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The Technicolors Break Down Their New LP, “Cinema Sublimina”

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Alt-rock band The Technicolors have returned with the release of their fourth album Cinema Sublimina. The latest release is a vessel of feel-good psych-rock and indie-rock that perfectly paints the natural beauty and synergy of Arizona’s wonders. Among the album’s tracks are highly acclaimed singles including “DJ in Brazil, Howl,” “Dress Up For You” and “Nightvisions.

While the LP may not have started out as a concept album, it ended up becoming a story that reflects the dissociation of reality. Tied together, the project’s personal thoughts are a battle between mind and body. In a time where singles dominate the music world, the band was proud to find a footing where they could put together a cohesive body of work that was focused on a single story. In their track-by-track, the band does a deep dive into the creative process of what it was like to work on each song.

1. Super Reflector

We had a busted-up groove that we really liked, and Sean and I initially put together a demo during our writing session in Joshua Tree. Once we hit the studio to properly track it the whole thing came together in a much quicker and bigger way than we expected.

2. Nightvisions

We had just returned from being on tour in Brazil, where Austin [Scates] and I had extended our trip after the shows to stay on a farm with some friends. We all ended up back in the studio two days after returning to Arizona, in hopes of capturing some of that dynamic shift between a place so vibrant and unfamiliar and the desert, where we all grew up and that sensation of being on your toes is often hard to come by. The song is sort of a cacophony of synthetic city lights and moonlit escapism and it definitely tells more of a story than originally intended, which seems to be a common theme. Wrote that one from scratch in the studio in a day after a sort of panic-failure of two different songs not working and all of us feeling pretty ‘stuck.’ Sean had the riff – as soon as he started playing Scates sat down at the drums, started hitting this metal stool next to the kit as a part of the groove, Nico came in with his part, Bob rolled tape and it all went from there. It’s too bad we hadn’t been fighting before it all happened because the whole thing felt like a terrible outtake from ‘That Thing You Do’ or something.

3. Dress Up For You

This is a song about dressing up for you. Which is actually a metaphor. The song started to feel like a bit of a mini-film or something, and our producer Jon was pretty adamant about having each instrument play its own role, much like a character, which not only helped us keep things simple on a musical end but it contributed to the story & overall theme of the song. Which is actually a metaphor.

4. Infinity Pools

This song went through so many different variations. We started it in the studio with Bob, but never finished it. Tried a different vibe with it tracking drums at our friend Jon’s studio in LA, and ultimately brought it to Chad out at Blackwatch in Oklahoma when I was living there during the pandemic. It wasn’t till Chad had added some final additions on the mini-moog that it started to all come together.

5. DJ In Brazil

DJ in Brazil is a western that depicts the modern man’s never ending quest to take shelter from the storm of self-deception and lies in a future-paradox that never seems to stop moving within the human frame. Based on a true story. 

6. Joybot

We really liked the title and it had been floating around for forever if I remember correctly. I have an old analog synth pedal that I really like and plugged my guitar into it and just played the intro riff as a joke. It sounded pretty cool so Sean and I made a quick demo of it in our friend’s shed back in AZ. About a year later we were in the studio recording our record and decided to try it out and the song just fell together, especially after Bob & Austin dialed in the drum sounds.

7. Human Form 

This song started with a loop that Sean had made with his little classical guitar, and we found it so entrancing and kept coming back to it. Sean kept muttering “human form” when he would get to the chord change so the whole thing kind of evolved from there. 

8. Howl

Howl was written in about 20 minutes. The melody, the chords, the lyrics, everything just came out like it was all waiting to overflow. It seems like every element of the song reflects & embodies those moments where something comes to a breaking point. Pretty good little ripper, this one.

9. Pretty Year

This was wild because we finished recording it about 5 months before the pandemic hit and after that, it took on a whole new meaning. The song was originally inspired by the movie “Joker” and Sean and I were really trying to capture the feel of someone being tormented by their own ambition, but after March 2020 it took on a whole new meaning, at least to us. Now every time I hear it I think about how we can only control so much, so you really have to cherish the good moments in life and the people closest to you. 

10. Mezzanine

I can’t remember how this one started, but this was the last addition to the album. I wrote it about a month after the pandemic started while chad was in the other room mixing “human form” and “infinity pools.” The final tune isn’t too far off from the original demo that I made. Probably my favorite song.

Cinema Sublimina is available to stream today. 

