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Island are an Alternative guitar band from London. The band include frontman Rollo Doherty’s, guitarist Jack Raeder, bassist James Wolfe and drummer Toby Richards.

Their music is arena-baiting, both explosive and atmospheric. With Gigantic hooks emotionally build with ambient blues and immersive catchy song-writing. “Everyone’s The Same” is the raw and direct follow up to Island’s previous shimmering single “Octopus.” The contrast between the two tracks perfectly highlights the band’s unique dynamic range and risk taking in their new song writing process. The grungy slacker slow jam begins with a deceivingly simple statement proposed softly by singer Rollo Doherty. For the next two and half minutes, distorted bass lines and chunky, to-the-point drums, ooze into your psyche while the reverb drenched lead guitar hooks you in and perfectly complements the raspy and catchy cacophony. “Everyone’s The Same” is out now via Frenchkiss Records.

Released March 23rd, 2021

Columbia, South Carolina-based singer/songwriter Austin Crane has released his third album as Valley Maker via Frenchkiss Records. The follow-up to 2018’s Rhododendron, When the Day Leaves finds Crane melding folksy acoustic sounds with more entrancing electric textures, all of which evoke the unknowable natural forces that are the focus of much of his song writing. Contemplative and serene, though never at the expense of their many tendrils of melody, Crane’s new songs are soothing in a way we all need nowadays.

I’m excited to share that my new record, When The Day Leaves, is out today I’m so happy for these songs to be out in the world, and I hope the record can be a meaningful companion for you in these strange times we’re living through. I recently did an interview with KEXP about the making of the new record, along with a live video. There’s a kind and thoughtful review, out today, of the album from The Line of Best Fit. And here are two other interviews fresh out today from Beats Per Minute and Gigwise.

I also want to let you know that I’ll be playing a special livestream concert of the new album (plus a few old songs) on Saturday, March 20th: the premiere will be at 8pm EST, and then it will be available for 48 hours thereafter (for those in other time zones, or those who prefer to have a Sunday viewing).  The LPs (on limited edition sky blue vinyl) and CDs are available at your local record store and various places online. Shirts, hats, totes, etc. are also for sale in my merch store.

Thank you all for listening, I hope you enjoy the new record. I’ve been thinking a lot this past year about the community of people that surround this project, and how truly fortunate I am to be connected to you all, even in this socially distant season. I’m grateful for the support and care – it means the world.

With much love and gratitude, Austin

No One Is Missing” is from Valley Maker’s new record, When The Day Leaves, out February 19th on Frenchkiss Records.

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Island are back with a new tune for a wintry February. ‘Octopus’, out now via Frenchkiss Records, is a sweet, melodic indie-pop delight from the quartet, written during lockdown last year and produced by Thom Yorke collaborator Mikko Gordon.

London four-piece ISLAND are an alternative guitar band whose history is characterized by old friendships, close bonds, and an almost telepathic mutual understanding. Forming as teenagers when frontman Rollo Doherty’s acoustic bedroom project was treated to the boisterous backing of guitarist Jack Raeder, bassist James Wolfe and drummer Toby Richards in a dingy windowless practice room where they began to painstakingly shape a sound which combined darkly twisting instrumental with a sweetly melodic song-writing nous that belied their age.

“‘Octopus’ describes the feeling of looking back on rebellious teenage years from a time where an impulse to cause trouble has been replaced with new sentiments,” say the band. “The song ends by flirting with the idea of reverting back to old ways, and getting back to making trouble.”

Official music video for ‘Octopus’ by Island

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Valley Maker has shared new single ‘Instrument’ – tune in now. The South Carolina singer songwriter produces work of incredible richness and nuance, matching indie rock tropes to elements of Americana.

Valley Maker  new album ‘When The Day Leaves’ is out on February 19th, and his new single ‘Instrument’ gives an indication of the riches in waiting. Valley Maker is the contemplative psych folk project of songwriter Austin Crane. Crane uses billowing, revelatory metaphors to narrate his own journey through cosmic mystery and the essential search for meaning.

Recalling Conor Oberst’s earlier work or even aspects of Elliot Smith, it’s a rainy rumination that carries within it a spark of optimism.  The track is lifted from his forthcoming release When the Day Leaves, which drops on February 19 via Frenchkiss Records. The video, filmed and directed by Joseph Kolean and Zach Gutierrez, incorporates film footage that Austin captured on a Super 8 camera in the North Carolina mountains. They collaborated on the clip for previous single “Mockingbird” and Austin notes, “through mixing mediums and blending human and natural worlds, we wanted the ‘Instrument’ video to visually be in conversation with what we created for ‘Mockingbird,’ and with the landscape of the album cover.”

