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People Years

"Roadkill"
(Cornelius Chapel Records)
Release Date: October 11, 2019

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People Years is a dream of an amalgamated spitball wadded by the nerdy version of you and made from subterranean and atmospheric particles of bands like Luna, Pavement, Pink Floyd, and LCD Soundsystem, loaded into a straw, and launched into the midnight hair of that Robert Smith-worshipping goth girl named Summer, who sat a few rows in front of you in class. The one who despises everything Americana. The one who seems to know something that the others don’t. Summer pinches that spit ball out of her hair like a fly between her thumb and index finger, walks it over in her Doc Martins and ask you in black-lipstick language if you lost something. You stammer. She feigns anger, then brightens. She smiles, and maintains eye contact as she places said spitball on her tongue and disappears it down the proverbial hatch. You’re in love.

The four guys in Birmingham, Alabama’s People Years have been in a pile of good bands through the years (Warm in The Wake, Sea Fix, Heath Green and The Makeshifters, Vulture Whale, Cosmonaut on Vacation, Through The Sparks, Terry Ohms); some short-lived, some longer-lived; most eventually fizzling and giving way to the weight of life, bad luck, unreliable dickheads, or simply the need to move on and do something different.

Anchored by the songwriting and production of Chris Rowell, the band blows out tree bending tracks that play too well in the sleaziest of dives and the snootiest of invitation-only parties. Rowell’s astronaut guitar and Tony Oliver’s soaring keyboard fortress converse in argumentative tones and easy asides, while Greg Slamen’s bass rips through the atmosphere with Wes McDonald’s cracked groove in tow. Add to that the accomplished craft of Rowell’s lyrics and stellar delivery and you’ve got yourself a musical spitball worthy of Summer the goth girl or those she loves to hate.

“Roadkill” is People Years’ debut single and the first from their yet to be titled debut album that is slated for release in early 2020.


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Chris Rowell : Vocals and guitar (Warm In the Wake, Sea Fix, King Lear Jet)
Tony Oliver : Keyboard fortress (Sea Fix)
Greg Slamen :Bass (Cosmonaut on Vacation, Heath Green & The Makeshifters, Through The Sparks)
Wes McDonald : Drums (Terry Ohms, Vulture Whale, The Ohms)




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