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Circa Waves Deals with the Chaos of Information Overload in Double Album, “Sad Happy”

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To many, sadness and happiness may feel like polarized opposites, but not to Circa Waves. The UK indie rock band never shies away from speaking their minds – and that expression can be a much needed antidote to the constant influx of terrible news and carefully constructed social media feeds that can make us feel anxious, excluded, and alone. At the same time, they would argue, you need to experience sadness to be able to fully appreciate happiness. The full double album will be released on March 13th. 

Cliché: How did you meet? 

Circa Waves: We all met at playing football in Liverpool. The chemistry on the pitch was so good that we thought, fuck it, let’s start a band together and the rest is history. 

What is it about indie rock that appeals to you as a genre?

It’s full of energy. We all love bands that put on big sweaty raucous shows and doing what we do means that now we are one of those bands and our shows are always disgustingly sweaty.

What’s the meaning behind your band name?

It is literally meaningless. Or it’s a secret

Talk about your new album, SAD HAPPY. 

We secretly recorded it in a month last summer between festivals, we had just put out our third record so I don’t think anybody saw it coming. We feel like it’s the record we’ve always been heading towards, we’ve honed in on what a Circa Waves record should sound like. 

Why decide on a double album? Was it daunting creatively to be faced with producing that much material at once?

 I’d like to say that we had a master plan but there wasn’t one from the start. It was while we were getting the songs together it became clear that we had an album that was divided. After that the idea to put them out separately came naturally, this way people get to experience the two sides as individuals before seeing how it all works together. 

 There’s obviously an inherent contradiction between sadness and happiness. How is that reflected on the album?

Well the concept of Sad/Happy came about when we were flicking through TV channels in a hotel one night and saw this never ending cycle of apocalyptic news interspersed with all of these inane tv shows and commercials. We’re living in a world where we’ve never been more informed about all the awful shit that goes on out there but at the same time we’re absolutely drowning in entertainment and it’s hard to reconcile those two things but somehow we all manage it. I think that sadness and happiness are contradictory but at the same time are inextricably linked. They’re two sides of the same coin and you can’t experience one without the other. 

Many of the songs reflect the anxiety created by this technology-saturated era we live in. What do you think it is about technology that produces so much insecurity in all of us?

I would probably say we’re all capable of experiencing insecurity and vanity which is a dangerous combination. If you add to that a constant drip feed of other peoples curated hyper reality and it produces these toxic effects. Even though this is all obvious it’s impossible not to look! 

What are your plans after the album release?

We’re going to be out touring it as much as possible! It’s the best bit about putting records out, we get to go everywhere and have these amazing gigs with everyone.

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Brother Duo Eighty Ninety Talk Their “808s and Telecaster” Sound, Production Process, and RSVP Link For Upcoming Show

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Brothers Abner and Harper have been making music almost their whole lives. With their first single, “Three Thirty,” they formed their current project, Eighty Ninety. Receiving a spot on Taylor Swift’s, “Songs Taylor Loves” playlist, with their single, “Your Favorite Song,” the brothers have been on a steady trajectory to success. Writing and producing all of their own songs which have elements across all different genres from pop to indie rock to dance, the duo has crafted their own sound that they self describe as “808s and telecaster.”

 

Eighty Ninety will be  playing a small in-studio show on March 30th at Douglass Recording that will be filmed and live streamed on YouTube / Facebook. You can RSVP here to go in person or RSVP here to watch the live stream.  

 

Listen to “Your Favorite Song” here: 

 

Cliché: How did you get your start creating music together? Was this something you both always knew you wanted to do?

Eighty Ninety: We’re brothers, and have been playing music pretty much our whole lives. We always knew that we eventually wanted to be in a band together. It’s something we talked about growing up. So unofficially, we’ve been playing together for a while now. But Eighty Ninety started when we moved to New York and began working on what would become our first single, “Three Thirty”.

 

I recently saw you perform at the Ludlow House. It was awesome and the crowd was really engaged! What’s your favorite part about performing live?

Thanks so much for coming to the show, and glad you had a good time! Playing live is great because it’s a chance to just channel the emotions of the songs (rather than perfecting them, which is what the studio is for). It feels great and gives us a new perspective on the music that we can take back to the studio. Because of that, playing in-progress songs live sometimes is the final step before we finish producing them. Also, nothing is more motivating and incredible than meeting the people who come to the shows. We did an east coast tour last fall and saw our first Eighty Ninety tattoo — hard to put that into words.

