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Album review: The Conquerors - "You Must Be Dreaming"

(Photo by Liana Wears)
“Twist and shout or get the fuck out”—a motto that couldn’t describe The Conquerors more perfectly. Your favorite psychedelic rockers are welcoming two more songs to your vinyl* collection. While “You Must Be Dreaming” dares you not to smile and bounce along, “Maybe Someday” is a perfectly grounded, pulsing contrast of contemplation. This 7” single is brought to you by High Dive Records, recorded at Element Recording with Joel Nanos.

Rory Cameron leads the quintet, writing numbers that give a nod back to The Byrds and The Beatles. The video for upbeat “You Must Be Dreaming,” shot and edited by Alec Nicholas, sets the vibe perfectly. We reminisce to a time where bands performed in suits and ties and answered applause with a bow of appreciation. Add a spike to the punch bowl, and the scene changes color completely to the tipsy, sweaty, raucous party you would expect to attend this weekend.


You have three chances to catch The Conquerors this weekend to pick up their new 7” and the trippy t-shirt artwork designed by drummer Jim Button:
Friday at The Blind Tiger, with Berwanger (who is celebrating the release of the
Demonios EP; see our review here), Drugs & Attics, and El Rey-Tones. 9 pm. Facebook event page.
Saturday at Mills Record Company, with Shy Boys. 7 pm. Facebook event page.
Saturday at Replay Lounge (Lawrence), with Berwanger and Psychic Heat. 10 pm. Facebook event page.

*vinyl, cassette, CD, digital - choose your weapon.

--Roshelle Pekarek 


Song premiere: "Bad Production" by The Good Hearts

The Deli KC is happy to premiere the debut single from The Good Hearts, “Bad Production.”
This new trio is headed up by Nicole Springer, best known for her work in The Clementines. “About a year ago, I found myself losing my confidence in music. Rather than give up on it entirely, I decided it was time to start a new project that might help inspire me again,” she says. Though The Good Hearts’ music is tinged with the same soulfully driven folk pop elements  as The Clementines, the addition of violinist Roshelle Pekarek and cellist Anna Cook has allowed Springer to take new directions with her songs.
“I loved the idea of writing very intimate songs and arranging them with string players,” says Springer, who has been able to further explore the depths and possibilities of her songwriting through this project. “Once Roshelle, Anna, and I started working on my material, I knew I had found my happiness in music again.”
“Bad Production” was recorded and produced by Lennon Bone.
--Michelle Bacon

The Good Hearts will be making their debut live performance this Sunday, December 13, at recordBar. Show starts at 8 pm. Facebook event page. You can also catch them at Coda for MudStomp Records’ Saturday Afternoon Stomp on December 19 at 3 pm. Facebook event page.