What should have been a two hour drive home yesterday might have become an eight hour, blizzard-y ordeal, but this totally made up for the brutal cold and snowy roadways. Thank you Noisetrade for possibly the kindest review We Choose to Go to the Moon has ever received:
“There’s a good chance that this stunning debut record from Revolution, I Love You is exactly what’s been missing in your life…As gritty guitars blend with hip-hop loops and slick bass lines dance with synthesizers, each song breathes a fresh breath of creativity and confidence.”
What makes this even more special for us is the fact that this album was released three and a half years ago. I don’t know what brought it to their attention, but HELL YES I’m all for it. There’s nothing like a fresh boost of confidence to motivate us as we get back to songwriting for our sophomore full-length album, Black Feathers.
Anyway, you can read what Noisetrade has to say HERE.
Thank you to everyone who helped get “The Atlantic Ocean” nominated for Best Alternative Song at the WSTW Hometown Heroes Homey Awards! If you want to be there to find out who wins, come out to the awards show on March 6 at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington, DE. Click the banner below for more info.
We’re heading back to Harrisburg in a few weeks for the Millennium Music Conference and it will be the first time we will be showcasing at MMC with our drummer, Jeff Ormsby! We’ll be at the Double K Tavern on February 20 with 1 Echo 1, The Supertonix, and Running Late.
We just got these sweet certificates in the mail to autograph for the first batch of people that bought a piece of “The Atlantic Ocean.” Thank you to everyone who bought one, your support means the world to us and we’re excited that you now – very literally – own a piece of our music.
If you’re curious what this is all about, check out the New York Rock Exchange. When you buy one of our shares, not only do you get a badass compilation CD, Independent Music Collection Vol. 1, but you get a piece of the copyright in our song, “The Atlantic Ocean.”
Over the last few days I’ve thought a lot about what has happened in the past year, in part because I was planning to write this post and in part because I thought it might be good for me. I’ve never been one for resolutions or Years in Review, but I felt a bit unanchored, ready to let one year slip into the next without so much as a thought. So I figured I owed myself the opportunity to consider what we’ve managed to do in our last lap around the sun.
We started 2014 with the biggest decision that we’ve made since beginning this project: to add a drummer to the band. We’d had Jeff in mind for a little while and decided to finally invite him over to try out a few songs. A lot of work went into that first session with Jeff, mostly on his end, since playing to programmed beats is not easy and even less natural. He pulled it off like a champ though, so we invited him to join the band and started to practice as a three-piece in February.
At the end of February, we released The Atlantic Ocean EP. I’ve personally never been as attached to any song of ours as I am to the title track, so it meant a lot to me that it was well received, with The Deli Magazine calling it our “most accomplished album to date.” And with almost 30,000 views on Vevo, the music video for “The Atlantic Ocean” has probably gotten our music to more ears than anything else we’ve ever done.
We spent the spring and summer promoting the EP, continuing to perform as a duo while we secretly practiced with Jeff. We got to play on Radio 104.5’s Live at 5, where we performed a medley of “R U Mine?” and “Do I Wanna Know?” by Arctic Monkeys.
We even got to open for Berlin and play the big stage at World Café Live this summer, which was a dream come true. A crowd of all ages gave us the kind of reception that no opening act has the right to hope for, and we were incredibly grateful for it.
At the very end of the summer, we played our first show with Jeff. I’d always wondered what it would feel like to play with a drummer on stage after so many years of performing as a duo. As it turns out, it’s goddamn exhilarating.
The rest of the year was a blur. We made our first appearance at the Dewey Beach Music Conference and got to be a part of the New York Rock Exchange compilation CD (still available!). We released “Autumn Leaves”, the first single from our upcoming 2015 record, Black Feathers, and had the amazing luck to play at the New York City Marathon. It was the most inspiring show I’ve ever played and one of the greatest rushes of my life. I couldn’t thank all those runners more.
Thank you all for an incredible year. It has been more than I could have hoped for and I can’t wait for the next one.
We recently paired up with a company called New York Rock Exchange to release something really unique. NYRE included our song, “The Atlantic Ocean”, on a compilation album called Independent Music Collection Volume 1. But this isn’t just any compilation album: when you buy a copy of this album (which includes songs from tons of other great bands), you get a piece of the copyright for “The Atlantic Ocean”. You become a co-owner of the song! This is an amazing way to really become a part of our project and to support what we do. So visit the NYRE website and find out more about how this works.
Thank you all so much for your support up to this point. Thank you for every album downloaded, every video shared, and every kickstarter donation given. You’re already a part of what we do, NYRE just lets us make it official.
This Thursday, we will be at Kung Fu Necktie sharing the stage with Hudson K and Solus Rex. Our friends in Hudson K are making the trek up to Philly from Nashville, so let’s show them a good time! It’s supposed to be wet and chilly that night, so you might as well come inside and warm your bones with rock n roll and liquor.