London's tvfordogs Return to Airwaves and iPods with 'Starling'

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New disc breaks traditional music-business paradigm with release as a free CD stream at

Offering music fans a free listening experience, U.S.-based independent label Wampus Multimedia introduces 'Starling,' the third CD from London-based modern-rock trio tvfordogs.

With its opening flash of amplified six-string, 'Starling' shines a bright light on post-grunge rock 'n' roll. Devoid of Weezeresque irony, singer-guitarist Neil Luckett mines a classic, idiosyncratic vein, advancing the go-for-broke assault of 'Heavy Denver' (2002) and brass-ring target-shooting of 'Roller' (2005) with a knowing blend of retro styles and rock archetypes. On 'Starling,' classic rock drenched in early-'70s guitar tones meets the immediacy of modern hi-fi.

The dogs' crunchy guitars, laser-sharp vocals, and tightly honed songs evoke Coldplay and Foo Fighters, passing through a lens trained on rock history. Restless in its introspection, 'Starling' calls to mind the freewheeling explorations of Jimi Hendrix and Neil Young. The disarming "Frozen Friend," with its George-Harrison-does-"Wah-Wah" guitar intro and plaintive lead vocal, is one of the most infectiously impassioned tracks of this or any year.

Produced by Luckett and mastered by the legendary Jon Astley, 'Starling' joins a Wampus Multimedia roster that includes upcoming releases from The Matthew Show, The Crowd Scene, Venus Flytrap, Kowtow Popof, and Arms of Kismet, as well as 'Hurry Home Early: the Songs of Warren Zevon,' to which Luckett contributed a version of Zevon's "Mutineer." Skilled interpreters of the work of other artists, tvfordogs also covered "How Do You Think It Feels" for 'After Hours: a Tribute to the Music of Lou Reed.'

Wampus Multimedia is an independent media label run by artists, for artists. Its credo is simple: to introduce the world to bold content rendered by visionary artists. It is home to a growing roster from a variety of genres, including pop, AAA, Americana, alternative, ambient, blues and folk.

'Starling' is available at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and other fine stores.

Free CD stream

Wampus Multimedia


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