Hushdrops' first album, Volume 1, came out in 2003, and while the band has never stopped playing live shows no new material appeared … until now. There are few veritable music geniuses in Chicago—there are many talented folks in the scene but only a small percentage are truly visionary—but the argument could be made that Hushdrops' singer/guitarist John San Juan is one of them. When you pair his encyclopedic knowledge of music with his ability to play just about anything he lays his hands on, add the steady bass playing of Jim Shapiro and the tornado drumming of Joe Camarillo, you get something truly unique. Pair that with the band's near obsessive—O.K., fully obsessive—attention to detail and you can see why it took their new album Tomorrow a decade to grow into what it's become and get released into the world.
Visionaries tend to not make small statements, so Tomorrow is a sprawling double album that reaches into all corners of the musical world while always hewing closely to San Juan's distinctive voice and style. There's a lot of '60s and '70s rock in here, a deluge of pop and psychedelia, but there's also a manic punk underpinning driving much of the music. I suppose one could describe Tomorrow as today's version of Maximum R&B.
Since Tomorrow is a double album, it's best listened to in a single listen. Taking in the music at the appropriate doses only leads to euphoria; taking the whole thing in one sitting without breaks between sides can lead to a happy exhaustion. Its construction also makes it difficult to parse one song's virtue over another's as the music is meant to wash over you and lead from one wave into the next. As we were trying to pick apart the virtues of "Have We Gone Too Far," a beautifully surging gem of pop, we found that the follow up thunderous crush leading into sweet melodies that is "Find Her" only amplified the previous song's power. So wait, this is truly what an album is supposed to do! Songs comment upon and strengthen each other and aren't simply placed in order of descending possibility of single release? What a concept! And so on and so on, all throughout Tomorrow.
It isn't lost on us that an album titled Tomorrow would take so many of its cues from the past, right down to the rather unexpected move of recording this ambitious collection of songs entirely in mono. But if that's the context you view something like this in you're missing the whole picture. Hushdrops has used every bit of their own grasp of musical history to create something so perfectly put together it can only exist just over the horizon of our expectation. This is truly an album that exists somewhere outside of the present, an album for tomorrow.
Well, it's a cold and snowy night, here in Lizard Central, and we wanted to update you all on what's been shakin' with the band so far this 2015. It's been a rewarding and busy January, doing shows at the Intermission, J's UW-kellner, the Hotel Mead and Lake Arrowhead. The shows have been ferocious and tight, and the band is musically moving forward all the time. The lineup is as cohesive as we've ever been, and we are starting to work up songs for our NEXT - yes, NEXT album, and have about 10 songs ready to get serious about. The songs are coming from all of us, and I think you'll dig the direction we are going with this one. We can't (won't) let you know too much right now but, if you get to our winter/spring shows, we are playing some of the new material to get a feel for it live.
We are also super excitied to be sharing the bill with our good friends THE HUSHDROPS from Chicago this April 4 at the Wildhorse Saloon in Kellner. The Hushdrops are touring in support of their new release "Tomorrow", a gorgeous, fuzz filled two-disc MONO killer of an album. We'll have more info from the 'Drops soon and we'll get you links to their album downloads, (although the vinyl is worth savoring if you can)! This is a not-to-be-missed show!! Check the schedule page for info as we get it.
So, lots of upcoming gigs, hitting the studio (when we're not sick with colds, flu and shingles...), and writing original tunes, and a few new tasty covers as well. What could be better?
The Lizardz' EYEBLINDER For Sale EVERYWHERE
Vinyl now in stock!
We are pleased and humbled by the response and support of "Eyeblinder", our first album on Zard-o-Fone Records, and the debut of all original tunes by the Lizardz and friends! We are busy stocking vinyl for your listening pleasure, and have mechandise available at the shows.
We are being featured on blueoystercult.com and are really excited to be offering our music at C Note Music in Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Inner Sleeve in Wausau, WI (Thanks, Mike!), Deaf Ear in LaCrosse, WI, Strictly Discs in Madison, WI, (Thanks Angie!) RadioKAOS in Stevens Point, WI and Mad City Music Exchange in Madison, WI. Also available at The Exclusive Company in Appleton, Oshkosh, Green Bay, and Janesville, WI, Heid Music in Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Deaf Ear Records in LaCrosse, WI, Go Johnny Go Records in White Bear Lake, MN Revival Records in Eau Claire, WI (Thanks Billy!), and The Vinyl Cave in Superior, WI (Thanks Toms!) Whew.
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