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    Aaron Lee Tasjan Launches 'Stellar Evolution' Pre-Order And New Single "The Drugs Did Me"

    Aaron Lee Tasjan launches pre-order of new album, Stellar Evolution, and drops new slacker rock anthem, "The Drugs Did Me"

    Today, Nashville’s favorite shapeshifting singularity Aaron Lee Tasjan announced the release of “The Drugs Did Me,” from his landmark new album, Stellar Evolution, landing on earth April 12. A pre-order is available now and includes special colored vinyl (Coke Bottle Clear, Opaque Yellow), custom sweatpants, t-shirts, bucket hats and more - check it out HERE.

    The eclectic song, which mines sounds from slacker rock to mind bending electronica, finds dear Tasjan in a unique low pitched vocal drawl, sharing his autobiographical tale of dauntless drug use and his eventual journey to sobriety. FLOOD Magazine who premiered the single, stated, “The song features Tasjan tapping into a lower register than he normally occupies, embodying the glam-rock equivalent of DJ Screw’s chopped ‘n’ screwed method of vocal delivery.”

    Listen to “The Drugs Did Me” HERE
    Watch the music video HERE

    Tasjan stated: “‘The Drugs Did Me’ was written about halfway through the recording of the album. I had the whole song demoed as a sort of Nick Lowe/Rockpile type 80s rock song and it was producer Gregory Lattimer's idea to take it into 808 kick drum world and bring the song into the more modern production style of the rest of the record which I'm really glad we did. It was one of those moments where after you hear it for the first time you think, 'Of course! It should have always been this way!' I really liked the idea of adding some organic elements to the track such as the acoustic slide guitar which I played with a bic lighter cause we couldn't find a slide in the studio when we were tracking Drugs haha. Creating music that isn't tied to just one genre is something a lot of my favorite artists have done from Wes Montgomery's 'Bumpin On Sunset' to Beyonce's 'Renaissance'. I always feel inspired to create when I hear masterful musicians go beyond genre in their work to end up with something unique. They become their own genre over time.

    On a more personal note, I just want to say that the lyrics in this song came from a place of wanting to become a healthier, more present person for myself, everyone whom I love and for my music. I hope this song can be inspiring to anyone who makes the conscious choice to affect change in their own life.”

    Stellar Evolution is a celestial collection of sonically expansive anthems, connecting the far away universes of indie rock, hyper-pop and new wave. Produced by Gregory Lattimer, the album showcases an innovative array of shimmering synth, club ready drums and angular guitar, and is undeniably his most realized sonic vision to date. Tasjan has cultivated a storied and outstanding career already, but his forthcoming album Stellar Evolution is just what the title says. A culmination of his fluid artistic expression and his diverse accomplishments, while clearly heading in a brand-new and innovative musical direction. Tasjan also recently announced his upcoming 2024 headline tour, including dates in New York City, Nashville and Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale now, for more information please visit:

    With his trademark sardonic lyrical wit, Tasjan shares poignant self observations and his personal reflections, in part inspired by the dark times the queer community has experienced in the South. Written in the context of bathroom and drag bans, which were enacted in Tennessee, while right-wing rhetoric around LGBTQI+ people became uglier and uglier. Tasjan knew this album needed to reflect both his personal experience and offer a safe space for the vibrant queer community that has become home to him.

    “The record became a sort of rallying cry for being who you are in a time when people literally wanna try to make it illegal to do that,” says Tasjan, “ I felt like it was really important to let people know that they’re not alone, that we’re all in this fight together and that we see each other, and that we’re gonna do what this community always does, which is come together and have each other’s backs.”

    Tasjan’s songs are sonic and personal evolutions. For Tasjan they track his sonic shifts and share personal moments of overcoming challenges and embracing change. For the world, they are universal in appeal and inclusive in intention. Hyper pop adjacent raver “Alien Space Queen” celebrates living outside the gender binary and Tasjan’s bi-sexuality and queer identity. Tasjan gets funky on his ode to Talking Heads and Scary Monsters era Bowie, “Pants,” a life-affirming call for authentic and righteous self-expression. He protests on “I Love America Better Than You,” and loves so much he lets it go on the powerful ballad “Dylan Shades.” Stellar Evolution is a collection of songs that celebrate love, scathe and protest, claim space and shine bright.

    Singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer, band leader, activist, and Grammy nominee. Aaron Lee Tasjan has been and continues to be all of these things. Over his past decade plus of writing, recording, producing, Tasjan has released four excellent and critically acclaimed solo albums, which helped him land award nominations including, Emerging Artist Of The Year by the Americana Music Association and 2021’s Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! caught the attention of high profile fans including Elton John and high praise by tastemakers from Rolling Stone to PAPER. He’s toured the world over, as the guitarist in the New York Dolls and later on his own, an acclaimed singer-songwriter opening for Sheryl Crow, Greta Van Fleet, Cheap Trick and Marcus King, alongside with festival appearances at Stagecoach, Bonnaroo, and Newport Folk Festival. He co-founded and co-wrote all of the material for the band Semi Precious Weapons. In 2021 he was nominated for a Grammy for his writing on Yola’s “Diamond Studded Shoes” and most recently, Tasjan produced Mya Byrne's album Rhinestone Tomboy (Kill Rock Stars Nashville) which helped to establish her as one of the first openly trans artists in Americana Music. His activism has seen him curate benefit shows such as The Aaron Lee Tasjam which raised money for The Ben Eyestone Fund/Music Health Alliance which funds primary care and diagnostic testing for uninsured Musicians and curate All Newport's Eve, the Newport Folk Festival kick off concert event, which Tasjan used to support female and LGBTQI+ artists.

    As he set out to work on Stellar Evolution, Tasjan knew better than ever what was important to him to express and the message he wanted to share - this was an album about personal evolution and societal revolution.

    “I realized that part of being an artist means building a community,” says Tasjan, “What do you want that community to look like? Who do you want to be a part of that community? As an artist, it’s your job to curate that, and to be a reflection of the change you wanna see in the world. I gradually got braver to share more and more of myself through each record, and the music just kinda had to follow suit.”