Today, I'm heading west to do a little one-month Canadian loop from Montreal to Calgary and back. It's exciting to get back on the road and play some of the songs from That Cold Year to some new audiences.
I've always had a thing for places that are a bit rough around the edges. Bangkok is one that springs to mind; New Orleans is another. It might be that, having grown up in the gentle and nurturing clutch of a polite scene like Montreal, my heart sometimes aches for the places that are altogether too humid and boisterous and prone to fits of seedy bacchanalia.
The Land of Nod was born out of a very simple concept: retell the parable of Cain and Abel from the point of view of Cain, and with the artistic license to completely macerate the finer details of the story.
The Orpheum is one of those songs that gradually became one of the unwilling heroes of That Cold Year as the production took place. I finished writing it at the tail end of the songwriting cycle, just weeks before the band and I were set to start recording.
I was twenty-three years old and had been trekking through the jungles of Southeast Asia when I had a very strange few days that seemed to arise out of nowhere. I had been riding around on a motorbike on an island in the Gulf of Thailand, and, there, on some desolate stretch of dirt road, I took a spill and cut my foot open on a rock.
Today is the day.
After being awarded funding from the Conseil et des arts et des lettres du Québec in 2016, I began work composing and arranging a handful of new songs, which eventually coalesced into the album I’m releasing today, entitled That Cold Year.
Considering how many months of recording, overdubs, etc. were put into creating my new upcoming album, it's amazing to think that in December 2014, the band and I recorded my previous EP, "Songs to Control the Weather By" in only one day, live on the floor, with only about three takes per song. Whiskey was involved, and not very much planning. That was just how it was.
Three years ago, after my first tour, I spent some time driving through America, where just six hours in a car can haul you into a different cultural paradigm. If you didn’t know any better, you’d have to squint really hard to place Santa Fe and Seattle within the same national borders, so different is the art and the food and the architecture in each.
After a busy few months getting things together, we're finally announcing a release date for the new record, which is entitled A Long Obituary. The expected drop date is the second week of January 2018.
The new website is finally here! Some parts are still under construction, but it's now live. A few improvements: