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Wall of Trophies – Something

Listeners to our most recent podcast episode heard how excited we are by the return of Wall of Trophies. The duo of producer Will Copps and singer Brittany Jean have been quiet since 2016, raising families and writing new material. Semaphore, the sophomore release under the WoT moniker, drops on April 26th, and its first single “Something” is up now. The music video for this begins with a heavily filtered drive through DC, reminding us of their excellent earlier vid “Never/Always”. The deft, big production by Copps leaves Jean’s voice clear in the mix of the slow-groove dance floor killer, while the video evolves into deeper abstractions and filters. DC’s vocal-driven synthpop scene, including Loi Loi, SHAED, Honest Haloway and Wall of Trophies, continues to flourish as a prominent cultural export.

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Podcast for March 28th, 2019

Paul meets a famous DC artist, while Facebook is bananas for Tony’s shirt.

Tracklisting:
Wall of Trophies – Something [Semaphore]
Mister Goblin – Be Right There [Final Boy]
Weston Smith – Crystal Kingdom [single]
Strum the Fox – Undone [Vulpeculated]
Trajectories – You Want It You Got It [You Want It You Got It]
Tashera – Get Up [single]

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Top 5 Videos of 2016 #5: Wall of Trophies – Never/Always

There are a handful of blogs that write about DC music, but only Hometown Sounds exhaustively covers all the music videos from any genre. We’re giving our last week of coverage in 2016 to our annual countdown of favorite DC music videos from the past year.

Will Copps and Brittany Jean Valint, together as Wall of Trophies, are greater than the sum of their parts. The tension between Valint’s warm and powerful vocals with Copps’s sinister production is best expressed on “Never/Always”, the second single from their debut full length album Heliograph. The song’s music video, shot and visually manipulated by the band in Amsterdam back in October 2014, is deceptively simple, reminiscent of The Chemical Brothers’s masterpiece “Star Guitar” by visionary director Michel Gondry. “Never/Always” is beautiful, mysterious and psychedelic, drawing viewers into the song and taking them on a meditative and hallucinatory journey looking out a car window at the city scrolling past.

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Wall of Trophies – Trees (Live)

Wall of Trophies began as a long distance collaboration between singer Brittney Jean and producer Will Copps while he was stationed abroad in Germany. They released their excellent and atmospheric album Heliograph earlier this year, but couldn’t play any live shows to promote its release. Well now Copps has returned to our area and, to be honest, we at Hometown Sounds have been politely hounding them to play their dreamy, mysterious electronic pop music live. Their first show was a secret exclusive at Sofar Sounds DC, and their second took place a couple of weekends ago by the Washington Monument, on a dragon (why not?), for the Catharsis on the Mall post-election healing vigil. For those poor souls that missed it, here’s a live video of Will and Brittney playing “Trees” from Heliograph. And come see their next show with us, whenever it is.

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Wall of Trophies – Never/Always

The second music video from Wall of Trophies‘ debut album Heliograph is an absolute stunner. From the first moment of “Never/Always”, the peaceful street footage of Amsterdam shot by the band back in October 2014 is undercut with the song’s skittish, ominous notes from producer Will Copps. Colors quickly begin to distort and by the time Brittany Jean’s vocals come in, the hallucinations take over the scene, rendering everything beautiful and suspect and metaphysical. Wall of Trophies has crafted the best kind of psychedelic, meditative drug trip with this music video. More please.

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Wall of Trophies – Everything

Singer Brittany Jean and producer Will Copps release Heliograph, their debut album as Wall of Trophies, in just a few days. If you dug the album’s title track from the last episode of our podcast, then the School of Seven Bells-influenced duo’s debut music video should make you even more excited for this release. “Everything” settles into a cool dream-pop vibe that slowly builds to a dynamic climax, reflected in the cathartic storyline and message of the music video. Even though Will is currently stationed abroad, Hometown Sounds is excited and hopeful for a DC area album release live show in the future!

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Podcast for January 12th, 2016

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It’s been a while, but Paul & Tony are back in 2016 with riffs on “peak dad-ness” and Tony’s history as a real bruiser on the roller rink. Plus an unexpected and lighthearted tribute to the artistic legend David Bowie, and of course a fresh dose of DC music!

Tracklisting:

Jack On Fire – Beat The Rich [We Sass You Shake Yr Ass]
Hothead – How It Goes [Hothead]
M.H. & His Orchestra – Calderwood [Calderwood single]
Wall of Trophies – Heliograph
Pree – Cloak [Cloak single]
Heavy Breathing – Body High [Airtight]

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Podcast for July 14th, 2015

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On this episode of the Hometown Sounds podcast, Tony reminisces on Jonny Grave’s folksy workplace manners and we live dangerously by using a random number generator to pick a song.

Tracklisting:
SOJA – I Believe (Gogo Remix feat. Alfred the MC) [SoundCloud]
Spirit Plots – Burnt Tapes [Burnt Tapes / Allison]
Lighting Fires – I Remember When [Friend Fiction]
Seaknuckle – So What [Get Over It]
Wall of Trophies – Everything [2015 Debut Single]
Jonny Grave & The Tomstones – When I Die [The Well]

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