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Wovenhand premiere track from forthcoming album via The AV Club
Hear & share "The Hired Hand" (Soundcloud)
Hear & share "Come Brave" (Soundcloud)
Wovenhand premiere a new track from their forthcoming album Star Treatment today via The Onion AV Club. The song, "The Hired Hand" is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud).
Star Treatment will be available on Sargent House worldwide -- excluding Europe, where it will be released by longtime Wovenhand label Glitterhouse Records -- on September 9th. Stereogumpreviously premiered the album track "Come Brave" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud).
The band plays Psycho Las Vegas fest on August 26th before embarking on an extensive European tour with main support from Emma Ruth Rundle, also of the Sargent House family, on all shows except Helsinki and Reeperbahn Fest. Please see complete dates below.
The music of Wovenhand and songwriter/multi-instrumentalist David Eugene Edwards has always had an unparalleled intensity. Edwards' rich, billowing and emotive voice is always the driving force of his music, but it's catapulted by his spellbinding ability to transform instruments that many people might consider mundane relics - be it banjo, accordion, lesser-known folk instruments from around the world, or even an electric guitar - into devices of dark fury and poignant beauty.
From the apocalyptic revivification of antique Americana of Sixteen Horsepower in the 90s to the threadbare balladry of Wovenhand's early releases, Edwards' music has maintained its celestial heaviness as it evolved. But now in its current incarnation, Wovenhand is a band that fully expands that power with exacting and inventive skill. It's a sound so distinctive and compellingly crushing that even the heaviest of metal bands can't match.
Wovenhand's current lineup includes guitarist Chuck French, bassist Neil Keener (both of Planes Mistaken For Stars) and drummer Ordy Garrison, now joined by piano/synth player Matthew Smith (Crime & The City Solution). Star Treatment was recorded at Steve Albini's legendary Electrical Audio in Chicago with engineer Sanford Parker, who also helmed Wovenhand's 2014 album Refractory Obdurate.
While Wovenhand ought to be a familiar name to anyone interested in forward-thinking music, the album title Star Treatment isn't a reference to our celebrity culture obsession. Rather, it's a clever reference to concepts of astrolatry, or humanity's enduring interest in the stars of the night sky.
"It's ethereal in its concept," Edwards explains. "There are many layers, as always. I've been paying attention to the stars in the sky and in literature, and it's a theme throughout the album." He adds, "There's more love song style on this in general, which is nice. The idea of what love is and how it's expressed and all these different atmospheres."
Star Treatment kicks off full tilt with the anthemic charge of "Come Brave" - the song's galloping four-on-the-floor drums driving churning swells of droning, chiming guitars and organ as Edwards' soaring voice compels us to rise and join the fray. "The Hired Hand" takes a more Western bent with swaggering guitars awash in reverb and a throbbing bass line before the chorus erupts with massive open guitar chords as Edwards howls, "give up your dead." Further, "Crystal Palace" sounds like Eastern European folk driven through a massive wall of amplifiers while a full gospel choir sings just beneath the gurgling surface of guitars. "Crook and Flail" sounds exotic in its twanging acoustic instruments and tabla/dumbec drum pattern. Elsewhere, "Golden Blossom" is a lush and beautifully unabashed love song, strummed out in a simple, catchy melody that builds to crescendo with the chorus refrain, "only you, my love and your light." Throughout, Wovenhand deftly merge the outer reaches of rock and world folk sounds with increasing urgency and force.
Star Treatment will be available worldwide excluding Europe on LP, CD and download via Sargent House on September 9th, 2016.
