On The Verge
Unexpected Musical Marriages
Indie rockers Arizona formed in 2005 when bassist Alex Hornblake and guitarist Nick Campbell traveled from Atlanta, where they’d been attending school, to Long Island, New York, where Hornblake and guitarist Benjamin Wigler had been playing prog rock together since junior high. They’d planned to record some of Wigler’s tunes, but ended up laying down their first EP The Sun and the Room from scratch in about a week. After recording its debut full-length, Welcome Back Dear Children, and Fameseeker and the Mono EP with studio guru Danny Kadar, Arizona relocated to Asheville, where Kadar had recently taken over as head engineer at Echo Mountain Studios. “We were literally recording through gear that Led Zeppelin and The Beatles would have used,” says Campbell. Or did use, considering that pieces of the former Abbey Road Studio reside at the North Carolina recording mecca. On its recent album, The Glowing Bird, the band refines and focuses its lush sound into a layer cake of indie-psych that echoes the best of early ‘90s shoe-gaze, ‘60s harmonic pop and contemporary alt-country. Asked about its musical influences, the band cites some unexpected sources: Smashing Pumpkins, Helmet, Metallica, the soundtrack to the film Gattaca, and video game music. Trying to nail down his musical roots, Wiggler says, “I listen to more Dream Theatre than Beach Boys” and noting that “analyzing guitar harmonies on [Metallica’s] …And Justice for All is pretty much the only music theory I have.”
In honor of Umphrey’s McGee’s return to Summer Camp this weekend, we present the group’s Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger performing this version of “The Pequod” from UM’s Anchor Drops.
Dame shares a song from her new EP Preventions of Heartbreak.
Golden Bloom stopped by Relix to perform a tune from their latest EP No Day Like Today.
The Chapin Sisters share an tune from their new album A Date With the Everly Brothers.
Minneapolis-based Night Moves share a song from their record, Colored Emotions, live at Relix.
Cloud Cult share a song from their latest album live at Relix.
The Giving Tree Band enjoy a spring day on the Relix rooftop, while performing a classic Grateful Dead tune.
Canadian singer-songwriter Hayden performs a duet with his sister-in-law Lou Canon. The song appears on Us Alone his first record on Broken Social Scene’s Arts & Crafts Productions.
The Milk Carton Kids share the first song from their new album, The Ash & Clay.
Here is the new video from Serbian guitar ace Ana Popovic. “Object Of Obsession” appears on her latest album Can You Stand The Heat.
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