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the morals

wherein benjamin emanuel hubbird and casey michael jarman discuss the goings-on of their primary musical endeavor, the morals.


Thursday, February 08, 2007

The Mercury previews tonight's show

THE MORALS, TRACTOR OPERATOR, SHREDOSAURUS REX, STAR FUCKER

(Towne Lounge, 714 SW 20th Pl) Casey Moral writes with some Morals news: "We're releasing our first-ever full-length album, The Warming Light of Dawn, on February 8 at the Towne Lounge. It's on an upstart label called Hanfed, run by our friend Aaron, who recorded it and plays all the drums as well as some other stuff. It features appearances by Brian Mumford of Dragging an Ox Through Water and Mike Barnhill from the Courtesy Clerks and Self Run Will. We know Brian from Eugene, and he self-released and hand-stitched our first real release, If You Want to Find True Love, You Must Learn to Hold Your Tongue on his Publishersclearinghaus label. That was the last thing we did, which was like three years ago. This album has taken forever, mostly because it was our first time making a real album and Hanfed's first album, too." Casey also says, "I think it would be a good album for people who are getting over a breakup or a dead pet or something. This show will be our first show ever with a full band. Our first drummer was Eric (Tractor Operator) Jensen, and he's going to do some singing with us at this show. We're a really sing-along-y band. Oh, and the album was designed by Adam Grano from Fantagraphics. He designed the last Joe Sacco book, But I Like It! I think it was called, and a lot of other stuff that they've put out." Now, while I should say I've only had their record for about an hour, it's already won me over. The Warming Light of Dawn has a nice, sincere, no bullshit/irony/over-artsy vibe about it. The switch off between fuzzy, tough little indie-Americana rockers and the acoustic tracks feels natural, like the right thing for that perfect little moment. On the second track, Casey sings, "Words don't mean a goddamn thing," but one of my favorite things about the album is the attention put into the lyrics, in the messages and stories, little details that make the songs sound a million times better than any vague, love-love-me-do crap. This 13-tracker should make these boys a ton of new fans. ADAM GNADE

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