“WE is not about you and me or even ‘us,’ the band. It’s about finding our way in the world one day at a time trying to live out each moment until the sun goes down.” Parsonsfield has been through the wringer of ups and downs and decided for the first time since the band’s 2011 conception to take a two-month break from touring to focus solely on recording. The result is WE, a contemplative EP filled with real life struggle and excitement. The album takes us from the joys of childhood discovery to the depression and confusion of a quarter-life crisis, and ends with dancing your way toward the darkness at the end of days.

“Everyone finds themselves searching for this theoretical ‘thing’ that is supposed to make them happy. Whether it’s a relationship or financial comfort, there’s a goal in our minds that once achieved, we’ll be able to start enjoying life,” says singer/songwriter and banjo player Chris Freeman. “Our circumstances, whether we’re rich or poor, are only half of what determines happiness. The rest is our thoughts, habits and connections with other people,” adds songwriter and mandolin player Antonio Alcorn. “WE is an inner journey to appreciate what you have, and to find happiness no matter what your lot in life.”

In a concise five songs, WE captures the band’s maturing sound, winding its way through a full range of emotions. It has as much influence from 90’s rock and 70’s R&B as it does the folk-pop material that fans have come to expect from the western Massachusetts based outfit. The album opens with a forlorn mandolin that grows into the groovy “Light of the City,” a song about profound loneliness in the most crowded place on earth. “Go Find Yourself” captures the fading of childhood excitement as you tumble down a prescribed path toward the rest of your life, realizing it won’t bring you happiness. The song takes a cosmic step back and pleads, “when love comes to find you, don’t run and hide.” The danceable, invigorating “Kick Out The Windows,” written in reaction to Dylan Thomas’ poem “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night,” is a resonant anthem of defiance and redemption, showcasing Parsonsfield’s enduring vein of passion.

Leading up to the recording of WE, Parsonsfield built a home studio where they retreated to workshop song ideas and experiment with recording techniques. “There were more demos and versions of these songs than any other songs we have written. It was a much more thoughtful process with 90% of our ideas not sticking. Since recording our last album, Blooming Through The Black, we scored a film and wrote instrumental music for the first time, which opened new horizons for this record.”

When it came time to go into the studio with producer Dan Cardinal (Josh Ritter, The Low Anthem, Darlingside), Parsonsfield had more material than ever before. “Dan challenged us even further to play with sampled drums and more effected sounds giving the music more depth and mood. Although this was our first time working in a traditional recording studio, we didn’t want to lose the space that our demos had. So we made sure that songs like ‘Light of the City’ and ‘Take Me Back’ maintained that minimalism that we fell in love with on our demo.”

WE is the highly anticipated fourth release from Parsonsfield, a quintet praised for making "the most jubilant and danceable indie roots music this side of the Carolinas” (NPR). The band continues to push the boundaries of their harmony- driven grassroots origins creating their own distinctive Americana, integrating pop and bold rock flourishes along the way.

Just remember, WE is not about you and me. Freeman continues, “It’s about struggling with depression and anxiety from living in a divisive world, yet we have so much to be grateful for. It's about being at the crossroads of yesterday's dreams and tomorrow's plans.”

Juvenile Characteristics

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"...They are an absolute Blast! Their live shows are like an aggressive southern gospel church service...Great roots music and natural entertainers."
--Dana Schroyer

Grit, Grub, and Grind Podcast

Juvenile Characteristics is a 4-piece acoustic/electric band committed to playing our favorite covers and our own original music. The covers we choose to play are songs that we would want to listen to if we were going to see live music. Our original music is written from our hearts based on our experiences and dreams.

Original members, Jason Hummell, Kris Chapman, and Jason Sample started the band in early 2009 and played together for most of 5 years. In early 2014, they decided to add Mitch Adelman to the mix completing their unique sound. Many changes have accompanied their musical growth over the course of 7+ years including the addition of new instruments, percussion and more intricate harmonies.

Jason Hummell plays acoustic guitar and adds both lead and background vocals. As the one man rhythm machine, he also provides a unique energy while he keeps tempo playing hi-hat, and kick snare drum.

Kris Chapman is the driving energy force that leads Juvenile Characteristics with sweet vocals on both melodies and harmonies. Chappy is also known to throw down some impressive dance moves while playing a mean tambourine.

Jason Sample makes his presence felt on the low end of the musical register. As the bass man, he provides his energy through the upright bass, electric bass, and kick bass drum. You will also hear him adding to the mix with bass vocals.

Mitch Adelman is the newest member of Juvenile Characteristics, completing the sound with pedal steel, lead electric guitar and slide guitar. His musical ability has driven the band to many new experiences and challenges.

For us, the live experience is what we thrive on, promoting the peace and love that has shaped our lives. We encourage you to check out a live show, however, in the meantime, we hope this will serve as an opportunity for us to provide you with the musical aspect of the experience with Juvenile Characteristics.

Thanks, much peace and love

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