I haven't written any songs in about a year and a half. I remember sitting at Nick's living room table in March of 2019 finishing "The Memory Tree" and thinking, "I think this is the start of a long break."
Yesterday, though, I woke up and felt like I had one. Now, as you may have noticed, things seem pretty fucking dark right now. We all feel and live that, and some of us way more than others. I wanted to acknowledge that but find some small tiny way to place some hope in there as well. If we're still inside the prequel, that means the story hasn't even really begun yet, and that big changes are forward momentum are right around the corner. I hope that's true.
The idea for the song was accompanied by another instinct, too: what if this song was written and recorded in one day? Really capture the moment in every way. I finished it up, sent it to Nick, and by 3PM we were at our rehearsal space ("Puritan Garage") laying down the tracks. We sent a rough mix of the basics to the rest of the band and through out the day we received their overdubs remotely. We were all working on it at once in different locations. Pretty futuristic!
We finished mixing it at 1AM, which is technically Sep 4, today, but you get the idea.
Since Bandcamp started these fee free days in April, we've released lots of fun live recordings and oddities, and we've put lots of the profit to work, like donations to Black Lives Matter and the NAACP. Today, with this song, we're going to invest in the music community we love and miss so much. Proceeds going to Carl Lavin's Mainvest campaign to re-open our beloved Great Scott in a new location: mainvest.com/b/great-scott-allston
. Maybe we're still inside the prequel.
released September 4, 2020
Written by Ryan H. Walsh
Produced & Engineered by Nicholas Giadone Ward
Arranged by Hallelujah The Hills
Ryan H. Walsh – vocals, guitar
Nicholas Ward – piano, organ, vocals
Ryan Connelly – drums, vocals
Joseph Marrett – bass
Brian Rutledge – trumpet
David Michael Curry – viola