This is the second installment of Schraeder’s 2019 boxset following up December’s, Aim Higher.

This album may be just what we need right now as we fight through the ice, snow, and cold. The album is inspired by Tom’s time in California and has a warmth and airiness to it that is undeniable.