Spring Tour and other wilder times

Eyo! Pleased as punch today. Spent all of yesterday in an amazing hotbed of creativity with the gents from Secret Assemblies shooting a brand new Wilder Maker video for a track from Everyday Crimes Vol II, which is being mastered as we speak. 

Not such a rare privilege for me to be in a room with 3 other creative minds running on high (thanks to being in a great band or two) but still a great thing to be savored. Many gratitudes to Mission Dolores, Smith Canteen and my roommates for letting us shoot. 

In other news, we're piling in the van for a grand spring adventure:

  • 3.31 - Rochester, NY @ a bookstore (more details soon)
  • 4.1 - Cleveland, OH w/Dolfish
  • 4.2 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Founders Brewing Co
  • 4.3 - Milwaukee, WI
  • 4.4 - Chicago, IL
  • 4.5 - Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
  • 4.6 - Oberlin, OH @ House Show
  • 4.7 - Columbus, OH @ Brothers Drake
  • 4.8 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Cafe
  • 4.9 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
  • 4.10 - TBA
  • 4.11 - Amherst, MA @ Amherst College

And before that you have a chance to see us shred locally:

much love,

gb

Awake in Zion

Happy Monday. Here's "Zion" from our record that came out last week. It's one of my favorite songs I've written, touching on Americana but not drowning in it, built on hypnotic 5 bar guitar phrase and a series of shifting melodies above it. Both more rhythmic and more static than most things I've done. The lyrics were banged out on a typewriter (along with a lot of other junk) during a long dark night of the soul, in Williamsburg (naturally). 

The drum part was entirely written by Sean during a very long tour where we workshopped the tune whenever we could, and then a lot of the little nuances of arrangement were put together by the full band, in such a collaborative spirit that I don't really have any idea who they came from. That fact reminds me that we are a band and not just me, or at least that we are some place between being a band and being me. People still do come and go, though they haven't for awhile and I'm grateful for that. You know you can trust the people who play with you in basements for kudos from amped up college kids with no money and sleep on couches too short for their legs and drive for you when you're too hungover.

There's a moment in Zion (4:56 if you're keeping score) during which we all intentionally skip the downbeat (a J Dilla trick), and I remember playing it live at Cake Shop, the first time in NYC since we'd added that touch, and hearing the audience go "wooo!" and thinking "hey, that's never happened before. How do I make that happen more?" I'm sure there'll be phases, but right now I'm so grateful to have the people I do (Katie Nick and Sean in particular, who do the bulk of the traveling) and not be out there alone all the time. 

You can hear their other projects at the links on the about page

Hope Springs premieres on Consequence of Sound

Very proud to announce that "Hope Springs," the first single from our upcoming EP Everyday Crimes Against Objects of Desire, Vol I has premiered over at Consequence of Sound. Click the image below to hear it. Thanks very kindly to the folks there for giving it a spot. 

they say it "has a deeply cathartic effect, sounding equally weathered and self-assured"

they say it "has a deeply cathartic effect, sounding equally weathered and self-assured"

Then take a hop skip over to our bandcamp page and PREORDER the whole durn EP. 

Fall Tour w/Ricci Swift

We'll be hopping around New England in early November, with stops in Boston, Portland, Burlington, and Western Mass. It's been awhile since we took Whitey Ford out for a spin. Really looking forward to it. 

We'll be teaming up with Ricci Swift from the band Piers, who will be supporting a new solo record, and we'll have the great Jason Nazary of Bear In Heaven subbing on drums. 

Keep an eye out for details soon.