Announces Celtic Connections show in Glasgow with Margo Price
Plus London headline date at The Slaughtered Lamb
Jan 24 – Glasgow – Oran Mor (Celtic Connections with Margo Price)
Jan 25 – London – The Slaughtered Lamb (On sale Wednesday December 14th at 9am)
New album Silver Tears due out on 6 January 2017 via New West
Watch video for “Little Movies” here (feel free to share!)
“I would love to be the Miley Cyrus of folk singers,” Aaron Lee Tasjan
“Tajsan taps into the dreaminess of post Sgt. Pepper pop psychedelia for “Little Movies”, contemplating the way each of us creates personal myths. The sound resounds with reverb, its low end recalling Brian Wilson’s symphonic experiments with the studio band The Wrecking Crew.” NPR
“He’s a sharp-tongued songwriter, R-rated storyteller, major shredder and unapologetic stoner, rolling his influences into a 12-song tracklist that recalls everything from the wry folk of fellow East Nashville misfit Todd Snider to the baked-to-bejeezus pop opuses of Brian Wilson.” Rolling Stone Country
Aaron Lee Tasjan will be heading over to the UK in January to play some solo shows on the back of the release of his new album Silver Tears (out 6 January via New West Records). He’ll be heading stright to Glasgow to play the Celtic Connections Festival with Margo Price on 24 January and will then play a headline show at The Slaughtered Lamb in London on 25 January. Tasjan will head back later in the year with a full band.
Like a modern day Cosmic Cowboy, Aaron Lee Tasjan creates a heady blend of country-flecked rock-n-roll, veering from acoustic blues to garage-pop psych to smooth Nashville sounds to lush Laurel Canyon fare… filled with Tasjan’s remarkable story-telling, imbued with wry wit, a sharp tongue and a lot of heart – bringing to mind the showmanship and humour of Josh Tillman (Father John Misty – whose bassist Eli Thomson produced Silver Tears), as well as Harry Nilsson and Tom Petty.
While calling East Nashville home, Tasjan recorded the entirety of Silver Tears in Southern California at Elliott Smith’s former studio New Monkey as well as Sonikwire Studios in Irvine, and Club Casino in Huntington Beach. “Romantically, I had the idea of Tom Petty in the studio, jamming, trying to capture different feels and see where the day was,” Tasjan reveals. “I wanted it to be live, to have that intensity that draws people in.”
Tasjan was awarded a scholarship to the esteemed Berklee College of Music but fled to Brooklyn to set out on what quickly became a wild path. Whether playing guitar in the late incarnation of glam-rock innovators the New York Dolls, the gender-bending, envelope-pushing Semi Precious Weapons, the Neil Young-signed Everest, British roots rock band Alberta Cross, Southern rock stalwarts Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ or even as frontman of the Heartbreakers-meets-Replacements rockers Madison Square Gardeners, bubbling under the surface was a songwriter using each experience as a stepping stone to inform his own unique songwriting.
Silver Tears careens from pot paeans to brooding, cinematic observations to laid back ‘70s country-rock and introspective folk. Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman’s playfulness, Elliott Smith’s melodicism, John Prine’s masterful way with words and nods to Tom Petty can be found. The album was produced by Eli Thomson (Father John Misty’s band) and features a band comprised of Thomson, David Vandervelde, Frank Lenz (Starflyer 59, Richard Swift), Dan Bailey (First Aid Kit), Max Hart (Guster) and Charlie Peterson.
Silver Tears follows 2015’s selfreleased In The Blazes which received accolades from NPR , American Songwriter and more, with Rolling Stone stating “Looking for moments of dark humor amongst the genius that’s Tasjan at his core.”
No stranger to mindexpanding substances, having written most of the aptlynamed In The Blazes in a cloud of marijuana smoke, Tasjan had a fit of LSDfueled creativity for Silver Tears. “I decided to try this thing called microdosing where you just take little bits all day long, and stay suspended in this slightly altered state. I set up a studio in my living room to record on garageband, went with a classic tambourine/duct tape drum set…suspended a RadioShack mic from the ceiling fan. You know, the essentials. It was amazing and in a creative burst I wrote ‘Little Movies,’ ‘Ready To Die,’ ‘Dime,’ and ‘Where The Road Begins and Ends’ all that day.”
Of course not all songs on the record came to Tasjan in a chemically induced state and he often turns the mirror on himself, never afraid to cast himself in a negative light. “One of the reasons I’ve been able to connect with people is by being honest and saying this is a really realistic picture of who I am,” he says. “It’s not always good but it’s me.” Tasjan also points to an unlikely hero of his as someone he would like to model his career after. “I would love to be the Miley Cyrus of folk singers,” he declares. “I love the spirit of what she brings and how she uses her platform to empower people. I want to be the kind of dude where some kid who grew up in a little town in Ohio can feel, if they saw me singing or heard my album, that they could do whatever they wanted to do and transcend their surroundings.”