Teenage angst has paid off well for Eric Hutchinson. Like many of us, the NYC singer/songwriter realized he’d been spending a lot of time thinking about his high-school days. So many life-changing things happen in those four years that it takes at least a couple decades to process them and make any sense of it all. And that’s exactly what Hutchinson does on his new album, Class Of 98, which is out today.
“This is me getting into the time machine and going back to the ’90s to think about the next 20 years of my life,” says Hutchinson.
Not only does he lyrically tackle all the important subjects on the syllabus from those times (dating, drinking, dating, rocking out, dating, parents, dating), Hutchinson also captures the sound of that era with Class Of 98. He again sought out Paul Q. Kolderie (whose production work with Radiohead, Hole, Lemonheads, Buffalo Tom, etc., helped define the sound of the alt ’90s) for “sonic guidance” in mixing the LP. Hutchinson also got former Soul Asylum guitarist Justin Sharbono to help party like it’s 1998.
“My favorite show ever is Mad Men,” says Hutchinson. “I was watching it and thinking, ‘Why can’t an album be a period piece the way a movie or a TV show can?’ Class Of 98 is a ‘period-piece album.'”
It sure is. If you have a soft spot in your pop/rock heart for the glory days soundtracked most prominently by Weezer (back when you could count the number of albums by Rivers and Co. on two fingers and didn’t need to ID them by the color of their covers), Class Of 98 will feel a bit like a reunion.
‘I wanted to make my homage to the ’90s alt-rock music I loved when I was a teenager,” says Hutchinson. “When I started writing the songs, it only made sense that they should all be putting myself in the mindset of my high-school brain.”
Eric Hutchinson went back to high school, and all you got was this awesome album. We’re proud to premiere Class Of 98 today on magnetmagazine.com. Check it out right here, right now.
Out tomorrow, 4 is the fourth proper album from Big Black Delta. (You can order it here.) For those of you scoring at home, Big Black Delta is multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Bates, frontman of Mellowdrone as well as an early collaborator with M83.
In the time between BBD albums, Bates has gotten sober and attempted to get his life back on track, going as far as scrapping all the music he was working on prior to quitting drinking in order to start again. The result is 4, a dozen-track LP that’s quite ambitious in its scope. The latest single from the album is “Vessel,” whose excellent video was directed by Warren Kommers (Fitz And The Tantrums, Twenty One Pilots).
“When approaching Warren about doing something for this song, he and I were both at points in our lives where we were revisiting past failed relationships and our responsibility in their failures,” says Bates. “I sent him the song, which is about me owning up to my victimhood. A few days later, he had a complete pre-visual and the whole video laid out. It was a fabulous experience watching it start from a vision in his head to the final edit.”
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On July 31, Glorybots returns with the self-released Invisible. The project is the brainchild of Seattle-based Jalal Andre (Echo Texture) and debuted two years ago with Dark Alien Pop. The title of that LP will give you a good indication of the type of music Andre likes to create. Glorybots pushes things further out of the rock realm than Echo Texture, and while there are lots of twists and turns, Andre keeps his feet on the ground while reaching for the stars. There’s an earthy method to his extraterrestrial madness.
“Radiate” is the second single from Invisible, and it shows how Andre can dabble in multiple genres at once without ever sounding like he’s forcing anything. At the same time, he’s also exploring warm lyrical themes that juxtapose nicely with his colder instrumental palette.
“This song is about finding that almost mythical, special place in the world—a place you once called home, full of wonderful memories, that maybe you shared with someone truly special,” says Andre. “That place may no longer even exist in the same way that it used to, but it still holds a special place in your heart. For me, that place is California.”
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Over the past decade, the Dirty Clergy—after a handful of lineup changes, it’s now the trio of vocalist/guitarist Brian Manasco, bassist Ky Carter and drummer Cody Moorehead—has made the transition from a folk-oriented duo to a full band exploring a crisp garage-rock sound infused with lots of shoegaze touches. It all comes together brilliantly for the the Birmingham, Ala., group on the dozen-track In Waves (Cornelius Chapel), which ambitiously clocks in at almost an hour.
“Whiplash” is the fourth single/video from In Waves. “It’s a song where the title came first, and I just wrote around it,” says Manasco. “It’s basically the end of a relationship when things are mostly fine during the day. Maybe because there are more things and people to keep you occupied. When the sun starts to sink, things slow down, everything starts to come back to perspective: ‘The feeling begins when the sun goes down/The stealing of hearts and the inevitable dead sound.'”
The Cinepros-directed clip for “Whiplash” is one that any fledgling musical outfit can relate to. “I wanted the video to be like a new band playing one of their first performances,” says Manasco. “Most of the time, there’s a handful of people there and the bartender. I think Cinepros captured the atmosphere of that pretty well.”
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