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This fall we will release our first full length album, "A Girl I Knew". We need your help to make it happen. Spread the word.
This fall we will release our first full length album, "A Girl I Knew". We need your help to make it happen. Spread the word.
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Moonboots

When I was a kid, I wanted nothing more than a pair of moonboots. Those vinyl-encased foam boots with only a bit of rubber for a sole. Looking back now, I know why my mother wouldn’t buy them. With a steady wardrobe of hand-me-downs and goodwill prizes, I always thought she was opposed to buying new things. But it probably had more to do with the cheap manufacturing and lack of structure those snow boots had to offer.

But I got them. At the Farm & Fleet on the edge of town. When I put them on, I felt invincible, and I was sure I looked equally intrepid.

The first day, I jumped out of my tree house and sprained my ankle. The thick layer of snow did little to cushion the landing since the ground beneath was frozen twice as hard as usual. It was a jump I’d made countless times before, but those flimsy boots made me more vulnerable than I would have admitted.

So I spent the next week recovering on the couch, where I had a marvelously depressing view of the corn fields dressed in snow and my brothers and sisters ecstatically enjoying the early days of winter.

When my convalescence was complete, I eagerly reclaimed my winter outfit, moonboots and all. But in a mad rush to revel in the icy landscape that I’d enjoyed only with my eyes for the past week, I slipped on a rocky hill not fifty yards past the front door. My slick-soled boots left me sprawled on a bed of gravel and ice, bleeding and crying in anger as much as pain.

I had sprained my other ankle. And I spent the next week laid up on the couch.

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This performance of “Moonboots” was filmed on the Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga, TN, the “Scenic City,” where we currently live, work, and write music. The song is one of nine tracks that will be featured on our next record, A Girl I Knew – a collection of songs about the glory and naiveté of childhood.

Last year, we spent a weekend at Spanner Sound recording an eponymous EP as a trio – a succinct, bare-bones record that we distributed by the handful, hoping to hook listeners with catchy and simple tunes. Since then, we have added two members and have begun to arrange music that is more thoughtful, more intentional, and more representative of the sound we want to achieve. In April, we’ll return to Spanner Sound to work with producing engineer, Charles Allison, to create a record with intricacy, intimacy, and ingenuity. We hope you’ll consider lending your support. In return, we’ll give you something to enjoy next time you’re laid up on the couch.

-Ben VanderHart

On behalf of Telemonster

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