We still have faith in a just peace, a homeland for everyone. That someone will let fall a million billion slivers of utopia onto the desert and that they'll sink in to the sand without crushing anybody. But sometimes it seems impossible and we get shaky in our faith and the terrible night of monsters seems to stretch into the next day and the next, into forever. But if you play hard enough, anything can break. And we can tumble through into light.
This record is all about that long night and how to get through it. It's about wrestling in the dark and trying to stay warm until we can rise above. It's about empty songs and obfuscating clouds of language. It's about shattering and not necessarily rebuilding. And finally it's about the marvelous encounter that's about to happen.
David Buchbinder and I started talking about this project a long time ago. We began in a non-musical, impulsive place, throwing around a kind of narrative idea together, kind of exploring our obsessions, mutual and otherwise, knowing that the music would flow in later. It was a brand new, very inspired process and it brought out, I believe, some really honest stuff from us. When we finally brought the songs to the band, it all ended up sounding an awful lot like who we are; 6 people, spending our lives in music of huge diversity and range, combining all the elements into a rough whole. It's full of contradictions and confusions, but who really likes it smooth these days? The lines aren't perfectly straight, some of the stuffing is spilling out, but the feeling is there.
And we're proud to present it to you now in all its troubled serenity.