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Beloved Seattle slow-core act Carissa's Wierd reunited this time last year for a one-off show at the Showbox>"/>
Beloved Seattle slow-core act Carissa's Wierd reunited this time last year for a one-off show at the Showbox to celebrate local label Hardly Art's release of the retrospective compilation They'll Only Miss You When You're Gone and reissuing of the band's back catalogue. Now the band is back with their first new recording in seven years, a 7" for Hardly Art comprising the new song with which they closed last year's reunion show as the A-side, now titled "Tucson," and another new song, "Meredith & Iris" (embedded above), on the flip. You can hear some of the time the band members have spent in their post-CW projects in "Meredith & Iris"--notably, the song has more of the faint, reclining twang of Mat Brooke's Grand Archives than old Carissa's Wierd ever did, and it displays the fuller, more confident-sounding singing that Brooke has grown into with that project (although I will always be a sucker for that old CW whisper).
In addition to the new song, the band have announced another couple reunion shows to celebrate the new songs: the first on September 24 at Neumos and a yet-unannounced date in New York. The press release from Hardly Art reverently teases, "It is too soon to say whether or not Carissa's Wierd is "back," but for the time being, we can certainly say that they are here."
(Full press release after the jump.)
September 13, 2011
B. Meredith & Iris
Hardly Art is proud to share the first new material from Carissa's Wierd in over seven years. The seminal northwest group - whose members went on to form Band of Horses and Grand Archives, and spawned the solo projects of Jenn Ghetto (S) and Sera Cahoone - has recorded two new tracks, which will be released on a 7" and digitally on September 13. It is fitting that these tracks are presented as odes, both of which pack a wistful wallop that has come to be expected from the group. The first, to "Tucson," the birthplace of Carissa's Wierd, with the violin lines of Sarah Standard beaming through the adage "you can never go home again" before things get a bit metal. The second, to "Meredith & Iris," a dramatic waltz number delivered with an intensity that implies it has been marinating for the past decade. Both tracks feature Mat Brooke (Grand Archives, Band of Horses) and Jenn Ghetto (S) on vocals, and both songs are exclusive to this 7". Stream the b-side, "Meredith & Iris," here. Carissa's Wierd will play a show at Neumos in Seattle on September 24 in support of the 7", with plans to book a future show in New York. It is too soon to say whether or not Carissa's Wierd is "back," but for the time being, we can certainly say that they are here.
About the band:
For a band that played so softly, Carissa's Wierd generated a hell of a buzz. "We never intended to be as quiet as we were," says co-founder Jenn Ghetto. The hushed volumes that became a stylistic trademark were one of the earliest outcomes of that attitude. As teenagers in Tucson, AZ, Ghetto and Mat Brooke met at a Goth club. Soon they were writing songs together on twenty dollar guitars, plugged into cereal box-sized amplifiers--definitely not the kind that go to 11. They worked around their limitations. "All the early recording we ever did was in her moms' closet on a cheap four track," remembers Brooke. "We'd have to be quiet, because her Grandma was sleeping."
The adolescent friends couldn't afford a practice space to rock out in either. So when it came time to translate their homespun compositions and lo-fi recordings to a live setting, the intimacy remained--only now they were sharing bills with local hardcore bands. Carissa's Wierd may not have played as loud, hard and fast as their Tucson contemporaries, but they radiated intensity nevertheless...