Happy barbecue bellies and roman candle retinas. We celebrated America's birthday on a beach looking at Washington's looming Olympic Mountains just across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A Bald Eagle passed, we sang the anthem. We thought about what Juan must have thought. Might just be me, but Bald Eagles seem to like Canada better. And maybe so will we, depending on what happens in November.
We're here, here in foggy Port Renfrew on the west coast of Vancouver Island, riding the tail waves of Tall Tree Music Festival. Today marks Day Two of the band's first ever intentional "dead space." Time dedicated to making no plans and hopefully writing songs. Our scene is a friend's beach house with a wood burning sauna, pine trees, gnarled driftwood, eggs, and beans.
Some revelatory lyrics we've conceived:
"Fast asleep like the fourth of July
Bittersweet with a blackberry pie.
Signed my name in red white and blue
It ain't a shame, it's a barbecue."
"In my dream
your lips taste of ice cream
Angeline, my ice cream queen
don’t wake me up, it’s quite the dream."
We're in the dream phase, trying not to edit, cutting lots of slack, it's probably obvious. Lyrics are very important and personal to our songwriting, and we have yet to delve deep into writing them together. It's a new challenge. Like trying to work towards a nebulous emotion that if we could express to each other in words we would have no need for songs, a fragile winged thing, easily squished. You know? It's challenging. A new chapter in the Odell Fox book? Nevertheless, our headlights are set on a full length album to be released in 2017! Full of ice cream and blackberry pie.
This fall we will be in Austin with jaunts to beloved California and Colorado. If anyone would like to host a house concert or if you have any other performance ideas, please write back!
Jenner & Raph
Odell Fox Recommends:
Festival Wraps: Easy. Cold. Festive. Jalapeño flour tortillas, homous, bell peppers, romaine lettuce, extra sharp cheddar, hot Tostitos salsa, and crumbled Tostitos "Hint of Lime" chips. We enjoyed them thrice this weekend. And, multi-cultural!
Phil Cook: Music man. Musical projects include band favorites, The Shouting Matches, Hiss Golden Messenger, and his recent solo album "Southland Mission" has been playing on loop in Raph's Honda Civic. He also just seems like a really great guy.
Quoia: Our dear friend, Tall Tree organizer and British Columbia native, Mike Hann, just released an album. It features a song our band will never stop referencing in conversation, "Further Down the Road."
ps. below, another unreleased video from our NYC apartment show. CHEERS