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We are positively giddy to announce the release of Side A of our second album, Vanish Line. This record features all original songs ranging from alt-country-infused live favorites like Stammer to RL Burnside influenced romps like Firewater. Check it out at our bandcamp page and be sure to preorder the full-album CD, due out on National Record Store Day of 2013!
Side B will be released sometime late this winter (well, late winter in the northern hemisphere) followed by a full-album CD release on April 20th, the aforementioned National Record Store Day.
We’re also playing at the Iron Frog tonight with none other than one of our very own most favorite honorary auxiliary Mobjack members, Niles Krieger. Niles has been wood shedding in Northumberland with a veritable who’s who of the England folk music scene, and while he does tend to go on and on about the recent and very unpleasant “harrying of the North” he is a fine musician and a welcome addition to any Mobjack set.
Gig information is available on our Facebook Page. Come down and celebrate with us both our release and Niles brief return Stateside!
Thank you again to everyone who has helped us make this record and a special thanks to everyone who has waited so patiently while meticulously put it together. It was long process and we put a lot into it, and we sincerely hope that you all enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it!
We’ve launched a Bandcamp merchandise page and reissued a long-time favorite, the Mobjack Rising Sun t-shirt.
This is, of course, in preparation for our upcoming album release. We’re in the final process of tracking and will announce a release date once we’re into the mixing phase of the project. Scott Heistand’s been laying down some silky-smooth pedal steel tracks that would melt even Loretta Lynn’s heart. Suffice it to say that this record, in its current, raw, un-mixed form, sounds something like a cross between ringing justice and angels singing.
Can said skills pay the bills? You be the judge.
We’ll be adding additional merchandise to the page periodically and you can either check in to see what’s new there or sign up for our email list. We usually send out an email every six weeks or so and you can unsubscribe any time.
Be sure to check in with us again in a month or so for another merchandise of our best selling (and for our audience, perhaps most needed) item: SOAP!
An anecdote from the hinterlands of northern England:
Friend: Hi, Niles Krieger, I understand you are from America and play American music.
Niles Krieger: Why, yes, I am from America and I do play American music.
Friend: Do you have any suggestions for bands I should listen to to broaden my appreciation of Americana?
Niles Krieger: Well, what have been listening to thus far?
Friend: I have been listening to Mobjack on Spotify. Have you heard of them?
Niles Krieger: Indeed, I actually played on their first album. Look no further, Friend.
And so it was that Niles discovered Mobjack’s first admitted international fan. The odds of him bumping into this person are astronomically low: fate?
Check out Mobjack on Spotify and get your fix too!
In other news
Mobjack continues work on their follow album. The tracking process has gone very well thus far and we’re looking forward to mixing it up. Stay tuned!
Keller set up shop in a practice room over New Year’s and tracked for about 5 days straight. Niles Krieger, Justin Tosti and Matt Brady all stopped by for moral support and to help lay down some sick-nasty tracks.
As you can see, we’re making good progress on our sophomore album and hope to have some downloads ready around June. Thanks for all your support and be sure to stop in and see us at the Iron Frog on February 10 in Simbsbury, CT.
It’s been a long time coming, but we are finally taking a break to work on our second album! After a busy summer gigging schedule, we are going to kick back and take a month or two to track and mix.
The new record will feature a few live standards that fans have come to love including Stammer and Northern town, as well as some brand-new Keller Glass originals and a few songs that didn’t make the first effort, Clean Slate.
We’d like to take this opportunity to take stock and thank a few people who’ve helped us tremendously over the past year and who, by and large, haven’t been thanked nearly enough for all they’ve done to keep this thing going: Dan Mattchet for his tireless work on the first album; Dave Stillman for his getting us started and his continued influence on the band’s sonic pallet; Niles Krieger for continually bailing us out of tight situations and adding his virtuosic musical talents to those few, delightful shows that he can make; Will Violette for his ever-so-tasteful contributions to our early work; Cristofer Osden for his engineering work on our first album; Dan Anthony for helping fill out the sound and then moving to California by way of Poland, which makes sense I guess; Charlotte Greene, Ryan Leggett, Scott Tingley, & Coco Tremaine for their generous photography work; John Groo for giving us a home; Dru Sanders and David Slitzky for their thankless technical support; Hartford bands Little Ugly, Heirlooms, String Theorie & Sunspots for making the Hartford music scene the wonderful, supportive place that it is; Mike Hamad for filling in for Frank and for his critical eyes & ears; and, most importantly, to our wives for putting up with the late-night gigs and rehearsal sessions.
As you can see, making fine roots-rock Americana is labor intensive and is not the kind of thing that five guys can do on their own. A lot of people have helped us out along the way and we didn’t want to wait for an album cover to thank each and every one of you. It means a lot to us. Thank you.
We’ll touch base again when we’re narrowing in on a release date and we’ll surely post some pictures of the recording process along the way. Stay in touch and wish us luck on our recording endeavors!
Rob Ashley, Keller Glass, Scott Hiestand, Steve Phillips, Frank Quinn
By ERIC R. DANTON
9:20 p.m. EDT, July 7, 2011
Hartford band Sunspots describes its sound as an amalgam of “the rusting factories, odd urban centers and dairy farms of Connecticut.” We also would have accepted “catchy pop-rock with a touch of soul.”
The band formed in 2009 when singer Kevin Scott recruited musicians (by knocking on lesson-room doors in the local music store where he worked) to play in what started as a country-folk act in the style of M. Ward or Dr. Dog. Sunspots has since veered in a poppier direction undercut with subtle experimentation, as documented on the band’s new self-titled debut.
Recorded by guitarist Matt Sargent over seven months in sometimes unusual locations — the band touts a reverb effect captured “in the hallways and stairwells of a borrowedSamuel Clemens-era Hartford mansion” — the album collects seven songs ranging in length from 2 minutes to more than 7 minutes.
“Rainy Days” pairs chiming guitars with understated keyboards, and adds what sounds like a little horn riff before Sargent’s guitar solo brings the song home. Scott sings through an echo effect surrounded by layers of bold guitar on “Wrong This Time,” while melancholy electric piano and somber bass drive closer “Fade You Out” into an epic guitar-soaked outro that builds for close to three minutes.
Scott sings in a smooth, polished voice that’s occasionally too refined for rock ’n’ roll (opener “New Century” would benefit from a touch of vocal grit), but he never lacks for expressive tone and he’s a natural at locking into close harmonies with Sargent and bassist Alfredo Grado. Charlie Dye rounds out the lineup with low-key versatility on the drums.
Together, they’re off to a promising start on “Sunspots,” a welcome addition to what’s beginning to look like a long-overdue rock resurgence in Hartford.
Sunspots plays a CD-release show with Little Ugly Saturday at Sully’s Pub, 2071 Park St., Hartford. Doors open at 8 p.m.; there’s a $5 cover. Information: 860-231-8881.