|SYDNEY, Australia (Apr. 19, 2012)-- Like the returning sun after a long, cold winter, Fallon Cush's second album, April, is a warm album filled with songs about reconciliation and fresh starts. Recorded, like their self-titled debut, at Linear Recording in Sydney, April has a much different feeling about it. Focusing on rekindling and renewing relationships, the album is a collection of folk and Americana-tinged tunes worthy of Jay Farrar's repertoire. "The record is really about reconciliation, fresh starts, tearing down walls, and building bridges," says singer-songwriter Steve Smith.
April marks a distinctive change in Fallon Cush's history. The first album flourished with power pop; April rests in a healthy dose of Americana. Organs drive the songs straight into middle America, with Bible Belt harmonies anchored in hope amongst fresh beginnings. While the first record dealt with a broken relationship, Smith is looking for inspiration elsewhere these days.
Late 2011 found Smith with another album's worth of material, and back in Linear Recording with Scott Aplin (keys), Chris Vallejo (bass) and Josh Schuberth (drums, bass), recording what would become April. With Glen Hannah on guitar and renowned vocalist Lily Dior on backing vocals the songs were again allowed to grow organically with the musicianship of the band evident throughout. The album, which was mastered by Greg Calbi (Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, The Antlers) at Sterling Sound, NYC, will be released on June 12, 2012.
Fallon Cush wasn't meant to be a band, or at least not at first. Smith had a few songs centered around a failed relationship and the resulting fall-out. The songs ended up defining Fallon Cush's warm and emotionally wide-ranging self-titled debut album, which was met with praise from fans and critics alike. Jersey Beat's Jim Testa said of the album, "Good pop music, a wise man once said, accomplishes the tricky balancing act of being both instantly familiar and yet original...Steve Smith and his mates, manages just that, invoking influences as diverse as Elvis Costello, Squeeze, the Byrds, and early Rod Stewart."
###Praise for Fallon Cush
"Fallon Cush crafts warm and intimate songs that are strong on harmonies and subtle-yet-catchy melodies...this is an album that will stay with you for a long while."
-Bill Kopp - Musoscribe
"Recorded on vintage equipment in the heart of Sydney, Fallon Cush shares some words of wisdom...A few more words of wisdom? Don't miss Fallon Cush's second single off their upcoming self-titled album, due out November 1."
"Rolling along the casually flowing sonic prairie with a winningly warm, delicate, and harmonic sound, this band really comes through with flying colors on their impressive debut album."
-JerseyBeat.com - Joe Wawzyrniak
"He and his band breeze through the 11 tracks on their eponymous debut, delivering an array of generally mellow and bright acoustic folk rock with 80s overtones."
-Now This Rocks - Bill Sullivan
"There is so much to love about Fallon Cush. And the results, nifty and polished though they may be, only hint at where this amalgam could go."
-Something Else! Reviews - Nick DeRiso
"For fans of good old fashioned pop-rock, Fallon Cush will warm the cockles of your heart and give all music lovers genuine hope for the future."
-Power of Pop
"Smith has a cadence similar to Tom Petty and/or Mike Viola and the album displays an easy-going pop jangle on most songs... A very rewarding and mesmerizing listen."