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L.A.-via-New York rockers Slothrust today announced that their fifth album, “Parallel Timeline,” will be out via Dangerbird Records.

Having teased the project with the release of “Cranium” last month, the band (core trio of singer-guitarist Leah Wellbaum, drummer Will Gorin and bassist Kyle Bann) celebrated the announcement with the release of a new single and video.

“Strange Astrology” is a ballad, giving Wellbaum a chance to shine. And she does. “‘Strange Astrology’ is one of the only proper love songs I have ever written,” she says. “It’s an honest exploration of what it means to love someone who is intrinsically different than you. It’s about hoping that those juxtaposing qualities and instincts encourage meaningful growth instead of chaos, but knowing that inevitably it will always be a bit of both. That is part of the fun of being in love with someone whose way of being starkly contrasts yours. I have always been fascinated by those differences and all the adventures and new perspectives they offer.”

As for the video, colour it strange, too. For almost five minutes, Wellbaum interacts (to choose a neutral word) with all kinds of fruit.

“The music video for “Strange Astrology” explores an idea I’ve always been fascinated by, which is: where do I end and you begin?” Wellbaum says. “We chose fruit to explore this theme because, in the moments where I find myself caught in a loop of existential dread, fruit has been a surprisingly grounding force. In a world with so much perceived chaos, fruit anchors me in a reality where all is intentional and perfect as is. It offers truly wild colours and has shockingly well-organized insides. Fruit is an epic sensory experience and full of surprises. Sometimes when I think about fruit, the presence of the void falls away and all is exactly as it is meant to be. In many ways, love and intimacy are mirrors of that experience. Also, the world needs more gay anthems about astrological connection and I am happy to provide that.”

The official music video for “Strange Astrology” from the forthcoming new album ‘Parallel Timeline’

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Los Angeles-based quartet Milly have shared their second EP via Dangerbird Records, following their 2019 debut “Our First Four Songs”, whichwas hailed as one of that year’s best EPs. “Wish Goes On’s” five tracks include October 2020’s Star Thistle Blossom and February 2021’s “Denial.” Milly make gauzy slowcore that vacillates between guitar-rock crunch and emotive dream pop, and on Wish Goes On, they do with it a noticeable new cohesion, as principal songwriter and guitarist Brendan Dyer is now joined by Spencer Light on guitar, Yarden Erez on bass and Zach Capitti Fenton on drums. Their new songs reckon with change, assuming perspectives both collective (“Star Spangled Banner”) and individual (“Denial”), and changing themselves, shifting instrumental gears with newfound fluidity. Ultimately, Wish Goes On is about finding a flicker of hope to light the way, like when Dyer sings on the EP’s closer, “When her birds fly free / This life goes on / Could it be all you want?” 

Milly is a rock band from Los Angeles fronted by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brendan Dyer. Their sound melds together elements of classic shoegaze, slowcore, and lo-fi indie rock, coalescing into an intense, singular musical impression. Milly began as Dyer’s home recording project in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut before finally taking its current formation as a live band in Los Angeles.

TRACKLISTING:

1. Star Spangled Banner
2. Denial
3. Star Thistle Blossom
4. Teach Old Dogs New Tricks
5. Birds Fly Free

Milly Los Angeles rock group is back with more of their signature shoegaze-tinged alt rock soundscapes. “Birds Fly Free” is the second single from their upcoming “Wish Goes On” EP, which is coming later this year. It follows “Denial”, their single from February of this year. ‘Milly produce a slow-grooving track filled with resounding progressions in “Birds Fly Free.” Boasting ’90s vibes, the track’s accompanying music video sees singer Brendan Dyer go about his day. From the vocalist being chased by a dog to almost getting killed by an action figure that’s come to life, the cinematic imagery complements the track’s builds and drops seamlessly. “Birds Fly Free” will be featured on their upcoming EP, Wish Goes On, which drops April 9th via Dangerbird Records.

‘Watch the video below!

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Official video for “Birds Fly Free,” from Milly’s new EP ‘Wish Goes On’ coming April 9th, 2021.

Slothrust are back in our heads with sweet medicine for our hearts, sharing a brand new single and video, ‘Cranium’, out today on Dangerbird Records. As the band’s first release since 2019, it’s safe to say a lot has happened between now and then. With scores of viable candidates stepping up to claim the mantle of the ‘very saddest girl in rock’, the many skills of Slothrust bandleader Leah Wellbaum are put to much better use in other pursuits.

