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.