Thursday, June 7, 2012

Redgrave premiere powerful new song in Consequence of Sound interview

"(Redgrave) bring the heavy back to the blues -- but not in some obvious, Jack White kind of way.These blues are the scary kind... Angie Mead's powerful wail is enough to bristle the hairs on the back of your neck." ­-- Alternative Press
"Sultry dirges"  -- Time Out Chicago 

"The Chicago duo takes Sleep’s Holy Mountain, PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me, and The Dead Weather’s Sea Of Cowards and melts them all down into a five song EP that just incinerates everything in its path. " -- Consequence of Sound

Chicago duo Redgrave premiere another track from their forthcoming debut today in a featured interview with Consequence of Sound. The powerfully stomping and gracefully shimmering song "Taunt" is available to stream/download HERE

In celebration 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. Also, check out the barnstorming first single from National Act, "Dick Moves" streaming HERE

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. 

June 09    Chicago, IL @ Martyrs
June 13    Chicago, IL @ The Whistler (record release show)
June 22    Iowa City, IA @ Gabe's
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 (MP3)

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