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Facing New York Announces First Album in 10 Years – Dogtown Out December 14th
Facing New York – Eric Frederic [vocals, guitar] (also known as the multi-platinum GRAMMY-nominated producer/songwriter/artist Ricky Reed), Brandon Canchola [bass], and Omar Cuellar [drums] – has announced the release of their long awaited new albumDogtown out December 14th via Nice Life. CLICK HERE to listen to the title track “Dogtown,” out now – an early taste of the band’s first album in 10 years featuring transmissions of dreamy guitar, an undertow of distortion and shoegaze fuzz pinned to a simmering backbeat. Facing New York has also announced two special album release shows December 12th at The Hi Hat in Los Angeles (CLICK HERE for tickets) and December 14th at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco (CLICK HERE for tickets). A vinyl Dogtown album and Facing New York t-shirt is included with every ticket purchased.
“Facing New York is always happening in the background. Since we’re family, there’s no pressure. The stars aligned with our life experiences,” says Brandon. “The statement we wanted to make happened at the moment it was supposed to. The music is really a construct through which we can express our love for each other as friends with no expectations ever.”
“We’re lucky that we have this strange project where we can make music that matures and evolves with us,” says Eric. “Nobody is willing to let it go. We’re completely on the same page.”
Jamming together became an unplanned, yet annual (or semi-annual) tradition. As everybody congregated in the Bay Area during the holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas presented the perfect opportunity to meet up at a cabinet shop owned by Brandon, hang out, catch up, and create. The musicians also made two pivotal trips to Weed, CA, to record at RadioStar Studios in The Theater-a famed studio first opened by legendary producer Sylvia Massy, and finished up work on the album at Eric’s own studio in Elysian Park, CA, which houses his label Nice Life.
Facing New York brings airtight songwriting and direct lyricism to tried-and-true rock tradition. Drawing from a swath of influences that encompasses everything from Soundgarden, The Jesus Lizard, and Yes to Talk Talk, Failure and Shudder To Think, they bring their own distinct and dynamic vibe. The album title Dogtown refers to a neighborhood in West Oakland that is undergoing upheaval, turn over and gentrification. It’s a place where Eric, Brandon and Omar have all spent a lot of their lives. The feel of a gnarly, grisly transformation of a neighborhood is present in the music, a metaphor for all of the change that has transpired in their own lives.
Stay tuned for more music coming soon!
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