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“Oh, To Be Weightless in the Sky” available now

Guest Directors return to dynamic, full-band form after a couple of experimental, home-recorded releases during the lockdown era. For Oh, To Be Weightless in the Sky, the quartet selected five songs that would best benefit from producer Jack Endino’s (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney) extensive experience with loud rock bands. The result is a heavier sound still characterized by a strong sense of melody and a dreamy, shoegaze undercurrent throughout. Dual vocals are amped-up on this release, alongside ample layers of guitar candy that are sure to keep your headphones happy.
Opener “Another Round (An Echo)” is a full-band reimagining of “Another Round,” which was first home-recorded for the Connected Heavens EP [Topsy-009, 2021]. Inspired by a recent Seattle musician’s autobiography, the song maintains the vocal vulnerability of the original recording while detonating the power of four people recording live and loud.
Spooky and heavy in turns, “In the Cellar” dips into the darkness of the human psyche, while the music juxtaposes a haunting groove against angular noise, matched by the alternating vocals of the band’s singer/guitarists, Julie D. and Gary Thorstensen.

The propulsive “Shipwreck” again showcases the dual vocalist approach amidst the tense fury of sonic momentum. “Hidden Silos” explodes like a Roman candle thick in a pool of brooding psych where wah pedals abound. The EP closes with the quirky rocker “Words Disappear” – one of the band’s oldest songs that had never seemed to fit with previous recording sets. Given Endino’s rock bonafides, the decision to finally record the banger was a no-brainer.
Oh, To Be Weightless in the Sky reveals the assertively intricate branches Guest Directors have added to the trunk that began growing with their debut, These Beautiful Things, in 2016. A trunk that, like so many others in recent years, twisted in cleverly resourceful ways to weather the times – emerging in full bloom after a summer of sun and anticipation of the rain that awaits.

You can buy from Bandcamp (both digital and CD)

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New EP available for preorder now

Oh, To Be Weightless in the Sky“, our 5th record, is now available to preorder on Bandcamp! The full release date is October 21, and it you preorder now you’ll have instant access when it’s released. Additionally, we’ll be mailing out all prerelease CD’s a couple of days in advance.

Preorder today and get an instant download of the track from this video:


New EP Cover Art Reveal

Next month (October) we’ll be releasing our fifth EP “Oh, To Be Weightless in the Sky”. Five songs, available to buy as a CD or digital download on Bandcamp (and streaming at the usual places). We’ll also have copies before the release day at our next show.


Upcoming show plus recording updates

We spent some time this spring and early summer recording a small batch of songs with Seattle’s legendary Jack Endino, for release this fall. Related – we’ve got a cool show coming up with (also Seattle and also legendary) Love Battery, to celebrate the vinyl re-release of their “Dayglo” record. Also on the bill are Purple Strange, which Jack Endino plays in, which kind of ties this post all together. In addition, that’s the week we’ll be releasing this new 5-song EP, so you can grab a copy at the show!

The show is Saturday, October 15, at the recently-redesigned Sunset Tavern, and it might be a good one to get your tickets in advance for.


New single to be released in August

We’ve teased this a bit on social media without the release date, so you’re hearing it here first: we’re releasing a new single on Friday, August 6th!

The lead track “Treading Water” will be available on Bandcamp, of course, as well as via all the usual digital distribution and streaming sites. But we have a special gift for those who buy the song directly from us on Bandcamp – a second track that’s a really cool remix of our song When It’s All from our Connected Heavens EP, created by the drone/ambient master Obscure Colors.

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“Connected Heavens” available now!

Four new songs, recorded and mixed by us while stuck in our homes during the pandemic. We pulled together little snippets of things that weren’t a good fit for our standard rock band approach, and developed them with the resources we had at hand. The results are dreamier than most of our other recordings – probably due to the lack of a full drum kit – and full of interesting layers.

You can pick this up from Bandcamp (both digital and CD’s)

And you can stream at
Spotify
Soundcloud

Listen right here:


First teaser video from “Connected Heavens”

Some of these sounds are a little different for us. Enjoy!


“Connected Heavens” cover art reveal

We’re finishing up the final touches on our new 4-song EP “Connected Heavens”. Recorded and mixed by us, in our homes. Making the most of quarantine. Release date TBD.


No, really, we’re working on new music

Wow, last post was September. The pandemic really put the hammer down and smashed a lot of plans. The LP is partially recorded, and on hold at the moment. But we’ve been doing a lot of home recording, and we’re hoping we’ll be able to finish up the LP in the safety of our little bubbles. In the meantime, we’ve been practicing with some other songs that were cool little things that we’ve noodled around with, but were never things we’d play live so we never tried to develop them before. We’re currently finishing up mixing an eclectic 4-song EP, which should be out in March. This will be followed by a single with a remix b-side. And then hopefully our full LP this fall. Fortunately all the drums for the LP were done, so we should be able to record the vocals and few remaining guitar tracks at home.

The pandemic has definitely shaken things up, but we’re grateful that we’ve all been able to stay healthy. We hope you have been able to stay healthy too.


Working on our first LP!

What a long, strange year it’s been – live music has been hit really hard due to the necessary distancing restrictions. We already miss playing shows SO MUCH, but we’re trying to make the best of a bad situation by focusing on getting a large batch of songs recorded for what will be our first “LP” release. These songs run the gamut from a couple of our earliest compositions that didn’t fit with the previous EPs, some things we’ve been playing live for a while, to our first quarantine-based track (which takes our sound in a slightly different direction).

We actually had time scheduled to record this spring, but when the pandemic hit it seemed safest to cancel until more was known. Since then, we’ve all been isolating pretty well to the point where we felt safe to get together for practice sessions in one of our basements. This lead to a honing of the songs, and made the recording of our basic tracks go really smoothly.

We still have the usual way-too-many guitar overdubs to do, and all the singing, plus mixing in some crafty auxiliary percussion tracks – so don’t expect to see this record until next year. In the meantime, here are some photos from the first studio sessions.