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Communion

Cricketbows

Dayton, Ohio’s Cricketbows release an inspired EP of new material, Produced by Buffalo Killers’ Zachary Gabbard. The six-track effort is the band’s first release since their 2015 album, Diamonds (produced by Grammy Award recipient Brian Olive). The EP also coincides with the release of a full-length film entitled “Where The Ocean Meets The Sky” that features behind-the-scenes footage and videos for all of the songs from Communion.

“We wanted to showcase our songwriting and our voices and our playing on this one,” said Chad Wells, the band’s founder and male lead vocalist. The band is often categorized as a psychedelic band and though that subgenre of rock is an ingredient in Cricketbows’ musical recipe. Communion finds the band climbing out of the psych tunnel and into a more refined style of rural indie rock that borrows equally from ’60s and ’70s inspirations like The Beatles, The Byrds, Little Feat, The Allman Brothers, Fleetwood Mac and The Grateful Dead, as well as ’80s and ’90s college radio and indie stalwarts like R.E.M., The Replacements, X, Uncle Tupelo and Lollapalooza generation giants like Jane’s Addiction, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and the band’s hometown heroes, Guided By Voices and The Breeders. “We’re all over 30 years old – some of us are over 40 – and we grew up in a time that had so much great music. These songs are mostly about childhood and reflecting on stuff that happened to us in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, so the music should be a reflection of that,” said Wells. “The goal here is timelessness, so we’ve stripped the band back to basics and recorded straight to tape in the top of an old barn in rural Ohio.”

During the lengthy recording process for the EP the band experienced a number of life changes, losses and new beginnings. The band replaced original drummer Jim Ingram with Kyle Sweney, two members of the band opened substantial new businesses and other members changed their careers and day-jobs and nearly everyone in the band experienced weird phenomena that ranged from sleep paralysis to possible contact with otherworldly life forms. “We all have had some bizarre dreams and weird lights coming in windows and shadowy figures looming in our dreams and things like that,” admitted Wells. “Sometimes we get freaked out by it but it’s kind of par for the course for this group. Everybody in the band had weird childhood experiences and experiences as adults that sort of ties us together. Sometimes we’re as much a support group for each other’s weird experiences as we are a band. That’s a little bit what the title of this EP is about. Communion is about coming together or being brought together and experiencing these life changing moments.”

Cricketbows’ Communion - available September 8th on CD, digital and streaming formats via Mosquito Hawk Records.
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  1. 1 Beat Of My Heart 02:15 Info Buy
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  2. 2 Summer Festival Sky 06:05 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Games People Play 03:33 Info Buy
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  4. 4 End Of The Night 03:21 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Jupiter 02:56 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Sea Green 06:15 Info Buy
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Diamonds

Cricketbows

Dayton's Psychedelically tinged songsters CRICKETBOWS are proud to release "Diamonds" - the 4th collection to bear the band's name but the 1st release to feature the full live band. CRICKETBOWS' early works (2010's "hOMe", 2011's "Mycocosmic Transmission" and 2012's "LID") were well received and provided the blueprint for what the band would become but were basically solo home recordings that were the work of Lead Vocalist/Guitarist Chad Wells and a collection of friends (including Roger Joseph Manning Jr. of Beck and Jellyfish fame and Andy Gabbard of fellow Ohio Rockers Buffalo Killers) and were a bit weird and disconnected (as entheogenically inclined musical releases can tend to be). Once a band was formed to play CRICKETBOWS catalog in front of an audience there came a shift toward a more cohesive, classic rock sound brought to life by Female co-Lead Vocalist, Flutist and Multi-Instrumentalist Aarika Watson, Lead Guitarist Michael Bisig, Bassist Christopher Corn and Drummer Jim Ingram - alongside Wells, all well respected members of the regional music scene.

Their anticipated new album, “Diamonds” (Produced and Engineered by Brian Olive) is CRICKETBOWS' most cohesive and linear work. With a stronger focus on song structure, composition, guitar and vocal interplay and a return to a natural sound inspired by their predecessors, the album is pure CRICKETBOWS but brings to mind the parts of Jefferson Airplane, Thirteenth Floor Elevators, Fleetwood Mac, X, early Jane's Addiction, Nirvana, Mother Love Bone and sits nicely alongside modern-era psych-centric acts like Black Mountain, Sleepy Sun, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Buffalo Killers and The Black Keys as well as their fellow Daytonians Guided By Voices, The Breeders and The Motel Beds. "Diamonds" isn't a concept album but it's a conceptual album. It talks about duality, non-duality, Alchemy, Psychology, Psychopharmacology, Metaphysics and growing up in Ohio in the 1970's, 80's and 90's. Real guitars and drums and real live vocal performances, played by real people with real emotion on real instruments into a real reel to reel tape machine.
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  1. 1 Landing On The Moon 06:13 Info Buy
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  2. 2 Little Tiny Houses 04:52 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Charcoal 03:55 Info Buy
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  4. 4 Kiss Alive 03:16 Info Buy
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  5. 5 Porpoise Song 03:10 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Medicinal 04:40 Info Buy
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  7. 7 All The Way Down 02:51 Info Buy
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  8. 8 Blue Ridge Parkway 04:18 Info Buy
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  9. 9 Sympathy For The Devil 08:38 Info Buy
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