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Slow Season stream entire Westing album ahead of release at Consequence of Sound
Central California quartet Slow Season are streaming their entire forthcoming album, Westing ahead of release starting today via Consequence of Sound. The album that many are considering the band's breakout work is available to hear and shareHERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE.)
recently wrapped up an extensive North American tour in June and are
back on the road this week on the west coast. Additional tour dates for
late summer will be announced soon. Please see current dates below.
Metal Injection recently launched the banging single "Damascus" HERE. The Obelisk revealed album track "Miranda" HERE. Prior to that, Consequence of Sound premiered the first single "Y'Wanna" HERE.
Contrary to the band's name, downtime is a rarity for Slow Season. Sandwiched between summer 2015's extensive tour with their RidingEasy labelmates Mondo Drag and Electric Citizen,
plus several short west coast jaunts, the hard-working quartet also
found time to hammer out its most powerful and ambitious album yet.
Written, engineered, produced and mixed themselves on their own
equipment, entirely on analog tape, Westing is a hard-hitting and powerful reminder of how at one time a rock 'n' roll band could be a transcendent experience.
While Slow Season's sound continues to effortlessly nod to the great bands of the 60s-70s, Westing
is truly the sound of a band coming into their own. The songwriting is
tight, howling and hypnotic. The sound is classic, yet refreshingly
"It's a different album," says drummer and
primary recording engineer Cody Tarbell. "But we never have wanted to
find a particular sound or any one thing and be attached to it
permanently. A big part of our records is experimenting." The Visalia,
CA band -- Daniel Rice (vocals, guitar), David Kent (guitar), Hayden
Doyel (bass), and Cody Tarbell (drums) -- has recorded all of their
albums on reel-to-reel at Tarbell's home studio in a cornfield. This
affords them the time to experiment getting sounds, while maintaining
focus on the most important notion that performance is key. As with
previous albums, recording was pretty immediate, tracked between January
15th and the beginning of February 2016 to 16-track tape and mixed to
Equally as ambitious as the
band's self-sufficient production is the sprawling lyrical theme to the
album. Thematically picking up where the Slow Season's previous full
length Mountains left off, Westing tackles some heady issues.
follows a loose narrative about our nation's loss of innocence as it
explores its frontiers," vocalist Daniel Rice explains.
"Re-contextualized in a story about an unnamed protagonist faced with
choosing between different ideological allegiances and his own social
identity." From song to song, the album follows what Rice explains as,
"the unholy trinity of greed+power+violence, the injustice wrought from
this, persisting in willful ignorance, and reaping what is sown." A deep
conceptual arc, for sure, and one that adds further weight to the Slow
Album opener "Y'Wanna" erupts
from the speakers as if the band couldn't even wait for the tape to
start recording. it's a full-throttle rocker reminiscent of Zep's
"Immigrant Song" with sly reference to "Four Sticks", all groove and
pummel. "Flag" keeps things rolling along with its bouncing, stop-n-go
guitar riff. The 6/8-time blues sway of "The Jackal" echoes early
Sabbath malefic boogie, while "Saurekonig" is a cavernous and volcanic
mass driven by huge drums, ringing slide guitar and ominous drone.
"Damascus" is a rollicking anthem driven by Tarbell's syncopated
hi-hat/snare interplay and Rice's explosive wail proving just how much
of a dynamic powerhouse Slow Season has become. Throughout, Westing is a smart and snarling rocker that sounds like rock 'n' roll records should: massive, infectious and inviting repeat listens.
Westing will be available on LP, CD and download via RidingEasy Records on July 15th, 2016. Pre-orders include a free immediate download of the first two singles and are available HERE.
Artist: Slow Season Album: Westing Label: RidingEasy Records Release Date: July 8th, 2016