A song about suffering and renewal, ‘Instrument’ is a tender portrait of perseverance, an ode to carrying on.

He comments…”I wrote ‘Instrument’ as a meditation on the challenges of persevering, of loving the world and other people, and of maintaining a hopeful vision for the future in these times we’re living through.”

“The uncertain future of our planet, with climate change and related natural disasters, always feels very present for me in these considerations. So the song and video reflect both upon anxieties and affections for our world; they explore what it means to remain a part of it all, to carry on amidst human and elemental uncertainty.”

“Instrument” is from Valley Maker’s new record, “When The Day Leaves“, out February 19th, 2021 on Frenchkiss Records.

Quavering vocal harmonies and delicate acoustic accents roll through a blissful backcountry scene on Valley Maker‘s “No One Is Missing”, in part recalling the dusky lo-fi plains of Kurt Vile and Cass McCombs – lyrics interpreting the organic unison of nature and the art of music as a form of remedying the pandemic’s myriad social repercussions.

Seattle-based for the last ten years, Crane, along with his family, recently decamped to South Carolina – an uprooting and re-assimilation that finds a voice in the upcoming third album “When The Day Leaves”. Crane expands upon the bearing this had on the premise of his latest track: “I wrote this song, along with much of When The Day Leaves, as a way of grappling with the partiality and temporality of how we connect with one another, I guess as an attempt to collect and reflect on recent experiences of loss, love, leaving, returning, missing, etc. While recent months of social distancing have often felt isolating, I’m continually grateful for how music and the natural world can remind us we’re not alone.”

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“When The Day Leaves”, the new album from Valley Maker
will be released on February 19th, 2021 on Frenchkiss Records

Hi everyone, “Mockingbird” is out now, Valley Maker (aka singer/songwriter Austin Crane) shared “Mockingbird,” his first new music since 2019’s “Supernatural” and his 2018 LP Rhododendron. It’s a calming, folky rumination about shifting sands, and much like his previous work, “Mockingbird” thrives on Crane’s intuitive vocal cadence, subtly accenting words to draw the most passion out of his songs. “It’s a song about trying to settle in while feeling quite unsettled,” – along with an accompanying video: https://orcd.co/valleymakermockingbird I wrote ‘Mockingbird’ within a week of moving to Columbia, SC, having just left my home of nearly seven years in Seattle to return to the area and community I grew up in. For me, it’s a song about trying to settle in while feeling quite unsettled. Megan and I had just bought an old house that needed (still needs!) a lot of work, and wanting to do something tangible and forward looking, I planted my favourite tree in the yard: a Japanese Maple. There’s a line in the song that acknowledges how I’ll “sit for a while and watch it grow,” I guess as a way of accepting the season of transition. When I wrote the song, I didn’t know how long I would be doing just that.

So while “Mockingbird” was written a few months before the pandemic upended life as we knew it, for me, the song has resonated with this strange season of life. The song meditates on memory, time and aging; on trying to embrace the uncertainty, absurdity and beauty of life; and on being in-between places and communities. We decided to try and reflect these ideas in the video by Joseph Kolean and Zach Gutierrez capturing footage from their lives and environments in the PNW and Colorado, and juxtaposing this with Super 8 footage I captured around my neighbourhood and the Carolinas.

I’m really proud of what we made, and grateful to everyone involved. Thanks to everyone who played a part in bringing this song and video into being. Trevor Spencer, Amy Godwin and Chris Icasiano — I loved recording this song with you. Joe and Zach — thank you for your caring and imaginative work on the video. To my neighbours, thanks for letting me unprofessionally film you. Thanks to Frenchkiss Records for releasing my music. And, always, thank you very much for listening.  

Out now via Frenchkiss Records

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New York indie rock pairing Alex Luciano (guitar/vocals) and Noah Bowman (drums) have been playing as awesome band Diet Cig for six years now and despite their hard-earned reputation for their passionate performances they’ve always felt somewhat like they’ve got something to prove. The duo blast away any shadow of doubt just how amazing they are on their second LP ‘Do You Wonder About Me?’

“We spent a lot of time after the first record growing as people, being humans outside of tour for a little bit, and trying to shed the imposter syndrome.” – Alex Luciano

It can get truly exciting when you strip rock right down to the bare basics. Getting rid of all the unnecessary gimmicks and gadgets allows the purity of a song can shine through and it’s the truly special bands that dare to write in this way. Dashing all fears of a difficult second album, they have returned with a rousing record that has all the energy of their debut as heard on stand out song ‘Broken Body’ plus the added dynamism of gorgeous slower tracks like ‘Night Terrors’.

