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Week 15: Easy Love "The Echo" | Volcom Cyber Singles Club
Burger Records x Volcom present Cyber Singles Club, features music from the newest breed of Burger Records stars in the making, recorded exclusively at Volcom Studio, and will be released for free download & streaming every Monday for 20 weeks beginning April 17th. Week 15: Easy Love - "The Echo"   Grab the free download Justine Brown was already known as the great drummer and vocalist in her sister Chelsea's band, Summer Twins, when she formed Easy Love. "I started Easy Love about two years ago when I started writing my own songs," says Justine. "Now I have a live band and I recorded an album and released it with Burger." Justine played all the instruments on Easy Love's self-titled debut album that was released in February. Justine's relationship with Burger Records goes back practically to the beginning. "We used to play with Sean and Lee's band, Thee Makeout Party," explains Justine. "It was before they had the record store, so a long time ago." The Burger Records store opened in October 2009. Burger co-founder Lee Rikard remembers, "Justine is one of my favorite people. We've known her since her teenage days in the Riverside girl garage band The Scandells! We've also been in love with the Summer Twins since their inception and have released their amazing catalog on LP, CD, 7" vinyl and cassette." Since the early days, Justine has found her place in the Burger universe and has travelled along on tours like the Burger Caravan, playing shows that featured eclectic lineups. "That's what I like about Burger, the variety of music… people from all over," she says. "We had to pay our dues and work our way up and it eventually lead to playing the Burgerama stage… which was, like, hundreds of people. It was kind of scary." Lee adds, "Justine is always creating, constantly evolving, growling ever so lovely." Easy Love is admittedly a little less rambunctious than some of their Burger label mates. "We definitely have a different kind of style," says Justine. "I feel like we're not as super punk and, like, crazy… as people and as musicians… a little bit more mellow, but we definitely can rock out!" Catch up on previous week's releases: Week 1: The Side Eyes "Cat Call" Week 2: The High Curbs "Empty Bottles" Week 3: VAJJ "Honey Pie" Week 4: Wyatt Blair "Pop Your Heart Out" Week 5: The Flytraps "Female of the Species" Week 6: Hammered Satin "Upward Spiral" Week 7: Death Valley Girls "Born Again and Again" Week 8: Vision "Light" Week 9: Meow Twins "Ratchet Witch" Week 10: White Night "Dirty Water" Week 11: Cowgirl Clue "Utopia" Week 12: Flying Hair "Tantrum" Week 13: Dabble "Free Time" Week 14: Distractor "Six Foot Moon"
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The Irrational Pursuit, The Exploration Of "This"
What connects a ballet dancer and a skateboarder? A musician and snowboarder? Dive deeper with us as we journey into the 'True To This' mindset, exploring what it means to let go and let the irrational pursuit of your passion take over. Featuring the most diverse compilation of Volcom ambassadors ever assembled in a short film since the inception of the brand, these influential and legendary Volcom family members pull back the curtain and get real about that special place they all go to in their head and what it takes to get there. No matter if you're skater, surfer, snowboarder, maker, activist, techie, foodie, entrepreneur or inventing something entirely new, it's impossible to deny the vast parallels of life when they are led by the same internal force… passion.
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Week 14: Distractor "Six Foot Moon" | Volcom Cyber Singles Club
Burger Records x Volcom present Cyber Singles Club, features music from the newest breed of Burger Records stars in the making, recorded exclusively at Volcom Studio, and will be released for free download & streaming every Monday for 20 weeks beginning April 17th. Week 14: Distractor - "Six Foot Moon"   Grab the free download Somewhere around mid-to-late 2014, in vocalist and trumpeter Glen's garage, keyboardist Will Sipos came up with a catchy melody on one of his tiny toy synths leftover from the 80s. Glen began singing along and unexpectedly, this turned into the first Distractor song. Glen came up with the band name and that's how the band begun. The idea was to play fun and simple music to distract from the harsh realities of life. Colin Mckibbin was usually there in the garage with them and joined Distractor on the ukulele. Soon after, Ronnie Dunmore on guitar and Sean Campos on bass joined the band. "We played our first legitimate show at La Cave in Costa Mesa to a sold-out crowd," remembers Ronnie. "Glen would play miniature blaring trumpet solos in between verses, while we played along reading our handwritten sheet music. It was a lot of fun." Distractor's first album Devotion was released in March 2015 and currently preparing the release of the Six Foot Moon EP, which was recorded at Volcom Studio. "We have the second album mixed and ready to be mastered, so just waiting on plans for the release on that," says Ronnie. "We’re very excited!" Distractor were quickly dealing with a tragedy that almost ended the band. "Right when we found clear