Dylan Champagne and the Lost Explorers
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Dylan Champagne and the Lost Explorers

Oakland, California, United States | SELF

Oakland, California, United States | SELF
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"Myles Boisen blurbs New Equation"

Though his wistful vulnerability might cast Dylan Champagne as just another sensitive guy with guitar, his “New Equation” (Broke In Oakland BIO 0005) busts the stereotype to reveal a formidable and multi-faceted talent. Sensitive, sure. Dark and moody certainly. But for every moment where you envision the singer hunched over a beat-up acoustic guitar in his darkened bedroom, there are the luminescent moments of literate, even philosophical brilliance, deliciously-crafted hooks, and musical surprises ranging from the country-rock shamble of “The Majestic” to the prog punch of “Junk Parts”. Champagne keeps the art of the album alive and kicking in this cohesive and compelling set of 9 songs. - Myles Boisen


"East Bay Express (Love Songs...)"

Whole generations of teen poets have tried to attain the degree of palpable angst that’s balled into the opening track of Dylan Champagne’s new album. - East Bay Express


"Listen Before You Buy"

Dylan is full of self-deprecating witticisms, bemoaning “living his life in parantheticals” and saying he’s “no livewire… just a filament”.

This is insecure self-reflection made listenable and even uplifting, stirring similar emotions to Arcade Fire‘s Neon Bible. - Listen Before You Buy


"Old Fridges Can Kill"

“What stands out immediately is the energy contained within every track, each as lyrically intense as they are musically complex. It is proof – and proof could be said to be needed – that contemporary punk can be more than a directionless knee-jerk lashing out at the world and that folk can convey more than mere simple stories.” - Old Fridges Can Kill


"Parasites and Sycophants"

"... New Equation comes across as a piece unraveling with exhaustive life, thirsting for decompression, and scouring other strange and venomous places the mind goes to after 4 a.m."

- Parasites and Sycophants


"What to Wear During and Orange Alert New Equation review"

"... an album full of stories of change, the scars of ripping away, and the slow process of healing . . . riveting and starkly honest."
- What to Wear During an Orange Alert


"The Run-Off Groove"

"New Equation is as beautiful as it is strange, and after an initial listen I couldn't help but listen to it more and more."
- The Run-Off Groove 214


"30 Music New Equation review"

"...not everyone can record a full-length, debut solo album in his basement and expect it to go well; perhaps this is why the success Champagne has met is nothing short of astounding. New Equation is beautifully, darkly acoustic, embracing a lush, powerful sound that never gets too dense. The tasteful array of instruments mourn together as they sing dismally through nine tracks, whose themes include helplessness, unwanted change, feeling trapped, and giving up... Most every track on the album contains remarkably depressing yet poetic lyrics... Champagne is talented. While his sound indubitably varies from that of One Step Shift, it's up to the band's long-time fans to decide whether his new direction is a change to be thankful for. The rest of you should just check out this album."
- 30music.com


"Your Daily Lick, Dylan Champagne"

After growing up punk in San Francisco, then fronting Oakland math-rock act One Step Shift for eight years, Dylan Champagne descended to his basement for some do-it-yourself, acoustic solo recording. He's naturally adept at low volumes and his new work holds considerable promise. —June 18, 2008 Nate Seltenrich (East Bay Express) - Nate Seltenrich (East Bay Express)


"Your Daily Lick, Dylan Champagne"

After growing up punk in San Francisco, then fronting Oakland math-rock act One Step Shift for eight years, Dylan Champagne descended to his basement for some do-it-yourself, acoustic solo recording. He's naturally adept at low volumes and his new work holds considerable promise. —June 18, 2008 Nate Seltenrich (East Bay Express) - Nate Seltenrich (East Bay Express)


Discography

Dylan Champagne releases:

The Bones EP - 2013
Love Songs of the Apocalypse Volume 1 - 2010
New Equation (Charted on CMJ 200) - 2008
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One Step Shift releases:

Stunt Double - 2007
Chemical Burn 7 inch - 2003
The Bridge EP - 2002
The Orbit EP - 2001
The Train EP - 1999

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Bio

A syncopated tincture of folk, punk, and prog-rock, Dylan Champagne's music creates a haunted landscape of self reflection, nostalgia and existential angst. Described by the preeminent composer/engineer Myles Boisen as "a formidable and multi-faceted talent," Dylan has released 2 solo albums both of which were met with critical acclaim, and just released a 5 song EP entitled "The Bones EP" which he recorded with his rock trio, The Lost Explorers featuring John Shiurba on bass guitar and Andre Custodio on drums. He has been involved with many musical projects including punk rock trio The New Dysfunctions and math-punk trio One Step Shift with which he released 4 albums and a seven inch. Dylan is an active member of the Immersion Composition Society (ICS) and founder of the Oakland, CA based ICS lodge "Capsicum Lodge."  A Northern California native, he moved with the love of his life, poet Alexandra Teague, to Moscow, ID in August of 2011 after she accepted an assistant professorship of poetry at the University of Idaho. Dylan is an avid chile pepper enthusiast.