comeherefloyd - premieres Ty Richards single 'Killjoy'COMEHEREFLOYD is premiering Ty Richards’ second single “Killjoy” from his upcoming 4/20 record “Welcome to Flat Earth”. Here’s what they had to say:

Austin Texas psychedelic rock extraordinaire, Ty Richards, gave us a hint that he was ready to drop a premiere single to the world. And we at CHF said: “Bring it on, bad boy!” And today Richards shared his newest single ‘Killjoy’, a taunt of sorts for us listeners, in that, as he often does, the song dares us to be different, unapologetic, and to be fluid. The consequential appetites of being and absolute blindness in existing, leads to our self procurement of lustful perils – in relationships and philosophies.

Dang that Richards. Being all blunt, but in an entertaining way. The single is ‘Killjoy’ and it continues Ty’s evolution in his approach to music construction. Anywho, it’s to the world’s benefit.

— COMEHEREFLOYD

View the full article here and listen to “Killjoy” below.

Ty Richards - "Merry-Go-Round" Single

Richards and his indie label Tremolo Records are back with a daring new future-punk record entitled ‘Welcome to Flat Earth,’ dropping April 20.

Austin’s own psych-rock prodigy Ty Richards and his indie-label Tremolo Records announces the premiere of “Merry-Go-Round,” the first single off of his upcoming album, with KUTX. The premiere can be found HERE. The track can be purchased directly here and everywhere else digital music is sold. The song is from his forthcoming sophomore record, “Welcome to Flat Earth,” which will be released April 20, 2018, just before the weekend of Earth Day.

Starting today, the album can be pre-ordered on vinyl, cassette tape and digital download here. Ty Richards’ record release show for ‘Welcome to Flat Earth’ will take place at Mosaic Sound Collective, a former juvenile delinquent facility, also on Friday, April 20. Tickets can be purchased here.

“Welcome to Flat Earth” is an all-analog, DIY, future-punk record, and Richards’ new direction can best be described as “Devo meets Queens of the Stone Age.” With heavy grooves, video game-esque keyboards, blown out fuzz guitars and gritty, satirical vocals, the album will take listeners on a sonic journey recorded purely to analog tape in Richard’s home studio.

“I’m excited to release ‘Merry-Go-Round’ from my upcoming 2018 record, ‘Welcome to Flat Earth,'” said Ty Richards. “It’s kind of new-wave pop, kind of punk-rock and a lot of just-don’t-give-a-damn. This recording is hot off the tape, lo-fi and 100 percent analog. I heard someone call it ‘Nintendo-punk.’ I support that description.”

Since the release of his 2017 debut album, “Zillion,” Ty Richards has had a busy year filled with critical acclaim and a string of tour dates, even reaching number four on USA Today’s top college albums. The debut broke NACC college top 40 album charts after being picked up by more than 50 college stations nationwide. He landed KUTX “Artist of the Month” during SXSW 2017 and closed out the year with a song placement on Season 8, Episode 2 of Showtime’s “Shameless.” Once the “Zillion” rush came to a close, Richards went right back to the creative process, reinventing himself, and began recording new music for his next release. This time around, Richards holds up an anti-authoritarian, rebellious lens on the world, writing through a heavily surreal perspective.

“There is a strong use of absurd satire and ironic humor throughout the album,” said Richards. “‘Welcome to Flat Earth’ is jokingly named after the growing Flat Earth Theory movement of the present day. Over time though, the title and the vibe of the record as a whole has come to represent a much deeper theme in humanity – why do we trust authority?”

Writing for “Welcome to Flat Earth” began in late September of 2017 and concluded in early December of 2017. The album was completed in roughly three months, compared to the two years it took to finish “Zillion.” Richards wrote, performed, produced and mixed the album in a self proclaimed “tiny 10 by 12-foot bedroom,” and tracked everything on the record straight to tape, comletely analog with zero editing. Each song was made with two major creative limitations: no computers, and only eight tracks per song.

“This album represents a devolution from the previous record,” said Richards. “This collection of songs was recorded directly to a lo-fi reel-to-reel tape machine from the early 80’s. The same model, Tascam 388, was used by Prince to create demos, and is featured on the early records of The Black Keys and Dr. Dog.”

