Dion Lunadon "Beyond Everything (Rough Trade Publishing)"
Beyond your skin, beyond your screen, beyond what you think you know. What lies in this area? An area with no opinions, motives, sides or divisions. An area where governments and capitalists have no currency and the absolute truth reigns supreme.
After releasing his self titled debut album in 2017, Dion Lunadon (The D4, ex A Place To Bury Strangers) is set to release his sophomore album – Beyond Everything June 10th via In The Red Records.
Beyond Everything will be his first release on In The Red Records (an ideal match for his music) as well as his first full length since departing A Place To Bury Strangers. Written, performed and recorded by Dion, the songs tap into a raw, palpable energy that blur the line between the music and the person. Drums on the record were played by Blaze Bateh (Bambara) and Nick Ferrante (The Black Hollies).
Dion says “The record was written and recorded sporadically between 2017 and 2019. I probably wrote about 100 songs during this period. The first album was pretty relentless which I liked but I wanted to make something more dynamic for the 2nd record. Something that could be more conducive to repeated listens. I’d get in my studio, come up with a song title, and start working on any ideas that I had. For example, with Elastic Diagnostic, the idea was to create a hum that evokes the sound of life coursing though your body. Everything else kind of formed around that idea.”
Dion will also be touring with a full band in North America and in Europe/UK throughout 2022.
US dates begin on the western side of the US in June starting in Denver (some of these dates are supporting The Black Angels) and the European and UK dates are in November.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand and now residing in New York, Dion most notably played in The D4, who released two albums on legendary NZ label Flying Nun Records and in New York noiseniks A Place To Bury Strangers.
While taking a break from touring with A Place To Bury Strangers, Dion recorded the self-titled debut solo album encompassing all that he loves about rock ’n’ roll. Previewed by the single Com/Broke, Dions LP arrived in 2017.
Just as the pandemic hit, Dion decided to leave A Place To Bury Strangers and focus on his own music. In June 2020, he released the song When Will I Hold You Again and in September 2020 the Schreien EP which featured a Deutsch version of his song Howl as well as the scorching rocker, Speed.
In 2021 he put a band together to give his songs life.
Mint Green "All Girls Go to Heaven (Rough Trade Publishing)"
Mint Green is releasing their debut album on Pure Noise Records. “All Girls Go To Heaven” plays with the idea of paradise and perfection, but not in a traditional sense. Rather, it’s about discovering what “paradise” or “heaven” means to the individual. How freedom and peace can be found through introspection. The journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance. How someone’s idea of safety and wellness can be totally different from your own. In a more literal sense, “All Girls Go To Heaven” means that anyone can achieve this so-called “sacred” destination by simply believing that they belong there. Or rather, creating their own definition of what “heaven” is. The album touches subjects like homophobia, depression, anxiety, isolation, love, heartbreak, family, and religion.
Spring Summer "T.E.A.R.S."
On her new album T.E.A.R.S, San Francisco-based artist Spring Summer looks back on pivotal moments in her near and distant past: minor heartaches and shattering disappointments, life-altering tragedy and the pure euphoria of emergent love. But the 10-song project also marks a monumental leap forward after years of creative stasis for the North Carolina-born singer/songwriter otherwise known as Jennifer Furches. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist who spent much of the aughts playing with artists like Cass McCombs, Coconut Records, and Ben Lee, she’d devoted the following decade to raising her three young children, but soon felt inescapably compelled to make music again. “I was missing it so much, in a way that was making me kind of crazy,” she recalls. It wasn’t until Furches culled through a decade of quick demos she’d made when the kids were sleeping that she realized she’d actually been recording tons of music over the years. “I started collecting those pieces and building them up into songs, and it slowly led me back to a huge part of myself I thought was lost.”
T.E.A.R.S transforms that vast reserve of song sketches into a lavishly orchestrated body of work, mainly recorded in her part-time home of Los Angeles and in close collaboration with her producer, Jenny lee Lindberg (Warpaint). “It was so inspiring to watch Jen take these little folk songs I’d written and try out all her ideas until they’d taken on a life of their own—it felt like some sort of magic was happening,” Furches notes. Lindberg adds, “It was my first time producing a project that wasn’t mine. There’s nothing like collaborating with your best friends—only this time I was on the other side. I saw and heard things from a completely different perspective. We broke new ground with one another, both out of our comfort zone trying to break the mold and discover new ways to express, and having a gosh darn blast doing it, which was a very sweet relief.” Furches, who often recorded on her own when family obligations kept her from trekking down to Los Angeles, also recruited her longtime Coconut Records collaborator Jason Schwartzman to help shape the album’s mercurial form of indie-rock; he played drums on all but two songs and co-produced a few others. Rooted in the refined musicality she first honed by playing ‘70s folk and rock songs on guitar with her father growing up, the result is a dazzling showcase for Furches’ raw yet eloquent songwriting, and her captivating, dulcet voice.
