This is Jamie. He’s our new guitarist.
Jamie Yanda is a killer musician who heads up the primarily Milwaukee-based band Temple. He’s really stepping out of his comfort zone, both stylistically and creatively. It’s been a pleasure working to integrate Jamie into Pushmi-Pullyu, and even though we’re in the early stages of practice, things are looking better second-by-second.
We have two shows currently confirmed for Milwaukee, and we’re all excited to debut a bunch of new songs. You can see us here:
Shows in Madison are in the works, too, so stay tuned!
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 “In The Bleak Midwinter” was originally made for our live performance on a WYOU winter telethon.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.
Recently, we were invited by the folks at Detune Audio and Sooper Dooper to participate in Local Love Fest 2012. This was the second year for Local Love Fest, which has Madison artists covering Madison artists, and it was a really great experience for us as a band. Tom wasn’t able to be there for the recording process, but none-the-less, it gave us an idea of how we want to record our upcoming album.
At any rate, check out the stream above. The guys at Detune did a pretty great job, and the physical CDs by Sooper Dooper are really awesome. Since the CDs were only available at two Local Love Fest 2012 shows, we’ve decided to let you stream our cover for free.
This song is a tribute to one of my all-time favorite local bands, Screamin’ Cyn Cyn & the Pons, who sadly are no more. While they were around, the Pons were one of my main influences. They were incredibly kind and inviting, and I’m glad to call them my friends. Here’s to you, Pons!