You’re going to want to cheer on the Home Team today with the release of the brand new single from Creature Comfort. The Nashville band is happy to be issuing their new cut, “Single Soul,” taken from their new album Home Team which is due for release on October 30th. While not exactly a “new song,” “Single Soul” couldn’t be coming out at any more of an appropriate time. Lead singer and songwriter Jessey Clark wrote the song in 2017, a reaction to his growing frustration with the number of Black Americans who were being harmed or killed by police officers, most notably the murders of Philando Castile and Charles Kinsey.
Fast forward three years and “Single Soul” is even more relevant now than it was when it was written, with the mounting social unrest that has swept the United States and beyond over the course of this summer. Clark confronts the fear, pain, and anger that one would feel if they were in such an anxious situation while also making a statement on how American citizens often see things through rose coloured glasses unless they are directly presented with the horrors of institutional injustice.
Explaining his inspiration in writing the song, Clark said, “I was on my computer one day and saw a video of yet another black man being shot by police… but this was different because he didn’t lose his life. He was able to tell his side of the story and the whole situation angered me deeply. He was literally doing his job, taking care of an autistic child, and someone called the police on him. As he was lying there, not being aggressive at all, an officer decided to shoot him. This song is sort of my attempt to grasp what he must have been feeling in those moments.”
Formed in 2012, Creature Comfort has been successful at connecting with listeners through writing songs that examine what it’s like to be caught between two worlds, one being Clark’s average, rural childhood, growing up on a farm, and his current life in Nashville. Interestingly enough, not only does Clark front Creature Comfort, but he’s also a retail pharmacist which he considers his day job.
This space between Clark’s upbringing and his current life is examined at length throughout Home Team with the artist doing his best to make sense of a world that just seems to be getting more volatile. Issues that he tackles throughout the album include weighing the cost of sacrifice in the pursuit of dreams, misinformation doled out by the media, masculinity, and of course a couple of good old fashioned breakup songs. In crafting Home Team, Clark has elevated his songwriting to a whole new level and illustrates why he is deserving of recognition as one of today’s rising stars in the world of indie rock.
SOiL Announce November UK Headline Tour Dates
Chicago’s SOiL has announced a run of special “All Scars” UK dates for November 2024. Find out more including who will be joining them…
Chicago rockers SOiL will return to the UK for the first time since 2019 this coming November 2024. The band will be joined on the tour by (Hed)PE, Nonpoint, and the return of Texas nu-metal pioneers The Union Underground.
This fully packed “Era” package will see SOiL performing songs exclusively from their 2001 hit album Scars with tracks such as “Halo,” “Unreal,” “Breaking Me Down,” and including deep cuts like “Two Skins” and “Understanding Me.” This marks the first time since the release of the album Scars that SOIL has played an “All Scars” set.
Speaking about the tour, guitarist Adam Zadel remarked:
“This will be an epic return to the UK for us. The album Scars was an instant hit in the UK and has maintained its status for over 20 years. It’s going to be exciting to play an exclusive set for the UK fans.”
SOiL bassist Tim King added:
“To share this “Scars Only” event with our wonderful UK fans is going to be super exciting. On top of that, to also be alongside all our dear friends in (Hed)PE, Nonpoint, and The Union Underground is going to make this a tour to remember for many years to come.”
Catch the four bands on the following dates in November 2024.
11/05 – Bristol – O2 Academy
11/06 – London – Electric Ballroom
11/08 – Wolverhampton – KK’s Steel Mill
11/09 – Manchester – Academy 2
11/10 – Nottingham – Rock City
11/12 – Glasgow – SWG3
11/13 – Newcastle – Riverside
11/15 – Swansea – Patti Pavillion
11/16 – Southampton – The 1865
For more information and ticket details, head over to the Official SOil Website here.
Glixen – “foreversoon” [Song Review]
On “foreversoon,” Glixen created a song where youthful exuberance clashes heavenly with the established shoegaze sounds of yesteryear,
It’s been less than a year since Glixen released their debut EP, She Only Said, on Julia’s War Records. Still, the Phoenix shoegazers have already dug their heels into the DIY music scene and are heading out on an extensive US tour this year alongside the likes of Interpol, Softcult, Glitterer, and fish narc. Appearances at SXSW and Treefort will only further cement their reputation as a new band worthy of note.
To herald the busy year ahead, the band has released a new single, “foreversoon,” via the AWAL label, and it’s well worth a listen.
Says lead vocalist Aislinn Ritchie:
“‘foreversoon’ represents blissful moments of new love and intimacy. The song harnesses melancholy chords, layered with fuzzy red melodies and gliding guitars that pull you in deeper. I wanted my lyrics to feel like a conversation that expresses my infatuation and sensuality. Time is relentless and memories are fleeting, this song encapsulates those emotions forever.”
It’s a fair summation. Its youthful exuberance clashes heavenly with the established shoegaze sounds of yesteryear, think Ride, Curve and Slowdive, but with the fuzz cranked up possibly higher. Ritchie’s vocals certainly share that dreamlike quality of Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, and with many of those bands back on the road this year, perhaps the time is ripe to inject fresh blood into the genre.
Run Time: 3:43
Release Date: February 9, 2024
Record Label: AWAL Recordings
Slightest Clue Release Their Rocking, Five-Track EP ‘Carousel’
Vancouver indie rockers Slightest Clue recently released their ‘Carousel’ EP, inspired by the beginning, middle, and end of a relationship.
Vancouver’s Slightest Clue is like the secret after-school project of four kids who would have passed each other without a glance in the hallway at school, but once they’re plugged in and ready to play their distinct blend of post-punk, alternative rock, and dark pop, all bets are off.
Produced by Matt Di Pomponio, their new EP, Carousel, is inspired by the beginning, middle, and end of a formative romantic relationship, spanning the trajectory from love to this loss of connection. The closing track, “Carousel,” marks the ultimate bittersweet reflection with unique harmonic layers to portray those contrasting emotions, shifting between grand and quiet tones.
Commenting on the album, the band states:
“The main theme is love, loss of relationship, and connection. The arc of the story is our foreshadowing of the end in our first song ‘These Days’ speaking on the day to day fights and how neither person can seem to get back to a happy place in the relationship. ‘Why Can’t I Call You?’ is the initial spark of infatuation and obsession with someone before you know them. ‘When You Wake Up’ talks of the blissed out honeymoon stage where everything is working and nothing could go wrong. ‘Suit Uptight!’ represents the mounting frustrations and resentments building tension from unmet needs. And finally our closing track ‘Carousel’ is the end and the bittersweet reflection of a cherished relationship that can no longer return.”
Each member, Malcolm McLaren, Hannah Kruse, Sean Ries, and Nick Sciarretta, brings distinct influences and experiences: a stage actor whose playlists go from Talking Heads to Sonic Youth to Björk, a hook-obsessed recovering choir girl, an electrical engineer whose personal idol is John Bonham, and a guitarist who played for (and left) 10 other bands before deciding this was the one for him.
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