“I’m starting Gardenhead because I needed a fresh start. I haven’t released music in a while; I’ve been focusing on a lot of other facets of my life. But when I started writing again, I’d been listening to a much wider range of artists and began experimenting with different sounds. Luckily I’ve made a lot of friends through the music scene the past few years, and I wanted a better way to get them involved in the music I’m making. The product of that is Gardenhead. I hope the narratives in these new songs have a more mature perspective than what I was writing before. And I hope people hear something that feels refreshed and new, and while not always happy, at least comforting in some way.”
The Other Stars has announced that they will be heading on tour alongside Sundressed and Casey Bolles. The band will be touring in support of their latest release, We Were Kids, available now via Take This To Heart Records.
Tour dates are below.
LA pop punks Hit The Lights have posted a video for their track No Filter. The song is taken from their latest full length Summer Bones, released last year via Pure Noise Records.
The band are also joining Seaway, Boston Manor, Can’t Swim and Casey Bolles for the Pure Noise Records Tour this spring. Check out the video for No Filter and the full list of tour dates below.
Singer-songwriter Casey Bolles has premiered a new song from his upcoming EP. The track is a cover of The Postal Service classic, “Such Great Heights” and will appear on his new covers EP, Manhattan, which is due out on Friday, January 22, 2016 via Pure Noise Records.
Listen to the song here courtesy AltPress.
FreshmenPure Noise Records
By Dustin Blumhagen
With a never ending supply of new music coming from places like Spotify and Bandcamp, it is easy to get overwhelmed. Bands start to sound the same as they attempt to imitate their influences and chase trends. Originality suffers at the expense of being heard. On rare occasions, something exciting jumps out of the crowd and surprises the listener. Casey Bolles is one of those artists who stands apart from his peers with an engaging collection of acoustic songs.
On Freshmen we are introduced to an artist who relies upon his acoustic guitar and quirky delivery to convey his poetic lyrics. There are of course influences that appear at various times, from the Max Bemis vocalization on Brain Sweater to the occasional warble that brings to mind Modern Baseball. With Cowboy Killers, he may have managed to write the mellowest track with the most metal title ever. These are catchy acoustic tracks that are supported by Bolles’ strong voice, which is surprisingly strong in spite of his young age. The melancholy tone and sleepy music make this a perfect rainy day listen. While not as intellectual as Bright Eyes, it does contain many of the qualities that make Connor Oberst’s music appealing, such as the ability to evoke emotion from simple melodies and spare guitar accompaniment.
The spare accompaniment ensures that the focus remains on the vocals and the lyrics, which both contain a wealth of barely restrained emotion. This is an amazing debut from a young artist. Rarely do debuts contain so much maturity. Granted, the lyrical content is focused on self-involved themes like young love, but it is portrayed in an interesting way that exhibits enough originality to stand apart from Bolles’ peers. This is an album that should be listened to at least once, if only to hear something refreshingly honest in a creative manner.
Buffalo, NY’s Head North has announced that they will be heading on tour with Light Years, No Good News and Casey Bolles. Head North continues to support their Bloodlines EP which was released on Bad Timing Records on March 24, 2015.
Full tour dates, including their previously announced tour with Bonfires, can be found below.