I'm so far behind you're gonna get a couple of posts taken straight from the source.
this one's from the St. Ives label - a sister label to Dead Oceans, Secretly Canadian and Jagjaguwar.
The latest record, released just yesterday on February 23rd, is Hoquiam's debut and self-titled LP.
In the fall of 2008, Damien Jurado began a side project with his younger brother Drake, to run opposite to, yet borrow from, the folk music leanings that he is known for. He wanted to add a dark early 60's garage feel to the songs. Infusing this sound came easily with the addition of his younger brother. With no musical experience other than high school choir (and being mistaken for Damien on the phone) Drake took naturally to drawing out the dark tales from the city where he was born. The songs are compelling in story, but also pay tribute in feel to the real town of Hoquiam. Gothic folk, personal narratives, and simple strong percussive elements define the music of Hoquiam. Sparse, desolate, and a place you will find yourself passing through from time to time - both the town and the band.
one of the hand-drawn Hoquiam covers
Damien Jurado has a great entry up on the Secretly Canadian blog talking about the project. Of course we have a free mp3 for you, internet! Download "Zombies of the Sea" here!
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