Dynamite Walls

Dynamite Walls

 San Diego, California, USA
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Signed to Universal Republic, their new album finished and ready to go, with a single due out in March, Dynamite Walls' cycle of “hurry up and wait” is punctuated with reminders that life is about to change for this Encinitas quintet.
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Biography

It may have taken five years, but the members of Dynamite Walls can finally say the band are ready to blow up—for real this time. A couple of weeks ago, lead singer/guitarist Tom Pritchard’s midday drive through San Diego was interrupted by his band coming over the airwaves of local station XTRA-FM 91.1. Listening to the explosive, summertime chorus of “That Girl”—from the band’s self-titled album—on an FM frequency was surreal, to say the least.

“It took me a second to realize it was us,” Pritchard says. “It’s like you’re working on it, and all of the sudden, it’s on the radio. It sounded like it fit there.”

Signed to Universal Republic, Dynamite Walls’ disappointing record-label search is a distant memory. With their new album in the final stages, the cycle of “hurry up and wait” is punctuated with reminders that life is about to change for this Encinitas quintet.

“I think getting what you want is scary sometimes,” Pritchard says, “because what comes with that is responsibility. We [probably] dodged a bullet by not getting signed back in the day because, now, our sound is really together.”

Like most bands, Dynamite Walls didn’t get themselves “together” without a slew of significant highs and lows.

Pritchard remembers a break-up with a girlfriend of seven years inspired the band’s first few songs in 2005. Three months later, the band were courted by Sony/Epic after sending out a self-produced demo. Before they knew it, preparations were made to record another demo with the ginormous New York label. Unfortunately, momentary bliss was followed by unforeseen tragedy. Two days before recording, Pritchard got word that his oldest brother—who’d been in and out of jail most of his life—died after trying to conceal illegal drugs in his stomach. In a situation in which most people would’ve succumbed to grief, Pritchard followed through with recording.

“It’s always been my personality to internalize [a bad experience] and find an outlet for it,” says Pritchard. “To this day, I’m amazed I got through that.”

By 2006, label reps were pitching Dynamite Walls’ well-manicured indie-pop to high-profile producers. Their future was nearly secured. Then another bad break—their development deal fell through when Epic cut back West Coast operations in 2006 and laid off all the contacts who’d offered the band a record deal.

“We had this feeling of, ‘Yeah, we’re gonna get there,’ and it was a letdown,” says Pritchard.

Cast back into the local pond, Pritchard and guitarist Alex Blundell, bassist Allen Bates, keyboardist Paul Kimmel and Eric Pritchard (Tom’s younger brother) became seasoned scrappers on the San Diego music scene. Inside booze-filled taverns such as the Belly Up and Tidewater, Dynamite Walls developed tunes for independent releases, including 2007’s full-length, The Blinding Lights Above, and 2009’s EP, Stay Awake.

These days, Pritchard says, new tracks such as “Cold World” aka "Keep Spinning Around" represent the band’s moody, chorus-driven sound. Utilizing the radio-friendly, emotive hook power of the Fray and Jimmy Eat World, Dynamite Walls’ cocktail of smart pop poetics is undoubtedly familiar. However, Pritchard says, the band take a varied approach to carefully carved songs about everyday disillusionment and love gone awry.

“The album ebbs and flows between songs you really want to hear, depending on what kind of mood you’re in,” says Pritchard.

Whether they’re inspired by the classic rock of U2, their friends Local Natives, or Coldplay's contemplative piano pop, each song on their major-label debut—prepped for release early next year—strives to fulfill a distinctive space in your emotional index.

The band entrusted their songs to the hands of LA producer Paul Fox, whose credits include Phish, XTC and the Wallflowers. Fox recalls catching one of the band’s Belly Up gigs by chance, leading to his partnership with them as both producer and manager.

Ushering the band into several recording studios, Fox was instrumental in both helping with polishing song structures as well as creating business contacts, eventually resulting in a meeting with Universal/Republic. Crediting the band’s staying power and ability to take direction, Pritchard says trying to break out has been a supreme lesson in patience.

“I always tell Paul [Fox] that we didn’t break the door down,” says Pritchard. “We just knocked politely for five years.”

(From OC Weekly)

Lyrics

Here I Come

Written By: Tom Pritchard

With open eyes, the mind divides
the bright light of your silence
Hides the darkness underneath

And you can’t see
unless you believe there’s signs leading you somewhere
wherever you go

and, it feels
it just feels right

Tell me your story, tell me what you know
and I’ll figure out
how to tell you the truth
‘cause I’ll always be waiting

Head full of sounds
can’t hear the notes being created
if you never let yourself face it
the music swells
like a million bells
until your ears are bleeding
like drops of feeling

Tell me your story, tell me what you know
and I’ll figure out
how to tell you the truth
‘cause I’ll always be waiting for you
hear I come

and this could work
this could work

Tell me your story, tell me what you know
and I’ll figure out
how to tell you the truth
‘cause I’ll always be waiting for you
hear I come

Keep Spinning Around

Written By: Tom Pritchard, Chris Gaylor, Mark Kiczula

Somewhere out of nowhere she returns

The yellow haired girl who grew up too soon
She escaped to the city lights to howl at the moon
She's burnin’ through her high heels
Running from the sun
Where you gonna run, where you runnin’

Cause the worlds grown colder more than you could ever know
(keep spinning around)
If freezes over I will never let you go
(keep spinning around)

Now the steam from the streets billows up from beneath her dirty white dress,
her pretty little secrets
She cries out for relief she's still under the spell of her adolescent dreams
and of fairy tales
See the world turning turn around and run. Where you gonna run

Cause the worlds grown colder more than you could ever know
(keep spinning around)
If it freezes over I will never let you go
(keep spinning around)

She said she can't stop, oh and settle down. This side of me you’ll never know
Could stop the world from spinning around
So it’s time for you to let me go

Cause the worlds grown colder more than you could ever know
(keep spinning around)
‘Til it freezes over I will never let you go
(keep spinning around)
Cause the world is colder more than you could ever know
(keep spinning around)
When it freezes over I will never let you go
(keep spinning around)

Somewhere out of nowhere
yeah somewhere, out of nowhere she returns

Discography

Singles:
"Keep Spinning Around" (Universal Republic)
"That Girl" (Universal Republic)

Albums:
Full length album coming in early 2011 on Universal Republic
Stay Awake (EP) ~ 2009
The Blinding Lights Above ~ 2007
The Pages (EP) ~ 2007

Radio Play in San Diego:
91x, 94.9, and 102.1

Streaming Radio:
Clear Channel's iHeart Radio, Pandora, Rhapsody, Last.fm, Grooveshark, Yahoo Music

Set List

A typical set is 40 min - 50 min.

Songs:
Delicate Thing
That Girl
Keep Spinning Around
Make It Out
Only Words
Stay Awake
Hear It Now
Kiss and Ride
Pages