New Damnwells Set Up In The 'Air'
Rock quartet the Damnwells will on Aug. 15 deliver "Air Stereo," its first release under Zoe/Rounder. The new disc will be the follow-up to the group's debut album "Bastards of the Beat," which was isRock quartet the Damnwells will on Aug. 15 deliver "Air Stereo," its first release under Zoe/Rounder. The new disc will be the follow-up to the group's debut album "Bastards of the Beat," which was issued in 2003 via indie label Sixthman and re-released through Epic in 2004.
The album features guest appearances from vocalists Amy Helm and Fiona McBain, cellist Garo Yellin, violinist Amy Kimball, pianist/keyboardist Bill Jay Stein, saxophonist Dan Meyers and trombonist Evan Robinson.
"It was a pretty quick turnover," frontman Alex Dezen tells Billboard.com. "There was a mutual departure with [Epic] and then within two weeks we had a new home." While "Air Stereo" remains consistent with the band's organic rock sound, the album also features new arrangements, including a horn section, strings and two piano-driven tracks. Dezen feels that, lyrically and stylistically, the new offering draws on a larger trove of experiences since the band's formation in 2001.
"Now we finally have a history. A lot has changed in the last couple of years for us, [with] people getting married and everyone moving out of the city [to] upstate," Dezen says, referring to the group's former Brooklyn, N.Y., home.
The Damnwells have also added member J Barclay, a keyboardist for the road. The group wrapped a tour with the Fray this spring and will co-headline an outing with Canada's Sam Roberts Band, beginning June 2 at the Brickhouse in Tucson, Ariz.
Here is the track list for "Air Stereo":
"I've Got You"
"You Don't Have to Like Me to Love Me"
"Sell the Lie"
"Kung Fu Grip Kiss"
"I Am a Leaver"
"Keep a Little Organ"
"God Bless America"