Daniel Romano adds European tourdates; premieres Mosey-song "Valerie Leon"11-03-2016
On the heels of his acclaimed 2015 album, "If I’ve Only One Time Askin’", currently nominated for a Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) for Adult Alternative Album of the Year, prolific and chameleonic Canadian artist Daniel Romano will release his daring and prismatic new record, "Mosey", May 27 on New West Records. Not adherent to genres, fads or tradition, the 12-track album turns convention on its head and refuses to be confined to narrow classification.
Opening track “Valerie Leon” premiered yesterday on The Line Of Best Fit who declared it “a galloping heart-melter with '60s dust, brassy accents and big swooning strings, honky tonk keys and snarling psych riffs - Romano glues together a bunch of musical tidbits and creates one of the most epic, ambitious rock'n'roll tracks of 2016.” The video, which pairs the song with colorful footage of 1950’s pin- up girls, including Bettie Page, is simultaneously premiering at Brooklyn Vegan, see below. In May, Romano will head to Europe for an extensive two-month tour that will take him all throughout. Fresh - announced today - tourdates include Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Find the whole tourlist at the bottom of this message.
"Mosey" was self-produced and recorded in mono by Romano at his studio, The Navy, in Fenwick, Ontario, Canada throughout 2015. Aside from the piano, strings and horns that course through the album, he plays every instrument including guitar, bass, drums, organ and percussion and also arranged the orchestration himself. The vocal performances vary immensely song to song, as if they were a fettered collection of enemies. “He had all the songs in his head. He set up the drums, we mic’d them and then I rolled the tape,” reveals engineer Kenneth Roy Meehan. “He played through the entire first pass of the record, which included something like 20 songs, without any music to reference in basically the amount of time it would take to listen to it. I’ve never seen anything like it.” Whereas on his previous record, "If I’ve Only One Time Askin’", which was influenced by the countrypolitan sound of the ‘60s, and garnered rave reviews from NPR Fresh Air, Rolling Stone, Mojo, Uncut, Boston Globe, Exclaim!, Romano’s fifth album, "Mosey", takes inspiration from such trailblazers as Lee Hazlewood, Serge Gainsbourg, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Randy Newman and Ennio Morricone, and throws them in a sonic blender to produce a thrilling and wide-ranging album that mixes together ‘60s French and British pop music, psychedelic blues, Spaghetti western, ‘70s funk, honky-tonk heartache, country-soul, barroom piano confessionals and rollicking rock n’ roll. An album in the truest sense, Romano threads the songs together with wildly eclectic outros which creates a cinematic feel and reinforces that although many of these sounds are from the past this is a record that is very much a product of the modern era.
26-MAY: Newcastle (UK) @ The Cluny 2*
27-MAY: Glasgow (UK) @ The Classic Grand*
28-MAY: Aberdeen (UK) @ The Tunnels*
29-MAY: York (UK) @ The Crescent*
30-MAY: Oxford (UK) @ The Bullingdon*
31-MAY: London (UK) @ The Lexington*
01-JUNE: Antwerpen (BE) @ De Roma*
02-JUNE: Gent (BE) @ Dok*
03-JUNE: Groningen (NL) @ Oosterpoort*
04-JUNE: Utrecht (NL) @ TivoliVredenburg*
05-JUNE: Amsterdam (NL) @ Paradiso*
06-JUNE: Nijmegen (NL) @ Doornroosje*
07-JUNE: Mannheim (DE) @ Kulturbrücken* NEW!
09-JUNE: Berlin (DE) @ Privatclub* NEW!
10-JUNE: Flensburg (DE) @ Volksbad* NEW!
11-JUNE: Oberhausen (DE) @ Static Roots Festival NEW!
14-JUNE: Paris (FR) @ Divan du Monde* NEW!
17-JUNE: Vitoria (ESP) @ Azkena Rock Festival
19-JUN: St. Etienne (FR) @ Thunderbird Lounge NEW!
26-JUN: Hamburg (DE) @ Sound Yard NEW!
27-JUN: Randers (DK) @ Memphis Mansion NEW!
28-JUN: Gothenburg (SWE) @ Pustverik NEW!
29-JUN: Mariehamn (SWE) @ Dino's Bar & Grill NEW!
02-JUL: Stockholm (SWE) @ Lasse I Parken NEW!
03-JUL: Orebro (SWE) @ Kulturhuskällaren NEW!
06-JUL: Karlstad (SWE) @ Nojesfabriken NEW!
07-JUL: Borlage (SWE) @ Peace & Love Festival NEW!
08-JUL: Malmo (SWE) @ Pildammsteatern/Sommarscen NEW!
09-JUL: Oslo (NO) @ Vulcan Arena NEW!
10-JUL: Kristiansand (NO) @ Cafe Generalen NEW!
* with Kacy and Clayton