This coming Friday's We Are Not a Glum Lot show at Ivywild will be a bittersweet affair for fans of the perennially uncategorizable Colorado Springs band. On one hand, it's an album release show for Atychia, the follow-up to last year's self-titled debut EP.
On the other hand, it's also a farewell show for drummer John Carey, who's been with the band since its earliest days as a Misfits-obsessed high-school cover act. He'll be heading out to Seattle to attend radiology school.
Sam Erickson describes the new 10-song collection as "pretty ambient and more composed than the last thing we did." The guitarist and singer, who's been leading the band for the last five years (even though he only turned 20 last February), gives Adam Hawkins of Eros & the Eschaton a lot of the credit for the new album's sound.
"He went to school for audio engineering and all that shit," says the suitably impressed frontman. "We probably spent four or five times the amount of time recording it compared to the last one."
Eros & the Eschaton will be opening the album-release show, and there'll also be "a legendary, once-in-a-lifetime reunion of The Flumps."
"Since this show is also John's last show with us, we thought it'd be fitting to have The Flumps play with us one last time as well," says Erickson.
The two bands have maintained a close friendship and played countless shows together through the years. And while the Fountain-based Flumps remain on hiatus for the foreseeable future, frontman Dino Belli recently uploaded two YouTube videos of songs from his forthcoming solo debut album, which is planned for release later this year.
In other news, Colorado Springs venue and recording facility Sunshine Studios Live has found a new house producer in Scott Wilson. The musician and producer relocated here from Kentucky, where he's spent most of his life, and was a partner in Third Sky Studio, whose recent clients have included American Headcharge.
So why here and why now?
"I'd been looking for a studio to work out of in the western side of the U.S.," says Wilson, who has swung through Colorado Springs numerous times to play Sunshine Studios with his band Tantric. "The studio needed to be somewhere that was large and a place to do all types of recordings, but had a home feel to it. When Tantric played here last year, we began discussions of me doing some work out of Sunshine Studios. And after spending some time in Colorado Springs, I fell in love with the mountains and the strong music scene in the Springs, not to mention how nice the people are here."
The producer is also working out package deals wherein he'll fly bands in to record tracks and do live performances while they're here.
Wilson, who recently crossed the Incline off his bucket list, describes Sunshine Studios as "a very soothing and straight-up operation." Having already gone through the torment of creating a recording studio from scratch, he's appreciative of the fact that this one's already good-to-go. "All I needed to do was show up."
As for the coming week, you can catch recent AudioFile subjects Modern Suspects — formerly known as Claymore Disco — this coming Saturday, along with Trapdoor Social, Hydrogen Skyline, and Brittney Shields of Oh, Be Clever at Mesa Ridge High School.
And please don't forget that this Saturday is also World Fiddle Day. The holiday was first championed by County Donegal violinist Caoimhin Mac Aoidh and Fiddler Magazine editor Mary Larsen back in 2012. You can join in the festivities with much-acclaimed Irish violinist Martin Hayes and master guitarist Dennis Cahill at Stargazers.