 

You’ve been receiving recognition across the industry, including Taylor Swift putting you on her playlist, “Songs Taylor Loves.” What does it all mean to you and for your continuing success?

Taylor Swift adding “Your Favorite Song” to her playlist was a totally surreal moment for us in a lot of ways. We have so much respect, admiration, and unabashed fan-love for her and her music music (Abner once saw her two nights in a row) that it was definitely a pinch-me moment and also so motivating and inspiring to keep going and trust ourselves to keep making the music we want to make. And having “Three Thirty” connect and go viral the way that it did was amazing in a different way — seeing how many people across the world have listened feels like real evidence that writing and making something so personal can resonate in a universal way. That was really moving. It would be an understatement to say we didn’t expect any of this – we’re so grateful every day.

 

Describing yourselves as “808s and telecasters” is such an interesting and perfect way to describe your sound. Can you tell me a little more about your instrumentation and style?

When we’re in the studio we don’t really think about genre and as a result there are elements of pop, electronic, country, dance, and indie rock in our songs. “808’s and telecasters” felt like a good way to get that across – but also highlights the two things that show up the most frequently. Live, we’re a three piece band (vocals, guitars, drums + samples and tracks) that comes across a little more rock — so that dichotomy is also in there.

 

You write, produce, and mix all of your songs right out of a small space in NYC. What does that process look like for you? How do your songs come to life?

We usually finish a song before we start to produce it. We think of production as doubling down on a song’s emotional core — so we need to be clear on what that is before we start producing. Once the song is finished we talk about a big-picture vision and how we imagine the song coming across. Then we’ll get down the basic (main guitar part or pad) and do vocals until they feel right. After that we slowly build up around the voice and keep pushing until we feel like it’s finished. That last part of the process sometimes takes an afternoon, and sometimes takes weeks.

 

Who are your own musical inspirations, and who are you listening to now?

We’re really inspired by the new artists we see around us – so those two things are one in the same. We have a constantly updated playlist called “Our Favorite Songs” (get it!) that right now has artists like FINNEAS, Muna, Phoebe Bridgers, The Band CAMINO, Yoke Lore, lovelytheband, Des Rocs, pronoun, LANY, Queue, Sorcha Richardson, Aaron Taos, Mallrat, Loote, The Japanese House. And of course Taylor Swift.

 

You’ve said that you love collaborating. Is there anyone specific in mind you want to have the opportunity to collaborate with, and why?

If anyone from that playlist that we just listed wants to collab in any way – our studio door is always open!

 

What can listeners expect from you coming up in the near future?

We’re in the final stages of finishing a new EP. The plan is to start releasing singles soon – and not to stop.

 

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Brother Duo Eighty Ninety and Their “808s and Telecaster” Sound, Production Process, and RSVP Link For Upcoming Show: Featured Image Credit: Mallory Turner 

Finn Wolfhard from ‘Stranger Things’ Appears on ‘Kimmel’ with his Band Calpurnia

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Maybe you didn’t know that Finn Wolfhard had other artistic outlets besides acting in “Stranger Things.” But Wolfhard doesn’t just act! He sings and plays rhythm guitar in his indie-rock band, Calpurnia. Calpurnia just released their debut EP, ‘Scout,’ this June. If you didn’t catch July 23rd’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” then you missed Calpurnia’s TV debut. In an article by NME, Finn discussed his band, the fans, and how “Stranger Things” impacts his musical pursuits.

What Finn Wolfhard Has to Say About Calpurnia and “Stranger Things”

15-year-old Finn Wolfhard from ‘Stranger Things’ told NME about his band Calpurnia’s experiences so far. Wolfhard says that he and his bandmates have made peace with the fact that most of Calpurnia’s current fan-base are also fans of the hit Netflix original “Stranger Things.” The loved Sci-Fi series is undoubtedly great for the band’s notoriety. However, Wolfhard makes it clear that he wants Calpurnia’s music to be a separate entity, too. Finn recalls shutting a fan down “in a nice way” at a show in Toronto: “They said something like, ‘I love Stranger Things’ and I was like, ‘Cool man, I also like music, which is what’s happening right now.’”  Props to the young actor-musician for knowing the importance of keeping artistic endeavors separate. Staying true to both of his career aspirations, Wolfhard is very wise for his age. Any musician wants their fans to appreciate their music for their music, just like any actor wants their craft to be taken seriously. 

