This week, our podcast spotlights The Blank Tapes, an Oakland rock band led by prolific singer-songwriter Matt Adams. The Tapes’ latest album, their third, is 2007’s Daydreams, an album that continues to gain positive reviews–including one recently from Rolling Stone–as listeners discover new favorites among the its 26 tracks. The record’s length allows Adams to try a number of different styles, including 90s-reminiscent indie rock, folk-pop, and British rock sounds all guided by strong melodic instincts and relationship-driven lyrical imagery.
Adams played most of the instruments on Daydreams and self-recorded it on a favorite 8-track, but he doesn’t isolate himself on a musical island. As Matt told us during our interview, he’s influenced by the strong community of musicians he’s surrounded by, several of whom have accompanied him on a number of lengthy tours. That guidance should emerge on a nearly-finished album of cover songs by his friends’ bands, although you shouldn’t just expect new covers soon. As he told us, Adams has a wealth of songs he’s looking to unleash in new Blank Tapes records in the near future.
In addition to our portions of our interview with Matt, conducted a few weeks ago at our studio, we’ve included four songs from Daydreams in the episode.
Friday, May 16th
Ghost Town Gallery
with Silver Pines and Damon and the Heathens
Friday, May 23rd
– The Blank Tapes’ MySpace page and web site
– Purchase Daydreams online here
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