Northampton Music Scene Veterans Spanish For Hitchhiking Announce New Record “Wild Love” Out Now

Members Of Valley Favorite Winterpills Celebrate 20th Year With Album of Energetic, Sweeping Indie Rock

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What people are saying about Wild Love:

“Spanish For Hitchhiking takes you on a ride. Vitality and volume coalesce in the most effervescent album to come down the pike in a long time. Buckle up!” – Grant-Lee Phillips

“It’s an exhilarating moment on a stirring album that shows the group’s maturation as musicians and collaborators, and also a willingness to really let fly.” – Read the full review by Eric R. Danton on his site listendammit.com

“the hardest rocking disc the band has made, full of richly textured electric guitars, authoritative drumming and hook-laden choruses built around strong guitar and bass lines…” – Steve Pfarrer, Daily Hampshire Gazette. Read full review.

“Right out of the gate Spanish For Hitchhiking knock me across the room in the most beautiful of ways! This is rock with the roll – full of soul, full of heart and conviction played in a way that only a true band can. Take your pick: “In Stereo,” “Reservoir Town,” “Waves” (gorgeous)… the list goes on. It’s all here for your ears and minds to enjoy. Yes – this is truly a Spanish For Hitchhiking summer. Bring it on!” – Ray Mason

“Spanish For Hitchhiking’s Wild Love is arresting from the word go. Each song is a different angle on the same continuous thread and by the end of the record, you feel like your parents just pulled out one last classic vinyl to share with you, “now that you’re old enough.” You want to climb in your car, roll all the windows down and drive back to your youth to know that you’re not in fact alone.” – Stephen Kellogg

Spanish For Hitchhiking has released their highly-anticipated third album, Wild Love. Their last record Night Alerts was released in 2015. The album’s 2021 release marks the band’s 20 year anniversary. From quiet beginnings playing acoustic instruments in Dennis Crommett and Max Germer’s downtown Northampton apartment, to countless gigs at divey rock clubs and beyond, Spanish For Hitchhiking has now been part of the Valley’s vibrant music scene for two decades.

The seeds of Wild Love were planted during a conversation between then-trio Crommett, Germer, and Dave Hower at an Easthampton brewery in 2018. “We don’t have to do anything,” Crommett recalls saying. “So what do we want to do?” What followed were a series of nights improvising in Crommett’s basement. The trio introduced elements like drum machines and synths into their practices, which Crommett had used in making two instrumental albums under his own name.

But something entirely new, and yet familiar clicked into place one night when original band member Dave Chalfant came to practice, and the quartet approached some of Crommett’s new songs, mostly created in one flurry of writing in 2018. The result is what this band of veteran musicians present now as Wild Love, an unabashedly emotional and guitar-driven album of 12 songs.

The record was produced by Chalfant at his studio in Northampton. Crommett finished the vocals and guitars at home during the pandemic, Macgyvering a sound booth out of blankets, planks of wood, and an ironing board. Now, in 2021, the album has been mixed and mastered by Chalfant.

Solitude and self-reliance are central themes of Wild Love. The first single, “Waves,” seeks moments of quiet introspection in a noisy world; “Reservoir Town” follows a broken heart as it moves on; title track “Wild Love” draws from Crommett’s many solitary walks in the woods, “where I begin;” and the fuzz-soaked guitars of leadoff track “In Stereo” support our introverted protagonist’s fight against the horrors of going out.

Wild Love is available on CD and digitally at spanhike.bandcamp.com, and wherever you stream music.

Track listing:

1. In Stereo
2. Reservoir Town
3. Waves
4. Sikh Man Running
5. The Streets at Night
6. Night Markets in Taiwan
7. Deep and Heavy
8. Strangers
9. Wild Geese
10. Come With Me
11. The Empty Hand
12. Wild Love

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Contact: Dennis Crommett | 413.455.5943 | dcrommett@gmail.com

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