Saturday, June 9, 2012
[press release] Mike Watt (Minutemen, Stooges), John Dieterich (Deerhoof), Thollem McDonas (TSIGOTI), and Tim Barnes (Silver Jews) are the members of the don’t-call-it-a-supergroup supergroup, The Hand to Man Band. The band's debut album You Are Always on Our Minds will be released next Tuesday, June 12th via Post Consumer Records.
From the label’s website:
The album title was inspired by a cryptic fortune cookie Watt picked up in Austin, and that’s really no surprise – this album is filled with mysterious clues that lead to solutions indirectly. Veering between the tightly woven and the completely unhinged, trading deep gulfs of ponderous melancholy with gentle, fractured pop fairytales, The Hand To Man Band keeps the listener guessing without ever completely abandoning their own special brand of earthy hall-of-mirrors music. The internal/external dialogues set up by the band evoke train dreams, the open road, and the warmth and familiarity of a bed at home. They travel from psychotropic jazz to konked-out funk to skronked-out dirges to alien transmissions to plaintive nocturnal pleas, sometimes in the course of a single tune. These songs contradict and then coalesce before arriving finally as an unexpected gift, a measured unit, a fully formed whole. When that happens, that razor’s edge shift from near-chaos to strength, power and beauty, hold on tight, listen, because it is truly something to behold.
The LP and CD are hitting the streets on 6/12; pre-order on now; distributed worldwide by Cobraside. Digital download is available now from Post-Consumer.com. There will be a video for "The Down Moveables" debuting 6/12.
Check out the album's tracklist:
Before Our Eyes Arrived
We Learned the Unreasoning
They Pretty Right
All Us Konked
The Down Moveables
Be the Same
Thin Incision Split Decision
We’ve Got a Long Ways to Go We’re Almost There
Posted by Dan Goldin at 5:47 PM