American Music Club
 
 
::: LIVE ::: 2008 European Tour Starts in Ireland
New Studio Album “The Golden Age”
MARK EITZEL to release solo album "CANDYASS" (Cooking Vinyl) Irish Release September 30th, 2005
AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB Irish Dates
AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB  return with a new album
Together again after a ten-year hiatus
 

 

 
 
 
 
“The world seems to stop when Eitzel sings, a luxurious croon that delivers sentences as if they are one long word, without commas or pauses … With guitarist Vudi brewing up an electric storm and new drummer Steve Didelot’s snare work as high in the mix as a house beat, they have never sounded better.” – The Guardian 'live' review ****
American Music Club

Digital download single“All The Lost Souls Welcome You To San Francisco” released 8th September

www.american-music-club.com ~ www.myspace.com/americanmusicclub ~ www.cookingvinyl.com

 

::: LIVE ::: 2008 European Tour Starts in Ireland
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008 - Belfast – Empire
Wednesday, September 3rd - Dublin – Whelans
(Full Tour Dates Below)

American Music Club, who will be touring Europe in September & October, have announced that they will be releasing a digital download single on Monday 8th September. The single features three tracks – All The Lost Souls Welcome You To San Francisco (taken from their critically acclaimed album The Golden Age), plus two previously unreleased tracks – Stars (demo) and Who You Are (demo).

Released earlier this year, “The Golden Age” exudes an understated brilliance, and saw AMC moving away from the fragmented studio sound of their last, critically acclaimed opus Love Songs For Patriots, to an altogether lighter more cohesive sound reminiscent of their earlier works, whilst the backing vocals and melodies recall LA in the early 70s where folk / pop / rock of CSNY, Fleetwood Mac, Bread and the Hollies ruled. From the beautiful simplicity in “All My Love”, the pure twisted pop of “Who You Are”, to “Windows of the World” an ode to the World Trade Centre, and the mariachi waltz of “That’s Not Really You”, The Golden Age is yet another triumphant return to form. Critics praised the album as “A burnished pleasure” (Observer) and “A deep and brooding work of maturity and simmering discontent” (The Mirror). The Times said “This is one of the best – and most approachable – records Eitzel has made.”

Full AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB 2008 European tour dates as follows:
Tues Sept 2 – N.Ireland - Belfast – Empire
Wed Sept 3 - Ireland - Dublin – Whelans
Thurs Sept 4 - United Kingdom - Manchester – Acamedy 3
Fri Sept 5 - Scotland – Glasgow - Stereo
Sat Sept 6 - United Kingdom Newcastle - Cluny
Sun Sept 7 - United Kingdom - York – The Duchess
Tues Sept 9 - United Kingdom - Bristol -Thekla
Wed Sept 10 - United Kingdom - Leicester - The Musician
Thurs Sept 11 - United Kingdom - London – Bush Hall
Fri Sept 12th - United Kingdom - Dorset - End of the Road Festival
Sat Sept 13th - United Kingdom - Exeter - Phoenix
Mon Sept 15th - United Kingdom – Cambridge – The Junction 2 (this venue moved)
Tues 16th - United Kingdom – Winchester – The Railway
Fri 19th - Portugal – Barriero (near Lisbon) – B.O.M
Sat 20th – Spain – Huelva - South Pop Festival
Tues 23rd – Spain – Barcelona - BAM Festiva
Wed 24th - Switzerland - Luzern - Boa
Thur 25th - Germany - Karlsruhe - Jubez
Fri 26th - Germany - Dresden – Beat Pol
Sat 27th - Germany - Wendelstein - Jegelscheune
Mon 29th - Finland - Helsinki - Tavastia
Tues 30th - Luxembourge -Dudelange - CC op der Schmertz
Wed 1. Oct
- Belgium -Ghent - Handelsbeurs
Thurs 2.Oct

