Final Practice at the Sapperton Jam Space

Last night, we had one final practice at our space of four years. It’s bittersweet to go and to change. We wrote most of our material here and learned how to work together. There are so many moments and memories that we look back at and won’t soon forget.

On top of that, today is the five year anniversary of our first show together. It’s strange to part with something like this, a place that holds our formative time together. Here’s to the next step and something new.

xo

Flies/Lancaster 4 Year Anniversary

Four years ago, we settled in to record our first collaborative work together, “Flies/Lancaster”. It was a big step up for us as we had a new status as a full band; no longer a solo artist with a backing band. It surprises us how far we’ve come since then in some ways, we’re certainly no longer the folk band we started out to be. Maybe one day we will revisit these songs. Until then, we’re thrilled to be working on the next chapter of our sound.

xo
Jer, Alea, Pat

We’ve been writing.

Writing has commenced. I’m very excited with how it’s starting to sound; I’ve had a lot of pending ideas from the past year or so, and we’re finally getting a chance to flesh out some of Alea and Jer’s ideas as well. It’s progressing in a way that I feel is natural even if it’s challenging at times. We’re sort of taking some of the musical concepts explored on LP1, but pushing them outside the box and getting more experimental.

Alea and I were working on one of the songs tonight (in the meantime titled “Feb 27 Thing”, due to when the idea originated last year), and made a good dent into new territory with it. It’s moving in a direction that I very much enjoy, using Jer’s continuously interesting drum beats, Alea and I’s guitar back and forths, and a strong bass line in a relaxed, but groovy post punk trance. I’m already antsy to start showing it off and playing it at shows. I’ve written a new wavey chorus bass line for it, ala New Order/The Cure.

Another song we’ve been working on has a slower groove to it, but is definitely the creepiest song we’ve made so far. Makes Second Burst look like There Is Something I Will Return To, though this one won’t be an instrumental. I’ve been exploring moving outside of regular key structure, and more focusing on creating a chord progression that in itself, can create an atmosphere. Alea linked it to the Forest Temple music from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It’s been a bit of a running joke that our album sounds like Ocarina of Time’s OST. The guitar part Alea came up with for this song is really inspiring to me, since it uses melodies that I know I would have never guessed to use, due to my own musical evolutionary path and the area I take from when I write music. For bass, I’ve been working on this really deep, distorted line that in ways reminds me of Nine Inch Nails or Muse. Just a really dark, moody vibe seeping throughout the rhythms and melodies. It’s so weird, I feel it’d be a perfect LP2 opener. Just put the listener off, right off the bat. That’s gonna put some butts in the seats (10 points to whoever gets that reference).

Anyway, new music is in the works, shows TBA, it’s gonna be a good year to end of the LP1 album cycle. We’ve been posting little bits and pieces of our new material in the works in Instagram stories, so if you’re interested in hearing some ideas we’re working on, you can listen there. See you soon.

Patrick

2017 – Recap

It was crucial for us to challenge ourselves this year. We made important friends, booked two tours, played festivals, released a music video, had our record pressed to vinyl (thanks Kingfisher Bluez), bought new equipment, started selling our ever popular soap merch, and too much more. 2017 has brought this world a great deal of change and adjustment, hopefully you’ve had some time to reflect on yourself, and what you want to see in the world. No matter what direction we take, let’s remain diligent, optimistic and determined.

We are currently forming our plans for the next year, and it’s shaping up to be another year of launching off into the unknown. We can’t wait to see where it takes us, and what positive impact we can make on this Earth.

Much love to all of you, stay strong.

Alea, Jer, Pat

📷 Leslie Forrest