if you live in portland, we’ve added a show w/ MOONFACE. ( that project from brilliant SPENCER KRUG of SUNSET RUBDOWN, AND WOLF PARADE)
SUNDAY 10-16-2011 @ THE DOUG FIR LOUNGE
Doors at 8pm, Show at 9pm | $11 advance, $13 day of show | 21+
On Wednesday April 27th 2011 THEMES drove through the flooded towns and fields of Iowa to Rock Island ,IL where we recorded a session at the Daytrotter Studios. I remember the devastation of the floods so vividly that it may be with me forever. Mother Nature’s ability to destroy the creations of man remains a warning. This Daytrotter Session is a reminder of that.
CHESTS AND HEADS FULL OF SMOKE
The good and the bad relationships, the ones that end in ugly fights and breakups and the ones that end in marriage (happy or otherwise) have their points of skepticism, those iffy gray lands where everything’s out on the table and you’ve got to make a move to one side or the other. Right there, in those moments there’s a period of consideration, a think for the Great Think. It’s a rattling around of options, the choices weighed and the decision to take a plunge or to just start swinging and kicking, turning tail and running as fast as you can to get to somewhere else immediately. It hardly matters how much it will hurt, who will get hurt, etc., for what’s best for you is what’s best for you and it always will be. It’s consistently the driving force. Themes’ new record, “The Phantom,” features a house on-fire on its cover, with a front yard dotted with grazing buffalo. The music that Jacy McIntosh and Kelsey Crawford put on it seems to be the work of poisoned air, of stale air that’s getting sucked deeply into the lungs by everyone living in it. It’s like waking up and finding oneself surrounded by a smoky, burning house and not panicking for there’s been a recognition that this moment was possible and has been possible for some time. As a matter of fact, now that they think about it, that smoke was there when they went to bed. It’s been in the room for the last week, the last month or the last year. They’ve said goodnight to it right after they brushed their teeth and right before they tucked the kids in for the final time every night for so long now that it feels so much like the normal that they’ve always known. But that poisoned air is bad, that smoke is bad. It will, eventually, take over and kill them. McIntosh and Crawford write into their music this feeling of finally getting to a point where something has to be done. All of the red-cheeked thrashing and pounding has been replaced with more of a glassy tone, where everyone knows that this can’t go on much longer. It’s walking down a solitary path, needing to finally make it right inside. There are dry mouths and flickering hearts, thumping and shorting out like a light fixture with a catch in its throat. We’re in the middle of our own opera, and no one’s speaking, just watching and trying to figure it all out, waiting for the move, whatever it’s going to be.
Words by Sean Moeller
Illustration by Johnnie Cluney
Recording engineered by Mike Gentry
THEMES has been busy on the road in support of THE PHANTOM, and there’s a SUMMER PERFORMANCES coming up before we head back into the studio.
don’t miss em.
6-15-11 PORTLAND, OR @ MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS w/ Southerly and Deathsongs
6-17-11 PORTLAND, OR @ WONDER BALLROOM w/ MINUS THE BEAR and Empty Space Orchestra
6-18-11 SPOKANE, WA @ THE KNITTING FACTORY w/ MINUS THE BEAR and Empty Space Orchestra
8-7-11 PORTLAND, OR @ DOUG FIR LOUNGE ( Patio Series )
LIVE IN STUDIO SESSION @ AM 770 RADIO K, Minneapolis, M
Introducing the new acoustic record available for download. “The New Trust & Friends : Battle to the Death.” It will be available on CD in May through Saint Rose Records. It features acoustic versions of 5 old songs, 5 new songs, and also features our good friends covering our songs as well: Oddbird, Trebuchet, Hanalei, The Bunker, Battle of Hastings, Santiago, Themes and Judah Nagler of The Velvet Teen
MORE TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED!!!!
keep checking back, there’s still more to come.
4/8/11 CHICO , CA @ CAFE CODA W/ THE VELVET TEEN | 8 PM ( AA)
4/9/11 STOCKTON, CA @ PLEA FOR PEACE CENTER W/ THE VELVET TEEN | 7 PM ( AA)
4/20/11 NAMPA, ID @ THE FLYING M GARAGE | 8PM (AA)
4/22/11 BOULDER, CO @ ROCK N SOUL | 7PM (AA)
4/23/11 KANSAS CITY, MO @ THE UNION OF WESTPORT | 9PM (21+ )
4/24/11 LINCOLN, NE @ DUFFY’S | 9PM (18+)
4/25/11 DES MOINES, IA @ VAUDEVILLE MUSE | 5PM (AA)
4/26/11 IOWA CITY, IA @ TBA
4/27/11 ROCK ISLAND, IL @ DAYTROTTER SESSIONS
4/29/11CHCAGO, IL @ PANCHO’S W/ I LUV LUV BIRDS | 8PM (21+)
4/30/11 ST PAUL, MN @ GOLDEN’S ( FOR LOWERTOWN ART CRAWL ) | 8 PM (AA)
5/ 1/11 MINNEAPOLIS, MN @ THE KITTY KAT CLUB | 8 PM (21+)
5/ 3/11 SIOUX FALLS, SD @ LATTIUDE 44 | 7 PM (18+)
5/ 6/11 BILLINGS, MT @ THE RAILYARD | 9PM (21+)
5 / 7/11 MISSOULA, MT @ THE BADLANDER | 8PM (21+)
5/ 8/11 SPOKANE, WA @ TBA
5/ 9/11 SEATTLE, WA @ THE VERA PROJECT W/ JOAN OF ARC & AIRWAVES | 8 PM (AA)
5/13/11 PORTLAND, OR @ BACKSPACE W/ HOUSES & ONE AM RADIO | 8 PM (AA)
5/ 21/ 11 PORTLAND, OR @ MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS W/ JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN & BHI BHIMAN | 9PM (21+)
5/28/11 PORTLAND, OR @ THE WOODS W/ THE NEW TRUST / LITTLE LOST BOYS | 8PM (21+)
5/29/11 SETTLE, WA @ JOSEPHINE W / THE NEW TRUST | 8 PM (AA)
IT’S OFFICIAL . our new album “THE PHANTOM” is Unleashed Today.
we hope to see you at the upcoming shows.
keep your ears peeled for the new single “The Phantom” on your favorite radio stations.
