Hi! Sallie Ford here. I want to tell you about the recording we made that we are releasing as an EP called “Summer” in December 2013 (Partisan). Because what better time to close your eyes and think abut the dead of summer than December, facing down eighty-nine days of winter?
Jeff (guitar), Ford (drums), Tyler (bass) and I recorded the songs over a four-day weekend in October 2012 with Mike Coykendall at his Blue Rooms studio in Portland, OR. Mike is the best; a musician, engineer and producer who has recorded and toured with folks like M. Ward, She & Him, Blitzen Trapper and Bright Eyes. We had worked with him before on the Dirty Radio album. He’s a Portland celebrity of sorts, yet he remains very chill, humble and sweet. But enough about Mike…
We wanted the songs to sound more raw than our full albums Dirty Radio and Untamed Beast, so we recorded with a simple setup that would probably have been right at home in the mid-1960's: just a few vintage microphones, all live, and all in the same room.
I wrote all the songs while surfy, punky, very raw sounds ricocheted in my mind. All the songs on the EP capture the feeling of summer for me: they're my "summer songs." In 2012 I was very obsessed with Portland band Satan's Pilgrims, a killer surf band. I also was listening to The Ventures, T Rex and a couple of other garage rock legends like The Troggs, The Sonics … you get the drift.
"The Eagle Has Landed" is our first-ever instrumental song. I knew I wanted to write an instrumental song, I think I just came up with the idea while playing around on my sweet vintage Fender Jazzmaster.
"Fuck That" is a song about just going with your gut and diving in to things--whether that be going with your gut feeling, falling into relationships, getting a tattoo or literally jumping off a rock into a lake. It's about letting go and taking a risk even if others disapprove of your choice or try to warn you off.
"Lips N’ Hips" is about one-night stands or summer flings, and that romantic hope they instill, even though most of the time you don't ever see the person again—or at least that's what my friends tell me! I guess the secret irrational hope is that you'll run away together even though you don't truly know each other.
"Bumpin" is a song that Jeff & I wrote together while on tour, driving in the van. I just wanted to write about having a crush, but Jeff turned the song in a raunchy direction—which I of course approved of immediately! I think we all know what kind of “bumpin” Jeff wanted to write about!
"(I'd Go The) Whole Wide World" is a cover of a Wreckless Eric song we have been playing in our live sets for a while. It was Ford's suggestion to start covering it and I liked it cause I knew the song from "High Fidelity." I love that movie, so I was game. We haven't released a cover before so I thought it would be great to include cause the song has a summery feel to it and gets across the limitless possibilities summer can whisper in your ear.
01. The Eagle Has Landed
02. Lips N Hips
03. Fuck That [Explicit]
05. (I'd Go The) Whole Wide World
Released December 17, 2013.