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Our 5th Installment of the 3-Way Singles Club contains quite a few firsts. The fist F-bomb of the series, for instance -- whoopsie! The first non-Michigan artist (it's OK though, he's still midwestern. And we have plans to expand even farther afield geographically.) And, the first Frank And Earnest song to break the 5-minute mark.
Volume 5 drops into the world Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 Anno Domini.
This time out, the cork is popped by Jet Lag Superstar, the current nom de guerre of Indiana songsmith Phil Avalos, who has been making music with bands like The Quiet Lanes, Sometimes Seven, The Distortion Letters, and Dead Scene Radio for the past decade. Phil's latest project is more homespun and lo-fi, but with the production and songwriting experience of a seasoned vet, and we are extremely proud to debut the acoustic/electric lo-fi/hi-fi 90s-indie-meets-50s-rockabilly "Apology Sweater," which rips open Volume 5 in a way that is both jagged and entirely lovable.
The following song, Frank And Earnest's "Paul 4," is the unassumingly titled 4th songwriting offering from bassist/singer Paul Wittmann, an infectiously searing mid-tempo power-pop slice that insinuates its memorable chorus as it glides by in the shortest 5 minutes you'll ever experience. Frank And Earnest have established themselves as a hard-working tonic to the artifice that can creep into college town independent scenes, crafting approachable and hooky punk-influenced songs that aren't at all afraid of being sung along with.
The monolithic exclamation point to Volume 5 is the post-punk thunderstorm "Breathers" by East Lansing's new guitar-bending vocal-cord-shredding standard bearers New Venice. In another first, this track will be our first previously released track of the series -- New Venice has been steadily releasing 2-song singles ("movements" they call them) over the course of 2011, and Movements 5 & 6 scooped the 3-Way Singles Club by about a week. The song was just too damn good, though, so we overlooked this "rule" of the club. You can hear all the present movements by visiting New Venice's bandcamp at newvenice.bandcamp.com
for more guitar-bending, melodically implosive catharsis.
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