The Damnwells first album, Bastards of the Beat, was recorded in a Manhattan Mini-Storage space and in lead singer and songwriter Alex Dezen’s bedroom. It was initially picked up for release by Sixthman Records (now Brash Records), but soon caught the attention of former Sony Music A&R representative, Ben Goldman, who signed the band and released the album on Epic Records (Sony/BMG) in April 2003. The Damnwells’ second full length album, Air Stereo, was recorded at Brooklyn Recording studios in Brooklyn, NY for Epic Records, but was licensed to Zoe/Rounder Records after the band was let go from their recording contract with Epic Records in January 2006. Air Stereo was released in stores nationwide on August 15, 2006.
The 2008 motion picture Chaos Theory featured five Damnwells songs on its soundtrack. The Damnwells came into media spotlight in 2007, when Chaos Theory lead actor Ryan Reynolds and actress Scarlett Johansson were seen as a couple at a Damnwells concert in Hollywood.
The Damnwells have shared the stage with many bands over the years, such as The Dixie Chicks, Cheap Trick, The Fray, Bob Dylan, The Twilight Singers, and Old 97s. They have appeared at major music festivals such as South by Southwest, and play with some regularly at music venues around the country.
On April 4, 2008, Alex Dezen announced through the band’s website that the band would most likely not appear in its original formation anymore. “The Damnwells has always been about my songs with extremely talented musicians and producers collaborating,” Dezen wrote. “The personnel has changed, but the essence […] remains the same.” Over the years, the band collective has included artists like Julian Velard, Jay Barclay (member of Ben Kweller’s band), and Alex Dezen’s wife and Hollywood actress, Angela Dezen. The same year, the Damnwells posted acoustic versions of four new songs on YouTube.
On February 10, 2009, the third full-length LP, One Last Century, was released as a free download from Paste Magazine. It was recorded together with drummer Andrew Ratcliffe, bassist Adrian Dickey, producer/guitarist Freddy Wall, and producer Wes Kidd. About the record, Alex Dezen had this to say: “I just want people to hear this music, and I don’t want them to have to enter into some kind of contractual agreement with a third party to do so. Download the record, copy it and give it to your friends, lovers, and enemies. Whatever. It’s so hard these days just to get the actual music into people’s houses and cars, let alone their ears. Besides, I know everyone’s broke, maybe I can supply the soundtrack. So, I just want to give this music away because I want people to hear it. I should have done this years ago. I’m starting over.” The album is still available as a free download from the band’s own website.
The Damnwells have announced their new record, No One Listens to the Band Anymore, will be released in the US on March 1, 2011 via Pledge Music Recordings.
Alex Dezen is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Iowa’s Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he also taught Rhetoric and Creative Writing from 2008-2010.
Editado por cristiadu em Jun 5 2011, 15h11
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