From the album, ‘Do You Wonder About Me?’ out May 1, 2020 on Frenchkiss Records.

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Do You Wonder About Me? Is the follow-up to 2017’s Swear I’m Good At This. The new record marks a more intentional, self-assured Diet Cig; not only in Luciano’s radically intimate, acerbic lyrics, but in the duo’s sound as well. Luciano and Bowman moved to Richmond, VA in the summer of 2017 as a place to “hide out and make music,” and it was there that they wrote Do You Wonder About Me?, Diet Cig’s ode to growing up.

“We spent a lot of time after the first record growing as people, being humans outside of tour for a little bit, and trying to shed the imposter syndrome.” Luciano says. Spending the time to make the kind of music they really wanted to make and making sure they felt good about it was crucial to the success of tracks like Night Terrors. It’s a slower-paced song than Diet Cig’s usual, but just as biting; a song about reckoning with all the past versions of yourself. As Luciano puts it, “Am I still these people, or have I shapeshifted?” It’s essentially the thesis of Do You Wonder About Me?, considering and accepting the embarrassing aspects of your identity, and how they’re just as much a part of you as the good stuff.

Our second album, “Do You Wonder About Me?” is coming out May 1st! Pre-order the record (https://orcd.co/dietcigwonder) and check out our new song, “Thriving.” Thriving was the first song we wrote for this record!!! Inspired by the melodrama of reality TV and musical theater, we wanted the song to bounce back and forth between a lavish personal anthem and the anguish of feeling forever beholden to others opinions.

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Releases May 1st, 2020

All songs written by Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman

Band Members
Alex Luciano-vox/guitar
Noah Bowman-drums
Jamal Ruhe played all the bass
Karli Ashlyn Helm sang harmonies and additional vocals and played additional keys
Christopher Daly shredded the arpeggiator more than once
Travis de Jong played saxophone

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“Do You Wonder About Me?” Is the follow-up to 2017’s Swear I’m Good At This. The new record marks a more intentional, self-assured Diet Cig; not only in Luciano’s radically intimate, acerbic lyrics, but in the duo’s sound as well. Luciano and Bowman moved to Richmond, VA in the summer of 2017 as a place to “hide out and make music,” and it was there that they wrote Do You Wonder About Me?, Diet Cig’s ode to growing up.

“We spent a lot of time after the first record growing as people, being humans outside of tour for a little bit, and trying to shed the imposter syndrome.” Luciano says. Spending the time to make the kind of music they really wanted to make and making sure they felt good about it was crucial to the success of tracks like Night Terrors. It’s a slower-paced song than Diet Cig’s usual, but just as biting; a song about reckoning with all the past versions of yourself. As Luciano puts it, “Am I still these people, or have I shapeshifted?” It’s essentially the thesis of Do You Wonder About Me?, considering and accepting the embarrassing aspects of your identity, and how they’re just as much a part of you as the good stuff.

New York City’s Diet Cig have a new album entitled Do You Wonder About Me? on the way, and you can hear its thundering, lucent “Who Are You?” as of today. The LP is out through French kiss Records on May 1st. You can pre-order glow-in-the-dark-green-vinyl, CD, cobalt-blue-cassette and digital editions of it either from the band’s webstore or from their Bandcamp page now.

Band Members
Alex Luciano-vox/guitar
Noah Bowman-drums

From the album, ‘Do You Wonder About Me?’ out May 1, 2020 on Frenchkiss Records.

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It’s safe to say we are glad to see Diet Cig back in action: the duo were aclaimed as one of 2016’s best new bands on the strength of their 2015 debut EP Over Easy and subsequent singles, and ranked Swear I’m Good At This  among the best albums of 2017. There’s no word yet on whether “Night Terrors” is our first preview of a new album from the duo. Alex Luciano said of the single. “This song centers around my very real and frequent experiences with night terrors and other bizarre sleep activity,” .

Vocals Guitar – Alex Luciano Drums – Noah Bowman Bass – Jamal Ruhe Synth – Karli Ashlyn Helm, Christopher Daly

Diet Cig are definitely the ones to see. Do not miss your chance to see this huge emerging talent when they hit the UK. They have just announced a headline tour, with shows at Rough Trade Bristol, The Hope & Ruin at Brighton, YES at Manchester and The Camden Assembly in London during May 2020. Be there!

“Night Terrors” out now on  Frenchkiss Records..