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 firstname.lastname@example.org or a DM on social media and we'll try our best to make it happen.
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?
I assume single coil?
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.
The CD version sold out, and I'm afraid there are no plans to make more...JM
When will Shearwater tour the UK? I lived in San Francisco for 19 years until July 2017.. where I saw your amazing shows many times. I have moved back to UK now (unfortunately diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer!) and would love to be able to see you perform here. I often drive around the beautiful English Cotswold countryside hammering out tracks such as Star of the Age and Filaments.. singing along, spirit soaring. Thanks so much for such incredible music over the years. Big love. Jason
Thank you so kindly, Jason. I don't know when we'll be touring in the UK again, but my guess is not till after a new album comes out, which hasn't started yet....so, 2020? I hope? Sorry I don't have better news. All the very best to you - JM
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
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
Hi, just wanted to let you know that i'll gladly participate one way or another to the making of the next Shearwater album (sorry but you talked about crowdfunding, but i only see the Patreon page, will it be the only page ?). If it's okay to ask, i would also like to know if you intend to make music similar to the first albums ? I mean pre Subpop releases, i discovered your band with Winged Life and even after all these years it's still one of my top albums of all time (also really liked the couple after this one, not so fond of the last ones especially since Animal Joy that marked a huge change to me at least). Thanks and keep the good work. Sorry for my bad english ^^
Thank you so kindly! We're looking forward to working on a new SW album later this year. JM
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.
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
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)