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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.

Apr 8 '14
Early Morning Rebel - War On Love

What is a war on love? Nathan Blumenfeld-James of Los Angeles-based trio Early Morning Rebel explains that the band’s new track bearing that title is about “Loving someone enough that you are willing to be wrong for the sake of being happy. It’s about sacrifice and compromise.”

The tune is a good look into the dark pop of this group that generated lots of attention for itself in 2013 after the previous Early Morning Rebel single “Life Boat” was featured on “Grey’s Anatomy”. The resulting accolades for the track saw Early Morning Rebel becoming a go-to band in the fashion world when it was discovered that their style extended beyond their sound.

"Life Boat" is the title track of the new Early Morning Rebel EP, scheduled for released on April 29th, 2014. Blumenfeld-James, along with bandmates Dustin Bath and Joshua Mervin, are also filmakers who shoot, produce, direct, and edit their own videos (though you’d never guess it considering the strength of the production values!) The "War On Love" video is coming soon.

Apr 8 '14
Red Wanting Blue - Black Canyon

From the forthcoming album “Little America” out 7/1/2014 from Fanatic Records.

Speaking musically, Red Wanting Blue leader Scott Terry says of “Black Canyon,” “I wanted the song to have the youthful confidence of ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ by Tears For Fears and the power of Bob Mould’s ‘Hoover Dam’ off of Sugar’s Copper Blue.” As for the song’s theme, Terry explains, “I was taken by the ending of Tim Burton’s ‘Big Fish’ where the father is carried to the river’s edge by his son, smiling and waving to all of the friends and family that have gathered for his final moments. What a stunning and magnificent end to a life! I look at ‘Black Canyon’ as some kind of triumphant epitaph for myself. It represents our own fervent galloping into the sunset. This song is my way of saying, ‘We will not go softly into that good night.’“

Apr 1 '14
Redvers - Laughing At Rainbows

"I happened to walk past a church," says the Australian singer-songwriter Justin Gill, who goes by Redvers. "The was a sign out front that said ‘God puts rainbows in the sky’ — I was rather intrigued by the statement."

Gill’s intrigue inspired the song “Laughing At Rainbows,” the first single from the upcoming Redvers debut album Truth In Silence, out June 3rd.

Gill remembers that the tune’s music was written during a heavy rainstorm, so heavy in fact, that the sound of the downpour made it onto the demo recording.

"When I listened back it sounded beautiful, so I decided that rain had to be put on the track," Gill explains. "I know that rain sound effects have been done to death, but I felt I had to remain faithful to that initial meeting with the song."

As for the actual title, Gill says “I don’t remember actually writing the lyric ‘laughing at rainbows,’ but maybe I subconsciously ripped off Buddha, who said ‘When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.’”

Mar 25 '14
The March Divide - Washed Out

“‘Washed Out’ isn’t a song about regret or apologies, it’s the exact opposite. Things are fine just the way they are, and I’m not really ready for what’s supposed to come next. Maybe someday, but until then, leave me alone. I’ll be the man I’m supposed to be, later.” - Jared Putnam, The March Divide

Mar 18 '14
Early Morning Rebel - Shallow Breath

Nathan Blumenfeld-James of Los Angeles-based trio Early Morning Rebel refers to “Shallow Breath,” the band’s new single, as “A forbidden love song inspired by The Smiths, ‘Goodbye Horses,’ and great American murder ballads.”

The tune is a good look into the dark pop of this group that generated lots of attention for itself in 2013 after the previous Early Morning Rebel single “Life Boat” was featured on “Grey’s Anatomy”. The resulting accolades for the track saw Early Morning Rebel becoming a go-to band in the fashion world when it was discovered that their style extended beyond their sound.

"Life Boat" is the title track of the new Early Morning Rebel EP, scheduled for released on April 29th, 2014. Blumenfeld-James, along with bandmates Dustin Bath and Joshua Mervin, are also filmakers who shoot, produce, direct, and edit their own videos (though you’d never guess it considering the strength of the production values!) The "Shallow Breath" video, a "love story between a girl and a skeleton," according to Blumenfeld-James, is coming soon.

Mar 3 '14
Andrew St. James - A Prayer For East Oakland

“He possesses remarkable lyricism and self-awareness.” – Interview
“’Doldrums’ is nearly overflowing with clever lines and lyrical intricacies.” – American Songwriter
“This kid is headed for big things.” – USA Today

Incorporating a beyond-his-years lyrical vision with a unique gift for melody-making on Doldrums, Andrew St James is emerging from the fog-enshrouded misty hills of San Francisco’s Twin Peaks. His music lands firmly in the alternative folk world, but displays a real knack for timeless songwriting skills that have already been noticed by MTV Hive, Interview, SF Weekly, USA Today, American Songwriter, and Performer Magazine among others.

Produced by St. James himself along with veteran Bay Area producer Jim Greer (a platinum record recipient for his work with Foster The People), Doldrums is out now via the Island Jar/Fortune label. Here, St. James speaks frankly and candidly about the inspiration behind his song “A Prayer For East Oakland”.

“The lyrics to ‘A Prayer For East Oakland’ are formed around Psalms in the New Testament. The song was originally a poem I wrote after a childhood friend of mine was murdered during the summer of 2011 outside of his home in East Oakland. Watching the homicide rate in the city rise almost exponentially during that time made me frustrated with how little people around me knew or cared about the violence in a community so close to our home.

