We’re very excited to be returning to @New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 6th! Tickets on sale now at nojazzfest.com
‘The Thread That Keeps Us’ is this week’s New Dig on wfuv. Check it out here.
Learn more about the new record, ‘The Thread That Keeps Us’, through Joey’s interview with NPR’s Weekend Edition.
Over the years we’ve collected various instruments, distilled many musical styles and carved out a signature sound by taking influences locally and globally. For me it’s not one instrument or thing that defines the band but it’s the combination and collaboration of all these experiences and people that shape our band and sound. When coming up with the material for the new album, we pushed ourselves to reinvent and discover new musical expressions. One of the more upbeat songs that came about was the track “Under The Wheels”. Sergio Mendoza, our keyboardist who wrote the music, felt like it touched on a bit of the Latin and Indie Rock elements of artists like Los Fabulousos Cadillacs and The Clash, and it reminded me of the vibe from David Bowie’s album “Let’s Dance”.
Lyrically I imagined following a character wandering the city streets on their skateboard with earbuds blasting, swerving in and around themes of anxiety and worldly stresses. The weight that the words convey ultimately gives way to the light and optimism of the rhythms and melody. It’s a sign of peace in this era of war machines, a path that brings us closer together to find resolve and solutions, “from the core to the seams the threads that we seek.”
Watch the lyric video, directed by Sky Shields, with animation/illustration by Sky Jason Shields and Mike Hulyk.
Today we performed a few of our new songs on CBS This Morning’s Saturday Sessions. Watch “End of the World with You”, “Under The Wheels”, and “The Town & Miss Lorraine” below.
Salon listed The Thread That Keeps Us as one of their most anticipated albums of the year.
We played “Voices in the Field” from our new record at KXCI Community Radio a few weeks back. Enjoy below!