Since their early teenage years, Joh Chase has been pushing to make a name for themselves as an independent songwriter any way they knew how, from passing out demos to influential musicians they looked up to, to nabbing opening slots at local shows for musicians who dabble in the same margins of folk music as Chase does. It was a huge stroke of luck, then, that the Seattle-born artist was noticed by fellow Washingtonian indie mainstays Kill Rock Stars, who today are revealing that they’ve signed Chase to their label.
The news naturally comes with an optimistic new single from Chase, who adapted “Lucky Penny” from “a computer-based, lo-fi bedroom recording belonging to my lesbo-electro side project, Crotch Beard,” they share of the decidedly not-electro track. Instead, the song is a grooving, comfortable, bare-essentials folk-rock tune channeling the upbeat energy of a lucky streak. “Melded with the live band, it represents my relationship to my songs—always right there in my life,” Chase shares. “With my signing to Kill Rock Stars, this song is a celebration: a golden glint off a spinning coin in the air, a guitar sliding into the groove on the downbeat, an invitation to this next chapter of songs.”
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