John Vanderslice

John Vanderslice

While it's true I did endure a terrible break-up at the beginning of writing this record, this is not a break up record. Dagger Beach is a put-me-the-fuck-back-together record.
The break up came in late 2011, after endless months of White Wilderness touring. I returned home to an empty house, and, as that's pretty unbearable when you're not quite right in the head, I decided to set out walking. I hiked the Lost Coast (36 miles of off-the-grid splendor in Southern Humboldt County), I hiked the entire 150-mile trail system of Pt. Reyes, I hiked for days, deep, deep in the woods, usually alone.
As I walked and walked, listening to records on repeat, I started obsessing about music again. Three records found their way into my psyche and inspired much of this new record: Joanna Newsom's Have One On Me, Silver Jews' The Natural Bridge, and Radiohead's King Of Limbs. I don't think you'll find traces of these records in Dagger Beach, but their spirit and fearlessness deeply affected me. (Hence the shout-out on the record to one of my lifelong heroes, David Berman.)

the Still Tide

Having left behind New York City’s jagged cityscape for the mountains of Denver’s skyline, indie rock band The Still Tide has at last found a place to call home. Written and recorded in the aftermath of the move, their latest EP Half Empty Rooms refracts the grit and urgency of city life through the lens of Colorado’s clean air and open space, creating “… a little sweet spot where indie rock, shoegaze and folk rock all intersect” (Blurt Online). After its release in March of 2015, a solid follow-up to their previous record Tinder (2013), the group took their seasoned and luminous sound on the road, touring the east coast and Europe for several months.

Since their departure from Brooklyn, they’ve shared stages with Kaki King, John Vanderslice, Angel Olsen and Pure Bathing Culture among many others and have been featured on Daytrotter, Colorado Public Radio’s Open Air and Denver Open Media’s live studio sessions. This last summer they played to packed rooms at Denver’s Underground Music and Westword Music showcases and were selected collaborators for the city’s celebrated Reykjavik Calling event.

Currently, longstanding bandmates Jacob Miller (Anthony Ruptak, The Kissing Club) and Anna Morsett (Ark Life, These United States) have been hard at work expanding and developing the project with the help of their talented friends and will begin work on a new record this winter.

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