The Great Spontanaen, A Tale Told In Five ActsHalloween Records
By AJ Phink
Telethon‘s 90 minute, 30 song, 5 act concept album, The Grand Spontanean, will be released this Friday, September 29 via Halloween Records, and features guest spots by Laura Stevenson, Chris Farren and members of The Hold Steady, Less Than Jake and TV On The Radio. The Grand Spontanean is a cosmic trip of punk rock filtered through straight up rock n’ roll, power pop and every other style in which they could meld their sound into. It resulted in a true blue rock opera about a self-centred, internet addicted twenty-something realizing the world’s about to end in a storm of noise and chaos. Digital pre-orders are now available, along with a limited edition CD box set with extensive liner notes and more, you can pre-order The Grand Spontanean here
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Telethon will release an ambitious new concept album titled The Grand Spontanean: A Tale Told In Five Acts, on September 29 via Halloween Records. The Grand Spontanean is a cosmic trip of punk rock, rock n’ roll, power pop and every other style in which they could meld their sound into. The result is a true blue rock opera about a self-centered, internet addicted twenty-something realizing the world’s about to end in a storm of noise and chaos. The sprawling, thirty track LP also features appearances by Laura Stevenson, Chris Farren and members of The Hold Steady and Less Than Jake. You can pre-order The Grand Spontanaen on CD and digital formats via Bandcamp here
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Telethon will release an ambitious new concept album, The Grand Spontanean: A Tale Told In Five Acts, on September 29 via Halloween Records. The Grand Spontanean is a cosmic trip of punk rock filtered through straight up rock n’ roll, anthemic power pop and every other style in which they could meld their sound into. The result is a true blue rock opera about a self centred, internet addicted twenty something realizing the world’s about to end in a storm of noise and chaos. The sprawling thirty track LP features appearances by Laura Stevenson and Chris Farren as well as by members of The Hold Steady and Less Than Jake. Digital pre-orders will soon be available on Bandcamp, along with a ltd edition CD box set and you can stream the tracks On Conpanionship here and Punctuation! here. A Trailer for The Grand Spontanaen can viewed below Read More…
Kevin Devine And The Goddamn Band have just announced a tour this August with The Dig on their way to Lollapalooza, he is also currently on a solo headlining tour with Adult Mom and Chris Farren. Kevin Devine is touring in support of his ninth studio album Instigator, which was released in October 2016.
The Punk Site review of Instigator can be found here
Instigator can be ordered via Procrastinate! Music Traitors here
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Kevin Devine has just announced a solo acoustic tour this spring, with Adult Mom on the east coast, Chris Farren on the west coast and a few dates with Frightened Rabbit, Kevin Devine will be touring in support of his 9th studio album Instigator, which was released in October 2016 via Procrastinate Music Traitors.
The Punk Site review of Instigator can be found here
Fake Problems frontman Chris Farren has premiered a full stream of his upcoming solo album. Farren’s full length debut is titled Can’t Die and is set to drop on September 2, 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.
Listen to the album below.
Chris Farren has been described as DIY renaissance man, he is a prolific songwriter from Florida, as well as his solo material he is the frontman for the indie punk band Fake Problems, and he is half of the power pop duo Antarctigo Vespucci. For the past decade he has fronted Fake Problems, but over the past few years he’s cultivated another outlet for his creativity through his solo work, ceaseless touring and even an accidental viral success with a T-shirt design. We’ve established he has a hefty pedigree behind him, and that he probably has little free time, but what has he brought us on Can’t Die?
Can’t Die opens with the title track, which features gentle acoustic guitar and harmony vocals which build into a thoughtful and heartfelt refrain, this brief number serves as a perfect introduction to the album before things shift up a gear. Human Being is a gorgeous upbeat power pop number, that is one of the highlights of this release, featuring enthusiastic backing vocals and some sparkling lead guitar work. Brighter softens the pace, this is a song dedicated to how someone can improve your life when they are in your life, you could argue that this song is a metaphor for this album as Can’t Die has put a big smile on my face. To Insecurity And Beyond provides a brief interlude with quirky keyboards before we return to another perfectly pitched power pop number in Say U Want Me, this switches between an upbeat chorus with a infectious guitar riff that is delivered with a perfect indie flourish. Can’t Die continues to balance it’s influences and styles across it’s eleven tracks, from indie pop, through power pop and even the odd soulful and haunting number, to deliver an uplifting and near perfect slice of indie power pop that is irresistible.
This is a gorgeous uplifting album that can’t help but put a smile on your face, the mix of indie and power pop is perfectly balanced, and the production and mix on the album mirrors this. This is a heartfelt and varied album that manages to encompass the enthusiasm of power pop and indie with effortless grace. It’s an album that defies your expectations, if you are unfamiliar with Chris Farren‘s solo work then this is something you need to redress, and Can’t Die would be a damn fine place to start, as this is a record that makes the world a slightly better place when you put it on.
Can’t Die can be pre-ordered from Side One Dummy Records here
Fake Problems frontman Chris Farren has premiered a new song from his upcoming solo album. The track is titled “Still Beating” and is set to appear on on his debut full length, Can’t Die, which is set to drop on September 2, 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.
Check out the song here courtesy Stereogum.
Seattle based singer songwriter Rocky Votolato has announced a summer co-headlining tour with former Loved One’s frontman Dave Hause. He is out in support of his latest full length, Hospital Handshakes, released earlier this month via No Sleep Records. Additional support will come from Chris Farren of Florida punks Fake Problems.
Check out the full list of dates below.
Fake Problems frontman Chris Farren has released a new music video. The video features the song “Where U Are” from his recent solo EP of the same title, released earlier this month via Boyfriend Island.
Watch the computer generated video below.
The deal runs is running for 12 days. The albums include Like A Gift From God or Whatever, Ducks Fly Together Split, Soulmate Stuff, I’m So Tethered, and Real Ghosts Caught On Tape from his various bands and projects.
Here is what Chris explains why he chose NAMI:
“I’m so happy to be partnering up and supporting NAMI with this. I, along with many friends and loved ones, have had issues with depression and other mental struggles, and it’s great to know there is an organization to help. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, support and research, and has a strong commitment to raising awareness and build a community of hope for those in need.”
Check it out here.