Despite the name, California X is not actually from the Golden State. But just because they didn’t grow up under the ominous Hollywood sign doesn’t mean the Massachusetts alt rockers don’t have things to be disenchanted about. We’ve already heard them rip into their wounds on previous singles “Red Planet” and the title track from their upcoming album, Nights In The Dark, out January 13th, 2015 via Don Giovanni Records. Now, they’re slowing things down to give us a glimpse into their own hometown with their latest release, “Hadley, MA”.
The track verges between sentimental and apathetic. Sludgy-yet-accessible guitars chug along throughout the song, calling to mind Pinkerton-era Weezer with a bit more of a bite. Frontman Lemmy Gurtowsky dreamily describes staring out the window on a night drive, encapsulating the comfort and hidden beauty of suburban life. Despite gushing over the scenery, there’s still a lingering sense of discomfort in Gurtowsky’s voice. It’s a beautiful ode to anyone who has a complicated relationship with the place they call home.
Listen in below.
In support of the new LP, California X have lined up a winter tour that kicks off next month. Consult their full itinerary below.
California X 2015 Tour Dates:
01/02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium
01/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea House
01/04 – Washington, DC @ Pat Vogel’s House
01/05 – Charlotte, NC @ Sanctuary
01/06 – Nashville, TN @ The End
01/07 – New Orleans, LA @ The Beatnik
01/09 – Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
01/11 – Tempe, AZ @ 51 West
01/12 – San Diego, CA @ The Hideout
01/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ La Cita
01/14 – Oakland, CA @ 1-2-3-4 GO! Records
01/16 – Portland, OR @ Smart Collective
01/18 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
01/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Loading Dock
01/20 – Denver, CO @ 7th Circle Collective
01/21 – Lincoln, NE @ The Bourbon Theatre
01/22 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
01/23 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Comet
01/24 – New Brunswick, NJ @ Paradise Lost