The new single vividly captures Wellbaum’s powerful voice as a songwriter, lyricist and guitar player and demonstrates an intellectual curiosity and emotional confidence that has deepened in scope as the band’s profile has steadily risen.

With bandmates Will Gorin (drums) and Kyle Bann (bass/keyboards) rounding out the trio’s essential framework, Wellbaum’s quirky visual and tactile inspirations come to life. “I think of ‘Cranium’ as an absurd mating ritual dance by one of those beautiful complex birds with iridescent tail feathers. Except instead of feathers, I am holding family heirloom tweezers and my hands are coated in honey. It’s sweet, but incredibly uncomfortable and definitely overbearing,” Wellbaum said of the new single.

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At long last, a new song for you. This one is called “Cranium”. And, there is a very beautiful (in my opinion) music video co-directed by yours truly and our amazing longtime collaborator, Adam Stone. This song is about wanting to serve love but not knowing the “right” way to do so— often offering too much, or something unwanted entirely. It is a promise to love both absurdly and impossibly with a heavy sprinkle of pain. 

Thank you in advance for coming with us on this ride. Take some time to celebrate your mind and we shall do the same. 

Released February 24th, 2021

Produced by Billy Bush

Milly is a rock band from Los Angeles led by principal songwriter Brendan Dyer and backed by Spencer Light on guitar, Yarden Erez on bass, and Zach Capitti Fenton on drums. In January, 2020, Milly drove to rural Colorado to record their new five song EP, Wish Goes On, with Corey Coffman of Gleemer at his home studio. With its sweet bounce of a melody carved into a wall of dense guitars, “Denial” is the second single released from these sessions. Milly’s new track is sadder and more subdued than their previous Wish Goes On single “Star Thistle Blossom,” which Lizzie Manno described as “the most straightforward rock song they’ve released so far” and a “delectable wash of grunge-tinted shoegaze guitars” upon its October release. “Denial” is more of an off-speed pitch, albeit one with hooks aplenty. “Galaxies wish you well / Come back again, come back alone / Do you wish that you could come back here?” sings frontman Brendan Dyer, longing for something he can’t bring himself to acknowledge that he can’t have. “We’re gonna wish on it,” he insists over a comforting blend of acoustic and electric guitar fuzz, cymbal crashes roiling as the song crescendoes, only to collapse.

‘Denial’ is about the idea of being fixated on something but knowing deep down it’s gone,” Dyer explains in a statement. “I was living in N.Y. at the time I wrote it and was going back and forth between there and Connecticut. I was really trying to capture the feeling of being alone and why it was hard for me to digest how that felt. My hometown spots feeling different after leaving, people moving on with their lives, 

L.A. slowcore quartet Milly’s first new material of 2021 is the second single from their forthcoming Wish Goes On EP, due out April 9 on Dangerbird Records. “Denial” arrived Friday alongside a surreal music video, directed and animated by Mark Cheche.

Official video for “Denial,” from MILLY’s new EP ‘Wish Goes On’ coming April 9th, 2021.

One night in June of 1999, we were sitting in Jason’s tiny house in Modesto, California when he mentioned that he could sit down at the piano and play the whole of what would be The Sophtware Slump front to back. This meant he was (finally!) ready to begin recording. The piano was in the kitchen then so we sat and he started to play. Distracted by beer and conversation, we didn’t make it all the way through.

Early last year, as we discussed if we should commemorate the 20th anniversary I recalled the memory and wondered what the album would have sounded like before all that wonderful production, before one note had been committed to tape.

Today we announce The Sophtware Slump…..on a wooden piano. Recorded at Jason’s home during Pandemia 2020. It will arrive digitally November 20th on Dangerbird Records and as part of a four piece vinyl boxset of the original album and most of the b-sides and odds and ends from that era, many appearing on vinyl for the first time here. And a standalone physical release to follow in early 2021.

