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JFH Staff Blog | February 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

We Recommend - Paper Route, 'The Peace of Wild Things'

One album that was very much worth getting excited about in 2012 was Paper Route's sophomore effort, The Peace of Wild Things. Its electronic soundscape bore a distinct 80s flavor that didn't sound dated, but instead utilized a retro feel that helped take the music in the appropriate emotional directions. Born out of terrible heartache, there's a sense of searching and healing that is contained within The Peace of Wild Things. Songs like "Glass Heart Hymn" are poetic yet familiar to a lot of listeners, as vocalist/songwriter JT Daly sends up a lamenting prayer. It's an album that sounds poppy and accessible at times but is surprisingly deeper than most music in the genre. Check out The Peace of Wild Things and see Paper Route on tour with Anberlin this spring!

- John DiBiase

Paper Route
The Peace of Wild Things (2012)

Click here for our review of the album.

Our synopsis: "Electronic pop at its finest. A heartbreaking yet rewarding listen for fans of modern and retro electronic pop." (Recommended by JFH's John DiBiase)
Song Highlights: "You and I," "Better Life," "Sugar," "Glass Heart Hymn," "Letting You Let Go," "Rabbit Holes"

So, what are your thoughts on and experiences with the album The Peace of Wild Things? Do you recommend it? If so, why?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Featured Fan - Daniel Chang

Daniel Chang with Matt McDonald of The Classic Crime

Favorite Band/Artist: The Classic Crime
Featured Fan: Daniel Chang
Location:  Maryland
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken:  November 2012, The Fillmore at Silver Spring, MD
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You:  The Classic Crime captures just about every emotion in their music! They have plenty of happy, feel-good songs that make you want to dance, and then they have some slower, more reflective songs as well. Their lyrics often address really deep issues about ourselves, and how God is the only answer. For example, "Beautiful Darkside" has the lines "I need to find some meaning, Something true to believe in, 'cause left to my own devices, the beautiful darkside wins" Great music, great lyrics, great guys, what more can you ask for? Last, one fun thing about this band if you don't know them: They have a lot of "Whoa" songs (songs with "whoas"), and you'd think that would be annoying, but they do them EXTREMELY well!
Favorite Album by This Artist: Phoenix with The Silver Cord at a very close second!
Favorite Song by This Artist: "Abracadavers," "The Beginning (A Simple Seed)," "The Precipice," "Glass Houses"
Favorite Live Show Experience: This one!
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live:  1
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: Hoodie and signed poster
Website: N/A

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Spoken - Where They've Been, Where They're Going

Hello everyone,

Many of you have been wondering "what happened to Spoken?"  Well, let's start back with the release of our "self titled" record in 2007.   We've always been a band that tours nonstop and tries to keep as much momentum going as humanly possible. The tough thing is, after a couple of years without a record, that momentum starts to be nonexistent. We fulfilled our obligation with T&N with the release of our self titled record, and decided we'd see what options might be out there for Spoken.  The tough thing about options in 2009, was there weren't many options. Labels were struggling; marketing, promotion, booking, promoters, venues, churches, etc. were struggling to even keep their dreams alive.

We continued to tour roughly 8 months out of each year, while still living in 3 different states.  We started working with Jasen Rauch back while on tour with RED in 2010 or so.  We immediately knew that Jasen Rauch was the right person to produce our new record.  We never planned to spend 2.5 years recording a record, but with our tour schedule, it made it a bit harder to finish the record than normal.  But...in the end I think it was the best situation for Spoken.  We had gone through a few member changes, plus we wanted to reinvent our band.  Better songs, better show, better tour opportunities.  So, we kept working on songs, and kept sending them to our manager so he could work his magic with people he knew in the industry.

In early 2012, we decided we would do a Kickstarter campaign and get our record out no matter what.  It had been too long.  We were getting restless, our fans were getting a bit annoyed, and we felt like we had a record full of songs we wanted the world to hear.

During the Kickstarter campaign, we continued writing and recording.  We were also talking with eOne about possibly teaming up on the release. But we always stick with the phrase "believe it when you see it."  You never know if a record deal is actually going to work out, the same way you never know if you're going to get a certain job that several people have interviewed for.  We just stayed on task of finishing the record.

In the end, we signed to eOne, we have a Feb 12 release date, and everything is going amazing.  We truly are in the best place we've ever been as a band.

Thanks so much for being a part of the next chapter.

Matt Baird
Spoken