Talk Talk: Widowers return, Kill Paradise offers free album, free beer at UMS, more music newsBy Julio Enriquez | July 20th, 2012 | No Comments »
After a two year hiatus, Mike Marchant tells Reverb that Widowers are back in the business of making music. Widowers are nearly done recording their new album and Talk Talk caught up with lead singer Marchant to get the deets and why there will be no Widowers UMS show this week. On the upside, TT has two new tracks from Widowers for y’all to enjoy. Photo via Julio Enriquez.
How did the new album come to be since you guys weren’t gigging together anymore?
Widowers stopped playing live over two years ago, despite never really announcing a breakup. The band members and I are really good friends, but we had different projects to tend to. I was in Houses, Cory Brown is half of Hollagramz and Bryan Marcus is in Tjutjuna, to name a few. The timing worked out really well because we were in between things. When I initially started writing a Widowers album a couple of years ago, it ended up being too folky, so I decided to make it a solo effort. While writing, I wanted my efforts to reflect a full length instead of a bunch of EPs.
Ultimately, we would like Widowers to make that move towards electronic and psychedelic. I wrote most of the album on a piano, despite it not being my best instrument. By doing so, the piano wasn’t going to allow me to rest on my laurels and follow up on familiar chord changes. The new album has a collective feel to the process in the same approach as Broken Social Scene. Mark Weaver (bass player) is helping arrange the new material and Josh Trinidad plays trumpet.
When can we expect the new album?
Seventy-five percent of the album is done and we’re looking at a late fall release. We’re self-releasing the album, but we hope it gets picked up.
What’s the deal with UMS?
Unfortunately I won’t be doing any performances at UMS this year. I was involved in a car accident six weeks ago and my ribs are still healing. We’ve had multiple opportunities to play great shows, but have had to decline as a result.
Time and Akira the Don do their best Walter White impression
Unless you’ve been under a rock or have zero access to the Internet or cable television, AMC’s “Breaking Bad” has been churning out some of the best Television since HBO’s “The Wire.” Whip-smart rhyme dropper Time has teamed up with Akira the Don to give one of my favorite series a major head nod with their track “Full Metal Alchemist (i Walter White).”
Kill Paradise offers “Glitch” for free
Melodic electro-rockers Kill Paradise have great news for fans. What rhymes with “tree” that everybody can use more of in life? The latest album from the duo, “Glitch,” is available for free download over here.
Camp Fest 2012
The UMS is this week, and that means we’re right around the midpoint of summer. Chances are you’ve been too busy to make it to the mountains to go camping or see any of the beautiful scenery our fair state has to offer. Not to fret. Camp Fest 2012 is here to rescue you from those city town blues for one last hurrah over Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 2) in Georgetown, Colo. If the flyer is any indicator of the campgrounds, it appears that the festivities will be taking place at the Garden of Eden. Talk Talk favorites Air Dubai will be headlining the festival, check below for the rest of the lineup. More acts are likely to be added. Head over here for more information.
Camp Fest 2012 Lineup
Air Dubai // Signal Path // My Body Sings Electric// Crushendo
James & the Devil // London Dungeons // Green River Vibe // Myke Charles
Myke Charles // Dropswitch // Roniitt // Digi // DJ Large Child // DJ Bedz // Technicolor Tone Factory
Human Agency // Mada // DJ Wushu // DJ Bedz Fabric 8 // Nick Abramow // Manos
Astronomix // Digital Beat Down // Mouth // DJ Quote // KDJ Above // Kemistry // No.Mad //
Chuck Lepley // Greenie // NA’AN Stop // The Malai Llama // Branded Bandits // Godlazer //
Charles B // Lula Granji // Rkade // Rick Yale // GUNFNGR // Kommon Interests
You can UMS even without fully UMS’ing
UMS is a four day marathon, and if you can endure all four days and still stand, you’re probably younger than me. We want to reward our readers with a free keg of Breckenridge beer. Think of it as a pit stop in a long race where you get all four tires changed. But get there early, because we’re looking to float the keg pretty fast. The Reverb Recovery Rooftop takes place over at the Irish Rover starting at noon on Saturday, July 21 with your party host, TheHundred.
Julio Enriquez is a Denver writer and photographer, editor of the Cause=Time blog and a regular contributor to Reverb.