In roughly one month’s time, I’ll be turning 40. During odometer milestones such as these, it’s difficult not to reflect on time and age, and the inherit absurdities. On the one hand, I’m too advanced in dog years to pretend to be anything other than an adult. On the other hand, I still live and behave like a college student. Last week, I pulled two all-nighters, burned the soles of my feet by carelessly walking around barefoot on hot pavement, and drew a series of penises on Scrabble tiles at a friend’s birthday party. Yep, 40. And then there’s that childish chasing your art dream thing… which seems more challenging with age, blistered feet, and a lack of sleep.
This past week, I also completed a new album (hence the all-nighters), and booked an event at which to celebrate the album’s completion. II. Providence is the name of the album. It’s the second EP (extended play album) for American Murder Song, a new project by Saar Hendelman (The Devil’s Carnival co-composer) and me.
In a time where all one needs to be a star is a webcam and NPD, Saar and I have been tirelessly working to create an experience with American Murder Song that delivers more. For the past three months, we’ve been releasing weekly music and video content that’s high-concept, high production value, and (hopefully) highly entertaining. On II. Providence—a collection of drinking songs involving murder in 1816 America—our sonic palette includes saloon piano, fifes, and, yes, inebriated group singing. A medley of the EP’s songs can be heard in this trailer.
By pre-ordering II. Providence, you’ll not only be acquiring a batch of “killer” tunes, but also helping to make a 2016 American Murder Song tour a reality. We want to come to your town and play songs for you this fall. All EP proceeds help fund this goal. In addition to music, we’re offering a menu of cool ways that you can be a part of our tour goals. We’re even auctioning ourselves for backyard performances, private Skype chats, and more. Check it out: http://americanmurdersong.com/getmusic.
To celebrate the release of II. Providence, Saar and I are also hosting a very intimate party in Los Angeles. You’re invited. At the party, we’ll be screening American Murder Song‘s very first music video, and Saar and I will be singing a live set of songs form the new album. Select members of the cast and crew will be in attendance, and we plan on having a great time. Come join us. Tickets are very limited, so reserve yours today: http://americanmurdersong.com/tickets.