No One Listens to the Band Anymore is the fourth album from the Damnwells, a pioneering indie rock outfit, formed in Brooklyn in 2001, who have made, either by choice or necessity (or both) one innovative and daring move after another.
Case in point, their previous self-released full length, the acclaimed album One Last Century (2009) was issued as a free download through Paste Magazine.
No One Listens to the Band Anymore is no different, with singer/songwriter Alex Dezen and company opting to have the new effort funded solely by fans through Pledgemusic, the direct-to-fan/fan-funded music platform.
In February 2010 the Damnwells began their pledge drive and by October they had exceeded their goal by 73%. As a big thank you, the band bestowed early downloads of two songs to their fans: "She Goes Around" and "Feast of Hearts." A percentage of the funds for the album campaign were then donated to the charity United Against Malaria.
As for the rest of us, we’ll get our chance on March 15th, when No One Listens to the Band Anymore is finally unleashed to the rest of the waiting world. And to our great pleasure, one can expect a diverse and heartfelt spread of the band’s trademark sound, blending acoustic, folk and country influences with a willingness to rock and to issue forth some truly memorable tunes.
Dezen comments on the album title/title track, “I guess it's just a statement of general malaise. The lyrics to the title track make it a little clearer, I think. "I have seen all the blacktop boys running through the streets tonight. They're chasing down all the West Side girls, jumping turnstyles for a free ride. But no one seems to hear the music, because no one listens to the band anymore. So, when the night is through, we wake up in spinning rooms with love waiting outside the door."
But Dezen, who incidentally just graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a renowned MFA writing program, contends that it's also supposed to be somewhat ironic, “More than ever, people are listening to the music, and really hearing it. They might not be buying as many records, which makes people in the record industry fear for their jobs, but the truth is bands are more empowered now than ever before because of the direct connection they can make with fans.”
And to that end, more of the difficult history of the Damnwells, in contrast to the palpable brighter days coming, was chronicled in a compelling and praiseworthy 2007 indie documentary, Golden Days, capturing the dark and uncertain period between the band’s first and second major label releases. The film, shot and directed by Chris Suchorsky, who directed the band’s videos for “Kiss Catastrophe” and “Sleepsinging,” won Best Documentary honors at the 2007 Phoenix Film Festival.
In other news, Damnwells fans can expect some new tour dates. See below, but more TBD:
03/19/11 – SXSW/Austin, TX – Tap Room (Alex Dezen solo set)
03/23/11 – Cambridge, MA - T.T. the Bear's (w/Apex Manor and Harper Blynn)
03/24/11 – New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (w/Harper Blynn)
03/26/11 – Arlington, VA - IOTA Club & Cafe (w/Harper Blynn)
03/29/11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Kings (w/Harper Blynn)
03/31/11 – Nashville, TN - The End (w/Harper Blynn)
04/01/11 – Birmingham, AL – WorkPlay Theatre (w/Harper Blynn)
04/02/11 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl (w/Harper Blynn)
04/07/11 – Austin, TX – Lambert’s (w/Harper Blynn)
04/08/11 – Dallas, TX – Sons Of Hermann Hall (w/Harper Blynn)
04/14/11 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway Nightclub (w/Harper Blynn)
04/15/11 – Evanston, IL – Space (w/Harper Blynn)
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