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.)

Bent Shapes

Bent Shapes gets a 7.0 from Pitchfork! Read the review here

Bent Shapes is a noisy indie pop band from Boston that was formerly known as Girlfriends. In spring of 2012, bandmates Andy Sadoway, Ben Potrykus, and Supriya Gunda recruited ex-Whir bassist Zoë Wyner on second guitar, and began playing under the new name. The band is currently recording their debut LP, which will see release later this year.


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