We liked the name Hurry Death. Provocative, good story behind it.
I don't know if the name Hurry Death represents who we are as people or what we're trying to do musically.
Andrew was right. If we're expecting our upcoming EP (and the band as a result) to be successful, we couldn't continue to create a huge obstacle for ourselves when God knows how many potential listeners were discounting us as a metal band. But more importantly, the musical and lyrical themes had to line up with how we presented our work, which of course includes the name.
Anxious to move forward with our rebranding, we quickly settled on Climates. We Googled it and found some defunct hardcore band in England, but they didn't have a website or Facebook page and seemed to have no substantial following.
Turns out we were pretty mistaken about that following bit:
In neglecting routine due diligence, we failed to check this little known site called YouTube, where the band Climates is really mad at the a forest and has over half a million views. And so ... we let go of the name Hurry Death to prevent being mistaken as a metal band only to adopt a new name that created the exact same problem.
Like, really mad at the forest with its stupid trees and chirping birds.
Suddenly amidst yet another identity crisis, we frantically suggested names over an email chain that swelled up to over a hundred exchanges over the course of a week. We met at The Holloway in Echo Park and argued over The Autumn Sea (too emo), Grand Ambre (too meh), Sault Marie (too French), and my personal favorite, The Crocodile Dozen.
It was a frustrating, occasionally infuriating process. Most of our ideas were taken, the rest two of us liked but not the third. Others were cool but were names of brands or places and we'd never get the URLs or show up in search rankings.
Lone Kodiak came to us when we weren't looking (of course it did). I was walking around Echo Park Lake, listening to the final vocal mixes, thrilled at how good everything was turning out. I had just read an article on bears (of course I had), in which the author had referenced the only known Kodiak bear in a part of Alaska. The only Kodiak ... I liked that. It was sad, but not without hope ... there was a story there. The Only Kodiak. Hmm ... Only Kodiak. It's a little weird to say out loud. The Last Kodiak. Sounds like a movie (The Last Starfighter, Last of the Mohicans).
I smiled, but kept my hopes in check as I was sure at the point that someone (Andrew) in the band wouldn't like it. Speaking of Andrew, he was on his way over to the house to listen to the finished vocals. I headed home and came up with a quick graphic and texted it to Daniel and him before I let myself get attached to it.
There's imagery. It's at once intimate and grand. It's connected to nature like Climates was. It can mean multiple things. Also kind of sounds like the name of a superhero in the tundra.
Daniel was equally enthusiastic, and so was everyone whose opinion we solicited. When Andrew arrived we made it official. I got my debit card out and bought the domain right then and there (I'm the sugar daddy of the group).
Most of you haven't heard our new music yet. When you do, you'll understand why this was so important to us. We've worked on 5 <4 minute songs for the better part of a year. We've revised them again and again; cut sections out; written new melodies and lyrics; we've even let people go who weren't right for the project, and we've done none of it lightly.
Lone Kodiak. There's a story there, just as there are stories behind and within each song we write. If what we're doing isn't evocative, then as artists we've failed ...
We think our new name reflects what we're trying to do. But then again, it's just a cool band name, and when all is said and done, being cool is the most important thing. Right?
For those of you that don't know her, this is Celine Royer (looking particularly fierce in this pic, despite her kind nature). She worked with us for a good portion of last year, singing at our El Cid show last November. She's a lighting director by trade, so we lose her to tours pretty often, but we're delighted she's in town and can perform with us again.
She'll also be joining us on the studio version of Someone Else's Future, on which she sings the chorus in French.
This is subject to change, of course, but here's the songs we're doing, most of which are new and will be on our upcoming EP:
If you're in the SoCal area, we hope to see you there! We're playing late, like ... midnight late. Sure, it's past our bedtimes, but we couldn't be more excited to be playing such a cool venue. Email us at email@example.com or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter if you have any questions about the show.
As some of you know, we've got a killer show coming up Friday, August 14th at The Satellite here in Los Angeles. We'll be playing with some great bands like Ghost Lit Kingdom and Sympathetic Frequencies.
Now, I know everyone is wondering how Parker is going to catch the Seahawks' first preseason game that same night, but fear not ... our set isn't until midnight.
We'd like someone to come to the show and take some photos of us as we perform.
Here's the details:
What: Hurry Death live show
When: Friday, August 14th, Midnight
Where: The Satellite
Pay: $50 (negotiable) + drinks + admission
In addition to the show, we'd like someone to document our time in the studio while we record our debut EP.
Here's the details for that:
What: Hurry Death in the studio
When: Monday, August 24th & Wednesday, August 26th
Where: Stagg St Studios in North Hollywood/Kingsize Studios in Eagle Rock
Pay: $100-150 (negotiable) + food + transportation
If such a person is capable of doing video as well, that'd be ideal. Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line photographer.
What happened!? I mean ... you just took pictures!
I know! And we're so happy with those pics, too. We're certainly not going to climb down into Rindge Dam again. And at least one of us hates posing for pictures.
But ... there's not really any good gossip here. No drama. No one fell in love. No one got yelled at. No one stole money from the cash box.
It really just came down to an issue of compatibility. Over the last few months, we've become hyper-focused on a vision for our upcoming EP, our musical direction becoming increasingly clarified ... this feeling crept up for both parties, one that brought to light the hard truth that as much as we wanted to be, we weren't a match made in heaven.
Breakups of any kind are emotional and difficult, whether or not it's a mutual decision. But I think we all felt it was for the best. There's certainly no bad blood.
Will there be female vocals on the EP? Who will do them?
Yes. And we're pursuing a number of options, including people we've worked with before and our listeners will be familiar with. We haven't settled on any one person yet, but are excited about the possibilities. In fact, there may be multiple female vocalists when all is said and done.
What about a new band member?
Our priority right now is to determine who will do vocals on the EP. We'll pursue a permanent replacement once production has concluded. Any interested parties should email us at email@example.com.
And the EP is still on schedule?
Yes. The first day in the studio is August 24, with or without the selected female vocalist. Its release date is TBD.