The Great Migration Tour
Nate Jasensky & Zachary Toporek, the musicians behind Faster Than Light & Young Mothers, are uprooting their lives, trucking through the South, and landing in New York City in June. Oh yeah, and recording an album along the way. The Great Migration tour is about taking a gamble, exploring the nation, and making a document of who and what these two unique musicians are at this pivotal moment in their lives.
Download The Great Migration press kit here.
Nate Jasensky is the multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer and recording engineer behind Faster Than Light, a progressive minded indie rock outfit. On the stage, on the albums, and behind the scenes, Nate is making the wheels turn for the band and his music. Having played music since early childhood, Nate works with an ethic that is both spontaneous and honed, to create inspired music that aims to take you on a journey of sonic proportions. Also an accomplished classical guitarist, Nate has worked with many great talents, including Grammy nominated film composer Enrique “Hank” Feldman, and touring reggae artist Mojo Morgan. Nate’s freelance work can be found in many projects around the web and beyond. He also enjoys cooking.
Tucson’s Young Mothers combines Nilsson-esque Pop with Top 40 caliber hooks and incisive lyrics. It’s not just that Toporek packs a punch with his words- he does. But the young songwriter behind the sound is also insightful when he bites. Young Mothers is about dusty Motown records in space and psychotherapy. Big Rock and sugar drops.
Oh, and killer tunes.
“Young Mothers inaugurate Fort Lowell Records with a fantastically packaged 7” on a light green vinyl. Young Mothers open up with “Come On, The Cross” a classic 90’s indie rock pop song melding acoustic and electric guitars. This would have got plenty of spins in the early days of college radio. The b-side is a more mellow affair featuring just guitars and vocals with intelligent songwriting and strong melodies. “Good Swords” really steals the show with a strong build to a cathartic emotional release.”
-Rad Vinyl Records
“I’m not convinced that Nate Jasensky… of Faster Than Light [is a] mere mortal- and if you were at this show, you catch my drift. While their new CD, Moment of Chaos, provides tangible evidence of their talent, it’s their live show that will set them apart from other bands in Tucson… this killer trio manages to mesh at least two distinct styles of music within each song, and they make it not only work, but flourish. Funk, soul, folks, pro, punk, pop… it was all there.”
“Young Mothers is the project of Phoenix musician Zach Toporek. The record was put out by Fort Lowell Records, a great record label based out of Tucson with a special affinity for pressing vinyl records. This 7” gives a taste of Young Mothers sound which is very promising to say the least. The track “Come On, The Cross” could be a big hit, with its perfect combination between catchy pop and good ol’ fashioned rock and roll. It’s the kind of song that gets better the more it’s listened to, with a melody that could get stuck in your head for days.
-West Coast Fix
“Faster Than Light’s… Moment of Chaos is a debut bursting with musical ideas, bright and brash but meticulously well executed”
“Though it would be filed under indie-rock in a record store, and despite the relative rockingness of some of the 10 tracks here, the album makes a pretty strong argument that Toporek could pass as a traditional singer-songwriter if he chose that route. Instead, he’s got a great band—Andrew Bates, Tommy Cormier and Ryan Slater—fleshing out his songs, which vary greatly in mood and feel, but still manage to sound of a piece.