Friday, 23 June 2017

The Americans new album I'll Be Yours out on Loose 7 July




I'll Be Yours from Los Angeles band The Americans is due out on 7 July via Loose.
Mixing old-time blues and country with a blue-collar rock'n'roll/rockabilly vibe, The Americans absorb and reconfigure the history of American music from Chuck Berry and Tom Waits to Bruce Springsteen.

The album is slated to be one of the albums of the month at Rough Trade shops for July.
Pre-order the album here: http://smarturl.it/theamericans
The album follows hot on the heels of their four-track EP THE RIGHT STUFF, which came out in April. 

See BLOG POST (22 April 2017): L.A band The Americans sign to Loose - share new single The Right Stuff

 The Americans are made up of frontman Patrick Ferris, upright bassist Jake Faulkner and Guitarist Zac Sokolow, brought together through their love of American roots music.

The Americans
I'll Be Yours
Loose
CD/LP/DL
11 Tracks/ Time:
Available for pre-order/ purchase: Amazon UK | UK iTunes | Amazon.com

New Loose signings, Los Angeles quartet The Americans will release their forthcoming studio album, I’LL BE YOURS, on 7th July. Having started out as a roots band enthralled by pre-war American country and blues, they have evolved into a blistering amalgamation of those influences, injected with a fiery blue collar rock’n’roll attitude, absorbing and reconfiguring the history of American music from Chuck Berry and Tom Waits to Bruce Springsteen. They named themselves after the controversial photo series by Robert Frank, which was first published in 1958 with a foreword by Jack Kerouac. Like Frank's photos, The Americans' songs are miniature biographies, intimate and empathic portraits of individuals that leave much unsaid.

Published on Jun 9, 2017 watch The Americans- 'The Right Stuff' official music video
From the forthcoming album "I'll Be Yours" (C) 2017 Loose Music under exclusive license from
The Americans Video by Jillian Martin and Robert Dalsey. http://www.jillianmartin.com

 

The Americans were plucked from obscurity by Jack White, T Bone Burnett and Robert Redford to appear in PBS documentary series American Epic, which aired on the BBC from 16 May 2017. Featuring artists such as Beck, Elton John, Nas, Willie Nelson, Alabama Shakes, The Avett Brothers and many more, the film reconstructs the story of the first American music in the 1920s and re-assembled the recording apparatus that was used at the time. As experts in early music, The Americans were invited in to figure out the equipment and make the first recordings. Once the sessions were underway, they functioned as the house band, backing up various artists and suggesting songs to the filmmakers. Burnett was quoted as saying; “The Americans are part of this group, these genius 21st century musicians, that are reinventing American heritage music for this century. And it sounds even better this century.”

No Depression: Why Did Jack White & T Bone Burnett Include The Americans In Their 'American Epic'?

Watch clip with The American's bass player Jake Faulkner playing the jug during Nas and Jack White's performance of The Memphis Jug Band's "On The Road Again"

Invited along by Jack White as experts in early music, The Americans worked on the show every day, acting as the house band, contributing arrangements as well as advising on song choices. As BBC series producer Anthony Wall says in an interview with 6 Music's Matt Everitt“Jack [White] organised the main band, called The Americans, who just played here. Predictably absolutely brilliant, so if somebody needed a back-up band, they’ll play.”


Photo: The Americans with Nick Bergh placing a microphone in
 the American Epic studio
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Singer Patrick Ferris is credited as an associate producer and explains further:

"The band got involved with the film early, and were the first to record a song direct-to-disc with the newly-rebuilt 1920s-era Western Electric amplifier and Scully lathe. We became a house band for the film, backing up other artists and filling in here and there. Zac played guitar in Ana Gabriel's segment, and Jake provided jug on Nas' and Jack White's rendition of the Memphis Jug Band's "On The Road Again." I played guitar with Taj Mahal on Charley Patton's "High Water Everywhere." I selected old songs from my collection for various artists to record in the film.
"After the Sessions wrapped, I went to work on the film for a year and a half as an associate producer, doing primary source research and consulting. I helped dig up a number of rare photographs and films seen in the historical portions of the series."

Photo of The Americans with Ashley Monroe


















The band's first tour was different from most. They roped in a friend to play drums using only a plywood suitcase, which he beat with a soup spoon. They set off on a meandering, quixotic odyssey that found them playing honkytonks, rural bars, a Navajo radio station, and a wine cellar in an abandoned Coca-Cola bottling plant. Some of the venues hadn't hosted a live band since the 1980s. "We had a passport to the hidden heartland of our country," recounts Jake. Nowadays their tours are more structured, but the guys still seek out the road less traveled.

Despite being unsigned at the time, The Americans have already appeared on US TV talk shows such as The Late Show with David Letterman, and served as a backing band for Lucinda Williams, Nick Cave and Courtney Love at the David Lynch Foundation’s concert for the 60th Anniversary of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl. They also recorded an original song for Hal Willner’s Son of Rogue’s Gallery (ANTI- Records), an album of sea shanties and pirate songs featuring Tom Waits, Keith Richards, and Nick Cave, executive produced by Johnny Depp and their music is featured in the Michael Mann produced film Texas Killing Fields, starring Sam Worthington and Chloë Grace Moretz.

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