It's been almost a decade since a young Scottie Yoder received a 4-track for his birthday and began turning out poppy, energetic garage numbers with friend Brendhan Bowers in a shed on Vashon Island up in Washington state. After classically-trained pianist Stefan Rubicz joined the pair in early 2007, they've been on a constant schedule. The past few years, the band's been alternating between the recording of 3 albums, a handful of 7"s and touring all over North America and Europe with acts varying from Japanther and Vivian Girls to Kimya Dawson and Matt+Kim.
They spent 2009 living in New Orleans where they recorded the LP Weekend for Park The Van Records. Seattle's The Stranger called it "the strongest, most consistent record the band has ever made" that "continues to move even further away from their basement-punk beginnings, experimenting with a more mellow, sometimes psychedelic sound laced with sweet harmonies." The New Orleans Gambit stated that "the LP plays out like a lost artifact from 1965 London" and that "The band's formerly kaleidoscopic psych/pop suddenly finds laser-guided precision, both musically and lyrically."
So after supporting the LP with 3 US and 2 European tours including a special SXSW session with Daytrotter, they returned to Seattle with a wealth of new material. The A side of the new Dig Your Grave EP contains two songs recorded in Seattle at Jack Endino's Soundhouse Studio. It was produced by Brandon Eggleston who is known for his work with Modest Mouse, Swans & Les Savy Fav. Yoder was even able to use the same guitar amp from Nirvana's Bleach LP for the solo in "Pines." The B side contains a demo recorded in the barracks on Governor's Island and an acoustic track from their time in New Orleans. Its a diverse and varied document offering a glimpse into their anticipated next LP, Stoned & Alone, due out later this year.
released February 3, 2012
All Songs "Spirit Aminals" (SESAC)
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