79.5 RELEASES “BOY DON’T BE AFRAID” FOR VALENTINE’S DAY
TOUR WITH CHICANO BATMAN STARTS NEXT WEEK
“Flaunting alluring groove and sensually languid female vocals, it brings to mind
Dee-Lite or Soul II Soul… Disco with an attitude”
“Disco’s revenge plot may be nearly complete”
– The New Yorker
New York, NY (February 14, 2017) — 79.5 drips silky, raw-honeyed R&B emotion and radiates luxurious triple-female vocal harmonies and today the romantic soul septet release “Boy Don’t Be Afraid” for Valentine’s Day via Big Crown Records.
Hard to categorize and easy to love, 79.5 has been making tons of noise around NYC for the past year and a half. With three lead vocalists – Kate Mattison, Nya Parker Brown, and Piya Malik – and a band that pulls influence from every corner of a record store, it’s no wonder they’re already taking the scene by storm.
“Boy Don’t Be Afraid” is a sweet little song about being… Being hopeful, being romantic, being brave. Produced by Leon Michels at the legendary Diamond Mine in Queens, NY, it’s a romantic stance and declaration of love through melody, in honest girl-group fashion. The release party for the single is TONIGHT at Union Pool in Brooklyn along side label mates The Shacks.
79.5 has been supported across the country on tastemaker radio shows at KCRW, WFMU and KEXP and received accolades from Brooklyn Vegan, The New Yorker, Blackbook and more. Their initial 7” vinyl sold through the first pressing (1000 units) in three months and has been getting spins from club and radio DJs like Gilles Peterson, DJ Spinna, Kenny Dope, Lauren Laverne and Lefto.
They’re joining Chicano Batman on the road next month for a tour that will extend through the spring. 79.5 will be announcing details regarding the release of their debut full length shortly… stay tuned!
79.5 Tour Dates
Feb 23 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
Feb 24 – Portland, OR – Star Theater
Feb 25 – Eugene, OR – HiFi Music Hall
Feb 26 – Arcata, CA – Arcata Theatre Lounge
Mar 01 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s
Mar 02 – San Jose, CA – The Ritz
Mar 03 – San Francisco, CA – The Filmore
Mar 04 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
Mar 21 – Atlanta, GA – The EARL
Mar 22 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
Mar 23 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
Mar 24 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
Mar 25 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Mar 27 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
Mar 28 – Boston, MA — The Sinclair
Mar 31 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Apr 01 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry @ The Fillmore
Apr 02 – Pittsburgh, PA – James Street Ballroom
Apr 04 – Toronto, ON – The Velvet Underground
Apr 05 – Detroit, MI – El Club
Apr 06 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache @ The Intersection
Apr 07 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
All dates w. Chicano Batman and Sad Girl