early day mining
Some friends of mine are headed out on tour in support of their brand spanking new CD on Secretly Canadian and you should all know about it. In times past, Early Day Miners CDs have been called post-rock or slowcore, but neither are really a good tag. And I can't say that I am too pleased with the description from the one-sheet either but it'll do:
Moreso than on any of their previous efforts, EDM take both musical and tonal cues from the principal architects of the 80's sad-as-hell dark underground - Echo & the Bunnymen, the Church, early-the Cure, and most notably the Bauhaus/Tones On Tail/Love And Rockets axis. While contemporaries like Bedhead and Interpol have mined primarily the darkest aspects of these long shadows, there lies in Early Day Miners' method an innate sense of hope that transcends even their darkest themes (decay, suicide, desertion). Perhaps this is most evident in the guitar interplay of long-time collaborators Dan Burton (Ativin) and Joseph Brumley. Arpeggios abound, the works of Roger McGuinn and The Edge come to mind in that there is a sense of hopefulness and sublimation which drives the songs to a better place. While the album is filled with death and ghosts of all sorts, its unifying theme is the individual's ability to escape the death and ghosts. Even the making of the album (which was done just outside of the band's hometown of Bloomington, Indiana, on the outskirts of Hoosier National Forest) was plagued by ghosts and phantoms. Recorded at the Old Mt. Gilead Church - recently revamped into a recording studio and still immediately surrounded on three sides by a dozen acres of 150-year old cemetery - principal tracking for All Harm Ends Here was halted for days at a time on multiple occasions when inexplicable flutter infected the reels of tape, almost requiring EDM to relocate its principal tracking altogether. Mixing and overdubbing was done at Burton's own Grotto Home Studio in an effort to evade those ghosts in the machine which possessed Old Mt. Gilead. While the Early Day Miners don't make flashy music, their layered music rewards the repeat listener. If you listen closely enough, in fact, you can hear ghosts in the distance.
Regardless, the Early Day Miners' new album is gorgeous and lush and has fantastic triple gatefold artwork. They are out on tour right now with Chris Brokaw, whose name you might know from his stints in bands such as Codeine, Come, the New Year, Consonant, Pullman, and much much more. Check out the tourdates and catch em if you can. Buy their rekkid.
Early Day Miners - Errance
Early Day Miners - All Harm
Early Day Miners - The Purest Red