Fall Rocks

Man. It is so nice outside. Perfect weather to go out to a show, don’t you think? There’s a lot of awesome dates coming up. Some of which I haven’t even posted in the shows section yet!

Tonight we are having a stellar house show at our apartment with Denison Witmer and Nick Flora.

Don’t miss it. All the details right HERE.

Other upcoming stuff…
10/9/10 – St. Louis, MO
10/16/10 – Wataga, IL
11/12/10 – Greenville, IL
11/14/10 – Lake Wylie, SC
All these details to be announced!

love ya. happy fall.

– op

Owen Pye Signs With Blackroom Records:

Press Release:
Owen Pye of Highland, Illinois was selected as the newest artist to be added to the roster of Blackroom Records, located on the campus of Greenville College. Pye is the second artist to be signed to the label since it was restructured in 2009.

Preparation for the upcoming album began August 12th in the recording studios of Greenville College. Blackroom Records President Lucas Harger and student producer and engineer Chris Bonney worked together with Owen Pye to begin the recording and tracking process that they concluded by the end of the month. “Owen has brought in good musicians to play on the record,” said album producer, Chris Bonney. “It has been fun to collaborate with them and take their raw energy and translate that into a recorded piece of music.”

Owen Pye began his career as a solo artist in 2005 and released his debut album If That’s Cool With You in 2006. By 2008, he joined with three other musicians with similar plans to become Owen Pye & The Sunday School Band. They independently released their self titled album produced by Andrew Osenga (Caedmon’s Call, The Normals) in December 2009. Pye considers the music that he has created to fit into the folk genre and is eager to share his music with “willing listeners.”

When asked about the upcoming project, Owen Pye responded, “This is very, very exciting and I am SO pumped to work with these folks for the next year in support of the record.” To learn more about Owen Pye and for previously recorded tracks, visit: www.owenpye.com.

Review by AbsolutePunk.net

Our friend Blake Solomon over at AbsolutePunk.net gave the album a review.
Also, if you click the ‘media’ section, you can listen to tunes now. Sweet. Oh, here’s that review:

Owen Pye – Owen Pye and the Sunday School Band
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: December 08, 2009

Upsizing from acoustic to full band is a little backwards, especially in 2010. Everybody seems to be going green by dropping all those pesky, carbon monoxide-breathing band members and the big nasty vans needed to cart them around. But it snowed in Atlanta yesterday so obviously Global Warming is a Global Farce. It also takes a certain amount of self-worth to realize that your tunes may be better in fuller forms, which must be a lot to swallow if you were a once lone wolf like Owen Pye. He landed on my radar with one 3-song offering and a silky smooth voice, but now he is back and bigger than ever with Owen Pye and the Sunday School Band, a victorious re-imagining of his previously sparse alt-country sounds. Clearly there can never be too many smelly road warriors in the kitchen.

Thankfully the sound and feel of Pye’s usually slow tunes haven’t changed much. “Persistency” is a statement about how hard this damn music thing is (the album’s main theme). Featuring a complimentary piano section that seems to bolster Pye at his darkest lyrical moment, this song is not lacking in heavy-hearted sincerity. “I Will Sing” and “The Sunday School Band” are mostly instrumental numbers, which serve to break up the record’s sometimes downer verbal fare. Pye is a man with ambitions, which implies that he is a man scorned. Another start stratagem, these instrumental numbers allow us to look out the window for a second and ease our minds while Joel Sprenger’s electric guitar takes us to the back of a dirty blues club. Nice move, Mr. Pye.

“Success” closes the album by detailing the tough road Pye’s driven down. He says in an ironically nonchalant way, “They spent all their money on the band that plays right after me / They spent all their money on the indie hipster scene / Cuz money can’t buy the things that matter the most / You have to learn for yourself that bank accounts and resumes won’t hold your life into place.” It’s bitter and clearly personal, but Pye realizes that he’s still able to create music. And while he might have those days when it all seems stupid (I call those Thursdays), he’s still enjoying himself throughout this always-surprising existence. When the song goes semi-grunge, Pye becomes his most forceful, saying, “You don’t have to live up to each other’s preset standards / You don’t have to keep the burden that you picked up when you grew up.” While not worded in hazy metaphor or fancy verbiage, Pye succeeds with his simple message: be whatever it is you want to be that day. Maybe soon he will have people eating out of his able hands, or maybe he won’t. Regardless, I think it’s clear at this point that Owen Pye and The Sunday School Band has freed Mr. Pye from the mental shackles of disappointment. He is finally on a path for triumph, whatever that means.

Recommended If You Like: Drew Danburry, The Emilia Band, glass cases, Alaksa & Me, podiums

Author’s Rating (out of 10):
Vocals: 8.5
Musicianship: 7
Lyrics: 7
Production: 7.75
Creativity: 6
Lasting Value: 6
Reviewer Tilt: 7.25
Final Verdict: 71%

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