It is very good (and very blue).
This record is an emotional wallop culminating a year of fizzy water, cold basement practices, h.o.t. basement practices, Yahtzee with Buddies, trips to the beach, broken gear, tea, fixed gear, MRIs, bike rides, walks and a metric tonne of good vibes on the regular.
OUT is Isaac Turner, Chafe Hensley and Mark Larmee – also of the acclaimed Michigan rock/roll band Minutes – joined in this new endeavor by TJ Larmee on the bass guitar.
The anthemic-yet-intimate album’s title “Swim Buddies” hints at the pull that Lake Michigan (and Lake Superior, when they can get there) has on the band. TJ and Mark were married on the shores of that gorgeous beast, and it’ll forever be connected to the band and this record in all the right ways. You should really swim at sunset sometime to get the full Technicolor panoramic trip.
OUT’s music is all about the interplay between seemingly simple lines (vocal blurts / guitar riffs) that come together to make a whole larger than parts. Water, and the lack of water, worms its way in the songs: dust and silt covering the Earth after we’ve finally ruined it; flood waters rising to consume the entire town (it’s something we did, pretty sure); the water we need to fill us up after foolhardy endeavors. The water is always there, and its absence will be crucial.
Digital files can be downloaded / streamed from any of the following locations:
Physical vinyl (limited to 300 copies and going fast) can be ordered direct from Comedy Minus One here.
If you would like your favorite North American record store to stock this title, please ask them nicely to order from Revolver.
For TV / Film licensing, please contact Lyle Hysen at Bank Robber Music – firstname.lastname@example.org
Those who pre-ordered “Swim Buddies” should note that their copies shipped on Tuesday morning and will arrive shortly (if they have not already).
You can see OUT this weekend at PRF Thundersnow in Gladstone, Michigan or in Kalamazoo on March 11th at Bell’s Brewery. The band will have records for sale at both shows.
More expansive touring is planned for the spring and summer.