I wrote and recorded Carabineer.
Then I recorded a bunch of songs I've written in the last 2 years. I rewrote some of them for this album.
What you're hearing just might be the best thing I've ever done alone.
SO DAMN SIC is about me and learning how to be alone without being lonely. I wrote it in the UMM Briggs Library during a coffee break in the summer of 2014, right after listening to some g.s
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THE NIGHT WE SHAVED OUR HEADS is about KT Lindemann and Isaac Smolund and all of my friends and the good times we have had together. I wrote it in my bed a few days after I shaved my hair into a mohawk with Andrew Sletten and Mitch Hancock.
DEAR FRIEND, HELP ME OUT is about a good conversation I had with KT Lindemann in my living room about growth and travel. I wrote it in the UMM Briggs Library Archives while I was supposed to be working but Andrew Jackson Jihad’s “Sad Songs” made me write this instead. The songs are almost identical and I don’t care.
LEMMEOUT is about how much KT Lindemann inspired me to create art during the Spring of 2014, and how I will always love her for that. I wrote it after saying goodbye to her before she left Morris for Minneapolis and I was embracing the sadness of the situation. “I’m trying to remember, oh I’m trying to remember” is a reference to Kelly Fischer’s song “Bitter”.
LIFE FINDS A WAY is about my growing views on kindness and morality. I wrote it in the Winter of 2013 and had a lot of fun with it. It didn’t have a home until this album.
CARABINEER is about Sydney Long and how at any given time I will admire in any given way. I wrote it in my bed at 2 in the morning when I loved her a little bit too much. I reference many songs from her band “Dr. Wild-Things’ Edible Circus”, as well as the song “Holding Onto You” by Twenty One Pilots. This is the song that is responsible for me recording this whole album. It is now living with 8 Bit Johnson, and couldn’t be happier.
TILIA TREE is about KT Lindemann and a number of Facebook conversations we had about art and sadness. I wrote it in my bed in the winter/spring of 2014. Many of the lines were said by one of us to the other at some point. As such, these lyrics were unofficially co-written by her.
MOTHERFUCKING BATMAN is about how fucking hard it is when I can’t write a goddamn song. I wrote it in the Summer of 2013 when I was having a hard time being happy and art wasn’t getting my anywhere. It was a good explosion of energy for me.
YOU’RE THE PETE BEST is about William White, my muse, my love, my best friend, my bandmate, my partner in crime. I wrote it when I had no idea how else to tell him how much I love him. I didn’t understand that he already knew. I reference a song by Yikes!Baribeau, I don’t care enough to recall which one.
Sadness can make us stupid and blind. Remember to love each other until it kills you. Don’t let anything fucking stop you.