My Jerusalem Announces Release Date for "Gone For Good"
Wed, 01 Sep 2010 12:43:03
The collective now known as My Jerusalem have announced October 26 as the release date for Gone For Good, their debut album. The individual members of My Jerusalem have impressive pedigrees if you like indie rock; they met through critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Jeff Klein, who played with each of them in his travels as a solo artist. Jeff met guitarist Dave Rosser, a touring member of the Twilight Singers through producer, Mike Napolitano. Bassist Ashley Dzerigian was in Great Northern and toured with Ed Harcourt. Drummer Cully Symington was in bands like Cursive and Bishop Allen and tracked the Gutter Twins album. Rick Nelson, who plays violin, viola, cello and keyboards in the band, is a longtime member of the Polyphonic Spree and St. Vincent. Matt Bricker, also a member of the Polyphonic Spree, had been playing with The Low Lows. See what I mean about an impressive pedigree?
"A sense of community and camaraderie can go a long way," Klein said in a statement about the project's overall vibe. "I don't think anybody in this project was the coolest kid in school. All of these people are highly revered musicians who have been involved with a bunch of other projects – everyone is somebody from somewhere. This time around, we've all gotten together with people on the same level, to have fun. And that's the key in all this: Just to have fun and play music that is fun for us to play, with songs that are meaningful."
Interestingly, My Jerusalem recorded Gone For Good in two adjacent apartments in the French Quarter of New Orleans, LA. The experience proved to be both challenging and liberating. "Almost every piece of gear we used was broken or duct-taped together," mused Klein. That ramshackle environment and the creativity it birthed to overcome its limitations only added to the music's charm. From the Bacharach meets Orbison album opener "Valley of Casualties," to the cathartically driving "Sweet Chariot," Gone For Good is a set of 12 songs that illustrate, as the group puts it "ones journey to find hope and satisfaction through even the hardest of times, and come out victorious." I think it is quite cool that the band used fractured instruments to create their music. There is something doubly romantic about that notion.
For the live shows the band will continue to grow and change. "It definitely keeps me on my toes. Wait, who's playing drums tonight? And there are how many people onstage?" joked Klein. You'll have to wait and see what My Jersusalem has in store for audiences when they tour; US and UK dates for My Jerusalem are planned for later this year.
Are you interested in checking out My Jerusalem? I am intrigued, simply because they used ramshackle recording equipment.