- NL

- Haarlem - Patronaat
Fri 3rd Oct - NL - Den Haag - Paard van Troje
Sat Oct 4th - NL – Groningen - Take Root Festival
Tues Oct 7th – Serbia – Begrade - Dom Omladine
Wed Oct 8th - Croatia - Zagreb - Teatar ITD
Thurs 9th – Italy – Milan - Casa 139
Fri -10th – Italy – Florence - Viper
Sat – 11th – Italy – Rome - Init
 
 
 
 
American Music Club

New Studio Album “The Golden Age”

Irish Release on Friday 25th January 2008 on Cooking Vinyl

AMC Irish Tour Dates - 2008

Wed - Jan 30 - Cork - Cyprus Ave
Thurs Jan 31 - Limerick - Dolans
Fri - Feb 1 - Galway - Roisin Dubh
Sat - Feb 2 - Dublin - Whelans

“I don’t intend to make songs dark or difficult. I want to make the best f**ked up pop songs out there.”

So says Mark Eitzel, lead singer and songwriter of the legendary American Music Club, who will be releasing their 9th studio album, The Golden Age, in Ireland on Friday 25th January 2008.

Featuring 13 songs, The Golden Age exudes an understated brilliance, and sees AMC moving away from the fragmented studio sound of their last, critically acclaimed opus Love Songs For Patriots, to an altogether lighter more cohesive sound reminiscent of their earlier works, whilst the backing vocals and melodies recall LA in the early 70s where folk / pop / rock of CSNY, Fleetwood Mac, Bread and the Hollies ruled.
Eitzel states this was all done intentionally as ...

1) AMC refutes the label of 'Emo Pioneers'. For the record AMC hate Emo and have never been on the soundtrack for any Warner Brothers network show … yet.
2) Dark music is for people who are healthy enough to take it - and AMC want to appeal to all people - including the sick.

Cited as “America’s greatest living lyricist” (The Guardian), Eitzel is on top of his game once again. >From the beautiful simplicity in “All My Love”, the pure twisted pop of “Who You Are”, to “Windows of the World” an ode to the World Trade Centre, and the mariachi waltz of “That’s Not Really You”, The Golden Age is yet another triumphant return to form.

The Golden Age was recorded at King Size Studios in LA, home of producer/mixer Dave Trumfio (Wilco, Grandaddy, My Morning Jacket). Eitzel was joined by mainstay and lead guitarist, Vudi, keyboardist Jason Borger, plus a new rhythm section, bassist Sean Hoffman and drummer Steve Didelot, both formerly of The Larks. Eitzel had been unhappy with the recording of the last album as Vudi had little involvement and the only way to work with Vudi was to move to LA. Former drummer Tim Mooney who played on the bands last three albums and long term bassist Danny Pearson remained in San Francisco working on their own respective projects.

Formed in 1982, American Music Club produced music that reflected America, blending post punk, country and folk with Eitzel’s down beat poetics. The line up changed a year later with the arrival of Vudi (guitar) and Danny Pearson (bass) to form the core group which lasted up until 1995. Within this period the band released “California”, “United Kingdom”, “Everclear” and “Mercury”, all considered masterpieces of modern American rock, cementing their place in history as one of the most dynamic, intense and intelligent acts. AMC had signed to a major for the release of “Mercury” and after non-stop touring in '94, the group put out their seventh release titled "San Francisco”. This was to be their last album as Eitzel decided to dissolve the band and purse a solo carrer which spanned eight albums. With the likes of Radiohead, REM, Pearl Jam, Coldplay and a host of others proclaiming their love publicly for AMC, the bands status grew and in 2004 they returned for a sold out performance at the South Bank Centre in London.

