November 10, 2003

It's Here! Now Taking Pre-O...

It's Here! Now Taking Pre-Orders for the Corvids' Debut Record Fought Down: Order before Nov. 24, and it's just $11! Click here for 75-second MP3 snippets of half the album's 10 songs. The Fed-Ex arrives at the CD shop tomorrow, and you'll get your copies in three or four weeks. I would be shocked if those dozens of you who wrote about all those good alt-country/Americana/whatever bands and records in the comments of this previous post didn't find much to like about Fought Down.

Layne hasn't set up the merch shop just yet, but we have some damn sexy T-shirts we'll want to hawk soon. But the music's the thing -- this ain't no four-trackapalooza we're talking about here, this is some fully realized rock music for grown-up weirdos. The only person besides us who has heard the mastered version is Tim Blair, and this is what he had to say:

It's like rock music, except you want to hear it more than once. Such guitars! I've got a small bet with Ken on the numbers he might expect to sell; my estimate is higher than his. The winner of this wager gets to leave Reno.
Dr. Frank of the Mr. T Experience heard some un-mastered mixes, and said
It sounds great -- very "alive," if you know what I'm saying. I can't wait to hear the mastered version. Rootsy, honky-tonky, Stonesy, alt country, you probably have an idea of the general thrust. But it really rocks. Jumps out of the speakers. The guitar sound is crisp and punchy, even while the whole thing has a sort of lazy feel. Great drummer. Great songs, too. Dr. Frank says check it out.
Recording artist/producer/DJ Pieter K, who played piano on two songs, said this after his evening in the studio:
What an exhilarating day and night. ... The band itself is super tight, with just enough drunken swagger to keep anything from sounding like it was played by a bunch of session nerds. The rhythm section is frighteningly in tune with each other and Axel's lead guitar work is exceptionally right and purposeful. All formidably talented people, as were the other guests.

The songs sound fabulous. Beautiful, honest, songs. The new ones are superb, and the reworked versions of the older ones are terribly great, and surprisingly different in places. Both tunes I played on had some major changes from the Bootlegs versions, in structure and rhythm. Whereas on the Bootlegs they're a bit more on this kind of honky tonk, juke joint tip, now they're downright dangerous; good rollicking, raucous stuff, with a touch of the devil in them.

Then, after seeing our debut live show
All I know is, buy the record when it comes out. Not to support truly independent music (although that's a bonus) but to support honesty, substance, art, great songwriting, and just plain old badass rock and roll in music.
Ordinarily I might be somewhat reticent in printing other people's nice words, but I'm really effing proud of this record, and I think you will like it, regardless of what you might think about any of us involved in making it. Especially Coulter.

Posted by at November 10, 2003 12:47 AM
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after listening to the little mp3 samples and reading that it's indie, one web radio station you might wanna consider sending the music to is whole wheat radio:

http://www.wholewheatradio.org/WWR2/index.htm

Posted by: bloopy at November 10, 2003 01:23 AM

Thanks, bloopy! And for those who haven't checked it out yet, bloopy's website is one of the better ones out there.

Posted by: Matt Welch at November 10, 2003 01:25 AM

MP3s sound great Matt. Very exciting.

Posted by: henry at November 10, 2003 05:54 AM

You're not lying about those "damn sexy t-shirts". The one I bought has become the official Smythe's World work-out shirt, and the Corvid design remains after frequent washing. It's a chick magnet !

Posted by: Steve Smith at November 10, 2003 11:59 AM
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anges from the Bootlegs versions, in structure and rhythm. Whereas on the Bootlegs they're a bit more on this kind of honky tonk, juke joint tip, now they're downright dangerous; good rollicking, raucous stuff, with a touch of the devil in them. Then, after seeing our Ordinarily I might be somewhat reticent in printing other people's nice words, but I'm really effing proud of this record, and I think you will like it, regardless of what you might think about any of us involved in making it. Especially Coulter.

Posted by at November 10, 2003 12:47 AM
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after listening to the little mp3 samples and reading that it's indie, one web radio station you might wanna consider sending the music to is whole wheat radio:

http://www.wholewheatradio.org/WWR2/index.htm

Posted by: bloopy at November 10, 2003 01:23 AM

Thanks, bloopy! And for those who haven't checked it out yet, bloopy's website is one of the better ones out there.

Posted by: Matt Welch at November 10, 2003 01:25 AM

MP3s sound great Matt. Very exciting.

Posted by: henry at November 10, 2003 05:54 AM

You're not lying about those "damn sexy t-shirts". The one I bought has become the official Smythe's World work-out shirt, and the Corvid design remains after frequent washing. It's a chick magnet !

Posted by: Steve Smith at November 10, 2003 11:59 AM
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