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New Minneapolis band Peddler released their debut EP Booklish on August 25, 2017 and includes members formerly of Ghost Towns of the West and Busey. Produced by Ed Ackerson and recorded at Flowers Studio, the EP features the single “Sidewalker”.
The record has a decidedly 90s vibe, but with a poppier, tighter feel and judicious use of guitar pedals. This was largely spurned by lead guitarist Joel Korte, owner of Chase Bliss Audio, who outfits the band’s pedalboards and has worked with such notable acts as Radiohead, Kings of Leon, Wilco, and Ryan Adams.
Although the band features three original members of Ghost Towns of the West (rhythm guitarist Dan Crowe, drummer John Nelson, and Korte), the music is starkly different from that project as singer and bass player Jon Po (Busey, Young & Tender, Filling Avoid) is the primary vocalist and offers sweeping vocal hooks and melodies as well as more accessible songwriting.
ROLLXX is Garrett Ottney, Mike Baker, and Josh Pelto. Formed in 2016 and based out of Minneapolis, MN, ROLLXX is a group of musicians who saw a unique opportunity to create interesting, memorable music with melodies that weave in and out of a tight and deliberate rhythm section.
Formed out of the ashes of local bands The Van Gobots and Wild Ghosts, ROLLXX’s music dabbles in a gamut of musical genres, mixing a blend of rock, alternative, soul, and experimental music. The music is built on a foundation of thumping, catchy bass lines which marry with intricate drums, climbing sonically with driving guitar, and raw personal lyrics. The music moves you, but the lyrics joyfully reflect and reminisce on the good times and the unfortunate. Truly a song for every set of ears.