last days last days – another cultural landslide‘s first full-bore album since 2009 – will be released on September 16, 2013.
We have a set release date.
You can stop laughing now.
It’s really coming out on September 16th.
More importantly, if you know us, acl announcing a release date is a radical departure from how we’ve done things; in the past, when we’d finish an album, EP or song, we’d look at each other, say “Are we done?” – and if we both nodded our heads “yes,” we’d post it in one of our secret cubbyholes for you to find. No announcements or hoopla – just “Psst – here’s something new.”
And we always gave it away for free. (And, by the way, our music will always be free.)
So, announcing an actual release date? That’s pretty weird.
Want something weirder?
For the first time ever, we’re actively going to promote the hell out of this album.
(Yeah, that one kind of shocks us, too. We as a rule don’t promote our stuff.)
So why are we stepping so far outside our comfort zone with last days last days?
Because another cultural landslide has always been One Big Goofy Experiment.
Let’s be honest – we’re just two goobers with a weird way of looking at things, who just happen to work in a band that’s run by a cat. (That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. Besides, we have the scars to prove it.) Making that kind of an insane public statement immediately allowed us to be discounted by everybody – which also immediately freed us to do whatever the hell we wanted.
Sometimes being ignored is a blessing: our weird anonymous outsider band status gave us a safe refuge to be with each other, do our weird-ass thing and shut out the rest of the insanity around us without any expectations. We were just happy to make music with each other, whether it was for ourselves or for other people’s use. And hey, we’ve done pretty okay by that on all counts…
And hell, we’ve always gone way out of our way to push the envelope & do things differently – going as far as creating a rigid set of rules, chock-full of self-destruct triggers so that there would be no possible way for us to compromise what we stated we wanted to do – putting the music we create First – in an experiment to see just what the hell would happen…
… and last days last days was our big experiment to see what would happen if we allowed everything we’d put in place to go to its logical conclusion.
We didn’t expect what happened.
Because we didn’t make this album.
This album made Us.
We have never taken ourselves seriously – but by ceding full control of this album over to the music, making last days last days focused us in a way we’d never known before. We had no idea where the music came from, or how the lyrics came to be. We didn’t think. At all. We just… Did it.
It honed us, relentlessly directing our every move. It carved us – sometimes rather painfully. It possessed us. It drove us like an Iditarod dog team. Sometimes we would look at one another & wonder where the living hell an idea came from. (We never found a satisfactory answer for that question.) If we tried to force something, the whole process would grind to a standstill. It wanted what It wanted and It was going to get what It wanted. Or Else. Things only went smoothly when we got out of the way.
The whole damned experience was spooky weird.
In the end, this album also finished itself, demanding that we relearn every process we knew to deliver exactly what it wanted – or it would never finish itself.
And one day last month, It finally finished itself.
The last thing It wanted: push it out to the world.
And after living through four years of something we still can’t explain, we know better than to get in Its way.
So, two weeks from now, last days last days gets released everywhere. For Free.
We have no expectations.
We only hope you enjoy it…
… because, amazingly, after listening to it – we believe in what this album has to say.
Next week, we’ll explain how we’re doing it.
There will be Surprises.
We Promise. 😉
kirk & wendy, aka acl, aka anothercultland, aka another cultural landslide
p.s. mzkitty sez hi