Denton, TX singer-songwriter Tobias recently released their label debut on True Panther, Two Birds. The record culminates in a visionary and compulsively listenable record that lays honest, insightful lyrics against a lush backdrop of harsh metals and rhythmic folk. Two Birds is a kind of mission statement, intimate and inspired, borne of seclusion and intense contemplation: of youth, of reinvention, of the self, and even of quantum physics. It whispers in your ear, and then it howls.
Heavy Duty is thrilled to announce the signing of British artist and songwriter, Billy Nomates.
Nomates, whose real name is Tor Maries, has released 2 albums on Geoff Barrow of Portishead’s label, Indaba Records. Her first album, the self titled Billy Nomates, was released in 2020 and quickly gained critical attention from BBC Radio. DJ Amy Lamé chose Billy Nomates’s as “Album of the Year” in 2020. She released the Emergency Telephone EP in October 2021, and just this year released the incredible CACTI, both produced by herself and Geoff Barrow.
Billy describes her music as no-wave, we also hear a little post-punk. Either way, this UK rebellion music just rocks.
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Born in Baltimore, Chris Coady’s credits lay the groundwork for a generation of Indie Rock. After moving to New York in 2001 and teaming up with Dave Sitek at Stay Gold Studios in Williamsburg, he became the go-to engineer for an entire underground.
Coady was there for The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, tracking ‘Show Your Bones’ and mastering ‘Fever to Tell’. He engineered ‘Desperate Youth’ and ‘Return to Cookie Mountain’ for TV On The Radio. His other credits include mixing Grizzly Bear’s ‘Yellow House’ as well as producing and mixing Beach House’s albums from ‘Teen Dream’ to ‘Thank You Lucky Stars’ – a 4 album run with an utterly distinctive sonic landscape that launched the band into the mainstream.
In a career spanning two decades, Coady has worked on records from every major indie label – Sub Pop, 4AD, Warp, Fat Possum, Anti-, Downtown, Mom+Pop, Domino, Dead Oceans. Reviewing Amen Dune’s 2018 breakthrough ‘Freedom’, Sping called Coady “legendary”, his production having “the wallop and refinement of a globetrotting classic”.
Now working out of his own studio in LA – a registered historic mid-century home in the foothills of the Los Angeles National Forest – Coady’s recent projects include Surf Curse (Atlantic), Sasami (Domino), Hand Habits (Saddle Creek), Local Natives (Loma Vista), and Ian Sweet (Polyvinyl). Recently, Chris has been writing and producing with developed and emerging artists (EKKSTACY, Blondshell, etc.) and is open to taking on new projects.