At Sea Offer Free Download of New Song ‘The Past Is A Drug’
At Sea release their full-length debut ‘A New Machine’ on September 25, 2012 via Soap Media.CEN/RED. It’s melodic; equal parts moody electronics and big guitars, with lyrics both personal and quietly political.
The music conjures up everyone from the likes of Jeff Buckley and Incubus to Doves and Death Cab for Cutie, without really sounding like any of them. You can pre-order the album at iTunes here.
The Vinyl District premiered the title track last week and now Magnet has premiered a free download of “The Past Is A Drug” as their free Mp3 at 3PM saying, “‘The Past Is A Drug’ has everything you want in alternative pop. It’s catchy, but it doesn’t sound artificially built for radio. It’s guitar driven, but there’s enough electronic to make it sound modern and fresh.”
At Sea were announced in the first round of performers at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon and have a few shows in the Northeast over the next two months, culminating in their CD release performance on Thursday, October 4th at Bowery Electric.
Lyrically, the songs on A New Machine feature an apocalyptic undertone, inspired by the recent spate of natural disasters, the Occupy Wall Street movement and the continued whitewashing of New York’s culture. It’s songwriter Jason Brody’s attempt to inject a little substance into the modern musical climate. “Now there’s so much music out there and it’s so easy to get to,” he says. “But it’s also easy to forget that any music we make and listen to was inspired by music that was made from a more political and reactionary point of view. There was an intent behind it all that’s no longer there.”
In Jason’s own words: “At the end of the day I’ve realized that it’s all about writing a great song. Strip away all the fashion, all the production, all the other elements that go with the experience of music, and it really comes down to that. That’s what gets people, what touches them. That’s where I want to be and what I want to do.”
At Sea Tour Dates:
Thurs, Sept 13 – Hamden, CT – The Space
Wed, Sept 19 – Brooklyn, NY – The Rock Shop
Fri, Sept 28 – Arlington, VA – Iota
Thurs, Oct 4 – New York, NY – The Bowery Electric – CD RELEASE PERFORMANCE
Wed, Oct 17 – New York, NY – The Bowery Electric – Tijuana Gift Shop Official CMJ Showcase
Thurs, Oct 18 – New York, NY – m1-5 Lounge