Into the great wide open

Into the great wide open

The New Old-Fashioned celebrate new songs with local release shows

By Zach Rogers

The sound of the heartland is strong, powerful and generally a little rebellious. When you boil it down, it’s just passionate rock n’ roll. You might not associate a city like Dayton, Ohio, with this kind of sound, but time and time again this little city keeps on proving it has room for a whole hell of a lot of music. In fact, we have the New Old-Fashioned – a band that blends Tom Petty guitar riffs with Beach Boys vocal harmonies, resulting in a signature sound that evokes the heart of rock with the soul of Americana.

Comprised of lead vocalist/guitarist David Payne, guitarist Kent Montgomery, bassist Tom Blackbern and drummer Matt Oliver, the band is set to release its brand new 7” single on Toxic Beauty Records, and they will celebrate with two release shows – one at Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs on Saturday, March 1, the other at Oregon Express on Saturday, March 8. It is the group’s first effort following their 2012 self-titled debut, with songs written during those sessions that were held back for later use.

“Our full-length came out over a year ago, and when we were putting it all together these two songs just didn’t fit in as well with the others,” explained Payne, who also acts as principal songwriter for the group. “We wanted to release something while we’re working on our next album, and we still had these two songs we really liked and wanted to put out, so we went back to Nashville with the same producer and finally got the songs recorded.”

The two new songs, “Ladies” and “Indie Movie Scenes,” will be available in both vinyl and digital formats. The vinyl release is being handled by Toxic Beauty Records, with the two songs recorded with the format in mind.

“It can become an entirely different process when you’re making something specifically for vinyl,” said Payne. “Sometimes one doesn’t always translate well to the other, so it was important that everyone knew exactly what we were going for during the process of recording, mixing and mastering it all.”

Josh Castleberry, owner of Toxic Beauty Records, first caught wind of the band from its debut. “They’re regulars at the shop, and I started carrying their self-titled CD when they put it out in 2012,” he said. “They knew with the shop I also had a vinyl-only label, and when they were ready to put something else out they approached us about the possibility of doing something together. Once I listened to the songs I knew I wanted to release them on the label, and they definitely didn’t disappoint.”

Castleberry runs the Toxic Beauty Records store in Yellow Springs, which specializes in rare, collectable vinyl records and concert posters. His love of the format is no secret, and over time Castleberry decided he wanted to help give deserving bands the chance to get pressed to wax.

“I realized there were plenty of good bands out there that needed the outlet,” Castleberry said, “so we started the label as a way to get even more music released on vinyl and out into the world.”

Being fans of the shop, the band was eager to work with the label. With the sole purpose of releasing the 7” on vinyl, it seemed like a perfect partnership for everyone involved. The single will be available at Toxic Beauty Records on the day of the release show at Peach’s, with additional availability online and at all of the band’s shows. They also plan on getting the physical vinyl out to as many other local record shops as possible.

As a complete piece of work, all of the packaging is getting just as much attention as each song did, giving the release a distinct personality. In addition to the record having a free digital download, the album art was done by Adam Eckley, a local Dayton artist who’s done all of the band’s previous artwork. The cover was screen-printed locally by Little Monster Printing, owned and operated by Chris “Poppy” Popadak of the Dayton band The Story Changes, and it also unfolds into a hand-screened mini-poster.

“I’m really excited about the packaging,” Payne said. “I think it’s going to look pretty cool. That was one of the most exciting things about working with Josh and Toxic Beauty. He was excited about putting out a good record, and there was a lot of focus on packaging and other stuff like that. He’s very interested in putting out a quality record – not just putting out great music, but putting out a great record as a complete package, a whole entity where every detail counts. That meant a lot to us.”

The band will celebrate the new release with a set of hometown shows, starting with the official release show at Peach’s on March 1, followed by a show at the Oregon Express on March 8. In between, the band will also stop in Columbus on March 7, and they plan on booking more dates elsewhere after the show at the Oregon Express.

 

The New Old-Fashioned will perform on Saturday, March 1 at Peach’s Grill, 104 Xenia Ave. in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Also on the bill is Shrug. Admission is free for 18 & up. Doors at 9 p.m. On Saturday, March 8, the band performs at Oregon Express, 336 E. 5th St. The Pleasant Tense opens. Admission is $5 for 21 & up. Doors at 9 p.m. For more information, visit thenewoldfashioned.bandcamp.com. 

Reach DCP freelance writer Zach Rogers at ZachRogers@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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