Wallpaper. 'Good 4 It' preview plus SXSW and Warped Tour dates
By April Neale Mar 12, 2013, 15:27 GMT
Wallpaper at the 16th annual Friends \'N\' Family Pre-Grammy Party. Picture copyright by Gisele Rebeiro / PR Photos.
Genre-defying pop band Wallpaper. releases a new single, “Good 4 It,” on iTunes today.
The track, which is currently being spun at Alternative radio, is the theme song to VH1’s new show Wicked Single (premiering simultaneously on MTV and VH1 March 17th) and can also be heard in ESPN’s promotional bumpers and teasers for its current programming.
With its mix of swagger and vulnerability, “Good 4 It” invokes the essential function of friendship in times of real trauma. A video for the track will be released in early April. Watch the lyric video here.
Wallpaper. is the brainchild of Oakland-based rapper/songwriter Ricky Reed, who played house parties in the Bay Area while honing his songwriting skills before launching Wallpaper. with Arjun Singh, Tom Peyton, Derek Taylor, and vocalist Novena Carmel (daughter of soul-R&B legend Sly Stone). “Wallpaper. represents the eccentric everyman,” Reed says. “A blue-collar pop band for the other 99%, a twerking class hero who might actually show up at your house party — that is Wallpaper.”
Reed’s dry-humored raps and hard-hitting beats began attracting major buzz in 2011 with Wallpaper.’s breakout EP #STUPiDFACEDD — a joint effort between MTV’s Hype Music and Evan Bogart’s Boardwalk Records, leading to syncs on Jersey Shore and The Real World, hundreds of thousands of downloads at MTV’s soundtrack blog, and an “Artist To Watch” designation by the network. Reed also co-wrote and produced “Anyway” with Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo for Cee Lo Green’s platinum album The Lady Killer. His remix of Das Racist’s “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” led to his deal with Boardwalk Records.
In 2012, Wallpaper. signed to Epic Records to bring Reed’s absurdist world-view to a broader audience. In the last year, Wallpaper. has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Last Call With Carson Daly, been nominated for a “Breaking Woodie” at the Woodie Awards, and performed a well-received set at Coachella. Nylon remarked last summer: “Wallpaper. is a bonafide hustler and gifted producer, expertly blurring glittery pop and raunchy rap with authentic rock and electric funk.
Wallpaper. will bring their party-starting live show to this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin next week, and will also join the Vans Warped Tour line-up this summer when their debut album for Epic Records/Boardwalk Music Group will be released. See below for Wallpaper.’s shows at SXSW:
03/14 Roxy Showcase Empire Automotive, 604 E. 7th St.
03/15 Spotify House 1100 E. Cesar Chavez St.
03/16 Doritos Bold Stage 5th St & Red River
Wallpaper. on Vans Warped Tour 2013:
03/28 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia
06/15 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheater
06/19 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
06/20 Pomona, CA Pomona Fairplex
06/21 Pomona, CA Pomona Fairplex
06/22 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
06/23 Ventura, CA Seaside Park
06/26 Las Cruces, NM N.M.S.U. Practice Field
06/27 Phoenix, AZ Quail Run Park
06/28 Las Vegas, NV Silverton Casino Parking Lot
06/29 Salt Lake City, UT Utah State Fairpark
06/30 Denver, CO Sports Authority Field at Mile High
07/03 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
07/05 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07/06 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
07/07 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Concert Center
07/09 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
07/10 Washington DC Merriweather Post Pavilion
07/11 Boston, MA Comcast Center
07/12 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
07/13 New York, NY Nassau Memorial Coliseum
07/14 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre
07/16 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
07/17 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
07/18 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
07/19 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
07/20 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
07/21 Minneapolis, MN Canterbury Park
07/23 Kansas City, KS Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
07/24 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
07/25 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
07/26 Tampa, FL Vinoy Park
07/27 West Palm, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
07/28 Orlando, FL Central Florida Fairgrounds
07/29 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
07/30 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
07/31 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheatre
08/02 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
08/03 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
08/04 Houston, TX Reliant Center Parking Lot
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