Whether the story begins on a billionaire’s yacht in Sydney while a love story goes down or on the wrong side of a M-16 in Rio de Janeiro, reality is found in the tale as it is presented. The debut release “Summer (The Dreamer From 1997)” and “If You’re Worried” display feelings steeped in jealousy, idealism, and lingering nostalgia clinging to unknown pleasures of innocence lost over time. Produced by Jason Hill and Brian Karscig (Louis XIV), the native sons of San Diego, the malaise hovering over Halloween Town is again somewhere nostalgic and even more distant into the past. The clear and obvious influences of The Beatles and The Beach Boys is spotted, but much of the time the songs are presented with sounds more reminiscent of a classic Motown single than one coming from Abbey Road.
Mark Stoermer (The Killers) plays the bass with bounce and groove mostly, with the hard driving lines making songs dance when necessary. Mixed by Doug Boehm (Guided by Voices, The Vines) in Los Angeles’ famed Sound factory, Halloween Town sounds produced for the average pop listener to accept. Childhood friend of Pardey’s, Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds, 500 Days of Summer) adds a macabre element with creepy portraits and the exposure to the true self with his artwork used on the cover. Gubler is releasing the debut single on his new record label Cornstalk Recordings, while the connections seemingly lead back to one special place where long ago the friendships that were forged found themselves reunited.
However, what’s special is not so much the curious cast presenting Pardey, but the curiosity in the presentation. http://www.myspace.com/halloweentownband http://ryanpardey.com Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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