Grandaddy formed in 1992 and have released five official LPs, most recently 2017’s Last Place. In its 20th anniversary feature on The Sophtware Slump, Stereogum summed up the album, and Grandaddy, with the question: “What if West Coast indie, but sci-fi?” In an age of unprecedented connectivity, these songs spoke to significant solitude. Grandaddy members include Jason Lytle, Aaron Burtch, Jim Fairchild, Tim Dryden, and the late Kevin Garcia, who passed away in 2017.

The Sophtware Slump. Grandaddy’s second album, released 20 years ago today, essentially answered the question: What if West Coast indie, but sci-fi? Or, given the music’s vast prog-rock horizons and Lytle’s skepticism toward all the technology encroaching on Earth’s natural order: What if Radiohead, but West Coast indie? Grandaddy hailed from Modesto — Spanish for “modest” — and the punny title was appropriately self-deprecating. It made a lot of thematic sense, too:

This was a concept LP about the slouching citizens of a disappointing dystopia, trapped on a tapped-out planet full of useless junk. But far from a dreaded second-album misstep, The Sophtware Slump stands as a quirky, ambitious landmark in the overgrown ruins of Y2K-era indie.

Lytle formed Grandaddy in 1992 after his burgeoning pro skateboard career was unceremoniously ended by a knee injury. Early gigs at skate parks plus a longstanding devotion to the Maximumrocknroll radio show led to Grandaddy playing up tempo punk rock at first, but by the time they released their debut album Under The Western Freeway in 1997, their style had softened into a rustic yet electronic spin on the scrappy underground guitar noodlings of Pavement and Built To Spill. The album’s best, most enduring song, “A.M. 180,” paired fuzzed-out power chords with a deviously catchy keyboard riff that sounded futuristic and amateurish all at once. The other tracks toyed around with a less overtly poppy variations of this aesthetic, a sort of ramshackle space-age slacker rock that, as it turned out, lent itself perfectly to songs about the American West decaying into a technological wasteland.

Such is the genius of The Sophtware Slump. Jason Lytle had established an entire alternate universe in sound and substance, strung together in peculiar vignettes that left much to the imagination. It was a triumph, but Grandaddy weren’t done evolving yet. Three years later, they’d return with Sumday, an album that ditched the mythology and experimentation in favor of ’70s-inspired hi-fi splendor. At the time, Lytle called it “a reflection of everything we’ve been working towards” and “the ultimate Grandaddy record.” Maybe, but some might argue that the ultimate Grandaddy record is the one they rolled out in the year 2000, the grand treatise about the tortured love triangle between mankind, his planet, and the works of his hand. Like the clunky machinery that dots its landscape, The Sophtware Slump may now seem like an outdated relic, but boot it up and you’ll discover it still works wonders.

Wishing you all as much health and happiness as you can muster during this often trying time. With love from Jim, Jason, Aaron and Tim. And Kevin.

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Grandaddy really figured out their sound and worldview with their fantastic second album, featuring frontman Jason Lytle’s absurdist tales of mundanity and stress in our increasingly tech-reliant world, set to a blend of ’90s indie rock, glammy synthphonic flourishes (Flaming Lips/Mercury Rev’s influence loomed large in 2000), and twangy country. The concept album imagines a world full of alcoholic robots, sad computer programmers, lost pilots, stuntman Evil Knevil, and forests made of discarded appliances that Lytle makes relatable with his empathetic style and a hard drive full of earworm spacerock pop…somehow it all sounds even more relevant now than it did in Y2K.

Move over, you older rockers. Make room for 17-year-old Jordan Radnoti, a high school senior from Monrovia who arrived this week with a bang. Radnoti, releasing music under the name Jordi, released her first solo single, “Escape Route,” as part of L.A. label Dangerbird Records’ Microdose series. It’s not her first shot in the arm as a Microdose artist; she drummed for Unicorns at Heart on “Fixture,” which Dangerbird released last spring.

Jordi writes, sings and plays all the instruments on her songs. “Escape Route,” originally written when she was 15, was recorded with producer/engineer Ken Sluiter (Heart, Veruca Salt, The Jesus Lizard, among others). The single is a bass-driven powder keg, reminiscent of ’90s rockers the Breeders, Hole and, yes, Veruca Salt (or, if you imagine Jordi with a British accent, Elastica and Kenickie) or contemporary artists such as Cherry Glazerr.

