May 26, 2018 | doors at 9:00pm
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Chick Wallace | Oak House
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Michael Rault
Canadian singer-songwriter Michael Rault is pleased to announce his new album and Wick Records debut (a Daptone Records subsidiary), It's A New Day Tonight, out May 18th. The new album has its home in the darkness, many of its songs looking at nocturnal activities, particularly sleep. "Sleeping and dreaming were attractive concepts," says Rault. "I was looking for an escape from a lot of frustrating and dissatisfying conditions in my day-to-day life."

The Edmonton-born, Montreal-based singer-songwriter-producer began working on its songs in earnest after winding down the tour supporting his 2015 full-length Living Daylight, but getting to the point of having an album was a process. "Musically it came out of a period of dissatisfaction, creatively and personally, as I found myself pushing against the limitations of my abilities and approaches to making music." But those delays eventually paid off. As he was working on Tonight's songwriting, Rault kept entering the orbit of Wayne Gordon, producer and head engineer at Brooklyn's legendary Daptone studio—first through opening stints for the late firebrand Charles Bradley, then while on tour with Aussie shredders King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Sending Gordon early sketches of some songs led to Rault heading to Daptone for what was initially going to be a two-week recording stint. Midway through that Gordon approached him about signing to the Daptone Records label's fledgling rock spinoff, Wick—and becoming the first Canadian member of the Daptone family. Signing with Wick also led to Rault finishing the record at Daptone and bringing Gordon on as co-producer.

It's A New Day Tonight has the loose-limbed feel of a lost album by '70s bands that bridged the gap between folk rock's open-hearted strumming and power pop's crisp, melody-forward confections—Wings, Badfinger, Big Star, 10cc—yet possesses an energy shot through with 21st-century optimism. That vibe was assisted by the live-to-tape recording setup at Daptone. "The editing and patching together of tracks on the album was minimal compared to modern standards, which forced me to get more used to having to perform each song all the way through in the studio and then live with the imperfections afterwards," says Rault.

The album's title (and title track) comes from the most Canadian of overheard sources: a pregame interview with a hockey player coming off a rocky night. "He said, 'It's a new day tonight, we've got to put the past behind us.' At first, I thought it was an awkward phrase," says Rault. "But I quickly thought: 'Awkward turn of phrase… or a good album title?' [The title track] is almost completely describing a very positive nightlife experience, but the opening line implies that this evening is coming as a major relief after spending the majority of the day depressed." It's this idea of new hope born from a period of hardship that drives the record. Hope springs eternal when day is over it's a new day tonight.
Chick Wallace
The up-and-coming salty girl pop/punk project, Chick Wallace, is bringing a new face and sound to the music scene in Atlanta. Flush with local talent, this four piece includes lead vocalist and rhythm guitar, Melanie, musical virtuoso and drummer Max, Glick on bass, and Josh playing lead guitar. They have recently released a hi-fi EP on Bandcamp, and their dynamic track listing features some unexpectedly thunderous tunes. Influenced by bands like Modest Mouse, this EP combines powerful vocals, similar to that of the Screaming Females, with fast-passed melodies that are reminiscent of Sonic Youth. Tracks like “Blue Like Jazz”, embrace vulnerable lyricism to complement heavy rhythms and cavernous bass—a trademark combination throughout most of the record. The single “Sweetheart” (their first single debut) spices things up a bit with bright, pop-ish chords set against some pretty dark-humored words. This song in particular is more of a fun and narrative style for the group. Bringing a variety of surfy-punk sounds to the table, Chick Wallace is breaking down genre barriers. This emotionally-rich album is incredibly progressive for surf rock, which is something we’re not seeing enough of in the Atlanta scene. Melanie writes fearlessly about the situations in life that we sometimes just can’t let go of, in the hopes that others will be able to recognize and relate. A lot of her influence is drawn from personal experience and the humor and beauty that can be found in each trial and tribulation of the past. So, what to expect in the upcoming year for Chick Wallace? Currently, the band is planning tour dates for 2018, and working on writing a full-length album.
Oak House
The music of Athens, GA band Oak House employs dark tonalities with liberal rhythmic experimentation while featuring driving rock-riffage and pulsing electronic undercurrents. Oak House’s live performances have a track record of being high energy and charismatic. The psych-tinged indie rock of Oak House has brought journalists to draw comparisons to Thom Yorke and Grizzly Bear, as well as Fugazi .

Oak House consists of Gresham Cash (guitar, vocals), Connor Sabula (bass) and Wes Gregory (percussion).

The band’s first release, Plastique Cash, was released in September of 2014. The release garnered positive attention from local press and blog writers, being featured in Athens’ Flagpole’s Top 10 Albums of 2014. Oak House was also awarded Upstart of the Year in the 2015 Athens Flagpole Music Awards.