After many months (years?) of threatening, we can finally say with real certainty that our new record, “Black Clouds,” is recorded, mixed, mastered, packaged, and almost ready to be sold. We’re very excited, so we hope you’ll indulge us in a longer-than-usual email update.
First, (Julie Christie) the rumors are true. Our new record and second official full-length album, “Black Clouds” is finished and will be available August 18th from Kiam Records. Kiam is the label run by our dearest friend in this world, Ms. Jennifer O’Connor, and we are very excited to be working with her. Besides direct order from Kiam and the occasional physical record store, and of course directly from us at shows, bars, or our places of employment, we’ll be on a variety of download sites (iTunes and such) beginning August 18th as well. We’ll obviously keep you informed as things get closer and we certainly hope you’ll consider giving the album a spin when the time comes.
“Black Clouds” has been several years in the making; so many in fact that more than a few movie franchises have lapped us in terms of production. Still, we couldn’t be happier and we consider it time well-spent. We did all of the recording and mixing and writing and singing and playing (with some noteworthy exceptions) in our little basement hovel in Roxbury; sweating out several summers, recording until dawn on a few occasions, and getting ourselves snowed-in at least once.
To celebrate, we have three CD Release shows lined up. First, we’re convening in Philadelphia at the amazing Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday, August 18th to open for the great Amy Ray. Most people are aware of Amy as half of the Indigo Girls, but we wholeheartedly recommend looking into any of her excellent solo albums.
Next up, we’ll be at PA’s Lounge in our beloved Somerville, MA on Friday, August 21 w/ three great local-ish bands, The Big Disappointments, Boston-by-way-of-Baltimore’s Impossible Hair, and our very faves The Operators, who we arm-twisted into reuniting and traveling 100’s of miles to help us celebrate. We’ll have more to say on that show soon but we encourage to mark your calendars.
Next up, we’ll go back, jack, and do it again on Saturday, August 22 at the lovely Union Hall in Brooklyn with Kiam labelmates Clint, MI, Dump (James McNew from Yo La Tengo!), and Jennifer O’Connor playing a special acoustic set. Union Hall is a truly wonderful venue and if you can’t make it, we really hope you’ll help us spread the word on the show. You can check all of the Kiam bands out at kiamrecords.com. You can also read up on Clint, MI with Jon’s article over at Pop Matters.
We’ll have more information in the coming weeks on ordering information, show details, a new video that’s on its way, and more.
We hope everyone is having a great summer and is getting to spend it with loved ones. We remain kneedeep in James Brown songs and red wines of varying quality, trying not to let the days pass by too quickly.
Vince, Chris, and Jon