Ty Richards - "Killjoy" Single

Ty Richards and Tremolo Records drop a head-bobbing, future-punk single, recorded straight to tape. This is the second single from his upcoming album ‘Welcome to Flat Earth’ out April 20.

The track is available for purchase here and everywhere else digital music is sold.

“‘Killjoy’ is a snarky little number,” said Ty Richards. “Everyone has that special person in their life that is out to destroy all fun. This song is dedicated to them. If you don’t know a person like that, then it’s probably you.”

The single was the last song recorded for “Welcome to Flat Earth” and was also one of the quickest to put together. Richards notes that in one night, he had the beat, the bass line, guitar tracks and vocals written and recorded. On the quick turnaround, he explains, “I’m in love with writing and recording at the same time – I just step up to the mic and keep singing until the song is done, then I record immediately.”

“Welcome to Flat Earth” is set to be released on April 20, 2018, the weekend of Earth Day. The album can be pre-ordered on vinyl, cassette tape and digital download here. Also on April 20, Ty Richards will play an album release show at Mosaic Sound Collective, a former juvenile delinquent facility. VIP and general admission tickets can be purchased here.

“‘Killjoy’ brings punchy guitars and biting pop lyrics that dance over a relentless 808 beat, and all of it was recorded entirely to eight-track tape with no computers and no editing,” said Richards on the new single. “I’ve grown to hate working with computers, so this was a nice change.”

“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.

Listen to the single “Killjoy” below:

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

Microsessions Ty Richards July 22

Ty Richards celebrates his Austin homecoming at Microsessions July 22

After his California Radio Tour, Richards is celebrating his Austin homecoming at Microsessions this July 22. It’s speed dating for live music. Listen to him and discover some new Austin music along the way. Be sure to watch his TV interview and live performance of “Spaceman” on CBS’s We Are Austin and get tickets for the show here.

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 California Radio Tour

Ty Richards Launches California Radio Tour

Following the massive radio success of Ty Richards’ critically-acclaimed debut album “Zillion”, he will be launching a summer radio tour in the great state of California on July 1st. This tour announcement is in the wake of Richards charting on over 50 college stations around the nation.

USA Today recently placed Richards as the No. 4 college album in the Nation. “Zillion” was picked up by over 25 stations in California alone and even landed top 20 on at least 5 college stations there. His song “Spaceman” was featured on 89.9 KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic in Los Angeles and was even named as “Today’s Top Tune”. Tune in live to hear his California in-studio performances on the radio or online on each stations website. Ty Richards’ “Zillion” is the summer jam of 2017.

All this excitement is on top of Ty’s immense Austin radio success. Yesterday the Austin American-Statesman said that his song “Going out for a Cigarette” is “one of the best radio singles to come out of Austin in quite some time.” Austin’s KUTX has adopted the new artist as their own, naming him the “Artist of the Month” for March 2017 during the world-renown SXSW. The heavy airplay on KUTX, KGSR, and KLBJ among others is making waves in Austin and pushing Richards into a bigger role as national artist.

Stay tuned for more. See all tour updates, listen to music, watch the latest music videos and pick up vinyl LP of “Zillion” at tyrichards.com

Tour Dates:

  • July 1 – Camarillo, CA @ Art Center 7pm (Live Performance)
  • July 3 – Laguna, CA @ 93.5 KXRN 9:30am
  • July 4 – Irvine, CA @ 88.9 KUCI 11am
  • July 5 – Claremont, CA @ 88.7 KSPC 3pm
  • July 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Lexington 9pm
  • July 7 – Redway, CA @ 91.1 KMUD 3pm
  • July 8 – San Francisco, CA @ Dennis The Menace (Specialty Show airtime TBA)

UPDATE: Additional date in downtown LA has been added for July 5 at The Lexington 9pm