In just under a week, I begin my fall tour to and from the west coast. I’m looking forward to all the old friends I’ll see and all the new friends I’ll meet. This tour is in celebration and promotion of my first EP, Some Small Way, which has finally arrived on 12” 180g vinyl via The Native Sound, as well as my debut full length, Crooked In My Mind, which came out last year on Run For Cover Records.I’ll be joined by Allison Weiss, Chris Farren, and Lee Corey Oswald. Please check out there music and support them. I couldn’t ask for a more talented group of musicians to share the road with.Finally, here are the dates…Sep 5 - Harrisburg, PA - Little AmpsSep 16 - Pittsburgh, PA - Planet Vegeta [info]Sep 17 - Toledo, OH - Ottawa Tavern [info]Sep 18 - Lansing, MI - Mac’s Bar [info]Sep 19 - Big Rapids, MI - Ferris State University [info]Sep 20 - Chicago, IL - Township [info]Sep 21 - Omaha, NE - The Greybox [info]Sep 22 - Denver, CO - 7th Circle [info]Sep 23 - Laramie, WY - Babe Haus [info]Sep 25 - Portland, OR - Slabtown [info]Sep 26 - Reno, NV - Holland ProjectSep 27 - Sacramento, CA - The Naked LoungeSep 28 - San Francisco, CA - Honey Hive Gallery [info]Sep 30 - Canoga Park, CA - Cobalt Cafe [info]Oct 1 - Riverside, CA - Clash City StudiosOct 2 - Wildomar, CA - Dads DenOct 3 - Las Vegas, NV - Tipsy Coffee House [info]Oct 4 - Mesa, AZ - Lo-Fi CoffeeOct 5 - El Paso, TX - The Naylair [info]Oct 6 - San Antonio, TX - The Ten Eleven [info]Oct 7 - Austin, TX - Mohawk [info]Oct 8 - Jackson, MS - Doc 36 Skatepark [info]Oct 9 - Memphis, TN - Carcosa [info]Oct 10 - Covington, KY - LegendsOct 11 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter [info]Oct 12 - Scranton, PA - The Leonard(9/25 - 10/3 w/ Allison Weiss, Lee Corey Oswald)(10/5 - 10/12 w/ Chris Farren, Lee Corey Oswald)Photo by Tracy Nguyen
If you haven’t listened to Vow yet, now is the time. The band just released a new EP called Make Me Yours via The Native Sound. You can listen to it in full here while reading along to a Track-By-Track we’re happy to be hosting on PropertyOfZack below!
J: Essentially this is a song about having a long-term lust between myself and another individual. It explains that feeling that I got when I hadn’t seen him in a few years, then I ran into him and just knew that the timing is right and we were finally supposed to be together. The “miles between” us didn’t matter anymore.
A: Julia can probably answer the more meaningful aspects of our track but I can definitely fill you in on everything else. With this track I was fresh off of releasing make me young and still had a lot of that vibe left over in my mind and this track definitely wraps up that era for us for now and starts the transition into this newer ‘Make Me Yours’ direction. I just got this new guitar that i bought off a friend and its been inspiring me a ton for this EP. This little chord progression was just the first out of the ol melon when I plugged it in for the first time and ran it through a ton of pedals to get that gnarly sustain for days fuzz tone.
J: This song lyrically is about falling in love with someone who is addicted to suffering. This person creates this false chaotic world out of absolutely nothing because that’s what their life has been accustomed to thus far. Being the person who tries to take them out of that is extremely difficult and hard to do without getting dragged down with them. I had to continually tell him that that side of him wasn’t good enough to be apart of who he was growing to become and I was willing to stick by his side through this self-realization of him accepting happiness.
A: For this jam, I didn’t have anything in mind when i started writing this, it was just a cool crunchy and squashed drum loop I made with a simple bass line I didn’t mind hearing over and over again. I kept layering elements in until they developed into their own parts. Clearly was obsessing over that Cocteau style chorus clean guitar sound but blending in the feedback more to give it a more metallic (not the genre of music, more like a shiney piece of chrome and a little too much glare from the sun where you need to squint a little bit) tone. The piano really played an important role in concreting the different parts of this song and definitely is inspiring me to use that timbre a little more in this band.
J: I wrote this song with someone very special to me. Throughout the years time and circumstances had kept us from being together but we really thought we got it right this time. This song is about not letting each other walk away from the relationship when so many signs had finally put us together. You can’t ignore your heart.
A: This was another drum and bass (again, not the genre) start to the song and built on from there. Bass was my first love so its very easy for me to structure an entire song with just a drum machine and bass while still hearing the rest of the parts in my head for what I envision will be on top of it. This was the second song we wrote for this album and was the beginning of this new direction and at this point I wasn’t finding much inspiration in my synths anymore but was having more fun writing the melodies on guitar and manipulating the guitar to sound more like a synth. Kind of an ass backwards way of doing it but I find when you start with a more organic sound source and tweak from there that it creates a more unique sound. I loved the sound for the “synth lead” I got for the chorus’ on this song. Definitely need to refigure out what I did again for that one.
Vow’s Make Me Yours EP is officially out today!The 12”EP/ Digital Single streaming in full at our Bullett Media, in case you want to listen before purchasing, and a companion mixset titled Time Stands Still featuring remixes from Anne, maxm0, Quixotism, a cover of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home”, and some other tracks is streaming at Exclaim. Our friends at Property Of Zack also have a track-by-track feature on their site.
The vinyl did hit a bit of a delay at the plant, but should arrive within the next two weeks.
Make Me Yours is available for download at the following outlets:
Uncoated jacket, with interior printing
Clear with Pink Splatter – 50
Light Pink – 100
Black – 150
Click here to purchase the 12” vinyl and receive an immediate download of the album
Today’s the day… @vowlosangeles’s sophomore EP, Make Me Yours is out on 12” and digital. Pick it up, and if you live in/ around LA make it out to Broadway Bar tonight for their release show!