Twelve months is a relatively short time to warrant a ‘retrospective,’ but a lot has happened in the past year that we are truly grateful for. Last May, Ben and I released an album that we had been recording and tweaking for the better part of year, including songs that I had written as far back as 2009. It was a weird thing for both of us taking a slight step to the side from the projects we were used to working on, as well as branching out with the recording process by never once being in the same room. I say it was weird, but what I really should say is ‘rewarding.’ I don’t know if this is entirely true, but I’m willing to bet there are almost as many records made for the wrong reasons as there are records made for the right ones. With Growth and Squalor, there was no pressure on us. We took our time, we took deep breaths and and we collaborated in a purely organic, honest way, and for that, we are incredibly proud. The end result is like a page out of a yearbook. Not like the ones from high school collecting dust on a bookshelf or in a closet somewhere, but rather an adult version of that. It’s everything I went through over the course of 3 years and Ben made sure it sounded appropriately emotional.
After we received some positive feedback on the songs, we needed to prepare them for a live setting, if only for one weekend to celebrate the release. Lauren and Jordan (who you can hear on “Sorrow”) joined us on vocals/guitar respectively, along with Matt Bent on bass. It was that weekend that solidified for us that this was something worth pursuing. Over the past year, the 5 of us have worked to develop these songs even further, as well as start hashing out ideas for a new record. Ben issued me a seemingly daunting challenge of getting 30 songs together before starting to plan and arrange a new record. Challenge accepted. The number 30 has been reached (actually, 31 I guess) and what we’ve began working on has us so excited for what’s to come. We figure the 1-year anniversary is as good a time as any to tell you we are aiming to head into the studio this September to begin recording the follow up to Growth and Squalor, as well as recording a couple new songs this summer for something special.
Lastly, we want to thank you for all of your support this past year - it means the world to us and we couldn’t have done it without you. Stay close as there is plenty more to come!!
With an endless amount of love and appreciation,
— TJ, Ben, Lauren, Matt and Jordan