El Deth returns to New Orleans to join hometown heroes, White Colla Crimes, for a down and dirty evening of music at the Banks Street Bar. The show will begin around 10 or so, and I’m pretty sure it’s free.
This round will include an expanded version of Hypenkrunk, including multi-instrumentalist, Dustin Milotte of Deep Green, as well as some possible guest vocalists. It’s going to be a good time so get there.
Enter the Shell, of Los Angeles, has released a recent podcast featuring The Standstill. In includes an interview with Jeff Maynard, as well as several cuts from “Endless Winter.”
With the release of Endless Winter, the new album from The Standstill, we are giving away the prologue of the album for free, via Soundcloud. The track is called “Shock O’ Barack” and it will be available for download until 2013 begins.
It was recorded the September before Barack Obama’s first election. Now it feels appropriate that it is being released just after his second.
Jeff Maynard, the primary writer and arranger, has the same birthday as Obama. Honestly, though, I have no idea if he really has any political opinions, himself. He seems the lover, not fighter, type…usually. In fact, this was kept on the “incomplete” list after the recording sessions, and “Shock O’Barack” may or may not have only been seen as a temporary, working title.
Produced by Arrison Kirby
Written by Jeff Maynard except “Where is my Mind?” written by Black Francis
Additional composition by The Standstill
Jeff Maynard – guitar, vocals
Kenny Gilbert – guitar
Nathan Brown – bass
Joshua Russell – drums
Christine Hale – vocals
Artwork by Nathan Tipton.
Recorded at El Studio, Knoxville, TN.
This is the second collection of songs to be released by the elusive Jeff Maynard. Where his previous outing, What Happened to Turn Signals? (released under the ridiculously named but critically acclaimed “Skippy and the Bellbottoms” moniker) found Maynard performing each instrument himself, this time he has employed a quartet of some of Tennessee’s finest musicians: Kenny Gilbert, Nathan Brown, Joshua Russell and Christine Hale.
Endless Winter was recorded during a two-day period of live sessions. It’s sound runs a gauntlet of indie influences, nodding to such acts as The Shins, Nada Surf, My Morning Jacket, a touch of early Radiohead, and a formidable Pixies cover. The songs, themselves, examine the nuances of a dissipating relationship from an often matter-of-factly, emotional vantage point.
This collection is the seventeenth release from El Deth. It will be digitally available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and all other major online distributors on November 13th, 2012.
Listen to the title track on Soundcloud…
The Maryville Daily Times published this lovely snapshot of Nathan Tipton’s Planet Icon mixed media collective, on the heels of their art show, Oneironaut, this Friday at Studio 212. It’s no surprise that a mention of El Deth was made. Tipton has been working with El Deth since the earliest days and has been a strong asset along the way. Within his constant stream of visual and aural undertakings, he is presently in the process of creating the album art for the upcoming Standstill release, Endless Winter.
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This was our next to last rehearsal for our performance on July 7th at Checkpoint Charlie’s in New Orleans, LA. This entire act was set up specifically for this show. First it was booked (under the name “El Deth Music”) with help from, Jak Locke. Then I set out a call for people who wanted to come along and contribute. Dustin Milotte (Deep Green, Star Mountain) and Grant Parker (Deep Green, Big John and the Nationals) answered that call to perform. Astrid Dees also came along for logistical and moral support…and to shop and have a good time and stuff. Dustin and Grant and I fleshed out material and rehearsed for about a month and a half before the show. This particular session was recorded on June 26th. It’s highly likely that we will record this material more formally (i.e. tracked out without all the wounds showing) and releasing it in the near future, most likely under the name The Mighty Whites.
This is the exact set we did at Checkpoint Charlie’s, without random stage banter, of course…but we did keep “Crick.” “Bomb” was one I used to do during acoustic sets years ago. Dustin remembered it from those days and suggested we bring it back out. (I changed the word “president” to “congressman” since it was initially written when George W. Bush was in office. I’m still not sure about the Sadam Hussein reference staying in there). We also covered a Freddie Mercury song, “Living on my Own,” that was introduced to me by Josh Lunsford when we recorded in Shiver Me Timbers together. We closed with “Single Politician,” which was originally performed by Never Sorry.
I want to mention that, in addition to setting up the show, Jak Locke also performed with the Jak Locke Rock Show. We saw him play music at a burlesque show at the Allways Lounge the night before, too. It was all quality and I implore you to check out his stuff.
New Orleans really is a magical place. The staff and patrons at Checkpoint Charlie’s were all warm and hospitable. Really, pretty much everyone we encountered in Orleans Parrish was. No complaints at all, other than the fucking heat.
Arrison Kirby – vocals, beats, acoustic guitar
Dustin Milotte – electric guitar
Grant Parker – bass
Not only did Sonic Masala give the new Dire Con album a mostly favorable review, but also a lovely bonus nod to COP’s Urgency. Additionally, they are featuring the track, “Wasted Youth,” in addition to “Pills.” This is also the second reference in a review, basically dubbing this style of sound as “grunge.” Noted!
This is a special one-time show happening in good ol’ New Orleans for anyone who is not going to the Essence Festival. This free performance will feature: Arrison Kirby, Dustin Milotte, Grant Parker and Astrid Dees. The music will be something between country and electronica.