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May Update

9 May

Hello Everybody!

It’s been awhile since we did a band update so I thought I’d let you all know what has been going on lately!

Griffin and Ian were interviewed last week by the local paper “The Vancouver Voice.” You can read the article by clicking here.
(We apologize to our bassist, Brennan Jung, for not being included in the article. Brennan, we still love youuu!)

We had a great show a few weeks ago with some out-of-towners at Backspace Cafe in Portland and we’re looking at a show there next month (Specifically June 24th)!

We’ve been busy writing and practicing a plethora of new songs and are planning to begin recording a second EP at the end of the month with the help of our friends Shawn and Kyle Fleming of the former Rotating Superstructure. We’re all extremely excited about these new songs and we hope you’ll all love them.

In the mean time, you can still listen to all of our latest songs released to the interweb from our BandCamp page!
Listen to our newest 4 songs by clicking the image below!

 

Anyways, that’s about all that has been going on in our world lately. Everyone is finishing up school and we’re trying to start planning for the summer: booking, recording, merchandising, oh my!
We’ll keep you in the loop and try to use the blog more consistently.

Thanks for the support!
Griffin, Tyler, Brennan & Ian

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Sunny, with a Chance of Dust

8 Aug

I’ve had this idea in my head for months; really since about this March. Idea isn’t even the proper lexical term to fully encompass what I mean.  It’s sort of a combination of an idea, a grand image, a feeling, a mood, a phase, (etc…) that has completely changed my outlook on everything.  In effect, this idea (again, a very all-encompassing use of the word), has made music extremely visual.  Every time I write a song I have this vivid and baroque image in my head of every detail of the song and every detail of the word.  For me, this is crucial.  It helps me create more than a song; it helps me create an image, a feeling, a mood, a phase (like I mentioned above) and lets the lyrics be just as objective and direct as they are arbitrary.

The term, “Turn to Dust”, does just this for me, and the artwork we’ve chosen for it completely maximizes the visual element of the music.  Things will be clearer when it is released (projected for mid-September), and you can all enjoy it and, hopefully, feel what the music and lyrics are calling on the listener to feel as well as draw on your own conclusions and sentiments from it.

The EP will have five songs on it, which we’ve already chosen, and once we are done recording it we’ll announce more specific things about it.  It will be our “Sun Giant”, our “Yellow EP”, our “Modern Age EP”, and the list goes on and on.  We are trying to break the ice and get our name out there and see where we can go with this, and I have never been more confident about anything in my entire life.  Also, for those who are inclined enough to buy it, will receive another free EP in return.

-xoxoxox

Until midnight comes, and we both turn to dust again. . .”

The blue square takes the body…

1 May

Happy May everyone.  I don’t think I could’ve wished for a better time to start over than with a new month.

I feel as though I have been distracted for the past month or so.  The subconscious part of me that I credit for writing my songs has been corrupted and under attack by some sort of external force.  Since about March 17th, I’ve only completed about 3 songs.  This is deeply saddening.  I haven’t had writer’s block, because when I get to that point, I just take a couple weeks off and hang up the guitar.  What I’ve been having, more or less, is what I like to call “fragment block”.  I’ve started probably 10-15 songs, and only “finished” 3 of them.

I think it is also worth noting that my definition of the being “finished” with a song is quite different.  Just as the founding fathers created the Constitution to be a living, breathing, document that could be interpreted differently to fit the times, I consider songs to be living and breathing.  So, in essense, a song is never really finished, but I consider it to be finished when I play it all the way through and feel like I can put a period on it, instead of an ellipsis.  Proof of my style of songwriting has recently been reinforced, as a couple of weeks ago I wrote an alternate third verse to “Layter 1”, nearly 2 and a half years after I wrote the original song.  It makes me happy though because it means that my songs mature along with me, and I don’t feel confined to one set of feelings.  Also, when I play or listen to one of my songs, I don’t feel like it is only serving as a display of my feelings at the time I wrote it, but it also relates to how I’m feeling now, and who knows, maybe how I will feel in the future.

I just felt as if I should explain my logic over the past month or so.  I have been clouded and conflicted, and I think that has definitely reflected in the songs I have “finished”, and the songs I’m still working on “finishing”.  The best metaphor I can think of for this most proximal period of time is that I was sitting on a fence, but that fence had barbed wire on it.  So, as my mindset is changing, my inspiration is also changing, and I’m very interested to see what or who that will be next.

As far as what I’ve been listening to lately, The Morning Benders, Washed Out, Phoenix, and MGMT.  I’d say they’re not having a profound on my writing, because I don’t copy people and I don’t seek out ideas from people’s songs, but their albums are influencing my production ideas, and the general obsession lately has been reverb.  So the next few songs we’ll do will have a lot of big sounds, with a lot of space to breathe.  I’m excited!

-xoxoxoxox
FdS