O C T O B E R 2 0 1 4
been quite a year for the band thus far! I am
finally catching up on the newsletter and
there's lots to tell! I thought
I'd take a moment to update you on some exciting
developments surrounding the new album
chemical which just hit the
streets and is doing very well here in the early
stages of its release! I'm writing to tell you a
bit about the making of the album, to update you
on some radio & press highlights AND to
the performance dates that make up our upcoming
Fall tour of the western US.
First - How
you can help:
like to use this opportunity to let you know
that we are doing some quiet and hopefully
tasteful fundraising for the promotion of the
album. I've seen the Kickstarter and Pledge Music
campaigns from the sidelines over the years but
have always been a little turned off by the
approach honestly. While I've seen a number of
musicians launch very successful and creative
campaigns over the years, I never personally felt
comfortable with the idea of cooking
up a laundry list of random items for people to
pledge toward and then badgering them every
other day about where I stand in meeting my
goal. There also seem to be some healthy fees
and roadblocks involved with actually getting the
funds you've raised so I've pretty much steered
Who knows? I might reconsider
this stance at some point but, for now, I'll
just put this out there...
If you enjoy
our music and have an interest in making a
donation toward the production, promotion and
touring support associated with the albums
in-progress release, please email me directly at:
I will give you the overview
about how we are approaching this effort and
will fill you in on options. We have a few
avenues toward supporting the band's efforts and
I'd be more than happy to run through them with
you directly. As always, any donation in any
Thanks for your
A FEW QUICK REMINDERS:
Just a heads-up that the more robust online
version of this newsletter is viewable here:
NEW FACEBOOK BAND PAGE
& TWITTER REMINDER
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reminder that we now have a band Facebook
and Twitter page. Like 'em today! Tell your
THE MAKING OF CHEMICAL
Before I get to the
making of the album overview,
I'd just like to thank my
band mates Reed, Adam and Warren
for their time, talent and
dedication toward the making of
the album. Recording 14 new
songs was no small undertaking
and their unwavering team
mentality really contributed to
a special result.
a unique and unprecedented
process for us, leaving our
homes in Portland and spending a
good part of the winter of 2014
in an amazing and somewhat
remote studio up the coast of
Maine in the village of Camden.
We collectively had ongoing
day-dreams over the years about
finally making a "full
immersion" record so to speak (Exile
on Main Street,
Music from Big Pink,
etc.) - a scenario in which you
consciously free yourself from
the distractions and minutia of
daily life and focus purely on
writing, arranging and recording
music together for days and
weeks at a time. We had achieved
this in disparate small doses in
the past but certainly never to
the extent that we were ideally
phone call last summer to an old
college friend, Jason Hearst,
made me realize that our time
had come. Jason was in the midst
of launching a state of the art,
gorgeous new studio
(HEARSTUDIOS) in a beautiful
town on the coast of Maine and
invited us up to take a look. As
soon as we saw and felt the
room, we knew we'd struck gold
and we made plans to return in
that ensued this past winter
yielded our most ambitious,
diverse, musically mature and
challenging album to date. All
of the core tracks (guitar,
bass, drums and keyboards) were
recorded live on the floor. We
certainly overdubbed plenty of
vocals, guitars, keyboard parts
and percussion but the essence
of the album is four band mates
playing live; this is exactly
what we set out to do and we're
proud of the results.
This was also our first effort
as a quartet. Warren Mcpherson,
the newest member of the group,
added a great deal to the
writing and recording process
and I feel that the new
formation really allowed us to
delve into some new territory.
mind, the album stands out in
our catalog as having an
inherent immediacy and an organic quality... you
can hear the room, feel the
space and you can sense that a
performance is taking place. I
think we've finally translated
what we do live to a
recording... not always an easy
I also got a lot
our of returning to Camden
itself. I had spent a couple of
years living on Lake
Megunticook after college with
some friends from school and I
spent a lot of time on the
shores of that lake writing
music and lyrics. In many ways,
it was a major creative
touchstone for me and a huge
source of inspiration early on. I
wrote a fair amount of my first
album on that lake and I find
myself returning to that spot mentally
when I'm parched for ideas or
just need a little fresh air.
Having the chance to
return to the area after living
in Portland, after making three
albums, after doing some
national touring and
after paying some dues just felt
right. It felt like home.
I will never forget the
process or my time up there.
Midcoast Maine is like nowhere
on earth and the area is a big
part of the feel of the record.
A very special thanks to the
amazing Jason Hearst - my
engineer and co-producer. He
truly made the album possible
and his ears and relentless
creativity made the time in his
incredible space truly unique. A
huge thanks to Bob Thompson from
HEARSTUDIOS and Adam Ayan at
Gateway Mastering as well. A
great team all around.
I hope this album gets
through to you... I hope it
makes you think, feel, smile,
dance and remember.
you enjoy it! Thanks for
HEAR THE ALBUM TODAY!
AN UPDATE ON
FIREFLIES AND OUR FIRST FAN-SOURCED VIDEO
As I mentioned in my last newsletter, we decided to use a creative and somewhat non-traditional avenue earlier this summer for pre-promoting the first single prior to releasing it to radio. We had distributed advance copies of the album to a small group of friends and fans to gauge reaction to specific tunes. We received a variety of feedback but the song that made it onto everyone's top 3 list was Fireflies.
