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Vandoliers are the next wave of Texas music. The six-piece Dallas-Fort Worth group channels all that makes this vast state unique: tradition, modernity, audacity, grit, andof coursesize. Forever puts it all together for an enthralling ride down a fresh Lone Star highway.Produced and recorded by Adam Hill (Low Cut Connie, The Bo-Keys, Deer Tick, Don Bryant, Zeshan B) at American Recording Studios in Memphis, TN, the bands third album (and first with Bloodshot) Forever is a mix of youthful and defiant punk, rugged Red Dirt country, and vibrant Tejano. The full-lengths 10 songs blend emblematic rock n roll with bold horns, violin, and a slather of twang reflecting where the band is from, where theyve been and, eventually, where theyll be headed. Its regional and universal all the same.I wrote a series of songs about my life and gave it to the best musicians I know to flesh out, says lead singer and guitarist Joshua Fleming. I spent over a year writing by myself, with friends and mentors, and we spent just as long filling out arrangements and writing scores. We wrote horn and fiddle parts on a trio tour through the mountains of New Mexico, Wyoming and Montana.One of those mentors is fellow Dallas-Fort Worth musician Rhett Miller of Old 97s. The influence and tutelage of Miller and his bandmates helped sharpen Vandoliers Texas-bred, roots-based punk rock.Before the band started diving into the new material, I sent Rhett a bunch of acoustic phone demos, says Fleming. Being the amazing person he is, he sent me back a 3,000-word email of advice that read like a master class in the art of songwriting. Beyond their influence musically, theyve really taken us under their wing, letting us play shows with them and giving us all kinds of advice along the way.While tracking alongside the muddy path that country-punk bands like Old 97s, Jason and the Scorchers, and the True Believers blazed in the 80s and 90s, Vandoliers define their own style; no one else is upending the genre quite like them. There are familiar ingredientsFlemings raspy vocals, rousing sing-along choruses, and an infectious energy (like on the rippin Sixteen Years)that lay down the foundation on Forever. But its the ancillary instrumentation that separates them from others. When they seamlessly inject punk rock with 60 and 70s country grime (Tumbleweed), old-timey fiddlin (Miles and Miles), Tex-Mex horn and violin (Fallen Again), and heartfelt balladry (Cigarettes in the Rain), a rich new sound emerges. References to the Texas Tornados, Social Distortion, Deer Tick, and Calexico can be made, but none fully capture the soul of the self-proclaimed Converse cowboys.
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Public Onsale : Fri, 13 Aug 2021 at 08:00 AM