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No stranger to us here at The Big Takeover, Los Angeles’ indie psych rock outfit Tombstones in Their Eyes present their latest delicious offering – a 2-track single ‘Open Skies’, previewing their new album Maybe Someday. This is the band’s first release on Somewherecold Records, a label that has become a near-household name among avid shoegaze and dreampop fans over the past half-decade.
This feels like a heady cocktail of early Pink Floyd, Spacemen 3 and Jesus & Mary Chain, although certainly bands such as Asteroid 4, Kyuss, Elephant Stone may be recalled.
The b-side is an alternative version of ‘Dreams’, the final track off the new long-play. Tombstones create walls of sound that are simultaneously sonorous and hazy. These are cavernous, stoner lullabies that descend into post-rock soundscapes and are wrapped in dark shoegazing dreamscapes.
This album was recorded at L.A.’s Kitten Robot Studio with Paul Roessler (Nina Hagen, The Deadbeats, The Screamers, 45 Grave), The cover artwork was created by Trevor Tipton, well know for his work with The Black Angels, Primal Scream and Levitation Festival, among others.
Maybe Someday is the first long-play from Tombstones In Their Eyes since their debut release Sleep Forever (2015). This album comes on the heels of several critically acclaimed releases: their Nothing New EP, ‘Shutting Down’ single and Fear EP. Earlier they also released their huge sounding Bad Clouds EP (2016).
“It was time for another full record; luckily, the songs kept coming, starting with the song ‘Maybe Someday’ – one of those songs that just pours out with almost no effort. The song is very sad, really. We had a few more songs ready and we went into Kitten Robot Studio, with our good friend Paul Roessler at the helm, to start the record. Open Skies was originally almost a joke song with lyrics about all the ways I could kill myself, until I got it together and wrote real lyrics,” says John Treanor.
“This set of songs still carries a bit of the sadness and depression that permeated some of our earlier stuff, but I was definitely in a better place this time around (although you may not be able to tell by the lyrics). Less depression and catharsis, more joy. These songs do not all fit into one neat box. We don’t use the same sounds on each song and the songs reflect the scope of what we do. I wanted to do a keyboard based song, and Paul is such a great player so I wanted him to contribute, so we ended up with something really different for us called ‘Dreams’, the b-side for our first single.”
As of October 16, the ‘Open Skies’ will be available digitally at Bandcamp. The full Maybe Someday album will be released on November 15 on limited edition CD. It will be available digitally everywhere. It can already be pre-ordered via Bandcamp
Produced by John Treanor and Paul Roessler at Kitten Robot Studio
Paul Roessler engineers and mixes, some piano, keyboards and harmonies
Mastered by Alex DeYoung at DeYoung Masters in Los Angeles
John Treanor – guitar, vocals, background vocals/harmonies, keyboards
Mike Mason – bass, backing vocals
Josh Drew – guitar, backing vocals
Stephen Striegel – drums, percussion
James Cooper – musical guidance
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