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The Joker – Available Now

We love when new music finds it’s way to us.

Infused with nostalgic whispers of Chet Baker and Michael Buble – The Joker is collecting hearts one beat at a time. This debut collaboration born from the talents of kindred spirits Lawrence Grey and Mick Evans – a natural fit in perfect time. Their EP The Joker is a glimpse of the bright musical moments to come from this songwriting duo.

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I had the opportunity to speak with each of them as they prepared for the release of The Joker. Memorable days that will be forever imprinted as the beginning of their story in music.

LAWRENCE GREY INTERVIEW

MICK EVANS INTERVIEW

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Escondido prepare for February Release: Walking With A Stranger

Up and coming music blog New Interstice recently released an article and video on Escondido that is too good not to share.

Escondido is Nashville, TN based artists Jessica Maros and Tyler James.  Recorded live in a single day, their debut album, The Ghost of Escondido, was self-released in 2013 to critical acclaim.  Their David Lynch approved desert rock was described by Vogue as “One of the rare alt-country crossover acts with highbrow cred” and led to appearances on Conan and ABC’s “Nashville.”  Following the release, the band toured North America and Europe with the likes of Lord Huron and Wild Cub while spending their down time composing music for TV & Film.  Most recently, they wrote a song with Lena Dunham for characters Marnie & Desi in the upcoming season of HBO’s “Girls.”  The duo recently completed their follow-up album, Walking With A Stranger.

The pair met while James was recording their mutual friend at his home studio.  “Jess was quietly strumming this song Rodeo Queen on the couch while everyone else was making drinks in the kitchen.  I pushed record and added a little groove before folks got back in the room.  Later that night we listened to it and both said ‘You wanna make a record?’”  They spent the next two months crafting the songs and bonding over a shared love of spaghetti westerns and songwriters from the 70’s.  “We’d put on Ennio Morricone every morning,” says Maros.  “It’s an easy process when you both love the same stuff.”

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Western Scene – Release See What You Want To

Tom Pritchard dared to dream about catching Emily Wilder, and so he did with this stop motion video. Shot entirely on an iPhone 6 with wooden characters hand crafted with love inside their wood shop in South Central Los Angeles. Proving expression has no limits if you will only open your eyes to see the possibilities. Love is real and love is forever.

– Fresh Independence 

W E S T E R N  S C E N E  M U S I C 

Western Scene was created 3 years ago in Los Angeles as the brainchild of singer/guitarist, Tom Pritchard. Occupying the universe of R&B, “See What You Want To” is a story about the dynamics of two people experiencing a relationship with entirely different perspectives. This single was self-produced at Pritchard’s studio in Beachwood Canyon. The stop-motion video for the single, created and directed by Emily Wilder (who fronts the all girl band, Wet & Reckless), depicts her take on the song, drumming up past experiences to interpret her own story. During the shooting process the two began writing together and the songs appear on the forthcoming EP.

Where are you writing this:
E: I’m with Tom on our way to our shop.

Inspiration behind ‘See What You Want To’…

E: I’ll give this one to Tom. T: I wrote it to get Emily.

How did you come to collaborate together on this project?

E: Our bands have been playing shows together for a while. We became fast friends and he told me he had a wood shop in south central LA. After working in film (directing and editing), my eyes were bleeding and the thought of building things with my hands sounded like heaven to me. So, I threw on my downgrades (that’s what we call our shop clothes) and started learning woodworking. My first day I built a barn door out of reclaimed wood. We had a lot of time to talk and listen to music and before long we’d end our days in Tom’s studio, writing music. I fell in love with See What You Want To, wrote a treatment and began building the characters. I put my old Bolex camera on the shelf and decided to shoot everything on an iPhone 6.
T: Tell them how we made out on the table saw.

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Could you see the finished video behind the lens before you began, or was it a concept that unfolded as you went along?

E: There is an original treatment and the video follows it pretty closely, although new characters were added by happenstance. (Like the broken love seat we found up Beachwood Canyon, were we live.)

How long did it take to make?

E: In total, it took about 2 months to build, shoot and edit.

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Something viewers might be surprised to learn about the making of this video…

E: The materials I used were scraps of wood found around the shop. The video ended up taking on a life of it’s own. Once you give an inanimate object a pulse, everything around you becomes inspiring, no matter how insignificant it may seem. Fun fact: I broke the bandsaw, nearly cutting off my hand when I was making the last wooden shark.
What do you hope others will ‘see’ when they watch this video?
E: I guess to see things around them in a different light, no matter how inconsequential. Life’s short, let’s party.

Tell us about the forthcoming EP…

T: There are new influences and writing with Emily has given me a new perspective. I’ve always been a fan of her band, Wet & Reckless because the music’s honest and original. I feel like all these elements are coming through in the new songs. We can’t wait to release this EP.

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