After running at incredible pace of an album a year, the band took some time and decided to start afresh. With the goal of making something more appropriate for the times we live in, the group came up with their 2017 album ‘Woodstock’ in just a couple months.
‘Woodstock’ features massive, Grammy Award-winning single ‘Feel It Still’ which reached 3x ARIA Platinum, peaked at no. 5 on the ARIA charts and came in at no. 26 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 for 2017. Adding to their global presence, new single ‘Live In The Moment’ is currently sitting at more than 7 million views on YouTube and at no. 1 on Triple A and alternative radio in the United States, following a performance of the track on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
As their most socially conscious music to date, the band found inspiration following lead singer John Gourley’s trip home to Wasilla, Alaska where he encountered a combination of parental tough love from his old man and his original ticket stub from the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. Breaking free from the musical difficulties they’d faced over recent years, the band set out in the same tradition of bands from the Woodstock era, feeling inspired to speak out about the world crumbling around them.
“Binding the whole piece more than even the cross-faded tracks, is the limber voice of singer-songwriter John Baldwin Gourley, which can hop north into a crystal falsetto, or drop down into a soulful moan at a second’s notice…” – Pitchfork
Working with John Hill (In the Mountain in the Cloud), Danger Mouse (Evil Friends), Mike D (Everything Cool) and long time collaborator Casey Bates (the one consistent producer since the first record), the album has been met with huge success, having peaked at no. 3 on Billboard’s US Top Alternative Albums chart.
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