TRACK PREMIERE: LITRONIX “ARE YOU NEW AGE?” (PLUS SENSATIONS’ FIX REMIX!)
photography by stephanie libanati
We’re back with another new release from Porch Party Records, and this one is extra special: the first vinyl from Litronix, which is electro-cosmic visionary Kevin Litrow (Dance Disaster Movement, 60 Watt Kid, N.O.W.) and his co-pilot and producer Avi Buffalo. The gloriously rebuilt “Are You New Age?”, one of Litrow’s signature songs, is like Suicide’s Martin Rev and Talking Heads’ David Byrne on a last-ditch succeed-at-all-costs mission to save humanity from itself, with therapeutic synthesizers and lyrics that sound like one of those AI philosophers Philip K. Dick used to have people carry around in suitcases. (Dr. Smile, wasn’t it?) And b-side remix is by Sensations’ Fix Franco Falsini, an electronic pioneer in his own right and arguable inventor of this whole beautiful sound. The “Are You New Age?” 7″ will ship later this summer on Long Beach’s Porch Party Records, and it’ll be followed by the very long-awaited Pump The Gas full-length!) Below find a video teaser for the 7″ and a self Q&A provided by the band (and Falsini) that explains the old ways behind the new age:
What were the inspirations for the songs on the upcoming 7” and 12”?
Kevin Litrow: About 4 years ago I moved to Venice, CA directly above a gas station at a major intersection: Lincoln Blvd. and Venice Blvd. Outside my window, looking down at the Chevron, I took notes. I watched the scene like an ongoing movie that never ends. It’s timeless, surreal, the events that took place. Crackheads and tweakers taking apart bicycles and putting them back together for no apparent reason, dazed and fiddling inside an invisible dark cage that they built to keep their psyche protected. Kids breathing in nitrous bottles of whipped cream, partying and pumping heavy hip hop and subby dubstep to let go of the pain till the sun comes up. Cars pumping, rolling in and out, in and out, forever. New people of all colors. New characters. Beautiful women in long white dresses looking Vogue, ready for the night out. Poor homeless drunks singing songs like ‘I’m Just a Little Boy.’ Surfers, hookers, fights, car accidents, and couples breaking up. And the old man who works the graveyard shift. He only ever listens to Doo Wop. It makes him feel that life is alright. Therefore, I wrote a song called ‘Pump the Gas’ With real characters. Pump the Gas is the name of the album.
How did Avi end up getting involved in Litronix?
Avi Zahner: Because of the natural flow of having respect for each other’s personalities and music over many years, we developed a deep and cosmic connection that inspired us to collaborate together.
Are you new age?
Kevin Litrow: Yes, in most ways I am according to my definition of it. Most new age is really old age. It’s universal. Therefore, it is also timeless. Although, at points, reality seeps in. I deal and rise above realistic issues as best I can. That may or may not be New Age. It’s really up to you. What do you think? What defines? and next: Are You?
A question for Sensations’ Fix: what inspired you in the process of making your remix?
Franco Falsini: The inspirations came after Kevin mentioned to me that he would be releasing remixes of songs I really like, and having heard their development on ‘Are You New Age?’ I had this feeling that it can be turned into a good old style remix, where all of the musical parts are being disassembled and reassembled to create a unique combination of spacey vocals and sequenced trance parts. So the vocals and the speed of the song were an important part of the inspiration.