"Memphis-to-Brooklyn transplant Nicholas Ray
has been pushing the moniker of Viva L’American Death Ray Music for
close to fifteen years, as musical trends have come and gone around him.
Nobody wants to hear about “the best band you haven’t heard of”
anymore, but truthfully you’d have to stay pretty low to the ground to
discover any of the albums and countless singles and EPs he’s made under
this name in that time. When you do find it, you’ll realize that you’re
down on the ground because your home is literally ON FIRE from the
excitement this guy’s music has generated all around you.
Miles of Smiles, Towns of Frowns is VLADRM’s sixth
full-length, following releases on Sympathy for the Record Industry,
Misprint, New York Night Train, Shattered, and Ray’s own Sangre Libre
label. Though the band’s entire output is uniformly recommended for you
to check out at once, you would do well to start here, with twelve songs
that capture a lost-in-time paean to glam rock, the Fall, the Velvet
Underground, Britpop and dub reggae: earworms burrowing in, effortless
cool breezing across the room, and a set of songs that will define your
day/month/year/rest of life. It’s hard to describe “total music” but
it’s also difficult to categorize VLADRM in modern terms without
bringing up lofty comparisons to Roxy Music or Bowie. And yet ”¦ here we
are. It’ll have to make do. This cup will never run dry and never spill
over, and no amount of clichés could do this music justice. Just get
yourself a copy and try to prove us wrong." MEXICAN SUMMER/KEMADO
This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 07 December, 2010.