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Friday, December 19, 2014

Local Releases: Solo Albums & Quick Productions

New releases from The Hung Ups, 90s Television, DiseNgaged and more

Posted By on December 19, 2014, 1:51 PM

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The local album-release schedule is picking up steam as we have seven new online albums to talk about, as well as a release show happening this Saturday. We’ll start with Tyler James Lewis, a country-folk singer/songwriter who has been primarily performing solo. The majority of his work is just him and a guitar or a banjo; he’s a pretty good one-man show in that respect. He put together his debut album, Presentism, in the fall, with only a few people helping add to the music in certain areas. You can download it for free off Bandcamp right now.

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While we’re focusing on solo artists, next is the latest from Brad Thomason. The Kaysville-based musician is the complete DIY package; writing, performing, recording and producing everything on his own from his house with no support from anyone else. His debut album, Insomnioclaustroshack, came out in January 2013 and got some minor attention but not a lot of airplay on local radio. His sophomore album, Welcome Back to the Sound, shows real progression over the near two-year span since his first album was released—it's definitely worth checking out. You can download it for whatever you’d like to pay on Bandcamp.

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Moving into the experimental, we have the debut EP from Faces In Mountains. This is a small collective of anonymous friends who mix together alternative and hip-hop beats with voice samples for some interesting combinations. You can download their first EP, Brain Slave, for whatever you’d like to pay on Bandcamp.

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Switching up to punk rock, we have the latest album from The Hung Ups. The band has gone through several changes over the past few years, including losing a guitarist in 2013 around the time they released their last full-length album, Against the Wall. The trio are back with a brand-new full-length called Lovesick, recorded over literally a weekend last week at Archive Recordings by Wes Johnson. The CD version will be out in January, but you can download it for whatever you’d like to pay on Bandcamp.

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While we’re looking at rock, we also have the latest album from 90s Television. The four-piece group from SLC are best know for their colorful live shows, but their dream-pop-mash music has earned them a cult following in the punk scene. All three of their previous full-length albums have been produced in a very quirky manner, including adding the hiss you'd hear on a cassette recording to give it that 90's vibe. Their new EP, Bad 4 the Tooth, is no exception but seems to contain more cohesion, almost with a They Might Be Giants quality that feels like the band are finding their groove. You can download it for whatever you'd like to pay off their Bandcamp page.

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Switching to alternative, we have the debut album from Standing Solo. This is a five-piece band that has been around since 2007, but hasn't really been active in the local concert circuit or, till now, recorded an album. Standing Solo released their debut EP, Roots, which you can purchase for whatever you’d like to pay on Bandcamp.

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Looking at acoustic rock, we have a sub-release from Tavaputs. I say sub-release because their real full-length album, Unresting Event, is due out in February 2015, so this is more of a supplemental album to give you an idea of what’s to come. If it is truly a sample, Their Secret Names is pretty damned good. You can download it for whatever you’d like to pay on Bandcamp.

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Finally, we get to the release shows. We have only one this week, featuring the heavy-metal band DiseNgaged. The five-piece South Jordan-based group have been together for nearly five years now, and during that time they've released an EP (The Path to Hell) and a full-length album (Hazardous). The group have been hard at work since summer to put together their latest release. The band will be releasing their new EP, Mass Grave, tomorrow night at Kilby Court, with Ossatura and Delusion of Godhood opening the show. Tickets are only $7, and doors open at 7 p.m.

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