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Wheel Workers on Vinyl

The Wheel Workers Vinyl release partyWhat are you doing this Friday? If you happen to find yourself in Houston, TX then I highly recommend you check out The Wheel Workers Vinyl Release Party. The release Right Way To Go So single cover artfeatures two(2) re-imagined and re-mixed tracks off their Unite album. (By the way, you can read my original review of the album if you want.) I have to say, I originally didn’t see “Right Way To Go” and “Spidermazes” as album standouts, but these new remixes are incredible. My previous favorite track from Unite, “Stereomad”, now has a serious competitor with the now more amped up “Spidermazes”. I’m adding both tracks to The Big Mix, so you can check them out here or grab the vinyl (or CD) from the release party. Or find the original album versions on iTunes.

Unite - The Wheel Workers

– DMitch

 

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Meet The Wheel Workers

The Wheel Workers - UniteI have a penchant for socially conscious bands. Somehow the music and lyrics let us all experience just a bit more of the human condition. From the plight of 20th Century Ireland voiced by U2’s War album and Black 47’s “James Connolly”. To The Housemartins’ “Caravan of Love” becoming an anthem for the striking coal miners of northern England and their railings against the British monarchy in the album The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death. To The Farm’s “All Together Now” heralding the soldiers of World War I who took a break from the trenches of war to play some footie on Christmas Day. And even to Chumbawamba’s anarchist bent. I could keep going, but I want to talk about a new band to add their voice to the amalgam of social ideals.

Froglix is pleased to add to The Big Mix two (2) tracks from The Wheel Workers debut album Unite. The Wheel Workers consist of Steven Higginbothom (vox, guitar, ukelele), Jason Williams (bass), Craig Wilkins (guitar, keyboard), Allison Wilkins McPhail (keyboard, vocals, theremin), and Jason Carmona (drums). Their sound ranges from alternative pop to folk to rock. And their music and lyrics will go from the atmosphere of a ragtime band on Bourbon Street to a fight for the proletariat against Wall Street.

My favorite track from the album is probably “Stereomad”. Steven’s steady and smooth delivery perfectly juxtaposes against the slightly ephemeral quality of Allison’s voice, over the backdrop of masterfully crafted alt-pop tunage. “The MOP” carries the sentiment of all who have a minimum wage job on their résumé typified with the lyric “let’s kick out the bosses and run it our way”. Now I’ve held both minimum wage jobs and “professional” jobs, and I think that desire is universal. I’ve even felt that way when I’ve worked for myself.

There are a bunch of other standout tracks. I’ve had the hardest time trying to pinpoint what “Open Door” sounds most like, maybe something like The Klaxons?? The middle of the album holds tunes perfect for an afternoon daydream in songs like “Spidermazes” and “Soft”. They kick it back up a notch right at the end with the stellar “The Seal and Whale”.

Grab the album for yourself…

Unite - The Wheel Workers

And apparently their sophomore album is slated to come out this summer, so look for that on here as well.

– DMitch

 

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New Vid from Ledaswan :: What a Way Two Drown

Like it? Get it on [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/what-a-way-two-drown/id415677423?uo=4″ title=”Ledaswan on iTunes”]

San Antonio’s Ledaswan is back in the mix with a new video for yet another diggable track from their EP NUM83R5.   ‘What a Way Two Drown’ is a sultry, melodic malay that showcases luscious layers of sound.  The dynamics of this song are stellar as are Erica’s vocals.  Just as she, they are simply lovely.

Froglix was very much impressed with this track when we first wrote about it a few months back but seeing it set to video truly gives it a life all it’s own.  DMitch, Thurdeen and myself plan on heading down to the Lone Star State for SxSW next year and very much hope to be able to catch these cats live.

– Drago

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Ledaswan by the NUM83R5

artist: Ledaswan | genre: alternative, indie-rock | label: unsigned
album: NUM83R5…available now on [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/ledaswan/id268417296?uo=4″ title=”NUM83R5 by Ledaswan”]

Lledaswan

listen now:
Faulkner :: 25 Years :: What a Way Two Drown

We first introduced San Antonio indie-rockers Ledaswan to the Froglix Faithful via a recent video post for “Faulkner,” a de-lovely track from their latest self-released EP NUM83R5 (aka Numbers) with a promise that a full-fledged review would be forthcoming.  I am a man of my word…so here it goes.

A recent review on another network, as they say, refer to Ledaswan as having a “pop” sound.  Pop? Really?  If theses cats are pop than Brittany Spears is R&B. I’m not buying it.  This just in, melodic does not always have to equal pop.  Rant over…moving on.

Mazzy Star?  Nope.  The Cranberries? Definitely not. Erica Monzon (lead vox, guitars, keys), brothers Jaime and David Monzon (electric guitars, keys), Lalo Rodriguez (bass guitar) and Oscar Linares (drums) deserve a little more credit than being compared to the “standard” female fronted, alternative/indie rock bands. How about Gwen Stefani meets the Jesus and Mary Chain?  That’s a bit more like it. Was I smitten by Erica’s charming, diaphanous voice? Of course, I’m only human and…she’s really good!  Mind you, she’s not as gritty as Alison Mosshart from The Dead Weather nor as powerful as, dare I say it, Ann Wilson from Heart. But that’s a good thing as neither of those styles would work for this band.  Her voice (and stage presence for that matter) actually remind me somewhat of Sarah Shannon from Velocity Girl. Remember them?  Meanwhile, the colourful guitar work turned in by the brothers Monzon really stands out on this album but I especially like what they did with “What a Way to Drown.” Lalo’s active bass style on “25 Years” is quite impressive as it creates intresting textures while simultaneously staying in the pocket with Mr. Linares’ drumming which, quite frankly, is both stellar and solid all the way through.  Is that a piccolo snare I hear?  Tight.  Very tight.

So…my final ruling on Ledaswan?  I like ’em.  Not a little, but a lot.  Go to iTunes.  Get NUMB3R5. Learn it. Live it. Love it.

– Drago

 

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Preview to a Review

artist: Ledaswan | genre: alternative, indie-rock| label: unsigned

Check out this video from San Antonio’s Ledaswan. This particular track is entitled “Faulkner” and is included as part of their latest studio EP NUM83R5 available on [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/ledaswan/id268417296?uo=4″ title=”Ledaswan”].

Be on the lookout for an “official” Froglix review in the not too distant future.  In the meantime…dig the vid.

– Drago