GARDENS & VILLA

There's a quote tucked into the recent documentary film about the iconic design duo Charles and Ray Eames, commenting on the symbiotic nature of Charles and Ray's marriage, their work life in Venice Beach, their home life not too far away, and their creative life: "Work is art is life is work is art..." It's a concept so simple a small child could dream it, yet it's one we tend to lose in the strange, abstract grind of modern life and modern ambition. For Gardens & Villa songwriters Chris Lynch and Adam Rasmussen, a return to this very harmonious relationship of art/work/life and a rediscovery of the DIY ethos that once defined the pair's formative creative years mark the defining thread of their head-turning new album, Music For Dogs.

ALBUM RELEASE // ‘Music For Dogs’ By Gardens & Villa Out Now Worldwide

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“”The duo approximates the sound of 100 years from now, when some future generation might find the cultural detritus of the late 20th century all baked together in the California sun.A.V. Club

“There was a moment, listening to Gardens & Villa’s new song “Fixations,” that I was transported back to 1974″NPR Music

“The sound of a band reaching its potential, Music For Dogs is fascinating in its textures and instrumentation, yet infectious on a visceral level”ROLLING STONE AUSTRALIA

“Organic and synthetic feels like a nod back to Brian Eno and David Bowies collective 70s freakout”KUTX

Music For Dogs by Gardens & Villa is out today, worldwide. They start a nationwide tour in September to support the release. Watch their video for “Fixations” below. Buzzbands just released a great interview that touches on their DIY space in LA, how making this record differed from the last two records, and the subject material behind these songs.

Order Music For Dogs:
Direct from Secretly Canadian // iTunes // Amazon // Find a local record store

GARDENS & VILLA TOUR DATES
(more info and tix here)
Tue. Sept. 15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Thu. Sept. 17 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
Fri. Sept. 18 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Sat. Sept. 19 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues/Bronze Peacock
Sun. Sept. 20 – New Orleans @ Gasa Gasa
Tue. Sept. 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
Wed. Sept. 23 – Carrboro, NC @ Cats Cradle
Thu. Sept. 24 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Fri. Sept. 25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Mon. Sept. 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Tue. Sept. 29 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Wed. Sept. 30 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB
Thu. Oct. 1 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
Fri. Oct. 2 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
Sat. Oct. 3 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Sun. Oct. 4 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
Tue. Oct. 6 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Wed. Oct. 7 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Thu. Oct. 8 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
Fri. Oct. 9 – San Diego, CA @ IRENIC
Sat. Oct. 10 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s
Thu. Nov. 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
Sat. Nov. 14 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlows Restaurant & Nightclub
Mon. Nov. 16 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Tue. Nov. 17 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
Wed. Nov. 18 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Fri. Nov. 20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

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LISTEN // Gardens & Villa’s ‘Music For Dogs’ Now Streaming On Noisey, Album Out Aug. 21st

Gardens & Villa’s new album, Music For Dogs, is now streaming via Noisey. It’ll be up until the record’s release next Friday, August 21st via Secretly Canadian. And if you haven’t yet watched Maximize, a short film about the band’s new record by director David Del Sur and cinematographer SL Perlin, please do so above!


“We thought the label would drop us.. Our girlfriends dropped us. Our drummer of six years left. We were broke and we sort of came home with a feeling of “is this the end?” That’s when Adam and I decided to move to LA and give it one last hurrah. We felt like we wanted to go out with a bang and make the album we always wanted to make! For us and for the sake of love and fun. We immediately started recording demos and sent them to our label desperately hoping they would finance us and give us another chance. I remember when we showed them the demos of Everybody” and “Fixations” and they kind of freaked out. We wanted to redeem ourselves and everything sort of fell into place! We discovered a lot and fell back in love with the craft. We tracked most of the record live, to tape (like our first LP), and did almost all of it in seven days. So happy to get it out there.”
Chris Lynch (of Gardens & Villa)

Gardens & Villa will begin their U.S. tour in mid-September, with performances spanning three months and the entire country. All tour dates are below.

