Blugold Radio is proud to share the brand new single “One Step Closer” from singer songwriter James Ignacio. The song features Jeremy Holt on lead guitar and a brass section comprised of Ignacio on alto saxophone, Connor Pietrzak (UWEC Jazz 1) on trumpet, and Sue Orfield on tenor sax. “One Step Closer” will be on Ignacio’s upcoming album “Making the Most of It”, which was recorded at Pine Hollow Audio and is due for release in early 2018. Listen to the track below.
BIO: “This California native along with his guitar croons love songs, the blues and more. With a background in a variety of styles plus a degree in Music with a Jazz Emphasis, James, a student of the saxophone, has carried his love of improvisation and song writing over to belting out songs along with his guitar.”
Check out the new hard driving single “Hard Learner” by local band Orenda Fugue and your day will officially be made.
Band Bio: At Orenda Fugue’s core is Sean Hanson’s idiosyncratic songwriting. In coercion with the other members, Orenda Fugue strives to compose vocally driven originals encompassing thick, atmospheric guitar riffs and tones (Sean and Dan) and a rhythm section comprised of Alex Vang and Ben Peterson. We strive to distinguish ourselves from generic, standard structures of modern rock music while incorporating our own flavors of resigned dynamics and vocal harmonization.
In moments of turmoil those of us who are perhaps not as artistically inclined often look to those who are…they can give voice to what we’re thinking and feeling in a way we never could. It’s a gift, and it’s some small solace and comfort in the midst of uneasy times.
This new song from Caitlin McGarvey is one such track. Caitlin had this to say about “Fire”, her new single that is out today:
“My experience writing, recording and releasing ‘Fire’ has been a whirlwind to say the least. It came out all at once Wednesday morning and it’s crazy to me that with the help of some amazing people (local music engineer Justin Anderson, fellow musician Phil Faucett and Blugold Radio) I’m able to release it to you barely 48 hours later. I’m so grateful to be able to use this privilege to send out an important message at this important time in our country. A message holding everyone accountable for speaking out against beliefs and actions that are undeniably wrong. It’s up to all of us to make real change and to leave this world better than we found it. To admit we’ve been wrong and to learn from our mistakes. I hope this song can be a small catalyst for this type of change.”
Just last month locals Dames released their first new music in a few years with the debut of “Wrangler” (listen here) and now the band (made up of Dan Boetcher, James Ignacio, Evan Middlesworth, Jeremy Holt, and Adam Harder Nussbaum) is ready to share their second single: “Riding The Rails”.
Dames’ Dan Boetcher on the new track:
“The song was written by band member/Bassist
Jeremy Holt way back in 1998. After Dames started writing/performing more songs on the country side of life Jeremy suggested listening to ‘Riding the Rails’ and it was instant harmony (and harmonies). It was such a well-crafted song that everyone just plugged in and it was pretty effortless from there. Dames pumped out two songs in one recording session with pedal steel player Bronson Borgerson in May. Adding long time friend of the band Phil Cook was the perfect finishing touch on a song we are super excited about. Phil was kind enough to take time out of his schedule while here for Eaux Claires to sprinkle a little magic all over this song. He is playing banjo, slide guitar, harmonica, and piano which puts an emphatic stamp on Dames’ latest effort.”
“Riding The Rails” is embedded above! Give it a listen and then make plans to hear it live at any/all of the following upcoming dates:
July 28th at the Mousetrap with Snifter– 10pm
July 29th at the Potter’s Shed in Shell Lake, WI– 7pm
The Rattlenecks’ new album, Heart Lies (releasing June 4th 2017), brings an eclectic mix of songs to the listener. There is truly something for everyone. The title track boasts modern indie vibes with classic pop sensibilities; the lyrics are delivered via tight three-part harmony that hints at an interesting dissonance that never fully materializes. Sunday is a track that sounds as if The Byrds and Tom Petty got together for a sweet, one-time only collaboration. Foghorn Love Affair is a ballad with a classic Motown feel, it somehow manages to feel fresh and familiar at the same time. Behind The Vault features lush soundscapes, unique rhythms and a Prince-like vocal cadence. Double Barrel Belfries is a pop rock love letter written to a snow covered Eau Claire, WI. Lost is a beautifully performed acoustic number with pedal steel lines that seem to float like ghosts in the ether. Lovin’ You is a smile inducing, tongue in cheek, whimsical rocker. If We Don’t Jump is a toe tappin’, sittin’ around the campfire on a summer night with a beer in your hand kinda tune. And closing out the album is Feeling My Way Through The Dark – a barroom ballad drenched in despair yet it leaves the listener with a sense of hope and new beginnings.
