August 19, 2010

The Gay Blades - Savages of The Dance

The Gay Blades headline Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ, Friday night. Their new disc, "Savages," comes out in October.

The trash-funk duo went into its new disc, “Savages,” “unfettered,” according to singer/guitarist James DeanWells - paying homage to Spoon, Passion Pit and MGMT with the horny hip-shifting lead single, “Try To Understand.” The tandem headlines Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave., Asbury Lanes) Friday night with this record expected to be full of surprises for fans – including a large contingent of Trentonians who’ve witnessed their road-weary rock-out sessions at McGuinn’s Place and The Mill Hill Basement the last several years. No one really knows what to expect from New York’s next big thing, as The Gay Blades have become infamous for genre morphing from garage to folk to alt-pop and dance-rock. “Luckily, we don’t fit into any one scene or genre, so our fans aren’t small-minded about our sound,” said DeanWells stumping the record’s Oct. 5 release. “One of my idols, Beck, puts out records that couldn’t be more disparate from one another, but because he consistently puts out good-sounding records, people love them all.” Show starts at 8. Cutesy pop wonder kids, The Narrative, and Person L play, too. Tickets cost $12. 18-plus.

Here's the full press release with a full track listing:

As NME puts it..."Prepare to have your love defribulated by the raw, garagey sound of these two reprobates, with more saw-riffed swagger than a dog with two dicks and a cougar's yowl. Clark Westerfield and Puppy Mills are bad, bad men and we love 'em."
NEW YORK - Over the past three years, The Gay Blades have built an international following on their side-stepping demeanor, their unpredictable live shows and, of course, their unhinged manic sound. But while their fan base is still marveling at how the larger-than-life duo can fill aural spaces so completely as a two-piece, the band is ready to unveil their sophomore album, Savages, which promises to astonish both their current devotees and future fans alike. Savages is out October 5th via Triple Crown Records/ILG. Go to and send a tweet in exchange for a free download of the first single, "Try To Understand." It can also be downloaded directly HERE. Feel free to post "Try To Understand" on your website or blog as a free download.
Since the release of their debut album, Ghosts, lead singer/guitarist James DeanWells AKA Clark Westfield and drummer Quinn English AKA Puppy Mills have experienced extraordinary life changes, which have consciously and unconsciously shaped the songs on their impressive new album. Specifically, Savages is the amalgamation of the emotions behind relentless touring, the band’s hometown of NYC and the passing of Wells’ brother Ian Savage Wells.
“This record was the next step for our band,” Wells says. “On Ghosts, we were creating with this almost adolescent air of irreverence, but with Savages we are just trying to be unfettered. We can't worry about what this record is supposed to be, only what we want it to be – a collection of trashy rock songs that speak as much to the music we love as it does our own personal chemistry as a band.”
The Gay Blades holed up with producer Dean Baltulonis (The Hold Steady, Lissy Trullie, Goes Cube) in his Queens, NY studio, where they experimented with fuller instrumentation and live recordings. The result is an unapologetic pop record adorned with a mosaic of luscious string arrangements, boisterous horns, gorgeous harmonies and surprising synths and programming. While Savages is clearly more evolved than Ghosts, Wells has faith that it will appease his fans.
“Luckily, we don't fit into any one scene or genre, so our fans aren't small-minded about our sound,” he says. “One of my idols, Beck, puts out records that couldn't be more disparate from one another, but because he consistently puts out good-sounding records, people love them all. Truthfully, though, the only thing he and I have in common is that we both look really good in a suit and can dance like a white James Brown.”
Savages is an eclectic mix of songs, which cannot be defined by any one genre, but does pay homage to artists such as the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Adam Ant, Spoon, Wilco and Weezer. “Rock N' Roll (Part I),” the album’s emblematic opener, kicks off with scathing guitars and commanding drums, writhing in true Gay Blades fashion. The horn arrangements make their most prominent appearance on “Try To Understand,” a song about “the patience we need to love those who test our love the most,” Wells explains, adding, “it’s a monster of a song, and it might be my favorite on the record.”
The Gay Blades have toured throughout the US and Europe sharing stages with the likes of Cursive, MGMT, The Black Lips, Matt and Kim, Ra Ra Riot, Jack's Mannequin, Juliette Lewis and Electric Six, but with all that they’ve accomplished, the band simply wants to continue creating music that will make a mark. Armed with their compelling new album, it won’t be difficult. “When we can't identify with someone else’s lifestyle, we assume that they’re missing something intellectually and emotionally,” he reflects. “But when you assume you're the missionary, I can guarantee someone else considers you the savage.”
Savages Track Listing:
1. Rock N' Roll (Part I) 2. Try To Understand 3. Puppy Mills Presents 4. Mick Jagger 5. Why Winter in Detroit? 6. November Fight Song 7. Too Cool To Quit 8. Shadow's Like A Ghost 9. Burns and Shakes 10. Wasted On The Youth 11. Every Night Is Like A Revival

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