“You’re Still Up” is the latest track from Tawny Newsome and Bethany Thomas’ debut(ish) album Material Flats. Due this Friday, October 9, their self-described “windy, Black girl desert-punk record” is the first release on Tawny’s imprint Fine Alpinist Records–a completely DIY project, written this summer amidst protest, fire and unrest. The new track follows previously released singles “White Balloon” and the powerful “Juneteenth 2020,” which follows Tawny and Bethany on journeys of self-realization.
Bethany & Tawny’s friendship was born in the Chicago music scene and has transcended 15 years of singing together. They started performing together as the backing-vocalists-for-hire for every cover, tribute and bar band in Chicago. While they backed up a lot of dudes off and on for three years, they also became formidable arrangers and honed an impossibly seamless vocal blend. Meanwhile, Bethany pursued a legit career in musical theater, headlining regional houses like Court Theater, Milwaukee Rep and Chicago Shakespeare and Tawny joined The Second City, touring the country doing sketch and improv.