The Winter Sounds
The Winter Sounds return with a new album and winter tour to kickoff the release of their much anticipated fourth LP, Maximum Reality. Fans enjoyed a sneak preview of the album with a 14 city fall tour and release of the first single off Maximum Reality, “Heartbeats”. The video premiered on Baeble Music in late August of ‘17 and received stellar reviews from publications such as Huffington Post, Essentially Pop, and AXS TV. The song and gorgeous visuals (beautifully shot in the Baltic country of Estonia) have kept the video in rotation on over 140+ cable video channels in North America. Also in August, the band released their soundtrack cut “Broken Bodies” from the Jack White-produced Netflix comedy special, Rory Scovel Tries Stand-up for the First Time.
Maximum Reality is fresh take on classic indie rock, sprinkled with 80’s synth pop and folk anthems. The album is slated for release on 1/12/18 and features production by Derek Garten (Jewel, Thunderbitch) and Jason Kingsland (Band of Horses, Deerhunter, Belle & Sebastian). The album was mastered by Colin Leonard (JR JR, MIGOS). Maximum Reality is a musical journey that explores a variety of songwriting styles and sonic landscapes while retaining that core danceable post-punk for which the band is known. The Winter Sounds will be embarking on a 24 city national tour in January and February of ‘18, during which time they will release a second single, “Earth After a Thunderstorm”. The accompanying video will again be shot in Estonia with filmmaker Zbanski Kino. Singer Patrick Keenan describes “Earth After a Thunderstorm” as “the melancholy and nostalgia that emerges when something triggers an old memory, like the change in seasons or a forgotten piece of music.”
Over the last 10 years of making music, The Winter Sounds have constantly evolved, releasing outlier indie pop music that is both stadium-banger and contemplative. Their latest effort consists of 12 songs that reveal a band poised for a breakthrough. Of the name Maximum Reality, Keenan says: «The name of the album comes from the philosopher Immanuel Kant, based on his conception of god (ens realissimum) being all realities, including actuality, in perfection — the “most real” being. For me, the real takeaway of the name is how it represents the emotional ground that the album covers. It was a long production process and in that time — almost four years — there were so many ups and downs. Maximum Reality expresses the broad emotional spectrum of the last four years.»
The Winter Sounds are Patrick Keenan, Paul McKenna, Corey Dibiase, and Joe Reilly. Maximum Reality will be released on the Logica Sonica label and distributed by The Orchard/Sony Music.
The breezy jangle of “Get Away,” the opening track off Belle Adair’s striking new album, Tuscumbia, might not be the first thing you’d expect to hear from an Alabama band named after a John Steinbeck reference. Combining mellow, atmospheric rock and swirling, retro power-pop, it’s more Big Star than Swampers, but it’s an ideal gateway into the blissed-out world of Belle Adair, a group that manages to make even worry and isolation sound inviting. Recorded at Muscle Shoals’ legendary FAME Studios with Wilco producer/engineer Tom Schick, Tuscumbia calls to mind everything from The Byrds to Teenage Fanclub as frontman Matthew Green’s meditative lyrics navigate a slew of major life changes, contemplate the meaning of home, and grapple with the realities of life on the road.
While it’s been nearly five years since Belle Adair released their innovative, adventurous debut album, ‘The Brave and the Blue,’ it’s hardly been a quiet time for the group. Green hit the road playing bass for labelmate Dylan LeBlanc, and he and the rest of Belle Adair took up regular gigs as the backing band for Muscle Shoals legend Donnie Fritts and The Civil Wars’ John Paul White.
It’s little wonder that a group as dynamic and versatile as Belle Adair is as much of a hit with fellow songwriters as they are with critics. NPR praised the band’s “dreamy sound,” while SPIN said their music “glows with a deep, dusky aura,” and Uncut compared them to “Wilco, when the roots were still showing, with flashes of The Byrds and a note of country sadness.” Despite the group’s hectic schedule performing with others, they still managed to find time for gigs of their own, including opening slots with The Alabama Shakes (Belle Adair’s touring keyboardist, Ben Tanner, also tours and records with that group), festival performances from SXSW to CMJ, and multiple appearances at the annual Billy Reid Shindig.
Belle Adair has always been a group that prides itself on the strength and magnetism of its live performances, and Tuscumbia is no exception. The band recorded everything live as a group over the course of a week, soaking up the vibes in FAME as they laid down tracks in the same studio where Aretha Franklin cut “I Never Loved A Man” and Wilson Pickett sang “Mustang Sally.”
“The difference between the last record and this one is the difference between having a band and being in a band,” Green explains. “On the last record, I was just sitting there with my acoustic guitar and not even thinking about how the songs might be recorded, but this time I was really able to write to the strengths of the other guys.”
The result is a massive leap forward, a definitive declaration of identity from a band that’s ready to step to the front of the stage and buck tradition in search of their own personal truths. It’s the sound of new chapters, of late night calls home, of coming back to the place where it all began. It’s the modern sound of Tuscumbia.
Josh Taerk (pronounced Turk) was born in Toronto, Canada and raised on a healthy diet of Rock ‘N’ Roll music; Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Tom Petty & Bob Dylan just to name a few.
In 2016 Josh toured the U.S. where his latest single “Anywhere Love Took Us” was play-listed on Hot AC Commercial Radio in The U.S. and his Christmas single was play-listed on Retail Radio debuting at #10 on the Indie Top 50 charts. On tour, Josh and his band have opened for famed blues guitarist Robin Trower (Procol Harum), Kevin Costner & Modern West, Jon McLaughlin, Austin Jones amongst others; and have played shows in Nashville TN, Indianapolis, IN, Columbus, Akron and Cleveland OH, Jackson MS, Birmingham AL, El Dorado AR, Paducah and Louisville KY, Atlanta and Macon GA, Huntsville AL, Franklin TN, Midland TX, Salt Lake City UT, and Denver CO. They even headlined a show in Taerk’s hometown of Toronto this past March.
With the high energy of his live show, Josh was named one of the “Top 5 Live Acts” of 2015 by Classic Rock Magazine; and his latest album “Here’s To Change” was chosen as one of the top 25 albums of the year by Rock music writer Jason Ritchie (Classic Rock Magazine, GRTR!). In May of 2015, the title track off HTC was play-listed on over 40 radio stations throughout The UK.