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Would it be a possible to order a signed vinyl copy of the latest shearwater album?


Shearwater responded on 03/27/2019
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It's a little difficult because we are seldom in the same physical space as records of ours for sale! If possible, bring your copy to a show and we'd be happy to sign it. If it's that's not feasible and it's really important to you, shoot us an email at contact@shearwatermusic.com or a DM on social media and we'll try our best to make it happen.

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Hi,

The middle section of Backchannels is absolutely gorgeous.
And the tone of the guitar is so reminiscent of Talk Talk's Spirit of Eden.

How did you achieve that sound?
Amp?
I assume single coil?

Cheers.
Dan


Shearwater responded on 03/27/2019
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I was trying to remember exactly how we did that. I think it was the Harmony Rocket on the bridge pickup through a little black Princeton, then run through a tube-tape echo and master room reverb. But the real secret to it is smacking the guitar with the flat of your fingernails. Not too hard.


- JM

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Any thought to releasing Missing Islands on cd?


Shearwater responded on 01/12/2019
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The CD version sold out, and I'm afraid there are no plans to make more...JM

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Hello and thank you for covering Bowie'sBerlin trilogy. I wish I could be there (I'm French). Have you thought of doing The Next Day after that? It would be fantastic !


Shearwater responded on 01/12/2019
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HI Charlotte,
Thank you for writing! I think this is all the Bowie material we will ever perform...I don't want to turn into some kind of Bowie cover band, which I'm sure you can understand. But it was a real pleasure working on this. And The Next Day is a really good album. I wish there had been time to hear more from him. HN

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Not a question, just a thanks for an incredible 3 night run of the Berlin trilogy.

Tim


Shearwater responded on 01/12/2019
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Thank you Tim! Sorry to be so long in responding. The recorded version of the performances should be available this coming week on our Bandcamp page. JM

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Will there be any more release of the "Lodger" album?


Shearwater responded on 01/12/2019
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Not of the A/V club version. But the Berlin Trilogy performance will have a digital release this week, and *possibly* a physical one if I can persuade a label to put up for the pressing costs.

JM

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I'm late to hearing you. Your performance of David Bowie's Berlin Trilogy was astoundingly good. When are you touring as anything? Especially the west coast of Canada?


Shearwater responded on 01/12/2019
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Thank you kindly! No touring plans at present until a new album...but a new Loma album is underway and a new Shearwater album is in the planning stages. 2020 would be my guess for any shows unless we end up doing the Berlin Trilogy again (if someone will pay us to do it, that is). JM

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What inspired Jet Plane & the Oxbow to be so drastically different from past albums? And how did you start making music? Thanks so much, I'm a big fan!


Shearwater responded on 02/10/2018
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Hi Andrew - Thanks for writing, and I'm sorry to be almost a year getting back (!)

But in answer to your questions - I started making music when I was a kid; I think I was 6 when I joined my first choir. Still trying to unlearn some of that training! But I picked up guitar when I was 14 and started trying to teach myself; that felt like the real beginning. Spent a lot of high school trying to learn how to play electric guitar and drove my poor parents bananas.

As for JPOB - it's always exciting to do something different; and it's the same with the new Loma record, which is very different from JPOB. If you don't mix things up you start to go kind of crazy - especially after a tour where you play the songs a billion times. RIght now I'm pretty excited about just playing guitar in a band again and letting someone else do the lead singing. (JM)