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New York quartet The Dig have been building some buzz from their first two full-lengths of '80s shoegaze-inspired rock. It's a Cure-meets-T. Rex sound that utilizes dark keyboards, with enough reverb to drown Robert Smith. You & I marks the band's third release in two years (following last year's full-length, Midnight Flowers, and their first 2013 EP, Tired Hearts), those sets comprising an impressive sum of 21 consistently nocturnal and sedated songs. - Consequence of Sound
The Dig's sound has been developing ever since the band's two singers Emile Mosseri and David Baldwin started making music together when they were eleven years old. After meeting California native Erick Eiser, the three songwriters have been writing tunes and playing in different bands together since they were in high school. Mark Demiglio (drums) moved to New York from Texas to join the band following the recording of "Midnight Flowers."
A few years ago Johnny Solomon was a fixture in the tight knit Twin Cities music scene, forming the angular indie pop band Friends Like These and touring extensively, he received critical praise from far flung sources that looked like the beginning of a promising career. The rising success masked his struggle with addiction and mental health problems, and quickly eclipsed his career, landing him in jail and treatment facilities across the country. By the end of that whirlwind he had retreated to a small town across the border in Wisconsin where he assumed his music days were over.
But when he moved out of the city his demons followed him and he spent his nights writing and recording what he thought would be his eulogy, songs about lost love and lost chances, He recruited some friends to come out and put it all to tape. Calling his new band Communist Daughter, they released their debut album "Soundtrack to the End" in 2010. As they gained national attention Johnny put all of it on hold and checked himself in to rehab one more time.
In 2012 Communist Daughter returned with a clear eyed John, including his now wife Molly Solomon, bassist Adam Switlick, Steven Yasgar on Drums, Al Weiers on guitar and Dillon Marchus on keys. They put out an EP "Lions & Lambs" and began touring the country again and gaining national attention.
By 2014 they had entered the studio to spend the next 2 years crafting their sophomore release. Working with Producer Kevin Bowe (Replacements, Meat Puppets) they recorded in and out of studios trying to capture the deeply personal songs in a much more deliberate style. Going from studio to bedroom to studio again they created an album with 11 songs running the gambit from high peaks to dark lows. They took the finished tracks to Nashville where Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker) put the final mix together, and then had Heba Kadry (Future Islands, And You Will Know Us…) master the final product in NYC.
2016 will see the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album "The Cracks That Built The Wall.' And look for a clear eyed Communist Daughter to return to the road for tour dates all over the country.
"Body Games is the latest venture from former Lake Inferior vocalist and keyboardist Dax Beaton, joined here by T0W3RS leader Derek Torres and former Love Language keyboardist/vocalist Kate Thompson. Together, they build decidedly downcast and definitely magnetic electropop." - Spencer Griffith, Indy Week
"'Lords,' the outfit’s debut single, opts for a laptop techno throb as Beaton channels Morrissey, both in the richness of his croon and in the song’s anxious narrative. “Oathkeeper” paints Body Games as a more electronic Okkervil River, the singer riding synthesizers that lilt. His inviting vocal effects explore a floundering romance. Conversely, on “Sunny,” Body Games pairs nervy balladry with thunderous bass. It posits the project as a post-Skrillex answer to LCD Soundsystem." - Jordan Lawrence, Hopscotch Music Festival with Communist Daughter, Body Games