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The Give


A little blast from the past.

via soundcloud: This was the first of two records (the second was an EP) I made with the band The Give probably all of which was recorded in 2005. God I can't believe it's been that long. The Give was myself, Zachary Marvick, and Nick Bromen. In fact, the latter two started the band, and one day invited me to practice. On my first day of practice, located in a Shureguard unit on the west side of Olympia, Washington, I started writing parts for what would become "Things Happen in Space." To this day, that song was arguably my favorite to play, and to me, more than any other song, captured the essence of The Give.

In the short time we were together, we played all of the haunts of Tacoma and Olympia at the time – I particularly remember the voyeur, and the yes yes. We played lots of shows with our pals Lozen, 31 Knots and even The God of Shamisen. Glory Days.

Thanks to a bizarre booking snafu on behalf of Boeing (yes the airline manufacturer), we were able to track five of ten songs on this album with Lucas Carlyle at Bear Creek in Woodenville, WA. This happenstance, executed on with a few hours notice, prompted us to make this album. The remainder of the album was recorded at what we will affectionately call avenue east studios – which was really a myriad of serendipitous locations between Puyallup, WA and Portland, OR, where Nick and I were able to set up shop. It was self-released on spray-painted CDRs and came in a giant matchbox made of construction paper with xeroxed art and photos by Zachary. Because we were classy mother fuckers.

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