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    Above

    Pearl Jam + Alice In Chains + Screaming Trees = Mad Season. Includes 3 songs from mythical unfinished second album with NEWLY RECORDED vocals by Mark Lanegan.


    Previously unreleased instrumental Interlude, Remixed version of John Lennon cover I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier, 180 Gram, 2LP gatefold


    Think of the one-shot Seattle supergroup Mad Season as the grunge version of sober living. Guitarist Mike McCready, best known as the main six-string slinger in Pearl Jam, met bassist John Baker Saunders while in rehab, and the two paired with Screaming Trees' drummer Barrett Martin and Alice in Chains vocalist Layne Staley, partially in hopes of steering the singer onto the path of the straight and narrow. Ultimately, the plan didn't pan out, but for a brief while, the quartet -- who adopted the name Mad Season -- did have their moment of clarity, captured on the 1995 album Above. There was a single issued to modern rock radio -- River of Deceit -- but this record downplayed easy hooks and melody in favor of churning introspection and slow vamps that occasionally flirt with blues (the never-ending 12-bar Artificial Red, balanced by the distorto riffs of I Don't Everything), but usually conjure nothing more than the dank sludge of Seattle. Mad Season aren't quite mired in the darkest areas of grunge -- they're clever enough to let a saxophonist lend color to Long Gone Day -- but the lack of melodicism is a bit of a drag over the long haul, turning Above into a bit of heavy mood music. In a sense, it's the id of Seattle run rampant: all the bands involved, outside of Saunders' Walkabouts and Martin's Trees (who were nevertheless considerably more popular than Saunders' group), enjoyed commercial success in 1995, so they could have gotten away with anything and, in a sense, they did, as a major-label actually released this turgid bit of soul-baring heavy rock. McCready gets plenty of room for his elliptical guitar, the players has space to dig into their minor-key vamps, Staley essays his only set of completely original lyrics, but the whole thing feels kind of inert and indulgent, which may be appropriate for a band treating rock & roll as therapy.

    -All Music Guide

    LP1
    1. Wake Up
    2. X-Ray Mind
    3. River Of Deceit
    4. I'm Above
    5. Artificial Red
    6. Lifeless Dead
    7. I Don't Know Anything


    LP2
    1. Long Gone Day
    2. November Hotel
    3. All Alone
    4. Interlude*
    5. Locomotive*
    6. Black Book Of Fear*
    7. Slip Away*
    8. I Don't Want To Be A Soldier (Remix)


    *Previously unreleased

    Mad Season
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Live At The Moore Live At The Moore Quick View

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    Live At The Moore

    Pearl Jam + Alice In Chains + Screaming Trees = Mad Season


    First Time On Vinyl


    2 LP Set Features Live Versions Of "River Of Deceit," "Wake Up" And A Blistering Cover Of John Lennon's I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier And More


    First time vinyl release commemorates the 20th anniversary of the final performance (April 29, 1995) of the Seattle-based grunge rock supergroup Mad Season. Mad Season was an American rock supergroup formed in Seattle, Washington in 1994 by members of three popular Seattle-based bands: Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam and Screaming Trees. Mad Season released only one album, Above, and is best known for the single River of Deceit.

    LP1
    1. Wake Up
    2. Lifeless Dead
    3. Artificial Red
    4. River Of Deceit
    5. I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier
    6. Long Gone Day


    LP2
    1. I'm Above
    2. I Don't Know Anything
    3. X-Ray Mind
    4. All Alone
    5. November Hotel

    Mad Season
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  • Self Pollution Radio 1995 Self Pollution Radio 1995 Quick View

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    Self Pollution Radio 1995

    140 Gram Clear Vinyl


    Limited To 1000 Copies


    The tracks on this release are taken from A Live FM Broadcast Recorded In Seattle. The four-and-a-half hour show, broadcast on January 8, '95, was a Seattle scenester's delight, featuring live sets from Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, The Fastbacks, and Mad Season, a spoken word piece from Nirvana's Krist Novoselic. The Pearl Jam set played that legendary evening, now presented in full on this release, was stunning.

