Watch this new EXPLONE “Suicide Fences” promo video

This here blog is gonna mostly about EXPLONE as we roll through the summer and on to the release of our new full-length album “Suicide Fences” in late August. Our friend Thor Radford — who created our first music video back in 2010 for “St. Yesterday” — put together this cool promo video for us. Here’s our fearless leader Pat talking about the new album and the purpose of music:

Pat is one of the most genuine humans I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. It’s not hard to see why we’ve stuck together as a band all this time.

We have a lot more music and video headed your way in the next few weeks!

New single from EXPLONE: “Running Up That Hill”

This year marks my eight year as the bassist of EXPLONE. How is that even possible? I’ve been a member of of this band longer than I’ve been with any band.

Later this summer EXPLONE will finally release our new album “Suicide Fences” and we’re priming the promotion engine with a new single. Please enjoy and share our shoegaze-y rock version of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill.” Click the big image below to listen:

More to come as the Summer of EXPLONE rolls on…

New video from Explone, “Golden Ballroom” (or, hey lookit I made a video)

Behold, my first music video: “Golden Ballroom” from Explone’s Telescope and Satellite EP.

We shot the entire thing using my iPhone 4 and I edited it together in iMovie on my Macbook Pro.

We started filming this in Spring 2011, using a rough mix of the song. In the gap between then and the EP release in Fall 2012, our drummer Josh up and left Seattle for Boulder, and (Kirby Krackle drummer) Nelson stepped in. It seemed wrong to replace Josh with Nelson in the video, too. Also, you won’t find me in the video. I couldn’t find a way to put myself in that didn’t feel dumb or contrived.

Big thanks to my patient bandmates who let me run with this, just to see if I could!

Also, this work is dedicated to my Dad, who once long ago taught me how to frame a shot and the power of black-and-white images. Who’d have thought back then we’d someday have pocket-sized phones that could shoot 1080p video?

Recording the new Explone record

Explone at AVAST! March 2011

See that console? That’s a 1970’s Trident A-Range, rumored to have been used by Lennon and Sinatra for various projects. And, as of two weeks ago, my bass tracks for the new Explone EP, Telescope and Satellite.

Behold! The power of black and white to make one look totally competent!

Explone at AVAST! March 2011

Here’s Patrick in front of a wall of gear and blinking lights:

Explone at AVAST! March 2011

This is what I love about music hubs like Seattle, every studio has a history. And sometimes so does the gear. AVAST! is also home to “Lenny,” a modded API Legacy console, once owned by Lenny Kravitz. My backing vocals went through that one. There’s another API that used to tour with Heart as a monitor mixer. We didn’t use that one. Tons of famous PNW artists have recorded here — Death Cab, The Shins, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes — but I think its real cachet comes from being the place where Soundgarden recorded their breakout album Badmotorfinger.

It’s hard not to hope for a little of that magic to rub off on you.

Exciting as that may be, the majority of time spent in-studio looks a lot like this:

Explone at AVAST! March 2011

That’s us listening to probably four or five different takes of the same song at 11pm, trying to decide what parts to keep. This is also probably ten hours in, the first six of those spent setting up microphones and getting good guitar and drum tones. There’s a lot of hanging around and listening. It still manages to be a blast while slowly destroying your sanity.

Let’s go see how Josh’s drum check is going:

(Peep this video on YouTube.)

Here are a few more snaps from the studio at Flickr:

(View this slideshow at Flickr.)

With some luck, Telescope and Satellite should be ready to go by summertime. Summer! Can’t wait!

Awesome elsewhere

Some stuff orbiting my brain recently…

Kyle Stevens (current Explone guitarist and Kirby Krackle alphageek) has released two digital singles on iTunes, “Matches In The Walls” and “Vouch For Me”.

Seattle band Born Anchors are trying to raise funds for a vinyl pressing of their new record. They’re using a Kickstarter campaign and only have a few weeks to reach their goal.

Longtime me-supporter and Demo Clubber Joel Canfield composed a wandering Arabic-trance track and is aiming for 1000 downloads. Get it here. Also, he and his wife are selling the car and home and living like a nomads for awhile. Gutsy.

Did NO ONE record or video the Jonathan Coulton + Brad Sucks performance in Ottawa last month? Really, NO ONE?

Save You From Yourself alumni Laurie Katherine Carlsson and Jerin Falkner have founded a group with some other local performers called the Sintonia Collective. They sent in an audition tape and won an opportunity to perform with Imogen Heap here in Seattle a few weeks back.

This is pretty great right here: Sintonia with Imogen Heap, performing Heap’s song “Earth” a cappella:

And here’s the group performing Jerin’s song “Charade” during the opening slot:

And in case you missed it in my last post, the new Explone album Dreamers/Lovers is now available on iTunes.

Explone CD release pics + video + iTunes

The Explone CD release show, let me show it to you.

Onstage

Onstage

(You can also read Patrick’s account of the show here.)

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And you can now find find Dreamers/Lovers at iTunes. Yay hooray!

“St. Yesterday”

“Arms Around”

“It’s Complicated”

“Girl w/a Black Eye”

Drum setup

I think that’s enough Explone-related stuff for awhile. On deck: more secret songwriting project, Kirby Krackle at the San Diego Comic Con, and a new song or two from yours truly.

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Dreamers/Lovers release show this Thursday

This Thursday 6/17 is the big release show for the new Explone album. We’re returning to the Crocodile with guests Sirens Sister (ex-Vendetta Red guys) and The Admiral’s Club.

Are you local? It would be great to see you there. Here’s the Facebook event and here’s where to get advance tickets. Come, let us rock you. Rock you, we shall.

Are you not local? You can still help us out by requesting songs from the record at KEXP. (The DJs there seem to be particularly fond of “It’s Complicated”).

As for the record itself: we’re still waiting for Dreamers/Lovers to show up on iTunes, but you can hear a handful of preview tracks at the Explone website and grab “Michigan” as a digital single right now.

I’ve been sick as a dog for the past week and sure hope my voice returns before Thursday.

Dreamers/Lovers, the new Explone album

Big news today: the new Explone album is finished, it’s called Dreamers/Lovers and it’s coming your way on June 15th!

Think fast, here it comes:

Explone - Dreamers/Lovers

To celebrate the upcoming release, we’re offering a free download of the first single “Michigan” to the web at large in exchange for a tweet. Listen and find download instructions here.

“Michigan” has already been added to regular rotation at über-cööl KEXP, which broadcasts both here in Seattle and in NYC, and globally across the web. It’s already gotten a bit of airplay love, but it wouldn’t hurt anyone if you were to, like, you know, request it.

I’ve been with the band for just over two years now, but this album is the culmination of five years of work by our heroic bandleader Patrick, whose vision of combining Cheap Trick-era melody with shoegaze melancholy, then arc-welding it onto the body of a very angry 1986 Hüsker Dü has finally come to fruition. Congrats buddy :)

More news surely to follow as we hurtle towards the release date…