release date: 04-10-2019
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"Retrofuture" is the band's sixth full-length (their second on Rise Records) - it arrives a full two decades after their first album. Produced by Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Old Crow Medicine Show, Lucero), the LP’s concept is elaborated on by frontman Nick 13:
“Retrofuturism is generally a visual aesthetic, but it got me thinking, it’s the perfect description for our sound! The gear and instruments are mostly 1950s and 60s, but while the tones may be classic, we’ve always tried to push into uncharted territory musically with each release. So the idea behind this record was to create our version of what someone might imagine future rock ’n’ roll sounding like, but from the perspective of the mid-20th century”.
Brimming with vintage fuzz, tape echo and reverb, the album’s thirteen tracks weave stylistically through vintage punk, garage and rock ’n’ roll, while still maintaining a curious modernity as influences from Latin music to surf shoot through like satellites in the night sky.
Present as always are the band’s signature melodicism and 13’s ethereal vocals. "Retrofuture" follows last summer’s "Dark Paradise" EP, the title track being the trio’s take on the Lana Del Rey song. The EP drew on midcentury surf and exotica music, while the visuals reflected a love of Tiki subculture. The single received airplay on KROQ in Los Angeles and various specialty radio stations around the country. The release was supported solely by two sold out shows at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles as the rest of the year was reserved for writing what would become the new LP.
TRACKS: 1. Prelude: Tercio De Muerte 2. Beyond the Veil 3. Last Ride 4. Valentina 5. The Past Will Always Be 6. Devil That You Don't Know 7. Death Card 8. Sundown 9. Eyes of the Night 10. Mi Amor La Luna 11. Black Neon 12. Night Flower 13. Shadowlight