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The Safes - 'Record Heat' (album stream) (Premiere)

Chicago's the Safes smoke on their new record of classic power pop rockers with a bit of punk sneer and AM radio melodic harmonies.

The three brothers -- Frankie, Patrick, and Michael O'Malley -- grew up in a musical home full of classic albums and instruments belonging to their musician/collector father. The O'Malleys learned and played together all through their youth, which explains why the Safes are so tight and right on the money with every note and rhythm. Next week sees the release of the Safes' latest slab of rock 'n' roll. Spring is finally here... time to rock.


Frankie O’Malley tells us all about Record Heat in an exclusive track-by-track: "To me the title, Record Heat, says it all! A real summertime extra sensory power pop, rock 'n' roll explosion for blasting at the beach, cranking it up in the car and taking a ride, and blaring it at your Saturday night dance party. Then when you listen alone, dig on that songwriting and production my brother does. There’s way more going on than you’ll get in one listen."

TRACK BY TRACK

1. “Hopes Up, Guard Down”

I remember the first time Patrick played “Hopes Up, Guard Down” for me, just guitar and vocals. My immediate reaction, “This is track #1 on our next LP!” Enough said.

2. “I Would Love To”

When I wrote “I Would Love To”, I was in the pits of despair; you’d never know by listening to it. But this song was not originally the anthem for Living Life it became. Oh yeah! Thank you for being here for me!

3. “K.O.”

Patrick’s songwriting and production always knocks me out of the park. If you can figure out the song structure on this one, please tell me because I’m still trying to learn how to play it. That said it’s probably my second favorite song on Record Heat! “Hopes Up” being #1 of course!

4. “The Wide Open Sky”

Hey baby we’re flying! OH NO! What? WAIT! NO! OK, GOOOO! Nah nah nah nah! YEAH! Phew, we pulled out of that tailspin! Relationships? What’s wrong with us humans?

5. “Birthday Cake”

The main guitar riff on “Birthday Cake” was actually written for a fictional cartoon band I had with a friend until I played it for Patrick and he told me “No, that one is for the Safes.” Good thing too, because this jam would have never seen the light of day otherwise. Do dig thy tune won’t thee?

6. “Know It All”

Time to let off some pressure, Time to let off some steam, All your notebooks get thrown away, let’s go to Dairy Queen! Sugar in your coffee really taste just right, Feeling the effects for a hundred thousand nights!

7. “I Win”

You know that one person that made your life hell? What do you have to say now? Huh? Yeah, nothing! I WIN!

8. “Ace For a Face”

This song pretty much embodies the entire Record Heat vibe in one song. Live life and have fun dancing to the rock 'n' roll! And nice glockenspiel work by Austin!

9. “Hot Pursuit”

Oh the empty scene has left you alone in your clone clothes? Wake up! A hairstyle is not a lifestyle. Don’t follow the chameleon cool golden rule. Just be yourself!

10. “Undone”

Look out! She’s going full throttle tonight! Man, why do I love trouble? Is it fun? Not when it needs to be undone!

Photo: Andrew Ballantyne

TOUR DATES

April 28 - Cleveland, OH - Now That's Class

April 29 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox

April 30 - State College, PA - Chronic Town

May 1 - Philadelphia, PA - Ortlieb's

May 2 - Brooklyn, NY - Don Pedro's

May 3 - NYC, NY - Pianos

May 4 - Boston, MA - TT's The Bear

May 5 - Providence, RI - The Dusk

May 6 - LIVE on WFMU/3 Chord Monte (daytime)

May 6 - Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Park Yacht Club

May 7 - Baltimore, MD - Sidebar

May 8 - Arlington, VA - Iota

May 9 - Carrboro, NC - The Station

May 10 - Atlanta, GA - Star Bar

May 11 - New Orleans, LA - Circle Bar

May 12 - Houston, TX - Jet Lounge

May 13 - Austin, TX - Trailer Space

May 14 - Denton, TX - JJ's

May 15 - Albuquerque, NM - Katen's House

May 16 - Scottsdale, AZ - The Rogue

May 17 - Los Angeles, CA - Molly Malone's

May 18 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern

May 19 - Costa Mesa, CA - LIVE stream/performance on Roadtrip Nation/PBS (daytime)

May 19 - Las Vegas, NV - Beauty Bar

May 20 - Salt Lake City, UT - Bar Deluxe

May 21 - Fort Collins, CO - Surfside Seven

May 22 - Denver, CO - Lion's Lair

May 23 - Wichita, KS - Barleycorn's

May 24 - Kansas City, Mo - The Brick

May 25 - St. Louis, MO - Demos

May 26 - Springfield, IL - Tin Can

May 27 - Chicago, IL - LIVE on Chicago Public Radio/Vocalo

May 28 - Indianapolis, IN - Birdy's

May 29 - Milwaukee, WI - Frank's Power Plant

May 30 - Chicago, IL - LIVE on WGN Midday News (daytime) and interview on WLUW's Razor & Di

May 30 - Madison. WI - Mickey's

May 31 - Chicago, IL - Martyrs'

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