American Music Club will be doing a European tour in February 2008, in support of The Golden Age. More details to follow …

www.cookingvinyl.com / www.american-music-club.com / www.myspace.com/americanmusicclub

 
American Music Club’s
MARK EITZEL

Set to Play Two Intimate Irish Shows in December

December 6th (Tuesday) - Dublin - Whelans - www.whelanslive.com
December 7th (Wednesday) - Cork - Cyprus Ave - www.cyprusavenue.ie

New Solo Album "CANDY ASS" (Cooking Vinyl) Out Now!!
“America’s Greatest Living Lyricist.” – The Guardian

"Candy Ass", Mark Eitzel's first solo album of new songs since 2001's "The Invisible Man" was released in Europe back in October has already garnered acclaimed reviews that most artists spend an entire career trying to achieve!. "Candy Ass" is an American redneck term used to describe a wimp or a spineless person, a title as much for his detractors as for his fans - for his fine art of self deprecation.

As the vocalist/songwriter for one of the most influential bands to emerge from the '80s – American Music Club – Eitzel’s sound is constantly changing, from his first solo effort of “60 Watt Silver Lining” through to “The Invisible Man”, which was primarily electronic based. He has allowed “Candy Ass” to retain a timeless electronic sound by using both modern and older equipment, layering and interweaving his soundscapes over beds of percussion and drum loops to make some of his most beautiful songs. He also includes three acoustic based tracks including “Sleeping Beauty” which has become a current staple of his recent live solo shows.

Eitzel penned 11 of the 12 songs while “Green Eyes” is a partial collaboration with Calexico and their track “Praskovia”. Calexico and Eitzel have long had a mutual admiration as the former originally recorded a cover of “Chanel No 5” for the AMC tribute album. While AMC is Eitzel’s guitar driven side, his solo albums allow him to explore his electronic tastes more widely from Four Tet to the Aphex Twin, and Eno to Mogwai.

Just prior to AMC’s breakup in 1995, Eitzel began his solo career in earnest and since then he has released six albums including “West” with REM’s Peter Buck, “Caught in a Trap...” with members of Sonic Youth and Yo La Tengo and two albums of cover versions. Last year, American Music Club got back together for one of the most anticipated and amazing reunions in ages, with one US scribe declaring “forget about the Pixies reunion, this is the reunion of the decade”. Their 2004 album, “Love Songs for Patriots”, received widespread critical acclaim.

“Candy Ass” was recorded in San Francisco and London over a three-year period, both before and after the AMC reunion album and tours, and was mixed and mastered in London in June of this year where Eitzel spends much of his time. All photos on the album were taken by Eitzel.

 
American Music Club’s
MARK EITZEL
to release solo album "CANDYASS" (Cooking Vinyl)
Irish Release September 30th, 2005

“America’s Greatest Living Lyricist.” – The Guardian

Friday 30th of September sees the release of ”Candy Ass”, Mark Eitzel’s first album of new songs since 2001’s “The Invisible Man”. “Candy Ass” is an American redneck term used to describe a wimp or a spineless person, a title as much for his detractors as for his fans - for his fine art of self deprecation.

As the vocalist/songwriter for one of the most influential bands to emerge from the '80s – American Music Club – Eitzel’s sound is constantly changing, from his first solo effort of “60 Watt Silver Lining” through to “The Invisible Man”, which was primarily electronic based. He has allowed “Candy Ass” to retain a timeless electronic sound by using both modern and older equipment, layering and interweaving his soundscapes over beds of percussion and drum loops to make some of his most beautiful songs. He also includes three acoustic based tracks including “Sleeping Beauty” which has become a current staple of his recent live solo shows.

Eitzel penned 11 of the 12 songs while “Green Eyes” is a partial collaboration with Calexico and their track “Praskovia”. Calexico and Eitzel have long had a mutual admiration as the former originally recorded a cover of “Chanel No 5” for the AMC tribute album. While AMC is Eitzel’s guitar driven side, his solo albums allow him to explore his electronic tastes more widely from Four Tet to the Aphex Twin, and Eno to Mogwai.

