It’s been 2 and half years since Jacob Lawter released Slow and Steady’s fantastic debut, In Time We Belong. Today, Lawter announced Slow and Steady’s new ep, It’s Alright. It’s Alright will hit shelves on January 26th via Broken Circles Records. With that announcement came the premiere of the ep first single and title track, It’s Alright. Gone is Slow and Steady’s Pedro the Lion infused brand of indie/emo from their debut. Instead, It’s Alright is a synth fueled pop song that rivals Paramore’s After Laughter.
You can hear It’s Alright over at https://www.goldflakepaint.co.uk/slow-and-steady-its-alright-track-premiere/
Broken Circles Records big week of news continues! Today it’s the brand new single from Triathalon. The song is called I Want It and it’s from the band’s new ep, Cold Shower. Cold Shower will be out on September 16th. You can pre-order the record on vinyl/cassette/and digitally at http://brokencircles.limitedrun.com/products/575015?preview=true and you can listen to I Want It below.
Mike Tolan has been quietly releasing music for over a decade now and the folks at Broken Circles Records are big fans!SO to celebrate the label will be releasing a 10th Anniversary vinyl edition of Talons’ Rustic Bullshit. The release is limited to 300 copies on clear red vinyl with hand screened chipboard jackets by Charlie Wagers Creative, a full color printed board innersleeve, and an envelope including photographs and photocopied hand typed liner notes with Mike’s thoughts on the record as a whole after 10 years & a breakdown of each individual song.Pre-orders are up at http://brokencircles.limitedrun.com/products/574877
You can also check out a new video for the song “Rustic Bullshit (Goodbye Portage Road)” over at http://www.stereogum.com/1887161/talons-rustic-bullshit-goodbye-portage-path-video-stereogum-premiere/video/
Hypoluxo is the second new band that Broken Circles Records has added to their roster this week. The Florida indie band will release If Language later this summer. You can sign-up for a notification of when the record will be available for pre-order at http://brokencircles.limitedrun.com/products/573305. Below is a video for an older song from the band called Lost.
Savannah GA dreampop band Triathalon has announced the first run of dates for their upcoming Spring tour. More dates will be coming soon. You can check out the dates below. The band has also recently announced via Twitter that a new ep is in the works.
Slow and Steady are hitting the road next week.The band is still looking for venues at the Cleveland and Philly stops. So if you have inside information, give the band a holler!
Broken Circles Records have announced the signing of James Bishop. His debut EP Bad Dream comes out on 03/25. The record’s first single, Tailspin is currently streaming over at Stereogum.
A quick bio from Stereogum:
“Hailing from Cincinnati by way of St. Louis, James Bishop sounds like he’s got resilience built into his bones. His upcoming debut EP, Bad Dreams, is four songs worth of folky resolve with a wayward traveling streak. “Tailspin,” the first single, is light and airy until it’s not; scraggly beautiful as Bishop tries to avert the titular fate. “Nothing’s going wrong, everything is fine,” he lies during the track’s coda. “I can take the hit/ Do it all the time/ Wake up and repeat every single line/ Tell me is it true or, well, never mind/ I’m good with nothing.” That last admission hits hard, but Bishop still coos the song out.”
Give the track a spin at http://www.stereogum.com/1856706/james-bishop-tailspin-stereogum-premiere/mp3s/
Body Origami (formerly Nest) has announced their new 7″ record, Thermal Blue, will be released on April 1st via Broken Circles Records. You can hear the records first single, Bright Hunger, over at Noisy. Check it out. http://noisey.vice.com/blog/body-origami-bright-hunger-premiere
On the 18th of December, Broken Circle Records released a brand new split 7” called Everything Melts Eventually Volume 1. The first in what the label says will be an ongoing series. This split features Bandit, Slow & Steady, Triathlon, and Ivadell. All the songs are winter themed and the label branded this record full of Christmas songs for people who don’t like Christmas music.
I love Bandit’s track. It’s simple, which they did on Of Life, but it feels different. It has a holiday vibe for sure. The theme of having a hard time with the Christmas holiday resonates with a lot of people and it strikes a chord as being not your typical Holiday song.
Triathalon’s On the Sofa ends the A side. It’s both similar and lesser than they’re Sophomore record, Nothing Bothers Me. It still has those rich, verbed out tones but feels way sparser. It perfectly captures a cold winter day but still totally chill and hanging out with loved ones.
Ivadell’s Dog Days is my favorite track on this split. The heaviness of the chorus just hits me in a real way. The lyrical content of having the year fly by seems to mean more each passing year. The melody is great and that hook is catchy!
Slow & Steady closes the record. Taking a more political approach with Your Cold Heart, Slow & Steady really delivers a dark song. The darkness resonates with the early sunsets and dark long nights of winter. The refrain of “How many people must die” really hits hard and I love the impact that track leaves. It’s the perfect closer to this split.
I love this split. Yes, it’s sort of holiday themed, but the tracks are good and will be worth listening to long after winter has passed. 5 out of 5 Stars.