Our new six-song EP dropped nearly two weeks ago now, and momentum around it continues to build — more importantly, people are still buying it over on our Bandcamp page, and for that we’re enormously grateful.
The new EP, titled, “Back In The Tree,” is a cassette-only release, in an opaque white shell with a clear Norelco case. It includes a lyric sheet, liner notes, stickers, and other cool insert stuff, as well as a digital download, too. It’s strictly limited to 100 copies, and there are still a few copies left to be had, but when they’re gone, they’re gone. There won’t be a second run.
Anyhoo, it’s been added to some Spotify playlists, and a few radio stations have started to play some of the tracks, too, but one of the things we’re most proud of is that Lorenzo, who hosts the Podcast Open Mic, gave it some serious play in the latest episode of his show.
Lorenzo was kind enough to devote an entire episode to Plague Dad last month, so to get some more positive attention from his show so soon is kind of a big deal, and we’re truly thankful for it.
You can listen to the episode, which also features a segment on Biddeford singer/songwriter/busker Jim Baumer, using the embed below.
Today is the day people: Bandcamp Friday, and our brand-spanking new EP, “Back In The Tree,” is now officially available. You can get it here.
Bandcamp Friday is cool because on that day, Bandcamp foregoes its usual cut of the purchase price, and the artist gets 100 percent of the proceeds. Which is better than the streaming services, who don’t pay jackola for your music. /rant
So, this EP has six tunes on it: five originals, and one cover. The physical product’s a cassette-only release – although it does come with a download code – and it’s strictly limited to 100 hand-numbered copies, in an opaque white shell and a clear Norelco case. It comes with a liner notes, a lyric sheet, a sticker, and some other cool stuff we’ll be tossing into the envelope when it ships, too.
And Plague Dad’s got something special for you: a brand-new EP, featuring six tracks: five originals, and one cover of a tune called Sickness, by Ted Hawkins – who, if you haven’t heard of, you’d do well to check out.
The new release is cassette-only, but of course includes a download code so you can listen on your various digital devices.
The songs themselves were recorded at Sun Tiki Studios on Forest Ave. in Portland, Maine, and mastered by Dylan Ray down in Nashville, and they sound fucking awesome. If you’ve caught a live Plague Dad show, this tape has that high-energy, Grungefolk vibe. If you haven’t seen ’em live, you owe it to yourself to check it out.
The cassettes themselves are strictly limited to 100 units, hand-numbered, in white shell nested in a clear Norelco case. They include a lyric sheet, liner notes, a Plague Dad sticker, and there’ll probably be some other cool swag stuffed into the package, too.
You don’t wanna miss this one, folks, because when they’re gone, they’re gone.
So, we’re getting ready to drop a new EP next week on Bandcamp: 6 tunes – five originals and one really cool cover by a dude named Ted Hawkins – and you can get an early listen to the first single exclusively on Spotify right now! Here’s the link!
It’s called, “They Ran Us Off”, and it’s a short song – 2:43 – but powerful. It’s built primarily on a Cmaj7 chord, which isn’t something you hear every day in a folkpunk song, so if you like the tune, and you really wanna do us a solid, add it to a playlist of yours, or even (gasp!) give us a follow! That would be huge, and we’d be eternally grateful.
I wrote the music one late night after Mig texted me a poem he’d just written. I don’t know where it came from, we’ve not really talked about that yet, but it was clearly something he felt deeply and needed to get out there, and when I read it for the first time, it connected viscerally. I could feel the pain, the loneliness and the rejection. Maybe because I was feeling a bit of the same stuff at the same time, I dunno, but in a couple of hours I’d texted him back a rough first version that I recorded on my phone, using the voice memo tool, ’cause we’re all sophisto like that.
We polished it up a bit, made a decent recording and had it mastered, and now it’s ready for you to hear if you want. All you gotta do is hit that Spotify link, and maybe even buy the tape when it comes out on Friday, Nov. 5.
The EP itself, btw, is cassette-only, and limited to 100 copies – but don’t worry: each copy comes with a digital download, too. You’ll be able to pre-order soon – follow the blog here if you wanna stay up on all the news re: new releases, shows, lives streams and all the other cool stuff we’ve got going on.
A couple of weeks ago, we played Porchfest, here in Portland, Maine’s Deering Center neighborhood. It was a blast, and a good time was had by all. One of the people we met there was Lorenzo, who hosts WMPG‘s Podcast Open Mic show.
