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A song about Marshall, who’s made up. Who, as a teenager, was apart of a thriving DIY scene. Marshall, who had an unsavory experience in a bedroom at a house show venue. Marshall, who stayed in the bathroom all night. Marshall, who had two pet geckos growing up--and only two friends--Kevin, who he was very close to, and the narrator of this song--who hung around sometimes. Marshall, who had to process the things that happened to him on his own, because it was the only way he knew how (generally not a recommended method, but it worked for him). Marshall, who didn’t really make it through college. Marshall, who liked The Rolling Stones and Grateful Dead, not because he loved music, but because it was nice to listen to. Marshall, who only wanted to find Good in the world, whatever that meant to him. Marshall who wanted to rise above everything he’s been through to a point where he can exist day to day in a jelly-like, content state. Marshall who sought good. Marshall who saw It, whatever It was, and he saw It beautifully. Marshall who loves wine. Marshall who owns every season of Star Trek on DVD. Marshall, who I hope is out there thriving most days. On the days he’s not, I hope he at least has a few things to laugh about, and a cat to pet. Marshall, who’s my hero.
So way back in September, under Trash Shack Records, Some Dogs released a tape titled "Ectotherm Near A Cold Heart." They were home recordings and not very well dubbed onto tape. They sounded like shit. I'd say overall about 5 were sold and 10 or so were given away. A classic case of "good songs/horrid quality." Since September, Cam (Wheatley, of Marble Berry Seeds, of Trash Shack Records, of Some Dogs, of What's Yer Sign?) and I have gotten better at what we do. We've played more shows in places we didn't think we'd play shows. Way back in September, I had just started drumming with Marble Berry Seeds. A lot has happened. After three broken cassette recorders from Walmart and hours spent cutting sleeves for tapes a SECOND PRESSING of "Ectotherm" is going to be available. These are songs you can only hear on tape or live. It exists nowhere online (unless u have a link to the Google drive folder they're in) I'm not saying these songs are amazing and I'm not saying you have to hear them, but hopefully you might like the idea of owning something special that hardly anyone else will own. By the end of this second and final pressing I imagine there will only be about 30 in existence. Message me or Trash Shack Records if you'd like a copy, and keep an eye on all the pages listed for shows I'll be involved in! -Isaac
So when it comes to writing songs, I don't think they inhabit the same realm as other written works. Songs, to me, have never been about telling stories like most traditional fiction. Songs convey strong emotion. The narrative has always come second. If you look at lyrics like John Prine's Far From Me, it has a traditional breakup narrative. But in the grand scope of storytelling, not a lot is told about their relationship. Part of this is just economical because most listenable songs are 2-3 minutes and their job is to be relatable rather than to relay information. But the other part is because the finer details of the narrative aren't important. What's important is the feeling, best conveyed in the chorus--"... And the sky is black and still now on the hills where the angels sing / ain't it funny how an old broken bottle looks just like a diamond ring / but it's far far from me." It's also my belief that songs that convey as much detail in as few words as possible transcend folk as a genre and go into some weird avant-garde where steel drums and hand mirrors are involved on stage in a hazy fever dream of a performance. TL;DR does anyone have steel drums I could borrow?
The March 15th show is up on the bandcamp! It's free, listen at you leisure :) We had a lot of fun playing with Dollys (who just opened for Kevin Devine, wow!) and The Middle Ground! Let us know what you think. Recording by Emma Burn! https://somedogs.bandcamp.com/album/some-dogs-live