(The above title is not a sentence, but the period just felt right.)
FRIENDS. It has been a protracted and perilous journey since Schooltree's campaign ended on June 23rd, but we made it. The album is done and has been sent off to print.
It's been quite the voyage of self-discovery. I learned that finishing an album by yourself is hard. Mixing your own music is a strange and unholy act. Hire everyone about 10 years ahead of time. Summer is hot. Computers and gear are also pretty hot. Baking soda absorbs sweat. Clowns are scary (although that last is obviously a priori knowledge). We also had some intense events happen across the summer, including the burning down of our guitarist Brendan Burns' (and many other friends') house at 95 Columbia Street. No one was hurt, and gear was saved for the most part, although I've just been informed that a banjo we used on track 5 was lost. RIP, banjo... Brendan never really liked you, anyway. But the good news is our community banded together to help out and everyone is en route to stability and domicile-having again.
As for the fruits of our labors, I can say without hesitation that this is my best work so far. In my opinion, the album has compelling performances, high production value, and a certain magic that makes it a cohesive listen.
I'm behind schedule by about a month and a half and still recovering, so our official release date is likely going to be moved to after after the holidays. But - your rewards are imminent. IT IS TIME. In the coming week I will be dispatching surveys and obtaining details relevant to making rewards dreams come true. I'm very much looking forward to larping, skyping, teaching, and sharing the work we've done that would not have been possible without you.
p.s. We're playing Kristen Ford's Big Night Out at the Burren in Davis Square (Somerville) tonight - drop in and say hi if you're in town. No cover! More deets here: https://www.facebook.com/events/384021315003645/