Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, the solo project of The Wonder Years frontman Dan Campbell, recently announced the details of their upcoming EP! The 3-track EP, Bittersweet, was produced by Ace Enders (The Early November, I Can Make A Mess) and will be released on May 20th as a 7″ via Hopeless Records. Fans can pre-order a physical copy of the EP here or digitally via iTunes here!
The first single off the EP, “67, Cherry Red” can be streamed below!
Members: Jaeger Wells, Vic Chan Genre: Indie Rock Location: Houston, TX Recent Release: Fever Dream Anthology EP
Talking about personal struggles is no easy task, but Jaeger Wells does so with such positivity that it should be admired. Discussing real life situations of love, loss and everything in-between, fans of Jaeger Wells are sure to feel comfort in knowing that they are not alone. His new EP, Fever Dream Anthology, was produced by Ace Enders and released just a few weeks ago! Get to know Jaeger and Vic (the masterminds behind Jaeger Wells) below!
How did Jaeger Wells form and come to be what it is today? Jaeger: Initially when I went into the studio to record Fever Dream Anthology – I brought in Vic to do the session work. After spending 24 hours with each other – we realized the chemistry and I asked Vic to join full time.
Who are some of your musical influences? Jaeger: I have always really loved the off kilter pop of Ben Folds Five and Barenaked Ladies as well as the really unique songwriting of Neil Diamond. Mix that with artists like Jimmy Eat World and Ted Leo – I think that really sums up my creative influences.
Vic: I’d say my all time favorite drummer would have to be Dave Grohl of course. Abe Cunningham (Deftones) is another influence for sure. As far as favorite bands go, it would have to be Foo Fighters, Every Time I Die, and Jimmy Eat World.
What do you enjoy most about playing shows? Jaeger: definitely getting in the zone and just letting the music take over. It almost feels like an out of body experience.
Vic: I’d say one of my favorite things about playing shows is seeing how the crowd reacts to songs. Especially if they know the words. Probably one of the best feelings is hearing the crowd sing back to you.
What do you do when you’re not playing music? Jaeger: I like to watch a fair amount of soccer, MLS, Premier League, etc. I also am a huge fan of watching movies. Over the years I have gotten really close to some people in the film industry and it really has made the movie watching experience more enjoyable
Vic: I play and tour in other bands as well so when I’m home I tend to not leave the house very often. I mostly just stay at home with my wife and watch tons of Hulu and Netflix.
The Early November and I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business announced earlier this week an intimate acoustic tour starting July 15th! The tour will feature songs from The Early November, I Can Make A Mess and Ace Enders’ solo catalogs.
Tour Dates: 7.15 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java 7.16 – New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall 7.18 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall 7.19 – Hamden, CT @ The Space 7.20 – Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon 7.22 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck 7.23 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahalls 20 Lanes 7.25 – Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar 7.26 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean 7.27 – St. Louis @ The Ready Room 7.29 – Nashville, TN @ High Watt 7.30 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl 8.1 – Orlando, FL @ The Social 8.2 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits 8.4 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 8.6 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live – Upstairs
For his third release, Stop Dead (side project of This Century’s Ryan Gose) steps out from behind the drum kit and grabs the microphone once again. Diverging from the pop/punk of This Century and tackling a more indie-rock sound, Gose’s work with Stop Dead illustrates his diverse skill set.
The short EP – which is four songs, totaling just over thirteen minutes, is enjoyable throughout its entire stay, as short as it is. Taking the Ace Enders via I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business’ Gold Rush route and recording vocals and instrumentals on his own, Gose delivers a performance that impresses on its own, but really makes an impression due to the individual effort.
“Light My Fire” and opener “We Own the Night” are textbook new-age/indie, with crisp guitars, shaking tambourines and cymbals, and a bit of extra rasp added to the vocals to make sure it sticks.
On the infectious “Supernova,” Gose channels Gin Wigmore-esque hooks to produce a real standout, while the title track not only closes the EP, but acts as its shining moment.
Gose gets creative on Dirt & Dust, taking a step away from his pop roots and finding himself and his music in grittier territories. Luckily, he handles the transition cleanly and serves up a handful of songs that show that he’s proficient in much more than just the rhythm section.
Rating: 3.5/5 Runtime: 13:21 Release Date: March 10th, 2014
Tracklist: 1. “We Own The Night” 2. “Supernova” 3. “Light My Fire” 4. “Dirt & Dust”
– Written by Eric Riley
Ace Enders; The Early November | Warped 2013; Mansfield, MA