Chris Wollard & the Ship Thieves

Chris Wollard & the Ship Thieves

To begin, you’ve got Chris - known primarily for his melodic howl and furious guitar riffage in Hot Water Music but also with a hand in lesser-known exploits The Draft, Rumbleseat, The Blacktop Cadence, and Cro(w)s. He’s been working on these songs for over five years, long before Hot Water called it quits or The Draft was even a twinkle in his eye. They weren’t written for a specific purpose, the
re was no real plan to release a record, no plan to form a band. Chris writes songs because he’s a musician. You can’t really call it a job and it’s much more than a hobby. Some people were just meant to write songs.

Originally laid down on an acoustic guitar, these tunes were brought to life in the studio with a fantastic cast of characters. Ben Lovett got his hands on them first, bringing the same experienced touch that brought Matt Skiba’s HEAVENS to life along with a host of film scores. And while Chris and Ben were tracking now and then in California, pretty soon, back home in Florida, long-time friend Addison Burns (The Enablers, Quit) entered the fold. Chris and Addison had started tracking their own “guerilla style” recordings wherever and whenever possible. The songs took shape from there, with Crescendo Sound Studios production wizards Derron and Addison leaving their usual spots behind the mixing board and returning to the Live Room beside HWM drum maestro George Rebelo. Chris’s songs sprung to life, with layers upon layers of instrumentation creating an atmospheric, ethereal record full of eclectic masterpieces. From mid-tempo rockers to somber acoustic tunes, haunting vocals and perfectly placed production, “Chris Wollard & the Ship Thieves” is exactly what a studio album should be.

Have Gun Will Travel

"This Florida roots-rock / Americana quintet earned critical acclaim with their 2008 debut Casting Shadows Tall as Giants, becoming an NPR favorite and getting regular airplay on PBS's Roadtrip Nation. They're like a cross between Death Cab for Cutie and Wilco, thanks partly to singer/guitarist Matt Burke's earnest, Ben Gibbard/Jeff Tweedy-like croon. His lyrics are both imaginitive and vibrant (and printed in a mock newspaper article style insert!), relating historical tales, heartfelt odes to his hometown, and clever social commentary. The outstanding playing (especially from inventive drummer Jean-Paul Beaubien and viola player Joshua Hernandez) and flawlessly detailed production on rollicking songs such as "Sons & Daughters of the Gilded Age," "Kerosene & Candlelight," and "The Ballad of Asa Dalton" further ensures this exceptional album is no sophmoric slump." - The Big Takeover.. "(HGWT) were well outfitted with striking songs and a great ensemble feel. Brothers Matt and Danny Burke front the outfit with winning personalities and solid chops. Since they played the Americana conference a couple of years ago they've made stops in Music City, so if you're into Band-like, elemental roots-and-roll, check ‘em out". - Music City Roots, Nashville.. ", infectious Americana Pop. HGWT's music has a refreshing immediacy to it... Excellent work, fellows." - American Songwriter.. "My album of the year, so far... All in all, an exceptional and hugely atmospheric album from a band that shows that there is still room in for experimentation." - Maverick Magazine (UK).. "a dozen catchy, clever songs... splendidly fleshed out with old-fashioned instrumentation and other organic, ambient sounds that augment the record's endearing, back-porch feel." - Metromix Tampa.. "The band crafts Americana with an edge. Taking influences from a bunch of diverse sources and channeling the whole through their own branding. The mix is infectious..." - Alternate Root Magazine.. "Top 10 contender for album of the year..exceptional atmospheric album" - The Roots of Rock (New Zealand).. "...traditional enough to attract the hardcore Americana fan yet different enough to attract those who are not normally impressed" - Discussions Magazine.. "well-written stories wrapped into pop-tinged folk and americana songs." - "Somewhere between indie pop and Americana, and teetering on that line in a way that seems fresher than usual." - "Postcards... is a masterpiece" - "Essential Listening" - "Stellar" - Tampa Bay Times..

The New Lows

The New Lows, an American punk rock band from Orlando, Florida, formed in the summer of 2000. After
regional punk rock heroes Shyster called it quits in 1999, singer/songwriter Mike Levin decided to start
over. This time he chose to incorporate his own influences, such as grass roots folk and classic soul,
along with his already fortified punk roots to produce a more melodic, soulful approach. And so The
New Lows was born.

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