New Audio: Slow Season’s Subtly Modern Yet Led Zeppelin 4-Inspired New Single

Comprised of Daniel Rice (vocals, guitar), David Kent (guitar), Hayden Doyel (bass), and Cody Tarbell (drums) , Visalia, CA-based quartet Slow Season has developed a reputation for a sound that nods towards the classic rock sound of the 60s and 70s — and for a relentless and exhausting touring schedule; in fact, last year, the Central California-based quartet went on an extensive summer tour with RidingEasy Records labelmates Mondo Drag and Electric Citizen and managed to find the time to record their forthcoming effort Westing, which is slated for a July 8, 2016 release.
Westing was recorded in DIY-like fashion like their previous efforts on reel-to-reel at Tarbell’s home studio in the middle of a cornfield, the band went through a quick and immediate process — with the album being tracked between mid January and the middle of February and then mixed to 2-track tape. And although their recording process hasn’t changed much, as the band’s drummer and primary recording engineer Cody Tarbell explains in press notes the new album is “a different album. But we never wanted to find a particular sound or any one thing and be attached to it permanently. A big part of our records is experimenting.” While cementing the band’s reputation for being sonically ambitious, Westing‘s material is thematically ambitious as well, with the album lyrically following “a loose narrative about our nation’s loss of innocence as it explores its frontiers re-contextualized in a story about an unnamed protagonist faced with choosing between different ideological allegiances and his own social identity,” as the band’s frontman Daniel Rice explained in press notes with each song following “the unholy trinity of greed + power + violence, the injustice wrought from this, persisting in willful ignorance and reaping what is sown.” In some way, the album’s thematic arc seems to capture the general tone and feel of contemporary conversations about institutionalized racism, institutionalized gender inequality, inequality in general and social justice — and although it’s thematically intense, it’s still backed by layers of towering power chords that will drive you wild . . .
“Y’Wanna,” Westing‘s first single pairs a shaggy yet extremely tight IV-era Led Zeppelin meets Down on the Upside-era Soundgarden-like groove with towering and buzzing power chords, a blues-leaning solo, a complex rhythm and falsetto vocals — and although deeply indebted to a familiar and beloved classic rock formula but with a subtly modern spin without removing the bluesy oomph and kick of its source influence.
You can catch the band live throughout a rather extensive tour schedule during May and June. Check out tour dates below.
05/18 Santa Cruz, CA @ Blue Lagoon
05/19 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
05/20 Oakland, CA @ The Golden Bull Bar
05/21 Grants Pass, OR @ G Street Bar & Grill
05/24 Portland, OR @ The Liquor Store Bar
05/25 Seattle, WA @ Funhouse
05/27 Boise, ID @ The Shredder
05/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
05/29 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
05/30 Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge
05/31 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
06/01 Indianapolis, IN @ Bent Rail Brewing
06/02 Kent, OH @ Stone Tavern
06/03 Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooski’s
06/04 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
06/06 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
06/07 Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
06/08 Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club
06/09 Nashville, TN @ FooBAR
06/10 Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone *
06/11 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia *
06/12 Hattiesburg, MS @ The Tavern *
06/13 Shreveport, LA @ Bears *
06/14 Texarkana, TX @ Arrow Bar *
06/16 Oklahoma City, OK @ Blue Note *
06/17 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
06/18 Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
06/19 San Antonio, TX @ The Mix
06/22 Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Taproom
06/23 San Diego, CA @ The Merrow
*w/ Dirty Streets