Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Chicago "sultry dirge" duo Redgrave premiere track from forthcoming debut, announce Midwest tour dates

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"A scorching new band... they play howling hard rock with undercurrents of doom and blues." ­-- Chicago Reader
"Sultry dirges"  -- Time Out Chicago 

"Imagine Alison Mosshart’s fiery howl mixed with Led Zeppelin’s demonic undertones pulled out of the noisiest depths of Daydream Nation and you can get a sense of what the Chicago duo Redgrave brings to the table." -- Consequence of Sound

Chicago duo Redgrave premiere the first single from their forthcoming debut today at Consequence of Sound. The cleverly titled barnstorming track "Dick Moves" is available to stream/download HERE

In anticipation of their Lovitt Records 5-song debut, National Act the band plays a series of Midwestern shows this month. Please see complete dates below.

Watch a live in-studio performance video HERE shot at the band's first ever live show. 

Vocalist/guitarist Angie Mead and drummer Stephen Howard generate a massive sound thanks to Mead's powerful, soaring voice and sludgy open tunings backed by Howard's refined rhythmic stomp. Redgrave's songs have the sort of smoldering intensity shared by PJ Harvey and Led Zeppelin alike that is hard to categorize, but immediately easy to feel. The duo's forthcoming EP, National Act was recorded by revered engineer Greg Norman (Russian Circles, Pelican) and will be available in June via Lovitt Records

Mead started writing and recording Redgrave songs in marathon stretches beginning August 2010 from her home in Chicago after furniture was moved into storage and replaced with recording equipment, drums and guitars. She sent these demos to Chicago musician Stephen Howard, whose work she'd admired as guitarist and drummer in Pinebender. A working musician since the age of 13, Howard had grown up playing local Chicago blues clubs; his teachers included Willie Smith, John Primer and Eddie Clearwater, his classrooms in music included stages across the U.S., Europe and Africa. Mead has always played a right-handed guitar upside down -- ­ a backwards model mimicking Albert King that roughens up her playing. But through playing with Howard, she discovered a way of singing that made her voice crest above his gale-storm drumming. They've been playing together as Redgrave since January 2011.

Redgrave released a 2-song 7" in Fall 2011 on Lovitt Records. Tim Rutili of Califone/Red Red Meat fame lends his guitar prowess to the track "Gone To Wither" on the single, with art design by David Yow of The Jesus Lizard. It was produced by Stephen Howard, recorded and mixed by Greg Norman at his studio in Chicago. Lovitt will issue National Act on 12" vinyl and download on June 12th, 2012. 

May  26    Chicago, IL @ Quenchers 
June 09    Chicago, IL @ Martyrs
June 13    Chicago, IL @ The Whistler (record release show)
June 22    Dubuque, IA @ The Lift
June 23    Clive, IA @ Bombay Bicycle Club
June 29    Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall (w/ Pelican, Anatomy of Habit)

Artist: Redgrave
Album: National Act
Label: Lovitt Records
Release Date: June 12th, 2012

01. Dick Moves (MP3)
02. Custom A (VIDEO)
03. Assault Song
04. Lik-M-Aid
05. Taunt

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