THE LKB




We Made a Music Video

About a month ago we released our first single as Lone Kodiak, a song called "Calm Down" to rave reviews (from our parents). 

Check it out: 

They sure did put a lot of effort into it, didn’t they?
— Andrew's mom
The music sounds nice I just wish I knew what they were saying.
— Daniel's uncle
... pretty good.
— Richard Reines, War Road Management

Don't act like you're not impressed. Anyway, the road to getting the first single from our first EP out was so long, and so stupid. There were moves, firings, restraining orders, picky vocalists, and never mind the maddening conversation about deciding on (and sticking with) a mother falcon band name. It was (almost) enough to make us trade in our instruments for real tools you use for real jobs (whatever those are). 

One day amidst the (im)patience, Parker wrote an acoustic, sad and intimate version of Calm Down, reminiscent of the kind of stuff we were doing as Hurry Death, and even as emberghost on the NLFTE project. There was some freedom in bucking all the guidance and advice and direction from our (much loved and respected) producers, managers, engineers, etc., and we decided that in addition to the ambitious production that was Calm Down and the debut EP, we'd release a second, less produced, raw version that we'd record ourselves. It would serve as a sort of alter ego, the Bruce Banner to LK's usual Hulk.

Acoustic guitars, real piano, real strings, lots of wine ... 

We got Alex to come back for a new vocal, and speculated as to which version our (massive) following would prefer. The studio master, or the "living room edition?"

And what better way to introduce it than to invite the audience to join us in our literal living room with a video of us performing the song? It was a simple enough concept; plenty of windows and light; we had (some) equipment and (some) experience. It wouldn't cost us much. What could go wrong? 

And maybe the production trouble gods think we've had our fair share, because ... well, other than a dropped camera and a delayed tripod delivery, the shoot went perfectly. The light was good. Everyone showed up on time. The donuts were delicious. Alex's daughter Clara was quite the little diva, but it didn't matter because we weren't recording audio. In fact, the best parts of the video are her cameos. The first rough cut was done a week later and everyone was thrilled – it was exactly what we set out to do. 

Next Wednesday (8/2) Atwood Magazine is premiering the video for Calm Down (Living Room Edition), a Sault Marie production directed by our own Dainéal Parker, and we hope you'll enjoy it. After that, check back here and we'll let you know what's happening next. 

See you soon. 

- LK

PS - We need to thank Matt Tramel for taking pictures, TJ Firestone for general assistance and additional photography work, Alex Rhodes for giving up her Saturday for us, Clara Fleeman for being a perfect little rockstar, and Nare Ovsepian for making the whole thing possible. 

 

 

Why We Changed Our Name (Again)

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: 

This guy doesn't believe in punctuation.

This guy doesn't believe in punctuation.

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. 

We didn't know English hardcore dudes were so into this movie.

We didn't know English hardcore dudes were so into this movie.

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

Andrew also does not believe in punctuation.

Andrew also does not believe in punctuation.

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 loudThe Last Kodiak. Sounds like a movie (The Last Starfighter, Last of the Mohicans). 

Lone Kodiak

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?

Friday Night at The Satellite

In case y'alls weren't already awares, we'll be performing this Friday night at The Satellite with some great bands like Ghost Lit Kingdom and Sympathetic Frequencies

And an old friend will be joining us ...

celine.jpg

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: 

Every Last Good Thing
Smile
Periscope
The Hurt Happened Here
Calm Down
Someone Else's Future

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 hurrydeath@hurrydeath.com or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter if you have any questions about the show. 

Hurry Death Seeks Photographer

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 hurrydeath@hurrydeath.com with the subject line photographer