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Drexel University’s MAD Dragon Records (MDR) and Motion City Soundtrack are pleased to announce the fifth release of the Making Moves series, The Skies Revolt. 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 is released jointly on MAD Dragon Records and Motion City Soundtrack’s recently launched record label, The Boombox Generation. The alternative-rock quartet, known as The Skies Revolt, will be releasing their Making Moves 7-inch on October 23rd. This release will contain two single tracks on 7-inch vinyl, as well as a bonus track released with the digital package.
Consisting of David Prindle (vocals/guitar/electronics), Jarred Irby (bass/vocals), Bobby Dowell (guitar/vocals), and Eli DenBesten (drums/vocals), The Skies Revolt have been redefining the alternative rock genre with their quirky blend of indie sound, catchy electronics, and aggressive, pumping beats. This unique sound, which has been described as joyful indie-rock exuberance, has garnered attention from Fuse, Much Music, MTV, Pandora Radio, and more, with appraisal for the first single off the band’s recent self released LP, Some Kind Of Cosmonaut. The band further demonstrates their uniqueness with their “Choose Your Own Adventure” videothat follows the band through the woods after their bus has broken down, allowing the fans to choose each step along the way.
The Skies Revolt’s 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 from the Grand Rapids, Michigan band. Josh Cain and Justin Pierre, guitarist and vocalist of Motion City Soundtrack, produced the tracks along with Drexel’s Music Industry Program alumnus, Dave Petit and Justin Chapman engineering the sessions. Cain, of MCS, discovered the band from a twitter post asking fans to send over their favorite bands at the time. Cain sifted through hundreds of bands before coming across, and falling for, The Skies Revolt.
The Skies Revolt’s Making Moves release opens with “For Your Health”, a drum-heavy track peppered with blasts of distorted guitar chords and haunting synth lines. The second song of the release, “Green Dress: In A Sense”, has a lighter feel to it – it includes a random burst of rhythmic clapping as well as a bubbly synthesizer melody that makes itself known throughout the track. “Germaine Throws It Up”, the final track, is the most electronic of the three. From the synthesizer’s immediate prominence to the verses’ staccato vocals, The Skies Revolt creates a robotic feel while still incorporating the more human rock elements, demonstrating exactly what it is that makes their music so distinctive.
Prindle states, “Working with Josh and Justin was awesome, they took us in and showed us a lot of new tricks within recording. It was really a great experience over all and we are really excited that they and MAD Dragon Records are making it possible to put out our first vinyl.”
The Skies Revolt will be touring the US during fall 2012 to support the October 23rdrelease of Making Moves on 7-inch vinyl and digital download. For more information on the band, please visit: www.theskiesrevolt.com.
For more information on Making Moves, please visit: http://makingmoves.maddragonmusic.com/
01. For Your Health
02. Green Dress: In A Sense
03. Germaine Throws It Up
September 6 Reggie’s Chicago, IL
September 7 Lemonjello’s Holland, MI
September 8 West Side Inn Muskegon, MI
September 27 The Black Sheep Cafe Springfield, IL
September 29 Indie Rock Invitational Grand Haven, MI
October 19 Take Hold Church Grand Rapids, MI
October 20 Mr. Roboto Project Pittsburgh, PA
October 24 Lit Lounge New York, NY
October 25 Dock Street Staten Island, NY
October 28 Deep South the Bar Raleigh, NC
November 2 Gallery 13 Columbus, GA
November 7 Plush St. Louis, MO
November 8 Hannibal-LaGrange University Hannibal, MO
November 14 Bears Shreveport, LA
November 15 Head Hunters Austin, TX
November 16 Ten Eleven San Antonio TX
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.
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 Drexel University’s Music Industry Program
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 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 five (5) albums: 2003’s I Am The Movie (Epitaph); 2005’s Commit This To Memory (Epitaph); 2007’s Even If It Kills Me (Epitaph); 2010’s My Dinosaur Life (Columbia Records); and 2012’s Go (Epitaph). Collectively, sales exceed 700,000 worldwide, and two albums have debuted in the top 20 of the Billboard Top 200 charts.
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.