Earlier this week, Collin and I were driving and he flipped on a song. Right now, it’s just called Tyler Idea R03—a working title— as in, it’s the demo we tracked for one of Tyler’s ideas, and the third revision. It had plenty new stuff from R02: Vocals, a new ending… but as the track played and I listened, evaluating each moment, I couldn’t help but smile. I was loving it.
My feelings with the demo— and a number of others that we’re currently working on— are different than previous songs and projects the band has done. I feel a new and different sense of accomplishment than with our previous albums. There’s some sort of excitement with these new tracks I’ve not encountered before. That’s not to downplay the excitement and accomplishment that came with any of the EPs previously released—I don’t mean to dismiss those— but there’s a new buzz around this new stuff.
We write our music collaboratively. So, with every line-up change, one of the first obstacles is: “So, how do we write music again?”. Different musicians simply have different styles, like different things in music, are inspired differently. That different dynamic doesn’t just impact one person, it changes the band. It changes the music, in its own subtle way, and it changes how that music is written. Right now on my computer, I’ve got close to 20 different tracks on 9 different songs. Different versions have varying levels of completion. Some are full songs, beginning to end. Some only show through a certain part until the demo ends in uncertainty of what comes next. Some of them suck. It’s actually quite fun to track the progress the songs make over time.
Collin said something over his various social media about how he loved that our demos were making him smile, a feeling we’ve all been experiencing. We keep a “demo diary”—a shared spreadsheet with everyone’s comments and critiques about the demos we’re working with, and it’s fun to catch everyone’s excitement in all the ideas and critiques of each part of each song. We are all so excited for this to happen.
We don’t have a release date yet, or really even a good time window for when this might end up in your hands. We’re not wanting to rush through the writing by putting strict deadlines on things—but we’re also not wanting to sit on these so much they just get really over-thought.
We do have the album’s title, what it means to us, and some more fun news on the way, so stay posted. Oh, and a ton of excitement. Yeah, we’ve got that, too.
Peace & Love,
Jacob, Collin, Tyler, and Austin