Nottingham England's Amusement Parks on Fire announce the release of their third album, Road Eyes, set to be released by Filter US Recordings October 5th, 2010. The album is preceded by the impressive video for first single "Flashlight Planetarium," a rush of space-filling sound that will take listeners on a journey to the stars on the back of colossal guitars and smooth vocals. You can watch the new video here...
The band is also promoting Road Eyes with a tour opening for The Boxer Rebellion which continues tonight at the Middle East Upstairs in Boston.
Recorded with the help of producers Michael Patterson (Great Northern, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Beck's Midnite Vultures) and Nic Jodoin during a yearlong stay in Los Angeles, Road Eyes was an attempt to channel the bands love of both sonic adventurism and classic songwriting in to one fat free forty five minute fever dream of a pop record.
With a sound perhaps fittingly termed stargaze (which is not to be confused with shoegaze), the tracks that make up the new album are a colossal rush of massed guitars, voices, drums, keyboards and strings that burn with urgency and soar with sumptuous lyricism -- while packing a visceral punch not unlike the feral punk that inspired the band back in the day.
Whereas the band's past albums were recorded in such exotic locales as Iceland and self-produced by the band's founder Michael Feerick and longtime band mate guitarist Daniel Knowles, the idea on Road Eyes was to craft a classic L.A. rock album of sorts; the album's title refers to one of Feerick's heroes, Neil Young, who in Feerick's view epitomizes the best raw fusion of innovation and accessibility.
See below for tour dates:
09/21 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
09/22 Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
09/23 New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom
09/24 Washington, DC @ The Black Cat
09/25 Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House
09/27 Toronto, Ontario Canada @ The Horseshoe
09/28 Detroit, MI @ Clutch Cargo
09/29 Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
10/02 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
10/05 Portland, OR @ Berbati's Pan
10/07 San Francisco, CA @ Popscene
10/08 Los Angeles, CA @ FILTER Magazine CULTURE COLLIDE Festival
10/10 Los Angeles, CA @ FILTER Magazine CULTURE COLLIDE Festival