The Bobby Lees signs with Ipecac Recordings, announces new EP and live dates for June

Photo Credit John Swab

RELEASE HOLLYWOOD JUNKYARD EP ON 17TH JUNE

PRE-SAVE THE EP HERE & WATCH THE “HOLLYWOOD JUNKYARD” VIDEO

The Bobby Lees, the upstate New York four-piece, have signed with Ipecac Recordings, releasing the four-song Hollywood Junkyard EP on June 17th

The Bobby Lees said of partnering with Ipecac: “We’re very excited to be on Ipecac Recordings! They have bands we love, and most importantly the label is run by honest, no bullshit people. They let their artists make their own decisions and we really appreciate that. It’s rare nowadays for a label to take a chance on a band that doesn’t fit in one lane. Ipecac welcomed us and that challenge with open arms. They seem to be a label that fights for the misfits and the bands that have their own pulse. As soon as we met them, we knew this album found its home.”

“It’s so great to welcome The Bobby Lees to Ipecac. Take no prisoners, DIY rock and roll. Can’t wait to share these tunes with the world,” shared Mike Patton, with his Ipecac co-owner Greg Werckman adding: “When our A&R guy, Henry Rollins, brought The Bobby Lees to our attention we did not hesitate. A great band, great people with the right attitude. Honoured to be a part of the future of this band.”

News of the band’s signing and the forthcoming release comes with today’s arrival of the EP’s title track and its accompanying video (note the discretionary warning in the video description). The clip, directed by indie filmmaker John Swab, finds the musicians drugged by an overeager stylist and publicist, as the band’s label seeks to hone on a “look” for The Bobby Lees. 

“The video is a general commentary on our current culture and its obsession with the external, and trying to be famous by any means,” explains singer/guitar player Sam Quartin. “The world of TikTok and Instagram feels like a trap for most of us, so we try to stay away from it as much as possible and instead focus on what you can’t see. Lyrically, the song is about an experience I had during a psychotic break when I thought a star shot into my body. After that I started acting – I was told I didn’t look right and couldn’t ‘make it’ in entertainment without a gimmick or a look. But despite that, I got cast in a few films and was exposed to some amazing people, also some pretty shitty people and situations. The story of the video comes from what I witnessed. People in power manipulating others to do whatever they thought was best monetarily, not what was best for their artists health and well-being. I guess that’s true for a lot of things. The end result of money, fame and success being more important than truth, love, and sanity.”

Pre-save the Hollywood Junkyard EP here. Vance Powell (Jack White, Bleached, The Raconteurs) produced the four-song release.

‘Hollywood Junkyard’ official music video – please note the discretionary warning in the video’s description

The Bobby Lees are:

Macky Bowman (drums)

Nick Casa (guitar)

Sam Quartin (vocals/guitar)

Kendall Wind (bass)

The Woodstock, N.Y.-based band have released two albums: Beauty Pageant (2018) and Skin Suit (2020), with the latter produced by Jon Spencer

Further EP details and tour dates below.

The Bobby Lees Hollywood Junkyard Ep Cover
The Bobby Lees Hollywood Junkyard EP Cover

Hollywood Junkyard EP track list:

Hollywood Junkyard – official video

Strange Days

Dig Your Hips

Be My Enemy

The Bobby Lees on tour

North American tour dates: 

March 24 Trinidad, CO Trinidad Lounge

March 25 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge

March 26 Salt Lake City, UT Black Lung Society

March 27 Boise, UT Treefort Fest (The Shredder)

March 29 Missoula, MT Monks

March 30 Bozeman, MT Filling Station

March 31 Spokane, WA Big Dipper

April 1 Portland, OR Mission Theater

April 2 Seattle, WA Freakout Weekender

April 5 Casper, WY Oil City

April 6 Colorado Springs, CO Vultures

April 7 Lincoln, NE HQ

April 8 Tulsa, OK Foolish Things

May 27 Grand Rapids, MI Skelletones

May 28 Indianapolis, IN Melody Inn

June 2 Phoenix, AZ Trunk Space

June 3 Las Vegas, NV American Legion Post 8

June 4 McGill, NV Shellraiser Festival

June 6 Ft. Collins, CO Surfside 7

June 9 Kansas City, KS minibar

European tour dates: 

June 23rd Paris, FR La Maroquinerie

June 24th Nijmegen, NL Merleyn

June 25th Haarlem, NL Kliko Festival (Patronaat)

June 26th Amsterdam, NL Paradiso

June 29th Birmingham, UK Hare & Hounds

June 30th Nottingham, UK Bodega HLD

July 1st Dublin, IE Workmans

July 2nd Limerick, IE Kasbah

July 3rd Belfast, UK Ulster Sports Club

July 5th Glasgow, UK Broadcast

July 6th Newcastle, UK Cluny 2

July 7th Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club

July 8th London, UK The Shacklewell Arms

July 9th Brighton, UK The Hope

July 10th Gierle, BE Sjock Festival

July 12th Malmoe, SE Plan B

July 13th Copenhagen, DK Stairway

July 15th Riegsee, DE Raut OAK Festival

July 16th Breitenbach Am Inn, AT Gasthof Schwaiger 

July 19th Montpellier, FR Secret Place

July 20th Meymac, FR Open Air Marketplace

July 21st Binic, FR Binic Folk Blues Festival

July 22nd Bordeaux, FR Relâche Festival

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