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Fanatic Promotion



About Fanatic:

Fanatic Promotion was established by Josh Bloom in 1997 as a one-man operation with a passion for building fan-to-fan connections between artists and the media.

Since that time, Fanatic has established a reputation as a taste making and sales driving agency where Josh continues to communicate about the new artists of today that he believes you should be talking about tomorrow.

Read more about Josh and Fanatic here.

Sep 20 '14
The March Divide - I Told You So

“I haven’t been taking everything so seriously, which really helped me to open up,” says Jared Putnam of The March Divide of the new material on “Billions,” the band’s upcoming second album, out October 21st.

Fans of The March Divide will find the new tunes less earnest, but still completely clever. This is evident of the album’s first single “I Told You So,” an uproarious “fuck you” tune about the personal motivation that comes from facing opposition.

“My favorite songs are always old school, messy guitar rock like early REM or Catherine Wheel,” Putnam says of the song. “That’s really what we were going for with this one.”

Sep 16 '14
Tremor Low - Solemn People

Oakland-based trio Tremor Low is currently recording its debut EP, with the single “Solemn People” being the first track to emerge from the sessions.

“All of the bands in our rehearsal complex are doom and death metal bands,” says Tremor Low’s Don Bellinger about the song’s genesis. “So, one day we were caught off guard when we heard someone playing some incredibly new-wave sounding chords.  We were inspired, struck up a friendly conversation, and asked if we could have them.”

The end product is a bleakly romantic song which channels equal parts Morrissey and Cormac McCarthy. “Solemn People” is the culmination of a year-long songwriting experiment that has seen Tremor Low mature from a group of guys that met on the internet and into a band with a broad emotional range.

Sep 15 '14
Andrew St. James - Tapes

"I wrote ‘Tapes’ right about the time we finished (the debut album) ‘Doldrums,’" explains 19-year-old singer-songwriter Andrew St. James of the first song taken from his upcoming sophomore release, "The Shakes".  "This is perhaps why the song has that same gritty, home spun sound."

St. James continues, “At its surface, the song is about falling in love and letting it happen before the self-protection sets in, snuffing it all out.”

Having had some time to sit with the tune in the year since it was composed, St. James says he’s been able to sort it out a little more than that.

"I see now that ‘Tapes’ is perhaps an expression that with less comes more, the direct belief that in truth we have nothing to live up to except the inevitable peace of death."  Referring to the recurring theme of "the chapel" within the song ("For the chapel I see in you"), St. James explains that the chapel is a real place that represents this idea.

"It’s a small, stained glass chapel that stands on the edge of the coastal forest, with a clear view of the Pacific Ocean. Anyone who steps inside of it is consumed by silence. The highway can not be heard through its walls. It has always been a place of peace, a place of solitude and simplicity."

St. James continues, saying, “In a world where everything is sold, and nothing held sacred, this place seems removed from it all. It represents the beauty in simplicity and the relief found in being forgotten for a while. Perhaps it is only our responsibility to diverge from the the systematic organized norm and truly experience what we can with the modest time we are given,” he concludes. “Just a thought.”

Sep 12 '14
Negativland - Right Might

RIGHT MIGHT, a selection from Negativland’s new double album “It’s All In Your Head,” is a goofy riff on imperialism (and minimalism), war mongering, and intolerance. But what is the origin of the “found sound” voices used to make it?

Years ago, Negativland was contacted by an insider at the Disney corporation who had access to the entire audio archives of Disneyland and Disney World. He was a fan of the group’s work, and asked us if we wanted anything from the Disney audio archive.

"Hell, yes!" Negativland replied. "Send along anything from Disney attractions that are long gone, or any audio out-takes, bloopers, background sounds, music cues, etc." Soon, the group received a custom-made set of almost 100 CD-R’s, an unbelievable treasure trove of great material – all completely unheard by the outside world – for Negativland to pick from.

One of the tracks was the raw and un-edited recording sessions for “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln”, an attraction that Disney first opened in 1964 at the New York World’s Fair, and was later moved to Main Street in Disneyland in 1965.

"Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" famously became known as the world’s first Audio-Animatronic robot, and what Negativland had on its hands was a recording of actor Royal Dano, the voice talent for the Lincoln robot, heard being directed and cued by the producer of the recording session for the attraction.

Negativland took that never-meant-to-be-heard session and severely re-edited it into what you now hear on RIGHT MIGHT.

Sep 4 '14
Salme Dahlstrom - Love + Shine

"Relentlessly hooky and ridiculously accessible." - Entertainment Weekly

The Wall Street Journal dubbed musician Salme Dahlstrom a “music licensing queen” when, like Moby before her, she managed to license every track from her 2008 album The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade to various corporations and television programs.

