This record is about catharsis. This isn’t to say that this is what makes this collection of songs unique; most music, at least in my experience, is based on some sort of catharsis. However, this album is about a slow one. The kind that comes out of the task of diligently unpacking a decade of repression disguised as compromise, conflict called by other names, and grieving in all its forms. All stemming from a single event, a single question:
What happens to a family when, suddenly, a member of that family is gone?
This record does not answer that question. This record couldn’t really be an answer to the question. This record is one example of the great and terrible things family can be. This record is one example of the stories we tell ourselves about our upbringing; distorted by the act of reflecting on reflecting on a reflection. This record is one attempt at packing all of it back up and handing it over, so that someone might make some use of it, might find some relief in it.
Names of War is the music of Andrew Carlson; a native of Youngstown, Ohio now living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Having served as a bass player and sideman for such acts as The Building, JBM, Leverage Models, and St. Vincent, Names of War finds Carlson out front toting a collection of songs long in incubation. These songs, which comprise the debut NoW album “The Guest Room”, surround and spiral out of Carlson’s father’s sudden death in 1998. To record and perform this material, he cast Names of War restricting the personnel to the instruments he and his father played: bass (Rob Lundberg), guitar (Dave Scanlon), saxophone and clarinet (Rob Lee and Steven Lugerner). Having established this foundation, Carlson turned to longtime friend, collaborator, and producer, Anthony LaMarca to round out the group on drums. The resulting music is romantic, even melodramatic, underscoring raw, earnest, and emotive vocals.
released May 16, 2015
Andrew Carlson - guitar, casio, vocals
Rob Lundberg - upright bass
Rob Lee - tenor sax
Steven Lugerner - tenor sax, clarinet, bass clarinet
David Scanlon - guitar
Anthony LaMarca - drums, guitar on Starvation Grounds
Written by Andrew Carlson
Woodwind Arrangements by Andrew Carlson and Steven Lugerner
Produced by Andrew Carlson and Anthony LaMarca
Recorded by Jon Altschuler at Seaside Lounge, Brooklyn, NY
Drums Recorded by Gary Olson at Marlborough Farms, Brooklyn, NY
Mixed by Gary Olson at Marlborough Farms, Brooklyn, NY
Additional mixing by Jon Altschuler at Seaside Lounge, Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering, Brooklyn, NY
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