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A year after the release of his first feature film, Lovely Still, Nik Fackler traveled through various parts of North and South America during a promotional tour. It was during this transient period where Nik found himself immersed in a creative “awakening.” Fackler wrote song after song in hostels, hotel rooms, and campgrounds, drawing inspiration from the brief encounters and connections that occurred in his everyday life. Through musical expression, Nik discovered a realm that he has named “Dreama,” in which the human condition is explored and underscored by the affinities of being. Read more…
This October, Tilly and the Wall launch a two-month headlining tour supporting their first new record in four years, ‘Heavy Mood,’ out Oct. 2 on Team Love. To celebrate, the band has released the new, bittersweet song,
pour le village
Die Pfalz is the name first given to the village of New Paltz in 1678 by the French Huguenot settlers who made the trip to New Neatherland in search of greater religious freedom. Die Pfalz, the album, is a collection of songs by four local musical acts. Shana Falana is an experimental psyche pop band with roots in San Francisco and Brooklyn. “In the Light” is their debut EP. Breakfast in Fur is a four piece with an excellent 10-inch EP on Analog Editions. They blend indie folk with early indie pop; layers of drifting vocals and quality hooks. Cycad is electronic dance artist Chris Utzig. His previous work includes the LP “Before Melting Highways,” and he’s featured on the Love Riot Remix EP (TL61). Bloodletters is a sweaty guitar band that dwells in the tradition of 1970s gut rock. The four bands, though often on the same bill and often in the same bar, have very little in common sonically. What draws them together is a knack for making exciting music. All four artists are unique, but hearing them together paints a picture of a town with a vibrant music scene that is supportive of its local talent. It is Team Love’s wish that this album becomes a document the local community can be proud of, and a vehicle by which these artists can find a larger audience and share their charms with the greater masses.
Following an eventful four years which found Tilly & the Wall rising to the national stage with appearances on ‘Sesame Street’ and ’90210,’ the beloved quintet returns with a fierce new album, ‘Heavy Mood,’ out October 2 on Team Love. Produced by Mike Mogis and featuring collaborations with Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Clark Baechle (The Faint) and Shane Aspegren (The Berg Sans Nipple), ‘Heavy Mood‘ is the band’s most adventurous album to date. Listen to the explosive lead single “Love Riot” here:
‘Heavy Mood‘ was written and recorded over a period of life changing events for all five members; Derek Pressnall, Jamie Williams Pressnall, and Kianna Alarid Cameron got married and all three had kids, while Nick White and Neely Jenkins moved to Los Angeles (Nick joined his friends’ band The Young Veins and Neely moved to LA to teach yoga, and began teaching online classes for Taiwanese students).
Mirroring this change, the ten new songs of ‘Heavy Mood‘ explore new musical palettes without losing the exuberant spirit that launched their acclaimed debut album, ‘Wild Like Children.’ By blending their signature stomps, taps and hand claps with electronic beats, using electric guitars to build thicker walls of sound, and embracing a fearless approach where love and aggression equally thrive, Tilly & the Wall make ‘Heavy Mood‘ their most eclectic album to date. The in-your-face title-track “Heavy Mood” embodies their playful spitfire, while the reverb-drenched “Baby Guns” attacks with Spector-like production and harmonies. The haunting ballads “I Believe In You” and “Let Go” shift into electro-pop, while album closer “Defenders” epitomizes their new vision: “Absolute freedom is to be unafraid, fearless,” says Kianna Alarid.
Tilly & the Wall made their late night TV debut on ‘Letterman’ behind their sophomore album, ‘Bottoms of Barrels,’ and, since the release of 2008′s ‘O,’ Tilly’s breakout singles- “Beat Control” and “Pot Kettle Black”- have been featured in countless blockbuster movies (‘Whip It!,’ ‘Observe and Report’, etc.), major network TV shows and commercials. More recently, the group sang on She & Him’s ‘Volume 2′ single “In The Sun.”
Stay tuned for the release of the “Defenders” music video, US tour dates and more.
Tilly & the Wall are:
Kianna Alarid Cameron
Jamie Williams Pressnall
‘Heavy Mood‘ Tracklist:
- Love Riot
- Heavy Mood
- All Kinds of Guns
- Static Expressions
- Thicker Than Thieves
- Hey Rainbow
- I Believe In You
- Echo My Love