First the bad news: a lot of changes going on in my personal life which mean I haven’t had the time to devote to working on Headless Relatives. Now the good news: I’ve got a new album in the works (more on that later), I’m really chomping at the bit to start playing out more often and in more diverse ways (more on that later), and I’m really energized by the things that have been going on in my life. Next month I should be able to really get the ball rolling again, so bear with me.
I’ve been derelict once again and left the website to stagnate, but I’ve got several projects lined up, and I’m looking to start playing in the Triangle region more often.
I’ve got new music ready to be recorded, which I hope to be able to start working on soon. Headless Relatives may have been dormant these past few months, but it’s far from dead.
After months of working, it’s finally here. There is real artwork in the works, courtesy of my friend Christine Neely Photographer, but for now you can enjoy the stark minimalism that is the product of my complete lack of graphic art capabilities. Here, with all its flaws, is We Are Our Own Saviors.
So, it’s been a while since I posted on the site. It’s been a hectic few months for me, but I’ve found the time to finish recording We Are Our Own Saviors and I plan to have it mastered and ready to go by the end of this weekend. My friend Christine Neely is doing some artwork for me, and I’m looking forward to the results. As soon as everything is ready (I’m hoping within a week), I will be releasing the album on bandcamp. I’m very excited to finally be able to share this project in its (more or less) final form.
I couldn’t really wait until the album was ready to post some music, so I’ve thrown together a little EP of some demos from WAOOS and a couple of homeless tracks that I’ve recorded. And here it is: The Gibbon That Makes You What You Are.
So, as I work on getting the first Headless Relatives album recorded and ready to go up, I thought I would post a little more about the upcoming album. Instrumentally speaking, it’s quite simple: an acoustic guitar and a voice. Although I love more elaborate instrumentation (and I do have a smattering of instruments that I hope to incorporate more in my music), I didn’t want to overshadow what is my primary concern with these songs: the lyrics.
We Are Our Own Saviors (henceforth known as WAOOS) is an album about redemption, and the characters described in these twelve songs are all struggling in some way to find something redeeming in their lives. I’ll be posting the full lyrics online as I put the album up, but for now, I’ll just say this: the characters of WAOOS are a varied bunch, with feelings ranging from hopelessness to defiance to serenity to anxiety, and I hope that anyone listening can see themselves somewhere in this tangle, and appreciate the wide diversity of humanity’s search for meaning,
At first glance, I’m sure that this site seems like just another new band website which exists only to get you to buy someone’s album or attend someone’s concert. Right now there’s not much here to make it stand out, but with your help, I want to change that.
Headless Relatives began as simply a solo project, an outlet for my music, and it is that still, but through this website, I hope to make it more than simply one person’s creative output. I want to make this site a collaborative venture. Sure, I’ll talk about my music, but more importantly, I want to expand the process.
In the upcoming weeks, as I record the first Headless Relatives album, I’m also going to be preparing the site, and soon I hope to get conversation and collaborations starting, and make Headless Relatives about more than just me: I want to make it about us.