Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir - Las Rosas - Honey Child

Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir - Stop Shakin'.

Background - Denver-based group Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir shares the first track "Stop Shakin'" off their debut LP Long Way Home. "Stop Shakin'" is about living in the moment, standing up for yourself and moving on no matter how terrifying the situation may seem. 

Frontman Blake Brown says of the track, “Please Stop Shake, Shake, Shakin', 'cause it's break, break, breakin' me down." It's almost as if the chorus of the song is to remind myself that we all face those situations and demons. The trick is finding a way to navigate through it and being ok with the result. Possibly admitting defeat, or at least acknowledging that an honest try was given. We have to take chances and hopefully we’re better off for doing so; even if it does rattle us."

Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir is made up of frontman Blake Brown (vocals/guitar), Tiffany Brown (keys/vocals), Adam Blake (drums), Jason Legler (bass), and Trent Nelson (guitar).

Long Way Home is a collection of songs that represent different periods and experiences in Brown's life. Heartbreak, healing, deception, reflection, growing up, and everything in between. Produced and engineered by Joe Richmond and mastered at Lurssen Mastering by Reuben Cohen, Long Way Home is due out March 9, 2018 on We Believers Music. It will be available on CD and vinyl direct through the website, and available for pre-order on all digital outlets on March 2, 2018. The first time they will be performing the record live will be at SXSW 2018, in an official showcase to be announced. WEBSITE, FACEBOOK.

Tour Dates:
03/09 - Hi Dive - Denver, CO.
03/tbc - SXSW Official Showcase TBA - Austin, TX.

'Stop Shakin' has an alt rock feel to it, with some vibrant music and slick vocals. The pace gives the song an upbeat lilt, one that has road trip music coursing right through it.


Las Rosas - Christa / Lost Cat.

Background - Brooklyn's Las Rosas will release their Christa 7" this Friday (2/2) via Greenway Records. It's currently available for pre-order on pink vinyl, limited to 200 copies.

The 7" pairs title track "Christa" -- the lead single from the band's upcoming sophomore LP, due out this spring on Greenway -- with exclusive b-side "Lost Cat." Both tracks feature the band's catchy, psych-tinged brand of garage rock.

Las Rosas will play a 7" release show at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right this Thursday (2/1) with The Nude Party & Glove and they open for Dirty Fences at Rough Trade on 2/15. PRE-ORDER.

Two songs & whilst 'Christa' might be the A side on the 7" release 'Lost Cat' is one very fine B side. Alt rock with some energy and plenty of those play me again hooks running through both songs, this is good music regardless of the colour of the vinyl!


Honey Child - Gotta Wait Another Night.

Background - Los Angeles-based Chamber Pop choir Honey Child will release their self-titled debut on February 9th through Aeronaut Records. The 9-song album was recorded at the legendary EastWest Studios in the famed Studio 3 where The Beach Boys helmed their storied Pet Sounds. The album is available now for pre-order digitally from iTunes, digital and vinyl from Amazon, and is set to hit all major streaming services.

Opera singer bandleader Claire McKeown recruited six other female vocalists to build the band, and conducted and arranged most of the album as well as co-producing it. She also enlisted some amazing instrumental contributors including Sasami Ashworth (Cherry Glazerr) on French horn, Anna Bulbrook (The Airborne Toxic Event) and Dre Babinski (Steady Holiday) on violins, Daniel Brummel (Nada Surf, Weezer) on double bass, and acoustic guitar from Rolfe Kent, composer of many Alexander Payne films including Sideways and Downsizing. The final product is an album that combines majestic, lavish harmonies with a flair for the surreal.

Conducted and arranged by McKeown – with the exception of “She Calls His Name” which was arranged by Ethan Walter, who also co-produced the album with her – Honey Child’s self-titled debut was recorded at EastWest Studios in the famed Studio 3 where The Beach Boys’ storied Pet Sounds, a major influence here, was laid down. According to McKeown, “The goal of the album was to celebrate musicians sharing time and space. We set up for three days and tried to capture as much magic as possible honoring the authenticity of our sound and ability to record live performances. For me, the orchestrations and vocal arrangements of The Beach Boys and The Beatles were huge inspirations for the album along with the vocal delivery of Harry Nilsson, Dusty Springfield, and the dramatic honesty of opera singer Maria Callas." Recording at EastWest adds McKeown, “allowed for a wonderland of toys to play with. We used ribbon microphones, echo chamber, Hammond organ, Steinway grand piano, tracked the orchestra live, added a heavenly string section, even ran the lead vocals through a Leslie.”

The incredibly versatile McKeown is also a sought after voice teacher and vocal coach, composer, vocal arranger, and has contributed her voice to films including the Spike Jonze adaptation of Where The Wild Things Are, and many television commercials. WEBSITE, FACEBOOK.

Chamber pop with considerable character and individual charm comes our way in the form of 'Gotta Wait Another Night'. There are a couple more songs from the forthcoming album on Aeronaut Records Soundcloud page (here), that collectively suggest something pretty special is on it's way.