Pre-Order Music For Dogs now via SCD, iTunes, or Amazon

GARDENS & VILLA TOUR DATES
[All dates + tickets at secretlycanadian.com/tour]
Tue. Sept. 15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Thu. Sept. 17 – Austin, TX @ The Parish*
Fri. Sept. 18 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada*
Sat. Sept. 19 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues/Bronze Peacock*
Sun. Sept. 20 – New Orleans @ Gasa Gasa*
Tue. Sept. 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5*
Wed. Sept. 23 – Carrboro, NC @ Cats Cradle*
Thu. Sept. 24 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel*
Fri. Sept. 25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg*
Sat. Sept. 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle*
Tue. Sept. 29 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair*
Wed. Sept. 30 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB*
Thu. Oct. 1 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison%
Fri. Oct. 2 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
Sat. Oct. 3 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall%
Sun. Oct. 4 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry%
Tue. Oct. 6 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Wed. Oct. 7 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Thu. Oct. 8 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
Fri. Oct. 9 – San Diego, CA @ IRENIC
Sat. Oct. 10 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s
Thu. Nov. 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy#
Sat. Nov. 14 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlows Restaurant & Nightclub#
Mon. Nov. 16 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile#
Tue. Nov. 17 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt#
Wed. Nov. 18 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge#
Fri. Nov. 20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent#
* w/ Palehound
# w/ De Lux
& w/ American Wrestlers

WATCH // Gardens & Villa Promote Upcoming Album ‘Music For Dogs’ With ‘Maximize’ Documentary


“Are machines making me less me, or am I more because of machines?”

In anticipation of their upcoming album Music For Dogs, Gardens & Villa teamed up with director David Del Sur and cinematographer SL Perlin for the mini-doc ‘Maximize’. Shot purely on a 35mm and Super 8, it “presents Los Angeles as if viewed through the eyes of 1920s avant-garde provocateurs Dziga Vertov and Sergei Eisenstein, giving an insight into the ideas, doubts and reflections swirling around the bands’ heads as they wrote and recorded their new LP, Music For Dogs” (Via HUCK Magazine)

Pre-Order Music For Dogs, out 8/21 now via SCD, iTunes, or Amazon

GARDENS & VILLA TOUR DATES
[All dates + tickets at secretlycanadian.com/tour]
Mon. Aug. 17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bardot – DJ SET
Tue. Sept. 15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Thu. Sept. 17 – Austin, TX @ The Parish*
Fri. Sept. 18 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada*
Sat. Sept. 19 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues/Bronze Peacock*
Sun. Sept. 20 – New Orleans @ Gasa Gasa*
Tue. Sept. 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5*
Wed. Sept. 23 – Carrboro, NC @ Cats Cradle*
Thu. Sept. 24 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel*
Fri. Sept. 25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg*
Sat. Sept. 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle*
Tue. Sept. 29 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair*
Wed. Sept. 30 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB*
Thu. Oct. 1 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison%
Fri. Oct. 2 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
Sat. Oct. 3 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall%
Sun. Oct. 4 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry%
Tue. Oct. 6 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Wed. Oct. 7 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Thu. Oct. 8 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
Fri. Oct. 9 – San Diego, CA @ IRENIC
Sat. Oct. 10 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s
Thu. Nov. 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy#
Sat. Nov. 14 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlows Restaurant & Nightclub#
Mon. Nov. 16 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile#
Tue. Nov. 17 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt#
Wed. Nov. 18 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge#
Fri. Nov. 20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent#
* w/ Palehound
# w/ De Lux
& w/ American Wrestlers

LISTEN // New Gardens & Villa Share Track “Fixations”, New Album ‘Music For Dogs’ Out August 21st

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“There was a moment, listening to Gardens & Villa’s new song “Fixations,” that I was transported back to 1974 and hearing Brian Eno’s “Third Uncle” from that brilliant album Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy). It’s all in the way Chris Lynch and Adam Rasmussen blend buzzy synths, guitars and vocals to make one sonic signature.”

– Bob Boilen, NPR Music

“Their sound has remained the same crystalline, post-punk/synth amalgam that initially drew us in.”

