March 28, 2011
It’s a Monday night and I’m sitting here in Austin finishing up some last minute things before we hit the road for a while.
Perhaps it seems like a long time since we last saw each other, so you must assume that we’ve had some down time at home just kicking back, enjoying the mild Texas winters.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
I don’t want you to take this as me complaining or bemoaning the rough and tough life of a touring musician and artist, although if you want to throw a pity party, go right ahead, just make sure you have some great wine, maybe a little herb and a nice hi-fi system with some lo-fi vinyl playing.
…Hang on a second, I’ve got to do a radio interview real quick.
(15 minutes later)
Where were we? Oh yeah, I was talking about how long it’s been since we’ve last seen each other and how tBoH has been doing a lot of nothing (at least from the looks of it).
Well old friend, since we last spoke, we’ve written and recorded a new album, it’s called Top Hat Crown and The Clapmaster’s Son.
This little bundle of joy (we call it an album) has been 8 months in the making. We started writing it last summer and recorded it in a couple of sessions over the last part of 2010. We finalized it with some bad-ass artwork and are ready to release it upon you!
See our band is incredibly quixotic, we really do believe in the power of music and self-expression and it’s ability to bring us together and make the world feel a little bit smaller and warmer. We’re eternally grateful that you have given us the space to stretch out and do that and we’re looking forward to sharing these new songs with you.
So tomorrow, this album that we’ve all been living with over the past months is available for your little ears and eyes. I say ears and eyes because it really is a multi-sensorial experience (especially if you buy the vinyl). We’re excited and nervous and hopeful and eager and everything else under the sun.
Most of all, we’re ready. Ready to get back on the golden road and play our music with, and for our community. See, this really is a partnership. We need you to come out to the shows, listen to records, dance and have a great time with your friends and make one-of-a-kind happenings.
If you continue to hold up your end of our secret little agreement, we’ll do our best to keep making music that is soulful and vital to us.
Here’s to enjoying our little weird corner of the world.
See you on the road.
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March 28, 2011