China, who I can only assume is everyone’s favorite Bay Area folk-rock band, is back with their vinyl debut on Royal Oakie Records, And Then Nothing Happened. Lead singer Michael James Tapscott sings sad songs with the best of ’em, and his talented bandmates, (who are all stellar musicians in their own right), always seem to find just the right harmony, rhythm, or whine from a pedal steel.
Like previous China records, this album isn’t background music for a lonely drive or something, it’s a collection of songs suitable for staring at a wall, listening intently, and thinking long and hard about what the hell you’ve been doing with your life. The full album’s out February 22, but for now you can enjoy the video for “Marnie” go get you ready.
If you’re in need of a little contemplation, what better place than under the glittery ceiling of the Make Out Room on a Sunday night? China will be there selling albums and singing songs with Assateague and Younger Youngest. They generally make you a little more sad in person, but you can preorder the album if you can’t make it.
Assateague, China, Younger Younger
The Make Out Room
February 17, 2019