direction and reasoning for what we wanted to be as a band, we lost our captain," explains Ronnie. Glen passed away in October 2015 after only a year of guiding the ship. "Glen's approach to music was not normal. He didn't really want to start a band in the first place, so the ideas and emotions he brought to the table were very funny and inspiring." Ronnie describes the loss as "a period of time when we felt lost.. we had to somehow fill his shoes without actually putting them on." Guitarist and vocalist Levi Prairie joined the band to help with vocals and added new flavor to the music. This new lineup initially performed under a different name. "We needed to keep playing music together and we knew it wasn't in the form of Distractor," he explains. "We let Distractor rest in the garage for a year and brought a new name, Blue Flowers, out to shows. At the time, we thought we may never play as Distractor again until one day we decided to test this new musical bond we developed with Levi by starting from scratch and writing all new material. We were even able to include some of Glen's lyrics and unfinished songs. Now that we were all contributing, it started to feel like Distractor again and we feel that Glen would be proud to see us playing these new songs. So here we are." Since falling into the Burger Records fold, Distractor has embraced the label ethos and made the most of the relationship. "It's been great working with Burger. We are honored that they have taken us under their wing," says Will. "They set us up with some shows at SXSW which was fun. We like being able to share our music with all the Burger fans and also playing alongside some whacky and talented bands. Burger has become something bigger than just a record label and we're all lucky to have this type of thing to enjoy and contribute to in our lives." "Distractor is one of our favorite bands," says Burger Records' Sean Bohrman. "It's like Devo and Talking Heads in outer space. When we first met Distractor we booked them for one of our local shows, but found out that the lead singer, Glen Christiansen, had passed away unexpectedly at the age of 25. Distractor carries on in memory of Glen and continues to blow minds and spread the love of the Spaceman. The story of Distractor is one too long to tell in this brief blurb, so please watch this short doc on one of our favorite bands!" Catch up on previous week's releases: Week 1: The Side Eyes "Cat Call" Week 2: The High Curbs "Empty Bottles" Week 3: VAJJ "Honey Pie" Week 4: Wyatt Blair "Pop Your Heart Out" Week 5: The Flytraps "Female of the Species" Week 6: Hammered Satin "Upward Spiral" Week 7: Death Valley Girls "Born Again and Again" Week 8: Vision "Light" Week 9: Meow Twins "Ratchet Witch" Week 10: White Night "Dirty Water" Week 11: Cowgirl Clue "Utopia" Week 12: Flying Hair "Tantrum" Week 13: Dabble "Free Time"
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Week 13: Dabble "Free Time" | Volcom Cyber Singles Club
Burger Records x Volcom present Cyber Singles Club, features music from the newest breed of Burger Records stars in the making, recorded exclusively at Volcom Studio, and will be released for free download & streaming every Monday for 20 weeks beginning April 17th. Week 13: Dabble - "Free Time"   Grab the free download Dabble is a band of friends that have recently relocated to the burgeoning Highland Park neighborhood in Los Angeles. It didn't take long before Burger Records, who seem to have ears everywhere, caught on to their self-described Neu Dream Hip-Pop sound. As it turns out, Dabble was quite familiar with the record label. "I was just 15 years old when I first heard about Burger,"" says guitarist and vocalist Daniel Bonilla. "The instores [at Burger] were the most incredible shows. It was always like, if there was something cool going on in Southern California, Burger was behind it," says bassist and vocalist Danielle Evans. "It’s definitely popular with the all-ages crowd," adds Daniel. "Everybody knows Burger!" Dabble originally formed in 2014 as an experimental two-piece with Daniel and guitarist/vocalist David von Hegedus, and they released a self-titled debut EP soon after. By the time of EP II, they had filled out the sound by adding Danielle Evans, Jordan Fielder on drums, and Austin Pacheco on synths. With a full band in place, Dabble seems to be surprising audiences and making new fans wherever they go. "Dabble came out of nowhere for me," says Burger Records' Sean Bohrman. "I saw them play at the Burger Bowl festival a few years ago and I was blown away. Lee had booked them on the show so I had never seen them. I was listening to their set and they covered The Cranberries' "Dreams" and I was hooked. Afterward, we rereleased their first EP cassette on Burger and did a few more shows before they started self-recording their debut album which is coming out soon [it's out now, it's called Touch, listen on Dabble's bandcamp] and it's amazing! Good people, great band - can't ask for more than that!" The good vibes are mutual as we await the release of their LP Touch. "They [Burger] are just real music lovers and down to earth people," says Daniel. "It's rare to find that sometimes, and we appreciate it," Danielle explains. "We're Burger newbs, but they've been really nice to us," says Daniel.
