“If you could say anything to your kidnapper/s right now, what would it be? > > We never miss you and will always love you.”
Big thanks to Bandcamp for helping us share our story. We’ve always been a fan of using their platform to buy and share music, but we’re so glad they could be there for us as a friend and blog as well, in this difficult time.
I don’t know if you all know this but it took us two and a half years to make Sea When Absent and that process really knocked us out. When were talking about writing new music, we thought it would be a good exercise to write a bunch of songs, record them right away, and get them out there. Kind of like doing push-ups or meditating or getting drunk after work. Something to reset ourselves.
So this past May we all got together in Josh’s basement to work out a bunch of songs. And it was great. Good times—hanging out drinking coffee until it was time to start drinking beer until it was time to start taking drugs. Haha sike, we’re not big drug takers, but that was definitely the vibe. And our lack of drug-doing prowess inspired the title of one of these EPs.
The end product is what we wanted—a bunch of songs written, recorded and mixed at light-speed (for this band). That we love all the songs is a wonderful byproduct of everything else. We made these songs in lightness and we hope you’ll listen to them while feeling light.
We’ll have more singles, music videos and some live shows in the coming months! And if you really can’t wait that long and you happen to be in New York City, Jen will be playing a show this Thursday October 8th where you can hear some stripped down versions of songs off the new EP. Alright, more soon.
ps- In 2015 you can’t get vinyl pressed in less than 6 months, so hello CDs (and mp3/streaming, of course)! It’s actually better this way, kind of perfect. You should buy the CD, put it in your microwave for a few seconds, watch the pretty green flame, and then stream it. Further join in the modern excess drowning us all. It’s all good. Life is loss.
Watch the music video for “Crushin’“ directed by Herb Shellenberger and Michael Thomas Vassallo. Thanks to Jordyn Karpinski, Ted Passon and Laris Kreslins.
We’re excited to be part of Geographic North’s Winter tape series “Sketch for Winter I IV.” Pitchfork announced our contribution is the first in the series and limited to 300 black liquorice cassette tapes. Pre-order now in advance of the December 3rd release date. A limited amount of tapes will be available for purchase at our upcoming winter shows. Listen to a stream of “Shut Your Mouth, It’s Christmas.”
New Christmas Classics
1 Shut Your Mouth, It’s Christmas
2 Saturn Pulls Me Apart (Death of the Unconquerable Night)
3 Fantasia on Xmas (From Vaughan Williams)
4 The Strange Presents of Idols (Merry Christmas!)
5 All I Want for Christmas Is You (This is Peter McCallister, The Father Version)
While on tour back in July we recorded with Daytrotter in San Francisco. You can stream a track from that session, “The Body, It Bends (ペルセポネが帰ってきた!)” here. Or subscribers of the site will have the ability to check out our full four track session.
We made a spooky, scary playlist with some sounds for the season. You can stream it here, hope it comes in handy this week!
Come spend your holidays with us! If you’re living or visiting back East that is. We’re really looking forward to these shows with Jason Bartell’s new side project.