Heavy Times call for Heavy Music. “ENDGINNING” IS AVAILABLE NOW ON BANDCAMP For free, if you’re still punk. It’s also streaming worldwide at your favorite corporate media dissemination outlet, but you should stop giving them your money. ( Links below) Be safe out there. Help each other. May you all slowly headbang into the night & May your ears forever ring….
THE NEW ALBUM ENTITLED “TOGETHERLESSNESS” IS AVAILABLE NOW.
This album will be available exclusively on Bandcamp!
THEMES will be taking a bit of a breather from creating new work, as Jacy is headed back to JAPAN on tour with The Velvet Teen, supporting the Japanese release of a 7″ with two brand new songs!!!!
NEW SINGLE! Stars In A Fake Sky / Distracted
Jacy Is Hitting the road again this Fall with The Velvet Teen, but this time TO JAPAN!!!
check out these excellent sites for details!
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HOWDY ALL! Jacy will be hitting the road again for a US tour with The Velvet Teen in support of their new album ‘All Is Illusory” . Check them out in a city near your!
Jacy is hitting the road for a Western US tour with The Velvet Teen in Support of the new Full Length Album “All Is Illusory”. If you’re able to, be sure to see the band on their current west coast tour around SXSW!
Jacy will be joining his old friends and Favorite band The Velvet Teen, for a Fall Tour With Foster The People.
This should be amazing.
Some of you may have heard that Jacy McIntosh will be doing some touring this fall with a new Rock Band from Seattle called HAND OF THE HILLS ( which features long time friend and midwestern “Grey Duck” Erin Tate, from that band Minus The Bear. David Totten of Scriptures & The Quiet Ones, and Matt Benham from The Black Swedes..)
HAND OF THE HILLS / FALL DATES
9/25/13 – San Diego, CA at The Void
9/26/13 – Los Angeles, CA at The Satellite
9/29/13 – San Jose, CA at Cafe Stritch ( for the C2SV festival ) 3PM
9/29/13 – San Francisco, CA at Cafe Du Nord and The Swedish American Hall 9PM
10/1/13 – Portland, OR at The White Eagle
10/2/13 – Seattle, WA at BARBOZA
HELLO. WE’RE PLAYING A REAL BANGER OF A SHOW IN PORTLAND,OR ON AUGUST 1ST @ Roseland Theater, with our Friends Minus The Bear and Hustle And Drone. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! http://
On Oct 11th 2012, after several a week on the road , we returned to Rock Island, IL to track a few intimate versions of songs off of our LOVEWEAPONS album. The Previous night we played the Lincoln Calling Festival in Lincoln, NE and drove through the night to make our noon load in. When we arrived, we were surprised to find our old friends Murder By Death already in Session, Stomping away and drinking Whiskey. Their high energy was a much need boost for us, after our 2 hours of sleep and 9 hour drive, but we didn’t have any of the whiskey. The session we tracked was one of the first out of Rock Island to stream live on the Internet, a now regular and amazing feature on Daytrotters Website. Its always a pleasure to work with Sean, Mike, and the Daytrotter crew, we look forward to many more visits in the future.
04-01-2013 THEMES IN PORTLAND MONTHLY MAGAZINE
“Band Of The Minute THEMES, Spins Pop Drama with their latest Release LOVEWEAPONS”
FOR THEIR third album, Themes have pulled back the curtain on a sound that could once be described as somber. Accordingly, Loveweapons is filled with light; it’s a loud, brash, celebratory record, and a terrific one at that. While its eight songs sound no less dramatic than Themes’ 2007 album War over the Great Plains or 2011’s The Phantom, Kelsey Crawford and Jacy McIntosh have turned their songs—which could previously seem at times like a conversation between the now-married couple—outward at the world. Songs like “Get By” and “I Would Die for You, Let’s Sing!” are celebrations of hope and gratitude, but more importantly, they’re the most inviting and welcoming music the duo has made yet.
“We had written about half of the songs and played a few of them on the road,” says McIntosh of Loveweapons, which they recorded with producer Brandon Eggleston. “So there was a good mix of things that had been road-tested and not—because I always go back and forth on the validity of playing something on the road until it’s just muscle memory being performed on a tape, or if it’s a creative process captured in the studio that becomes something where you get to experience the ideas happening as we do. So it’s a little bit of both of those worlds, which is cool, because I feel like we did consciously make the decision to make a rock album. All the reviews of the previous albums were great, but a lot of people would touch on the darker aspects.”
Themes first started making music in Santa Rosa, California, and continued when the pair moved to Minneapolis; McIntosh and Crawford have called Portland home since Election Night 2008. While they have every intention of staying put here, they both admit they sometimes feel more at home on the road than staying in one place. Crawford’s mom traveled for a living and McIntosh grew up in a military family, each resulting in a childhood spent on the move.
“It’s something we’re very accustomed to,” McIntosh says.
“We kind of have that in common,” says Crawford.
“Even when we lived in other cities, we were kind of transient,” says McIntosh. “Lots of touring.”
Crawford adds, “The turning point for me was when Themes first toured as a two-piece. We’d always had a lot of people with us, and there’s something to be said for chemistry with the people you’re traveling with. People just make or break the situation, you know, and you have to have space to be comfortable. But when we toured as a two-piece, we had so much fun. We could really be in the moment.”
“Still, there’s something really magical about the chemistry of a lot of people onstage that nothing can really compare to,” McIntosh says.
To that end, the band’s upcoming Portland show will enlist the help of their good friends Ephriam Nagler and Jen Grady of Olympia band You Are Plural to round out the rhythm section. Noah Bernstein—of tUnE-yArDs and Shy Girls—will also contribute sax, as he did on Loveweapons (Bernstein’s band Grammies is also on the bill). It’s an example of how McIntosh and Crawford have built on the solid foundation of their partnership to foster a community of musicians, both far-flung and at home.
“I have to give Jacy credit,” says Crawford of the band’s beginnings. “He said, ‘The reason I want to do this, and if you’re on board, let’s do this’—because we had started writing music together—he said, ‘I just want a band where we can have our friends play in different cities and come join us onstage, anybody can play. His main thing was to have fun, basically, and enjoy the company of our friends that are also musicians. And I love that idea, because as much as I’m still friends with my old bandmates from previous bands, they didn’t always have that really positive attitude—it seemed more competitive. And we were just not about that. I think that’s why I like Jen and Ephriam so much, because as a couple, too, they said one of their favorite things about working with other people is that we all want to see our friends succeed.
Rather than taking the time to reflect on our dearly departed year of 2012, we’ll jump right to the hype of 2013. This year is gonna be HYPE! It’s Gonna be JAMMIN!!! We’re going to start it off right, with a show in Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios on 01-19-13, wherein, we will be performing our entire new album with an entirely new lineup of musicians! I won’t mention who they are just yet, but i will tell you that we are huge fans of theirs and we’re both honored and stoked to be working together. Don’t miss this show. It is a sign and it is only the beginning of the BIG things we have to come this year. I will tell you more about all of that in due time. we may even make a few announcements at the show. There’s only one way to find out. Come Join us. If these things are not enough to peak your interest, just look at this line up of bands! They’re all amazing! Listen to them as much as possible. thanks for dropping by.
HERE’S A LINK TO A FACEBOOK EVENT, if you’re into that sort of thing.