T.E.A.R.S is an album informed by midlife reflection, and takes its title from its majestic closing track. “I’d refer to it as the ‘Take ‘Em and Run’ song and abbreviate that to ‘T.E.A.R.S’ on the setlist,” Furches explains. “The sentiment behind it was ‘Everything’s falling apart, so just try to find the good moments and run with them,’ which felt very much in line with this record.” To that end, the album opens on the heavy-hearted but resolute “Mountaineer,” which imbues a certain sublime poetry into her statement of self-preservation (“I am tough as nails, I am a mountaineer/I will climb these jagged peaks and leave the valleys for you, dear”). “There’s a running theme on the album of losing yourself in another person, and this song is about the push-and-pull between the feeling of ‘I would do anything for you’ and ‘I can’t do anything for you, I need to be strong and do things for me,’” she says. It’s one of many tracks featuring Schwartzman on drums, and achieves a dreamy grandeur in its final moments when its kinetic rhythms collide with a luminous swell of Juno-60 synth lines, played by engineer and multi-instrumentalist Tim Sonnefeld.
“It’s Always Been You,” one of the most effervescent tracks on T.E.A.R.S, unfolds in cascading guitar tones as Furches’ profoundly tender vocal performance infuses an element of Cure-inspired new-wave romanticism into an unbridled expression of affection. “I usually don’t know how to write anything but breakup songs, even if I’m not going through a breakup,” she says. “That one’s a rare love song, which came together after I’d been working on the record a while and started to feel a sense of freedom I hadn’t experienced in so long.” Produced and co-written with James Iha of The Smashing Pumpkins, “Show Yourself Out,” meanwhile, slips into a much darker mood, taking on a dizzying velocity thanks to its galloping bassline and wildly frenetic drumming. “The song came from learning about a helpline The New York Times had set up for exhausted parents during the pandemic,” says Furches. “I listened to some of the calls and they were so desperate—mostly mothers but some fathers, wailing in this primal way—and I channeled some of that feeling into the song.” And on “Small Town,” with its gorgeously sprawling guitar work and rhythmic bursts of unearthly vocals, Spring Summer presents a cinematic portrait of fractured connection and emotional inertia. “It started with reminiscing about home and high school and old relationships, but it’s also about how Los Angeles can feel like such a small town sometimes,” she explains.
Furches’s return to music has coincided with the revitalization of her career as a script supervisor for major feature films and commercials, a confluence of events she regards as a highly transformational period in her life. “Juggling three kids, making a movie, and finishing a record all at the same time was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done, but it’s already been so rewarding to share this part of me with my family,” she says. “When I came home from a trip to LA during that time, my daughter raced over to show me a song she had written. Music has become something we can do together—before that the kids didn’t even know I played music! The stress and guilt I felt when things got hectic faded when I realized I was showing my kids how important it is—for all the reasons—to pursue their own dreams.”
Cathedral Ceilings "Summer of Misguided Dynamite"
There’s something magical about the way music can make you feel. Certain styles and bands are what I call funk-proof. No matter where my mind, body, or soul are, I am ready and willing to escape into whatever they are willing to provide. Cathedral Ceilings are at the top of that list now due to their excellent (and wonderfully titled) Summer of Misguided Dynamite. They honestly sound like a Jersey punk band trying their hand at DC post-hardcore and California pop-punk at the same time, which makes for a record overflowing with great hooks and guitarwork. It also helps immensely that Summer of Misguided Dynamite feels like a band of best friends having one or two (too many) and shooting the shit about the state of the world.
Ralphie Malanga guitarist and vocalist expands on that notion:
“I think you can make an argument that almost every record is a plea to stay sane in crazy times! Priorities have definitely changed in my life, and I’m sure in (the rest of the bands’) lives as well. None of us are in our 20s or 30s anymore. Those problems seem trivial now. There are a couple of politically themed songs on this record, but it was impossible not to get political, as the January 6 insurrection was happening when I was writing the lyrics. At the same time, the whimsical nature of rock ‘n’ roll took its course, balancing out any heavy lamenting with self-deprecation and silly word stew. Turn on, tune in, drop out. Veni,vidi,vici. I got 99 problems, but the band’s not one.”
New Noise Magazine