It’s about “escaping from your own problems and your own fear that you create inside of your head, which I do a lot and I feel like I tend to overthink things a lot,” Jordi said “And so, just kind of escaping from that build up inside of your mind.”

Jordi’s self-directed video for the track takes her to the desert.

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Milly is a rock band from Los Angeles fronted by songwriter and multi-­instrumentalist Brendan Dyer. Their sound melds together elements of classic shoegaze, slowcore, and lo-­fi indie rock, coalescing into an intense, singular musical impression. Milly began as Dyer’s home recording project in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut before finally taking its current form as a band in Los Angeles. “Star Thistle Blossom,” from MILLY’s new EP ‘Wish Goes On’ coming 2021.

The band is fresh out of the gate, running at a fast pace with two singles being released from their contribution to the Microdose series via Dangerbird Records.

Milly also recently announced that they have been picked to support shoegaze/dream-rock veterans Swervedriver on tour. In support of this exciting news, Milly are releasing a cassette comprised of their two Microdose singles, the sonically shape-shifting “Talking Secret” (with entrancing B-side “Crazy Horse”), and their first-ever two songs, including the hypnotically droning “People Are Forever”.

This cassette EP will come out on November 6th, and in the meantime we are pleased for the premiere of the video for “People Are Forever”, a track that showcases the budding potential of this young group. 

The video (and the song as well!) is a dreamily yearning, slowcore treat, focusing at the start on Dyer and a girl he seems to be interested in. He moves through a market, gazing at a plethora of items for sale while she picks out a particularly yummy-looking ice cream cone to munch on.
The video lens soon fades on those scenes and shifts its attention to the band performing in someone’s living room, conjuring up laid-back ’90s indie rock vibes. The footage then alternates between these two environments, spotlighting the music life of the outfit/Dyer, as well as life outside the sometimes insular world of being in a band.

released October 9th, 2020

Written and performed by Brendan Dyer, Spencer Light, Yarden Erez, and Zach Capitti Fenton

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“I’ve been trying to get ‘Heart Of An Animal’ on a Dears album for a very long time, but for whatever reason it just never fit,” says Dears frontman Murray Lightburn. “Now it kicks off and sets the overall tone of Lovers Rock. It was by far the most difficult song to sing for me, as it hits the very top of my range.” If you are a fan of the No Cities Left era of The Dears, this might be for you.

It’s no coincidence that Murray Lightburn and Natalia Yanchak’s eighth album as The Dears echoes the apocalyptic energy of their 2003 breakthrough No Cities Left, as the world post-9/11 was the last time everybody was this on-edge. While the duo couldn’t have possibly predicted the pandemic we’re undergoing while they were writing the record, there was a general, ambiguous sense of doom mounting over the past few years.

Then again, the driving, vaguely psychedelic rock heard on the group’s new single “Heart of an Animal” doesn’t quite feel intentional, but rather manifests as a subtle infiltration upon an alt-rock cut nostalgic for the mid-’00s. Now it kicks off and sets the overall tone of Lovers Rock. It was by far the most difficult song to sing for me as it hits the very very top of my range.”

“It’s a tender, psychedelic runaway train,” Yanchak adds, noting the trance-inducing chorus. “You should be left wondering where this album is going, and let me tell you…it just gets weirder from here.”

“Lovers Rock” is out May 15th via Dangerbird Records

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Connecticut-via-Los Angeles band Milly is the lo-fi slowcore project of Brendan Dyer, and they recently dropped their debut EP on cassette, “Our First Four Songs”, via Dangerbird Records. The EP is a collection of three singles plus a previously unreleased eponymous track, and it’s a slow-drip of steamy guitars, casual yet heartfelt vocals and ephemeral, abstract love songs. “Milly” and “Talking Secret” lean into warped guitar ferocity while “People Are Forever” and “Crazy Horse” embrace crawling tempos and dazed, cinematic lo-fi, their warm-hearted, syrupy rock songs make them a band to watch in 2020.

As the title suggests, this cassette EP contains Milly’s first four songs. The first two songs “Milly” and “People Are Forever” were originally self-released by Dyer in 2018 and the following two songs “Talking Secret” and “Crazy Horse” were originally released by Dangerbird as part of our Microdose single series.

“Talking Secret” is the A-side of Milly’s installment in Dangerbird Records‘ Microdose monthly music series.