The Big Takeover Premieres Kinjac Remix of “Chaos” by Carolinabound

Big TakeoverThe Big Takeover premiered a new remix from Kinjac today. Here’s what they wrote:

“Kinjac is the eclectic electro-rock solo project of musician/producer Michael O’Shea (pictured). Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, and now based in Los Angeles, O’Shea produced Smoking Gun, the debut EP by Carolinabound, the stage moniker of Chris Smith, a singer-songwriter based in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

The original version of “Chaos,” which premiered today on Verbicide, is gentle, aching alt-country; this remix is a very different beast, as haunted as the house it was recorded in.”

Give the remix a listen here.

Video for Easy Train by Carolinabound Released

Carolinabound released a video for Easy Train which features singer/songwriter Chris Smith in the studio recording the acoustic guitar/vocal take that was used on the final album recording. Easy Train is the first song made public from Smoking Gun, their upcoming EP on Seven Moths Records, and features Halli Anderson (of River Whyless) on violin, Leo Grassl (of Motel Rodeo) on pedal steel, and Jeremy Blake on bass. Smoking Gun will be released on 3/10/2015 and was produced by Seven Moths founder Michael O’Shea.

 

End of Days by Toaster Bath to be released on Valentine’s Day

End-of-Days-Album-CoverSeven Moths Records will release the new EP End of Days by Toaster Bath, the electrorock solo-project of songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Nick Sanford, on Valentine’s Day 2015.

The EP is a dark concept album about the apocalypse and was produced by Seven Moths founded Michael O’Shea (aka Kinjac), who also produced Toaster Bath’s last LP June.

Look for the album on iTunes, Spotify, and all your other favorite digital retailers soon. The album can also be downloaded directly via Toaster Bath’s Bandcamp site.

Seven Moths has released a video on their YouTube channel for the song Bitterest from End of Days that was filmed by Michael O’Shea.

Watch below:

Recording Finished for New Carolinabound EP

Recording has officially wrapped on a new 6-track EP by Carolinabound, the folk band project of singer/songwriter Chris Smith. Smith spent the better part of the last two years touring the southeast as a solo act. Longing to expand his sound, he hired bassist Jeremy Blake in 2014 to play shows as a duo, which gave him the bug to record a new album with a full-band sound.

Smith contacted producer Michael O’Shea and spent the month of December 2014 in O’Shea’s personal studio fleshing out his singer/songwriter material to a full band sound with the help of a small cast of guest musicians. Since Smith had played hundreds of shows live over the past few years, O’Shea wanted to capture a very live and organic sound that was authentic to his live show. So they first recorded audio and video of Smith playing guitar and singing at the same, and they used exclusively these continuous takes of the whole song on the album.

Chris Smith Recording

They then layered Smith’s touring bassist Jeremy Blake underneath those takes.

Jeremy-Recording

Finally, they brought in Leo Grassl of the band Motel Rodeo to record pedal steel and Halli Anderson of the band River Whyless to record violin.

Leo-Recording

Halli-Recording

The EP is called Smoking Gun and will be released on Seven Moths Records on March 10, 2015.

Sprinter by Isaacson Released

Isaacson-Sprinter-CoverIsaacson released its debut EP on Seven Moths Records today (1/25/2014). Sprinter is a finely-crafted 5 song exploration into the world alternative noise rock from the newly formed Asheville, NC based group.

Isaacson’s band recorded the album in their own studio and passed it off to bassist Wes Bintz to mix. He released his debut solo album “The Sound of Something Happening”  under the name Anakeesta on Seven Moths Records in 2012. For the band Isaacson, Bintz is joined by members Jeremy Rasik (Guitar/Vocals) and AJ Donahue (Drums), who have been playing together in serious bands (like their project Jaspers) for years, and new collaborators Erik Israel (Guitar) and Jeff Mettee (Keys/Synth). The album was mastered by Seven Moths founder Michael O’Shea. Sprinter is available on Bandcamp, SpotifyiTunes, and most major online retailers.

 

Seven Moths Signs Isaacson to Roster

IsaacsonSeven Moths Records is pleased to welcome the new band Isaacson to our roster of artists.

Isaacson is an Asheville, NC based noise-rock band who’s bassist Wes Bintz released his debut solo album as Anakeesta on Seven Moths Records in 2012. His album “The Sound of Something Happening” was the culmination of a year’s worth of work by Bintz and relied heavily on a blend of bass guitar, ambient vocals, glitchy drum looping and digital instrumentation and sonic manipulation. For the band Isaacson, Bintz is joined by members Jeremy Rasik (Guitar/Vocals) and AJ Donahue (Drums), who have been playing together in serious bands (like their project Jaspers) for years, and new collaborators Erik Israel (Guitar) and Jeff Mettee (Keys/Synth).

Isaacson’s debut EP Sprinter was recorded by the band in their own studio, mixed by Wes Bintz, and mastered by Seven Moths founder Michael O’Shea. Sprinter will be released on Seven Moths on 1/25/2014 and will be available on Bandcamp, SpotifyiTunes, and most major online retailers soon.

 

Check out this live video of the Sprinter’s opening track “Old Lights” below:

 

 

Moths by Kinjac Released

Moths-Album-CoverThe new Kinjac album Moths was released on May 8th, 2013 on Seven Moths Records. Moths is the seventh solo-release from Kinjac, the eclectic electro solo-project of musician/producer Michael O’Shea.

It is available for purchase on Bandcamp (name your price) and iTunes, or to stream on Spotify and SoundCloud.

Moths blends elements of electro-rock, hip-hop and acoustic instrumentation with penetrating lyrics to create a unique cinematic style. The album is a conceptual journey through heartbreak and loss in a dystopian political climate and is meant as the dark companion piece to Kinjac’s previous release Incandescent, a narrative concept album about a transatlantic romance he had with a Swedish girl that led him to live in Stockholm in 2010.

Moths features Kinjac remixes of songs by hip-hop artists Thavius Beck and Eprhyme. Thavius Beck is a Los Angeles based electronic musician and producer, certified Ableton trainer, and an instructor at the world renowned DJ and Production school Dubspot in NYC. In 2007 he contributed a remix of “Survivalism” for Nine Inch Nails, as well as producing several tracks for Saul Williams on his Trent Reznor produced album “The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!” He just released The Most Beautiful Ugly on Plug Research and has been touring as the DJ for rapper Skylar Grey. Eprhyme is an NYC based Jewish hip-hop artist whose second album Dopestylevsky came out on K records and was the first hip-hop album put out by K in over a decade.

In addition to the Kinjac project, Michael O’Shea is the drummer/producer for the electro sibling duo Double Shadows with his sister Kathryn O’Shea, he is the founder of Asheville-based indie label Seven Moths Records, and he is a prolific producer with production credits on releases by K Records (Eprhyme), Joyful Noise Records (CJ Boyd), SCI Fidelity Records (Ali Baba’s Tahini, an Umphrey’s McGee side-project), and every release on Seven Moths Records. The Asheville, NC native also has an honors degree in Philosophy, spent six-months touring as the drummer for the afrobeat band Afromotive, and has spent time living in Scotland and Sweden.