It’s now or never for Now
or Heaven from the L.A. indiepopsters.
By Fred Mills
Merge Records’ latest and greatest, the Broken West, will be
dropping Now or Heaven on Sept.
9, and not so coincidentally on that same day the band commences a North
The record follows
up 2007’s acclaimed I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On, and according to
Merge the stealth-pop geniuses — think a cross between Wilco, Arcade Fire and
Okkervil River — are “tossing out all of the rules… they began by ignoring
their guitars for a while. The rhythm
section is the heart of Now or Heaven.” [they recorded
“We almost went insane and gave up a couple of times, but it
felt like natural conception,” says the band’s Danny Iead. Also in the Broken
West, which is based in L.A.:
Ross Flournoy, Rob McCorkindale and Brian Whelan. Plus “honorary members” Scott,
Darice, Jon, and Jeff “Chef” Howell.
Check ‘em out at their http://www.myspace.com/thebrokenwest MySpace page for info and sound samples.
Get natural, then.
The Broken West Tour
9/09: Hi Dive, Denver
9/10: Slowdown JR, Omaha
9/11: The Picador, Iowa
9/12: Orpheum Stage Door, Madison
9/13: 400 Bar, Minneapolis
9/15: Schubas, Chicago
9/16: Pike Room, Pontiac
9/17: Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto
9/21: Mercury Lounge, New
9/22: Middle East, Cambridge
9/23: Cafe Nine, New
9/24: TBA, DC
9/25: Local 506, Chapel Hill
9/28: The Basement, Nashville
9/29: Hi Tone, Memphis
9/30: Dan’s Silverleaf, Denton
10/1: Mohawk, Austin
10/4: Spaceland, Los