At the time, Dahlstrom, who produces, performs, edits, and mixes all of her tracks herself, was not only just getting noticed, she was just getting started. “C’mon Y’All,” one of catchiest numbers on an album of catchy numbers, eventually received prominent placements in major ad campaigns for CoverGirl, Suave, and Kellogg’s that ran on primetime network television for months.

While managing what inevitably became a highly successful licensing business, Dahlstrom continued to do the work that got her there, and will now release “Pop Propaganda Volume 2: Retro Funk Soul Junction” on September 16th, 2014. Entertainment Weekly recently premiered the first single “Pop Ur Heart Out,” with Huffington Post picking up the remix.

Next up is the single “Love + Shine”.

"I had the title first," Dahlstrom explains. "It was going to be a love song, but I wanted to write that age old story from a new perspective."  She continues, "So I stepped forth as a cocky, wide-eyed optimist with the opening line, ‘As a self appointed expert on the politics of love…’ It’s a new character, at least for me!"

Aug 14 '14
Simon

Living somewhere between Vespertine, Dummy, and Dark Side of The Moon is NYC-based four-piece Una Lux. Do the artists behind these iconic albums need to be identified in order to evoke the feelings their music creates? Probably not, as the tone of each of these classic records is individual enough—just like the music of Una Lux, arriving with a sound that speaks for itself and possibly you as well.

This can be heard for the first time when the “slippery gravity” of the first Una Lux single “Simon,” featuring the unforgettably clarion vocals of singer Kelso Norris, is released on August 26th. The sound of “Simon” is rare: beautiful but troubled, futuristic but immediate, mysterious but universal.

“I’ve always felt ‘Simon’ was about the need to be heard, no matter who you are or what your mental state is,” Norris says. “Simon just wants someone to understand him.” The track will be followed by its official music video, and Una Lux is also now finishing its debut EP with a release date to be announced soon.

Intimate and yearning, this first group of Una Lux songs are being brought to the surface by producer Nick Sansano (Sonic Youth, Public Enemy, Le Tigre), who began working with the band in 2013 after recognizing their idiosyncratic style and ability to translate the human condition into something timeless.

Aug 11 '14
Salme Dahlstrom - Pop Ur Heart Out (SpekrFreks Mix)

The Wall Street Journal dubbed musician Salme Dahlstrom a “music licensing queen” when, like Moby before her, she managed to license every track from her 2008 album The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade to various corporations and television programs.

At the time, Dahlstrom, who produces, performs, edits, and mixes all of her tracks herself, was not only just getting noticed, she was just getting started. “C’mon Y’All,” one of catchiest numbers on an album of catchy numbers, climbed Billboard’s Dance Chart and eventually received prominent placements in major ad campaigns for CoverGirl, Suave, and Kellogg’s that ran on primetime network television for months.

While managing what inevitably became a highly successful licensing business, Dahlstrom continued to do the work that got her there, and will now release “Pop Propaganda Volume 2: Retro Funk Soul Junction” on September 16th, 2014. The new six-song collection is preceded by the single “Pop Ur Heart Out” on August 5th, 2014, accompanied by a trio of remixes of the track by SpekrFreks, DJ Phunkae, and Quadrat Beat on August 26th, 2014.

About “Pop Ur Heart Out,” Dahlstrom says, “I felt like bringing some soul and poetry to the party. I used organic instruments - piano and acoustic guitar - and mixed them with glitch effects and Kaoss Pad to give it an electronic edge. It’s one of my new favorites!”

The first remix available from the collection is a glitchy take by San Francisco-based crew, SpekrFreks (www.spekrfreks.com). Consistently found in Beatport’s Electro and Dubstep Top 10 charts with their productions, SpekrFreks spend their days providing soundtrack music for Disney, ABC, MTV, and other major networks.

Jul 25 '14
Salme Dahlstrom - Pop Ur Heart Out

The Wall Street Journal dubbed musician Salme Dahlstrom a “music licensing queen” when, like Moby before her, she managed to license every track from her 2008 album The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade to various corporations and television programs.

At the time, Dahlstrom, who produces, performs, edits, and mixes all of her tracks herself, was not only just getting noticed, she was just getting started. “C’mon Y’All,” one of catchiest numbers on an album of catchy numbers, climbed Billboard’s Dance Chart and eventually received prominent placements in major ad campaigns for CoverGirl, Suave, and Kellogg’s that ran on primetime network television for months.

