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 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.