Drexel University’s MAD Dragon Records (MDR) and Motion City Soundtrack are pleased to announce the third release of the Making Moves series, A Great Big Pile of Leaves. Making Moves features a series of 7 inch releases by emerging artists, produced and curated by members of Motion City Soundtrack. The Making Moves Series will be released jointly on MAD Dragon Records and Motion City Soundtrack’s recently launched record label, The Boombox Generation. The indie-pop trio, known as A Great Big Pile of Leaves, will be releasing their Making Moves 7-inch on July 24th.This will contain two single tracks on 7-inch vinyl, as well as a bonus track released with the digital package.
Brooklyn-based trio, A Great Big Pile of Leaves got their start in late 2007 when guitarist/singer, Peter Weiland, and drummer,Tyler Soucy, took time from their prior projects to start writing material of their own. The first six songs came together as the self-released EP, The Fiery Works, which the duo put out as a free download on their website. As word spread online, the band’s fan base grew along with Weiland and Soucy’s excitement to get back to recording.
Continuing with the formula of self-producing, The Fiery Works II followed shortly afterward and was also released as a free download. Within the next year, the digital releases were downloaded over 12,000 times and the group prepared for a live setting with the addition of bassist, Tucker Yaro. After playing several shows and writing a batch of new songs over the next few months, the newfound trio prepared themselves to record their debut full-length record Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex?, which was independently released in June 2010. Since that following winter, the band has released two acoustic EP’s onTopshelf Records and been out on tour supporting the likes of Motion City Soundtrack, Say Anything, Saves the Day, The Appleseed Cast, Hellogoodbye, Fake Problems, a month long run in March with Mansions and Young Statues, as well as playing SXSW 2012, Never Say Never Festival, and Canada Music week.
Their upcoming release for the Making Moves series, which is supported in part by the Kal & Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies at Drexel University, will consist of three new unique tracks showcasing the musical talent of these three artists. Jesse Johnson of Motion City Soundtrack curated the tracks with producer Mike Poorman (Hot Rod Circuit, The Dear Hunter), along with Drexel’s Music Industry Program alumnus, Dave Petit engineering the sessions. Kicking off the 7-inch with “Pet Mouse”, A Great Big Pile of Leaves display their indie-cred while incorporating a more mainstream melody that will draw in all listeners. Transitioning into the dreamy, more subdued “Writing Utensils,” the band’s intricate instrumental parts are highlighted drawing resemblance to the likes of Modest Mouse. Closing with “Ambiversion”, the thought-provoking lyrics leave the listener wondering why this is only a 7-inch.
Soucy states, “Jesse (of Motion City Soundtrack) brought the idea of the Making Moves series to our attention late last year and we all knew that it would be a great opportunity to work with a producer (Mike Poorman) for the first time. The band has always self-recorded and produced our own records, so it was nice to be able to take a step back from those roles and really focus on the songs and our performances, which I think shows in the final product.”
A Great Big Pile of Leaves will release their Making Moves 7-inch vinyl and digital download on July 24th. For more information on the band, please visit: www.AGreatBigPileofLeaves.com.
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01. Pet Mouse
02. Writing Utensils
About MAD Dragon Records
MAD Dragon Records (MDR) is part of Drexel University’s Music Industry Program and has been featured in several hundred newspapers and magazines in the US including CMJ, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Fortune and The New York Times since its inception in 2004. The Associated Press (AP) has syndicated two stories about MAD Dragon, including a feature covering The Redwalls appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. MDR was awarded College Label of the Year by The Independent Music Awards in 2007 and 2008 and received over 21 nominations since 2007. MDR has released over 30 titles including Dreams Don’t Count by critically acclaimed songwriter Jules Shear, the gospel infused roots rock of Hoots & Hellmouth (S/T) and their follow up LP, The Holy Open Secret, Matt Duke’s literate and dynamic debut Winter Child, rockin’ singer-songwriter Andrew Lipke’s The Way Home and sophomore release Motherpearl & Dynamite, The Swimmers indie pop darlings debut Fighting Trees and sophomore effort People Are Soft, Toy Soldiers’ Whisper Down the Lane, hip-hop stylings of Kuf Knotz on Boombox Logic, the majestic folk collaboration between Hezekiah Jones and The Spinning Leaves, Brooklyn electronic duo Pretty Good Dance Moves, the annual Unleashed compilation series (Unleashed 1,2 3, 4, 5, 6 &7) and XYX. MAD Dragon Records is currently distributed by the Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA/Warner), the largest independent music distributor in the United States.
Housed in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, the Music Industry Program introduces students to the business and technology sides of the industry through a hands-on, entrepreneurial approach. Students enrolled in the Music Industry bachelor’s degreeprogramwill complete part of their course requirements by managing all aspects of the program’s record label, MAD Dragon Records, including production, recording, marketing, copyrights, contracts and distribution.
About the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design:
Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design offers sixteen undergraduate and five graduate programs in media, design and the performing arts. Programs are taught in small studio settings, featuring hands-on learning and an award-winning faculty of industry practitioners who emphasize the use of the latest technologies. Westphal College is home to the Mandell Theater, the Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel’s television (DUTV) and radio (WKDU 91.7 FM) stations, the Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies, MAD Dragon Records and Drexel’s Historic Costume Collection. Allen Sabinson is the dean of the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. For more information about the College: www.drexel.edu/westphal.
About Motion City Soundtrack:
Motion City Soundtrack is Justin Pierre (Vox, Guitar), Joshua Cain (Guitar, Vox), Jesse Johnson (Keys), Matt Taylor (Bass, Vox) and Tony Thaxton (Drums, Vox). Motion City Soundtrack has released four (4) albums: 2003’s I Am The Movie (Epitaph); 2005’s Commit This To Memory (Epitaph); 2007’s Even If It Kills Me (Epitaph); and 2010’s My Dinosaur Life (Columbia Records). Collectively, sales exceed 700,000 worldwide, and the last two albums have debuted in the top 20 of the Billboard Top 200 charts. The band has recently recorded their fifth studio album to be released in 2012.
About The Boombox Generation:
The Boombox Generation is the new record label started by Motion City Soundtrack. The first release was a split between Motion City Soundtrack and Trampled By Turtles on limited edition and now sold out blue 7″ vinyl and digital single released in November 2011. The Making Moves series will be the next set of releases scheduled.