Just prior to AMC’s breakup in 1995, Eitzel began his solo career in earnest and since then he has released six albums including “West” with REM’s Peter Buck, “Caught in a Trap...” with members of Sonic Youth and Yo La Tengo and two albums of cover versions. Last year, American Music Club got back together for one of the most anticipated and amazing reunions in ages, with one US scribe declaring “forget about the Pixies reunion, this is the reunion of the decade”. Their 2004 album, “Love Songs for Patriots”, received widespread critical acclaim.

“Candy Ass” was recorded in San Francisco and London over a three-year period, both before and after the AMC reunion album and tours, and was mixed and mastered in London in June of this year where Eitzel spends much of his time. All photos on the album were taken by Eitzel.

 

FACTS ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM BY MARK EITZEL

Where did you record the record?

At Kingsize Studio's in LA. The producer was Dave Trumfio who made a name for himself recording many records including Summerteeth by Wilco

How long to record the album?

2 months - one month to rehearse

When did you start writing songs for record?

Some of the songs were written 2 years ago - some were written right before the album was recorded. One of the songs - called 'Sleeping Beauty' was on a previous solo album of mine called 'Candy Ass' - and the band wanted to put it on this record. On My Way was begun many years ago.

Is there a theme for this record?

Nope - it is just a collection of songs played by AMC. If there was a theme - it would be how much fun it is to play music with these guys.

Do you write songs as a band?

We arrange the songs I write as a band. I bring the finished songs to the band and they either batter them into shape or into little pieces. It is more or less a democracy - but sometimes I will say no.

How was this a different approach from your last record 'Love Songs For Patriots'?

We recorded as live as we could do without thousands of overdubs. There was a month of rehearsal and then a month of mixing. We arranged the music before we went into the studio. There wasn't a lot of time or money - so this is what we did.

Where did you find Sean and Steve (the new bassist and drummer)?

Vudi was a fan of a band called 'The Bedroom Walls' - of which Sean was the guitarist. When he left the band and joined the 'Larks' - Vudi loved this band and Steve was the drummer and one of the songwriters. Last year I called Vudi and said that we should try working out some arrangements for the new AMC record. He called Sean and Steve just as a way of bashing out some ideas. We worked together for a week or so and it felt very easy. Steve and Sean are very, very good players. The original members of AMC had been out of touch for a long time - and after a while playing with Steve and Sean felt more like a band than trying to play with Tim and Danny.

How would you categorize your music?

We always try and subvert categories - I would say we are a different genre according to any band member you talk to. It's an impossible question.

What tunes stand out for you on this record?

That is another hard question. I personally like 'All My Love' and 'I Know That’s Not Really You'. The record company chose the single.

What is different about this record than other AMC records?

I think it’s easier to listen to than previous records. The focus was on making a positive statement. Maybe there is something more free about this one. I love pop music - it seems like the most honest statements are the simplest. Also we wanted to make something that people would want to listen to over and over. I think this album is simpler than previous records. The music is basically just what we rehearsed before recording it.

What does the title 'The Golden Age' mean?

Well it was Vudi's idea to call the record this and put it against a picture of two pit bulls fucking or against a picture of a slaughterhouse. The reason for the title can be your own interpretation.

Whose idea was the album cover?

This was completely the idea of the photographer Mark Holthusen. He wanted to take these pictures as part of his collection (see his web site!) and we agreed - but never thought that this would be the album cover until we saw the cover photograph.

How do you like Los Angeles?

I love Los Angeles but I still make my home in San Francisco - where my heart is.

What are the old band member doing now?

Tim Mooney works at a cooperative studio called Closer in San Francisco. Dan Pearson (bass) plays in several bands and is also releasing his own solo record. He has a web site - that you can find through the AMC web site.

What are your plans for the record? Do you think it will be a smash hit?

Of course it will. By this time next year I will be playing for the President at the White House. I will have a yacht and a plane and a collection of solid gold candy dispensers ...

Do you write the music or the lyrics first?

