By on April 13, 2013



Ohio’s beloved indie-punk band Mixtapes has announced plans to release their new full-length album, Ordinary Silence, on June 25th via No Sleep Records.  In anticipation, the band has debuted the album’s first new song, “Elevator Days,” today at AVClub.com.  Fans are invited to pre-order Ordinary Silence now at http://nosleeprecords.com/ordinarysilence/.  


Stream “Elevator Days” now at AVClub.com: http://www.avclub.com/articles/listen-to-a-new-track-from-cincinnatibased-indie-p,96309/


It’s been a busy year for Mixtapes.  Almost a year ago to the day of the upcoming release for Ordinary Silence (June 25th) they made a splash with their debut full-length, Even On The Worst Nights, which quickly catapulted the band to the forefront of indie-punk as one of the most exciting bands to hit the scene in years.  And now, only a short year later, the prolific band returns to crank up the volume for fans with a raw, heartfelt album that could prove to be their best yet.


Since their last release, Mixtapes spent time honing their songwriting on tour, and for the first time ever the band came together as one, all contributing to the writing process.   Working again with producer/engineer Eric Tuffendsam at Moonlight Studios in Fairfield, OH, Mixtapes emerged from the studio in early 2013 with fourteen cohesive songs that maintain the band’s signature sound while showing growth and maturity for a dynamic sounding album.


Ordinary Silence is an album we worked on very hard, and very differently than before,” says singer/guitarist Ryan Rockwell.  “From my standpoint this is the best and most honest collection of songs I have written since Maps. That’s not to say the record sounds like Maps, or sounds like Even on the Worst nights. Parts of this album were hard to write, and I think the feeling comes through on the record.”


“We kind of over-prepared to record Even On the Worst Nights, and though we think it sounds great, we didn’t want our new record to sound like EOTWN,” adds singer/guitarist Maura Weaver.  “We decided to squeeze this one out although we weren’t exactly sure how it was going to turn out, and I think in turn, it definitely sounds more earnest and I just feel much prouder of it. I think oftentimes stuff turns out sounding more genuine when it’s done spontaneously.”


Genuine indeed! Mixtapes’ Ordinary Silence is anything but ordinary.  With their tongue-in-cheek sense of humor and blunt honesty, the band peels back the layers one track at a time, revealing personal stories of their experiences and travels that fans have come to love and relate to and as heard on the newly released “Elevator Days,” a introspective track about recognizing the faults within.


“Elevator days is a song about being so stuck that short of running away or crying you feel hopeless,” says Rockwell.  “It’s a song about realizing that every day I judge everyone around me and never realizing I’m the one that needs to change. 90 percent of our problems with other people i think are actually ourselves, it can be an awful realization, and also a necessary one.”


“I think Elevator Days and through most of the album, Ryan and I are writing about trying to be better people despite how gut-wrenching that can be at times,” Weaver adds.  “We’re getting there.”


Mixtapes’ candid lyrics combined with the band’s complementing duel vocals provided by Rockwell and Weaver and memorable songwriting result in pure, indie-punk bliss.  The perfect soundtrack for this summer.


“I hope you will listen to it an enjoy it,” Rockwell signs off.  “I don’t want to try to say anything clever or funny, or try to sell the album. Thanks for checking it out.  It literally means so much to this guy that started writing songs 3 years ago hoping to play a show or two.”


Mixtapes will hit the road in May for a summer long trek across the U.S., including their “Let’s Talk Industry Tour,” “Ordinary Silence Tour” and Vans Warped Tour dates, in support of their highly anticipated new album, Ordinary Silence.


Follow Mixtapes at https://www.facebook.com/MixtapesOhio for news and updates about the upcoming tours and album.


Mixtapes’ “Let’s Talk Industry Tour” Dates:

May 12 – Columbus, OH – Kobo Live Music (w/Masked Intruder)

May 13 – Altoona, PA – Archway Center (w/Masked Intruder)

May 14 – Danbury, CT – Heirloom Arts Center (w/Masked Intruder)

May 15 – Ottawa, ON – Pressed Cafe (w/Masked Intruder)

May 16 – Toronto, ON – Rancho Relaxo (w/Masked Intruder)

May 17 – Montreal, QC – Pouzza Fest (w/Masked Intruder)

May 18 – Freehold, NJ – Skate and Surf

May 20 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Loft (w/Masked Intruder)

May 21 – Rochester, NY – Bug Jar (w/Masked Intruder)

May 22 – Baltimore, MD – Charm City Art Space (w/Masked Intruder)

May 23 – Christiansburg, VA – Monroe Specialty Coffee (w/Masked Intruder)

May 24 – Cleveland, OH – Mahals Bowling Alley (w/Masked Intruder)

May 25 – Howell, MI – Bled Fest (http://www.bledfest.com/)


Mixtapes “Ordinary Silence Tour” Dates:

June 27 – Richmond, VA – Kingdom (w/You Blew It!, Light Years, Modern Baseball)

June 28 – Philadelphia, PA – Barbary (w/You Blew It!, Light Years, Modern Baseball)

June 29 – Brooklyn, NY – Webster Studio (w/You Blew It!, Light Years, Modern Baseball)

June 30 – Bayshore, NY – Evenflow Bar & Grill (w/You Blew It!, Light Years, Modern Baseball)

July 1 – Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs (w/You Blew It!, Light Years, Modern Baseball)

July 2 – Buffalo, NY – The Waiting Room (w/You Blew It!, Light Years, Modern Baseball)

July 3 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick (w/You Blew It!, Light Years)

July 5 – Tinley Park, IL – Centennial (w/You Blew It!, Light Years)

July 6 – Minneapolis, MN – Station 4 (w/You Blew It!, Light Years)

July 7 – Rock Island, IA – BlackHawk Room (w/You Blew It!, Light Years)

July 9 – Denver, CO – TBA (w/You Blew It!, Light Years)

July 10 – Salt Lake City, UT – Shred Shed (w/You Blew It!, Light Years)

July 12 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon (w/You Blew It!, Light Years)

July 13 – Portland, OR – Backspace (w/You Blew It!, Light Years)

July 15 – San Francisco, CA – 1234 Go! (w/You Blew It!, Light Years)

July 16 – Canoga Park, CA – Cobalt Cafe (w/You Blew It!, Light Years, Last Call)

July 17 – San Diego, CA – Che Cafe (w/You Blew It!, Light Years, Last Call)

July 18 – Las Vegas, NV – Eagles Hall (w/You Blew It!, Light Years, Last Call)

July 19 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater Underground (w/You Blew It!, Light Years, Last Call)

July 20 – Albuquerque, NM – Gasworks (w/You Blew It!, Light Years, Last Call)

July 21 – Tulsa, OK – TBA (w/You Blew It!, Light Years, Last Call)


Mixtapes’ Vans Warped Tour ‘13 Dates:

July 23 – Kansas City, KS – Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

July 24 – St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

July 25 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

July 26 – Tampa, FL – Vinoy Park

July 27 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre

July 28 – Orlando, FL – Central Florida Fairgrounds

July 29 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

July 30 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

July 31 – Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheatre

Aug 2 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion

Aug 3 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center

Aug 4 – Houston, TX – Reliant Center Parking Lot


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