While managing what inevitably became a highly successful licensing business, Dahlstrom continued to do the work that got her there, and will now release “Pop Propaganda Volume 2: Retro Funk Soul Junction” on September 16th, 2014. The new six-song collection is preceded by the single “Pop Ur Heart Out” on August 5th, 2014, accompanied by a trio of remixes of the track by SpekrFreks, DJ Phunkae, and Quadrat Beat on August 26th, 2014.

About “Pop Ur Heart Out,” Dahlstrom says, “I felt like bringing some soul and poetry to the party. I used organic instruments - piano and acoustic guitar - and mixed them with glitch effects and Kaoss Pad to give it an electronic edge. It’s one of my new favorites!”

Jun 6 '14
Redvers - Cycle of Welcome

"Quietly Dramatic." - Exclaim

RIYL: Pink Floyd – “Goodbye Blue Sky,” Beck – “Guess I’m Doing Fine,” Iron & Wine – “Naked As We Came”

Recorded in one sitting at San Francisco’s Tiny Telephone, “Truth In Silence” is the just-released debut album from Justin Gill, the Australian songwriter behind Redvers. A prolific artist, Gill is already returning to the studio, having arrived back in the U.S. as of this week to record his follow-up.

"If we concern ourselves with the news, the world can seem remarkably bleak," Gill says when asked to talk about "Cycle of Welcome," the latest single from "Truth In Silence." "But life and it’s struggle is beautiful, and I think to struggle is good. It’s a display of effort towards something pure," he says.

Gill continues, “I was introduced to Eastern philosophies and meditation by my father at a very young age and that helped me embrace the comings and goings of life with simplicity. With politics and religions currently rife with conservative dogma, a lot of people seem to roll their eyes at the words ‘meditation,’ ‘truth,’ and especially God,” he proclaims.

Ultimately, Gill says, “‘Cycle of Welcome’ is about struggling together, and experiencing this crazy world together. My philosophy is simply love. Love is beyond criticism.”

Redvers arrives onto the music scene at a time when the world needs more heart and less noise, and Gill delivers this between the notes of the undulating rhythms and unassuming, visceral prose of his debut album.

The sound of “Truth In Silence” couples the quiet inspiration and literary backdrop of Gill’s majestic Blue Mountain hometown and the realization of his dream of recording in America.

“I was stunned at how quickly it happened, but it all just poured out,” Gill says of the recording experience, captured in just one sitting. “Truth In Silence,” produced by Ian Pellicci (Deerhoof, John Vanderslice, Wooden Wand), is out now.

May 22 '14
Loves It - Dancin'

“‘Dancin’ is about the journey of a young emotionally vulnerable woman who goes out to find love and to try and fufill her potential,” explains Jenny Parrott of Austin-based band Loves It. “More specifically, it’s an autobiographical song about my first love, my music, my dreams and the loss, crisis and ultimate resolution that followed.”

Parrott continues, “My first love was a wonderful musician who invited me to move away to Nebraska and front my first band. It felt like someone had given me the helm of an awesome fireworks show. The problem was that everyone seemed to notice that he was an alcoholic but me. I was 19-years-old, and had been raised by an alcoholic mom with similar behavior.”

"My Dad didn’t want me to go," Parrott says, "But my boyfriend was the first to see the singer and songwriter in me that I wanted to see in myself. But, when he wasn’t sober, he did the things that we know addicts do and I didn’t manage to face it until the end. My Dad saw this from the beginning, but I was so caught up with being in love."

She concludes, “I was blind at the time, but in the end there was resolution: the song ends on a compromise between father and daughter where he shows his love and approval by buying her dancing shoes. I dreamed my Dad took me shopping, and it meant that everything was okay and he could rest somewhat assured that I wouldn’t make any more horrible romantic decisions. In the actual dream the shoes my Dad bought me were bright orange platforms!”

"Dancin’" is the latest single from Loves It’s current "All We Are" album, which, coupled with the duo’s non-stop touring (over 200 shows a year), has attracted the attention of Rolling Stone, Austin’s NPR affiliate KUTX and daily paper the Austin Chronicle, Daytrotter, airplay from Vin Scelsa’s legendary ‘Idiot’s Delight’ radio program and features from Pollstar and the UK’s R2 Magazine since its release in 2013.

Bandmate Vaughn Walters says of the songs sonics that he “Wanted it to have a Steve Earle Guitartown-era kinda feel with a heavy backbeat on the snare and acoustic.”

Loves It is currently finishing up a video shoot for the song and will announce a slew of tour dates in the coming weeks. The band’s “All We Are” album is out now via Team Austin Records.