Mike Krol Little Drama
Mike Krol Little Drama :Los Angeles-based garage rocker Mike Krol has announced plans to release a new album. Dubbed Power Chords, it’s due for arrival January 25th through Merge Records.
Spanning 11 tracks, the effort follows his well-received 2015 album, Turkey, but finds Krol in a much, much different stage of his career. After suffering something of an existential crisis post-Turkey, he was brought back to life through his rediscovery of music. Indeed, the title Power Chords isn’t just a nod to notes and technicalities, but also references the sheer significance of music itself.
A press release describes the LP as an “evolution in sound, structure and themes,” and Krol’s boldest and longest record to date.” It’s “hard-fought and hard-won, bloodied and bruised. And more importantly: defiant and triumphant.”
To help with this triumphant renewal process, Krol headed to Nashville, Los Angeles, and Krol’s native Wisconsin for recording sessions. Production, meanwhile, took place at Nashville’s Quad Studios under the eye of Mike McCarthy (Spoon). Krol also enlisted the contributions of a few special guest musicians, including Allison Crutchfield (vocals, piano); Enon and Brainiac member John Schmersal (guitar); and Sleep in the Aviary’s Elliott Kozel (Farfisa, guitar).
As a preview, Krol has shared lead single “Little Drama”, which was “born out of a simple challenge: to make the simplest, most primitive ‘rock riff’ progression ever.” Krol, an avid Misfits and Ramones fan, elaborated on the song’s origins:
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