“Welcome to Flat Earth” features seven original songs and a Kinks cover. None of the original songs were pre-written, instead being penned and recorded at the same time in a “stream of consciousness” style. Brian Lucey mastered the album at Magic Garden Mastering in Los Angeles in December of 2017. Lucey was crucial in carrying out the final stroke on each song and ultimately brought out the “punk spirit” of the record. Lucey has an extensive discography including the likes of Beck, David Lynch, The Black Keys, Ray LaMontagne, Sigur Rós, Dr. John, Lucinda Williams, Dr. Dog and Ringo Deathstarr.

In line with the punk spirit, Richards’ lyrics drip with an ironic “post-truth” theme. Like Devo and punk predecessors of the 20th century, “Welcome to Flat Earth” combines aggressive electronic-rock with mischievous satire to poke fun at the “post-truth” world.

“I like the deeper truth of humanity that is unveiled by the ridiculous Flat Earth conspiracy,” said Richards. “Assuming it’s completely false, it still exposes the notion that almost everything we call ‘truth’ is based on trust – how do we know who to trust and not trust? That’s where we are now, welcome to the ‘post-truth’ world – or, ‘Welcome to Flat Earth.’ It’s absolutely amazing. It’s absolutely nauseating.”

“Welcome to Flat Earth” will be released on April 20, 2018, with southwest and west coast American tour dates, as well as tour dates in Japan, to be announced.

Listen to the single “Merry-Go-Round” below:

“WELCOME TO FLAT EARTH” TRACKLIST:

  1. IndoctriNation
  2. Western Chauvinist
  3. Merry-Go-Round
  4. Red Pill
  5. All Day and All of the Night
  6. Killjoy
  7. Kissing the Wizard
  8. Bleed Yourself Dry

About Ty Richards:

Austin’s own psych rock prodigy Ty Richards, referred to as “the future of rock,” as well as “Beck Zeppelin,” debuted his first album, “Zillion,” in February of 2017, with his lead single, “Spaceman,” earning Song of the Day on Austin’s KUTX 98.9. Host Taylor Wallace said that, “Spaceman was a song meant to elicit big grins and bumping heads.” Podcast host Johnny Goudie of How Did I Get Here? proclaimed that Richards is “a hurricane of artistry.”

Richards went on to reach national success after the release of “Zillion.” Topping the charts of numerous radio stations, breaking the top 40 in the NACC (North American College and Community Top 200) charts and hitting number six on national specialty radio, Richards has won the ears of rock fans across the United States. He has performed all over, from packed Austin clubs with a four-piece band to west coast radio tours in California.

Ty Richards currently also runs a boutique creative shop, Paradox, and an indie record label, Tremolo Records, in Austin, Texas.

KUTX Premier's radio single "Merry-Go-Round" by Ty Richards

Laurie Gallardo of 98.9 KUTX in Austin announced Ty Richards’ sophomore album and premiered the lead single live on the air today. Here’s what KUTX had to say:

Psych-rock spaceman Ty Richards just radioed down an exclusive premiere of “Merry-Go-Round” from his upcoming album, Welcome to Flat Earth, and we wanted to share it with you! For this song, the guitar slinger hangs up his ax and pulls out the synths for an epic 8-bit inspired exploration of the video game called life. So, grab a joystick hit play and enjoy the “Merry-Go-Round”!

View the full article here and listen to the new track below.

Ty Richards interview with Dennis the Menace - Just Another Menace Sunday

Howdy friends. My candid conversation with the one and only Dennis “The Menace”​ is airing this Sunday Aug 27 in seven cities across the globe. The hour will also feature my Musical Sandwich™ playlist. Dennis has over 30+ years as a radio personality on both the east and west coast. I’m humbled to join the ranks of personal heroes The Killers​, of Montreal​, Jon Brion​, Travis​, Phoenix​, and OK Go​. Just a few who have been featured on The Menace’s Attic/Just Another Menace Sunday. Tune in!

UPDATE: Listen to the replay here: http://bff.fm/broadcasts/11479

Ty Richards We Are Austin CBS Microsessions

Ty Richards performs live on CBS “We Are Austin”

Ty Richards joins forces with Paul Schomer of Microsessions this week to promote for the Microsessions show this July 22 at Music Lab St Elmo in Austin. In the wake of his California Radio Tour, Ty & Paul do an interview with Trevor Scott and Richards performs “Spaceman”. Watch both videos below and see the full interview article and live performance article.

