The Black and White Years, winner of five Austin Music Awards, are set to release a new EP, titled Nursery Myths, which features five new songs. Nursery Myths will be bandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first new music since its eponymous debut album was released in September 2008.
The Black and White Years self-produced Nursery Myths with the engineering assistance of Eric Wofford, and it was recorded at Cacophony Recorders in Austin. The EP is being released as the band continues to work on songs for a full-length album, which is expected in early 2010. Says, Scott Butler, the bandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s songwriter and vocalist, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Before we were even finished recording our first album, we already had enough new songs for the next one. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been playing most of these songs live now for the past eighteen months, so I think our fans are as ready as we are to have them recorded.Ã¢â‚¬Â
B&WY has become a fixture in AustinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s legendary club scene fueled by its shows, which are notable for the amount of energy both on and off the stage, and the success of the single, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Power to Change.Ã¢â‚¬Â The song has logged over 1100 plays on KROX-FM and has been in the modern rock stationsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Top 10 for months. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Power to ChangeÃ¢â‚¬Â also hit the fringe of national breakthrough success garnering Top 10 College Radio and Specialty Show airplay and full time airplay in markets across the U.S, most notably Albany, Columbus, Los Angeles, Portland, and Spokane.
Earlier this year, the Austin Music Awards recognized the bandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s local accomplishments by rewarded them with five awards including trophies for Best New Band and Best Song for their single, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Power to Change,Ã¢â‚¬Â Best Performing Band Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Rock and Best Bass Player (John Aldridge.) In addition, Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads, Modern Lovers) won the award for Best Producer of the Year for his work on The Black And White YearsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ eponymous debut album.
The Black and White Years will take to the road to support the release of the EP including its first-ever appearances in Los Angeles in September before returning to Austin for an EP Release Show at Mohawk on September 19th. East coast dates are planned for October and November. The band has performed at Austin City Limits Music Festival, Wireless Music Festival in London, MIDEM in Cannes, CMJ Music Marathon, and the past three South By Southwest Music Festivals. For more on The Black and White Years, go to www.myspace.com/theblackandwhiteyears.
The Black and White Years are:
Scott Butler Ã¢â‚¬â€œ vocals, guitars, keys, words, music
Landon Thompson Ã¢â‚¬â€œ guitars, keys, vocals
John Aldridge Ã¢â‚¬â€œ bass, brass, keys
Billy Potts Ã¢â‚¬â€œ drums
Stream Nursery Myths below:
“An Amateur Opera”
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“Steady As It Goes”
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“To Modern Science”
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“Raised in Books”
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