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Genre > Rock > Alt & Grunge
Meet King Leg“A nod to the mod element and The Smiths are in the music of King Leg.” - HuffPost
“King Leg is a whiz-kid from the west coast who’s got a knack for channeling Roy Orbison and “Sing Your Life”-era Morrissey with equal measures of success. Quite simply one of the freshest voices I’ve heard in ages. Meet King Leg is a blast.” – A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed
Los Angeles-based Rock ‘n’ Roll force of nature King Leg is set to release his full-length album debut Meet King Leg on vinyl via Sire Records.
King Leg and his band have been playing shows to their growing fan base around LA when they are not on the road opening for album co-producer Dwight Yoakam.
Seymour Stein, Chairman of Sire Records thought of the music Joyce creates by saying: “When I heard King Leg’s music, I was totally blown away – not just by the immediacy of the songs, but also the extraordinary voice – reminiscent of the great Roy Orbison. King Leg may be young, but musically he is fully mature.”1. Great Outdoors
2. Cloud City
3. Walking Again
4. Another Man
5. Your Picture
6. Comfy Chair
7. (A Dream That Never Ends)
10. Seeing You Tonight
11. Moaning Lisa Screaming
12. Running Scared
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SlowmotionaryEthan Gruska's solo debut, the luminous Slowmotionary, embraces a range of sounds and styles, with influences from jazz and folk to ambient and alternative, Slowmotionary integrates everything into a whole that is original, idiosyncratic and embraces its own imperfections. "I really tried to let that humanity in and to not only leave these quirky blemishes in, but to highlight them," says Gruska. "I didn't want perfect. I wanted true. I wanted honest." He made room for a little serendipity in his creative process, sensing that too calculated an approach would diminish the impact of the music. That spontaneity provided a wonderful counterpoint to his thoughtful and revealing lyrics. Showcasing Gruska's hushed vocals and subtle arrangements, these songs resonate with the intimacy of an internal monologue, as though we're sharing in his darkest worries.
"The goal was to have it be like a sound collage that I had made. It was really exploratory, with a lot of sampling and reversing-techniques I had tried in the past but had never gotten to fully explore." The results are beautifully minimalist: songs as whispered confidences, with what Gruska calls an "arctic" sound, windswept and cold, befitting lyrics that depict moments frozen in time. "I didn't want to hide behind anything. That's why it's produced and arranged the way it is. It's very barren at certain moments. These songs slow down time for me, which is why I called it Slowmotionary. I needed to put myself out there musically and lyrically."
And that meant not making it perfect. It meant making these songs sound like the results from something other than a studio. It meant conveying the sense of music that is being written at the same moment you hear it. "A lot of the record is mysterious, even to me. It's not something you always tap your foot to. You're listening to my thought process."1. The Valley
2. Me Who Wasn't Trying
3. Reoccurring Dream
4. Short Film
5. Rather Be
6. Crowded City Street
7. Grand Lies
9. What Are You Thinking Of?
10. Time Is The Healer
11. The Egotist
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CirclesDespite the impressive journey Ewert And The Two Dragons have already been on, there’s always somewhere new to go. While the four-piece band started playing covers in their native Estonia and have since become a worldwide draw thanks to smart, quirky pop songs and a slew of major awards, in order to make their newest album, Circles, the group went somewhere they’d never been before.
“It was definitely a special process for us,” frontman Ewert Sundja explains. “Our previous two records were quickly recorded in a small Estonian town without any fancy equipment. This time we spent over a month in a studio in the U.S.—and that was a big thing.”
Logging time at Bear Creek Studio wasn’t the only new experience for the group-Sundjan, guitarist Erki Pärnoja, drummer Kristjan Kallas and bassist Ivo Etti—who in 2013 won the European Border Breakers Award. For the first time, the band not only recorded in a studio but wrote their tracks there as well.
The band—who’ve been playing together since 2008—found themselves embracing new sounds and new ways of thinking about music.
“This new album is di fferent than the albums before, while we were recording it seemed like everyone was having the same kind of questions and thinking about the same things and this became a concept for the album,” Sundja says. “Even though we’re barely in our thirties, the aging process is the main theme of this album. We all started understanding more about life in general, hence the album title Circles. Everything is turning and we’re suddenly back in the same place we’ve been before, wondering about love and life and death and right and wrong."1. Million Miles
4. Getting Older
5. Gold Digger
7. Could Have Been
8. Waiting For The Weather To Change
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Alternative rock first emerged in Britain in the late 70s and early 80s, but it didn’t really hit its stride until the 90s with the arrival of bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and
Alternative rock first emerged in Britain in the late 70s and early 80s, but it didn’t really hit its stride until the 90s with the arrival of bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction. That was also right around the time that Nirvana and Pearl Jam fueled the grunge rock explosion.
And when you want the full and real alt rock experience, you’ve gotta try it out on vinyl, and SoundStage Direct is your one-stop shop for all the best alternative rock vinyls.