Release The Sunbird Announces August Tour

After releasing his stunning debut album Come Back To Us (Brushfire Records) under the moniker Release The Sunbird, Zach Rogue of Rogue Wave will be taking his new project out on tour this month. In addition to bringing the new songs to cities for the first time with Release The Sunbird, he will also be playing a very special set at this year’s Outside Lands Festival on August 12th.
Release The Sunbird is a side project, but it’s not. Release The Sunbird a solo project, but it’s not. This musical departure showcases a whole new side of Rogue, and is a re-introduction to an artist you thought you already knew. Rogue, who has spent years on the road with his band Rogue Wave touring with the likes of Death Cab for Cutie, Feist, Spoon, Nada Surf, The Shins, Jack Johnson and many others, is one of independent music’s most reliable musical voices. Come Back To Us, which was recorded on a whim in Bloomington, Indiana, is sun-kissed, joyful and one the loveliest you willhear this year.
Live, Zach and vocalist Kate Long deliver captivating performances that are magical and heart-wrenching. Their voices blend together perfectly while singing gorgeous melodies about love, loss, memory, and the deceptive simplicity of hope, as Zach strums along on his guitar. Be sure to catch these remarkable songs live. Dates are listed below.
8/12/11- San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
8/24/11 - St, Paul, MN @ Turf Club
8/25/11 - Madison, WI @ East Side Club
8/27/11 - Chicago, IL @ Schuba's Tavern
8/29/11 - Arlington, Virginia @ IOTA Club & Cafe
8/30/11 - New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall

Fool's Gold Set To Release New Album, Leave No Trace

Fool’s Gold was originally formed in Los Angeles by Lewis Pesacov and Luke Top as a large open-ended collective, at times ranging between 12-15 members. After many tours following the release of their self-titled debut album (2009), they organically evolved into a tight-knit five-member "band," featuring vocalist/bassist Luke Top, guitarist Lewis Pesacov, drummer Garrett Ray, multi-instrumentalist Brad Caulkins, and percussionist Salvador Placencia. Confident, focused and much more personal, this new line-up allowed for the dynamic of the group to blossom, redefining and sculpting their sound for the sophomore LP: Leave No Trace.

Much of Leave No Trace was written the last week of 2010, during late night and early morning sessions in a rented house in Wonder Valley, CA, at the edge of the Mojave desert. Produced by Pesacov (who also produced the Best Coast LP), the majority of the album was recorded live in one room at Infrasonic Studios in Alhambra in East LA, on a slow speed on an old 2" tape machine, the perfect format to capture the sonic warmth of the hazy, late night musical space these songs engender. The music on Leave No Trace is built on soulful vocals, evocative lyrics, driving beats, tightly wound percussion, and warm synthesizers, all woven together with interlocking, nimble and slashing guitar lines, and influenced by a shared love of the music from the Caribbean and Africa, 60s soul and blues, and synth-based English new wave.

Those familiar with Fool’s Gold will quickly realize an obvious distinction on Leave No Trace: the new record is sung predominately in English, an intuitive choice for Top, much in the way the debut album leaned towards Hebrew. Whereas singing in Hebrew on the debut allowed Top to find his voice and come out of his shell as a performer and songwriter, as the words and more personal themes for the new record started to take shape, he knew he had to express them as clearly as possible, both to himself and to the listener, in English.

Fool’s Gold’s Leave No Trace is out August 16th on IAMSOUND.


Leave No Trace tracklisting:

