Hometown: Decatur, Ga.Fun Fact:drummer James Taylor Jr. for the first time moments later and the two
formed a bond that has spanned a decade and a half.Why It's Worth Watching: As
raconteurs for the everyman, the band's unique brand of American
Realist Rock combines scenic snapshots of the tangible and unhurried,
organic instrumentation with a nod to Regionalist painter Andrew
Wyeth.For Fans Of: Band of Horses, Bon
Iver, Cass McCombs, The National
"It's about needing to feed the
exploration part of our personalities. I mean geographically,"
explains vocalist and guitarist Chris Rowell, describing the mindset
behind the opening track on Warm In The Wake's new, digitally-released
EP, Speak Plainly. "Not whatever dirty thing you were
thinking," he continues, every bit as straightforward about the
group's third recorded effort as would be expected from the
no-nonsense lyricist.In The Wake—comprised of Rowell, drummer James Taylor Jr., bassist
Andy Barker and his brother, keyboard and harmonica-player Dan
Barker—is currently revisiting the same reconnaissance that has
fueled their career time and time again.
of the Drive-By Truckers before spontaneously leaving both groups
behind to relocate to Atlanta. They united with the Barker brothers
and formed King Lear Jet, before eventually changing the name to Warm
In The Wake. "Living in a geographical region for any length of
time changes your outlook on society," says Rowell of
relocation, explaining that, "The more places you live, the more
you are changed."
Warm In The Wake—named after both an
1800's-era school book where its subjects survived a shipwreck and a
string of funerals in the band mates' inner circle—found a home on
Atlanta's Livewire Recordings and released 2007's Gold Dust Trail
and American Prehistoric. Following
thenational tour, including high-exposure dates with Band of Horses. As
the group looked toward the future, an unexpected dissolution of its
label earlier this year left Warm In The Wake with no other choice
than to explore the options, a challenge accepted with grace. "We
released two records nationally last year then our label dissolved,"
Barker says. "Going through all of the tedious things about this
business also reaffirms how great it is to write songs, record them
and get them out to people. We've always thought that was the best
Fans of the indie-folk outfit would
agree. Before the dust even settled on American Prehistoric,
which has migrated as far Juneau, Alaska's KXLL radio station where
it has been in rotation for an astounding six-month period, the
band's members sought solace in their work. Speak Plainly is
Warm in the Wake's purest effort to date, and has provided the band
with a platform to discuss everything from human nature to the sport
of caving through a recording that's "free of corporate
manufacture" in Rowell's words.
Speak Plainly encompasses its
creators' past lives as farmers, audio-visual techs and book
peddlers, in an EP chock full of precise, organic production flowing
through intelligent, agrarian narratives. Calling their own shots,
the guys opted to release Speak Plainly digitally from their
own website, allowing fans to forward the EP to friends in exchange
for access to its tracks. "We hope that by releasing it this way
we are able to reach out to new people in a new way," says
Barker. "We hope that [Speak Plainly] takes off like
gangbusters and we can charter our own plane to Juneau!"
Every bit the realist, Rowell takes a
moment to reflect on the people and places that make up the band's
regionally-influenced fare, aspiring against all odds for Speak
Plainly to reach its subjects. "We want to leave something
behind after we are all ashes," he says, "when then
Internet is old technology like the telegraph is today."
Listen to tracks from Warm in the Wake's Speak Plainly on the band's MySpace page.