THE RELATIONSHIP (BRIAN BELL OF WEEZER) TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE ON BURGER RECORDS, OUT 4/8
ANNOUNCE 7” RELEASE SHOW AND EXTENSIVE TOUR DATES
LISTEN TO A-SIDE SINGLE “OH ALLEN”
It's 2015 and rock ‘n’ roll is more alive than ever, which means it's time for The Relationship to step back into the spotlight with a new single set for release on Burger Records on April 8th and an album’s worth of new songs ready for their live set.
Founded in 2006 by guitarist/singer Brian Bell (Weezer, Space Twins) and lead guitarist Nate Shaw (die Hunns, U.S. Bombs), The Relationship has called on some old friends to fill out a new rhythm section: bassist Jon LaRue, an L.A. native and songwriting partner with Strokes co-founder Albert Hammond Jr. just returned from New York City, and New Jersey transplant Anthony Burulcich, the drummer for Morrissey and the Bravery who was just settling back down from a long stretch of touring.
Now this re-energized Relationship matches Bell’s preternatural pop precision with Shaw’s famously incandescent lead guitar work. The result is a vital re-evolution of a sound born from bands like the Kinks, Cheap Trick, the Clash and more. Or in other words—it’s a new take on absolutely classic rock ‘n’ roll.
Their Burger single is just a glimpse of what The Relationship have ready, combining LaRue and Burulcich’s cosmopolitan New York City aesthetic with Bell and Shaw’s original rock-as-high-art concept—and then soaking it in Southern California sunshine. A-side “Oh Allen” is a storming Big Star-meets-the Beat rocker with a heart-tugging piano break—a bittersweet ode to the path not taken—while B-side “Young Temptations” is a gloriously hooky autobiography supercharged with a stadium-ready chorus and wry literary lyrics.
Here’s what Brian Bell has to say about “Oh Allen,” which premiered on Billboard:
“Oh Allen” is a buddy song about two long time friends who were once inseparable. Allen follows his dreams of being an artist while the friend conforms to societies demands but cheers him on as “one of the faces in the crowd”. The song resonated with Nate and myself because we were actually the character of Allen, or what Allen represented to us, while friends and family, as supportive as they must be, are the ones speaking of us in an “Oh that Nate and Brian…” sort of way.
They’ve got a full new album almost ready, says Bell, cut to analog tape at L.A.’s storied studio the Village, where everyone from Weezer to the Beach Boys to Neil Young found a home to craft their hits. The theme, says Bell, is youth—not just the energy and irrepressible drive that come from being young and playing rock ‘n’ roll guitar, but the romance and melancholy and tragedy-turned-triumph that happen when a band decides to make the music their way no matter what.
LISTEN TO “OH ALLEN” HERE:
THE RELATIONSHIP TOUR DATES
April 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ Viper Room (7” Release Party)
April 15 - Redlands, CA @ Hanger 24
April 16 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Moe’s Alley
April 17 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
April 18 – Medford, OR @ Howiee’s On Front
April 19 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza
April 21 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Loading Dock
April 22 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom
April 23 - Lincoln, NE @ Vega
April 24 - Kansas City, MO @ Middle of the Map Fest
April 25 - St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
April 26 - Chicago, IL @ The Beat Kitchen
April 27 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
April 29 - New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
April 30 - Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom at The Outer Space
May 1 - Pawtucket, RI @ The Met
May 2 - Philadelphia, PA @ Ortliebs Lounge
May 3 - Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre
May 5 - Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
May 6 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
May 7- Gainesville, FL @ High Dive
May 8 - Tallahassee, FL @ Pugs Live
May 9 - New Orleans, FL @ Siberia
May 10 - Houston, TX @ Bronze Peakcock at House of Blues
May 12 - Tulsa, OK @ Vanguard
May 15 - San Diego, CA @ Voodoo Room at House of Blues
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