While writing and performing weigh heavily and compulsively on my mind, I don’t think much about promoting it. I’m uncomfortable talking about myself, and to be honest, I really don’t like having a website. It’s fairly transparent to everyone but the self-promoter that anyone who relishes in self-promotion is clearly nuts. While I’m sure there’s an artistry to it, I don’t see that as the role of an artist.
But, promotion is an ambivalent vice for rockers. I do want people to know that I love creating music, and I want to continue sharing what I love. In an effort to start promoting, I’m going to post a monthly update about what I’m doing musically. I’m not ashamed to admit that this month is very exciting.
The-Eyebrows are recording our first record with famed producer Mitch Easter this month. Our aim in our first session is to track basics (drums, bass, guitars, keys, vocals) for up to ten songs. We will need 2-3 more sessions to finish the project, so look for a release in early to mid 2016. If you didn’t know, The-Eyebrows is my new band, and hopefully sounds like something between The Talking Heads, The B-52s and my confessional, moody songwriting, but I’m trying to move away from the latter. Maybe it doesn’t sound anything like that, because we also get comparisons to Queen and The Smiths. Go figure! Anywho, we’re really excited about this. We’ve started to book shows, and are happy to say that we had 93 fine-looking people at our first show. Did I mention my vision challenges?
Temperance League is also putting on the final touches on our fourth album with said famed Mitch Easter, and a new record will be out in early 2016. We’ve been playing a few festivals and shows – check out the schedule when you can. I’m on the keys these days, and I think I’ve gotten much better at them recently.
I’ve been asked to do a few solo shows, but I’m not really into doing that right now. Like I said, I’m not really into promoting me, but into something I can be a part of.
Also, I’ve been toying with ambient music. The challenge with ambient music is that it’s not really music that you listen to directly, so a show would and should be a moot point. I’m fascinated with Brian Eno’s ambient works at the moment. More on this later.
Thanks for reading! Looking forward to producing more news in November!