At the time, Charlie, Thomas, Zach, and I had already been playing together for a while as the Loudness War, itself in its second version (Loudness War Starship, I suppose). And Thomas, Zach, Sarah, and I were all in the Strange Tree production of The Dead Prince, a folk musical. When I wanted to expand my own sound beyond what I could do alone, it was natural to turn to the people with whom I was already making music.
The CAU session was not the first time we'd played music of mine—"Grace" had been in at least one Loudness War set earlier that year—but it was the first time we kind of recognized the project as something new. A few weeks later I played what was supposed to be a solo set at LiveWire, and the band joined me for most of it. By early 2014, we were recording an album at the Workshop Jones.
Mostly this all feels like incredible luck. A lot of bands don't get to year ten. A lot of bands didn't survive COVID. A lot of songwriters burn out. A lot of bandmates can't stand each other. (It's possible that we have avoided quite a few problems by the simple expedient of never making enough money to afford cocaine.)
If you've listened, watched, clicked, clapped, danced, worn a T-shirt, booked us, shared a lineup, worked sound, stamped hands at the door: you're a part of this too. And I am so, so grateful. Thank you, friends.