Beautifully directed and edited by Rich Bernett, shooting used up 6 reams of paper, 7 gallons of black tempra paint and hundreds of props that were donated, bought at thrift shops, or found on the side of the road. If their first video “Atoms” was already being called “one of the best DC music videos of 2013″, this video won’t help the odds for other bands.
The band premiered the video at their incredible album release show. The Strathmore Mansion in Rockville, MD was packed not only with a captivated audience, but also dozens of artists & performers, including Exit Clov, Typefighter, The Echo Wall, The Beth Elliott Dance Group, and art by Ben Tolman, Rich Bernett & William Holloway…to name a few. Check out some amazing photos of the night from Brightest Young Things.com.
Rather than creating a full-length, thematic experience, Bellflur’s first every vinyl release approaches individual songs, used as different ideas or opposite halves to create jarring contradictions, while still managing to accomplish an organic completeness when listened to in its entirety. Available as a digital download, 12″ record release and a limited run of personalized, hand-made deluxe vinyl box sets. Included in the box set is the “12 vagrants” vinyl album, 12 full-size pages of artwork representing the 12 vagrants theme, a digital download code, hand-made storage box with custom artwork by DC-artist Ben Tolman on the front cover, and a personalization etched into the wood framing from the band.
The album drops January 22nd, you can preview and pre-order your copy HERE. Don’t forget to join Bellflur for their album release show at the amazing Strathmore Mansion, Feb 1st.
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Joseph Mulhollen & the Problematical Animals
Joseph Mulhollen and the band hit the road again for a few days this January. If you live in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Philly, Baltimore or DC, check the SHOW DATES and come out and say hello. Rumor has it, they might be sharing some new songs they’ve been working on.
We’ve been sitting on some big news for a good part of this year, but now we’d like to introduce our latest addition to the roster. Please welcome BELLFLUR, an ever-evolving group of artists and friends based in Washington, D.C. Unlike a lot bands out there competeing for an audiences’ attention, Bellflur focus on their craft and continue to attract fans by ensaring the senses with lavish live performances, incredibly unique album art and a sound that’s never stagnant.
The band has been perfecting the songs on Twelve Vagrant Monologues from the Last Living Star for a few years now. To their fans they’ll be easily noticeable, but those listening for the first time will be hooked instantly by the dense and dreamy landscapes they paint. Bellflur surpass their previous works with their first ever vinyl release. Side A contains the most honest representation of the band; 4 thoughtful and tightly composed songs so diverse in feel from one another, but still fitting seamlessly together. Side B gives us a look into the artistic beast that Bellflur usually tames; an almost 20 minute long collaboration with author Pablo D’Stair. His writings were recorded as a narrative over the music. The music itself consists of a melodic refrain re-imagined in distinct segments by each band member.
Joseph Mulhollen’s new record Problematical Animals went national not long ago. He released a new video for his latest single “Missing Contact” and went on a 2 week tour through the NorthEast with his band the Problematical Animals.
Joseph Mulhollen helped direct the video, along with William Holloway who shot and edited all the footage! The video shows a young man getting up in the morning and going about his daily routine; getting out of bed, eating breakfast, and getting ready to go out for the day.Only this guy has a little extra baggage, which can make ordinary tasks difficult…and fun to watch!
We’ve had an incredible 1st year of operation; working with 3 amazing artist and putting out great releases from all of them. We want to share the incredible music we are making, and invite you into our little music family. Join us July 22nd at the Windup Space, for our 1st ever (and hopefully annual) Scenic Route Records Showcase!
This show coincides with the last day of Artscape, one of the nation’s largest free arts festivals. So, in the spirit of freely sharing music & art, there will be NO COVER to get in. Also, to help you cool off from this wicked summer we’ve been having, Natty Boh’s are 2 for $3. Bring a friend and enjoy some great music by The Water, Joseph Mulhollen, The Manly Deeds and our good friends A Cat Called Cricket.
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Instrumental-Rock wizards, The Water just did an interview with Urbanite about their debut release “Scandals & Animals“, check out the full write-up HERE.
Also, Joseph Mulhollen is slowly releasing videos from his Album release show at Golden West. HERE is one for his song “Races”. Check in for more shows and videos from Joseph!
We’re gearing up here at Scenic Route headquarters, for Joseph Mulhollen’s CD release show. This Friday, June 1st, come out to the Golden West Cafe for a FREE show with Amy Reid (of InEveryRoom) and Joseph Mulhollen. Not only is this Joseph’s album release, but it will also be his first time performing his music with a full band, and what full band it is. We snagged some quick shots from a practice Joseph & company were having, kicking tunes, synthesizers, cables and amps everywhere!
The album comes out Tuesday May 29th, you can preview and pre-order the album over on our Bandcamp page.
