Published Jan 23, 2015John Peña used to play bass with Beach Fossils, but these days he goes by the solo alias Heavenly Beat. His third album under this name is called Eucharist, and following a low-key digital release late last year, it's slated to get a physical pressing on February 14 through Furious Hooves. To help promote this, he has booked a U.S. tour and shared a music video.
Peña used to be signed to Captured Tracks, but from the sound of things, he may have left the label on less-than-favourable terms, since a press release alludes to his "unceremonious release" from the roster.
This is just one of a few breakups that Peña experienced in 2013 and 2014. He was apparently still reeling from "broken love" when an Iowa bar fight led to a split "between band members and friends." The songwriter ended up sleeping in his minivan, and made this "uniquely fierce pop" album that's heavy on Roland Juno Alpha 2 keyboard and slide guitar.
For a taste of this sound, check out the premiere of the music video for the title track "Eucharist" below. It's an smooth tune that pairs acoustic plucking with atmospheric textures and an electronic beat that enters seemingly out of nowhere. The accompanying video is a DIY-looking affair that documents some sort of jewelry repair project. Scroll past Heavenly Beat's tour schedule to watch it.
The record will be available for pre-order here.
02/04 Columbus, OH - Double Happiness
02/05 Chicago, IL - Schubas
02/07 Salt Lake City, UT - Shred Shed
02/08 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
02/09 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
02/10 Fullerton, CA - Continental Room
02/12 Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
02/15 Boise, ID - Crazy Horse
02/17 Denver, CO Lost Lake Lounge
02/18 Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
02/24 Philadelphia, PA - Ortliebs