Peace Sign aesthetically pulls from the complete canon of rock & roll: from classic to indie to the obscure including bands like The Tall Dwarfs, Television, The Kinks, Karen Dalton, Wilco, The Baptist Generals, vashti bunyan, Arthur Russell, Gram Parsons etc. etc. The album avoids stylized production in favor of clearly transmitting the folks in the room knocking about on their instruments.
The generally positive energy of the music doesn't exactly always betray the darkness of the lyrical content. The album ruminates upon failure and mistrust - the overwhelming kinetic energy produced by things gone wrong. The play between positivity and negativity may be a reflection of the view that one should be honest about failures and shortcomings - that this doesn't have to lead to sadness or self pity, but instead can steer one towards catharsis, clarity and possibly positive action.
The band: Jeremy Daly, Woody Goss, Billy DeLelles, Jeff McElroy & Theo Katzman
Additional sounds: Jonathan Olmstead, David Celia, Marlon Rabenreither & Brady Leffler
Engineering/Recording: Pete Min @ Lucy’s Meat Market
Mastering: Timothy Stollenwerk @ Stereophonic
Design, Illustration & Photography: Jeremy Daly, Nicole Stafford & Sadie Sam
All songs are mixes of full-band live takes with additional overdubs recorded in living rooms around Los Angeles, excepting Peace Sign which was a demo that we could never beat.
Holy smoke. One of the finest contemporary psych albums I've heard. Like an acoustic Annexus Quam meets Popul Vuh circa Brüder des Schattens meets Amon Düül circa Paradieswärts Düül meets traditional musicians from rural Iran playing Fairport Convention's Matty Groves. Forward thinking heads from southern Arizona making music as authentic and transcendent as it comes. Mushroom Head