01. The Dive

02. Wild Window

03. Street Clothes

04. Leave No Trace

05. Balmy

06. Narrow Sun

07. Tel Aviv

08. Mammal

09. Bark and Bite

10. Lantern

Rogue Wave Release New Single, Unveil Album Details

Now we’re born again,” sings Zach Rogue on the closing track of Rogue Wave’s fourth studio album, Permalight. The dreamy acoustic lament lasts just over a minute but in sound and spirit it neatly sums up everything that comes before it. A punchy, deceptively effervescent set of multi-instrumental pop tunes, the Northern California band’s latest set represents a giant breakthrough for Rogue and his longtime musical partner, drummer-keyboardist- vocalist Pat Spurgeon.
“The record sounds, for lack of a better word, fun,” the frontman says. It’s an astonishing change of direction, to say the least. Formed by Rogue in 2002 after he lost his tech job and parted ways with the Oakland rock group Desoto Reds, Rogue Wave has a reputation for crafting classic, inward-looking pop songs highlighted with psychedelic guitars, pastoral sound effects and intricate rhythms. On tunes from the new album like the title track “Permalight” and “Good Morning,” however, Rogue Wave steps away from expectations. Rogue says the former was written as a left-field sequel to Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration,” with synthesizers that simultaneously sound brittle and blissful. “Stars and Stripes” builds on a deep groove before spilling over in a raging chorus.  Clubby beats are prominent but the album doesn’t sit still for long. “Per Anger” is a straightforward rock tune that takes its cues from Pixies’ loud-quiet-loud dynamic.
Then there’s the album’s unofficial centerpiece, “I’ll Never Leave You,” a simple acoustic tune that finds Rogue coming to grips with the overwhelming emotions that come with young fatherhood. Like many of the songs on the album it’s rooted in Rogue Wave’s triumph over seemingly constant peril -- including the tragic death of a former band mate and constant health issues -- and the band’s undying determination to push forward.  Making this album was no exception.
In September 2008, after the band returned to Oakland following a summer tour, Rogue played a solo show opening for Nada Surf. Two days later, the singer woke up and couldn’t move. There was some concern that he might be having an aneurysm or heart attack, so doctors wheeled an X-ray machine into his living room to check his heart and lungs. It turns out Rogue had slipped two discs in his neck, which were pressing on his spinal cord. “It was the worst pain I had experienced,” he says.
Over the next few months, his condition grew worse until he eventually lost feeling in his right hand. Confined to his bed, there was nothing doctors could do for him, no medications that could relieve his pain. “I just felt like I was being tortured,” Rogue says. “I felt like I was dying.”  In January, the pain began to gradually lift, giving him just enough sensation to pick up the guitar and strum it. He celebrated the recovery the best way he knew, by pouring his relief into new material. “When I started writing I wanted to make a record that was a little more up, a record you could move your body to because I couldn’t move for so long,” Rogue says. “I told Pat I wanted to make a total dance album.”
To do that Rogue decided to make a conscious break from the past. “I decided when I picked up the guitar again I didn’t want to play anything I knew,” he says. “Even if that meant yelling into the microphone or detuning a guitar, I wanted to record all those ideas.”
Solitary Gun
Good Morning
Stars and Stripes
Fear Itself
Right With You
We Will Make A Song Destroy
I’ll Never Leave You
Per Anger
You Have Boarded All That Remains
Tour Dates
02/24 - San Francisco, CA @ Noise Pop 02/26 - Toronto, ON, CA @ Mod Club
03/01 - Club Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock
03/02 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/03 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
03/04 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church Sanctuary
03/05 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
03/06 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
03/08 - Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
03/09 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
03/10 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
03/13 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
03/15 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
03/16 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
03/17 - Dallas, TX @ The Loft
03/18 - 03/20 @ SXSW
04/07 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre
04/09 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
04/10 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
04/13 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
04/14 - Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
04/15 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Cafe
04/16 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
04/17 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
04/20 - Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s
04/21 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
04/24 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
04/27 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
04/29 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre 04/30 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

Public Property: New Wave Reggae

- for the Grateful Web

From the Heartland of America, Iowa City, IA, comes a new heartbeat in reggae. Public Property, originally a trio mushroomed into a 8-member full-out reggae band just last year. They are pumping out old school reggae laden with original lyrics that are fresh and timely about issues we all need to talk about.  Even when they speak about romance, it's with a sweetness and respect for that special lady that reggae hasn't seen in a decade or two.

David Bess, guitarist and founder of the group, recalls the bands early roots. "It started out as a trio three years ago. We just started out: me, a good friend who was a drummer, and we found a good bass player.," he says. "I had a bunch of songs already written so we just went off that."

But it was a Bob Marley tribute night in 2004 that held the vision of what Public Property could become. Bess and a few female friends (Mareva Minerbi, Georgette Stern, and Margaret Larson) had talked about doing some classic reggae. The women came to the mike as Public Property's backup singers, and Bess knew then he had started something. 

"From there it grew," he says. "We had a  percussionist added to the band and a keyboard player."

publicBut it wasn't without some growing pains. As the band began to gig seriously and talk of wider touring, band members left. "A year later, that whole line up changed. Some people split for another band, and others just left," Bess says. This was just after their sophomore CD was released to critical approval.

But Public Property cast its musical nets upon the waters and new musicians were brought in. In addition to the three backup singers and Bess, the lineup is Ben Franklin, Paul Hala, Jeremiah Murphy, and Andy Parrott,. "Now, we have a permanent rhythm section," says Bess. "This is THE band." It is a combination that is gelling into New Wave Reggae with some touches of ska, hip-hop, and island uke stylings. 

Though Bess himself has been playing guitar since he was 12, he picked up ukelele two years ago and incorporated it into the band's instrumentation. "I'm an OK ukelele player," he admits. "I'm primarily the rhythm guitar player for the band. We have a lead guitar player who has tons of experience.. He's a great guitar player." That guitarist was part of the new blood in the band that is coloring the band's older material with new hues. 

Public Property just recorded their third album, Movement, Movement, which will be out in August.  Their debut album, a self-titled CD, sold out. "We've got to reprint it.," Bess says. "That album had 16 songs on it. So, we had lots of material to start with. It was a good thing to have that first album. It's definitely a beginning album." But it was their seond CD, What's Going Down, that started raising eyebrows and getting media attention because of its mix of reggae-rooted musical styles and its consciousness-raising lyrics. "The second album is much more mature. It definitely got us on our feet,' Bess says.

amesThough the band is instrumentally accomplished, it is unlike many bands that play jam festivals.  Public Property is as Bess puts it "very song-writing oriented, very vocal-heavy."  The lyrics are substantial and deal with war, religion, peace, and love with the big L, but they are wrapped up in the happy reggae and island sounds. Don't be fooled by the sweet harmonies and the dance beat. The message doesn't pull any punches. Nothing is sacred or off limits. Everything comes under the scrutiny of Bess's pen. He and Public Property speak not only for their generation but for the rest of the world. The deceptively light "Choo Choo" is really a call for humanity in the face of the brutality of the genocide in Rwanda. "Higher" takes on religion and war fought in its name.  "Power Trip" indicts governments. Public Property deals with issues that belong to all of the world. They are in truth public property.

On its very first national tour this summer, Public Property has been hitting venues on the West Coast and throughout Colorado. They will make their debut at a major festival this Saturday when they perform at the Saloon Stage at the 10,000 Lakes Festival in Minnesota.. Public Property was brought there as part of the Cosmic Break Midwest band search that the festival does every year. Their appearance this week is a testament to their potential. Come listen. Come dance. Come absorb the lyrics.