 

Watch Calpurnia’s performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” from Kimmel Live’s official YouTube Channel

 

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Finn Wolfhard from ‘Stranger Things’ Appears on ‘Kimmel’ with his Band Calpurnia. Featured Photo Credit: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

 

 

Bands Interviewing Bands: Outside Animals & Stormy Strong

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One of the best parts of this industry is the ability to connect with so many like-minded individuals with the click of a button. For this interview, we brought together Los Angeles indie-rock band Outside Animals (for fans of: The Strokes, Jimmy Eat World) with the Bay Area’s Stormy Strong, the saltwater rock leviathan that has been sweeping the globe atop a tsunami of salty melodic anthems ever since he hit the waves in 2006. Check out the full interview below.

Stormy Strong: What is your name (are you the Captain?), the name of your band, and how would you describe your sound? 
Outside Animals: I am Colin and I am the singer, guitarist, and front man for Outside Animals. We play indie/garage rock. I’m told we sound like a mix of Jimmy Eat World and The Strokes, which is wonderful. They’re both huge influences.
SS: What was the first song you heard in your life that you fell in love with? Does the music you write today in any way rhyme with that song?
OA: The first song I fell in love with was probably something off of an oldies station. That was always on in the car as a kid. But of songs I can remember, I would play “Keep Fishing” by Weezer on repeat. It was the first song I learned on guitar, too.
OA: At what point did you think to yourself, “I need to be playing music.”
SS: The first time I heard the Everly Brothers’ “Bird Dog” at about 4 years old.
OA: What album can you put on and listen to every song start to finish?
SS: Weezer’s Blue Album.
OA: This would definitely be my answer as well. It’s the perfect album.
SS: What is your latest release and how do you go about releasing your music?
OA: We just released a 4-song EP. We released it through CD Baby for distribution so we could get on Spotify, iTunes, Google music, etc. We worked with Muddy Paw PR to get a little bit of press coverage for the release and are now playing shows to promote it. We’ve got two music videos in the works as well.
OA: I’m going to cop one of your questions: what’s your latest release and how did you go about releasing it? 
SS: We have been only releasing singles, so our most recent single is “Angels Cry.” It was featured in the iTunes Music Store and distributed digitally everywhere! This song was not heavily promoted, but has on its own got a ton of exposure. We just released a new music video for our song “Sail Away.” We worked with Muddy Paw PR is addition to FB and Google advertising.

OA: Have you always been rocking the seas or did you ever have a more land-locked band?
SS: I was in the pop punk band (aka melodic hardcore) in the ’90s. We played a lot of shows with Good Riddance and other FAT bands. Also with Blink 182 in Vegas, which was nuts! We played a lot of shows in landlocked towns I had never heard of on the west coast.
OA: How do you feel about non-sailors like the Beach Boys and Beatles singing about the sea? (With reference to “Sloop John B” and “Yellow Submarine” respectively.)
SS: LOVE the Beach Boys! Love a lot of Beatles tunes, too. Imagine if Jimmy Buffett consistently wrote songs as good of both of them? He would be king of the world!
SS: Describe your live show. Do you think live music is dying for rock-based music?
OA: We’re super high energy on stage. We try to be entertaining, put on a good show. We go for a dapper look with bright colors. Regarding live music, I think there are two sides. Rock music isn’t doing any worse than other art forms or genres of music. I think that people should be more willing to spend money on art. $5 for a show is way more interesting than $5 coffee. On the other hand, I think that rock bands could work on being better showmen on stage. Take a cue from the major pop stars and try to put together a bigger production on stage. I think rock bands could do more in that arena.
SS: What inspires you to create and sail your way across the treacherous waters of the music industry?
OA: I have never really considered not doing it. I’ve always wanted to tell stories and try to communicate experiences in a relatable way. I get inspired by songs I love that have a profound effect on me.

SS: Virtual reality: Fad or Future of music?
OA: I would say it’s more of a fad for music. Music needs to connect with people on a personal level.
OA: If you were lost at sea, what are the top 3 things you need?
SS: If I already had flotation: opaque plastic liner or new tarp, line (preferably wrapped around a cooked roast!), and a bottle of hooks.
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Bands Interviewing Bands: Outside Animals and Stormy Strong. Photo credit: Outside Animals on themselves (top) Photo credit: Peter Saporito on Stormy Strong (bottom).