Daniel Romano

Daniel Romano

Thayer Sarrano, Trouble In The Wind

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Soda Bar


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Daniel Romano
Daniel Romano
Prolific singer/songwriter and Rock ‘n' Roll chameleon Daniel Romano has released a self-directed music video for "The Pride Of Queens" from his new album Modern Pressure; which is out now via New West Records and available for purchase on vinyl, CD, and digital download HERE. A tribute to legendary punk band The Ramones, the video for "The Pride Of Queens" premiered at Brooklyn Vegan yesterday and can be viewed/shared now HERE. Modern Pressure released to critical acclaim last month with Nerdist including the album in their “The Best Underground Albums Of May 2017” roundup, and Vinyl Me, Please praising, “...Modern Pressure is cool. Like, old-school cool,” in an extensive feature on the album. Additionally, the album single “When I Learned Your Name,” which Exclaim! says “may be the catchiest cut Romano's ever penned,” has landed a spot on this week’s Top 20 countdown at CBC Radio 2 in Canada. Romano and his band will join host Tom Power on Canada's national flagship arts and culture radio show CBC radio q to air June 21 via CBC Radio 2 at 10 am local time and via PRI International. Romano is also soon to embark on a U.S. tour that starts June 13 in Boston and includes dates in Washington DC, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nashville, Chicago, and more. The U.S. shows will be followed by a full European tour this Fall. Please see below for tour details.

Vice’s music site Noisey originally announced Modern Pressure’s release and premiered the video for album track "Roya" calling it "a dreamy, laid back head-nodder featuring shuffling shakers, jangly tambourine, and ever-present, slinking guitar lines." Of the 12-song set, they state, "It's sonically spiritual to 2016's Mosey, and shows Romano continuing to sharpen his signature sound, combining elements of retro-tinged rock 'n' roll, country, and psychedelia to create a vibrant tapestry of tunes that feel just as at home in 2017 as they might in 1965." Ahead of the album’s release, "When I Learned Your Name" premiered at FLOOD Magazine who praised, "Daniel Romano sings like Adam Granduciel, plays guitar like a member of Thin Lizzy, and writes songs like Wilco at their power-poppiest." EARMILK recently premiered the video for the album’s title track calling it "outstanding" and stating, "The songs’ storytelling harkens back to an early Bob Dylan-esque sound but filled with various instrumental and dynamic horn builds and mixed with Romano’s straight to the point, yet poignant lyricism."

Propelled and resourceful as he is prolific, Romano recorded Modern Pressure at a minimalistic cabin in secluded Finnsäs, Sweden with additional string and horn players being added at Baldwin Street Sound in Toronto, ON. Engineered by long-time collaborator Kenneth Meehan, the fevered pace of work lent itself to the unrestrained and undeviated nature of the songs themselves. Songs that were written in observational scrutiny beneath the overcast atmosphere of 2016 and vigorously tackle the present-day heaviness we contain in the jotting bones of our guilty expressions. The twelve tracks boldly ask, "What age is this? What blooming weight do we carry?"

Daniel Romano took the stage for the first time in 1993 as the eight-year-old drummer for his family’s rhythm and blues band. He has since released six solo albums, on which he is the sole performer of all instruments, and launched a pioneering punk rock project called Ancient Shapes that Canadian metal blog Hellbound asserts is "an outstanding new work in its own right." Romano has simultaneously acted as a producer, engineer, artist, composer, arranger, and videographer. Over the past decade, he has gained three Polaris Music Prize nominations and three Juno nominations, as well as been awarded two platinum albums and Juno Awards for his performance, production, and arrangement work with artist City and Colour. His 2015 New West Records debut If I’ve Only One Time Askin’ garnered rave reviews from NPR’s Fresh Air, Rolling Stone Country, Mojo, Uncut, Boston Globe, and Exclaim!; and it set the stage for the release of Mosey, which Pitchfork praised as "songs that look to the great beyond" and The Line of Best Fit named one of "The Fifty Best Deep Cuts of 2016." The album features actress Rachel McAdams on standout track "Toulouse." McAdams is one of many impressive collaborators whom Romano has worked with throughout his career, including The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie, legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith, and trailblazing bands The Constantines and The Sadies.
Thayer Sarrano
Thayer Sarrano
"You know sometimes you can just feel another world at the same time, maybe it is some higher self or just being more connected," asks Athens, GA-based THAYER SARRANO rhetorically about the inspiration for her new album Wings Alleluia which is set for release on March 29, 2019 via The Guildwater Group. Deeply poetic and musically pastoral, her fourth album is an exploration of textures and melodies reinforcing the title that Americana UK bestowed upon her as “The New Queen of Shoegaze.”