WOVENHAND TOUR 2016:
08/26 LAS VEGAS, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Psycho Las Vegas
09/12 COLOGNE, DE @ Gebäude 9 *
09/13 FRANKFURT, DE @ Zoom *
09/15 BERN, CH @ ISC *
09/16 ZURICH, CH @ Bogen F *
09/17 VIENNA, AT @ Flex *
09/18 BUDAPEST, HU @ A38 *
09/20 SALZBURG, AT @ Rockhouse *
09/21 MUNICH, DE @ Ampere *
09/22 LEIPZIG, DE @ UT Connewitz *
09/23 BERLIN, DE @ Heimathafen *
09/24 HAMBURG, DE - Reeperbahn Festival
09/26 ARHUS, DK @ Train *
09/27 OSLO, NO @ John Dee *
09/29 HELSINKI, FI @ Tavastia
09/30 STOCKHOLM, SE @ Nalen *
10/01 LUND, SE @ Mejeriet *
10/02 COPENHAGEN, DK @ Vega Jr. *
10/04 EINDHOVEN, NL @ Effenaar *
10/05 AMSTERDAM, NL @ Melkweg *
10/06 LEUVEN, BE @ Het Depot *
10/07 GENT, BE @ Handelsbeurs *
10/08 CHARLEROI, BE @ L'Eden *
10/10 LILLE, FR @ L'Aéronef *
10/11 PARIS, FR @ La Maroquinerie *
10/13 ORLEANS, FR @ L'Astrolabe *
10/14 GRENOBLE, FR @ La Belle Electrique *
10/15 FEYZIN, FR @ L'Epicerie Moderne *
10/16 TOULOUSE, FR @ La Rex *
10/18 LONDON, UK @ The Dome *
* w/ Emma Ruth Rundle
|09/19||Nashville, TN||Mercy Lounge|
|09/22||Charlottesville, VA||The Southern|
|09/23||Philadelphia, PA||Union Transfer|
|09/24||Washington, DC||The Howard Theatre|
|09/26||Brooklyn, NY||Music Hall of Williamsburg|
|09/27||New York, NY||Bowery Ballroom|
|09/28||Pawtucket, RI||The Met|
|09/29||Portland, ME||Port City Music Hall|
|10/01||Toronto, ON||Velvet Underground|
|10/03||Pontiac, MI||The Pike Room|
|10/04||Chicago, IL||Thalia Hall|
|10/05||Madison, WI||High Noon Saloon|
|10/07||Minneapolis, MN||Triple Rock Social Club|
|10/10||Dallas, TX||Club Dada|
|10/11||Houston, TX||White Oak Music Hall|
|10/14||Denver, CO||Larimer Lounge|
|10/15||Salt Lake City, UT||Urban Lounge|
|10/17||Seattle, WA||Tractor Tavern|
|10/18||Vancouver, BC||Fox Cabaret|
|10/19||Portland, OR||Star Theater|
|10/21||San Francisco, CA||The Independent|
|10/22||Santa Ana, CA||Constellation Room|
|10/26||Los Angeles, CA||Teragram Ballroom|
TWO VINES, THE NEW ALBUM FROM EMPIRE OF THE SUN, SET FOR RELEASE ON OCTOBER 28 VIA ASTRALWERKS
First Single "High & Low" Is Out Today
Pre-order Underway For Album, Which Includes 14 Brand NewSongs Plus Manny Marroquin Remix Of Band's Platinum Hit,
"Walking On A Dream"
"Everything about Empire of the Sun is larger than life: The band name, the futuristic stage personas, the album art and - most importantly - the music." - Rolling Stone
Alt-electro pioneers Empire Of The Sun return with their third studio album, Two Vines, set for release on October 28 via Astralwerks. With Two Vines, the Australian band invites listeners to enter the jungle paradise that marks the third remarkable age of the Empire Of The Sun. Through a waterfall of dreams, beyond the white light of an ice curtain lies a lush, green world where childlike innocence and ancient wisdom are one. The album's first single,"High & Low," offers a glimpse of this dreamlike kingdom.
The animated static video for "High & Low" can be viewed HERE, the track can also be streamed on Spotify HERE. The pre-order for Two Vines is underway HERE. Fans who pre-order the digital album will instantly receive "High & Low."
"We always saw Empire as a movie," says Nicholas Littlemore, the co-pilot withLuke Steele of this fantastic vessel of electro-futurist sound and vision. "The whole concept was based around childhood fantasies; being in bed and staring at the posters on your wall, whether they were monster movies or outlandish rock stars or pieces of art. We always wanted to be one of those posters on a child's wall that had so much imagination locked into it, a kind of invitation that pushes you over the edge into dream world. With this record, it's time to take that next step."
Recorded in Hawaii and Los Angeles, Two Vines is co-produced by Empire Of The Sun and Peter Mayes (Sia, The Killers, Mika), alongside long-term collaborator,Donnie Sloan (Midnight To Monaco) and it sees the creative circle expanding, with esteemed pianist/arranger Henry Hey and bassist Tim Lefebvre, from David Bowie'sBlackstar band, featuring heavily on the album. Factor in Wendy Melvoin from Prince's Revolution and Fleetwood Mac's genius guitarist/vocalist Lindsey Buckingham, and the Empire's rainbow has never been so vast and colorful.
"Going to Hawaii to record was the best idea," says Luke Steele of sessions at Honolulu's Avex Studios - where Kanye West recorded 2010's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. "That was the catalyst for me. I'd spend the morning surfing, then roll in and make music into the night."
Two Vines also includes Manny Marroquin's new remix of "Walking On A Dream,"Empire Of The Sun's RIAA certified Platinum hit. "Walking On A Dream"originally appeared on the band's 2008 debut album of the same name. In early 2016, the eight-year-old single began rocketing to the top of the radio and Shazam charts after it was heard in Honda's "The Dreamer" commercial - now the #1 Most Shazamed U.S. television spot ever. With more than 100 million streams, "Walking On A Dream" became a global smash hit. Views of the official video now exceed 50 million.
Two Vines - Track Listing
2. High and Low
3. Two Vines
5. There's No Need
6. Way To Go
8. Digital Life
9. First Crush
11. To Her Door
13. Lend Me Some Light
14. Welcome To My Life
15. Walking On A Dream (Manny Marroquin remix)
L-R: Empire Of The Sun's Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore Photo Credit: Jen Campbell