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Images from the Wilkinson Blades CD release show.
Wilkinson Blades CD release for 4:00 AM, at the Secret Society Ballroom. 6/9/12
PORTLAND, OREGON-BASED ROCK ACT, WILKINSON BLADES TO RELEASE THEIR DEBUT CD, “4:00 AM”, JUNE 9TH AT SECRET SOCIETY BALLROOM.
Portland, Oregon-based rock outfit, Wilkinson Blades will celebrate the release of their debut, 4:00 AM, June 9th at Secret Society Ballroom. Centered around songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Steve Wilkinson, the band is rounded out by Johnny Huck on bass, Jon Beyers on drums, Grant Cumpston on guitar and backing vocals, and Rich Lander on keyboards, mandolin, and backing vocals.
Also on the bill are Eskimo and McDougall. Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm. Cover is $10.00 at the door or $15.00 with a CD.
4:00 AM, which will be released nationally on indie label Shiftone Records (an Austin, TX-based label), is an eleven track collection of rootsy-pop, Stones-y rock, sunshine pop, and rainy-night melodies. Recorded by Wilkinson and friends at various studios, the making of the album was unlike any of Wilkinson’s other projects (including Gravelpit and Mission 5). There were no expectations, no pressures, and certainly no constraints put on the music. The only goal was to make a record Wilkinson would be proud of, could play for his friends, and not have to compromise with members in a band setting.
“I was busy with Mission 5 at the time, making records, writing, and playing lots of live shows,” comments Wilkinson, discussing why his debut solo record took longer than any of his previous records to make. “All of the bands I have ever played with had a sense of urgency as far as schedules go and getting records out on time and on a tiny budget. I wanted this record to be done on my time, without rushing and without worrying about deadlines. Needless to say that with a five-year project I more than accomplished my goal by about four years.”
Playing the majority of the instruments himself, Wilkinson wasn’t without his friends on this record, including them as much as he could, assembling a band without the confines of a band.
“I really wanted this to be a huge group project without the idea of a ‘band’ being behind it. From writing, to arranging, to all of the instruments, backup vocals, production and engineering, this was exactly what I set out to do when I decided to make this record,” Wilkinson proudly proclaims.
Guests include Wilkinson’s former Mission 5 band mate, and favorite guitarist, Grant Cumpston, drummer Rob Stroup, journeyman and multi-instrumental Rich Lander, Professor Gall’s Drew Norman, and Sean Flora. The album also features co-writes by Rob Barteletti, Nick Peets, and Anthony Lambright.
“All of these people made a huge difference in how the record sounds. I am really proud of the fact that I could pull together some of my favorite musicians in Portland and mash it together in an album that sounds like me, while at the same time showcases their contributions to the record.” He pauses, then continues. “It sounds like me but even better, even though most of them weren’t in the studio at the same time. We made it sound cohesive, and I’m very proud of that.” Although it was never planned, the band has currently started playing out live and gaining a loyal following – an unlikely twist to the original scope of the recording project.
Leading off with “No Exit,” a song Wilkinson wrote while on the road with Gravelpit during a Rocky Mountain region tour, Wilkinson’s distinct gravel and smoke rock pipes let you know this record is going to be a musical journey. Few artists can pull off a strong rock song like “No Exit” and later in an album write a country number, without having it sound out of place or forced. However, Wilkinson pulls it off with the banjo number “Someday,” a song he beams about when discussing. “The song is about acknowledging my own double standards and owning up to stuff rather than blaming it on someone else. Since this is somewhat of a new outlook, I decided to do it in a new style.”
And then there is the buoyant, summertime pop of “Sunshine Now,” written in Portland, at night, during rainy and dark weather, offering up a glimpse of warmth and clarity while the sky showered the city with sheets of rain.
A highlight for Wilkinson is the Lee Hazelwood cover, “Some Velvet Morning,” a subdued, yet inviting blurry-eyed number that pays tribute to Hazelwood while allowing Wilkinson room to commandeer it as his own. Same goes for “Crippled Mind,” a song penned by legendary Northwest songwriter Chris Newman for his post-Napalm Beach outfit Snow Bud and the Flower People.
