The ten year anniversary of Gorillaz’ Demon Days album is today! This album was incredibly important for us as musicians, so we decided to put together a cover of “Dare” as a tribute. Also, J put together a really cool video for the track. It is essentially the ’60s cult horror film The Brain That Wouldn’t Die reimagined as a four minute silent movie.
We got some absolutely incredible news this week: two of our recordings will be preserved until the end of time. Or, at the very least, for as long as there is a United Kingdom.
Back in 2012, we were invited to contribute “Graceful Steps” to The State of Music, a project by a small UK record label called Choose My Music Records. The purpose of The State of Music was to “discover, interview and release music by one unsigned or indie label band from all 50 US states.” We were excited to represent Pennsylvania, as well as to find out that our friends in New Sweden would represent Delaware (where Jason and I grew up). The State of Music project collected some great music and garnered the attention of BBC Radio and The Guardian, before coming to a close in 2013.
Earlier this week, the founder of Choose My Music, Dom Paczko, received an email from the British Library Sound Archive. The British Library, the largest in the world, is the national library of the United Kingdom and charged with “preserving the national memory” of the UK. Its sound archive includes oral histories, plays, performances of the classical masters, wildlife sounds, urban soundscapes, and popular music. The music collection is mostly British, but it also includes select international recordings. A representative from the archive praised Dom for his “great and interesting” music selections and told him that the British Library would like to archive all of Choose My Music’s releases. This includes “Graceful Steps,” our contribution to The State of Music, as well as “Cotton Shirts,” which Choose My Music released for us in 2012.
This is an incredible honor and we’re still having a little trouble wrapping our heads around it. Needless to say, my grandmom (who grew up in Malvern, England) was pretty excited. She told me, “You know, it’s always nice to have something to brag about to the other ladies.” Oh grandmom.
We just found out that “The Atlantic Ocean” is a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition! Out of over 18,000 entries, we made it to the TOP 200. We are so pumped, you have no idea. The winners are chosen by a panel of top-notch songwriting judges, but there is a separate People’s Voice award and you can help us win by clicking the voting button below and voting for “The Atlantic Ocean.”
Between this and our WSTW Hometown Heroes Homey Award, this has been a good year for this tune.
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.
Stay warm everybody!
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.
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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.