Playing Catch Up

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Friends and family,

It’s been awhile. How are you doing?

We’re sorry to keep you in the dark for so long. The truth is, we’ve only just started picking things up again. Being in the Peak Performance Project last year was (once again) an incredible experience, but we burnt ourselves out by the end. Participating in it requires you to give 100% of your thinking and spare time to planning and promotion, and when 4/5 of the band members are full time University students with packed schedules it takes a lot out of you. September to October saw a lot of sleepless nights, skipped classes, catch-up work, re-scheduled midterms and all the other glamorous activities that come with being student rock stars. By the end of 2011 we were tired and had to divert our attention to not failing out of school.

The time off was exactly what we all needed-time to ease into a new (our in the case of Garth and I, last) semester, relax and time to remember why we started a band in the first place: to have fun. While the PPP gave us some incredible knowledge and set us in the right direction, it was really easy (for me at least) to forget that we were a bunch of kids who liked jamming together. When you spend all your time booking shows, calling promoters, analyzing finances and self-promoting, the creative side of yourself can take a backseat. I realized that since releasing Raised By Wolves, with the exception of our Vancouver song for the PPP, I hadn’t written anything for the band in months. It got to the point where I started wondering if I even could write 41st and Home songs anymore. I took all my gear home from the garage and started making weird guitar loops and envisioned starting a new project. Sejal wanted to spend a few months off learning new playing styles. Patrick dove headfirst into his amazing electronic project Noble Oak. George recorded and mixed a forthcoming EP for our friends at Young Pacific. Like a high school grad class we all kind of drifted apart and did our own thing. Then we started to really miss each other.

That brings us to now. For the past month or so we’ve been getting together to focus on writing new music. Lots of new music. There are so many different ideas floating around that we haven’t really made sense of them yet. Also, our jamming has significantly improved. We’re taking a lot more time to focus on the dynamics between each instrument and giving each other room to be heard, which is something that the Peak judges said we needed to work on. We sound more like a band now. Its an exciting time to be in a small garage somewhere off of 41st avenue.

We don’t have a timeline for when we’re going to put a new album or EP or whatever out. The plan thus far is to keep writing and to see what we come up with; ideally we’d want to have about 20 new songs ready to go before we think about recording the best ones. All I know is that the new material will be different from what you’ve heard from us and I think you’ll like it.

In other news:

a) VIDEOS: We have two videos from Raised by Wolves that will be released in due course. Gorbachev, shot by Amazing Factory last fall, looks rad and we’d like to once again thank everyone who got wet during its production (if you weren’t there you’ll see what we mean soon). Secondly, we just wrapped shooting the video for Wilderness Eyes with the incredible team at Persona Productions. We’ll be putting up some photos from the shoot soon; it was a crazy, wonderful experience and I think the video is going to be fantastic.

b) George and myself are going to be gone this summer. George leaves April 6th to work as a stagehand for Princess Cruises until the fall; he’ll be travelling through the Caribbean, across the Atlantic ocean, hanging out in Iceland and Norway and making all of us jealous. In his absence we’ll have some friends filling in for him during any shows, but his presence (and bass face) will be sorely missed. I, on the other hand, will be periodically working as a Geologist during the summer, heading up to the Yukon, Nunavut and other uncharted territories in the search for gold, diamonds and glory. I’ll be back to write and play shows fairly often and will probably be sporting a superb bush beard. The upside of all of this is that we plan on spending a good chunk of our hard earned money on new recording equipment, with the hopes of eventually starting our own proper studio.

That’s it for now. We promise to start posting regularly again, and want to thank all of you for being the best fans and friends that any band could ask for.

As usual: Drink tea, pet cats, and recycle.

-Thom

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