Ravishers Coming in May
The album is the creation of writer/frontman Dominic Castillo and lead guitarist Jonathan Barker, the core band, with an assorted cast of musicians.
Containing live favorites such as "Keep You Around," "My Thoughts Are Killers," and "Happening," the album is sure to garner attention for it's writing, but also it's detailed arrangements. It is with these intricacies that Ravishers flourish, creating an album that is both immediate - sharp hooks, enticing vocals - as well as deep, with unexpected harmonic turns and insightful wordplay.
"I'm proud of all the little details, the ones you find when listening on headphones in a pitch black room, contemplating the eternal questions," Castillo says with a wry smile. The listener discovers these carefully placed moments: the piano that trails off at the end of "You Have It", the fuzz guitar that finishes "Underachievers". And instruments enter and exit on "Cruel Love" with the precision of a synchronized swimming squad, sculpting a song about an unfortunate, modern day Pygmalion.
Consider the heartbreaking, but reassuring love wisdom of "Nobody Falls In Love Anymore", a grey skies, McCartneyesque piano song. "Everything that we say, like an L.A. freeway, slowing us down, honking those horns, nobody falls in love anymore." Obviously the rantings of someone deeply in love, right? Add in a warbly horn section and some finger snaps, and you have what the popular song is supposed to deliver. Something for your desperate times.