Tourism / Come on June

by The Neutral States / Little Lovers

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    180g copy of the Neutral States / Little Lovers split LP in hand-numbered, hand-assembled white jackets with large wrap-around art stickers. Limited to 200 copies worldwide, only 50 US copies!

    For Canadian orders (and Neutral States digital), please visit:

    theneutralstates.bandcamp.com/album/ep-tourism

    For Australian and Pacific orders (and Little Lovers digital), please visit:

    littlelovers.bandcamp.com (to be posted in the near future)

    Includes unlimited streaming of Tourism / Come on June via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Social media can draw lines to connect far-flung dots. Local rock band The Neutral States can attest to the unlikeliness and absurdity of some of the connections it makes. A single click is responsible for them releasing a split LP with an Australian band on a Texas record label this month.

“It was just one of those butterfly effect moments,” says Lee Shedden, the band’s songwriter and singer/guitarist. “We favourited a funny tweet by [local rock band] Napalmpom and that caught the eye of this guy who runs a record label. He gives us a listen & digs us, we start talking, and one thing leads to another.” That guy was Travis Phillips, whose Some Weird Sin Records and Tapes has been releasing a steady stream of garage-rock, punk, and power-pop singles and cassettes throughout the year. This is SWS's first vinyl LP, produced in conjunction with Calgary label Western Famine.

It was Phillips who put The Neutral States in touch with Little Lovers, the Aussie band whose music graces the B-side of the LP. “They’re just a great band,” Shedden says, “with these huge [musical] hooks and a wicked sense of humour.” Little Lovers’ side of the record ranges from a sweet country-rock tune to a spooky, Velvet Underground-influenced story of home invasion to a snot-punk rave-up. As for The Neutral States’ side, it contains two versions of the song “Tourism,” a marvellously catchy takedown of the entitlement and short attention span of the Western world, couched in a guitar-driven grunge tune that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on the radio in 1994. Sandwiched in the middle of the side are “Trust,” a dissonant, driving number with unclear intentions but powerful emotions, and “The Rising Tide,” a reverb-soaked ride through a nightmare, complete with unhinged barking.

The suggestion that The Neutral States are 90s-influenced causes Shedden to laugh. “We’re not influenced by the 90s; that’s where we’re from!” And indeed, all four members have been active in the Calgary music scene since the days when it was being touted by local boosters as the “next Seattle.” Elescia Wojak was the bassist for Placebo, the band that started Leslie Feist on the road to fame. Andrew Wedderburn, once the driving force behind much-missed local heroes Hot Little Rocket and now the frontman for The Night Committee, plays guitar and sings backup. On the drums is Jonathan Hayden, who played for Thousandsticks and Massive Ferguson.

For a gang of pals who are so mild-mannered offstage, The Neutral States have been building a reputation as a ferocious live act, creating a wall of sound and a bundle of energy.

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released August 11, 2015

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