[Cover photo credit to Greg Manis]
New York band 79.5 have released their self-titled sophomore album via Razor-N-Tape. The album is influenced by 1970s Disco and the Electronica of the Midwest, with a dash of 1980s R&B.
The band has also shared the final album preview track, “Long Term Parking”. Sopranos fans might recognize the title’s nod to a pivotal episode from the classic show.
Singer, songwriter and composer Kate Mattison shares:
‘Long Term Parking’ portrays the palpable feeling of being in a relationship that is so powerful and complicated, that even with a tragic ending, the love forever remains. The lyric throughout, “I would’ve loved you anyway,” is bravery through devastation.
Named after an imaginary radio station, 79.5 was started in 2010 by Kate Mattison. Mattison was joined by singer and rapper Lola Adanna, sax player/flautist Izaak Mills, drummer Caito Sanchez (Charles Bradley, Lee Fields), and bassist Andrew Raposo (Midnight Magic, Hess Is More).
In 2016, the band released the 45, “Terrorize My Heart (Disco Dub)” a staple in DJ sets, getting spins from Gilles Peterson, Q-Tip, Just Blaze and Natasha Diggs. In February 2021, Questlove added the Mattison-penned track to his 100 Essential Songs You Should Know playlist.
The quintet will also be touring this Spring:
5/8: Seattle, WA @ Madame Lou’s
5/11: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
5/12: Los Angeles, CA @ The Paramount
6/2: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Made
6/24: Philadelphia, PA, @ Johnny Brenda’s