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Listen to indie electro-pop outfit W.C. Lindsay’s new album Easy Victim, Charitable Deceptions

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W.C. Lindsay | Photo by Julia Jackson

Philly electro-pop ensemble W.C. Lindsay is no stranger to bridging musical genres. Whether it be pop vocals on synth-heavy electronic beats, or hip hop infused rap verses over live instrumentals, W.C. Lindsay’s music is constantly evolving, constantly changing. Today, the band releases its newest album Easy Victim, Charitable Deceptions via charity label Big Footprints, founded by Modern Baseball’s Brendan Lukens, and you can listen to the record streaming in its entirety via Red Bull Music.

Frontman Will Lindsay told Red Bull that Easy Victim, Charitable Deceptions is “about the idea of nostalgia, and all the emotional legitimacies and misgivings it can bring. The ‘Charitable Deceptions’ half is the darker portion of the record that examines what it means to reach that age that was once so desired, and to find that you only wish to go back to the age of naivete. It’s a record about growing up.” This may seem like a heavy burden to bear, but the band is serious about positively effecting America’s youth: for every W.C. Lindsay album purchased, Big Footprints will donate $1 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Easy Victim, Charitable Deceptions has a palpable pop feel, with catchy, melodic vocal hooks and a heavy percussion presence. The track “Little Ghost” features the pounding synth beats and hip hop feel that we’ve come to know and love from W.C. Lindsay, making the track an easy favorite. “Tree” has a Bright Eyes/ Conor Oberst feel, marking the drastic way in which W.C. Lindsay’s music can range. “Kids These Days” returns to the band’s electronic roots, with pop vocals reminiscent of the band Fun. It’s an intelligent album on the whole, and with ten unique tracks there is literally something for music fans of every genre.

Check out a couple tracks below and stream the album in its entirety here. Want more? Be sure to check out W.C. Lindsay’s  Key Studio Session here.

 

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Big Footprints Project, Make Music Philly, Light Heat)

 

Photo by Nina Sabatino
Photo by Nina Sabatino

The Dead Milkmen continue their sudden streak of new recordings with Welcome to Undertown [link]

Light Heat recorded a psych-rock Key Studio Session with some help from members of The Walkmen and Fleet Foxes [link]

Local musicians give back to the community with Modern Baseball-frontman Brendan Lukens’ new label Big Footprints Project [link]

Balto and Holly Williams turn in a pair of great live sessions for Folkadelphia [link and link]

Get to know Sylvia Platypus, Vikesh Kapoor and more in our Make Music Philly Spotlight [link]

Stream Rosu Lup‘s new Currents EP ahead of their record release show at The Fire on July 13th [link]

Scottish rockers Frightened Rabbit announced a fall show at the Electric Factory on October 27th [link]

The Key highlights the Firefly Festival undercard with The Key’s week-long Firefly Under the Radar feature [link]

Third Thursdays Live and Local kicks off tomorrow night at Race Street Pier with Dice Raw, Lushlife and more [link]

Stephen Marley remixes his father’s “Three Little Birds” for a new collaborative release in the latest installment of XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week [link]

Check out recaps and reviews of this week’s live concerts, including The Postal Service and Junip [link]

Catnaps say goodbye with a new EP called Forget About It [link]

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How some Philly punk rockers are giving back to the community with the Big Footprints Project

BFPBrendan Lukens is used to watching things grow right before his eyes.

The frontman and founder of Philly local pop punk band Modern Baseball saw the group’s following and clout grow big enough to earn them a deal with Run For Cover Records in January. Just a few months later, Lukens was required to do a service project for an environmental science class. The Chestnut Hill College senior thought he could use some of the band’s recent buzz to promote selling a compilation album online to raise money for charity.

“I’ve always wanted to do something like that,” Lukens said. “It just kept getting bigger and bigger and eventually it was 75 bands. … Our original estimation for how much we would raise was $500 to $700. That’s how much we raised in the first week. We were all very surprised.”

The BIG Comp was released in April under what Lukens now calls the Big Footprints Project. It was sold for $5, and featuring bands like Balance and Composure and Into It. Over It. went on to receive more than 300 downloads and raise close to $1500. A 15-band house show in West Philly raised another $600, and the money was then donated to both The Nature Conservancy and the Red Cross following the Boston Marathon bombings.

Lukens teamed up with Philly-based alt music blog Property of Zack and local label Lame-O Records (run by Modern Baseball manager Eric Osman) to grow his project into something big and beneficial for the environment. Though he only got a C in the college class, Lukens said spreading the word about environmental issues was always about more than getting a grade. Continue reading →

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Premiere: Stream W.C. Lindsay’s new Tree EP

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According to W.C. Lindsay‘s bio, Keith Richards came to the Drexel student in a dream and told him to start an electro / dance punk project.  An odd request from the Rolling Stones guitarist but with Lindsay’s knack for powerful vocals and intensely-fun hooks, Richards seems to have picked the right guy for the job.

Now signed to new Philly-based charity label Big Footprints Project, Lindsay is releasing a four-track EP called Tree in advance of his upcoming debut full-length (expected this fall).  The collaboration allows everyone involved to give back to the community – $1 from every digital and physical sale of the EP will benefit the McMichael Morton School in West Philadelphia where Lindsay volunteers as a tutor and friend for the elementary school kids.

Showcasing all sides of Lindsay’s talent, the Tree EP features a studio and acoustic version of both the summer anthem “Into the Night” and the title track (which was originally included on Big Footprints BIG Compilation in April).  Stream the EP via Big Footprints’ Soundcloud below and get ready to dance at MilkBoy Philly when W.C. Lindsay plays with Cheers Elephant on July 20th; tickets and information can be found here.