Seattle’s New Age Healers announce the release of the political-meets-pulp-fiction-inspired “Setting Sun,” the third single from their forthcoming album Demolition Stories (out August of 2022). Using the writing style of Elmore Leonard, Louis L’Amour, etc. as a device to create a short narrative inspired by the political insanity of the past 6-years, the band channels musical touchstones like Slint, Ride, DIIV, and Real Estate, to create a sonic landscape in which sounds express emotions when/where words cannot.
`I struggled with the words “setting” and “sun,” songwriter Owen Murphy says. “For a while it was “settling” and “son” as the hopelessness of politics had infused themselves into our music. Watching the offspring of a particular leader act either like a coked up lunatic, or a zombie, while also watching half the voting populace eat it up, really shook me. This song, it’s sound, it’s story, it’s delivery, are inspired by all of that under an umbrella of harmonic noise, reverb, distortion, and groove.”
New Age Healers is a Seattle based shoegaze/psych-rock project featuring vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Owen Murphy, guitarist Jeramy Koepping (Voyager One, Grand Hallway), drummer Adam LeVasseur (Feed), bassist Allen Murray (Modern Athletics), and keyboardist Farkhad Saidmuratov (Kotlovan) with additional vocals from Liz Green (An American Starlet). NAH has three full length releases, 2016’s Ghosts which NPR’s Jim DeRogatis called “wonderfully dark, hypnotic shoegaze,” 2017’s Where the Tragic Happens which The Strangers’ Dave Segal described as having “slyly catchy melodies and occasional anthemic flourishes.” In 2019 the band released Debris engineered by Barrett Jones (Foo Fighters, Nirvana, etc.) which garnered airplay around the globe and most significantly here in Seattle on KEXP where they have been played over 170 times and have also been lucky enough to do a live in-studio session on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters.