August 23, 2017
Listen now: Republican Hair’s World Cafe Nashville Session
Nashville EP release show announced for Sept. 9th
Nashville, TN — Aug. 23, 2017 — Less than a year after their debut with the LP High and Tight, Nashville’s new wave pop band Republican Hair is back to pay homage to two legends. The Prince and The Duke, slated to release Sept. 8th, is not only musically inspired by its namesakes, but is lyrically centered around their lives– and deaths. Today, NPR aired the Republican Hair World Cafe Nashville session, which was recorded at Sound Stage Studios earlier this summer– stream it here.
The album’s ultra-catchy first single, “Miss Prince” was featured on NPR’s Songs We Love. Ann Powers wrote of the single, “With its infectious synth lines, Southern drawl and sly message, “Miss Prince” shows what’s special about Republican Hair, a band unlike any other in Nashville today.” The second single, “Constellation” is a melodic reflection on David Bowie’s legacy and the lightning bolt-shaped constellation named for him posthumously. Consequence of Sound dubbed it a “dreamy new wave track with guitars that bend like the light from distant stars streaking across the universe.”
Republican Hair is the newest side project from songwriter, filmmaker, and renaissance man Luke Dick. Most recently, Dick was nominated for ACM Song of The Year for Eric Church’s “Kill a Word”. In January, he spoke with Rolling Stone about songwriting and filming the documentary Red Dog, a memoir about his unconventional childhood and growing up as the son of an exotic dancer. In 2011, he co-wrote The Rolling Stones and Philosophy: It’s Just a Thought Away and has a master’s in philosophy. He has taught at multiple institutions, including Nashville State, CUNY, St. Francis, St. John’s, and even a stint in Singapore.
Although Dick is noted for writing multiple country hits, Republican Hair’s High and Tight (released late 2016) established a fresh sound somewhere between 80’s new wave punk and current upbeat indie pop. In April, the band was featured on Spotify’s “Garage Jams” playlist and is a recurring favorite on “Discover Weekly”. In addition to releasing two records within a year, the band started “Haircuts for Humans”, a Nashville charity that teams up with local barber shops to provide haircuts for the homeless and raises money for the Martha O’Bryan Organization.
The EP release show is set for Sept. 9th at The 5 Spot in East Nashville (1006 Forrest Ave.) with haircuts beginning at 7:30p, music at 9p. Republican Hair has teamed up with Scout’s Barbershop and Lightning 100 for this show– proceeds from the night will benefit Martha O’Bryan. More details on the show can be found here.
For more information, visit http://republicanhair.org/.