BAND BIO: “LASKA from Eau Claire, WI provide the perfect soundtrack for embracing the beauty in pain. Songwriting sisters Hannah, Becca and Mookie weave influences of Alternative, Americana and Desert Rock with raw emotion in their songs. They are all confident vocalists knowing what each will bring to the table to sing lead, but also support one another with beautifully hard-hitting harmonies. Topping off the harmonic sheen is an instrumental arsenal including violin, guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele. Combine this with an unapologetic rhythm section in tow and the whole of this band is far greater than the sum of its parts.”
While there are a million words I could write about the authenticity that Matt Vold, Matthew Mabis, Emily Jensen, Matthew Haapala and Josh Ingersoll bring to the table with Pit Wagon and the new album “Well” that is not needed here.
Please enjoy this album both at work and then afterwards with a sip or two of your favorite beverage. It will go down nicely both times.
After buzzing around open mics and house shows in Eau Claire with a utility belt of heartfelt acoustic pop tunes, Wisconsin’s own Caitlin McGarvey is finally debuting her solo recorded material in the form of the Bigger EP. These are four songs polished by McGarvey’s engaging live show over the last couple years, and was recorded at Pine Hollow Studio and Toy Car Studio in Eau Claire with engineers Evan Middlesworth and Justin Green, respectively.
McGarvey’s been singing and playing music since she was 13 years old, in different forms. Most recently, she’s honed her style at local open mics, and released dozens of covers on her YouTube channel and Soundcloud account. Bigger showcases the young songwriter’s knack for penning infectious pop hooks paired with lyrics that reflect on the nostalgic pangs of loss, the pressing darkness of regret, and the compelling thrills of love. Bigger finds McGarvey grappling with these themes – attempting to slash the overgrowing brush and establish a strong path forward.
The production of Bigger takes her solitary songs into the clouds with live strings, bass, drums, deft harmonies, and a tasteful amount of reverb – truly taking these songs and the emotions bottled within to bigger heights and bigger depths. Bigger is a lucid sign of what’s possible with enough perseverance, patience, friends and collaborators.
McGarvey says: “Bigger is a fairly self-explanatory EP in that everything about it is bigger. It’s something that no one has ever heard from me before; there are bigger sounds, bigger harmonies and bigger emotions. The improvisational components in the writing and recording process made for a truly unique musical experience. It was exhilarating to just throw everything at the wall and find the beauty in the chaos. It’s vulnerable and empowering all at once in a way I think people really relate to as it follows a narrative story through heartache and discovery.”
McGarvey is independently releasing Bigger to the world on March 17 with her full band at a release show in downtown Eau Claire at The Plus, joined by D. Janakey and Savannah Smith. Doors open at 7pm with a $3 cover.
Blugold Radio is proud to be helping debut brand new music from local artists Two Castles and Sniffle Party!
Two Castles and Sniffle Party make lo-fi dreampop songs in Eau Claire Wisconsin. Mixing future beats with reverb-y flourishes, neo-noir synths, thumping bass, dazzling arpeggios, and haunting vocals, the two musicians are carving out a distinct sound you don’t find much around here. Two Castles released an EP called “Night Talk” in January – three moonlit songs that lash out with lo-fi tones and brood with nocturnal synths. Sniffle Party debuted her stunning EP Peach Dream in April (produced by Two Castles) – an infectious set of four dreamy, yet dark synthpop anthems, each track bringing bursts of 80s pop punch, hazy summer vibes, and a soulful and stirring voice.