This is our album, Trucking. It was written and recorded over basically one calendar year. The album is all over the place in terms of “writing credits” so we’ll say all songs written by whomever is doing what they are doing on any given song. Sorta. That covers most of it, pretty sure.
Not sure what binds the whole thing together save for Zach and Ike being on all the songs. Nature, loss, whimsy, our ontological vocation. All that stuff is in there, too. The loss thing is a trip. It’s a bummer when people leave you, and we’re sorry for when you’re hurting over that, friends.
This album is for Kelly Mertz, 1975-2019. Long may you run.
released August 16, 2019
The Flats, Magdalena, and Rise Above Yourself in Glory recorded by Mike Roche at Broadside Productions, Kalamazoo, MI
Rachel, Quine, and RQ83 recorded by Neal Markowski at Burn the Furniture, Chicago, IL
Campaign Song, Ice Cream on Guadalcanal, Cormorants, Launchpad, 4th Grade, Snickelfritz, Garrison Dam, Mertz Slough, and Turmeric recorded by Luke Tweedy at Flat Black Studios, Lone Tree, IA
Additional recording by Zach Hench, Chafe Hensley, Franki Hand, Garth Mason, and Ike Turner. Ambient noises recorded in Iowa, California, North Dakota, and Michigan.
Zach mixed the whole damn thing by himself. He should get some extra credit for that. Buy him a kombucha when you see him next.
Mastered by Matt Barnhart of Chicago, IL and the great band TRE ORSI.
Wowza In Kalamazoo is a full-on collaboration amongst Zach Hench, Chafe Hensley, and Ike Turner. It began with some broken
arrows lying around Ike’s 4-track (some for over a decade), and changed into something a lot more interesting than that. RIYL Krautrock, the Dead Man soundtrack, Duster....more
Josh: They are a fantastic band, they have a TRIUMPH.
Conan: Yes, they have a triumphant aspect to what they do It comes from the fugazi/hoover-esque DC world, but there is definitely an element of what they do that… especially when they are all singing together… excuse me… SANGING those unison vocals. It’s a good record man, all the songs are pretty rock solid and there are some fist pumpers. This is put out by former guest of the show Jon Solomon
Josh: friend of the show! Conan Neutron