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StillWaves New LP Undiagnosed Is Out Now!

Today marks the release of the incredible new StillWaves LP, Undiagnosed [SS122].

It is available worldwide via streaming and also on strictly limited Safe Sounds cassette. Listen to Undiagnosed on Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music or your preferred music platform today!

Lead singer and bassist Dan Carlyle sat down with us to discuss what it was like to record Undiagnosed with engineer/producer Josh Korody at Candle Recording Studio, and also how the album came together with the late guitarist Eric Pentz -

"In all honesty, I almost pulled the plug on recording the album because Eric and I had fallen out of touch. We drifted apart when he started to hang out with new friends who liked to party a lot, but ultimately we decided to push on and record the album over 4 sessions.

Undiagnosed is very personal for a few different reasons. I was going through a divorce and hard times when we were recording it, and Eric passed away shortly after completing it.

Eric's fingerprints and influence are all over the album; songs like 'I'm Haunted' and 'Reform' we built around his guitar. Another track that really encapsulates Eric and his playing is the title track 'Undiagnosed' - it's a beautiful guitar melody yet still somehow morose."

StillWaves returned to work with the engineer/producer of their first album, Josh Korody, who you might know as the frontman of 90s nostalgia group, Breeze (check out the Breeze live sessions we recorded in our bank vault here).

Speaking of the relationship and recording process with Josh, Dan continued...

"He knew exactly the sound and direction we were going for, so that made the whole process pretty seamless.

Andrew Heule recorded live drums for all the songs, but Josh liked the sound of the original electronic drums I programmed on the Korg Electribe, so we ended up using a combination of both with the digital drums being more prominent.

Everything was recorded at Candle during the covid pandemic, and it was a huge energy release to be in there during that period of abnormality.

Eric was a character. A memorable studio story is when he complimented Josh... "Josh, I have to say, I just love your vision."

Josh, taking it to mean his artistic vision, replied, "ah, thanks Eric."

This was followed by Eric exclaiming, "Yeah, I don't know how you can see all those tiny little tracks on the screen while you record."

Eric was hilarious and always lit up the room. When recording our first album, he was doing vocal backups on the track 'Trust Yourself' and kept blurting out weird things. I was going to go into the vocal booth and get him to stop, but Josh said to let him keep rolling and we laughed our heads off at all the wonderful gibberish."

Speaking about the meaning behind some of Undiagnosed's tracks -

"'Aurora, CO' is about Elijah McClain. He was the young African-American youth that was killed by police officers in custody, for doing nothing wrong. I read the story of his death and it made me so angry the only thing I felt I could do was write a track. He used to go and play violins for cats in shelters - he was a gentle soul.

At other times the songs don't have any profound meaning at all. 'Redlines' I wrote about a road trip to Nashville - we were driving towards Windsor where all the giant wind turbines are, and the red flashing lights were in time with the song that was playing on the car stereo. I like that track, it reminds me of closing time at the bar. Eric's guitar in it, both tone and playing are fantastic.

'Somewhere I'm Happy' is about Eric and myself and our breakups that coincided at roughly the same time. We were a good support system for each other, albeit we were also each other's demons too at times.

Releasing this album will be cathartic. At the time everything was so disconnected and life felt like it might never go back to semi-normal again, so it feels good to finally have it come out, and showcase the wonderful lost talent that was Eric."

You can catch StillWaves celebrating the release of this album on Saturday at The Monarch Tavern in a very special Class of 2024 show brought to you by Exclaim! View the event here.

Strictly limited edition StillWaves cassettes will be available to purchase at the show, or for those of you further away you can grab one on bandcamp.

Class of 2024 StillWaves Album Release

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Your Grandad's Got Some Hot Wax

Your Grandad wriggles with anticipation, bringing news of their debut self-titled album, Your Grandad [SS121]. Fake news might be rife in this world, but we can guarantee that the LP will be released digitally and on hot wax via Safe Sounds on November 1st!

The most exciting release from Your Grandad yet, you'll hear all three members โ€” Cam, William and Max โ€” singing and playing their goofy hearts out, with songs crazier and more accomplished than anything you've ever heard from them before.

The hotly anticipated first ever Your Grandad vinyls will be available at the album release show in November ๐Ÿ‘€.

In the meantime, check out the artwork from incredible local artist Mitch Lohmeier ~

Your Grandad Album Art

Tracklist ~

1. Your Grandad
2. Juice Opinion
3. Volcano Man
4. Poison
5. Aspartame
6. CERB
7. Fake News
8. Qualified Certified
9. Odds

Two of the singles from this release are already available on streaming ~ C.E.R.B and Poison. Find them on Bandcamp, Spotify and anywhere else you consume audio bites.

We can't wait for this release. Hold it in your hands November 1st.

You Just Have To Be - the New EP from RUM DO

RUM DO's third EP 'You Just Have To Be' arrives today on all platforms and strictly limited sweet purple cassettes, available via bandcamp.

The five track release is an exploration of genre that navigates between indie, folk, pop and orchestral music. It is the first RUM DO music to feature collaborations, with guest vocals from Idious Carrie, live drums from Bradley Thibodeau (Possum) and violins on the final track from virtuoso violinist, Leslie Townsend.

