(photo by Autumn De Wilde)
On March 18 (Europe) and 19 (North America), True Panther Sounds is releasing 'Highlights', the 2nd album from New York's Tanlines. The duo of Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm worked with producers Patrick Ford and Chris Taylor in Los Angeles and NYC respectively.
The album's first single, "Slipping Away", premiered via SiriusXM's XMU earlier today, and is available for free download for the next week by signing up for the mailing list at Tanlinesinternet.com. Pre-order details for 'Highlights' can be found below.
2. Slipping Away
4. Two Thousand Miles
5. Invisible Ways
6. Bad Situations
7. Running Still
9. If You Stay
10. Darling Dreamer
'Highlights',the band’s first collection of new material since their critically-lauded 2012 debut, 'Mixed Emotion's began in a basement in Pittsburgh and ended in a church in Brooklyn. It trades world music sounds (as heard through YouTube) for a more alive, realized approach, the result of Emm and Cohen knowing they wanted to break from their ‘two guys, one screen’ writing style. And even if they had wanted to rely on old methods, they couldn’t: when they sat down to write Highlights in Emm’s childhood home in Pittsburgh, their computer blew up, quite literally, “with a burst of sparks and clouds of smoke. Whatever had just happened felt like some kind of omen,” says Emm.
Stranded without the samples and sounds that had previously defined their musical palette, they spent the rest of the week in Pittsburgh writing songs the old-fashioned way -- with a guitar and drums. They found themselves falling back on facility they’d gained with their instruments over the previous two years of touring, and an alternative, simpler process evolved, one that set the tone for Highlights immediately.
Influenced by their time spent on the road touring in support of 'Mixed Emotions', they reached for the sounds of 90’s New York hip-hop drums, Detroit techno synths, and lots and lots of guitars. The result could almost be called an homage to the sonics of America, if that sort of phrase wouldn’t make the band cringe. Instead, let’s just call 'Highlights' “the album where things started making more sense.”
The following shows in NYC and Los Angeles go on sale this Friday at noon eastern :
Thursday, May 14 - Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Monday, May 18 - Echoplex, Los Angeles CA
Pre-order "Highlights' from the following :
Wrapping up an incredible year, Tanlines today release the self-directed, self-selfy video for "Not The Same" from their debut album Mixed Emotions (buy it here):
Also today, the "Not The Same" single went live on iTunes, featuring an extended version of the song (also utilized in the video) and a remix by DJ Spoko.
Next week, on Thursday December 3rd 6th, the band will make their late-night television debut on Jimmy Fallon. Set your TiVers.
Finally, the band wrap up a year of touring with a handful of upcoming shows, including a headline date at New York City's Webster Hall:
11/28/2012 Boston, MA @ The Paradise // PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE - tickets
11/29/2012 New York, NY @ Webster Hall - tickets
11/30/2012 Washington, DC @ The Black Cat - tickets
12/1/2012 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer - tickets
Sirius XM subscribers should make sure they're tuned into XMU (channel 35) tonight at 9:00PM EDT to be assured of catching the premiere of an all-new session by Tanlines. If it's not possible to do so (I get it, we're all busy people), please be advised that the session will also air three more times this week:
Thursday, 11/1 at 4:00PM EDT
Friday, 11/2 at 9:00AM EDT
Sunday, 11/4 at 12:00 noon EDT
Go forth and listen.
If you're like us (and I suspect you are), YOU LOVE MUSIC FESTIVALS almost as much as you love freedom. And there's so many that are close to our hearts. Matador's Lost Weekend. Atlamont. The Gathering Of The Juggalos. The Cornerstone Festival. I could go on, but you've probably got some illegal downloading to back to, so let's cut to the chase. Transmission Entertainment's 7th annual Fun Fun Fun Festival is happening in Austin, TX this coming November 2, 3 and 4, and we're thrilled to find out at the last minute announce Tanlines, Fucked Up, Paul Banks and The Young are all taking part.
Likewise, ATP America's "I'll Be Your Mirror" weekender (September 21-23) has been moved from Asbury Park, NJ to the glamorous West Side of Manhattan. The Lee Ranaldo Band and Chavez will be playing, along with a tremendous lineup of performers, none of whom are named Louis C.K. They'll all have their hands full measuring up to Richie Blackmore at California Jam (above) , but there's no harm in trying.
SUMMER IS HERE!...ok well it officially starts tomorrow but we can't contain our excitement so we're getting started a day early. Ahhh Summer, the season of extended daylight, backyard BBQs, road trips with friends, summer playlists, and Tanlines + Lemonade of course.
Apologies for that simple and obvious play on words. But honestly as sure as you're likely to have some tan lines after laying around the pool drinking a glass of lemonade this summer, we're convinced both bands (Tanlines and Lemonade) will be on your iPods/stereos while doing so. But don't take our word for it, Creator's Project said that Tanlines are "destined to become your summer soundtrack", and New York Magazine, Stereogum, and Refinery 29 couldn't agree more, naming "All Of Me" one of their Songs Of The Summer.
Anyhow since we'll be spending all summer together, it's probably a good time to get to know your Tanlines better. Courtesy of Creator's Project, click HERE for an intimate look at the band Tanlines, their recording process, how they formed, and much much more.
Also Tanlines will be performing across the US all summer long, starting tomorrow night with an official summer kick off show at the House of Vans in Brooklyn. A full list of summer tour dates is below.
Mon, June 25 - Los Angeles, CA - School Night @ Bardot (DJ set only)
Tue, June 26 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones (presented by 92.9 KJEE)
Wed, June 27 - San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar Music Hall (presented by Live 105)
Thu, June 28 - Seattle, WA - Neumo's (presented by 107.7 The End)
Fri, July 13 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
Sun, July 15 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall (discount for Pitchfork Festival wristband holders)
Thu, July 19 - Miami, FL - Bardot Miami
Fri, Aug 10 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival
Sat, Aug 11 - Columbus, OH - Summerfest 2012
Sat, Sept 1 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Festival
Thu, Sept 6 - Portland, OR - Music Fest NW