Partner present Big Gay Hands, a perfect blast of post-classic rock, power trio brio, previewing the upcoming Never Give Up album. Director Lesley Marshall (who previously worked with Partner on their classic-classic Play The Field video) brings the action to life.
“This song is about a wild night on the town filled with queer desire. It is an important song to us because it expresses a feeling we know is shared by many. There are a lot of songs out there about women’s bodies but this is the only song we know about big gay hands. This song is dedicated to the hotties and to those who love them.” – Partner
According to The FADER “A Rat Without A Tale” is “a psychedelic j’accuse recalling early solo George Harrison. [Daniel Romano’s] lyrics have the feverish quality of someone putting their entire heart into fomenting insurrection via symbolism — a refreshing, rocking dose of subliminal incitement.”
According to me it’s a masterpiece of contemporary sound and a perfect song now and forever.
How do you speak through a stranger? Contain multitudes. And begin to find new kinds of design in accident. True story. In September 2015 Jon bought an old Teac A-2340, a reel-to-reel tape recorder, tapes included. He exchanged a few emails with the online seller while negotiating a deal, but they never met. The first time Jon tested out the machine at home it disclosed a beautiful dream. A single tape of astounding samples from an unknown source. He nicknamed it the Royal Sampler. They began to jam together.
I want to hear you speak. The tape might have been a lost demo for the games of hide and seek that accustom us to evasion. Listening and gathering, the only way out was through. A collaboration constructed in echo. The completed songs seem to start mid-sentence, waiting a little further along the trail. Watch your step the ground gets uncertain by the bend. The maple trees in giggling fits. The shoreline no longer sure. I hear the mourning dove. Hang on a second. You were saying. Sometimes what’s past isn’t prologue it’s blocked. How you have to pause for your mind to work backwards. Not to remember but to unforget. What if something’s missing and you get stranded in “the futureless future”? Distend time? The not-so-distant waves wrinkling. An answer. 1968 isn’t just some numbers. Scraps of an otherwise. Maybe written in another language or maybe…Is that what you meant?
The album was recorded during the summer of 2019 at Jay Crocker’s home studio in Crousetown. Under the watchful eye of Edward Snowden and a Blue Heeler named Judy. Jay and Jon transferred all the material they could excavate from the Royal Sampler along with the dialogic samples Jon had been making since that fateful September introduction. They combined these two samples with the following design principle: even in the songs organized around a Jon sample, the stranger would be woven in. A shared sonic architecture. The rest belongs a mystery.
Tell me what you see. A game of hide and seek. A field wears the fog like an ancient argument. Wayward voices take shape just up ahead. Count down from 10 and be alone again. Abandoned to potential. In the green wide open. The colour of another time. The hammock gets twisted in the wind. Knotting and undoing. A fishnet. Let loose or captured, a life repeated, a life revised. Nothing is effortless. From another era insisting, there all along. I was there all along. These sounds, like truth, can be measured in time. Speak through me. Who can tell you what is real?
In a shocking turn of events, Daniel Romano has decided to give you exactly what you asked for–– He and his unparalleled live band, The Outfit, have decided that you deserved it, that it is in fact already yours––and they want to say “you’re welcome.”
Band attributes of note: They all wear the same size clothing. They
take the same vitamins and they love with the same warmth and
tenderness. They are an outfit, united in song and banded in vitality.
If you have seen them, you know all of this as it is evident. If you
haven’t, then close your eyes and set the dial to ten, turn the heat up
in your sparse, stuff-less, undersaturated, air-plant filled apartment
and drop the needle into The Outfit.
The record is called “OKAY WOW”. Which is probably what you’ll say
when you listen to it. It’s all your favourite songs except superior in
every way to the versions you’ve exhausted.
“OKAY WOW” was RECORDED LIVE by Kenneth Roy Meehan the 1st while on tour across Scandinavia.
The Outfit is: Daniel Romano, David Nardi, Roddy Rosetti, Ian Romano, Juliana Riolino and Tony “The Pope” Cicero
OKAY WOW special edition LP is limited to 1500 units worldwide. Tip-on LP jacket. High quality LP pressing. Available in stores March 27, 2020.
Daniel Romano and The Outfit LIVE: Feb 26 Brooklyn, NY @ The Sultan Room Feb 27 Millersville, PA @ Phantom Power Feb 28 Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong Mar 1 Raleigh, NC @ Kings Mar 2 Charlotte, NC @ Recovery Brands Mar 3 Ashville, NC @ The Mothlight Mar 4 Greenville, SC @ The Radio Room Mar 5 Athens, GA @ Flicker Theatre Mar 6 Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover (festival) Mar 7 Jacksonville, FL @ Intuition Ale House Mar 10 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl Mar 11 Nashville, GA @ Mercy lounge Mar 12 Oxford, MS @ Proud Larrys Mar 13 Jackson, MS @ Martin’s Downtown Mar 16 Houston, TX @ Continental Club Mar 17 Fort Worth, TX @ Mass Mar 19 SXSW @ Sam’s Town Point Mar 20 SXSW @ Mohawk Mar 22 Fayetteville, AR @ The Smoke & Barrel Tavern
Shotgun Jimmie trades his trademark upbeat downstroke pop aesthetic for a deep dive into some serious stripped-down sincerity. Recorded to cassette and VHS by Saskatoon’s Little Jack Films while Jimmie was on tour, VHS EP features four unreleased gems revealing a more vulnerable and intimate side of Shotgun Jimmie. VHS EP is a solo recording of voice and guitar enhanced with heavy doses of atmospheric tape warble and warm room tone, a vintage sound to perfectly compliment this document of Jimmie’s channeling of lo-fi gurus like Jason Molina and Will Oldham. A companion video of the recording is available for viewing on the Little Jack Films Youtube channel.
Shotgun Jimmie – VHS EP is a digital only release: