Medical welcomes Rookin!

Occasionally you get one of those demos… One that, from the second you hear the first bars, you fall in love with. Rookin is that 1 in a thousand. We are delighted to announce that we will be releasing Rookin’s album, Unionism, on Medical Records, on 30th November.

This is a remarkably beautiful record, one whose hooks sound instantly timeless and fresh. Seriously… Go listen to the first track at our Bandcamp. You’ll hear Toto-like timeless rock, Americana influences and a youthful energy, combined with a Mimicking Birds-like beauty.

The album will be released on gorgeous vinyl (pressed at the incredible Second Line Vinyl, Oakland) and worldwide on digital on November 30th 2018.

The Early Reviews Are In For Don Babylon

One of the best rock albums you’ll hear this year; the substance behind this release is undeniable. It’s reflective, intensely physical, and charged with genuine music-making joy despite the occasionally dark content.”

IndieSource

“The 2017 debut from Don Babylon, Babe, established the trio as one of the most promising indie rock acts to emerge in recent memory and their new follow up Foul! builds on that. The music on Foul! is so good you might miss out on the sharp lyrical invention underlying the album as a whole. This is as pure of an expression of a band’s reality we’re ever likely to hear and doesn’t mince words or music to make its point. It’s a personal album, sure, but Foul! is unreservedly entertaining from beginning to end.”

MobAngeles

If you love straight rock music, no chaser or pretense, Don Babylon is right up your alley. The band produced this album and clearly value spontaneity above all else, but never at the expense of musical quality. Foul’s ten songs are uniformly sturdy and inspired, albeit from living on the margins, but I think that’s a crucial ingredient in the best rock and roll.”

NoDepression

“There are some songs you listen to on days you want to cry. There are some songs you listen to when you’re 100% certain you’re having the best day of your life. And then there are songs you turn up as loud as the speakers will go when you want to scream, take up kickboxing, or pound three shots of espresso while standing over the disaster that is currently your lifeDon Babylon‘s “Lose Sometimes” would be that song.”

LeftBank Magazine

“The song Lose Sometimes from Don Babylon’s latest album “Foul” is big brash rock steeped in both classic rock, garage rock, and post punk tones (is that a homage to Cream I am hearing?)”

American Pancake

“Don Babylon combine Anthony Bourdain-like exposition with Kurt Cobain-like intensity, hitting musical highlights the way Jon Spencer Blues Explosion covering Parquet Courts might. With a Hunter S Thompson-classic frontman, this is a band to love at a cultural and a gut-punch level.”

New Music For Old Blokes

“The 2017 debut from Don Babylon, Babe, established the trio as one of the most promising indie rock acts to emerge in recent memory and their new follow up Foul! builds on that with another personal slice of rock singer/songwriter tracks”

Music Existence

“That visceral experience, something internal and intangible, comes out in the music itself. For Don Babylon , former Richmond natives, now newly transplanted to Philadelphia, that music is raw, unkempt, and subject to change on a whim. Strutting around a grey area between genre-bound and genre-less, their initial offering/debut, 2017’s Babe, was a whirl of sonic flavors. With a base layer of back-to-basics rock and roll mixed with a touch of humorous nihilism, each successive layer felt new yet familiar.”

ThatMusic

First single from Don Babylon is out there

Don Babylon Gets Gritty In New Song

“Whether they’re broke as a joke or stuck in a new city, Don Babylon won’t stop rockin’.

The indie trio started in Richmond, VA and call Philadelphia home today. But “Lose Sometimes” the debut single from their LP due this fall shows they haven’t lost touch of their roots.

While their 2017 debut, Babe was gritty at heart, it leaned towards sweeter melodies and delicate lyrics. “Lose Sometimes” shows off a heavier side of the group, returning to their original garage rock feel and the days Don Babylon rocked the Richmond DIY show scene.

“It didn’t matter who we were playing in front of, we just wanted to play,” drummer David Gaither tells BTRtoday. “Richmond has a strong music scene and it kept us looped in on the endless house shows.”

Now, they’re playing much bigger shows, including three sold-out dates with Car Seat Headrest Sept. 14-18 in NYC before hitting the road with fellow rockers Cold Beaches.

Yet even with the sold out venues, they’re not afraid to go back to their punk rock roots and be inspired by everything around them. “There’s always going to be something I want to write about,” guitarist and singer Aubrey Neeley says. “I’m always worried about something or another.”

“Lose Sometimes,” is fast and impassioned. It’s foreboding from the start, with distorted guitar and raspy, almost spoken word vocals. By the end, the track has added drums, guttural background chants and heavier guitar chords that climbs Don Babylon to a new level of garage rock.

Listen to the premier of “Lose Sometimes,” the debut track off the upcoming LP from Don Babylon, below and read the entire interview with the trio.”

Read (and hear) more at http://www.btrtoday.com/read/tuneup/don-babylon-gets-gritty-in-new-song/

Medical breakthrough

We’re delighted to announce the signing of Don Babylon to Medical Records, and the imminent release of the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Babe.

Formed in 2013 and hailing from Richmond, Virginia, Don Babylon cranks out drunk, sad rock’n roll in between kitchen shifts and last call. After recording a number of EPs, in 2017 the group released their debut album, Babe, tackling suicide and substance abuse with the wry wit of a barstool prophet. Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest called it “one of the best albums of 2017” and another reviewer compared them to a drunk punk Elvis Presley. Following the completion of their first national tour, in 2018 the band moved to Philadelphia.  Their tracks “Country Song” and “Ow, My Tiny Heart” were recently featured on the Showtime series Billions, and the band announced they’d be joining Car Seat Headrest on tour. 

Babe was never off the turntables at Medical, with its potent blend of drunk rock, incredible hooks, humor and raw invention. So, we’re stunned that its follow-up will be on our label. It’s one of those moments that seems too good to be true. 

The much-anticipated follow-up to Babe, Foul, will be released at end-September, with pre-sales beginning September 14th. We’d recommend you get the skin swabbed in anticipation… 

For more information, emails are mike@medicalrecordsltd.com or michael@medicalrecordsltd.com

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Blaze McKenzie on NPR’s Heavy Rotation

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing


Blaze McKenzie, ‘Think A New Thing’

  • from Born a Shadow

Born A Shadow is the solo debut from Blaze McKenzie, following nearly a decade with Brooklyn indie rockers The Can’t Tells. The Berklee College of Music alumnus says he’s been criticized in the past for being too earnest, but that tendency came in handy when writing “Think a New Thing.” Facing a creative block, McKenzie dipped into what he knows best — his own life. The result has lyrics weaving through a dysfunctional relationship and bouts of drinking, sobriety and relapse. Amid pounding drums and a killer guitar riff, the Oklahoma City native sings about emerging from a period of numbness and the confusion of those early days of sobriety (“But I’m alive now / Am I alive now? / I think that I’m alive now / Yeah, I’m alive now”). A chaotic swirl of sounds and screaming takes hold toward the end of the song, representing the helplessness felt when mistakes seem inevitable. You can call it dread, but it’s also a level of self-awareness that some never attain. — Ryan LaCroix, KOSU