The Black Keys Meet Sublime On Skunkmello’s Debut Full-Length Album, Stars & Stripes, Coming September 16
- First single ‘Stars & Stripes’ streaming now on RSLblog.com, available via iTunes July 1
June 30, 2014 – Skunkmello, a three-piece blues-rock band based in New York City, is set to release their debut full-length album, Stars & Stripes, on September 16 via the Moped Music label. Combining the urgency and simplicity of The Black Keys with the feel-good, genre-bending summer vibes of Sublime and the singer-songwriter storytelling of country-folk troubadour Townes Van Zandt, the record underscores and celebrates the tradition of rock and roll with brazen irreverence.
The album’s first single, also titled “Stars & Stripes,” will be available for purchase via iTunes on July 1 and is streaming now on RSLblog.com [http://www.rslblog.com/2014/06/stars-stripes-by-skunkmello.html]. It was also featured on this week’s edition of Outlaw Roadshow Radio, which aired June 28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on WEMF Radio [http://wemfradio.com]. The track is an uptempo, tongue-in-cheek tribute to the band's beloved homeland, complete with growling slide guitars, danceable rhythmic interplay, and sardonic lyrics that examine young America’s aptitude for oblivion in pursuit of a good time.
The album’s full tracklisting is below. To download hi-res album art and press photos, click here [https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9bqmttyt8ug2d4u/AADHh4TCYp4VseljREUfpsHea].
1.) Stars & Stripes
2.) Backseat Gypsy
3.) Easy Come, Easy Go
4.) Half Windsor Blues
5.) Disco Cruiser
6.) The Lament of August West
8.) Solicitation Blues
9.) Chocolate Milk
10.) Mad Dog
11.) Bad Morning Blues
12.) Heavy Heavy
13.) That One From Before
Formed in 2012, Skunkmello is a three-piece band consisting of Matt Bartlett on lead vocals, guitar, and harmonica; Ed Cuervo on bass and vocals; and Jono Ori on drums and vocals. They released their debut EP, Whiskey & Oatmeal, in November 2012 and the followup EP, Lowlife Dreams, in June 2013, which was produced by Ori and Cuervo and mastered by Grammy Award winner Brian Lucey (best known for his work on The Black Keys’ Brothers and El Camino).
The band supported the releases with appearances at festivals such as Musikfest, Johns Hopkins University’s Spring Fair, My Secret Boston’s Rumble on the River, and the Our Ales Brewery 1st Annual Concert at the Creek. They have also performed at The Bowery Electric and Arlene’s Grocery in New York City; the Victory Grill in Austin, TX; the Triumph Brewing Company in New Hope, PA; McGann’s in Boston; and many more.
Skunkmello’s music has also been featured in the 2014 independent feature film Die Hipster Die and on radio stations throughout the world, including AmazingRadio (UK), Midnight Special Blues Radio (Paris, France), WHRW (Binghamton, NY), WSOU (South Orange, NJ), WBAR (New York, NY), Penguin Radio (Asbury Park, NJ), UnRegular Radio (Boston, MA), Rock 101 Radio (Los Angeles, CA), Museboat Radio (Las Vegas, NV), Rokkus Radio (Fairfax, CA), and more.
Their debut full-length album, Stars & Stripes, (produced by Cuervo) will be released on September 16. For more information, visit www.skunkmello.com.
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