    1. Spin The Black Circle
    2. Satan's Bed
    3. Corduroy
    4. Not For You
    5. Immortality
    6. Last Exit
    7. Blood
    8. Tremor Christ
    9. Porch
    10. Indifference
    Pearl Jam
    $32.99
    140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Self Pollution Radio 1995 (Picture Disc) Self Pollution Radio 1995 (Picture Disc) Quick View

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    Self Pollution Radio 1995 (Picture Disc)

    Limited Edition Picture Disc


    The four-and-a-half hour show, broadcast on January 8, 1995, was a Seattle scenester's delight, featuring live sets from Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, The Fastbacks, and Mad Season, a spoken word piece from Nirvana's Krist Novoselic, tracks from ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl's 'upcoming solo album' (at least that was how it was credited at the time), impromptu interviews and much more. The Pearl Jam set played that legendary evening, now presented in full for the first time on limited edition picture disc format.

    1. Spin The Black Circle
    2. Satan's Bed
    3. Corduroy
    4. Not For You
    5. Immortality
    6. Last Exit
    7. Blood
    8. Tremor Christ
    9. Porch
    10. Indifference
    Pearl Jam
    $37.99
    Vinyl LP Picture Disc - Sealed Buy Now
  • Blues Funeral Blues Funeral Quick View

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    Blues Funeral

    Blues Funeral is the first release from the Mark Lanegan Band since 2004's acclaimed Bubblegum. The album was recorded in Hollywood, CA by Alain Johannes at his 11AD Studio. The music was played by Johannes and Jack Irons with appearances from Greg Dulli and Josh Homme among others. Mark Lanegan has sung with the Screaming Trees, Queens Of the Stone Age, The Twilight Singers, The Gutter Twins, Mad Season, Soulsavers and Isobel Campbell. Limited edition grey vinyl.
    1. The Gravedigger's Song
    2. Bleeding Muddy Water
    3. Grey Goes Black
    4. St Louis Elegy
    5. Riot In My House
    6. Ode To Sad Disco
    7. Phantasmagoria Blues
    8. Quiver Syndrome
    9. Harborview Hospital
    10. Leviathan
    11. Deep Black Vanishing Train
    12. Tiny Grain Of Truth
    Mark Lanegan Band
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  • Asylum Cave Asylum Cave Quick View

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    Asylum Cave

    BENIGHTED unleash their most brutal and technical release with "Asylum Cave", telling the haunting story of a delusional schizophrenic, obsessed by infamous Austrian abductor Josef Fritzl. Be prepared for this massive onslaught of madness and insanity!
    1. Asylum Cave
    2. Let the Blood Spill between my Broken Teeth
    3. Prey
    4. Hostile
    5. Fritzl
    6. Unborn Infected Children
    7. The Cold Remains
    8. A Quiet Day
    9. Shadows Descend
    10. Swallow
    11. Lethal Merycism
    12. Drowning
    Benighted
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  • Daydream Daydream Quick View

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    Daydream

    180 Gram R.T.I. Vinyl Pressing


    From the Original Kama Sutra Mono Masters


    Greenwich Village, 1964: While the folk boom is still in progress, other musics began seeping into the corners and clubs of lower Manhattan. Rock, once down for the count, came back with a vengeance, largely thanks to a klatch of young British bands. Roots music, especially blues, grew rapidly in popularity as folk enthusiasts expanded their horizons. In this intoxicating milieu, John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky, Joe Butler and Steve Boone united to form the Lovin' Spoonful. Originally a jug band with folk roots, they readily incorporated the sounds they heard all around them. Combining British Invasion jangle with the blues' growl and folk's attention to lyrical detail, they forged a sound completely their own. Accomplished musicians all, they had two secret weapons: the guitar virtuosity of Zal Yanovsky and the rising songwriting talent of John Sebastian. The first Spoonful single, "Do You Believe in Magic," took AM radio by storm in June of that year, reaching #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Featuring an irrepressible melody, a chiming autoharp and Yanovsky's tasteful fills, it was an audacious debut. Their inaugural Kama Sutra LP, also titled Do You Believe in Magic, followed in November 1965. Containing three other Sebastian originals and one song credited to the band, the balance of the LP contained traditional blues covers and songs by contemporary writers. Reaching #32 on the Billboard Top 200, it established the band as one of country's brightest new talents. By the release of their second album, Daydream, in March 1966, the band's songwriting chops had fully blossomed, particularly Sebastian's, who wrote or co-wrote all but one of the songs. The album's first single, "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice" reached #10 on the Hot 100 and married a signature Yanovsky riff with a galloping piano part to form an indelible hook. The title track, a mid-tempo reverie with an ace whistling solo, did even better, soaring to #2. Skipping ahead a few decades, the album cut "Butchie's Tune" was used to great effect in season five of Mad Men. The band soon returned with Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful. Consciously working in different styles, the band essayed country ("Nashville Cats"), folk balladry ("Rain on the Roof") and psych- tinged rock ("Summer in the City"), among other sounds. This time, all the songs were originals and it was the last full album recorded by the original quartet. It stands as a triumphant ending to one of the most exciting chapters in the American rock story of the 1960s, a perfect encapsulation of a time when it seemed anything was possible in music. Sourced from the original Kama Sutra mono masters, these masterpieces are pressed at RTI on 180gm vinyl.