The end result: Wilkinson accomplished what he wanted. He made a record that truly sounds like him, that he is unabashedly proud of, and the culmination of his musical past and history.
Visit Wilkinson Blades online at:Reverb Nation: http://www.reverbnation.com/wilkinsonblades
This summer, two of the biggest names in metal, LAMB OF GOD and DETHKLOK, will join forces for a 34-show North American tour kicking off on August 1 in Seattle, Wash. The three-time Grammy® Award-nominated band from Richmond, VA and the world’s most brutal animated death band from Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse animated series will shred their way through cities throughout in the U.S. and Canada ending September 15 in San Francisco, CA.
The upcoming DETHKLOK and LAMB OF GOD with GOJIRA summer tour marks the return of LAMB OF GOD to North American stages where they will support their latest albumResolution, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart when it was released earlier this year. As in tours past, Brendon Small, the co-creator and composer behindDETHKLOK, will bring the animated band to life on stage each night alongside an all-star band including the legendary Gene Hoglan, Bryan Beller and Mike Keneally. Building on the success of Dethklok: The Dethalbum and Dethklok: The Dethalbum II from Williams Street Records, Small is currently in the studio working on the band’s third album release scheduled for later this year. Additionally, new episodes from the fourth season of Metalocalypse currently air on Adult Swim Sundays at 12:15 a.m. (ET/PT).
Joining the co-headliners at each stop along the tour will be special guest GOJIRA, the French metal band that will perform songs from its upcoming album release, L’Enfant Sauvage, which will be released in the U.S. on June 26 with Roadrunner Records. Pitchfork describes the new album as “breathless and awesome.”
Tickets to the DETHKLOK and LAMB OF GOD with GOJIRA tour will go on sale beginning Friday, May 18 and will include the following stops:
|8/1/12||WaMu Theater||Seattle, WA|
|8/2/12||Queen Elizabeth Theater||Vancouver, BC|
|8/4/12||Big 4||Calgary, AB|
|8/5/12||Shaw Conference Centre||Edmonton, AB|
|8/7/12||Convention Centre||Winnipeg, MB|
|8/9/12||Eagles Ballroom||Milwaukee, WI|
|8/10/12||LC Pavilion||Columbus, OH|
|8/11/12||Heavy TO||Toronto, ON|
|8/12/12||Heavy MTL||Montreal, QC|
|8/14/12||Delta Plex||Grand Rapids, MI|
|8/15/12||Family Arena||St. Louis, MO|
|8/19/12||Midland Theater||Kansas City, MO|
|8/21/12||Congress Ballroom||Chicago, IL|
|8/22/12||Compuware Arena||Detroit, MI|
|8/23/12||Stage AE||Pittsburgh, PA|
|8/24/12||Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater||Charlotte, NC|
|8/25/12||Constant Convocation Center||Norfolk, VA|
|8/26/12||Pier 6 Pavilion||Baltimore, MD|
|8/29/12||Roseland Ballroom||New York, NY|
|8/30/12||Tsongas Arena||Lowell, MA|
|8/31/12||Toyota Presents Oakdale Theater||Wallingford, CT|
|9/1/12||Outside at the Electric Factory||Philadelphia, PA|
|9/2/12||Asbury Park Convention Hall||Asbury Park, NJ|
|9/4/12||Hard Rock Live||Orlando, FL|
|9/7/12||Bayou Music Center||Houston, TX|
|9/8/12||Sunken Garden||San Antonio, TX|
|9/9/12||Verizon Wireless Theater||Dallas, TX|
|9/11/12||The Fillmore||Denver, CO|
|9/13/12||Comerica Theater||Phoenix, AZ|
|9/14/12||Gibson Amphitheater||Los Angeles, CA|
|9/15/12||Bill Graham Civic||San Francisco, CA|
*Schedule is subject to change.