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    Mon, 12 Mar 2012 15:49:23

    Preteen Zenith to Release "Rubble Guts & BB Eye" on May 29 - The band is fronted by Polyphonic Spree's Tim DeLaughter

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    Preteen Zenith, the new band fronted by Tim DeLaughter (The Polyphonic Spree, Tripping Daisy), will release its debut album, the curiously titled Rubble Guts & BB Eye, on May 29 via Good Records Recordings.

    The album was recorded in Chicago and Memphis in collaboration with DeLaughter's longtime friend and former Tripping Daisy bandmate Philip E Karnats. The first single, "Damage Control," features guest vocals by Erykah Badu. You can stream the song now here.

    On April 21, a limited-edition early vinyl pressing of Rubble Guts & BB Eye will be released via select independent retailers in celebration of Record Store Day 2012.

    As always, whatta ya need to know about Preteen Zenith? Well, it was an album before it was a band. DeLaughter was writing and recording demos of new songs in early 2009, documenting ideas for what may have been a new Polyphonic Spree album or a solo album. Around this time, Karnats (who has also played with Secret Machines and Ike Reilly, and released a solo album on Good Records Recordings in 2006) invited DeLaughter to Chicago to do some improvising and recording.

    Unbeknownst to DeLaughter, his wife and longtime collaborator/co-conspirator Julie Doyle decided to share the barebones demos with Karnats, figuring that they could use a "plan b" in case the improvised sessions didn't pan out. By the time DeLaughter embarked to Chicago, Karnats had fallen in love with the demos, and greeted DeLaughter with a variety of ideas on how to build on them.

    DeLaughter arrived in Karnats' home studio with a station wagon full of gear, and they burned the midnight oil for 17 days. That's a lot of oil burned. Is it environmentally safe? That's a whole other story.

    A second, 10-day session followed at Walshtown Retreat Cabin near Memphis, a backwoods cabin that they transformed into a functioning studio with isolation booths and tracking rooms. In between a few fishing excursions, more songs were recorded, and a brand new one was written. The songs began to take shape as something different than a solo album or a Polyphonic Spree album, and a new band was born.

    In the spring of 2011, Gorilla Vs. Bear blogger Chris Cantalini was organizing a festival at the Granada Theater in Dallas, and called DeLaughter to ask about the new project he'd heard rumors about. In July, Preteen Zenith made its live debut (and only performance to date, though more shows are in the works for this summer) at the Gorilla Vs. Bear Festival with a stunning light show and six-member lineup. "Overwhelming as the visual bombast was, the music was perfectly suited to it," wrote the Dallas Observer in a review of the set. "Chaotic and loud as it got, the ear-candy melodies were always discernable. Dynamic, too: Songs would build up from DeLaughter's solitary plinking of pretty piano melodies and burst into chest-thumping, head-pounding storms of noise."

    Track Listing:

    1. Breathe
    2. Relief
    3. Damage Control (featuring Erykah Badu)
    4. Life
    5. Peddling
    6. Maker
    7. Meat
    8. Overcome
    9. Late

    Did you like "Damage Control?" Have you reached your Preteen Zenith?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    03.12.12



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