– Caitlin White, Stereogum

There’s a quote tucked into the recent documentary film about the iconic design duo Charles and Ray Eames, commenting on the symbiotic nature of Charles and Ray’s marriage, their work life in Venice Beach, their home life not too far away, and their creative life: “Work is art is life is work is art…” It’s a concept so simple a small child could dream it, yet it’s one we tend to lose in the strange, abstract grind of modern life and modern ambition. For Gardens & Villa songwriters Chris Lynch and Adam Rasmussen, a return to this very harmonious relationship of art/work/life and a rediscovery of the DIY ethos that once defined the pair’s formative creative years mark the defining thread of their head-turning new album, Music For Dogs, which will see release on August 21st via Secretly Canadian.

The revelation that we hear play out so inspiringly across Music For Dogs is one that came at a make-or- break moment for the band last year. Pushed to fall in line as an indie-pop act while their artistic interests lie as much in the avant-garde. Pushed deeper into debt just to keep their band alive. Pushed from within to leave the comfort zone of their longtime home base in Santa Barbara and set up a new HQ in Los Angeles. Lynch and Rasmussen responded by bucking the idea of “art as a career” and making art their very way of life. With a top-to-bottom renovation of a warehouse space in LA’s Frogtown neighborhood they’ve named Space Command and shared with visual artists, designers, and creatives, the pair began to live and write music on their own terms, just as they’d done before their music was placed “on the marketplace.”

Music For Dogs is a deeply personal album that pokes, prods, and even strangely celebrates the zeitgeist of music commerce, pleasure culture, technological advances and the new home they’ve found in Los Angeles. The New Age and Eastern Religion sentiments that rippled across their first two albums (2011’s Gardens & Villa and 2014’s Dunes) have been swapped out with a new sort of zen pop-Nihilism. “My whole life fixation/See if we can make it underneath the radar,” goes Lynch and Rasmussen’s respective call-and-response on first single “Fixations,” a song about the beauty in bottoming out and then finding the false bottom. Under the stewardship of visionary producer Jacob Portrait (Unknown Mortal Orchestra) and with irreplaceable rhythm section Dusty Ineman (drums) and Shane McKillop (bass), “Fixations” and a great deal of Music For Dogs is really just Gardens & Villa doing what it has always done best. G&V creates Byzantine melodies and richly interwoven arrangements for synths, guitars and vocals that work incredibly well on a cerebral level, but wouldn’t upset a late night karaoke outing either.

Pre-Order Music For Dogs now via SCD, iTunes, or Amazon

GARDENS & VILLA TOUR DATES
[All dates + tickets at secretlycanadian.com/tour]
Fri. June 26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Center For The Arts, Eagle Rock
Tue. Sept. 15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Thu. Sept. 17 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
Fri. Sept. 18 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Sat. Sept. 19 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues/Bronze Peacock
Sun. Sept. 20 – New Orleans @ Gasa Gasa
Tue. Sept. 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
Wed. Sept. 23 – Carrboro, NC @ Cats Cradle
Thu. Sept. 24 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Fri. Sept. 25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sat. Sept. 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Tue. Sept. 29 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Wed. Sept. 30 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB
Thu. Oct. 1 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
Fri. Oct. 2 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
Sat. Oct. 3 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Sun. Oct. 4 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
Tue. Oct. 6 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Wed. Oct. 7 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Thu. Oct. 8 – Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon
Fri. Oct. 9 – San Diego, CA @ IRENIC

AUDIO

Everybody by Gardens & Villa
Fixations by Gardens & Villa
Orange Blossom by Gardens & Villa

TOUR DATES

09/15/15
Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom

09/17/15
Austin, TX - The Parish  w/ Palehound

09/18/15
Dallas, TX - Club Dada  w/ Palehound

09/19/15
Houston, TX - House of Blues/ Bronze Peacock  w/ Palehound

09/20/15
New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa  w/ Palehound

09/22/15
Atlanta, GA - Aisle 5  w/ Palehound

09/23/15
Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle   w/ Palehound

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AGENT CONTACT

US:
Highroad Touring
Zachary Cepin
e: zachary@highroadtouring.com

EU:
Jason Edwards
Coda Agency
jason@codaagency.com