Well it’s a bit of both - sometimes the words suggest music and sometimes the music suggest words.


About the songs:


All My Love:

It is all in the song - I have nothing to say about it.


John Berchman Victory Choir:

St. John Berchman is the Patron Saint of altar boys. I used to be one.

The Stars

It’s a song that came from a dream

The Dance

Inspired partly by the movie Werkmeister - and by those stupid sunglasses that all American cops and soldiers wear to intimidate you into thinking that there is no justice.

The Sleeping Beauty

Originally recorded on a solo record of mine called Candy Ass. The band like the song and we started playing it - so when it came to recording the record we decided to throw it on.


The Grand Duchess

About one of San Francisco's lost souls.


Who You Are

A dumb love song - from the point of view of someone who is always outclassed.

On My Way

Came from a ferry crossing that AMC took from the UK to Germany - in a bar full of soldiers from Northern Ireland, on their way to Croatia.


Windows On The World

Was the name of the bar on the top of he World Trade Center


One Step Ahead

About being on a boat.


All The Lost Souls Welcome You To San Francisco

Yes I am a lost soul - and tried to write a tribute to my city.

www.cookingvinyl.com / www.american-music-club.com / www.myspace.com/americanmusicclub

 

 
 
 
  AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB

return to Ireland due to popular demand

"This band belongs together ... the chemistry is still there" - Uncut
"Politically and emotionally unflinching, America's Greatest Living Lyricist is back on scarifying form." - The Guardian ****
"(Eitzel is) . the consummate entertainer: funny, charming and gifted with a voice that can make you swoon, shudder and shake." - Independent on Sunday
"Bleakly beautiful" - The Independent

AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB return to Ireland due to popular demand following their appearance in Dublin's Village last October. In addition to their return to Dublin, AMC also play Galway's Roisin Dubh. For more info or Inverview requests: Stevo Berube at Berube Communications on (01) 476 3603 or 087 244 2695 info@berubecommunications.com or www.berubecommunications.com.

Galway
Roisin Dubh, 8:30pm
28 Jan 2005
?22.50, ?20.00 (members)
Available from Redlight Records, Mulligan Records and the Roisin Dubh.
www.roisindubh.net

Dublin
The Village, 8:30pm
29 Jan 2005
?20.00
Available from WaV, Ticketmaster Outlets, and mcd.ie
www.thevillagevenue.com

AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB, the San Francisco-based band whose poignantly dark, often desperately beautiful music garnered critical acclaim throughout the 80s and 90s, released their new album, "Love Songs For Patriots"

Featuring original members Mark Eitzel (vocals/guitar), Danny Pearson (bass), Tim Mooney (drums) and Vudi (guitar), along with new addition Marc Capelle (piano/trumpet), the 13-song album blends American Music Club's unique mix of rock, folk, country and jazz with Eitzel's ever-present acerbic, brutally honest lyrics. From the first few bars of "Ladies And Gentlemen" it's obvious that the band is back in full force.

AMC are original members Mark Eitzel (vocals, guitar), Dan Pearson (bass),
Tim Mooney (drums), Vudi (guitar) and they are joined by new member Jason
Borger (keyboards).

 
 
 
 

AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB  
return with a new album after a 10 year hiatus
“LOVE SONGS FOR PATRIOTS” (Cooking Vinyl)
Irish Release 3rd September 2004
*** Mark Eitzel Irish Promo trip August ***

“This band belongs together ... the chemistry is still there” - Uncut

“Politically and emotionally unflinching, America’s Greatest Living Lyricist is back on scarifying form.” – The Guardian ****

“(Eitzel is) … the consummate entertainer: funny, charming and gifted with a voice that can make you swoon, shudder and shake.” – Independent on Sunday

“Bleakly beautiful” – The Independent

AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB, the San Francisco-based band whose poignantly dark, often desperately beautiful music garnered critical acclaim throughout the 80s and 90s, are set to release their new album, “Love Songs For Patriots” on 3rd September. The album will be preceded by a single, “Ladies & Gentlemen” on 20th August.

