Exclusive Full Album Stream: Lionize, "Jetpack Soundtrack"
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:50:23
All day today, ARTISTdirect is streaming Lionize's Jetpack Soundtrack, out tomorrow, February 18. Guess who is on our VIP guest list for this digital listening party? You!
Consider this the "try before you buy" period. So go ahead, enjoy the album.
The album will be released via Weathermaker Music, the label founded by rock icons Clutch.
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Check out this interview with Lionize vocalist and guitarist Nate Bergman:
What were the pivotal albums in your life, growing up?
A few albums shook me to the core growing up Creedence Clearwater Revivals's Cosmo's Factory, Led Zeppelin IV, Van Morrison's Astral Weeks and Moondance, Bob Marley and the Wailers Uprising, Parliament's Mothership Connection , The Beatles Rubber Soul and Sam Cooke Compilations. The list is too big, but when I was 10-years-old my parents gave me their turntable and speakers and about 200 vinyl albumsranging from Jazz, Classical, Folk and Reggae to Blues and Classic Rock. It was a treasure chest for me--and it’s still the cornerstone of my collection. My musical taste grew out from that point on. I'd hear Led Zeppelin and wonder who their influences were and so forth. That's when Blues and Jazz comes into play, and where I still spend a lot of dollars of discovery at the record store in those sections.
On JETPACK SOUNDTRACK, you’ve diversified and it’s reflected in the music. It’s a mix of heavy rock, soul and even some blues. What inspired you to keep musically expanding?
At the core of our nature and most of the bands we admire is the need to explore and evolve. I think the second you're happy with the sound and what you're doing it's the end of creativity and the life of the band. Touring with as many different types of bands as we have, like Steel Pulse, Bad Brains, Clutch--you get a sense of evolution and expansion with those bands from tour to tour and album to album. We are musical sponges in terms of being open by what we're seeing live and listening to in the van. You wouldn't believe how deep you get when you tour with a band and begin to share each others’ taste in late night sessions. You get a sense of what turns them on and you can turn them on to what influences you. It's a continuously growing venture.
What would you like for people to take away from listening to JETPACK SOUNDTRACK?
I can't decide what they should take away from it--I just hope it takes them somewhere. We wanted to create an interesting sonic journey, and hopefully it's catchy and fun. I want people to have a good time with it.
LIONIZE is the only artist aside from renowned rockers Clutch signed to Weathermaker Music, describe how that happened.
We have been touring on and off with Clutch for the better part of 7 or 8 years. We've gone from very low on the package to direct support, and on a personal and musical level we all get along. We are into the same stuff, and I believe at the end of the day we are similar in our attitude towards music. It's no nonsense, no glitz or glam. It's rock and roll and it's funky and it's working. We’ve always had an above average work ethic and when we met those guys it was a huge inspiration to see that hard work does pay off. They are the best Rock and Roll band in the world if you ask me. I guess since signing to the label you could think that's lip service, but we are true Clutch fans and have been long before we even started touring with them. We have worked with Jean Paul Gaster in the studio for years now as well, along with Jamming and recording with Tim Sult, who plays guitar on 3 of our previous albums. Over the years the studio work morphed into Jean Paulbecoming a significant portion of the recording and pre-production process and finally a true producer on this album. We went in to record the album without the intention of signing to any label at all. We had a few labels we thought about, Weathermaker being at the top of the list, but it wasn't even on the table-we just wanted to make an incredible record and go from there. No rush, no deadline-just a great album. Clutch andWeathermaker approached us and since they’ve done wonders for promoting Clutch, it was a natural fit. It's without a doubt the best label experience we've ever had and I look forward to doing this for years to come. It's a family thing to us.
Are there any new artists you’ve heard, that are sticking out?
There's a few artists that are new to me, but certainly not new - as most bands that have a successful career put in a decade before anyone knows them, but I think some modern bands that get play in the van are Lucero, Ben Nichol's Solo stuff, Foxy Shazam, The Black Clouds, The Sword, Mastodon, Charles Bradley, Willy Tea Taylor, Larry and His Flask… Honestly mostly older artists in general, but we do love those bands. I guess it goes without saying we are enormous Clutch fans, but they've been around for a hot minute.
Describe your best night on tour, ever.
Two days come to mind that were incredible. Once we opened for Steel Pulse and Lee "Scratch" Perry at Red Rocks in Denver. It was just a surreal and beautiful experience. The second was an outdoor block party we did in Chicago for the anniversary of Kumas Corner, a famous heavy metal burger joint that shuts down a block or two and has a huge concert outdoors. It was spring time, Chicago, outside. After our set which went great, we listened to Clutch behind the stage and an Ice Cream man shows up on a little push cart. Someone pulled out a twenty and bought everyone backstage ice cream and we sat and enjoyed the music and had a treat. That was a perfect tour day.
What’s the single best piece of advice that you’ve been given?
Good stuff comes from Good Stuff.
What would be your ultimate dream bill?
I think a great tour would be Lionize and The Black Crowes. Eventually, it can make sense and we would be a nice direct support on that bill.
What has surprised you most in your career, so far?
Almost every single thing about it…
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