There were 110 reported homicides in Oakland during 2011, rising to 131 in 2012. Almost every night of those two years, the first ten minutes of the nightly news would be attributed to reports of gun violence in Oakland. Reports of toddlers being shot and killed in random acts of violence were forgotten along with the weather report. The memory of those 241 people, the majority of them African-American, has been lost on the outside world, disregarded by people of privilege and forgotten by people with power.

It is easy to see that the class system, along with ingrained racial discrimination in this country has disenfranchised the African-American community, creating a pattern that makes it significantly harder to strive for the rights deemed unalienable by the Constitution. Held down by the crumbling education system and a loss of faith in the defining American value of equal opportunity, those who die in the American Ghettos are only memorialized by those first ten minutes of nightly news, and deemed unimportant by the American public.

The casualties of poverty are widely misunderstood in a land where the struggles of economic opportunity are foolishly attributed to racial culture, and subsequently swept under the rug. In communities like East Oakland, it is easy to see that the African American community has been abused, and is today still abused, by systematic oppression in the highest, most obvious degree.” – Andrew St. James, January, 2014

Mar 3 '14
Peelander-Z - Killer Thunder
Feb 12 '14
I Am The Albatross - Strugglin'

"It’s whiskey in the morning, gin and tonic at noon. Pulling down the blinds in a motel room…"

"Strugglin’" is the first single from the debut EP by the trio of Austin-based musical veterans that collectively form I Am The Albatross. The song begins as a stumbling, lost soul’s barroom lament before exploding into a blistering barn-burner, with a protagonist who dejectedly sneers at the hopelessness of the apocalyptic times he has found himself in. "Strugglin’" propels itself forward on a high-speed, borderline polka, gypsy groove and eventually bursts into full on punk-rock fury.

"The song is an exaggerated expression of the feelings of imprisonment and tension that we all experience in times of financial and emotional insecurity. Everyone at some point in their life may find themselves trapped in a dark, windowless room (figuratively, hopefully), just searching for a crack in the wall where a tiny bit of light might be shining through," explains band leader, Jesse Berkowitz.

Feb 12 '14
Mount Pressmore - Vice-Presidential Material

• “Their jazz-juiced convoultion is gentle, not orotund. Pretzel logic redux?” – The Big Takeover
• “The lineup draws together four highly-skilled players.” – Relix
• “It’s virtuosic, but it feels familiar. Zappa fans will hear a little bit of Frank.” – KUTX, Austin
• “Called ‘an indie rock Steely Dan’ by more than one pundit, and with good reason.” – BLURT
• “Jaw-dropping chops.” – Maximum Ink
• “An ideal amount of technicality and accessibility.” – The Aquarian Weekly

Already being compared to Frank Zappa, Talking Heads, Steely Dan and Peter Gabriel, the “chop-pop” of Austin’s Mount Pressmore is just that: addictive earworms played with the utmost technical proficiency.

“Music was his religion,” says band leader Thomas Shaw of his father Robert Shaw, the 14-time Grammy winning conductor who brought his son up amid technical exercises, music theory, and classical recitals. “Then I heard Oscar Peterson and I was blown away,” Shaw remembers. He soon found B.B. King, James Brown, Led Zeppelin, and Fela Kuti. Shaw’s unique musical education liberally colors “Enjoy,” Mount Pressmore’s debut album. All of the album’s compositions were charted and performed live by this schooled quartet, which in addition to Shaw, includes fellow New York Collective School of Music classmate, Kris Studebaker, along with bassist Alexei Sefchick and guitarist Danny Anderson, both graduates of Boston’s Berklee School of Music.

“There are three voices at play in the lyric,” Shaw says of “Vice-Presidential Material,” the latest track from “Enjoy.” “They are those of the commoner, the candidate, and the fourth estate. The candidate’s refrain, ‘I know what it’s like,’ aspires to solidarity with the commoner; towards the conclusion, the language, rendered perfunctory, reverberates and ends within the echo chamber.” Shaw continues, saying, “‘Counterfact’ is an invented word, made up for rhyming purposes; a contraction of ‘counterfactual,’ a conditional statement, whose nature would inherently contradict a bold expression thereof. Modal shifts in the bridge and the coda also seek to convey the more conflicted aspects of a political ambition, as well as the fears and anxieties that such a pursuit might engender.”

"Enjoy" by Mount Pressmore is out now on the band’s own Pressmore Records.

Jan 22 '14
Take Berlin - The Fog (Kate Bush Cover)

"I was in my early 20´s when I discovered Kate Bush’s music at a public library in Berlin," says Yvonne Ambrée, one half of the Berlin / Brooklyn-based duo Take Berlin. "That was back when the internet didn´t provide all the music in the world for free, so I would borrow everything that interested me."

The duo, which in addition to Ambrée’s hypnotic voice features the vocals and guitar of Jesse Barnez, recently put its sonic stamp on one of Ambrée’s favorite Kate Bush tunes “The Fog”.

"I used to listen to it on the subway watching the grey of the Berlin winter pass by," Ambrée remembers. "I always thought one day I would like to sing that song, and many years later in Brooklyn, I remembered those foggy winters and this song." Barnes wasn’t familiar with Kate Bush’s music before Ambrée suggested the cover, but he immediately connected with how important it was to his bandmate.

"When I heard it, I immediately realized that Yvonne was really influenced by Kate. The original song has alot of production, but I ended up writing an arrangment on the guitar that was more in the style of bossa nova. Maybe our arrangment is actually a tribute to Kate Bush and Joao Gilberto!"

"I guess you either love her voice or you don’t, but for me it was love at first listen," Ambrée concludes.