Featuring original members Mark Eitzel (vocals/guitar), Danny Pearson (bass), Tim Mooney (drums) and Vudi (guitar), along with new addition Marc Capelle (piano/trumpet), the 13-song album blends American Music Club's unique mix of rock, folk, country and jazz with Eitzel's ever-present acerbic, brutally honest lyrics. From the first few bars of "Ladies And Gentlemen" it’s obvious that the band is back in full force.

Formed in 1983, American Music Club produced music that reflected America ... a blend of free-form jazz tendencies and Eitzel's down beat poetics. His talent landed him Best Songwriter accolades in Rolling Stone's Critics Poll, which also deemed the group a "Hot Band" pick. After releasing five, much lauded, full-length records on a handful of indie labels, American Music Club signed to a major in 1993 and released "Mercury", considered a masterpiece of modern rock music and the band's most focused album to date. After non-stop touring in '94, the group put out their seventh release titled "San Francisco", which laid claim to their birthplace and featured an introspective collection of songs that twisted and turned like the ambivalent emotions that created them. That ambivalence was fortuitous as American Music Club called it quits, amicably, in 1995.

Separately, the band continued musically. Eitzel released a trove of much-loved solo efforts, Pearson went on to play with Clodhopper and release quality solo records, Mooney took on life as a producer and Vudi fronted an L.A. Band called Clovis de Foret.

In the summer of 2003, Mooney phoned his American Music Club band mates to ask about recording a new album. The songs Eitzel had written laid the seed for what would become their new record, "Love Songs For Patriots".

Following on from their string of sold out tour dates in the U.S. and U.K, the band will begin a worldwide tour in September. More details to follow ….

 
 
 
 

AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB

After a 10-year hiatus, American Music Club is back together. In fact, the band are currently working in San Francisco at Closer Recording Studios on a brand new AMC album.

Mark Eitzel (vocals and guitar) reports that things are going pretty well with the sessions. “It’s very inspiring to be working with these great musicians once again,” Eitzel recently told RollingStone.com. “We’re pretty different now. I think we’ve changed a lot. You’d have to in ten years, right?”

Forming in San Francisco back in 1983, Mark Eitzel, Vudi and Dan Pearson began by synthesizing their love for rock, country, blues, folk, pop and punk, featuring Eitzel’s enigmatic presence, heartfelt vocals and brilliant songwriting. Songs often became an unpredictable wedding between their free-form jazz tendencies and Eitzel’s downbeat poetics, eventually landing him “Best Songwriter” accolades in Rolling Stone Critics Poll, not to mention a “Hot Band” pick from the same publication. The band went on to release five, much applauded, full length records on a handful of indie labels before recording their major label debut, ‘Mercury’, in 1993, considered by many to be a masterpiece of modern popular music and their most focused record. Then, after incessant touring, the band settled down in the spring of 1994 to produce a set of songs that emphasized the line-ups steadiness and a wealth of new perspective. They called it ‘San Francisco’, their seventh album, which laid claim to their critical birthright in an album full of introspective songs that twisted and turned like the ambivalent emotions that created them. Soon after, American Music Club split up, albeit amicably in 1995. Eitzel went on to create of reservoir of much loved solo efforts, including ‘60 Watt Silver Lining’ and ‘The Invisible Man’. Danny went on to play with Clodhopper, and release his solo recordings. Tim is a busy producer at his own Closer Recording Studios in San Francisco, and Vudi fronts LA band Clovis de Foret. Now, after a decade of being apart, we can expect a new AMC effort – a full length album, no less – in September. More information will be issued shortly.

AMC are – original members Mark Eitzel (vocals, guitar), Dan Pearson (bass), Tim Mooney (drums), Vudi (guitar) and new member Marc Capelle (piano/trumpet).

 
 
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