Lorenzo actually caught us over two nights – I think perhaps because he was intrigued with the idea of interviewing some genuine buskers. Or maybe he just didn’t have anything better to do. Who knows.
Anyway, he caught us one night in the Old Port, in our usual spot on Wharf Alley, and originally, that was his plan for the end of it. But evidently, some of the audio didn’t come out too well, so he decided to come down the next week and catch us again to pick up the content needed to fill out the show.
We got a text from him, asking where we were, an explained the situation, and a few minutes later, in he walked.
The best part is Lorenzo managed to record a good portion of our set at Amigo’s that night, and put that together with the material he got from our busking sets the week before – and the stuff from Amigo’s is pretty amazing. The crowd reaction alone was some that, as a musician, I’ve never experienced. People really enjoyed the show, an we had a great time playing.
Beyond that, it’s the only live material that we’ve gotten recorded to date.
For the last couple of months, we’ve been woodshedding hard, playing shows at least once, sometimes twice or even three times, per weekend – parties, clubs, Porchfest, busking – you name it; wherever and whenever we can.
And what we’ve only just begun to realize is, we’re not just playing. We’re performing. We’re playing a show. We’re entertaining.
And if you haven’t been able to catch one a them live shows, you’ll soon be able to get an idea of what we’ve been up to during that time – because we’re putting out some new music.
100 copies, to be exact, available on cassette only, and only Bandcamp Friday, which is Nov. 5 – or at one of our live shows, if we have any left. The cassette’s gonna have six, maybe seven tunes on it, but only four are going to be on the digital download. You’re gonna wanna go cassette on this one.
You can buy it here when it goes live on Nov. 5. Don’t worry, there’ll be download codes in the cassettes, which are also gonna contain all sorts of other cassette-only goodies, so really, if you’re on the fence about going digital or cassette – go with the cassette. It’ll be worth your while. Plus, your cool factor will jack up exponentially among your core demographics – cassettes are coming back, big time – didn’t you see Guardians of the Galaxy, ferchrissake? Even Forbes is on the cassette train. This is your chance to be ahead of the curve.
Anyway, we recorded it live at the Sun Tiki in Portland – whose owner, Ian, will be the first to tell you – isn’t a recording studio. It’s a rehearsal studio. There’s bleed. Every band can hear every there band rehearse. Not exactly the best recording conditions.
But here’s the thing: the rooms sound great. Really fucking good. It’s a joy to work there.
Plus, they rent by the hour and it opens really early in the morning – like, 7 a.m.
And no self-respecting musician is gonna get up that early on a Monday or Tuesday to practice. Just sayin’, it ain’t gonna happen.
At least, that’s how we figured it.
So, we booked a room there on a Monday about four months ago, from 8 am to 2 pm, figuring we’d have the place to ourselves. And for the most part, we did.
We brought in our little four-track board, a couple of good microphones, and our busking set-up. We played live for four or five hours, and walked outta there with six tracks that had potential, we thought: five originals and one cover. We had them mastered by a guy named Dylan Ray outta Nashville, who worked wonders.
And, by God, if it don’t sound half bad. In fact, it sounds pretty goddam good.
We’re dropping the first tune – it’s called “They Ran Us Off” – on Oct. 16. It’ll be available on the usual digital distro channels: iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, YouTube, and probably a bunch of others I’ve forgotten about. I’ll post the links here in the blog when I’ve got ’em.
It’s a riveting little tune, though, a tough little number that checks in at around 2:43 seconds, give or take a few seconds of studio chatter we left in there, ’cause why not?
It emerged out of a poem that Mig texted me late one night, and it struck me just the right way – maybe because I was, at least, in part, in pretty much the same place that Mig’s lyrics described.
But like I said, it’s a tough little song; it’s all about alienation, and indignity, and bullshit – good lord, the bullshit – and ultimately, hope. Because really, that’s all we’ve got.
So, yeah, check the streaming services come Nov. 5 or – even better – join our mailing list, and we’ll send it to you when it comes out.
And we won’t spam you. Promise.
And there’ll be more to come; we’ve got some special surprises in store in the coming weeks, and we truly hope you’ll sign on and stick around a while. It’s gonna be fun.
All the photos here, btw, were done by Ryan Schools, who’s an amazing photog. I’d’a linked to his sit here if he had one, but he doesn’t. That said, you wanna book him, lemme know. I can put you in touch.