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Like one of one the bands we’re featuring this week on ALT AZ 93.3? Vote to hear their song again for the Friday Replay at the bottom of the page.
It’s with a wry wink at his bank account, then, that decker. named his new career-spanning album Into The Red. Primarily comprising tracks from the six studio records he’s released under the name decker. since 2009, Into The Red offers a bird’s eye view of decker’s remarkable journey as a fearless songwriter and relentless performer. The collection reveals him to be a craftsman of the highest caliber, one who’s carved a bittersweet catalog of heartrending gems out of the unforgiving stone that is a lifetime spent pursuing dreams. He writes what The Dallas Morning News has described as “dramatic, emotionally enveloping songs,” which is to say that his music transports you, grabs you by the collar and takes you on a journey.
“Everything about what we do as artists needs to be about an experience, about making people feel and think,” he explains. “The reason to perform is to inspire.”
For decker, inspiration most often comes from the natural beauty that surrounds him in his adopted hometown of Sedona, Arizona. Into The Red’s title also serves as a not-so-subtle tip of the cap to his fascination with the area’s distinctive geology.
“Sedona is this red rock land that looks like Mars,” says decker. “I grew up in the Midwest and I’ve been all over the place, but Sedona is the first place that really felt like home. I don’t think I’ve ever really written a song outside of Sedona. It’s this fertile little embryo for creation.”
When decker first moved to the small desert town roughly eight years ago, he had little more than ambition to his name. Working by himself in a makeshift bedroom studio, he recorded his 2009 debut, Long Days, on a shoestring budget. He followed it up with critically acclaimed album after critically acclaimed album, writing and recording at the extraordinary clip of nearly a record-per-year. As decker’s songwriting progressed, so did decker.’s lineup, and the project grew to encompass additional musicians, bolder arrangements, and more sophisticated recording techniques as it garnered love from press and radio around the country.
You can find decker. on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. Check out his song “Matchstick Men” below. If you love it, please give him your love votes at the bottom of the page for the Friday Replay!
EL WEST symbolizes energy. This platform has developed into dynamic composition, truthful lyrics and a distinctive energetic performance. The music has effortless swell that can turn on you at any moment from a lifting bravado to a faint hum. Inspired by bands such as Broken Social Scene, Radiohead, Muse, and Arctic Monkeys, EL WEST has created its own compelling and original sound. You can catch El West on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Soundcloud. Preview their new song “Rose Letter A” then if ya love it, scroll to the bottom to vote for it for the Friday Replay.
Harrison Fjord is jazz-influenced psychedelic rock band with skillsets in improvisation, vocal harmonies, and technicality. The Chandler-based band is comprised of Mario Yniguez (vocals/guitars), Taylor Morriss (guitars/vocals), Jonathon Sheldon (bass/vocals), Kevin Paul Mandzuk (keys), Jacob Lipp (woodwinds) and Matt Storto (drums). With influences Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Pat Metheny, Snarky Puppy, Frank Ocean, Roomful of Teeth, tUnE-yArDs, Dirty Projectors, and Fleet Foxes, Harrison Fjord’s range stretches both spectrums, whether that’s in regards to musical taste, dynamic reach, or the emotional push-and-pull that listening to their music will cause. You can catch Harrison Fjord on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram. Preview their song “People I Meet” below then show them your love at the bottom of the page by voting to hear them again for the Friday Replay.
On the heels of two well-received EP’s: 2016’s Strawberry Lashes and 2015’s Love & Schizophrenia, Phoenix, AZ-based Paper Foxes have announced a new album with the release of their single “What Are You Afraid Of?” Drawing comparisons to Interpol, Joy Division and Chrome, the band has put their stamp on their own brand of Post Punk Death Disco. Their aggressive, dark dance pop landed them on CMJ’s Chart Discovery, proclaiming the band, “stands out from the crowd” with “fuzzy washed out riffs and reverberating vocals.”
The new track doubles down on their previous efforts which Phoenix New Times described as “radically vibrant and unusually engaging.” Led by frontman and band-founder Christopher James Jacob, the band has built an ever-growing presence in the Southwest, in no small part due to their groove-laden dance-inducing performances. Of the new track, Jacobson shares the song is about “looking into the darkness of your fears and finding out why they are present. It’s a reminder to stay strong in times of fear or doubt.” The band’s new album, Devil On My Shoulder is set for release on August 25, with an album release show at Phoenix’s Crescent Ballroom Saturday, August 26 kicking off a set of regional tour-dates in support of the album. Check out their new song “Devil On My Shoulder” below, then if ya love it, vote to hear them again for the Friday Replay at the bottom of the page.
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