Photo by Kyle Sweeney
Dayton, Ohio’s Cricketbows are set to release an inspired EP of new material this fall. Produced by Buffalo Killers’ Zachary Gabbard, this six-track effort, titled Communion, is the band’s first release since their 2015 debut album, Diamonds (produced by Grammy Award recipient Brian Olive). The EP will also coincide with the release of a full-length film titled “Where The Ocean Meets The Sky,” that will feature behind-the-scenes footage and videos for all of the songs from Communion.
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.
Cricketbows’ Communion will be available September 8 on CD, digital and streaming formats via Mosquito Hawk Exquisite Records. Today, Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of premiering “Summer Festival Sky,” a meandering mid-tempo rocker, which prominently features the vocals of Cricketbows’ Aarika Watson and brings to mind legends like Grace Slick. Watson had this to say about the song.
“She is my favorite song to sing. This song tells a story about Summertime romance, heartbreak and true friendship. She truly embodies those nostalgic memories from my youth that seemed so dramatic and experimental at the time but now are some of my greatest memories.”
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