Vegas With Randolph
Celebrated guitar-pop veterans VEGAS WITH RANDOLPH make their Big Stir Singles Series debut with a pair of tracks so fresh that the B-side has just been completed mere hours before this writing! “N.S.A.” b/w “Show Me How” are set for release Friday, August 7 and up for pre-order at www.bigstirrecords.com/big-stir-digital-singles now. It's a double-barreled brash and tuneful new outing for the DC-centered collective that follows on from the melodic rush of their 2018 album Legs & Luggage – the band's fourth collection – and shows the award-winning group is as sharp and energetic as ever. The A-side positively kicks with drive, hooks, and the chemistry born from a musical partnership started between songwriters JOHN RATTS and ERIC KERN in high school which feels just as vital today. “Sometimes the best love comes with fewer binding ties, with no strings attached!” says the band, and that freedom is palpable on the recording, also featuring longtime VWR members DAVID PUROL and BROCK HARRIS. Meanwhile, the literally hot-off-the-mixing-board flip-side “Show Me How” is just as bracingly terrific and even more immediate – it's a song from, about, and for the days in which we find ourselves. The band explain: “In these times of global pandemic, the similar days can start to feel mundane. Still we simultaneously recognize how much each new day we receive truly is a blessing. Keeping the focus on the positive and on the opportunities still available is paramount. 'Show Me How'' explores that dichotomy, with hope and aspirations for us coming out of this better in the end: 'To move beyond my selfish plight, to lift up hearts and light them with desire, to inspire – another day is here to show me how'. And like The Beatles’ 'the love you make', the 'sun checks in' when we begin to re-spread sunshine of our own. So here’s one for 2020, re-lighting desire, and spreading some more sunshine in a world that can certainly use it.” Both tracks bear out the numerous admiring tags that have been applied to the band since their inception – “ebullient, unabashed power pop”, “thinking man's party music,” and “blissful pop songwriting at its finest” – and the comparisons to the likes of Fastball, Sloan, and Fountains of Wayne.That VEGAS WITH RANDOLPH is rocketing ahead with such gleeful abandon during these befuddling pandemic times is one minor miracle on top of another. Legs & Luggage itself marked the first VWR since the 2017 passing of founding bassist DAN AYLESTOCK. The band chose to honor him with an album that, if anything, upped the rock factor while retaining the hooks, and was hailed as their best album yet, landing on many a “Year's Best Records” list. “It is a marvel,” wrote ALAN HABER of Pure Pop Radio about L&L. “This is a new-phase Vegas With Randolph album that thunders across the plains with harder-edged chutzpah than their previous releases. The guitars are louder and the sound is more aggressive. The sound is more purposeful, but just as catchy and fun as always.” That momentum shows no signs of flagging, as “N.S.A” marks the launch of an expected run of VWR singles through 2020 and 2021 leading up to a new full-length album in the near future. BSR is thrilled to bring you the first signs that the lights of VEGAS WITH RANDOLPH will continue shining brighter than ever in the days to come!