**NOTE - Colored Vinyl pictured is fictional! It is JUST the cover artwork!**
There Is No Feeling Better, the fourth album from Bloomington, Indiana's Mike Adams at His Honest Weight finds the titular Adams-the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer at the center of the independent pop institution-focused less on who he is and more on where he is. Though the album's not short on truthful introspection, it's an outward gaze that defines these eleven songs. It's the kind of record you can make only after really knowing how to make records. It's ambitious, but never labored sounding, sweeping but always intimate.
Pulling from disparate sources, like retro-pop era Starflyer 59, ELO, the Beach Boys at their most transcendental, the Southern gospel of the Isaacs, and the dead-serious humor of The Roches, Adams has shaped these touchstones into a new world. The sock hop mysticism of "Free & Reduced," the noir mood of "That’s One Way," the lush cooing of "Educated Guess," the daydream pop of "Olivia"-you can live in songs like these. They're testaments to the act of creation and recreation, examinations of the glee that can be accessed by ripping up the map and getting lost.
On Casino Drone, his third solo album, Mike Adams at His Honest Weight emerges as both a Hoosier power-pop auteur and a poet of the Indiana everyday. He crafts supremely catchy melodies and fashions ingenious arrangements that thrum with synthpop sparkle, shoegaze drone, classic rock fervor, and sonic textures that draw from easy listening as well as avant garde experiments. And it's all in service to sharply intelligent songs balancing whimsy and melancholy, exuberance and doubt.
Adams recorded these eleven songs himself, recording almost all the instruments in his Bloomington living room. Music is a dominant theme on the album, but Adams has subsumed his influences into a sound that is more idiosyncratic, more ambitious, more personal - in short, more Mike Adams. The long ambient opening passage of "Ideas Man," the weightless drift of "Stainless Still," the tangle of guitar notes anchoring "On the Fumes" - these aren't nods to his pop heroes, but the musical signatures of a confident artist who has come into his own. "This record feels bigger," he says, "but there's actually much less going on. Everything is simplified. Everything is sharpened. I wanted these songs to stand up without any tricks."
Mike Adams At His Honest Weight rounds out 2015 with Preparation Age, a new 5-song one-sided LP. It was recorded during the same sessions as a forthcoming 2016 full-length and serve as companion songs and a taste of what is to come. They build on the solidly crafted pop songs of 2014's The Best of Boiler Room Classics through sonic experimentation and take the band's sound into a hazier new territory combining influences from the synth-based rock of Wheat, Grandaddy, and Flaming Lips with Beach Boys inspired vocal harmonies. Throughout Preparation Age, Mike Adams manages to tell stories of forgotten friends and everyday people, turning fear and anxiety from the departed past into something pleasing and beautiful. In the more perfect universe next door, 2016 is the year for Mike and the boys' magnum opus crowning achievement that will earn them a well-deserved gold record. For 2015, in the here and now, it's Mike Adams At His Honest Weight's Preparation Age.
Preparation Age is presented in a limited vinyl-only release of 500 copies with the B-side featuring an etching and including a digital download code.
Many have been waiting for Mike Adams’ follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut Oscillate Wisely since 2009 and we are proud to say that Best of Boiler Room Classics is definitely worth the wait. The thoughtful, hard work that went into this record has resulted in something truly special, like a Midwestern Tusk made by fun, lovable people who actually get along really well. Best of Boiler Room Classics has the subtle, earnest warmth of an album like the Clientele’s Strange Geometry but with the arena-ready grandeur of ELO’s Out Of The Blue. While there is an unforgettable instant catchiness to these songs, the depth of Adams’ songwriting, both lyrically and musically, makes repeated listens to these timelessly brilliant songs a true delight. What if the GBV albums on TVT had been produced by Cowboy Jack Clement?What if The Wonders songs in That Thing You Do were actually performed by The Pernice Brothers? What if Dee Dee Ramone wrote “Late For The Sky” instead of Jackson Browne? What if Todd Rundgren engineered a Cass McCombs record? Find out on April 29 at your local record store!
The April installment of the Joyful Noise 2013 Flexi Disc Series features an exclusive track from Mike Adams At His Honest Weight!
This Bloomington Indiana-based project responsible for one of our favorite albums of the last several years: “Oscillate Wisely” (St. Ives / Flannelgraph). And in addition to his talents of looking exactly like Clark Kent, Mike Adams possesses a refined ability to write catchy, tasteful numbers, capable withstanding hundreds of listens (we know because we’ve tried). His contribution to the Flexi-Disc Series “Not No More” is an indie-lounge, Morrissey-channeled hit single.
"Not No More" is limited to just 1000 copies on 7” Flexi-Disc. This exclusive track will not be released digitally or in any other format.
Michael Dwayne Adams has a unique gift for crafting engaging melodies while applying some well-oiled decision-making skills. Not since Low’s Secret Name has an album so easily lent itself to being the perfect accompaniment to either having a full-blown existential crisis or simply making out in the backseat at the local drive-in on a rainy night. The wit and candor of Roger Miller and Morrisseyâ€¦ the faint-inducing crooning of Roy Orbison and Chris Isaacâ€¦ the ethereal transcendence of Talk Talk and Starflyer 59â€¦ the dash-pounding drive of Neu! and The Ramonesâ€¦ the pop ingenuity of Badfinger and Big Starâ€¦ they all seem to be present in one way or another on Oscillate Wisely. And, not unlike the Cocteau Twins’ Tiny Dynamite EP, these captivating jams are blanketed in rich sonic whirlpools that make you feel as though you’ve finally mastered the art of lucid dreaming. As with all St. Ives releases, Oscillate Wisely is made in limited edition hand-wrought (by the artist himself) packaging using only salvaged materials.