As Gospel Claws, the then-reigning kings of Phoenix’s indie music scene, began to disperse to Washington, Idaho, and elsewhere, vocalist, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and handsome man Sloan Walters began working on solo material.
Using his middle name, Sloan Dylan released “Loan Star State” today via Soundcloud. He cowrote the song with Eric Lauterbach in 2015.
In a post on the newly minted band Facebook page, Sloan noted he has “a lot of new stuff coming out this year and am excited to share”
A few years ago, I bumped into Sloan at Crescent Ballroom and asked what his next steps were. He mentioned he had something in the works and that it was going to be a little more country than Gospel Claws. He rattled off a slew of influences that I can’t remember at all.
The single sounds like a natural progression from his days with the Claws. His unique vocals always stood out on every song and now blend perfectly with the jangly guitars of his new project.
Listen to “Loan Star State” below.
I turned 28 today [January 3, 2017]. That means I have lived 10,220 days, 336 months, and have completed 28 rotations around the sun. Twenty-eight isn’t a significant birthday at all, but I wanted to start collecting a playlist of songs to represent each year of my life. It was hard to do because I only wanted an artist represented once. So this isn’t a “best of” or anything like that. Just a playlist… a playlist that will probably shift throughout time. Continue reading “28 songs for my 28 years on earth”
Joel Marquard is one of my favorite musicians. He was an original guitarist in Dear and the Headlights – one of the best bands to ever break out of Phoenix – and he is the mastermind behind so many more projects: Gospel Claws (not a gospel band), the Through and Through Gospel Review (a gospel band), Samuel L Cool J, and Spiritual Warfare.
I have been a super fan of his since I was in high school and was lucky enough to get to know him throughout the years. His bands have produced some of my favorite musical memories and I wanted to get to know more about what drove him to make some of the best pop songs I’ve heard.
You can listen to and purchase Spiritual Warfare music here.
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Time for another themed playlist. This time around it’s all about songs that have places in the title. It starts off pretty pop-rocky, goes through a folksy-Americana period and ends with a synthy-electro phase before ending with a rap song by Childish Gambino. Of course. I’ve included links to a Spotify playlist and a Rdio one as well. Enjoy, y’all.
- “Tallulah” – Company of Thieves
- “Country Lane” – Telekinesis
- “Greeley Estates” – Gospel Claws
- “From Finner” – Of Monsters and Men
- “Couer d’Alene” – The Head and the Heart
- “Portland” – Middle Brother
- “Dead Sea” – The Lumineers
- “Massachusetts” – Ra Ra Riot
- “Santa Fe” – Beirut
- “Desert Plane” – Tapes ‘n Tapes
- “Colony” – Now, Now
- “Perth” – Bon Iver
- “I Follow Rivers” Lykke Li
- “We Almost Lost Detroit” – Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
- “LES” – Childish Gambino
*Note: Gospel Claws is not on Rdio…so go to Spotify for the complete playlist.
One of my favorite bands is looking for your help. Gospel Claws, like so many indie bands nowadays, is asking fans to donate money via Kickstarter to help fund their sophomore LP. The quintet needs a total of $12,000 to record the album and only need $4,000 more to cover the costs.
“If you don’t know us, we’re from Tempe, Arizona and have been playing music together since 2007,” they write on their Kickstarter, “Our record label, Common Wall Media, has helped us release a self-titled EP (2008) and a debut full length album, C-L-A-W-S (2010). Last year we were fortunate enough to be selected as an official showcasing act for SXSW as a result of our first album.”
In addition to being invited to 2011’s SXSW, the band was named a Best of What’s Next artist by Paste in November 2010 and I recently named them to the magazine’s 50 States Project as the best up-and-coming band based out of Arizona.
Here’s a video of them recording at Flying Blanket (Mesa, Ariz.) where they are recording the album with the legendary Bob Hoag.
Gospel Claw’s goal is to raise the funds by the first week of June and they are offering an array of packages for pledgers. Check the project out to see a breakdown of recording costs and a funny video of them introducing themselves and explaining the project.