Monday, July 14, 2014

Lines West's Debut "Stop Look and Listen"

Stop Look and Listen, the first full-length from Bridgeport, Connecticut’s Lines West. Compared to Wilco and Big Star, Lines West feature a wide range of American rock traditions. Lines West is a four-piece group co-fronted by John Radzin on guitar and vocals and Brian Larney on keyboard, guitar, and vocals. Radzin and Larney formed Lines West in May 2013 after having played together in another Connecticut band, The Colt Six. The other half of the band is comprised of bassist Jan Stein and drummer Greg Kallas. Stop Look and Listen was co-produced by Radzin and Larney (under their production moniker JAYBEE), and will be available on Amazon, iTunes and Line’s West site. The first single from Stop Look and Listen will be “Lover.”

Fueled by the songwriting tandem of Radzin and Larney, Stop Look andListen is a unique blast of rootsy pop/rock. In addition, Larney is a prolific singer/songwriter who is also releasing on July 22nd his second solo full-length, Jupiter With You. Larney has already gained recognition for "merging genres and writing honest, poetic, insightful lyrics that speak to the heart." (Andrew Greenhalg, Along The Journey)

Radzin was born in Wisconsin, where he learned to camp, build fires, and wear cowboy boots. Long car rides across the prairie were spent singing harmonies with his mother, brother and sisters, and once he picked up a guitar, he never looked back. After formally studying music at the University of Wisconsin, Radzin spent two years in London, absorbing what he could of that music scene before departing for Los Angeles. He spent eight years in Los Angeles, working as an engineer with artists as diverse as Slash and Neil Diamond. Radzin left the studio world to front L.A. heavy-pop trio (and KCRW favorite) Magnified before moving to Connecticut.

Larney also brings to Lines West a wealth of music industry experience. Larney will release his next solo record, Jupiter With You, on July 22nd. The debut single will be "Too Many Days in the Week.” His debut solo album, At the Starting Line, was recorded at famed studio SUMA Recording in Ohio and was produced by Grammy-nominated David Mayfield in the winter of 2013. At the Starting Line earned Larney rave reviews from fans and critics alike: "Larney’s charisma and voice are distinctive enough to pull off anything he wants to do." (Wildy Haskell, Wildy's World)

Lines West released their Blistering Heart EP in 2013, and used the momentum from those sessions to record Stop Look and Listen. According to Larney, the album is “a collection of eleven clear-eyed observances of life and love - wrapped in crystalline acoustic-based melodies and harmonies, all delivered with a touch of twang.”

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