KEEGAN DEWITT: TWO HEARTS/RELUCTANCE LIMITED EDITION 7” SINGLE
OUT DECEMBER 14, 2010 ON THEORY 8 RECORDS
NEW TOUR DATES
Keegan DeWitt will release a limited edition 7” single, Two Hearts/Reluctance, December 14th, 2010 via Nashville’s Theory 8 Records.
Both songs on Two Hearts/Reluctance were written this summer while DeWitt toured in promotion of his recent Nothing Shows EP (released July 13th exclusively through Daytrotter). The tracks expand upon the cinematic, orchestral feel of Nothing Shows (praised by Popmatters, PasteMagazine.com ‘Best of What’s Next’, My Old Kentucky Blog, and American Songwriter, among others), finding DeWitt moving in a notably different direction than either the EP or his debut full-length, Islands (Izumi Records, 2009). The driving, dance-inflected pop of “Two Hearts” follows in the footsteps of Nothing Show’s propulsive, rhythmic closer “Hearts Beat Loud” and the delicate, shimmering uncertainty of “Reluctance” – featuring vocals by Isaaca Byrd of The Bridges – might be the prettiest song he’s penned. Each song deals with transition, fittingly, as the single itself continues DeWitt’s passage from a solo singer/songwriter to a collaborator: the songs were written to be played live with his current touring band of Byrd, Matt Shaw (Hymns), Jeremy Bullock (Pico vs. Island Trees), and Dylon York (Band Marino), who back him on the recordings. Both songs will also be included on a forthcoming new EP, due Spring 2011.
Two Hearts/Reluctance will be available as a 7” via DeWitt’s website and at his upcoming shows, and a download card for MP3s of the two tracks will also be included with each copy. A digital download version will also be available at all major digital retailers and includes the bonus track “Shut Your Eyes”, a demo of “Reluctance,” and a radio edit of “Two Hearts.”
DeWitt will spend the month of November in Paris working on the new EP and playing a handful of solo shows. He’ll return home to play a single release show at the Exit/In in Nashville on December 15th, where the first 100 fans through the door will receive a free copy of Two Hearts/Reluctance. Full itinerary is below.
Keegan DeWitt tour dates:
NOV. 8 PARIS, FR LES DESQUARIES
NOV 10. LONDON, UK SLAUGHTERED LAMB
NOV. 16 PARIS, FR POP IN
NOV. 24 PARIS, FR FARGO (In-store)
DEC. 10 NEW YORK, NY ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL
DEC. 15 NASHVILLE, TN EXIT/IN (Record release show)
Former Brooklynite and native of Portland, OR, DeWitt is also a noted film score composer, his work appearing in multiple critically praised films, including: Dance Party, USA; Quiet City (SXSW selection, Critic’s Pick in The New York Times and an Independent Spirit Award nominee); and this year’s Cold Weather (another SXSW-standout that caught the attention of Variety, The Los Angeles Times, InterviewMagazine.com, and The Hollywood Reporter; recently picked up by IFC Films).
For more information on Keegan DeWitt and the Two Hearts/Reluctance 7”single, please contact :
Amanda Pitts at Cobra Camanda Publicity, tel: 718.569.0352, emailer: email@example.com
Limited Edition Two Hearts/Reluctance 7” single
Out 12/14/10 on Theory 8 Records
Following the summer release of his Nothing Shows EP – via Daytrotter’s Record Barn, the first official release sold exclusively through the site – Keegan DeWitt hit the road. The live show took on the driving energy and full-band shape of the EP as his new band solidified, featuring fellow Nashvillians Isaaca Byrd (The Bridges), Matt Shaw (Hymns), Jeremy Bullock (Pico vs. Island Trees), and Dylon York (Band Marino). Inspired by this incredible group of young musicians, songs for a follow-up EP (coming Spring 2011) quickly began to fall into place and two tracks immediately embodied the new live show’s spirit. Rather than holding on to the songs for months, Keegan instead chose to almost immediately release them, resulting in the limited edition Two Hearts/Reluctance 7” single. Two Hearts/Reluctance finds Keegan again expanding his sound: the driving, dance-inflected pop of “Two Hearts” follows in the footsteps of Nothing Shows’ propulsive, rhythmic closer “Hearts Beat Loud” and the delicate, shimmering uncertainty of “Reluctance,” which features vocals by Byrd, just might be the prettiest song he’s penned.
For a long time, it didn’t seem as though Keegan would be a songwriter at all. Growing up attending a fine arts high school writing screen- and stageplays, at the ripe age of 17 he left Portland, OR, for the exclusive SUNY Purchase film conservatory. All this time, music was mostly a way of journaling his experiences, a personal hobby. Keegan went on to attend the Atlantic Theater Company Acting Conservatory in New York, under Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and director David Mamet, as well as to serve as a Young Associate under the guidance of Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the actor built his acclaimed LABrynth Theater Company. All the while, Keegan continued to work on his music, playing shows throughout the Lower East Side and recording his own demos.
In 2006, childhood friend Katz recruited him to score his first film, Dance Party, USA. (Because, as Keegan says, “I was the only one he knew who did that sort of thing”). The film was one of nine chosen to premiere at SXSW that year and even earned a favorable review from The New York Times, an incredible achievement for a first film without legitimate distribution. He then scored Katz’s second film, 2007’s Quiet City, which again garnered praise at SXSW, a Critic’s Pick in The New York Times, and eventually earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Keegan has since scored an additional eight films, including Cold Weather, a SXSW-standout that garnered attention from Variety, The Los Angeles Times, InterviewMagazine.com, and The Hollywood Reporter. IFC Films picked up Cold Weather earlier this year.
The roots of Keegan’s solo career can be traced to an early 2009 tour as both an opener for and guitarist with his sister and brothers-in-law’s band Roman Candle, who encouraged him to begin recording his own material. The early recordings caught the ear of Chris Stamey (Whiskeytown, Alejandro Escovedo, Le Tigre), who shortly thereafter signed on to co-produce Islands. Keegan has since toured both the U.S. and Europe on his own.
For 30 days in the fall 2009/winter 2010, Keegan crossed the Atlantic and holed up in a Parisian flat to finish work on what would become the Nothing Shows EP. Melding together the tender craftsmanship of his New York Times-heralded film scores, the resonant lyricism found on his diverse debut LP Islands (co-produced by Chris Stamey; released by Izumi Records in Fall 2009), and a newly dynamic sound palate, what emerged were seven songs steeped in specific moments, locations, and emotions. Keegan teamed up with Daytrotter, an early supporter of his work, for the release, which was greeted with praise from American Songwriter, Popmatters, PasteMagazine.com, My Old Kentucky Blog, MagnetMagazine.com, and Pop Damage, among others.
For more information on Keegan DeWitt and the Limited Edition Two Hearts/Reluctance 7” single, please contact Amanda Pitts at Cobra Camanda Publicity, tel: 718.569.0352, emailer: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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