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We’re thrilled to premiere a new track from Brooks Paschal’s (formerly of the band Sullivan) upcoming solo album Natural Disaster.

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We’re thrilled to premiere a new track from Brooks Paschal’s (formerly of the band Sullivan) upcoming solo album Natural Disaster. Titled “A Peace Anthem”, the track continues to build the excitement for the new album; an irresistible mix of melody, biting lyrics, and resonate songwriting. Comparisons have been made to Jimmy Eat World, but in the end, “A Peace Anthem” (like much of Natural Disaster), is all Brooks Paschal. Natural Disaster is out May 31st via Spartan Records and you can pre-order a copy here.

We had a quick chat to Paschal about the track;

What was the catalyst that sparked the idea for the song?

Desperation. I was hitting a lull in the writing process, so I decided to move a mattress into my studio and just immerse myself in the process. I woke up one morning and immediately started writing. It was a fucking train wreck and I kinda started snowballing into a lot of bad thoughts. In a weird moment, I just tried to document what I was struggling within a song. That probably sounds like a natural process for most people, but I usually can’t write that way. “A Peace Anthem” just kinda came out from there. I think what is natural for me, is that when things go bad, I just start replaying every time something went bad for me in the past. I wanted to capture that train of thought in real time. 

The song is a mix of different emotions- the arrangements make it sound upbeat, but when your lyrics come in, it’s a whole different tone. I like that your lyrics resonate (“you fucked me for the last time”), but can leave interpretations open (“your face sucked me in”) – can you tell us a little bit about your thinking about the music and the lyrics and how they come together for this track?

Well, that’s me going into the past and drudging up shit that I think still might affect me now. One of my main goals in writing is to create the dilemma and simultaneously prevail from it. That’s where the lyrics and the music can kinda rub each other in a way that makes you feel two very different things at the same time. Like smoking a diablito. “You’ve fucked me for the last time” is really talking to the conglomeration of feelings that seemed to wreck my days from the jump. 

I feel like you could interpret the song in a few ways and I think listeners could come up different meanings of the song (as I did after a few listens). But as the songwriter, what is the song about?

I think ultimately the song is about process. It’s not uncommon for me to have bad days that I try to explain away by some past failure by myself or some time life failed me. A lot of the lyrics are just reliving those moments and remember those people. Whether it’s bullshit or not, I’d like to think I beat it by the end of the day/song. 

What was the recording like for this song, and for Natural Disaster – who produced the record?

I did the record myself. I’m a record producer by day, so I’m lucky enough to have a studio at my disposal. “A Peace Anthem” was like most of the songs in the sense that I demoed it immediately after it was written. I actually ended up keeping the scratch vocal for the first half of the song. I just couldn’t recreate that sleepy voice from the demo. 

Listen to “A Peace Anthem”:

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Corridor reveal new song “Domino”

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Montreal francophone band Corridor have revealed a new track from their upcoming album Junior. The new Sub Pop Records signees have been previewing new music since their signing back in July and most recently released the animated music video for “Topographe“.

The new song features the band’s trademark spirally guitars and infectious percussion work. Speaking about the new track, Corridor’s vocalist/guitarist Jonathan Robert has said the song is about the sometimes stressful effect of being a musician/creative on those around you;

“Art doesn’t necessarily make you a better person. There can be angst, stress and so on. It can have a negative, direct impact on the people closest to you. Domino is about navigating just that.”

The song was also the first song the band wrote for Junior and has been a staple in their recent live sets.

Corridor will embark on a European and North American tour starting late October and their new album, Junior, will be released October 18th. You can pre-order the album digitally and physically here.

Check out the new song “Domino”:

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Chrissie Hynde covers The Kinks’ “No Return”

“Jazz is something I grew up around and I’ve always had a soft spot for it”

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Singer-songwriter Chrissie Hynde has given the Kinks track “No Return” a jazz makeover in her rendition of the song. The cut comes from her upcoming new covers album Valve Bone Woe, where Hynde takes on some noted singers and songwriters including Brian Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Hoagy Carmichael, John Coltrane, Nick Drake, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and of course, Ray Davies. The original, written by Davies, was released on The Kinks’ 1967 album Something Else.

The new album was produced by Marius de Vries and recorded with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble at Air Studios in London. In discussing the new songs, Hynde talked about the genesis of what would become the new album and how it came to be;

“I thought that was a perfect title for the album I’d been working on with producer Marius de Vries. After we’d recorded “I Wish You Love” for the Eye Of The Beholder soundtrack I’d often expressed a desire to do more along those lines. What eventually emerged was the idea to do what we refer to as our Jazz/Dub album. I’m not hugely interested in branching out into other musical genres, being a devout rock singer as such, but jazz is something I grew up around (thanks to my bro) and I’ve always had a soft spot for it.”

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Photo by: Jill Furmanovsky

Other covers from Valve Bone Woe include the Beach Boys’ “Caroline, No,” Frank Sinatra’s “I’m a Fool to Want You,” Nancy Wilson’s “How Glad I Am,” Charles Mingus’ “Meditation on a Pair of Wire Cutters,” Johnny Mathis’ “Wild is the Wind,” and John Coltrane’s “Naima”.

Valve Bone Woe is out Friday, September 6th via BMG. The famed Pretenders’ frontwoman last released a solo album in 2014, titled Stockholm, while The Pretenders last studio album was 2016’s Alone.

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