    1. Daydream
    2. There She Is
    3. It's Not Time Now
    4. Warm Baby
    5. Day Blues
    6. Let The Boy Rock N Roll
    7. Jug Band Music
    8. Didn't Want To Have To Do It
    9. You Didn't Have To Be So Nice
    10. Bald Headed Lena
    11. Butchie's Tune
    12. Big Noise From Speonk
    Lovin' Spoonful
    $28.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
  • Do You Believe In Magic Do You Believe In Magic Quick View

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    Do You Believe In Magic

    180 Gram R.T.I. Vinyl Pressing


    From the Original Kama Sutra Mono Masters


    Greenwich Village, 1964: While the folk boom is still in progress, other musics began seeping into the corners and clubs of lower Manhattan. Rock, once down for the count, came back with a vengeance, largely thanks to a klatch of young British bands. Roots music, especially blues, grew rapidly in popularity as folk enthusiasts expanded their horizons. In this intoxicating milieu, John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky, Joe Butler and Steve Boone united to form the Lovin' Spoonful. Originally a jug band with folk roots, they readily incorporated the sounds they heard all around them. Combining British Invasion jangle with the blues' growl and folk's attention to lyrical detail, they forged a sound completely their own. Accomplished musicians all, they had two secret weapons: the guitar virtuosity of Zal Yanovsky and the rising songwriting talent of John Sebastian.


    The first Spoonful single, "Do You Believe in Magic," took AM radio by storm in June of that year, reaching #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Featuring an irrepressible melody, a chiming autoharp and Yanovsky's tasteful fills, it was an audacious debut. Their inaugural Kama Sutra LP, also titled Do You Believe in Magic, followed in November 1965. Containing three other Sebastian originals and one song credited to the band, the balance of the LP contained traditional blues covers and songs by contemporary writers. Reaching #32 on the Billboard Top 200, it established the band as one of country's brightest new talents.


    By the release of their second album, Daydream, in March 1966, the band's songwriting chops had fully blossomed, particularly Sebastian's, who wrote or co-wrote all but one of the songs. The album's first single, "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice" reached #10 on the Hot 100 and married a signature Yanovsky riff with a galloping piano part to form an indelible hook. The title track, a mid-tempo reverie with an ace whistling solo, did even better, soaring to #2. Skipping ahead a few decades, the album cut "Butchie's Tune" was used to great effect in season five of Mad Men.


    The band soon returned with Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful. Consciously working in different styles, the band essayed country ("Nashville Cats"), folk balladry ("Rain on the Roof") and psych- tinged rock ("Summer in the City"), among other sounds. This time, all the songs were originals and it was the last full album recorded by the original quartet. It stands as a triumphant ending to one of the most exciting chapters in the American rock story of the 1960s, a perfect encapsulation of a time when it seemed anything was possible in music. Sourced from the original Kama Sutra mono masters, these masterpieces are pressed at RTI on 180gm vinyl.

    1. Do You Believe In Magic
    2. Blues In The Bottle
    3. Sportin Life
    4. My Gal
    5. You Baby
    6. Fishin Blues
    7. Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind
    8. Wild About My Lovin
    9. Other Side Of This Life
    10. Younger Girl
    11. On The Road Again
    12. Night Owl Blues
    Lovin' Spoonful
    $28.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
  • Hums Of The Lovin' Spoonful Hums Of The Lovin' Spoonful Quick View

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    Hums Of The Lovin' Spoonful

    180 Gram R.T.I. Vinyl Pressing


    From the Original Kama Sutra Mono Masters


    Greenwich Village, 1964: While the folk boom is still in progress, other musics began seeping into the corners and clubs of lower Manhattan. Rock, once down for the count, came back with a vengeance, largely thanks to a klatch of young British bands. Roots music, especially blues, grew rapidly in popularity as folk enthusiasts expanded their horizons. In this intoxicating milieu, John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky, Joe Butler and Steve Boone united to form the Lovin' Spoonful. Originally a jug band with folk roots, they readily incorporated the sounds they heard all around them. Combining British Invasion jangle with the blues' growl and folk's attention to lyrical detail, they forged a sound completely their own. Accomplished musicians all, they had two secret weapons: the guitar virtuosity of Zal Yanovsky and the rising songwriting talent of John Sebastian.


