“One of the best rock bands out there today.” –John Richards, KEXP
“Energetic and unmannered.” –Pitchfork
“Catchy pop to punk to rockabilly; no matter what genre they tackle, the result is always impressive.” –Whitney Matheson, USA Today
Following up their lean, frenetic “Art of Losses” album from last year, The Blakes have been fervently woodshedding some new tracks for an upcoming release. “We started writing for this record of September of last year and began recording in January,” vocalist/guitarist Garnet Keim says.
Bassist/vocalist Snow Keim adds, “We created the new material in sub-zero temperatures. It became a test of will power as to how much cold you could stand in order to get the take and still be able to move your fingers! I think this is actually reflected in the sound and style of some of these songs.”
Garnet says of the new material, “We created a collection of songs that represent what were doing now, but with nod to some classic blues soul from the 20s and 30s which is a big influence on our band.” Garnet and Snow wrote about 40 songs with fellow Blakes founder and drummer Bob Husak, deciding to finish on ones with the utmost energy that they would love to play live.
The new songs were produced and engineered In their studio, mixed by Jon Ervie (a protege of Martin Feveyear). “Cher Noble,” “Xerox” and “Dirty Hands” were engineered and mixed by Tom Gardner at Cutting Room Studios NYC, and all were mastered by Tom Gardner.