BUFFALO KILLERS’ ANDY GABBARD’S NEW SOPHOMORE SOLO ALBUM “PLENUM CASTLE” OUT TODAY (DIGITAL & STREAMING ONLY)
If there’s a more perfect song for the Summer of ’17 than “Hangin’ On,” I don’t want to know about it. Here, Rademaker and his gang (which includes Jason Soda abetting Rademaker on guitars and vocals, Jonny Niemann on piano, organ, and mellotron, and Rademaker’s co-songwriter Trevor Beld Jiminez; plus a host of guests from the Beachwood Sparks, Wilco, and Eels extended families) have crafted a timeless tune destined to be on mixtapes throughout the hot months and beyond. – Fred Mills / READ THE REVIEW HERE
Songwriter/guitarist Brent Rademaker’s dreamy vocal navigates the hazy open spaces of “In the Desert” and cedes nicely to crunching garage guitar from Jason Soda highlighting the Crazy Horse-like break in “Strange Days.” The duo and keyboardist Jonny Niemann comprise the proper band, with friends such as drummer George Sluppick (Chris Robinson Brotherhood) chipping in. Soda is a true ace-in-the-hole, mixing and producing the album, and covering the variety of guitar necessities with aplomb. Rademaker, like Petty, is a Florida transplant to California, and shares Petty’s sense of arc and pace, tracing lines smoothly from start to finish, most notably sharing the Heartbreakers frontman’s snarling whine on “California Fantasy.”
Despite the title, this is no sound-alike nostalgia trip back to ‘67. This is determined music, as evolved as it is respectful of its roots. – READ THE REVIEW HERE
John Mulvey UNCUT list of The Best Albums Of 2017: Halftime Report
One of the best albums of the year! – READ THE REVIEW HERE
Happy Fourth! Enjoy the 4th of July with GospelbeacH, Buffalo Killers, Mark ‘Porkchop’ Holder, Hollis Brown, The Black Keys, Left Lane Cruiser, Andy Gabbard, Radio Moscow, and other awesome Alive artists!
Gabbard’s debut solo effort, Fluff, was a bash-and-pop masterpiece of buzzing, distorted guitars and unforgettable melodies, but his soon-to-be released new effort, Plenum Castle, takes an even deeper dive into Pop, showcasing the multi-instrumentalist’s gift for crafting brain-burrowing hooks on a broader scale. If Father John Misty can crossover to the mainstream Pop world and get calls to write for artists like Beyoncé, it might be wise for superstar producers to consider putting Gabbard on retainer, stat. – READ THE FEATURE HERE