For many years, our album “Seas Drain Into Space” only existed in physical form. But now it is available EVERYWHERE:
In 2007 we wrote most of the songs from Seas Drain Into Space. Then in 2008 we recorded them. These years were special, charged with love, optimism, determination, and purpose.
There was a lot of work to be done, but we were ready.
In 2007 we moved out of our previous studio and into a new spot just down the road. The best thing about this building was that we could rehearse, record, and live all under the same roof. We called it “Seven Sided Studio” or usually just “The Studio” for short.
The property was beautiful. It sat along a busy highway, but it had a spacious yard with ample trees, vines, flowers, and wildlife. There was even a peach tree!
Previously this building had been an office. It wasn’t zoned residential, but we got permission from the owner to live there “on the down low”. We also got permission to remodel the inside.
This rare and unique opportunity was granted by my boss– the new owner of Apple Graphics: Keith Hempel. We can’t thank him and the Hempel family enough for all the generosity they have shown us over the past 15 years.
Before we moved in, there were three weeks of dirty, dusty, DIY renovations. It was a lot of work, but it was exciting!
I drew up the plans, then Liam and my brother Andrew lent their expertise and enabled us to execute the design. After a lot of demolition, we built new walls and door frames. Then we installed a new window and electric line.
After the construction was complete, we started recording immediately. We didn’t care that there wasn’t a kitchen, we didn’t care that the bathroom was barely functional. There was no time to waste! Music needed to be made.
We had several goals for the year:
- Record a full length album
- Play at least 50 shows
- Book our first DIY tour out of state
Of course, we also had to contend with “real life” — day jobs, chores, and learning how to exist as 26 year old “adults”. It was a tricky balance. There were ample heartbreaks, victories, challenges, laughs, and tears.
It was beautiful, but it wasn’t easy. Together, we figured it out.
Here are some photos from the SDIS recording sessions:
We began recording in December 2007, and the album was completed in June 2008. The art design, recording, mixing, mastering, and packaging were all done in-house.
During this period we did several out of state tours and played many of our favorite Chicago venues for the first time: Double Door, The Abbey Pub, and Quenchers. We also had the opportunity to play live on several radio stations and an indie TV station:
We played (and hosted) a lot of house shows and frequented loving local venues like Oasis Cafe in West Chicago:
In 2008 we recorded our first music videos. The first was a low-fi version of Pocket of Change that I recorded solo on my lunch break at Apple Graphics:
Next we invited our closest friends and fans out to the studio and filmed a live show. This “290” video was directed and produced by our good friend Chad Headley:
The final video we recorded that year was for “Moonshine” and was once again directed and produced by Chad Headley:
We can’t emphasize enough how impactful and helpful our friends, family and community were during this period. We had a street team! We had pizza parties, softball games, water balloon fights, barbecues, and disc golf meetups!
You helped us assemble merch, you were at every show. We love you and we can’t thank you enough:
Ashley Wolf, Andrew Birchard, Chris Darby, Jeff Stogis, Nate Kalish, Lisa Holloman, Andrew Massih, Derek Sepeda, Amy Aiello, Stacy Stell, Andres Acosta, JD Mathys, Jake Jeter, Andrew Brueck, Kimber Aita, Stacy Roberts, Eric & Ivory Schwab, Chad Headley, Beans, Chris Shern, Sarah Hein, Matthew Potts, Nicole Schafroth, Jodi Doyle, Rory Doyle, Kiel Doyle, Ali Doyle, Michele Doyle, Alison Weir Speckles, Suzanne Szafranski, Ryan Zieche, Eddie Ortega, AND SO MANY MORE.
We kept each other grounded in an absurd world…
Thank you for taking the time to revisit this era with us. We’re playing these songs live again! And some new ones you’ve never heard. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for all the latest.
We’ve got a distance left to run. Many more songs. Many more shows. We truly hope you’ll keep in touch.