Here's some tasty new ear candy for you, all brought to you by Phoenix-based artists.
"Like Wild Birds," The Limit Club
Psychobilly band The Limit Club is giving away quite the party favor for the vinyl release party of their EP, Wild Four: The first 40 people through the door at Club Red Friday, September 12, get a free copy of the only 500 vinyl presses of the EP. Listeners will find the track "Like Wild Birds," inspired by vocalist/guitarist Nick Feratu seeing one of his favorite bands, The Rockats, live.
"Danny B. Harvey's guitar riffs burned a hole in my brain, and I couldn't wait to write a song inspired by his style," Feratu says, adding music lovers should come here The Limit Club play it live because the show's going to be "high-energy and wild."
Brian Chartrand is certainly one of the Valley's most prolific singer-songwriters, having released 11 albums, most recently his 14-song disc, Worth the Fight. Chartrand strove to blend genres on the album, bringing indie rock, folk and Americana touches to the tracks. The album's name came from a romantic breakup but has come to represent Chartrand's journey as an artist.
"I can say that this album is very personal with sometimes painful, sometimes triumphant autobiographical events," Chartrand says. "But what I am hearing is people are connecting to it and have experienced some of the same things and find something in the song, whether it's camaraderie or catharsis or something else."
"Don't Despair Diane," Brian Chartrand
"I've found in my career that the true songs, the songs that are genuine in the sense they display something real, are the songs that have the biggest impact on people. And I can safely say this record is my biggest collection of 'real' songs. Beyond that I think this album sounds really good and features great musicianship and talent, I think this album has the ability to affect people. As a songwriter, that's really all you ever hope for."
Listen to the track "Don't Despair Diane," which Chartrand says tells the tale of "a dedicated man pleading with his wife to trust him," below. Hear Chartrand live at Kazimierz in Scottsdale Friday, September 19.
"Let It Bite," The Rain Delay
The Rain Delay, a project by the Chris Carrabba-channeling Jeffrey Connors, starts out new track "Let It Bite" moody and deceptively acoustic, as the track quickly takes a sharp turn into hard rock territory, with electric guitars amping up the frustration Connors felt as he struggled to maintain a solid relationship when he penned the track.
"People really want into my life, and I want them in it, as well, but I am really good at fucking it up," Connors says. "When something is too good, I start getting really confused. Thank god these women jumped ship when they did, because I was dragging them down with me."
Connors isn't completely down on love. The track seems to has served as cathartic for Connors, who says, "As of lately, I have realized it's OK to ride out the good." Catch The Rain Delay perform the track live Friday, September 19, at The Firehouse in Phoenix.
"Sound It Out," Super Stereo
Super Stereo is advancing their dreamy "future pop" sound into even catchier territory with their sophomore release, Sound It Out. The six-track EP is full of catchy hooks, sweet male/female harmonies and melodies that are sure to inspire dancing.
The title track was inspired after vocalist/guitarist PM Nightly heard blind Canadian writer Ryan Knighton on This American Life.
"He told an amazing story about the adventure of doing something as simple as taking his daughter around the block in a stroller," PM Nightly says. "The song was basically a way for me to imagine what is must be like navigating the world around us without sight, and the regret of not being able to see what your child looks like."
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