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Week 12: Flying Hair "Tantrum" | Volcom Cyber Singles Club
Burger Records x Volcom present Cyber Singles Club, features music from the newest breed of Burger Records stars in the making, recorded exclusively at Volcom Studio, and will be released for free download & streaming every Monday for 20 weeks beginning April 17th. Week 12: Flying Hair - "Tantrum"   Grab the free download Since 2014 Flying Hair has been smashing together different influences and steadily crafting their own unique sound. The story starts with two friends jamming in Los Angeles. "Bobby (Martin, bass and vocals) and Kurt (Mangum, guitar) had been jamming for fun with Kurt," says drummer Matthew Clark. "They asked if I wanted to jam." With the additioin of Matthew, Bobby switched instruments and picked up the bass. "We had an immediate chemistry and pretty quickly wrote a bunch of songs. We also spent a lot of time improvising and finding our sound." Bryan Fox joined Flying Hair on synths in 2015. "He has added a lot to the sound," says Clark. Their first release, Haunted Hangout II, dropped in April 2015 on Clarks's own Casual Acid Tea label, first as a cassette and later on vinyl. In the meantime, the band has been fast at work on a second album titled Night Fight. Matthew has spent some time at Volcom Studio previously. "I've recorded twice before at the Volcom Studio, first for the Premonition 13 debut 7" and later for the Premonition 13 full length sessions which also produced the material for the Earthless/Radio Moscow split," explains Matthew. "Brian [Mckinley, engineer at Volcom Studio] is super adept at getting good sounds quickly and creating a vibe for creativity and experimentation." This vibe worked for their Cyber Singles session. "Recording this session with Flying Hair, I was pleased, but not surprised, at how quickly we got good sounds and knocked the session out," he continues, "Plus we had fun with the green screen video aspect of that session." To describe Tantrum, Matthew says, "This song is about losing your cool. Bobby wrote the words and we all wrote the music together. It has kind of a space punk feel." You may have already heard this song in Volcom surf videos. "We love all the support we have gotten from Volcom and we love seeing our jams soundtracking surf videos," says Clark. Catch up on previous week's releases: Week 1: The Side Eyes "Cat Call" Week 2: The High Curbs "Empty Bottles" Week 3: VAJJ "Honey Pie" Week 4: Wyatt Blair "Pop Your Heart Out" Week 5: The Flytraps "Female of the Species" Week 6: Hammered Satin "Upward Spiral" Week 7: Death Valley Girls "Born Again and Again" Week 8: Vision "Light" Week 9: Meow Twins "Ratchet Witch" Week 10: White Night "Dirty Water" Week 11: Cowgirl Clue "Utopia"
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Week 11: Cowgirl Clue "Utopia" | Volcom Cyber Singles Club
Burger Records x Volcom present Cyber Singles Club, features music from the newest breed of Burger Records stars in the making, recorded exclusively at Volcom Studio, and will be released for free download & streaming every Monday for 20 weeks beginning April 17th. Week 11: Cowgirl Clue - "Utopia"   Grab the free download Ashley Calhoun, aka Wu-Wu, aka Cowgirl Clue, made her Burger debut with one of the rarest and most sought-after Burger Records releases, the limited-edition Halloween split with The Garden from 2014. Since then she's expanded her excellent experimental pop sound into this wild one-woman project and released her debut EP, Limelite, on Burger Records cassette. Cowgirl Clue first experienced the Burger Records phenomenon from her hometown of Austin, Texas during SXSW. "My cousin owns a venue there called Hotel Vegas. They host Burgermania every year, so I started going and getting to know them," say Ashley. "Then I moved to Orange County and I happened to live down the street from them, so I kept seeing them at shows." Life in Orange County soon provided a new perspective into Burger's operations and influence. "It's just been growing for years. It's very developed now and there's an aesthetic that's prominent," she explains, "I think my perception of Burger Records changed as it grew." Like a lot of people on the scene, Burgerama was at the center of this experiential perception. "It’s all ages, so there are tons of kids going crazy throwing flips off the stage. I think that whoever is experiencing that for this time period is pretty lucky. Unlike shows I went to when I was younger, going to punk shows, I see so many women and so many girls and people of all ages. It gives people an opportunity to connect with like-minded creative, young individuals... just the community. It's really cool to see people come together for music and art." We are happy to premiere Cowgirl Clue’s latest song, "Utopia", an inspiring tune about keeping your passion true. "As far as Utopia goes, I wrote it to connect my life to the industry," she notes, "The lyrics are implying that money may or may not buy happiness, but in the end, the industry is expensive and tries to get the best of you and your utopia. I feel it's important to stay true to yourself in life and you can be who you want to be. That's why I wrote Utopia ;)." Catch up on previous week's releases: Week 1: The Side Eyes "Cat Call" Week 2: The High Curbs "Empty Bottles" Week 3: VAJJ "Honey Pie" Week 4: Wyatt Blair "Pop Your Heart Out" Week 5: The Flytraps "Female of the Species" Week 6: Hammered Satin "Upward Spiral" Week 7: Death Valley Girls "Born Again and Again" Week 8: Vision "Light" Week 9: Meow Twins "Ratchet Witch" Week 10: White Night "Dirty Water"