    The first Spoonful single, "Do You Believe in Magic," took AM radio by storm in June of that year, reaching #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Featuring an irrepressible melody, a chiming autoharp and Yanovsky's tasteful fills, it was an audacious debut. Their inaugural Kama Sutra LP, also titled Do You Believe in Magic, followed in November 1965. Containing three other Sebastian originals and one song credited to the band, the balance of the LP contained traditional blues covers and songs by contemporary writers. Reaching #32 on the Billboard Top 200, it established the band as one of country's brightest new talents.


    By the release of their second album, Daydream, in March 1966, the band's songwriting chops had fully blossomed, particularly Sebastian's, who wrote or co-wrote all but one of the songs. The album's first single, "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice" reached #10 on the Hot 100 and married a signature Yanovsky riff with a galloping piano part to form an indelible hook. The title track, a mid-tempo reverie with an ace whistling solo, did even better, soaring to #2. Skipping ahead a few decades, the album cut "Butchie's Tune" was used to great effect in season five of Mad Men.


    The band soon returned with Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful. Consciously working in different styles, the band essayed country ("Nashville Cats"), folk balladry ("Rain on the Roof") and psych- tinged rock ("Summer in the City"), among other sounds. This time, all the songs were originals and it was the last full album recorded by the original quartet. It stands as a triumphant ending to one of the most exciting chapters in the American rock story of the 1960s, a perfect encapsulation of a time when it seemed anything was possible in music. Sourced from the original Kama Sutra mono masters, these masterpieces are pressed at RTI on 180gm vinyl.

    1. Lovin You
    2. Bes' Friends
    3. Voodoo In My Basement
    4. Darlin' Companion
    5. Henry Thomas
    6. Full Measure
    7. Rain On The Roof
    8. Coconut Grove
    9. Nashville Cats
    10. Four Eyes
    11. Summer In The City
    Lovin' Spoonful
    $28.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Revenant Soundtrack The Revenant Soundtrack Quick View

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    The Revenant Soundtrack

    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    Matte Tip-On Gatefold Jacket


    Limited Edition Of 3000 On Pearlescent Colored Vinyl


    Following the success of 2014's Birdman (Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director), director Alejandro G. Iñárritu pushes the limits of film making with the survival epic The Revenant. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic, Wolf of Wall Street), Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Dark Knight Rises) and shot in the frozen Canadian wilderness with only natural lighting, The Revenant is a story of loss, revenge and resilience in the face of impossible odds against the furies of man and nature itself. The film is heavily favored to be a critical darling as awards season gets under way. Director Iñárritu has chosen to forgo almost all dialogue in favor of a gorgeous soundscape and a sweeping score. A film of this magnitude deserves a composer who understands creative artistry and unbridled passion. Japanese master and Oscar winner Ryuichi Sakamoto (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Last Emperor) fits the bill perfectly. Along with fellow Yellow Magic Orchestra member and frequent collaborator Alva Noto, Sakamoto has created a gripping soundtrack that is sure to be a treat for the winter crowds. Bryce Dessner (writer for Kronos Quartet and the LA Phil) also supplies additional music.


    This is a limited pressing of 3,000 copies on pearlescent colored vinyl (one translescent blue, one cloud white).

