by Mike Breen
Rock crew slates new LP, Ordinary Silence, for June 25 release
Local Pop Rock crew Mixtapes' first track from their forthcoming full-length Ordinary Silence premiered today on The A.V. Club, The Onion's non-parody (yet still often funny) arts and entertainment website. The little hyper-catchy slice of melodic heaven "Elevator Days" will be featured on Mixtapes new album, Ordinary Silence, which is scheduled for release on June 25 through California-based independent label, No Sleep Records. If radio had a brain, this tune would be a radio smash. But, well, you know …Singer/guitarist/songwriter Ryan Rockwell says "Elevator Days" is "a song about being so stuck that short of running away or crying you feel hopeless,” says Rockwell. “It's a song about realizing that every day I judge everyone around me and never realizing I'm the one that needs to change. 90 percent of our problems with other people i think are actually ourselves, it can be an awful realization, and also a necessary one.”Click here to listen to the track or check out the YouTube version below. If you pre-order the new album, you'll receive an automatic download of "Elevator Days." The 14-track album was recorded with Eric Tuffendsam at Moonlight Studios in Fairfield, just like Mixtapes' debut release, Even on the Worst Nights, which came out just last year. The band is gearing up for a massive cross-country tour starting in May, which will culminate with a couple of weeks on the Vans Warped Tour. Mixtapes is slated to appear at the Warped Tour stop at Riverbend in Cincinnati on July 30. Click here to read our interview with Rockwell from last summer.
by Mike Breen
Local Pop/Punk band Mixtapes announces new release, tour dates
That big annual rite of passage into autumn, the Cincinnati Bell/WEBN Fireworks (a.k.a. "The Fireworks"), goes down this Sunday on the Ohio River. To get people warmed up for the big booms, a full slate of live music has once again been booked for the P&G Pavilion stage at Sawyer Point. Impressively, the bands booked for the stage all play original music, mostly in the vein of the Hard Rock/Metal/Modern Rock the FM station plays regularly. The lineup is localcentric, featuring area rockers like Cincinnati Sinners, Eyes On Tomorrow and Cinema Sleep, plus Dayton's Black Cloud Syndrome. (Click here for the schedule.) But the most unusual choice for the lineup has to be the Pop/Rock/Punk foursome Mixtapes. Not that the nationally-acclaimed band (slated to perform at 1:45 p.m.) will get pelted with eggs or anything … their sound's just not as WEBN-friendly as the other groups playing. It's kind of like having Superchunk open for Papa Roach. After showering fireworks fans with their punchy, melodic stylings, Mixtapes gets ready for a busy fall. At the end of this month, they kick off a string of dates with Aficionado that'll take them coast-to-coast over the course of about three weeks. Right after that, they'll hop onto another tour, this time with Such Gold, that will have them traveling throughout the South and hitting even more East Coast and Midwest cities.Near the end of the announced tour dates (on Oct. 30, to be exact), Mixtapes' label — Anaheim, Calif.-based Animal Style Records — has announced it will be releasing a mostly acoustic nine-track EP titled How to Throw a Successful Party. The release was originally put out as a free digital bonus for fans pre-ordering Mixtapes' 2011 LP, Maps & Companions. The official release of Party will be available digitally or on vinyl. Animal Style is releasing just 500 one-sided 12-inch versions, available on yellow, blue and green wax.Here's a great press release quote from singer/guitarist Ryan Rockwell (formerly of local groups like Small Time Crooks and Black Tie Bombers) about How to Throw a Successful Party: "So we originally recorded this to come out for free alongside Maps & Companions and we were really stoked on it. It was 9 acoustic (mostly) songs and we're really happy with them. People have been asking for a while about it being on vinyl and now the time seems right, so the great Matt Medina is putting it out on Animal Style Records! It's gonna come out at Fest and be limited to 500. If you are reading this on a blog or news website I look forward to reading about how much we suck."He ends with, "We are happy this is coming out on vinyl and you should buy it on all 3 colors because that's what ICP does and they are rich." Read more about Mixtapes in CityBeat's July feature story on the band here. Here's the cover art for the forthcoming release.
Mixtapes stockpile their favorite songs to create Even on the Worst Nights
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Mixtapes guitarist/vocalist Ryan Rockwell and his bandmates developed an interesting songwriting regimen after the release of their first recording. Whenever
Rockwell and Maura Weaver, Mixtapes’ guitarist/vocalist and Rockwell’s
songwriting partner, would hit on a particularly resonant tune, they
would relegate it to a slush pile of material for an album they
intended to serve as their full-length debut. Mixtapes’ song bank proved to be an effective strategy.
by Mike Breen
Local Pop/Punk foursome readying debut for No Sleep Records
Local Pop/Punk band Mixtapes is gearing up for its debut full-length release for the No Sleep label, a West Coast-based imprint that has put out records by successful and on-the-rise acts like I Call Fives, Balance and Composure, Aficionado and The Wonder Years. The album is expected out as early as May, but a brand new Mixtapes song has surfaced as part of a compilation album featuring 16 songs performed by bands chosen by Lookout Records founder Larry Livermore. The compilation, The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore, is due May 29 on Adeline Records, but Absolute Punk has just posted a stream of Mixtapes' track, "Right Where to Find Me." Click here to give it a listen (scroll to the first comment for the stream). Earlier this month, Alternative Press posted a video clip from Mixtapes performing the song "Russian House DJ" live in Louisville. Check it below.Late last year, AP also posted this Mixtapes appearance on "The Pink Couch Sessions." The band isn't waiting for the album to come out to hit the road hard, something the members are no doubt used to by now, having spent a ton of time touring up until now. The band is currently in the midst of dates on the Set Your Goals/Cartel tour (they play Seattle tonight) and they start another tour with Hit the Lights the day after the current jaunt ends, April 4. That tour brings Mixtapes home for an April 5 show at Madison Theater.