The follow-up to 2015's Shaky, Wings Alleluia displays the layered tapestry she musically weaves that Huffington Post called “a Southern-psych dreamland, bottling up ghosts and bringing them to life through her ethereal hymns." From the moody opening track “O My Soul” that tickles the lower registers while Thayer’s otherworldly vocals soars above, to the guitar-led meditation “These Arms” which traipses over a backwoods-ian twang, to the dramatic “White Shores”, the album exists on an almost transcendental level, a mindset that she subscribes to. Thayer explains, “I’ll be dealing with whatever is happening in front of me or the emotion of a beautiful or terrible situation, and the lyrics that I’ll get for some reason usually tend to come more from the abstract higher place because it provides more clarity.”

A multi-instrumentalist – she is a classically-trained pianist and also plays pedal steel guitar, oboe, and percussion, Thayer has been composing instrumentals since she was a child while also feeding her visual creative outlet through paintings, drawings and sculpture. Uniquely finding lyrical inspirations from her own artwork, it allows her to tap into her emotions and internal dialogue better than writing a linear storyline. “I have always done a lot of paintings and drawings - sometimes little sculptures - that help me translate something,” she explains. “For this album, there were a lot of fragments of drawings that would help me create a lyric, so my sketchbook is filled with drawings that inspired lyrics throughout the album.”

Since 2009, she has released three LPs and toured heavily, headlining tours in the US and Europe, as well as supporting Drive-By Truckers, Television, Robyn Hitchcock, Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker, Nicole Atkins, The Whigs, she has also been a featured guest vocalist at a Big Star’s Third show in Athens amongst other things. Her songs have been featured on network television, in the Netherlands' Groninger Museum, and she won the Flagpole Music Award for Music Video of the Year (2016) for "Shaky." Last October, she released a 7 inch with a book of drawings for the stand alone track, “I Will Never Be Used to Your Beauty,” with a cover of Leonard Cohen’s "If It Be Your Will" as its b-side, featuring producer and artist Andy Lemaster.

Her new LP will be released on March 29, 2019 and features the Athens Cowboy Choir, T. Hardy Morris, Justin Collins, Parker Gispert, Billy Bennett, and more on backing vocals.
Trouble In The Wind
Trouble In The Wind
A band raised in the Southern California sunshine, Trouble in the Wind has a sound that filters the golden state’s surf-rock glow through layers of gritty folk with a twinge of country.

With momentum from their award-winning releases “Pineapple Moon” and the critically acclaimed “Lefty” the band is poised to release one of their most ambitious projects to date, a new full-length record called “Hammer On.”

The new album is set for release July 20th , 2018 on In Your Neighborhood Music. Hammer On’s tracks feature influences from Neil Young, Wilco, Dylan, and even Springsteen, with sultry sprinkles of the Yacht Rock genre.

Singles “Lone Starman” and “Touching Down” include multi-instrumental flavorings that harken back to Wilco’s groundbreaking “AM”, while “Tiki Bar” takes us on a fun, yacht rock filled dance floor cruise, while “Liberty Bell” shows the band’s edge beyond Americana into a blistering

dark side of Neil Young-esque guitar sounds. But don’t forget “Fall Guy” with a chorus to bring all the fans together with their mugs in the air singing “ooohh, ooooh, there’s a frog in my soul”. Happiness, lovestruck, with a touch of darkness and comedy, it’s Trouble in the Wind.

The group’s identity is driven by powerhouse front man Robby Gira, whose voice conjures memories of David Byrne’s commanding delivery in “Stop Making Sense.” And like many of the great acts they’ve been compared to – including the Talking Heads, Roy Orbison, and Neil Young – they deliver a style layered with rich instrumentation.

TITW’s music ranges from solemn, mournful tunes layered with pedal-steel to fun-loving, upbeat numbers with quick-paced banjo plucking. TITW sways between genres: Americana, Alt-Country and Alternative Rock. Their album tracks include everything from party anthems to love songs. There is a cohesive nature to the band’s sound, making it easy to identify a familiar Trouble tune within the first few notes.
Venue Information:
Soda Bar
3615 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92104