RUM DO is the project of multi-instrumentalists Harry Perry and Bill Cutbill. Every track released by the duo has featured experimental visuals that flow continuously between songs and releases. You can join them on the sonic adventure here.

Speaking of You Just Have To Be, Bill said -

"It's a great relief to finally share this music with the world. This collection of songs is a true journey and creating it has been an important self-reflection for me.

"I would like to thank Idious Carrie, Bradley Thibodeau and Leslie Townsend for their contributions. Without Brad there would be no shuffle on No Worries. Without Leslie, Singularity would not have the same heart and tension. Without Desiree, Riv Alla Murar would never have been completed.

"Myself and Harry want to thank everyone for joining us over the last however many years. We hope that this music resonates within your body."

If you want to support this release, you can purchase a limited edition cassette on Bandcamp. Kittyfan01 snagged one, and left a very nice comment, which really did feel good so I think we'll leave this bulletin update on that note...

"You Just Have To Be paints a beautiful visage with curio beauty in Chrysalis, calming guitar in Lighter, and sentimental vocals in Singularity - it's hard to pick a favourite. Another incredible work by Rum Do!"

RUM DO's Single Lighter Will Put Your Mind At Ease

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There's a brand new single out today โ€” Lighter โ€” which is taken from RUM DO's upcoming EP, You Just Have To Be [SS118].

The first single No Worries which was released in December, represents some of RUM DO's most upbeat sounds to date; funky bass, warm textures and calming vocals.

Well they've very much carried on in this vein with the release of Lighter, which is an airy upbeat classical guitar track with washing ambience, soft synths and an organic rhythm.

Speaking of Lighter, Bill Cutbill of RUM DO said โ€”

"This was written and recorded during the stay-at-home order. I was very much trying to use music and the recording process to channel some inner peace and tranquility at that time.

"To me, No Worries and Lighter will forever be linked by that conscious effort to meditate on a feeling of lightness and joy.

"Being stuck at home was both stressful but also in some ways calming. I hope that people listening to the single will absorb some of those feelings that I was able to conjure while recording it at home.

True to RUM DO's style, Lighter has a lot of hidden texture. What's slightly different in the case of this single, is the lack of digital percussion, the use of open space, and the light use of vocals.

Listen on Spotify now and make sure you follow RUM DO so that the lords and ladies in the emerald Spotify castle know to inform you every time there's a new track out! We appreciate your support.

Electronic Pop Returns with RUM DO's No Worries


We are delighted to share RUM DO's new single No Worries with the world.

You won't want to miss this funky track, which features Harry Perry's most infectious bass-line ever, brought about from a first time collaboration with epic drummer Bradley Thibodeau (of Possum and Ready The Prince).

No Worries is the debut single from RUM DO's third EP โ€” You Just Have To Be [SS118], which will be trickling to you track by track until its full release in April 2023.

Talking about the origins of the single, Bill Cutbill of RUM DO said โ€”

"When writing the lyrics for No Worries I was very consciously trying to channel something which threw away my normal melancholy outlook and focused more on the positives.

"During the pandemic, I was searching for an inner sense of peace by meditating musically on the thought of it; what that might feel like and sound like. These were the bones on which the track was built.

"It was fantastic to work with Brad because he added an infectious shuffle that immediately gave it more purpose rhythmically. I really hope listening to No Worries also fires off some serotonin in your brain because for me it really does emit a feeling of warmth, peace and relaxation!"

Listen on Spotify now and make sure you follow RUM DO so that the lords and ladies in the emerald Spotify castle know to inform you every time there's a new track out! We appreciate your support.

Releases

Remix Single
SS124
World News
In The Room
Coming soon
Double A
SS123
Pretty
Live from Safe Sounds
Coming soon
Album
SS122
StillWaves
Undiagnosed
Album
SS121
Your Grandad
Your Grandad
EP
SS120
Your Grandad
Sin Gles
Single
SS120C
Your Grandad
Your Grandad
Single
SS120B
Your Grandad
Poison
Single
SS120A
Your Grandad
CERB
EP
SS119
Dark Tapes ยท Bill Cutbill
OBELISK
EP
SS118
RUM DO
You Just Have To Be
Single
SS117
Theo Vandenhoff
Alles Ist Besser
EP
SS116
World News
New Era
Remix Single
SS115
World News
AMFTK
LP
SS114
Provincial Parcs
Scenic Equilibrium
Double A
SS113
Your Grandad
Juice Opinion / Fake News
Double A
SS112
Idious Carrie
O
EP
SS111
Theo Vandenhoff
Heartache Is An Empty Room
Double A
SS110
RUM DO
Confetti and... / A โ† B
Remix Single
SS109
World News
Descenending
LP
SS108
Bill Cutbill
AMAZONAS
EP
SS107
Loji
Gather
EP
SS106
World News
The Chosen
Remix Single
SS105
World News
Black Cat
Single
SS104
Bill Cutbill
Joy Ride (and then I wake up)
Remix Single
SS103
World News
A Bit More Mellow Back Then
EP
SS102
RUM DO
Why
EP
SS101
RUM DO
lay down, lovers

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Dark Tapes

Idious Carrie

Loji

Provincial Parcs

RUM DO

StillWaves

Theo Vandenhoff

World News

Your Grandad

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