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.
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.
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
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.
Asheville's River Whyless have revealed a new song today titled "Van Dyke Brown" — out now on all digital platforms. The track premiered this morning at NPR Music and is the band's first musical offering since their 2017 take on Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son". Bassist and singer Dan Shearin noted that "this song stems from coming of age after a move to Asheville, NC — finding oneself, finding love, and coming to terms with death — discovering there is cause for celebration in all parts of life."
"River Whyless is a band whose members push themselves toward perfection while holding each other up and allowing for some risk-taking." – BOB BOILEN, NPR MUSIC
LA's Sego have released a new single titled "Cigarette Kids", which premiered earlier this week via Consequence of Sound. Singer Spencer Petersen discussed the track's influences and inspirations, which included everything from The Strokes to the city of Los Angeles and more.
The band also announced their upcoming March tour, with performances at SXSW in Austin and a headlining show in their hometown of Provo, UT.Tickets for all dates are on sale now at segoband.com.
Listen to "Cigarette Kids" below, or stream/buy it on any and all digital platforms here.
The Dig are back with their first new single of the new year, "Moonlight Baby", off the band's forthcoming EP of the same name. The new track premiered this morning on Consequence of Sound and came alongside the announcement of The Dig's upcoming Year of Music:
“This year we went back up to the beautiful Outlier Inn in upstate NY and made two new 6 song EPs, Moonlight Baby and Afternoon With Caroline.
If there's one thing that ties the two EPs together it's that all the songs are about moving. Moving toward some idea of home but never actually getting there. Moonlight Baby is about moving because you're forced to. A sudden shift in your reality without any advanced notice or preparation. Afternoon With Caroline is about moving of your own free will. Chasing ambition, following your heart and breaking free of toxic situations.
It's in this spirit that we'll be moving into 2018 with a whole new batch of tunes. Rolling them out one by one on this here playlist called El Dig (at Spotify and Apple Music).
We're also moving literally, across the US of A. Leaving NYC where we've lived for the entire life on the band, to a new home in sunny L.A.”
– The Dig (David, Emile, Erick & Mark)
Throughout the year, the band will be compiling the songs on their playlist titled El Dig: A Year of Music. A lucky few followers will be picked at random along the way to receive exclusive items such as colored vinyl, limited-edition single art prints, and more.
Typhoon's colossal and ambitious fourth LP Offerings is available everywhere today. The album, which follows the journey of a man struggling to cope with the loss of his memories, has already garnered praise from NPR, Stereogum, and more for its unmatched lyricism and profound storytelling.
'“Good lord this Typhoon album is brilliant...haven’t cried listening to a record since [Sufjan Stevens’].” Offerings is truly a wise and ruminative record." – Bob Boilen, NPR
"The first compelling album of 2018" – Daily Mail (★★★★)
"Typhoon has succeeded in creating a profoundly human and poetic masterpiece on the edge of the concrete, which despite all its ambition remains multi-layered and cohesive at the same time (...) Rarely ever has forgetting been set to a better soundtrack and more appropriately staged than on this album. 9/10" – Plattentests
"... one of the most ambitious, delicate, heartbreaking recordings ever." – Vortex Magazine
Offerings is available to purchase now as digipack CD, 2xLP, and digital download on the Roll Call Records store. All physical orders include an immediate digital download of the full album.
Today, Typhoon take us through the third movement of their forthcoming album, Offerings — out everywhere Jan 12th. 'Darker' details the final stages of the album protagonist's struggle with memory loss, in which he "loses those distinctions separating self from other".
The track is out now on all streaming platforms, and is also available as an immediate download with all pre-orders of 'Offerings' (digital / signed CD / black 2xLP).
Night Drive have shared a new video for "Arboria", a track off their debut self-titled LP released earlier this year. The video was created with found footage taken from the film that inspired the song, Beyond the Black Rainbow, bringing the story of "Arboria" to life through its hypnotic visuals and brooding atmosphere.
Next week, the band make their way over to the West Coast to play a their last string of 2017 dates with Bogan Via. Tickets for all shows are available now at nightdrivemusic.com.
Produced by Ben H. Allen, Teeth finds the band continuing their musical journey into the land of lush production and hook-laden melodies. The 5-track EP, featuring indie-pop smashes 'Undercovers' & 'Secrets', is available now as CD & LP, as well as digitally on all streaming platforms.
"The Milwaukee-based band have honed their shimmery synth-pop sound, paired it with hypnotic guitar riffs, and topped it off with lush productions—a perfect recipe for infectious, dance tracks that’ll be stuck in your head long after you've finished listening to them.” – Bandsintown
Los Angeles via Provo, UT band Sego share a new video today via Uproxx for their latest single "Sucker/Saint." The track comes off of the band's yet-to-be-titled sophomore LP, which is slated for a 2018 release.
"Sucker/Saint" is a reference to the dichotomy between songwriter Spencer Petersen's current life and his upbringing. While he grew up in a religious home in Utah, he currently exists in a very secular world in Los Angeles, giving him an interesting vantage point from which to observe people on both sides. It's a song about the complexity of modern identity, and how to incorporate your upbringing and past experiences into your daily life when the juxtaposition of the two can feel at odds with each other.
"'Sucker/Saint' seems to transcend the boundaries of genre and era, simultaneously incorporating the pulsating bass of a band LCD Soundsystem, alongside an ethereal and somewhat psychedelic singalong bridge reminiscent of the Beatles‘ later catalogue." — UPROXX
Fresh off the release of their debut album Crier, Grapell have dropped a holiday surprise in the form of a new single called "Snowflakes". Written during the first snowfall of a Swedish wintertime past, the track is just what you need to top off your 2017 holiday playlists.
"It's warm and fragile, starting off delicately before swelling into a wave of emotion and memory. It's sentimental and powerful... but manages to be so without being off-putting or mawkish." — The Line of Best Fit