Waylon Speed Releases Second Album
You don't expect something like outlaw country or hints of old southern rock coming out of Vermont, but it does. Following their 2012 release, Valance, and a seemingly endless two-year tour, Waylon Speed has announced their next album. It's called Kin and it's out June 24 on WS's own label, Crow on Ten Records in North America and everywhere else.
Kin features guest/producer Mark Spencer of (founding member of Blood Oranges and with Son Volt now) giving the album shimmer and heart via pedal-steel and piano. The album was produced by Spencer, and co-produced by Grammy Award-winning sound engineer Brian Thorn. It was recorded at The Magic Shop in NYC, engineered by Thorn and Chris Shurtleff in November 2013.
Listen to songs from KIN
Video for "Until It All Ends"
Waylon Speed has captured their onstage energy within the studio environment on Kin. What makes this record unique is the offerings from Spencer and Thorn; sonically and creatively, Kin highlights Waylon Speed's best work to date. Crossing genres seamlessly from pedal-steel driven alt-country to full-driven rock, the album ends with "Demons" a slow and powerful song that highlights the true heart of the band.
Bassist and vocalist, Noah Crowther reveals, "Amongst some brief improvisational moments on Kin, "On A Wire" was the only song written within the studio environment. This isn't common practice for us and we believe this track has a unique feel as a result," Crowther adds
The LP will be available digitally and in compact disc form. Considering Kin was recorded at The Magic Shop using a full line of vintage equipment, joined with the timeless album artwork designed by Burlington artist Sarah Ryan, "It only seems appropriate to release it on vinyl," Crowther adds. Kin features 11 new tracks. The first single "Until It All Ends" can be heard at www.waylonspeed.com.
Of the new album, the band says Kin refers to the amazing family that Waylon Speed has become and created over the years. After all, the band is named after guitarist Reverend Hammaker's son, Waylon.
Waylon Speed is on tour in support of Kin taking them across the United States throughout August, 2014.