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The Berries

Flying High Man

    High Flying Man feels like a cautionary phrase - it’s hard to remove the connotations of Icarus, some of the more-unfortunately famous Flying Wallendas or even just a guy in the middle of a heater at the blackjack table. It’s the promise of an adrenaline rush fighting against the eventuality of a comedown on the horizon - a feeling perfectly channeled in The Berries’ third LP High Flying Man due out this summer on Run For Cover Records.

    The Berries is the project of vocalist, guitarist and main songwriter Matt Berry, a Washington native who’s spent the past few years living in Los Angeles. In the five years since forming the band they’ve released a number of records, including Start All Over Again (2018) and 2019’s Berryland. During the pandemic touring pause the band also released a series of singles, collected in the Tower of Ivory compilation tape - but all the while, the songs of High Flying Man were coming together in moments of sporadic inspiration, waiting for the right time to come to light.

    High Flying Man is riff-first rock music with piercing melodies and desert twang, all tied in with the emotions of living in the modern
    world. Lead single “Prime” evokes the feeling of hopelessness watching hollow activism fail to remedy the ills of a failing country, while the more mellow “Eagle Eye” confronts the pain of addiction with the haunting chorus refrain, “don’t I remind you of an old horse well past its prime / I’ve been ridden and abandoned, left on the roadside out of sight, out of mind.” Tracks on this record feel a kinship with classic American rock bands of the past in the driving power of songs like the anti-capitalist closer “Give Me Your Money” or the swaggering “Exceptional Fabric.”

    While the songs that make up High Flying Man confront difficult truths, the music feels as alive as a man in a brown suit throwing a sword on the beach on an overcast day. Berry describes the 9-day tracking process with close friend/producer Todd Berndt and engineer Jimmy Dixon being one of “unbridled joy,” and this feeling comes across in every take recorded. This cathartic energy makes for a unifying sense of purpose on the record. “I want people to feel good about themselves when they listen to this record,” says Berry. And although there might be a comedown in the future, it’s hard to feel that way when you listen to The Berries on High Flying Man.

    TRACK LISTING

    Side A

    1. Western Township
    2. Prime
    3. Down That Road Again
    4. High Flying Man
    5. Eagle Eye

    Side B

    1. Life’s Blood
    2. Exceptional Fabric
    3. A Drop Of Rain
    4. Choose To Get High
    5. Give Me Your Money

    Young Guv

    GUV III & IV

      In the spring of 2020, Ben Cook — a.k.a. Young Governor, Young Guv, or just Guv — was holed up in the New Mexico high desert, his U.S. tour having been abruptly covid-cancelled during a southwest swing. He and his bandmates were living moment to moment in something called an Earthship, a solar-rigged adobe structure sustainably constructed with, among other things, recycled bottles and tires. And out there in the serene vastness, as a short ride-it-out stint turned into a nine-month sojourn, Ben was writing music, slowly, little by little, mostly at night while the others slept. By the New Year, almost in spite of himself, he had created a new album, two new albums actually, and through the ordeal he was forever changed.

      In a place he never expected to be, under circumstances no one could have predicted, and in the face of physical isolation, emotional desolation, and existential dread, Ben created GUV III & IV, a collection of songs dedicated and testifying to the eternal healing power of love — how to find it in the world, in others, and most importantly, in himself. Written in the New Mexico wilderness and produced in Los Angeles, the double album will finally be available in it’s entirety this summer via Run For Cover.

      Young Guv’s talent as a songwriter has been with us for a long time. From forming iconic hardcore act No Warning in 1998 to joining Toronto legends Fucked Up, Ben Cook started writing songs as Guv in 2008 between a slew of other projects that were ambitiously working to define the genres they operated in. When he first started working with Run For Cover in 2019, the plan was to release a single record - but with too many songs to turn away, the project expanded into his first double album, GUV I & II.

      GUV III & IV finds the same ambition and expertise in hit-making, but this time the individual records hone into specific parts of Guv’s sonic palette. GUV III is full of iconic hooks, power-pop guitar riffs and dancable-rock songs, while GUV IV takes notes from psych rock, electro pop and Laurel Canyon jangle to make something that as a whole, can only be defined as definitively GUV.