Watch his TV performance of “Spaceman”

Watch Ty Richards’ TV interview with Trevor Scott of CBS We Are Austin

Austin's KUTX 98.9 Favorite Songs of 2017 So Far

Austin’s KUTX 98.9 Favorite Songs of 2017 So Far

Austin’s KUTX 98.9 named 2 of Ty Richards’ songs in their top 2017 list!

“This is a total ear worm.” Matt Reilly says about “Shoulda Coulda Woulda”

On “Going Out for a Cigarette” Elizabeth McQueen says:
“I find myself dissecting this pop gem every time I listen to it. The sounds are cool, the lyrics get me, and there’s a special something about it that is super compelling. But what exactly is it?!? I still haven’t figured it out, which means I get to listen to it on repeat again! YAY!”

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Ty Richards 'Zillion' - No. 4 College Album in the Nation

‘Zillion’ hits No. 4 on USA Today’s Top College Albums

Ty Richards’ new record ‘Zillion’ landed the number 4 spot on USA Today’s top college albums for the week of March 2-8. He is in with the likes of Ryan Adams and Foxygen. Read the full article here.

Top College Albums This Week:

  1. Prisoner — Ryan Adams.
  2. I Am Inside My Body — Guytano.
  3. Young Mopes — Louise Burns.
  4. Zillion — Ty Richards.
  5. Hang — Foxygen.

Ty Richards - KUTX 98.9 Austin - Artist of the Month

Austin’s KUTX 98.9 “Artist of the Month” for March During SXSW

Ty Richards was just honored as the “Artist of the Month” by KUTX 98.9 in Austin.  All of this during the holy-grail month – MARCH (the month of the Austin’s world-renown SXSW festival). This spurred several new Austin shows, and in addition KUTX will be spinning several songs from Richards’ new album ‘Zillion’ daily, all month long. They will also be featuring his Studio 1A performance online, Song of the Day, and a My KUTX guest DJ spot on Saturday Mar 25. Stay tuned friends! Here’s what Jeff McCord had to say and you can see the full article here.

In this world, there are artists in a rush – anxious to paint, put to paper or record every thought that comes into their head. And there are those who think, perhaps even overthink, and take their time. With over 200 unreleased songs recorded, Austin’s Ty Richards sits squarely in the latter category. Part of the same fertile Denton scene that spawned Midlake and Sarah Jaffe, Richards first performed at the age of 13. From 2001-2006, he fronted a band called Twilight (nothing to do with the movie series, he takes pains to point out). But mostly, he recorded. And recorded some more. His years were dotted with personal tragedy, health problems, a successful sideline career as a graphic designer, and a new wife and family that he packed up and moved to Austin in 2014. Somewhere in there he decided it was time to get serious about music. Released on the day of the thirtieth birthday, Zillion is a debut album that doesn’t sound like one, full of spry, fuzzy psych-pop that sounds like the work of an accomplished veteran. Which, come to think of it, is exactly what he is.

– Jeff McCord, KUTX Music Director

Ty Richards - KUTX 98.9 Austin - Artist of the Month

Ty Richards performs for Austin’s KUTX live in Studio 1A

On the eve of the release of his Debut Album ‘Zillion’, Ty was invited to play KUTX Austin’s very own Studio 1A. You can also catch his Austin album release at the Swan Dive the following day Feb 3 and the following week in Dallas, TX at Three Links – show details here. Hear what they had to say and watch the performances for all three songs below and view the full KUTX article.

Is it possible for a musician to sound like they’re from 1970 and 2070 at the same time? Yes, and his name is Ty Richards. His brand new album “Zillion” has the warm vintage fuzz of 70’s psychedelic rock, and the hard edge of futuristic synth music. It sounds like Beck and Led Zepplin collaborated on an album. Richards’ fingerprints are all over this record, from writing and recording to producing and mixing, it gives it a unique sound that you wouldn’t find from big box rock acts. He’s relatively new on the scene, but he’s already creating a lot of buzz. “Spaceman,” the first single off the new record, is a true delight, groovy and danceable, but at the same time it’s profound and out of this world. Ty Richards stopped by Studio 1A to show us some tunes of the new album, check them out below!

– James Parker

Uncle Ben

Spaceman

Going Out for a Cigarette