If that wasn’t enough excitement, Peak Organic Brewery will also be having $1 Draft Special. So let’s recap, FREE show, cheap drinks, and awesome music! Sounds like your plans for Friday night just shaped up! RSVP HERE.
We are proud to announce our 3rd artist and Scenic Route Records release; Mr. Joseph Mulhollen and his new full-length titled “Problematical Animals”. Joseph moved to Baltimore from Buffalo a little over a year ago, some of us have known him almost that entire time, and some of us have only known him for the past couple months, but we are all blown away with his talent and excited for you guys to hear his record. You can preview the album over HERE, and can download 4 songs right away if you pre-order a digital or hard copy.
After over 2 1/2 years of not playing, Mulhollen has found his footing & voice again. Layering lush melodies of synthesizers, drum machines, guitars, melodica, vocals and much much more, Joseph has been gaining recognition in Baltimore clubs with his quirky yet sincere mix of indie-pop and folk. His new record “Problematical Animals,” due out May 29th, is his most dense, dynamic and professional-sounding record to date, which says a lot for Mulhollen’s musicianship: he wrote, played and programmed almost every single instrument. But don’t be fooled; while Joseph has laid down a solid musical structure, nothing takes away from his soaring and powerful vocals. All in all, his sound is focused yet still covers lots of ground, straddling a perfect construction of acoustic monuments over an electronic landscape, sure to please fans of Sufjan Stevens, Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene) and Grizzly Bear.
Join Joseph June 1st at the Golden West Cafe for his album release show, NO COVER! Amy Reid of InEveryRoom will be kicking off the night with a solo set and then accompanying Joseph onstage, along with Alex Champagne of A Cat Called Cricket and Patrick Edwards of Bellflur.
Our good friends Jill Collier Warne & Mr. Cameron Blake have been raising funds for a great school music program they created a few years ago; Creative Connections! The idea behind this project is bringing professional musicians into city schools, and for a whole week work with kids to compose and finally perform original works. What a great way to inspire kids and get them excited about different kinds of music they may not already be exposed to.
Creative Connections’ kickstarter project has already successfully met their goal, but it never hurts to help out more. Scenic Route Records and it’s artists want to show our support for this great program, so we’ve been donating the sales from our digital releases to the cause! Last week, the Water kicked it off with their brand new release Scandals & Animals. Today through next Friday, The Manly Deeds will donate the digital sales of their full-length Hard Times for the Animal Kingdom. So not only can you help a great cause, but you can also download some great music.
A suitcase is made into an instrument, a restaurant becomes a rock club, a classic pop song transforms into an instrumental rock odyssey, and strangers through a shared musical venture form a new friendship. It’s the inspiring power of music that makes it possible for us to take a good idea and make it great, make it better!
Last night was The Water’s album release show at the Golden West Cafe, we made the event free to get as many of our friends out as possible. We had no idea that all of Baltimore would show up! Golden West was packed and during the night we had to turn people away unfortunately. Those who were able to squeeze in were in for an amazing performance. On top of playing some of their fan favorites, the boys also unveiled a calm angelic tune off the new record titled “Parliament of Owls”.
To close out the night, The Water pulled out an incredible rendition of “Hey Jude”. This song, well known for it’s positive message from John Lennon to his son, starts simple enough, but builds and builds into it’s uplifting sing-along. The problem; The Water is vocal-less band. The Solution; get the audience to sing for you!
The show was truly amazing, not just the music, but the excitement and energy from the crowd was definitely palpable. We can’t thank all of you enough for your tremendous support. We will do our best to bring you guys more great music and shows! Speaking of, be sure to mark your calendars for March 7th, The Water will be playing with Dead Leaf Echo at Metro Gallery. This should be another amazing show, so don’t miss out!
We are thrilled to announce the release of one of Baltimore’s finest live acts, The Water‘s Scandals and Animals comes out January 31st! You can preview and pre-order the record over HERE.
Also, mark your calendars! February 3rd we’ll be throwing The Water’s CD Release Party at the Golden West Cafe. Special Guests include the captivating YEVETO, and if that wasn’t enough the show is FREE! But be sure to have a few dollars handy to pick up the new record!
Scandals and Animals has been long in the making, a masterpiece of sound that Dan Cohan & James Klink have been refining for 5 years now. As if their dynamic layers of loops and beautiful overlapping tangles of melody and polyrhythms weren’t captivating enough, the band are also well known for their DIY light show; a tall obelisk of light that follows their rhythms and intensifies with the songs build-ups.
To compare them to the barrage of other vocals-less rock outfits seems unfair. Where your typical post rock band seems to formulaically build a song up until it’s undeniable crescendo, The Water have the more challenging task of getting a band with just 2 members to sound like 5 or 6, without muddying the music or boring their audiences. It seems more fitting to compare them to other 2-piece rock outfits, like the Black Keys or the been defunct Death From Above, bands who’s ferocious energy and stage presence help to carry the soundly structured grooves and melodies they create.