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Run For Cover Records and Help Yourself Records to Co-Release The Berries Debut LP

Run For Cover Records has announced they will be teaming up with Seattle’s Help Yourself Recordsto co-release Start All Over Again, the debut album by Seattle’s The Berries. You can hear a new trackand catch up on two more recent singles now (see Stereogum premiere).

Stereogum says the track “Junkyard Dog has a slow, dusty pace. It’s lazy country rock stirred by Berry’s dark, hollow voice. His lyrics feel open and pure.”

Start All Over Again is a study of the mythology of freedom. It is a modern country-rock record by Matt Berry, under his pseudonym The Berries. It is made up of songs of love and hate, songs under the spell of Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt, and songs carved out of the disappointment of a morose Seattle winter.

For those paying close attention to the West Coast’s underground rock scene, Berry perhaps needs little introduction. He has already created a name for himself as the prolific mind behind such treasures as the lushly blown out Happy Diving (Father/Daughter Records) and the tautly psychedelic, Wipers-esque Big Bite (Pop Wig). On Start All Over Again, however, Berry replaces the relentless pace and anxious stylings of his shapeshifting past with a new frame of mind, one derived from excessive reclusion and aimed at indulgent self-awareness, expansion, and a deep fascination with Americana. Besides a single guitar track contributed on the song “Turn It Away” by Charlie Hoffman (of Help Yourself Records label-mates Advertisement), Berry performed and recorded the entirety of Start All Over Again by himself, laboring away over a series of sessions that consumed most of the second half of 2017.

On opener “Salvation,” Berry reminds us that love is the ruler and ultimate power of the universe. Against a backdrop of warm drums and sweeping country licks that twist beyond themselves, he challenges the modern urge to whitewash art with banal cynicism and self-righteous abstraction. “Security Blues” glows with a similar sense of conviction, turning its gaze toward the grim conditions of urban living. Berry laments the world around him turning into an ugly, gentrified, and tasteless playground for tech-elites. The track “Live To Please” burns like a strung-out fire raging in the most heavenly of houses. These are not protest songs, but rather explorations of alternative ways to view the possibility for freedom in a modern world.

TOUR DATES:

11/15 Seattle, WA @ Central Saloon

11/16 Eugene, OR @ TBA

11/17 San Francisco, CA @ TBA

11/18 Los Angeles, CA @ Resident

11/19 Orange County, CA @ Constellation Room

11/20 Oakland, CA @ Octopus

11/22 Portland OR @ Vista House

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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