‘Mas 2011

Another year, another “holiday” song.

Once again we contributed an original song to the annual Suburban Sprawl Holiday Compilation. Our contribution is titled, “December 25, 1967.” It’s available for free along with 39 other holiday themed tracks right here.

New Music Video: Labrador

Luke Hartley once again did a fantastic job putting a beautiful visual to our music. Without further adieu, we present Labrador (lyrics) from Our Manderley.


You can now purchase physical merchandise from our Bandcamp page. We created a bunch of bundles featuring posters, vinyl, CDs, beer, etc… Take a look, buy something, get some free downloads for your trouble.

Labrador Shoot

On Saturday (July 16, 2011) we once again spent a hot summer day in a non-air conditioned space playing the same song over and over while Luke Hartley’s camera captured every nuanced moment at 60 frames per second.

Of course, that was only a small portion of the work involved in releasing the music video for Labrador. Luckily, while Luke is slaving away in Final Cut Pro you can snatch a glimpse of some stills captured during Saturday’s shoot. Browse over yonder: Labrador Shoot, Part 1

Like, follow, or subscribe to hear from us when the video is released. In the meantime, check out Luke and The Bell Beat’s first music video, Call Me the Fool.

Thanks For the Plays

Thanks: CFRC (Kingston, ON, CA), CJAM (Windsor, ON, CA), CJUM (Winnipeg, MB, CA), KCSC (Chico, CA), KSDT (La Jolla, CA), WCNI (New London, CT), WBCX (Gainesville, GA), KTUH (Honolulu, HI), WMBR (Cambridge, MA), WHFR (Dearborn, MI), The Station (Hamtramck, MI), WMTU (Houghton, MI), WSGR (Port Huron, MI), WBNY (Buffalo, NY), KMSU (Mankato, MN), WUDR (Dayton, OH), WQHS (Philadelphia, PA), WKPS (State College, PA), WSBF (Clemson, SC) and KVRX (Austin, TX) for playing tracks from Our Manderley.

Bridgehouse Session

Before our WMTU/Orpheum Theater show in Houghton, MI we recorded a live session for Mostly Midwest. It’s part of their ongoing video series called Bridgehouse Sessions. It turned out to be one of the most enjoyable times we’ve had as a band… Please, check out all their sessions, show photos’, etc… Because Mostly Midwest are some good people.

Click here to check out our session.

Catching Up

Sometimes our website is the “last to know”, we’re trying to remedy that. Here’s a bunch of things going on in our world.

Our new album Our Manderley was released Jan. 25th 2011. It can be streamed from our Bandcamp page and purchased from Amazon (vinyl – includes a download card).

Jeff Milo (Real Detroit / Deep Cutz) wrote some nice things about us here.

August Smith (Mostly Midwest) wrote some nice things about us here.

Jonathan A Berz (Real Detroit / Notes from the Underground / Songs from the moon) wrote some nice things about us here. He shot a video before he published those nice things.

Ryan Spaulding (RSL Blog) wrote some more nice things about us here.

We had a release show and Jon Berz took some pictures and shot a video here.

Mostly Midwest invited us to do a Bridgehouse Session on Feb. 4th.

WMTU invited us to play the Orpheum Theater in Hancock, MI, Feb. 5th.

We have two local shows scheduled, both at record stores (Record Time, Roseville, Feb. 11th & UHF, Royal Oak, Feb. 12th). If you go to both you will get a free LP of Our Manderley.

Clarkston’s Union invited us to play on Feb 26th. If you’re a fan of our previous album The Carrot Chase, be sure to check out this show. We’re playing that and Our Manderley back-to-back.

Metro Times invited us to perform at their annual Blowout.

Able To Avail

It’s Jan. 25, 2011. As promised, Our Manderley is out. Here’s where you can get it:

Amazon (MP3/Vinyl LP)
Bandcamp (MP3)
CD Baby (MP3/Vinyl LP)
eMusic (MP3)
iTunes (MP3)
Napster (MP3)
Rhapsody (MP3)
Zune (MP3)

Also, if you live in or near Southeast MI, we’re in the racks at UHF and Dearborn Music.

If you’re not ready to commit to a purchase yet, you can stream the entire album on our bandcamp page.

Elegant Exclusory Exclusives

Never one to rest on our laurels, we’ve been busy readying some special incentives for those planning on attending the Our Manderley LP release show (Jan. 29th, Berkley Front, MI, USA).

First off, the show is a Sh! Mob event. Even if you can’t attend, start gathering unique photos, videos, and witty tweets.

Secondly, if you’re a fan of gig posters you’re in luck. We’ll be giving away 25 limited edition 18×24″ hand screened posters to the first 25 purchasers of Our Manderley on vinyl. The “Ghost Swan” design is limited to a run of 50 (designed by our very own Randy Bishop and screened by Progress of Design in Ferndale, MI). After the giveaway, posters will be available for sale at the lunatic low price of $10.

Thirdly, our in-house amateur craft brewers (Chris & Randy) brewed a special wheat ale to coincide with the release. Instead of hording it all to themselves they’ve decided to hand over 25 custom labeled bottles to go along with the poster giveaway. That’s right, if you’re one of the lucky first 25 to purchase Our Manderley on vinyl you’ll get both the “Ghost Swan” poster and a bottle of “Our Manderale.”

Oh, and don’t forget, the Our Manderley LP is already bundled with a sticker and download card (included in the LP jacket). Put it all together and you’re getting a purchase valued at over $40 for the low-low price of $12*!

Recession? Ha!

* Attendees are subject to a $5 “door cover” charge.

Deck the Halls

Suburban Sprawl Music is the best Metro-Detroit label to release a holiday themed compilation every year since 2002 ever! And just like last year, we sent in a brand new song quite literally written and recorded days before the submission deadline.

Enough about us. The 2010 SSM Holiday compilation has 48 tracks sprawling 2-discs and it’s free. Get to getting.

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