LISTEN: Michael Van London's 'American Blood & Guts'

1.29.2013

By Andrew Villagomez

Out rocker releases new solo EP, which includes music featured in Struck By Lightning

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A Michigan native turned Los Angeles resident, out indie rocker Michael Van London released his solo EP record American Blood & Guts this month, which serves as the "musical voice" of Chris Colfer's Struck By Lightning. Director Brian Dannelly (Saved!, Weeds) personally selected Van London's music for the film.

"The songs from American Blood & Guts were integral to the overall tone of Struck By Lightning and worked so beautifully with the film that Michael was the only artist we ever seriously considered," says Dannelly.

Van London previously fronted for his bands The Bombs and The Black Beverly Heels, while constantly recording and releasing material under his own name—his music has been featured on MTV, and made officially available in video game Rock Band.

With five songs on American Blood & Guts, the EP shines with the range of Van London's vocal talents as it provides a mix of pop, classic rock, and even blues and indie folk, which is found in "Turn Off the Lights/Turn the Radio On."

“I think I went into the studio unintentionally trying to make this record. I honestly just followed my instincts," says Van London. "Most of the bands I grew up on are harmony drenched pop bands with classic rock & roll guitars. Aside from modern production these songs are my version of late ‘60s garage rock."

The '60s garage rock can certainly be found in "Sound of an Amp," which was featured in SBL and is currently in the running for an Academy Award nom.

Listen to "Sound of an Amp" and "Feel Love" (also featured in SBL) below, and listen to more on MySpace and Vimeo.

Van London will embark on a solo West Coast tour this spring, and an extensive European tour in the fall. American Blood & Guts is available on iTunes.

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