Left alone and my heart’s missing. Sailed around a rotten world. Shame the math it left me spinning. And now I’m orbiting the sun. You graced the heavens on a mission. Blanketing the wasted zones. And sure, the peasants reconsider fulfilling lives within their phones. You graced the heavens on a mission. You can’t imagine getting home.
The three of us started collaborating in February, 2019—way back when we were allowed to stand in the same room together. We amassed a bunch of songs and scraps of song ideas, and when 2020 rolled around, we began practicing even more in preparation for playing what we hoped would be our first live shows.
Like everyone else, the rug got pulled out from beneath us when the quarantine hit.
These songs were written and recorded soon after being separated. Focusing on creating entirely new material, we recorded ourselves individually and sent each other tracks (always beginning with drums) and built them from there. It's been wonderful to continue playing music together with a "by any means necessary" approach, but we're looking forward to physical proximity some day soon. Just like you are.
And it's strange that our first songs to share aren't the ones that we've been working on over the last year, but we're proud of these and eager to share nonetheless. So here ya' go.
released May 10, 2020
Darren Zentek plays drums.
Michael Honch plays bass.
Ryan Nelson plays guitar, sings (if you want to call it that) and he mixed each song.
Erin Nelson sang some background vocals at the end of "Privacy."
Mastered by Chad Clark.
Cover art by Ryan Nelson.
Photography used for background and individual song-art by Michael Honch.
Thank you Kathy Zentek, Erin Nelson, Jennifer Snyder, Roman Zentek, Isaac Nelson, Leo Nelson, Conrad, Erik Denno, Marcus Kyd, Melissa Quinley, Jason Hutto, Christopher Grady, Yes Vacancy (Mary Madden, Başla Andolsun, Aaron Harman), the cast and crew at Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center, OUT (Ike Turner, M. Larmee, Chafe Hensley, & Tobi Jeanne), Amy Farina, Mary Chen, Angie Marie Hunter, Amanda MacKaye, and Dr. Janine Marie Sherry-Honderick (she knows why).
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Chad Clark makes music in four dimensions. Please Advise offers a somewhat compact, yet still very outsized, version of his vision by virtue of its EP length. But walking around its dimensions, full of unknown colors and textures, I keep finding corners that lead to other rooms. Lars Gotrich