Although if we're being honest, there has been a helluva lot of celebrating going on around Explone HQ lately. Kyle has been celebrating the continuing success of Kirby Krackle, as well as his own imminent launch of a new business venture involving beer. Scott has been celebrating the completion of a new fence at his top secret Central Seattle lair. Nelson has been celebrating...well, I'm not really sure but he's been in his usual high spirits so I assume it's something good.
As for me, I got married. And it was pretty incredible, and the most incredible part about it is that I get to wake up in the morning now and I'm still married. It's like a party that never stops! Hopefully Lauren feels as strongly about this as I do.
But I digress. Today we celebrate the release of Telescope & Satellite, a release which is the very definition of "long awaited," at least by us. As of this day, you can find our new EP on all the usual digital services: CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, etc. You will also find it shortly in cool local stores such as Easy Street, Sonic Boom and anyone else we can talk into carrying it. And if you happen to be in the area and want to get one from us in person, you can join us at The Sunset on October 4th for our CD Release Party. It will be an excellent time, as we'll be joined by our friends Spanish for 100 and Boxcar Rebellion.
These six songs are really important to me, and without getting too far up my own arse I can honstly say I think they're the best I've ever done as a writer, a singer and a producer. It helped having the amazing talents of everyone who pitched in on this recording, including engineer/producer extraordinaire Shawn Simmons, composr/conductor Stephen T. Cavit, and most especially drummer and vocalist Josh Williams. Josh is living the good life in Colorado right now, but we miss him and he is a huge part of this EP.
We've already been fortunate to receive some nice local love: KEXP has been playing songs from Telescope & Satellite, and you can request one if you are so inclined. We also got a great mention from longtime Seattle music maven and tastemaker Shawn Stewart over at Jet City Stream. The JCS folks picked "Gets In The Way" as one of their Best New Tracks of the Week, which is an honor for sure. The image of Shawn and Marco Collins arguing over which of our songs to pick almost had me tearing up; if you know how influential these two have been within the local and national music communities, then you know what I'm talking about.
And so it is with great joy that we unleash upon the world the first video from T&S, for the epic Queen-inspired anthem "He's A Bat." Ladies and gemtlemen, I give you the music of Explone, accompanied by the skillful animations of Betsy Lee. Enjoy!
EXPLONE is a Seattle-based rock band that refuses to acknowledge the irrelevancy of electric guitar in modern music. We won't stop believing. We still love Cheap Trick, Queen, Hüsker Dü, Nada Surf and the Pixies. Conservative Christians can have our Judas Priest records when they pry them from our cold, dead fingers.