    LP 1
    1. The Revenant Main Theme
    2. Hawk Punished
    3. Carrying Glass
    4. First Dream
    5. Killing Hawk
    6. Discovering River
    7. Goodbye To Hawk
    8. Discover Buffalo
    9. Hell Ensemble
    10. Glass And Buffalo Warrior Travel
    11. Arriving At The For Kiowa
    12. Church Dream
    13. Powaqa Rescue


    LP 2
    1. Imagining Buffalo
    2. The Revenant Theme 2
    3. Second Dream
    4. Out Of Horse
    5. Looking For Glass
    6. Cat & Mouse
    7. The Revenant Main Theme Atmospheric
    8. Final Fight
    9. The End
    10. The Revevant Theme (Alva Noto Remodel)

    Ryuichi Sakamoto
    $35.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Flood Flood Quick View

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    Flood

    Flood is the third studio album by Brooklyn-based Alternative Rock duo They Might Be Giants. Originally released in 1990, the album is generally considered to be the band's definitive release, as it is their best-selling and most recognizable album.


    Despite minimal stylistic and instrumental differences from previous releases, Flood is distinguished by contributions from seasoned producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, who as a team worked with artists like Morrissey, Elvis Costello and Madness.


    The critically acclaimed album generated three radio singles: Birdhouse In Your Soul, Istanbul (Not Constantinople), and Twisting. Other promotion for Flood included TV appearances, promotional videos and an international tour.


    The reissue of this classic They Might Be Giants album is pressed on 180 gram audiophile vinyl and is presented in a gatefold sleeve.

    1. Theme From Flood
    2. Birdhouse In Your Soul
    3. Lucky Ball & Chain
    4. Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
    5. Dead
    6. Your Racist Friend
    7. Particle Man
    8. Twisting
    9. We Want A Rock
    10. Someone Keeps Moving My Chair
    11. Hearing Aid
    12. Minimum Wage
    13. Letterbox
    14. Whistling In The Dark
    15. Hot Cha
    16. Women & Men
    17. Sapphire Bullets Of Pure Love
    18. They Might Be Giants
    19. Road Movie To Berlin
    They Might Be Giants
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • C'est Chic C'est Chic Quick View

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    C'est Chic


    Celebrate 35 Years Of Nile Rodgers & Chic!


    Impeccably Mastered From The Original Atlantic Records Tapes By Joe Reagoso


    First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Release Of This Legendary # 1 Pop, R&B & Dance Album!


    In the early seventies, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards were playing in rock
    and soul bands across New York City and the east coast, meeting up with Tony Thompson along the way and forming the rudiments of what would become one of the most
    powerful and successful pop/r&b units ever known as Chic.


    By 1977, they sailed into the top rungs of the charts with their smash debut single
    Dance, Dance, Dance along with the killer funk of their first album simply titled Chic.


    A year later, their fortunes multiplied to the top of the charts with C'est Chic. The
    number one LP was chock full of hit singles, funk madness and probably some of the
    finest rock/funk/soul beats ever waxed in a studio. Featuring the huge chart toppers
    Le Freak and the super soul of I Want Your Love, Chic truly were at the top of their game
    around the world. Along with vocalists Alfa Anderson, Norma Jean Wright and future
    superstar Luther Vandross , Chic was the band of choice for party people, dance clubs
    and radio stations all over with this brilliant album.


    With star power tracks like Happy Man and the stellar instrumental fare of Savoir
    Faire, C'est Chic would become a staple at retail and sell over six million units during its
    first run at retail. Chic's importance is celebrated today as number one bands like Daft
    Punk have paid tribute and collaborated with the funk and dance groove master himself
    , Mr. Nile Rodgers.


    This classic album C'est Chic has been out of print on vinyl for decades .that is
    until now!


    Friday Music is very proud to announce The Chic Original Master Series with the
    first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of C'est Chic. Mastered impeccably by Joe
    "Soul Man" Reagoso from the original Atlantic Records tapes, this limited edition masterpiece is a perfect record for the audiophile medium and will be a much anticipated
    release for this holiday season.


    In addition to the wonderful grooves inside, we are also enclosing the original LP
    cover artwork restored faithfully to further enhance your Chic listening experience.
    More Chic is on the way too .Look for spectacular Chic 180 Gram Vinyl and
    more impeccable compact disc deluxe editions exclusively from your soulful friends at
    Friday Music.


    Ah ..FREAK OUT!

    1. Chic Cheer
    2. Le Freak
    3. Savoir Faire
    4. Happy Man
    5. I Want Your Love
    6. At Last I Am Free
    7. Sometimes You Win
    8. (Funny) Bone
    Chic
    $29.99
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  • Absolute Zero Absolute Zero Quick View

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    Absolute Zero

    Absolute Zero is the debut album by Irish quintet, Little Green Cars. Absolute Zero's 48 minutes, crafted in unabashed earnestness with the aid of seasoned epic-producer Markus Dravs (Mumford and Sons' Sigh No More and Babel, Arcade Fire's Neon Bible and The Suburbs, Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto), acts as a soul-bearing report, as guileless as the young five-piece themselves, on the act of simply growing up; a process that requires, at once, so little and so much effort it could explode you from the inside at any moment.


