Denton, TX quartet The Demigs stream their forthcoming 20-song 2xLP in its entirety starting today. Listen and please share BELOW. The band take to the road for shows throughout the region over the course of the next three months. Please see current dates below. The Demigs previously released the tunes “Arches” and “Melamine.
The Demigs are somewhat both an anomaly in and spiritual heirs to their home state’s mixed musical traditions. While listeners can hear elements of classic American indie rock like Pavement and The Apples In Stereo and the noisy, art-tinged pop of celebrated New Zealand “Kiwi rock” bands like The 3-Ds and The Clean, there’s also some of Texas’ warped psychedelia like Roky Erickson and The Golden Dawn along with the slightest hint of the region’s legendary blues-rock. There’s inasmuch a healthy cynicism and cleverness to the lyrics as there is an unaffected innocence to the quartet’s forthcoming third album Welcome to Hard Times.
The 20-song double LP is an expansive collection of hooky tunes allowing the band to stretch out just enough to explore lush soundscapes alongside their taut songcraft without ever collapsing into excess. The Demigs run their own recording studio, Shady Lane at which guitarist Alex Hastings engineered the band’s latest album. The cover art for Welcome to Hard Times was created by writer/guitarist/vocalist Chris Demiglio, which was also curated for an art exhibit. It’s this DIY approach that gives the band its own unique aesthetic and ability to hone the album’s meticulous sound.
Since forming in 2006, The Demigs have dedicated themselves to crafting song and sound. Called “a criminally overlooked jewel of pop artistry” and “without peer,” The Demigs combine the intensity of their live shows with the magnetic attraction of their studio albums – Yardling (2007) and Cities Can Wait (2011).
Welcome to Hard Times is being released in conjunction with I Love Math Records and will be available on 2xLP, 2xCD and download on April 14th, 2015.
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01. Welcome to Hard Times (Vacant Houses)
02. Crossed Out Names
05. Paisley Desert
06. Long Runs the Fox
07. Everything is a Weapon
09. Pushers & Pullers
10. Henry & Maggie
11. Mr. Timer
12. Any Other Pattern
13. Distress Signals
14. Dead By Monday
15. One Light Year from Now
17. Athena Goes to War
19. Welcome to Hard Times II (Black Cat/White Ghost)
20. Monochrome Blues
THE DEMIGS LIVE:
04/25 – Norman, OK @ Norman Music Festival
04/28 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
05/07 – Denton, TX @ Dan’s Silverleaf
05/15 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Blue Note Lounge
05/16 – Norman, OK @ Red Brick Bar
05/29 – Ft. Worth, TX @ Shipping and Receiving
06/04 – Shreveport, LA @ Tiki Bar
06/05 – Monroe, Louisiana @ Trial Bar
06/06 – Jackson, Mississippi @ Ole Tavern
06/12 – Dallas, TX @ 3 Links