Wednesday, October 26, 2011
[press release] With a debut LP praised by Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, NME, Impose, L Magazine and many more, Mikal Cronin announces West Coast tour dates with The Strange Boys, Shannon and the Clams and long-time friend and collaborator Ty Segall.
For a preview of what to expect from Mikal live, give a listen to "the hilly psychedelics and unshakable hooks" of "Get Along" and the "ridiculously catchy" "Apathy" and check out the raucous live video of "Situation" from this years' Gonerfest below!
With Ty Segall producing, Eric Bauer [Ty Segall, Royal Baths] running the tape machine and guests like Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer, Mikal Cronin emerged with a fully realized, cohesive and beautiful debut self-titled LP full of California fuzz and gorgeously unexpected psych garage pop, out now via Chicago's Trouble In Mind.
Mikal Cronin Tour Dates:
Oct 26 - The Troubadour - LA, CA FYF Presents w/ The Strange Boys
Dec 2 - SCC Lawn on Pomona - Claremont, CA
Dec 3 - El Rio - San Francisco, CA *^
Dec 4 - Luigi's Fun Garden - Sacramento, CA
Dec 6 - New Frontier Lounge - Tacoma, WA %
Dec 7 - Cabin Tavern - Bellingham, WA %
Dec 8 - Black Lodge - Seattle, WA %
Dec 9 - East End - Portland, OR &
Dec 10 - The Shanty - Eureka, CA
Dec 11 - 105 Pioneer St - Santa Cruz, CA
* w/ Shannon and the Clams
^ w/ Pangea
% w/ The Bermudas
& w/ Ty Segall (solo set)
Praise for Mikal Cronin:
"Cronin stretches his legs to record a clean, ridiculously catchy song with tons of layers. It's the full scale of things that makes 'Apathy' so great-- the harmonies, the song structuring, the piles of instruments, but mostly, the anxious feeling that's strung throughout the song. It's a song with a lot to grab onto, and it's a killer introduction to Cronin as a solo artist." - Pitchfork - 8.1
"The record packs a huge whollop in its three-minute garage-pop punches. Scraping its way through fuzz, jangle, slow burn motions and even a few psychedelic breakdowns, the record is nothing if not infectious; opening itself up wider with each play. In the truest sense of the word this is just a good record, one that's quickly jumping up our best of 2011 list and one that's not likely to leave the turntable soon." - Raven Sings the Blues
"Mikal's self-titled LP on Trouble in Mind (produced by Ty) is far and away the best thing he's ever done, is one of my albums of the year…The album has great song after great song, killer hooks and harmonies -- SoCal garagey surf-pop at it's finest." - Brooklyn Vegan
More on Mikal Cronin:
Conceived and recorded as a sort of therapy to help cope with adjusting to life post-college, an insuing break-up and geographic isolation Mikal Cronin steps momentarily away from the rhythm section of Orange County surf-punk bashers The Moonhearts with his debut solo LP. Fans can take heart, this isn’t a “vanity project” or half-baked endeavor - Mikal’s solo debut is fully realized, cohesive and beautiful, with themes that are as personal as they are universal; questioning your future, accepting your past and living in the moment. Taking influences such as late sixties Del Shannon and The Everly Brothers and filtering them through his own mutant California fuzz, Mikal deftly explores his singer/songwriter side that at moments feels like a punk Harry Nilsson or Curt Boettcher that balances sweet melodies & chords with chunky, psychedelic guitar freak-outs. Don’t let the opening Beach Boys-ian harmonies of “Is It Alright?” fool you into thinking this record can be easily pinned down. Once those guitars kick in, and you hit that first transcendent chorus, you’ll be hooked and anxiously awaiting what comes next.
Posted by Dan Goldin at 11:22 PM