WALLOWS: LIVE AT THIRD MAN RECORDS Out Now
Third Man Records is excited to release the excellent live recording of Los Angeles-based indie rock band Wallows' Blue Room performance. The 12" LP is now available for purchase HERE, and can be downloaded via iTunes and Amazon.
Wallows made a stop by the Third Man Blue Room in Nashville on their first ever North American headline tour in early 2018, to play and record a set, in front of a sold-out audience featuring songs from their debut EP Spring. Featuring Dylan Minnette and Braeden Lemasters on guitar and vocals and Cole Preston on drums, the group commands a sunny brand of indie rock reminiscent of the breezier side of The Strokes' catalog.
The recording kicks off with enthusiastic screams and chants from the impassioned crowd as the band hits the stage, and the energy continues until the very last note is played. Notably, they cover material featured on their EP such as single "Pictures of Girls," but also perform songs that were previously only available exclusively as digital singles like their debut track "Pleaser." Thus, this 9-song live LP is the only way to enjoy these songs on your turntable, heard here with their absolutely requisite full-crowd enthusiasm.
Wallows are an overnight sensation that took almost 10 years - and more than their requisite 10,000 hours - to connect with an audience. Working together as only longtime friends could, the group went through several iterations, with various degrees of success. In the early 2017 the group - having not even decided on a new name - recorded four individual tracks with their good friend, North Dwarf Records' Stefan Mac in his Lake Forest, CA, studio. The reaction to "Pleaser," "Uncomfortable," Pulling Leaves Off Trees" and "Sun Tan" was immediate - Zane Lowe debuted both "Sun Tan" and "Pulling Leaves Off Trees" on his Beats 1 Radio show; "Pleaser" picked up more than 5 million streams, landing at #2 on Spotify's Global Viral 50 Chart and topping KROQ L.A.'s Locals Onlyplaylist. Sold-out shows at L.A.'s The Roxy and Troubadour, San Francisco's Slim's and the Mercury Lounge in New York were followed by a headlining national tour that put them in the major labels' crosshairs, ultimately signing their first recording contract with Atlantic Records.
The EP Spring, the band's Atlantic Records debut, was produced by Grammy award-winning producer, engineer & mixer John Congleton at L.A.'s famed Sunset Sound. The first single, "Pictures of Girls," sports a post-punk/dance-floor fervor inspired by the Smiths, New Order and The Cure. "Ground" features a Louisiana swamp-riff-turned R&B vibe, while the Beatlesque "Let the Sun In" is embellished with Flamenco trumpets and Abbey Road flourishes alongside the bright, SoCal harmonies of "These Days." "1980s Horror Film" was penned by Braeden as an homage to his favorite '80s scare flick, Halloween IV, setting the scene with its tongue-in-cheek, lyrical opening, "She was only 17/Oh, why are girls in songs always 17?"