sitting calmly atop a hill, with birds singing their evening chorus. you look over the vibrant city and rolling hills that stretch far into the distance. the sun is setting gently over the horizon and you take it all in, as the comet enters. leaving a trail of flame that scatters across the evening sky. nothing matters but the last few moments. you gaze, at a loss for words, as it hurtles towards the earth. such a perfect, beautiful moment. the last one there will be. this is it.
With new, 12-track album, THE TERRITORIES WEST, the listener is invited on a journey through the wide, evocative landscapes of the Midwest. The guitar is the primary instrument, and the mood switches from wistful melancholy to pure joy and back again. The haunting ‘Heartlands’ tells a story of a lover left behind. A rhythmic thrum in ‘Nowhere Left to Run’ recalls the gallop of horses across the desert, and the defiant amble of ‘By His Father’s Grave’ becomes the stroll of an outlaw down a main street, telling a tale of revenge. Other soundscapes evoke arid plains and sweeping ranges where wolves roam, where lonely cowboys ride under a stream of bright stars, where spells are cast over crackling campfires, and where nothing is quite as it seems.
In ‘Heartlands’, ‘By His Father’s Grave’ and ‘Bang Bang’ (a cover of the original by Sonny Bono and Cher), vocalists Nicole Obren and Kayla McGee weave stories through the album to elevate and enhance the western theme.
A 12-track album evoking arid plains and sweeping ranges where wolves roam, where lonely cowboys ride under a stream of bright stars, where spells are cast over crackling campfires, and where nothing is quite as it seems.
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Sneaking back into rock/metal, these three tracks are a collaboration with my drummer brother, Hector, who also created the cool artwork for ‘colussus/he who lives behind the moon’.
submerged man (out today)
we were not meant to know of it
colossus (from the ‘he who lives behind the moon’ release)
We created ‘Submerged Man’* a couple of years ago with Julian (Friday Night Special) and played it at Mangonui Festival and Far North Summer Sounds, back in the good old days when festivals were a thing. It feels good to have it finally recorded.