Los Angeles based musician Tracy Bryant, as a one of a kind solo artist, is speaking out as an outstanding singer/songwriter who isn’t afraid to dig below the surface. With his work he is filling the gap between lush pop-arrangements and a genuine, distinctive sound. One not hard to enter, but no way to just pass by. While Tracy Bryant’s music may call out as a memento from the lonely highway, we can’t help but wish to join him on his journey.
As the frontman and founder of post-punk experimentalists Corners, he recorded the group’s first album, Beyond Way, in his Echo Park apartment in 2012 with just a four-track tape recorder. While the follow-up LP, Maxed out on Distractions, was very much a group effort, Bryant has continued to cultivate the haunted, solitary sounds that permeate through Beyond Way on his own. Corners toured the U.S. and Europe extensively before Bryant decided to end the band in early 2016 to fully focus on his solo endeavors.
His first full length solo album “Subterranean” was released February 19th, 2016 on Burger Records. Imbued with the studied swagger of Lou Reed and the emotionally damaged earnestness of Johnny Thunders, the 12 songs are a logical extension of Beyond Way’s dark Americana, with layered acoustic guitars, hypnotic electric leads and hushed vocals setting an eerily inviting tone. Recorded in the Arizona desert by Matt Rendon of The Resonars, it was tracked mostly live with the help of friends Joo-Joo Ashworth, Jeremy Katz (Froth) and Cameron Gartung (Mystic Braves). The album garnered positive reviews worldwide and peaked at #43 on the CMJ radio 200 chart.
Upon its release, Bryant embarked on a full band European tour supporting King Khan And The Shrines which culminated with a sold-out show at the 800 capacity Columbia Theater in Berlin, Germany. The band followed the tour with a successful debut at 2016’s SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.
The song “Subterranean” is featured in the Volcom surf film "Psychic Migrations" which also includes songs by Thee Oh Sees, White Fence & more. The film premiered in theaters all over the globe and was distributed worldwide on DVD. The soundtrack was released on limited 12” vinyl by Light In The Attic Records for Record Store Day 2017. “Subterranean” was also featured in the 2016 Transworld Skateboarding film “Substance”.
Recently, Bryant and his band have performed several headlining shows around the west coast as well as playing support shows for Tijuana Panthers, CFM and Guantanamo Baywatch. The Band also performed for this years WSL surf competition at the Billabong House on the North Shore of Hawaii.
With an all-star new band line up consisting of Nick Murray (Thee Oh Sees / White Fence) on drums, Brian Allen (Burnt Ones) on bass and Miles Luttrel (Useless Eaters) on second guitar, the group will be on the road touring the west coast up to Vancouver Island, Canada to play Otalith Festival.
To introduce Bryant’s new album “A Place for Nothing And Everything in its Place” (out on Burger Records October 20th, 2017) he will head over to Europe and the UK for a month long tour in December joined by his European backing band of Leonard Kaage (Jawbones, Anton Newcombe & Tess Parks) on drums, Brian Allen on bass and Nick Winfrey (Adult Books) on second guitar.
“A Place for Nothing And Everything In Its Place” was recorded in early 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Originally conceived to be an introspective acoustic album, the written songs, once in the studio, developed into a fully arranged, conceptual work. With the help of producer Leonard Kaage, the acoustic intention became the red line that guides the nine songs through their variety. Bryant’s lyrics go a more personal way and follow inner and outer conflicts captured through the words of a restless outsider who ends up finding the company of love. With dreamy footnotes of piano, 60‘s percussion and a more than once appearance of edgy guitars, imagine a classic singer/songwriter record loaded with the intimacy and grit reminiscent of Alex Chilton or Nikki Sudden. A true milestone that marks an important progression in Bryant’s career as a solo artist. The album got its finishing touch by the mastering of Los Angeles pioneer Dave Cooley (Liars, The Black Angels, M83).
Matt Lamkin and the Confirmations
Matt Lamkin grew up in North County, attending Torrey Pines High School in the late ’90s. His band the Muslims made waves in San Diego before moving to L.A. in 2007 and evolving into the Soft Pack. “I got a job connected with my degree [in film],” said Lamkin at the time. “It’s not like we’re moving up there to get signed.”
After the Soft Pack split, Lamkin moved to San Antonio de las Minas, in the Valle de Guadalupe wine country area near Ensenada, where he formed a solo band with Andrew Montoya and Jeremy Rojas, formerly of the Sess. The band has also included Ensenada musicians like Kathia Rudametkin (viola), David Martinez (keys), Ryan McReynolds (drones and percussion), and Sebastian Denegri (drum machine and synths).
The new musical friends he met in Ensenada aren’t your typical rockers. “One of the guys I play with is into composition. Another friend on the record plays viola. We really clicked.”
Lamkin's debut solo vinyl album, the experimental Where I’m Matt, was released by San Diego’s Volar Records in early 2017. Recorded partly in Montoya’s Elektricalifornia La Mesa studio and partly at Mexikart in Ensenada, it sports handmade collage cover art created by Lamkin and Claire Acosta.
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Smokescreens are a New Zealand band that recorded in Leamington Spa in the United Kingdom. Or at least that’s what your ears tell you upon your first listen. In fact, Smokescreens are a Los Angeles based group founded by Chris Rosi following the demise of his previous band, Plateaus (HoZac/Art Fag). Rosi then recruited Corey Cunningham from Terry Malts (Slumberland) to play bass and the pair set about writing songs that displayed their shared affinity for Flying Nun and UK DIY bands.
Soon after they recorded their first album, released on Corey's tape label Parked In Hell and pressed to vinyl by the new Spanish in-print Meritorio Records, they asked drummer Brice Bradley and bassist Jenny Moffett to join the band.