    "This record constantly jumps between two contrasting perspectives: the beauty of a reckless youth and the fear and confusion caused by our ever-pending adulthood," Appleby explains. "It's a hopeful and naïve look at love and life in general, which gives the album its bright days - but also deals with isolation, unrequited love and madness. We wanted to express both a feeling of strength and vulnerability, so the work had to encompass both the light and dark."


    "These are all feelings we've had, as a group or as individuals. We hope this is something people can relate to. That's always been why music has been written; it's a voice for people who don't have a voice. Hopefully someone can find some sort of comfort or solace in this. "


    The band -a group of 20-year-old friends with a habit of waxing deadly serious about their ever-expanding ambitions - convened in 2008 in a bungalow in Stevie Appleby's parents' backyard for as ordinary a reason as any: as the frontman admits sheepishly, they wanted to win a battle of the bands competition. With guitarist Adam O'Regan and bassist Donagh O'Leary friends since primary school, and the rest having met in secondary, the five rehearsed for the gig, at which they promptly lost out to another local band.


    The defeat, however, was surprisingly fuel enough. It inspired them to work harder, to work through their remaining two years of school, during which they produced a massive catalog of demo recordings, blending acoustic and electronic, classical and punk, djembe drums and synth strings. Then, in 2010, not long before graduation, then-rising manager Daniel Ryan found them at one of their sparse live gigs. With just one client already under his wing, he approached the young band with a terrifying, yet exhilarating ultimatum: Do you want to go to university, or do you want to really be in a band?


    "That was the first time we considered looking that far ahead," says guitarist/vocalist/primary songwriter Faye O'Rourke. "We were trying to avoid thinking about the future because of the prospect of college, but " The choice became obvious. And like that, they dove in. For two years they redoubled their efforts, crafting a wide-eyed musical narrative that mirrored their evolution as an ensemble until, inevitably, label suitors began to knock. Since 2011 they've been quietly boiling down those demos into an album - the first they've ever recorded.


    "The main thing I want to hear out of an artist I admire is the truth," says Appleby. "How they really felt. If I'm going to say something, it may as well be the truth." The lengths to which Appleby, O'Rourke and the rest of the band will go to tell that truth have yet to reveal their depth, but a full-steam-ahead debut record is a good place to start. Finally, five years' worth of backyard Garage Band tracks have a name: Absolute Zero.


    The songs of Absolute Zero have only begun to see the light of day, because, as Appleby puts it, "we've always been more interested in recording and writing and experimenting with everything than in touring. [The past five years] was time spent finding our sound, finding ourselves. We've gone through everything, from acoustic guitars to electronic music. We needed the time to grow up as people and as musicians."


    In other words, this is a debut that is a sum total of its creators' ascent to this moment. It is a desperate, under-pillow diary; a painstakingly lettered love note dropped in a locker; a collective, yet very personal, dissertation. On the record's debut single The John Wayne, a fierce paean to the ones who so easily break our hearts, the lot of them proclaim, "It's easy to fall in love with you/It's easy to be alone/It's easy to hate yourself when all your love is inside someone else." On "My Love Took Me Down To The River To Silence Me," O'Rourke is torn between the heartbreak and the healing that comes from being heartbroken, "But my heart burned out til it was no more/still I wait on the ground, I don't know what for/There is a heart in you/where is the heart in me?/This love's killing me, but I want it to." And by its early-morning close, when Appleby asks, "And who will write and who will fight for this man/I know I am?/And if you're running out of space/Please don't erase your time with me," it becomes clear that it's not just love Little Green Cars are grasping at: even amidst an ex-lover's plea for acknowledgement, the search has grown far beyond that.

    1. Harper Lee
    2. Angel Owl
    3. My Love Took Me Down to The River to Silence Me
    4. The Consequences of Not Sleeping
    5. Big Red Dragon
    6. Red and Blue
    7. The Kitchen Floor
    8. The John Wayne
    9. Please
    10. Them
    11. Goodbye Blue Monday
    Little Green Cars
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