THE FAMILY CREST with The Lonely Wild

Fri Jul 10 2015

9:00 PM - 2:00 AM (Doors 8:00 PM)

Mercy Lounge

One Cannery Row Nashville, TN 37203

$10 adv / $12 Day Of Show

Ages 18+

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  • The Family Crest

    The Family Crest


    It’s fitting that The Family Crest was born in San Francisco, a city known for its rich history of experimentation, innovation and progressive thinking. It’s the kind of place that would welcome The Family Crest’s audacious vision for how music could be created.

    In 2009, two young musicians - Liam McCormick (lead vocals, guitar) and his friend, John Seeterlin (bass) - settled in San Francisco to record a cycle of songs that Liam had written. For Liam, a self-taught composer and trained vocalist, there was explicit intent for this recording project: to include as many people as possible in the music-making, based on the belief that everyone is inherently musical when given the opportunity.

    Throughout the course of a year, Liam and John reached out into the city and proceeded to record people of all ages and musical backgrounds performing Liam’s songs. The project took the duo from churches to living rooms to cafes, even up the coast to Oregon and Washington, all in its mission to build community through music.

    The resulting album, The Village, inspired the band to develop into a proper performing entity, adding four classically trained instrumentals around the nucleus that Liam and John defined. Its musical diversity is reflected in the range of bands that The Family Crest has opened for, including The Head and the Heart and OKGO!

    This growth also inspired a continued mission of musical inclusiveness. At live shows and in the studio, The Family Crest set out to play with as many musicians as possible. Whether a fan took the stage to be part of a group chorus, or contributed an instrumental part to a recording, they were considered a part of “the extended family,” which now boasts over 300 members. “While vying to collect more musicians onstage than the Decemberists or Arcade Fire,” remarked The San Francisco Chronicle, “The Family Crest harbors an affection for Burt Bacharach-style swingin’ romanticism that is sure to impress lovers of classical pop.”

    Once the band saw its vision taking hold, even beyond its hometown, it looked back to the city that supported the family for new musical inspiration. Over the course of a week, The Family Crest, in its usual fashion, recorded a plethora of instruments in various homes and churches, as well as John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone recording studio, to create The Headwinds EP (out July 30, 2013 on Tender Loving Empire). With a pop-infused take on complex arrangements, songs like “Love Don’t Go” and “Marry Me” cover the spectrum of love, from the lost to everlasting.

    The Headwinds EP introduces music fans to the grand sounds they can expect in the band’s new full-length album, Beneath the Brine, a sweeping soundscape befitting the oceanic theme of the title. Featuring brass, string and wind players, as well as guest vocalists to support the impressive range of Liam’s voice, Beneath the Brine (out January 2014 on Tender Loving Empire Records) showcases an expansive breadth of arrangements – from dark, classical romanticism to brass-laden sounds akin to the Roaring 20s.

    “When I began composing the music for Beneath the Brine,” explains Liam, “my orchestrations included instruments I never would have dreamed of including before, like bassoon, vibraphone, French horn. I really tried to learn as much as possible about the instruments I was writing for, and to do that, I went back to members of the extended family to learn about their specific crafts. That’s where we saw our vision for collaborative music really come to life.”

    The result is nothing short of epic, as The Family Crest has wielded classical chamber sounds and pop music elements seamlessly in songs like “The World Will Heal Another One” and “As We Move Forward.” It’s the sonic representation of what Liam, and many pioneers before him, saw from the edge of the West Coast: the enormity of the sea, with its depths, dangers and possibilities. Beneath the Brine will resonate with listeners who have ever dreamed of pushing onward to find solace and community in something new.

  • The Lonely Wild

    The Lonely Wild


    It’s difficult to write about death in a way that isn’t morose or dispiriting. The subject, long turned over by artists of all kinds, is inherently sad. But on Chasing White Light (eOne Music/Fast Plastic), The Lonely Wild reflects on death in a way that is both accepting and uplifting. The album, which follows the Los Angeles group’s 2013 effort The Sun As it Comes, was born last year as frontman Andrew Carroll was faced with the death of his wife’s grandmother. “When that happens to people you know and love, you often pause and reflect on people you’ve known who’ve passed away,” he notes. “And then the topic started coming out in songs naturally.”

    “Scar,” a folksy indie rock tune, was one of the first songs to emerge during that process. The reflective track recounts the passing of Andrew’s childhood friend who died after they’d grown apart. “That was a moment of pause for me,” he says. “You wonder what could have happened if you were still part of that person’s life.” The rest of the album followed easily. “Snow,” a soaring, vintage-tinged number, raises questions about life and death, eventually conceding that there is no afterlife and that’s okay, encouraging the idea that you should live for now. “Running,” a song that offers the album its title in its lyrics, traces similar themes. It acknowledges the white light you supposedly run to upon death, but also sees that light as a metaphor for whatever you’re chasing while alive. It asks the listener to live in the moment and follow the thing that compels them. 

    Once written, these songs were transformed at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco. Working with Vanderslice marked the band’s first experience with a producer on an album. He had a huge impact on the sonic landscape of Chasing White Light, affording the musicians the opportunity to use antique instruments like harpsichord and cello, as well as analog synthesizers and electric organs, and recorded the entire album to tape. Instead of recreating the band’s demos, Vanderslice forced them out of their comfort zone, encouraging each song to evolve into its best incarnation. It was a deeply liberating experience for the band. 

    “We weren’t following a checklist of tracks to record” Andrew explains. “We listened more closely to the songs to hear what they needed and what sounded best. It totally transformed the songs. Recording to tape really helped shaped the performances. We didn’t pick everything apart. It’s raw. There’re mistakes in there. It was more about capturing a performance and that live energy and the emotive quality of the music, rather than making something polished and pitch perfect.” He adds, “We got a little weirder with the instrumentation and let the songs speak with unique voices. We didn’t want to fall back onto any one genre.”

    The Lonely Wild’s touring experience also impacted the album. Over the past few years, the group, which formed in 2010, has performed with Damien Rice, Apache Relay, The Lone Bellow, Lord Huron, Laura Marling, Phosphorescent, Dwight Yoakam and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and at festivals like South by Southwest, First City Festival, Echo Park Rising, Cask and Drum Festival and Jubilee. The band has sold out nearly a dozen shows in their hometown of Los Angeles, and expanded their live show to feel as dynamic and exciting as possible. On Chasing White Light, the musicians wanted to bring that sense of exhilaration to the recording. “There’s a sense of urgency to this record that we didn’t have on previous records,” Andrew says. “It’s much more immediate. Some of that comes from the theme, but a lot comes from playing shows a lot. We turned into a louder band.”

    In the end, Chasing White Light comes to some sort of acceptance. You will die, but that doesn’t have to be mournful or disheartening. It encourages you to stay in the moment and follow your own bliss, rather than live for some future promise of an afterlife. It’s a musical journey that leaves you uplifted and encouraged, even as it considers one of life’s darkest subjects. “This album doesn’t dwell on the despair of it all,” Andrew confirms. “It’s about looking at death for what it is – something we all go through at some point. It’s that great mystery and no one really knows what happens. You’re never going to know until you get there. And you have to come to terms with that. Through writing these songs I’ve come to accept it and not totally fear it. And I hope our fans can too.”

Show This & GOLDTOOTH, INC present

THE FAMILY CREST with The Lonely Wild

Fri Jul 10 2015 9:00 PM - 2:00 AM

(Doors 8:00 PM)

Mercy Lounge Nashville TN
THE FAMILY CREST with The Lonely Wild
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$10 adv / $12 Day Of Show Ages 18+