So, today, the album comes out. It took some time.
To buy: LP1: Like Rain Freezing and Thawing Between Bricks, Year After Year This House Will Come Down
Tonight: Pinhook, Durham NC
Maple Stave, Cantwell, Gomez, and Jordan, Lurch
And, finally, some kind words from Evan:
You have ideas, about how things might go.
You do your best, making the wrong decisions sometimes, making the right ones likely more often, occasionally not knowing which it was until long after. You gather the people close to you who are of like mind, who can offer counsel, ground you, stop you short sometimes when you least expect it with a joke, with the right words, with a well-timed shit-talking. You pull them as close as you can, you make room in what is an increasingly crowded life. Some of them, you spend hours with them in metal boxes in the dead of summer, be it a deafening storage space or a cramped minivan, moving through late humid nights and flat midwestern states. You find yourself with these same at dawn in front of the same dead van at an Indiana rest stop, questioning all of your decisions, awaiting rescue in the form of a flatbed tow truck which will only leave you at a dead mall and a garage and hundreds of dollars poorer, but absolutely certain of the fact that you are among family, here, stranded but not alone.
With these few among your beautiful family you spend these long nights. In the tin box surrounded by other boxes filled with what people have decided they have no room for, in the van, in strange houses full of knives, on rooftops surrounded by gunfire, in bars long before the regulars arrive, in the cheapest motels watching Sportscenter. You communicate your fears, your losses, your triumphs, your love, with some instruments anyone can buy.
Anyone can buy these things. They can communicate with them.
But you talk to each other, for hours on end. You make some songs, and you record them. You play them as well as you can, and you have very talented friends help you in the endeavor. You make a record, literally, a document. These are the things that happen to you, and you put them down. They are often strange, and not what you might have thought would happen. You had ideas, maybe plans. You feel sometimes you are not living up to these plans.
“Which is nonsense, for whatever you live is Life. That is something to remember when you meet the old classmate who says, “Well now, on our last expedition up the Congo-” or the one who says, “Gee, I got the sweetest little wife and three of the swellest kids ever-” You must remember it when you sit in hotel lobbies or lean over bars to talk to the bartender or walk down a dark street at night, in early March, and stare into a lighted window. And remember little Susie has adenoids and the bread is probably burned, and turn up the street, for the time has come to hand me down that walking cane, for I got to catch that midnight train, for all my sin is taken away. For whatever you live is life.”
I have been trying desperately to not finish All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren for months. I am going to be sad when it is over, and at the same time cannot wait to read it again.
We have made a record, an LP this time, nine songs. We are playing a release show Saturday October 16th at Pinhook in Durham with our friends Cantwell, Gomez, and Jordan and Lurch. This lineup, it is almost embarrassing in its amazingness. We are honored to have these friends along for this. And because he is more outstanding than most humans could hope to be, Dave Cantwell will be playing a couple of songs with us, having put up with our nonsense at practice and made our songs better than we thought they could be.
If you’ve read this far, you know that this thing is important to me, and I can’t really add any more, and the maudlin:information ratio has gotten way out of balance as it is. It would be great to see you.
Currently the greatest song in the world is Bonne Chance, Asshole, by Des Ark. Bias does not apply here, as I am referencing the version on the new record, which if you don’t have it well you are living without something that is absolutely incredible, and I am sorry that you have to wait until it comes out. Seriously, I have listened to this song about 75 times in the last four days and I cannot stop.
=Evan + MPLSTV”