Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Jonah Tolchin today shares “Aliens”, the new track unveiled from his fifth studio album, Lava Lamp, which will be released July 15th on Yep Roc Records.
With punchy angular guitars and lo-fi vocals that channel The Strokes, “Aliens” was co-written with Marvin Etzioni and “was created for the sole purpose of having fun and rocking. Crank it up!” , said Tolchin.
Filmed at Coolidge Studios in Providence, RI, check out the live performance video for “Aliens”, directed and edited by album co-producer Nic Coolidge. The music video features Jonah Tolchin (vocals/guitar), Nic Coolidge (bass) and Michael Joel Bosco (drums).
In support of the new album, the Princeton, NJ native will be hitting the road on a US tour starting June 29 in Cleveland, OH. A full list of dates is below; tickets now on sale here.
More sonically diverse than his previous efforts, the album’s “cosmic outlaw” soul is built around the energy of loose live studio performances infused with the folk-blues styles of Tolchin and fueled by grungy guitars and a robust rhythm section.
With seven original compositions and two covers: “Car You Drive” by Josh Flowers and “Grew Up Fast” by Tom Petty, Lava Lamp is a raw and emotional reflection on alienation and escape in a modern world defined by stimulation. 24/7.
From the retro-futuristic, gritty hooks of Dan Auerbach and Jack White on “Never Giving Up,” to the brooding title track that lands between Nirvana and The Sonics as Tolchin declares, “When I look at my lava lamp, I don’t wanna feel something”, the album finds him in the musical sandbox of his youth.
Late last year, Tolchin made his Mountain Stage debut, where he performed “Black Hole,” among a few other tracks from the upcoming album.
Co-produced with multi-instrumentalist/engineer Nic Coolidge, Lava Lamp was recorded with a trio that included Coolidge on bass and Tolchin’s longtime friend and collaborator Kevin Clifford on drums. “The three of us are the only musicians on the whole album,” says Tolchin, who played more electric guitar than ever on the album. “We recorded most of it, even my vocals, live on the floor as a band, just feeding off each other’s energy.”
A bridge between roots and rock, between youth and adulthood, between waiting and liberation, for his fifth studio album, Tolchin wrote more timid and irreverent songs, drawn from songwriting sessions in wheel free, uninhibited and in flow of consciousness, an evolution inspired by The Pixies.
“I remember taking my future wife to see The Pixies play at the Fillmore in Philadelphia as a Valentine’s Day gift and being blown away,” Tolchin said. “It was like, ‘Wow, this is real, raw emotion delivered through loud, electrified music.’ After spending so much time in the world of folk and blues, it hit me in a completely different way.”
Hailed by No Depression as “an artist with a substantial creative range”, the New Jersey native began his career as a do-it-yourself artist, hitting the road as a teenager and self-liberating Criminal Man (2012). His critically acclaimed Yep Roc Records debut Clover Lane (2014) was followed by Thousand Mile Night (2016) and Fires for the Cold (2019). He has toured extensively in the United States and Europe, sharing the stage with Chuck Prophet, Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin, Tony Joe White, Gregg Allman and Joseph Arthur.
Watch the new music video here:
Jonas Tolchin on tour
June 29 – Club Cafe – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania*
July 1 – Beachland Ballroom & Tavern – Cleveland, OH*
July 2 – Fitzgerald’s American Music Festival – Chicago, Illinois
July 3 – Natalie’s Grandview – Columbus, OH ^
July 5 – The Ark – Ann Arbor, MI ^
July 15 – FOAM – Burlington, Vermont
July 17 – Maine Craft Distillation – Portland, ME**
July 20 – The Marigold Theater – Easthampton, MA**
July 21 – 195 District Park – Providence, RI **
July 22 – The Pump House – Kingston, RI **
July 29 – Hopewell Theater – Hopewell, NJ
September 25 – Yellowstone Harvest Festival – Livingston, Montana
*co-project with Sarah Borges
^ with Eilen Jewell
**with Coyote Island