As many of you know, we released our EP. Myopic Contemplation, last friday (3.4.16). We wanted to drop a few lines to let you know about the journey from conception to writing to recording to releasing this EP.
Back in the summer of 2014...
we had been playing with various sounds and set ups for our live show. The material we were playing was mostly songs I wrote as "singer-songwritter" with nothing in mind but my guitar and voice. We began working on reimagining the songs, but we realized that it was nearly as much work as writting new material. We would wrestle with technology, computer programs, arrangements, sound identities, performance vs. playback ideologies, and usually walk away with more questions than answeres.
In spite of this struggle, we would release our first single as Fate of Fools, "Charades" in the fall of 2014. In tandem with this release, we played one PACKED show as Fate of Fools at The Map Room of The Bowery Electric.
As 2014 came to a close...
we had been in a long process of deciding weather or not to revamp what we already had, or to start afresh. We finally decided to take some time to work on new material. We would certainly be able to write and record an album in 12 months - an album that we would be happy with. Then we would get right back to playing live... As we know, the best laid plans of mice and men, oft go awry.
As we started on our journey we almost immediately met resistance from increasingly demanding work schedules, life responsibilities, and a call, ever increasing in intensity, to deal with personal emotional needs that had been left unkept.
Living life while we were working on our EP caused it to read as a journal entry of our own wrestling with depression, disappointment, and disillusionment. Life can be hard, and these are feelings that we have all felt to varying degrees at points, but sometimes the hardest part about being there is feeling alone in it. Our hope is that through Myopic Contemplation people might have the courage to step out of the isolation that makes them feel trapped.
18 months later, we finished...well, kind of.
After 18 months of writing, arranging, tweaking sounds, recording, mixing, and doing even more tweaking, we had an almost finished product. We wanted to be able to get the project professionally mastered (mostly to get a second set of ears before we released it to the world). We also wanted to make physical copies of this EP. These two things were somewhat pricey and we were short on funds, so we asked for help! In December of 2015 we launched a rockethub crowd funding campaign.
Thanks to our AWESOME fans, friends, and family, we were able to raise all of the funds need to give this project the finishing touches.
In the future...
we plan on playing as much as possible. We've already got a couple of dates coming up in Manhattan for March and April (for more info on these, CLICK HERE!). We hope that by the summer we will begin to expand our live show reach outside of the city and if that goes well.. who knows?!?! but lets not get ahead of ourselves.
Anything else you would like to know?
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