A lot has happened in the last several months.
Without going into all the boring details, we’ve run out of excuses to delay this album we began way back in August of 2012. As of two weeks ago (March 4th, 2013), all studio recording on Never Love A Stranger is complete!
All that’s left is mixing, mastering and production of the physical album. While we’d love to do vinyl, we’re going to live within our means here. That means CD, digital download, and perhaps a limited edition tape.
I know that I, personally, am so ready to get this material out there. I’m ready for my friends and family to hear what we’ve spent so much time working on. Some of these songs began their lives nearly five years ago without ever being set in stone.
Now, that doesn’t mean I want to throw this material out there to get rid of it. I know that’s how a lot of artists feel releasing music that’s been brewing for a while. As I listen to the in progress mixes of the album, I can say with all honesty that this is some of my proudest work. After performing some of theses pieces 50+ times, I still don’t hate them yet, and I’m proud of what we as a band have been able to accomplish.
GIMME THE DETAILS
While we don’t have a firm release date yet, expect the album no later than May 2013. The art and exact specifications for physical production are being worked on now, so expect an album art and packaging reveal in the coming weeks.
The whole album clocks in at around 45 minutes, and the track list might still change a bit. Some of the songs flow together, so we still need to decide if they’ll be separate tracks or not. We might also cut South Africa. But that’s the general gist of things.
Here’s the personnel:
John Praw (vocals, harmonium, glockenspiel, trumpet, vocoder, ambient sounds)
Corey Murphy (keys, noises, gang vocals)
Luke Annear (drums, noises, gang vocals)
Tom Teslik (guitar, delay pedals, noises, gang vocals)
Sam Ludwig (saxophone, noises, gang vocals)
Recorded by Brian Nolan at House Arrest Studios in Madison, WI.
We hope to have a beautiful album to show you soon.
John Praw & co.
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3-Way Singles Club, Vol. 18
Ladies and gentlemen, have we got a treat for you!
As we near the completion (finally) of Never Love A Stranger, we’ve decided to kick off the new year with this brand new single. “In The Bleak Midwinter” was originally made for our live performance on a WYOU winter telethon. The telethon required us to perform at least one Christmas song, so we chose a classic carol with words written by the English poet Christina Rossetti sometime before 1872. Twisting the words a bit, we turned a Christmas carol into an anytime love song.
The track was recorded at House Arrest studios in Madison, Wisconsin by Brian Nolan (who you may know from American Hi-Fi). The cover photo was originally taken by Nikki Gibson and edited by John Praw.