In July, New York trio EZTV will release their debut album, Calling Out. The record was recorded with assistance from Jarvis Taveniere, member of perennial folk crew Woods, and one of the Brooklyn guitar-pop scene's most reliable producer-engineers. Based on Calling Out's feel-good first single, "The Light," it seems like it was a fruitful collaboration; despite being hinged on pretty sparse instrumentation—including a string of stoned, earworm-y guitar solos—the song sounds big and warm.
"It's a tough song with a beat that waivers," drummer Michael Stasiak, who used to play in Widowspeak, told FADER over email. "It sort of swings and doesn't swing at the same time, and I had no idea what fills to play in the studio. It was the last song we did that day, and Ezra's guitar was starting to just be viciously out of tune. But on the third take we all fell into the same groove. After the last crash, we all had the 'Eureka!' look in our eyes." Calling Out drops July 10th; check out a few spring/summer tour dates below, too.
May 5 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom $
May 7 - Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades *
July 4 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 (Outside) ^
July 5 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada ^
July 6 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack's ^
July 7 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl ^
July 9 - Asheville, NC @ New Mountain Theatre ^
July 10 - Indianapolis, IN @ Joyful Noise Records ^
July 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
$ with Mikal Cronin, William Tyler
* with Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, John Andrews & The Yawns
^ with Jacco Gardner, Dinner
Lead image: Daniel Topete