Oct 23, 2015
Indie rock band Fine China will return to the stage for the first time in nearly a decade Friday, December 11th, at the Rebel Lounge (2303 E. Indian School Rd.) to commemorate an expanded 10th anniversary 180 gram black vinyl reissue of the 2005 album The Jaws of Life. Featuring singer/songwriter/guitarist Rob Withem, bassist Greg Markov, keyboardist Josh Block and drummer Thom Walsh, the show will mark the first time Fine China has performed since 2006. Brought to you through a collaborative effort between Plastiq Musiq, Velvet Blue Music, Common Wall Media, and President Gator avail December 11th.
Fine China was formed in Phoenix in 1997. After a series of well-received singles on Velvet Blue Music, the group's debut full-length When the World Sings was issued by Plastiq Musiq/Tooth and Nail Records in 2000. Produced by Ronnie Martin of Joy Electric, its analog synth-pop evoked the effusive charm of the band's early '80s English pop inspirations, including the Pet Shop Boys, New Order and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. The band's 2002 Tooth and Nail follow up You Make Me Hate Music was produced by Jason Martin of cult shoegaze band Starflyer 59 and Terry Taylor of alternative pioneers Daniel Amos. The record's angsty songs (see the album title) moved the band into guitar-driven rock territory, inspired by the Smiths, the Buzzcocks, the Pretenders, the Replacements and the Psychedelic Furs.
In 2005, Fine China issued The Jaws of Life on Phoenix-based label Common Wall Media. Propelled by chiming songs like "Are You On Drugs?", "Rated-R Movie" and "Don't Frown," the self-produced album was lush and layered, recorded with engineer Bob Hoag at Flying Blanket Recording in downtown Mesa. Withem's lyrics are wry and occasionally biting, given to asides of hesitation and doubt, but ultimately faithful. "I'm sorry for the hatred in my soul," Withem sings with unguarded openness on the haunting slow jam "I'm Sorry For the Hating." The album's post-punk melodic ism and sharp wit have held up; even as a decade's passed, The Jaws of Life sounds fresh and current.
Pressed to vinyl for the first time, the album will feature a handful of new, exclusives remixes and a new original track from the band via a download card.
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Aug 12, 2013
Lots going on with Common Wall Media artists over the last few months.
Future Loves Past continues to gear up for the release of their full-length album, All the Luscious Plants.
You can hear/download the first two tracks from the record at the following blogs:
Bogan Via have released an amazing video for their song "Kanye". You can check it out at this post from Mad Mackerel.
Both Future Loves Past and Bogan Via also performed live sessions for Paste Magazine at Aloft Hotels over the past couple months. Videos from the sessions should be posted soon at Live @Aloft
Gospel Claws recently performed a live set for a Sons of Anarchy / Harley Davidson event. A web documentary should be posted soon.
Joel's more saintly project, The Through and Through Gospel Review performed its 2nd ever live show at the Musical Instrument Museum in June. The show was professionally filmed and recorded and we hope to have videos to share with you soon.
Jun 10, 2013
We are very proud to annouce that we have struck a deal with Phoenix, AZ favorites Future Loves Past to release their debut full-length album later this fall. More info will be coming soon, but in the meantime, we are co-releasing a 7" split with them and Yellow Minute, that previews one of the album tracks "Grow Up Tall". The release show will be at Sail Inn on July 6th. You can download the song right now from Phoenix NewTimes Up on the Sun Blog and pre-order the 7" from President Gator Records.
Jan 3, 2013
Gospel Claws and Bogan Via both had very eventful last few months of 2012.
Gospel Claws released their sophomore full-length album Put Your Sunshine Away, which has been recieving excellent reviews and press inculding the track "Hambone" being featured on NPR's All Song's Considered and the album was also named on of the Top Ten Local Albums of 2012 by The Phoenix NewTimes. We also co-released a vinyl 12" version of the record with President Gator Records, which you can buy here or at any local AZ record stores (Zia, Stinkweeds, Revolver).
Bogan Via continues to recieve strong praise for their debut Common Wall EP Wait Up, including Phoenix NewTimes Top Ten Local Albums of 2012. We have also just released a digital only Remix EP via the band's bandcamp page that includes remixes from Geographer, Glass Theory, Miniature Tigers, and more!
Hopefully 2013 will bring more great releases and more great new artists!
Jun 18, 2012
Mar 8, 2012
So, 2012 is shaping up to be a busy year at Common Wall Media. We've already had the official web release of our first foray into film-making. BenDavid Grabinski's "Cost of Living" is available now to stream in its entirety online. Click on the Cost of Living tab of click here.
Snake! Snake! Snakes! has a new single "Outsider" that will be released digitally on March 13th (along with the B-side "Thieves"). They are making their first trek outside AZ to play some parties at SXSW and a few other dates along the way. Up on the Sun recently spoke with Jon about what the band is up to, check it out here.
Gospel Claws have booked some studio time in April to begin work on their follow up to their debut full-length, C-L-A-W-S. They'll be going into the studio for a few days at a time over the course of the next few months. The album probably will not be finished and released until fall, but the plan is to do a 7" split with in order to release a song from the upcoming album as soon as possible. Gospel Claws were just listed today in a blog post as #1 of Paste Magazine's "10 Arizona Bands You Should Listen to Now". I agree. Snake! Snake! Snakes! is on the list too, btw.
Also, if you pay any attention to Common Wall releases, you probably notice the name Bob Hoag a lot. It's no secret that we love Bob and Flying Blanket. We like him so much, we are going to be releasing the long-awaited debut full-length from his band, The Go Reflex. It's looking like a May release at this point. We'll have a new song for you to hear soon. In the meantime, they are playing a string of dates with The Ataris on the west coast and a few AZ dates this month. Bob still hasn't set up a website or a facebook page, so check out this video for "Irresonsible Siblings"
Finally, The Arizona Repulic recently ran a great article about Miniature Tigers and our partner label, Modern Art Records. Modern Art has a lot of great stuff going on in 2012. Read the article here. And check out the Modern Art Tour 2012 coming to a venue near you.
Oct 25, 2011
Gospel Claws very own Joel Marquard's "solo-Project" has been released today via Bandcamp. Go there and name your price (even $0) for a full download.
Click here to get it now: