In early January, A Sunny Day In Glasgow revealed their first new music since 2010 in the form of “In Love With Useless.” Today, the band is extremely thrilled to announce their first national tour in over four years (see below for dates and ticket links). To celebrate the band is also debuting the latest single, “Bye Bye, Big Ocean (The End)” from their forthcoming LP Sea When Absent.
Sea When Absent situates itself in the science fiction that is life in 2014 and goes looking for what new myths might speak to us in our post-everything world. Recorded over a year and half with Jeff Zeigler (War on Drugs, Kurt Vile) at his Uniform Recording Studios in Eraserhood Philadelphia, the album is a conscious move away from the bright-dark, ambient maximalism of the band’s double LP, Ashes Grammar, and a move towards a post-millennial, up-front pop sound. Sea When Absent is simultaneously A Sunny Day in Glasgow at their most accessible, most insane, and most rock.
Appropriately for new beginnings, Sea When Absent marks a number of firsts for ASDIG-it’s the first album recorded in a “real” studio by someone who isn’t Ben or Josh, the first album not written mostly by Ben, the first album with next-to-no reverb, and the first time in ASDIG’s history that it has existed as an actual band (not just Ben or Josh playing everything). There was also a conscious effort to get away from aspects of recording that have defined this band in the past-namely heavily reverbed and buried vocals . Vocalists Jen Goma and Anne Fredrickson have beautiful voices and it was time to explore the possibilities of their abilities/talents. Jen took on a central role in the making of this album, stepping up to write most of the lyrics and melodies. Anne also contributed melodies throughout the album and put her classical cello training to use adding string arrangements. Since 2009 Ben has called Sydney, Australia home and while he was down under, jack-of-all-trades Josh Meakim was “Our Man in Philly”, overseeing the recording sessions and adding all of the musical and production ideas he usually does. The distance between Ben and the rest of the band also forced novel ways of building songs from across the world. Bassist Ryan Newmyer, in Brooklyn, was tasked with deconstructing and rebuilding several songs in his own way, exemplified in “Oh, I’m a Wrecker (What to Say to Crazy People)”. Holding it all together is drummer Adam Herndon. Adam is Sea When Absent‘s alchemist-weaving between, and often reconciling, the colossal boom of electronic beats (see “Golden Waves” or “Double Dutch”) and the subtle elegance of adrum kit in a room (see “The Body, It Bends” or “The Things They Do to Me”).
Between releasing Ashes Grammar in late 2009 and Autumn, Again in late 2010, ASDIG spent the better part of that year on tour. The six members in this band returned to six different Ithacas and the various dramas and adventures they’ve endured since then inform a lot of Sea When Absent. But 2014 is also just an insane time to be alive. Dominant narratives have broken down and the stories we tell ourselves have never been more up-for-grabs.It’s all happening and A Sunny Day in Glasgow want to be as simultaneously everywhere and nowhere as the rest of us. Sea When Absent is ASDIG’s story for the milieu-a fever-dream about the now and a future possible set in pop-major.
07/03 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
07/06 – Washington, DC @ DC9
07/07 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café
07/08 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
07/09 – Minneapolis, MN @ Icehouse
07/11 – Missoula, MT @ TBA
07/12 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Back Bar
07/13 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
07/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
07/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theatre
07/17 – Tempe, AZ @ Last Exit
07/19 – Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar
07/20 – Forth Worth, TX @ Lola’s Saloon
07/21 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
07/22 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
07/23 – Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge
07/24 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
07/25 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
07/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
07/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s