River Whyless have released a beautiful new track titled "Motel 6", taken from their forthcoming new album Kindness, A Rebel. Penned by the band's Ryan O'Keefe, "Motel 6" was inspired by their experience of being a band on the road over the last decade and a sudden moment of realization.
"We were driving home from a tough supporting tour, we were broke, which wasn't uncommon. Halli had just moved to Oregon and we'd dropped her at a Motel 6 to spend the night before her morning flight. Watching her check into the motel as we pulled away felt like an ending. It was as if I removed a pair of tunnel vision goggles and could see the world and my life for the first time since we started this band. I felt incredibly small, fragile, irresponsible, foolish, at a loss for what to do next and very alone. The reality of what we had been trying to do for a decade came crashing down in an almost laughable way. We didn't talk about it and I don't know if anyone felt the same way but, at that moment, I changed. The funny thing is that a month later we had the most successful tour we've ever had." — Ryan O'Keefe, River Whyless
Kindness, A Rebel will be available everywhere on June 8 & is available now for pre-order as opaque white LP, CD, and digital download. All physical orders include an exclusive KAR flag enamel pin, as well as an immediate download of all three singles released so far.
The band have also announced another round of shows as part of their Summer headlining tour, including dates in Los Angeles @ Moroccan Lounge and NYC @ Bowery Ballroom. Check out the full list of upcoming tour dates & grab tickets at riverwhyless.com.
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INTRODUCING: Valley Queen 3 April 2018
Kicking off the month of April by officially introducing the newest addition to our Roll Call Records family — Valley Queen! The LA-based band, fronted by Natalie Carol, released their 2017 Destroyer EP to widespread critical acclaim, with the track "Stars Align" even named one of Bob Boilen's Top 50 songs of the year on NPR's All Songs Considered.
As they gear up to share their debut album on Roll Call later this year, Valley Queen have offered fans a preview with a new track titled "Chasing the Muse" – out everywhere today. The song premiered this morning via Stereogum, who compared it to a fantasy of "Florence Welch fronting a retro rock band with traces of Jefferson Airplane, Fleetwood Mac, and the Pretenders."
The band is currently on the road with Liza Anne, with some headlining shows of their own coming up as they make their way back west. Check out the full list of remaining dates down below & grab your tickets here.
Valley Queen: Tour Dates
4/3 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court*
4/5 - Denver, CO - Globe Hall*
4/7 - Kansas City, MO - recordBar*
4/8 - St Louis, MO - Duck Room @ Blueberry Hill*
4/10 - Evanston, IL - SPACE
4/11 - Davenport, IA - Raccoon Motel
4/13 - Little Rock, AR - The Johnny House
4/14 - Dallas, TX - The Rustic
4/15 - San Antonio, TX - 502 Bar
4/17 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace
4/18 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
7/5-7/8 - Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Folk Festival
8/3 -8/5 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
( * w/ Liza Anne )
River Whyless have announced their new album, Kindness, A Rebel – due out June 8 & available to pre-order now. This is the follow-up to the band's 2016 breakout success We All The Light.
Produced & mixed by Paul Butler (St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Michael Kiwanuka), Kindness, A Rebel is some of River Whyless' most dynamic and heartfelt material yet. The album goes beyond the divide of our current political & societal state, as the band tries to understand what things are happening in our world, why, and how they can help to make it better.
Today, the band offer a new track titled "Born in the Right Country" — a song about the cosmic luck of one born into a society which accepts them as that unique individual, spoken through the eyes of our president and the narrator.