      TRACK LISTING

      Side A
      A1. Couldn’t Leave U If I Tried
      A2. It’s Only Dancin’
      A3. Lo Lo Lonely
      A4. Only Wanna See U Tonight
      A5. Good Time

      Side B
      B1. Take Up All My Time
      B2. But I Ain’t Got U
      B3. Same Old Fool
      B4. She Don’t Cry For Anyone
      B5. Scam Likely
      B6. April Of My Life

      Side C
      C1. Too Far Gone
      C2. Change Your Mind
      C3. Sign From God
      C4. Overcome
      C5. Love Me Don’t Leave Me

      Side D
      D1. Cry 2 Sleep
      D2. Cold In The Summer
      D3. Maybe I Should Luv Somebody Else
      D4. Helium
      D5. Nervous Around U
      D6. Nowhere At All
      D7. Wind In My Blood

      Camp Trash

      The Long Way, The Slow Way

        Camp Trash seemingly burst out of nowhere with their debut EP Downtiming at the beginning of 2021, armed with catchy riffs and infectious vocals that earwormed their way into your head and wouldn’t let go. It landed on several prominent playlists from NPR, Stereogum, and the cover/ feature track of Spotify’s official editorial list, ‘Fresh Finds- Rock’.

        They have only leveled up for their first full length, The Long Way, The Slow Way. Crafting songs that somehow feel original but familiar at the same time, Camp Trash blends 90s alternative rock and 2000s emo with pop-punk sensibilities. This LP is going to be the cornerstone of something great- a hallowed cult classic that catapults them into a much larger national audience.

        TRACK LISTING

        Side A
        1. Mind Yr Own
        2. Pursuit
        3. Weird Florida
        4. Another Harsh Toyotathon
        5. Enough Explaining
        6. Poured Out
        Side B
        1. Lake Erie Boys 2. Let It Ride
        3. Soft
        4. Church Bells
        5. Riley
        6. Feel Something

        Webbed Wing

        What's So F***Ing Funny

          Following a decorated career with Philly rock group Superheaven, singer and guitarist Taylor Madison meanders into newly-refined songwriter territory with the inception of Webbed Wing in 2018. Joined by Jake Clarke (drums) and Mike Paulshock (bass), the band fully realizes their innate genre-blending musicality.

          Webbed Wing’s somewhat simplistic approach to songwriting explores what it means to birth a sad song without fully killing a mood, paired with a soundscape laden with nostalgia and a tasteful pop-rock resurgence. Taking notes from the likes of The Lemonheads and Teenage Fanclub, Webbed Wing encapsulates everything lyrically gripping about indie and everything vibrant about modern pop. While also expertly intertwining the heaviness of metal and the earnesty of country, the band blends all these different aspects of their craft into something highly palatable and new.

          Between early Webbed Wing releases, like 2019’s Bike Ride Across the Moon (Disposition Collective) and forthcoming recordings on 2021’s What’s So Fucking Funny? with Grammy-nominated producer Will Yip (Code Orange, The Menzingers, Mannequin Pussy, Circa Survive) via Memory Music Label (Bartees Strange, Anthony Green), there’s an obvious level up in production, honing in on Webbed Wing’s natural maturity as both an artist and a creative. 

          TRACK LISTING

          Side A
          1. Years
          2. Jesus’s Age
          3. Make A Dime
          4. Dream Come True
          5. For Real
          6. Need You Around

          Side B
          1. Old Times
          2. Same Thing To Me
          3. Taylor’s Theme
          4. Saturdays
          5. All I Could Ever Want
          6. Shed A Tear 

          Ann Arbor’s Pity Sex built the world of White Hot Moon, their second album, inch-by-inch. The band is using the foundation of 2013’s celebrated Feast of Love as the framework for something bigger, stronger, and altogether more monumental. Coming off of tours with Ceremony, Eskimeaux, and Colleen Green including a run in Australia the band dove into the studio with Feast of Love producer Will Yip to harness that momentum into an album to showcase Pity Sex’s growth.

          And if White Hot Moon wears its ambition on its sleeve, that’s by design: the band looked to wide-screen albums by Yo La Tengo and Sonic Youth for inspiration in finding a bigger sound. That shows: Drake and Greaves spin huge webs of sound, anchored in shoegaze but branching off in a dozen directions, from fuzzed-out power-pop (Bonhomie) to shimmering balladry (Dandelion) and back again, while St. Charles and Pierce lock into step subtly counterintuitive rhythms and floor-shaking low-end.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. A Satisfactory World For Reasonable People
          2. Burden You
          3. Bonhomie
          4. September
          5. What Might Soothe You?
          6. Plum
          7. Nothing Rips Through Me
          8. Orange And Red
          9. Dandelion
          10. White Hot Moon
          11. Pin A Star
          12. Wappen Beggars 


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