We’re Very Pleased to Announce…
THEMES JOIN FORCES W/ CO-SIGN COLLECTIVE
We’re teaming up with long time Friend , and Multi-Faceted Musical Strategy Wizzard Jessica Weber, to join a roster of GREAT ARISTS!
Check out their website!
WOW!!! HELLO ALL!!!
We’re very excited to announce west coast tour dates with our long time best friends, and heros THE VELVET TEEN.
come join us, so we can all hang out and tell stories about how me met, and all the difficult, and wonderful things we’ve been through together.
You’ll also get to meet our good friend, and drummer Nick Dayka, if you haven’t already.
we’re very excited to see you all !!!!
23-CHICO, CA @ CAFE CODA
w/ clouds on strings & Galapaghost
24-STOCKTON, CA @ PLEA FOR PEACE CENTER
w/ alitak & hymns for her
25- OAKLAND, CA @ MAMMA BUZZ
w/ the lickets, alak, the moonies.
26-SANTA CRUZ, CA @ BOCCI’S CELLAR
W/ THE HUXTABLES, THE VELVET TEEN & GENTLEMEN OF JAPAN
27-SAN FRANSISCO @ AMNESIA (21+)
2-SAN JOSE @ BLANK CLUB (21+)
3-MONTEREY, CA @ PLANET GEMINI
W/ THE VELVET TEEN ( 18 +)
4-FULLERTON, CA @ SLIDE BAR
W/ THE VELVET TEEN
5-SAN DIEGO @ CHE CAFE
W/ THE VELVE TEEN (AA)
6-LOS ANGELES @ THE ECHO
W/ THE VELVET TEEN ( AA)
9- PORTLAND, OR @ DOUG FIR
W/ TAPES AND TAPES (21+)
11- SEATLE, WA @ VERA PROJECT
W/ THE VELVET TEEN ( AA)
12- PORTLAND, OR @ BACKSPACE
W/ THE VELVET TEEN ( AA)
THEMES ” The Phantom” album art By: SARA SANGER.
i looked at the thing with dates on it. the one that we hang on our wall and never look at. then i replaced it with one that holds all the dates for this year, that marks the beginning of this new decade.
it’s often hard to believe the time that has gone by, actually has “gone by”.
2010 was an amazing year for myself, and for kelsey. we look to the past, once again, with great fondness for the times we’ve had, and the people we’ve worked with an met. life moves on.
growing like moss.
this morning, kelsey and i sat in hot tubs, and saunas in the sunshine. the weather here in Portland Oregon is below 30 degrees in the morning. .
there’s a great deal of excitement floating in the chilled air.
we have a bunch of new news, music, and art.
this year. holds much more for us.
we’ll find you.
hello again all.
as we await the arrival of the latest full length we’re planning for summer. for THEMES there will be a lot of travel. there will be conflicts in the world that will continue to stir and as the people’s focus swings like a pendulum, from one thing to another. we will play shows in North America and we will bring copies of our music with us so you can have one. we’ll probably end up hanging out at some point. we might cook food together, or sit around a fire and talk about things we don’t understand, or how we can get to Afghanistan on tour by way of Turkey. we’ll stay up late and hang out in towns we used to live in and talk about all of the amazing parts of them that we maintain in our souls. most importantly we’ll be with you, which doesn’t happen nearly enough!
more updates soon!
19 MISSOULA, MT @ BADLANDER
23 MINNEAPOLIS, MN @ 501 CLUB
24MINNEAPOLIS, MN @ all ages secret location!
GREAT NEWS. we’ve finished tracking our latest full length album, to be entitled
it’s been three months of workin in a few different studios and we’ve seen some amazing musical contributions from some very talented friends. Hats off to our main man and Producer Cory Gray, as well as: Brian Wright, Cliff Hayes, J. Clark, Simon Matt Carillo, for making this album come to life. this is just the beginning
although there is no release date, we expect Album to be ready by May. maybe even sooner. i also expect there to be some things to hear in the coming weeks. perhaps The Phantom sees it fit for us to release a new single song, perhaps a videograph or perhaps not…..perhaps a fire will start mysteriously somewhere, or perhaps there would be a reason for that fire. i like to think there isn’t a reason for anything, we’re just lucky enough to find them like post modern prospectors of hope and purpose. finding fuel to keep moving. always digging. never sleeping. at least not at night. that’s when the fires are lit.
the future is uncertian, and very very Filthy.
-jacy and kelsey
We have been in Goose Hollow recording the new THEMES Album.
There is something amazing happening here. I think when Jacy and I picked the songs for the record we really had no idea they would become these amazing pieces of inspiration to us beyond the album ideas.
So many instruments, people and time.
Cory gray is producing the record, and thankfully we have him! A musician that has an ear for producing!
He has also contributed everything from organ, trumpet, pedal bass, trombone, to musical guru!
We love Cory beyond words so to translate from another language we call him the Wisdomstar!
We have also named the spiders in the bathroom of the studio.
We have come to 3 AM with the belief that if this is the time a ghost is known to appear
then let it be known that we revisit our dreams night after night.
So Show Yourself!
In the meantime “The wolves wont stop their howling”