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Trans Am releasing new LP ‘California Hotel’ on #RSD17 ++ pics from Saint Vitus w/ Eaters

Post rock vets Trans Am are playing a couple East Coast shows this week before heading off on a European tour. The first of those was Tuesday night (4/11) at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus where they were well matched with local synth-centric Eaters. Pictures from the night are in the post above.

In other news, Trans Am are set to release their first new album in three years, titled California Hotel, via Thrill Jockey on Record Store Day (4/22). (Yes, it’s a tip of the hat to The Eagles.) It’s a vinyl only release, limited to 1000 copies worldwide. More info:

On California Hotel, Trans Am borrowed ideas from My Bloody Valentine, John Carpenter, DAF, Led Zeppelin, Air, Sade and David Gilmore, among others. The result is an incredibly rich range of sounds that retain a pulsating energy.

California Hotel was constructed in four one-week bursts that took place over two years deep in San Francisco’s El Studio. Bits and pieces of songs like “Expansions” and “Alles Verbotten” were recorded during live jams, lost due to unique file management and remerged for inspection and improvement – often multiple times.

You can listen to “Alles Verboten” from the LP, and check out California Hotel‘s artwork and tracklist, below.


Tran Am – California Hotel tracklist
I hear Fake Voices
Staying Power
Ship of the Imagination
Alles Verboten
California Hotel
I Want 2B Ignored
Rules of Engagement

photos by Christina Domingues

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