We decided to take advantage of the fact that the summer season was just getting underway and thought it would be a good idea to leverage the excitement around the song. We moved ahead by creating a website (www.fireflies2014.com) that allowed fans to download the single free of charge. In return, we asked them to upload a personally shot photo or video to the site that would, in turn, we used in a 100% fan-sourced video for the song to be released online and amplified via social media channels. The reaction was instantaneous and we collected a wide range of media from enthusiastic fans from all over the country.
The subsequent reaction to the video itself was even stronger and within a matter of weeks we received social media shares from several companies, organizations and media outlets including: The Maine Office of Tourism, L.L. Bean, Taylor Guitars, Tom’s of Maine, Fishman Transducers, Ned Steinberger Designs, Maine Magazine, Cape Cod Life, Colby College, Townpool (Nantucket - MA), Berkshire Magazine, MaineToday / Portland Press Herald, Harpoon Brewing (Boston), Cisco Brewers (Nantucket - MA), Shipyard Brewing, Allagash Brewing, Gritty McDuff’s Brewing, Baxter Brewing and Geary Brewing.
Nothing crazy of course, but a very fun way to get the word out about the song while summer was going strong...
Here is the video - you might find one of your photos or videos somewhere along the line. Feel free to share it and repost it if you're up for it!
You can also check out a very cool story that Portland, Maine's WMTW News shot on Fireflies and about our time at HEARSTUDIOS:
RADIO & PRESS UPDATE
It's always very exciting to release an album and to watch reactions start to roll in from press and radio.
We're thrilled at the progress thus far with Fireflies which has been very well received at Triple A Radio stations nationwide.
The following stations are playing the album right now... feel free to call in a request!
|SiriusXM The Loft (Ch.30)
WMVY - Martha’s Vineyard
WDST - Woodstock, NY
WBJB - Lincroft, NJ
KBAC - Santa Fe, NM
WFIV - Knoxville, TN
WTYD - Williamsburg, VA
KRVO - Kalispell, MT
KRVM - Eugene, OR
KRSH - Santa Rosa, CA
WCNR - Charlottesville, VA
WOCM - Ocean City, MD
KRCC - Colorado Springs, CO
WCLZ - Portland, ME
KDTR - Missoula, MT
KTAO - Taos, NM
WMWV - North Conway, NH
WKZE - Red Hook, NY
Maine Public Radio
KXCI - Tucson, AZ KPND - Sandpoint, ID KVNF - Paonia, CO
WYCE- Grand Rapids, MI
|KNBA - Anchorage, AK
KDBB - Park Hills, MO
WMKY - Morehead, KY
WEXT - Albany, NY
KMMS - Bozeman, MT
KFMU - Steamboat Springs, CO
KSPN - Aspen, CO
WCBE - Columbus, OH
Wyoming Public Radio
WERU - Blue Hill, ME
WUMW - Milwaukee, WI
KFAI - Minneapolis, MN
KYRS - Spokane, WA
KRVS - Lafayette, LA
KVNF - Paonia, CO
WMKY - Morehead, KY
WVIA - Pittson, PA
WHFC - Baltimore, MD
KSLU - Hammond, LA
KTCV - Kennewick, WA
KSLU - New Concord, OH
|In our first week at radio, we were the third most added track on the BDS Indicator Chart for Triple A radio, just 2 slots behind U2! We were the only independent release in the top ten most added track list. The following week, we made the 4th most added slot and also landed on the Greatest Gainer chart. Not a bad start!
We've also had some nice press roll in lately... here are some highlights:
GUITAR WORLD MAGAZINE
WOOD & STEEL MAGAZINE
THE PORTLAND PRESS HERALD
WESTERN TOUR DATES
Sponsored by Shipyard Brewing Co.
There's nothing quite like driving around the western United States in the Autumn and it's even sweeter when you're managing to simultaneously play music in amazing towns and cities along the way. It's been way too long since we've visited WA, MT, ID, WY, OR and CA! We're thrillled to start the adventure next week.
If you're close to any of the tour stops, please come say hello... we'll have fresh copies of the new album with us!
Thursday, October 16
22 West Main St.
Friday, October 17
The Great Northern
27 Central Ave.
Saturday, October 18
112 N. Pattee St.
Sunday, October 19
$12 in advance
$15 day of
207 Cedar St.
Tuesday, October 21
The Silver Dollar Saloon
133 S Main St.
Wednesday, October 22
45130 Gallatin Rd.
Big Sky / Bozeman, MT
Thursday, October 23
The Town Square Tavern
20 E. Broadway
Friday, October 24
251 North Main St.
Saturday, October 25
Rocktoberfest at Snoqualmie
The Summit at Snoqualmie
1001 Route 906
Snoqualmie Pass, WA
Sunday, October 26
The Alberta Street Pub
With Wil Kinky!
1036 NE Alberta St.
Tuesday, October 28
Supporting the Jeff Austin Band with Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross
Martin (Featuring Jeff Austin of Yonder Mtn. String Band)
Wednesday, October 29
The Hotel Utah Saloon
San Francisco, CA
Supporting Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Saint Ides kick off the night!
Hotel Utah Saloon
500 4th Street @ Bryant
San Francisco, CA
Saturday, November 1
The Genghis Cohen
Los Angeles, CA
740 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
OFFICIAL TOUR SPONSOR - SHIPYARD BREWING
We're thrilled to
announce that our good friends at Shipyard
Brewing will be sponsoring our western Fall
tour. We have known the Shipyard crew for
years and, in addition to brewing some of
the finest craft brews in the country, that
take a very active role in supporting the
music & arts
community here in Maine. We have partnered
with them on countless wonderful events over
the years and we are thrilled and honored to
have them aboard as a sponsor for the tour.
Check them out at: