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Super proud to call Minnesota home, Brooklyn transplant AirLands is set to release their second full-length April 14th at Icehouse. AirLands is the post-indie rock moniker of Kevin Calaba (lead singer and co-founder of Stars of Track and Field) who, after a 5-year-stint with New York independent Wind-Up, suffered a severe meltdown when the big label dropped his band via text message. Calaba, living on a small lake in upstate New York and facing his third DUI charge at that point, got a call to be a mentor for a beta test of Paul Greenʼs Rock Academy. He spent the next year watching angsty teens effortlessly shred complex pieces from Page and Bonham, Jimi and Mitch, Zappa and Bozzio. A ‘tenderʼ and ‘preciousʼ indie-rocker from the Pacific NW, Calabaʼs sonic palette was subsequently obliterated. Also, sobriety finally stuck. Eventually turning to long time friend, collaborator and sonic guru Tony Lash (Elliot Smith, The Dandy Warhols), Calaba recorded what would become AirLandsʼ self-titled first release. Love and Exhale, a wistful B3-inspired composition, landed on Spotifyʼs New Music Tuesday as well as The CWs Vampire Diaries. AirLands played in and around New York City for 4 years, before finally deciding to depart the concrete chaos for a greener and more lakey Minneapolis. AirLandsʼ reimagined Minneapolis line-up features piano virtuoso Mike Vasich on keys and ethereals, Joshua Wentlandʼs jazz-infused psych drums and the melodic bassist, Matthew Heaney. Marlena Calaba joins for lilting harmonies and an occasional tambourine.
So Much to Keep, AirLandsʼ new album produced by Marcus Paquin (The National, Arcade Fire, Local Natives) and Yale Yng-Wong (Bear Hands, Chairlift), attempts to bridge the gap between familiar British icons (Peter Gabriel, Coldplay) and American contemporaries (Bon Iver, The National). Between moments of glitter and mist, the album dabbles in a more soulful space, yet remains grounded in Calabaʼs sturdy indie-rock roots. At odds with an inclination towards idealism, AirLandsʼ So Much to Keep is an artist fighting against himself.
“We just recently returned from a two week stay in Big Sur, California where we wandered the forest with a bunch of stoned out folk and worked on new material,” is the explanation for why I couldn’t find much info on Red Daughters’ Myspace about their new album.
Sounds like something my friends who are into jam bands would say, but Red Daughters are serving up some ballsy countrified rock-and-roll true to the Minnesota soil that bred Dylan. And, truth be told, I do prefer my bands wandering out in the woods rather than updating their Myspace. The debut album, Ugly Horses, is due out August 8th. -The Tripwire -
Boozy and woozy late night country rock meant for smoky bars and bong ripping buddies, local quintet Red Daughters drop their debut album tonight at the 331 Club. The type of band that makes joint trips to Big Sur to "lose ourselves and write some tunes," the group's hit upon a hazy winning formula as evidenced by the strength of songs like "Old Time Gold," an organ soaked song that approximates the Band in all its down home goodness.
I suggest you catch these dudes in town while you still can. They seem the type that would split to the woods for the weekend and never come back.. -More Cowbell-
Regardless the twangy, organ-heavy jams are a breath of fresh air in Minnesota where it seems the forecast is heavy on the hip-hop, 80’s synth-pop and dork-folk. Red Daughters fit the bill to catch waves on The Current but would also fit nicely in the middle of KQRS airplay.
“Red Daughters are serving up some ballsy countrified rock-and-roll true to the Minnesota soil that bred Dylan.” -Tripwire