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Smokeys are all sorts of excited to release our newest single today ‘Save Us Sarah’ in anticipation of our upcoming third full length record “I Love You But Damn” (July 10th on Freakout Records babyyyyy!) This one is a rock and roll powerhouse.

We wrote Save Us Sarah as we were getting involved with the Save Our Showbox campaign here in Seattle. With the rallying cry to save one of our most beloved music venues ringing in our ears, we thought a lot about our music community and the people and places that make it come alive. The folks that do it for the passion, the joy, and the belief in rock and roll. The old punks that dole out guidance to the younger generation, sneer at the stuffy transplants, and might kick your beer over in the name of a sweet guitar solo.

This song has taken on a different meaning during COVID as a lot of the music venues we hold dear may not make it through. For us, it’s now a rally song to save what brings life to Seattle and to any city worth its salt: the music.

Stay safe, stay strong. We’re with you in spirit, and in song. Xoxo-
Smokeys

“Save Us Sarah” is the fourth single from Smokey Brights new record “I Love You But Damn.” Out summer 2020 via Freakout Records.

Acid Tongue is a band that actively defies categorization. Their debut LP, Babies, was released in 2017 as an energetic blend of styles ranging from gritty garage rock to vintage soul to far out psychedelia, each seemingly handpicked from a bygone era but markedly immediate and modern. Over the past couple weeks, the band has been micro-dosing the world with a slow drip of singles in preparation for the magnitude of a new, album-length trip and the third tab hits now.

“Follow The Witch” is a real son-of-a-bitch of a track. Kicking off with a fat riff so swampy your speakers will start to sweat and backed with a percussive stomp nothing short of hypnotizing, this is true electric blues. Acid Tongue tap directly into the grand tradition of bayou boogiemen like John Lee Hooker and Junior Kimbrough, but played at a pace fast enough to keep up with prohibition era Mississippi bootleggers outrunning the law in hot-rodded Fords. There’s a real menace here as Guy Keltner delivers lines like “bet you’ll be the first one here that dies/and no one’s gonna miss you” with a snarl that’s both a warning and a dare, building a narrative encouraging the listener to give themselves over to the infernal power of the music. True to their encyclopedic knowledge of music history, Acid Tongue punctuate the track with a series of sugary “ooh-ooh”’s lifted almost pitch-for-pitch from “Sympathy For The Devil,” invoking the Rolling Stones’ sympathetic Satan and all the irresistible power and destruction that follows in his wake.

Acid Tongue’s sophomore LP is set to cover a ton of sonic ground when “Bullies” drops on March 13th via Freakout Records

Prism Bitch started as a performance arts project in Albuquerque, NM, but rapidly volcanoed into total bandhood by 2016. Their first release “The Getaway,” was self released in October of 2016. Since then, they have played Treefort Music Fest, toured the west coast, played tons of local shows and recorded an EP with the respected engineer, Toshi Kasai (Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters ) in Los Angeles.

The group has created a reputation for wild live performances, retaining their roots as a thrashing punk band, and has also developed a strong pop sensibility, often compared to The Pixies and the B-52’s. They manage to represent a wide span of influences but could best be best described as soul punkers that want to rock n’ roll no matter what.

Freakout Records is thrilled to have Prism Bitch In the family! 

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Smokey Brights make music that taps into history and stretches out a kind of visionary rock that rolls relentlessly forwardwhile recombining iconic sounds – from funk to Fleetwood Mac, Bowie to Blur, disco to Dire Straits, and splashes of Floyd psychedelia – crafting something urgent, fun, and utterly surprising.

it was back in 2010 than Smokey Brights first formed; Ryan Devlin and Kim West, a new couple with not much money to spare, set about singing Christmas songs to give out as gifts, seven years later they’re stilling singing. They may have been making music for a number of years, however with the release of their upcoming EP, Come To Terms, 2018 looks like being the year when a lot more people notice them doing it.

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The recently released title track, Come To Terms, is a fine introduction to the band’s sound, built around reverberating guitars and bombastic drum beats, it finds Ryan’s gravelly, Cold War Kids meets Two Gallants, vocal to the fore, while Kim’s soulful Beth Ditto like backing adds some wonderful depth to the track. Come To Terms is a record of social division, soundtracking the growth of political chasms between alternating view points, and asking how we can go about rising above and starting to heal the wounds; as Devlin sings on the closing track, “This is not the time to turn your back on what you see. Find the strength in you, and I will find the good in me”. There’s plenty of good to be found here, a big bold and important record, Smokey Brights are a band who seven years in have never sounded more important.

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It’s Been two years since Athens, GA based Roadkill Ghost Choir has taken listeners on a ride. With the arrival of False Youth Etcetera’, brothers Andrew & Zach Shepard have outgrown their roots in a supersonic fashion. This desire to explore new musical terrain was only bolstered by Shepard’s adoration for similar sonic explorations and artists transcending their genre to create a unique sound – rooted in influences such as The War on Drugs, Neu! and Bruce Springsteen.

The result is an album that beautifully delivers the group to a whole new infectious, cosmic terrain. False Youth Etcetera is now available for the first time on 12″ double disc black vinyl from Freakout Records.

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Band Members
Andrew Shepard – Vocals/Guitar
Zach Shepard – Bass
Maxx Shepard – Drums/Vocals
Stephen Garza – Guitar/Vocals
Kiffy Myers – Pedal Steel/Banjo

Cinematic, indie-rockers Roadkill Ghost Choir have announced their return with a new album entitled “False Youth Etcetera”, out October 27th via Freakout Records.

“’Classics (Die Young)’ is my tribute to Dylan & The Boss and a reminder to myself to keep on moving forward through the dark days. The tone of the song was inspired by one of my favorite Springsteen tracks ‘Tougher Than The Rest’ and I wanted to chase down that feeling I got from it.” – Andy Shepard (lead singer)

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Band Members
Andrew Shepard – Vocals/Guitar
Zach Shepard – Bass
Maxx Shepard – Drums/Vocals
Stephen Garza – Guitar/Vocals
Kiffy Myers – Pedal Steel/Banjo