Jeff Angell’s STATICLAND will release its self-titled debut album May 6th on UDR, a captivating menagerie of songs that effortlessly shift from raucous, snarling, barn burners to moving Stones-inspired ballads that you will want to play on repeat. Produced By Grammy award winner Vance Powell (Jack White, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs, Seasick Steve), the sound is that of a provocative, imaginative blues rock which breaths new life into the genre both sonically and stylistically.
“My youth was in the distance, but it was catching up with me.” (The Edge)
With the eagerly awaited second Walking Papers record being put on hold due to Duff Mckagan’s return to Gun N Roses, Angell, along with key collaborator Benjamin Anderson, were offered the opportunity by UDR to expand on the sound they had defined in their previous bands. They recruited Post Stardom Depression drummer Joshua Fant, entered a rehearsal room in Seattle and started, as Angell calls it, “putting in the time.”
The songs came together quickly, and before they knew it, they had conceived a thrilling batch of new material that succeed in capturing the spontaneity and excitement of people who are passionate about making music and that have the experience to do it well.
The songs swing and shuffle savagely. They are dynamic and diverse, and while each stands as an achievement on its own, together they provide an ever-changing escape into a variety of audio environments, with Angell’s narrative and vivid imagery lighting the way.
“While we were writing the songs for this record I was having some strange dreams.” Angell remembers. “I usually write narratively or autobiographically. There is still plenty of that in this record, but I also wanted to bring some of what I remember from those dreams into the songs as well.”
Angell’s voice can best be described as lived in. It is smokey, versatile and articulate but most importantly, believable. With it he tells the stories of colorful characters, contemplates relationships, and shares dreamy imagery, all the while spurring the listener to expand on the limits we allow ourselves to go.
“If there is one consistent theme I kept coming across, it was, let’s leave the past where it belongs.” Angell says.
“Band names are a lot like cops: There’s never one around when you need one,” Angell jokes. “We had a great album and we were in need of a name. We wanted something that sounded like a place, a novel or a television series. We started throwing things together that fit that criteria, and we arrived at STATICLAND. Maybe it’s a place where things don’t change and these songs are our plan of escape.”
“I like to think of this record as taking an obstacle and turning it to an opportunity. It’s an invitation to roll the dice
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