Alternative rock group Facing New York will release their long-awaited new album Dogtown this Friday, December 14th via Nice Life Recording Company. The album is a collection of nine-tracks including already released songs like “Big Rev,” “Hail Mary,” “Dogtown,” “Heaven is High Hell is Low,” and “Gods of the Good Shit”. The band consists of members Eric Frederic (vocals, guitar) who is also known as the multi-platinum GRAMMY–nominated producer/songwriter/artist Ricky Reed, Brandon Canchola (bass) and Omar Cuellar (drums).
You may know Ricky Reed (Eric) as one of the most sought-after producers and songwriters in music. He’s worked with chart-topping artists such as Christina Aguilera, Leon Bridges, Halsey, Kesha, Twenty One Pilots, Phantogram, Meghan Trainor, Maroon 5, Fitz & The Tantrums, Jason Derulo and many more, leading to a 2017 GRAMMY nomination for Producer of the Year. Facing New York is a passion project and shows a whole other side to his artistry.
There is a 90’s undertone to the Dogtown album which Facing New York transforms into something their own and with a refreshing modern twist. Their songs are like the birth children of other songs and you can clearly see where Facing New York draw their influences from. Some examples are the songs “Heaven is High Hell is Low” and “Hail Mary”. The song “Heaven is High Hell is Low” has some early Jane’s Addiction flavors to it while “Hail Mary” has the vibe of Sublime.
Eric, Brandon and Omar have a friendship that has endured from their beginnings together in the Bay Area, and that’s what this project represents. Formed in 2004, the group emerged as a cult favorite in the Northern California scene as they independently delivered a handful of progressively charged alternative rock LPs and toured throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. Almost exactly 10 years since the last album, it felt like they had all gone through enough of life’s ups and downs together for the weight of the lyrics to match the weight of the music. Dogtown refers to a neighborhood in West Oakland that’s going through massive upheaval and gentrification and where the band has spent a lot of their life. The transformation of the area where they made this music is a metaphor for all of the change that’s transpired in their own lives.
Dogtown Track Listing
2. Big Rev
3. Gods of the Good Shit
4. Hail Mary
5. Birth of Venus
8. Heaven is High Hell is Low
9. Your Love