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big orange blimp floating overhead. ” – Pitchfork
With blissed-out melodies and plenty of feedback loops, Tearjerker’s Hiding feels like a dreamy chant–totally authentic and exactly the thing you’d want playing on repeat for a full moon celebration or a chill car ride up the PCH.” – NYLON
“If Sigur Rós went through a shoegaze period, it would sound a bit like Toronto’s
Tearjerker.” – Flavorwire
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Tearjerker was born from the shared mindset that allowed for each member to play an equal part in the creative process.
Since 2009, the band has released two albums, an EP, a few remix projects, and a handful of singles, completely independently. The trio released the well-received Hiding EP in 2014, which featured the track “You Can,” that Pitchfork described as “a soccer chant, something huge and relentlessly simple designed to ripple out over festival masses.”
Everything, from the writing, recording, production and album artwork has come from the three of them. Tearjerker has released special edition cassettes of their albums with handmade packaging, lending a personal, tangible feel to each offering.
Their newest full-length record, Stay Wild, follows that same homemade ethic that Tearjerker is known for, and since its former label SQE closed its doors earlier in 2015, the band will be releasing the record completely independently.
Just as with past releases, the guys recorded and mixed the album at home, designed all of the artwork, and the physical versions of the album will have a handcrafted touch. “It’s cool that we are able to do everything on our own,” Tearjerker’s Trevor Hawkins notes. “Mixing the album in the comforts of home allows me to pay attention to the smallest details without the worry of studio costs.”
Stay Wild picks up where Hiding left off, as the band has again created a rich climate of atmospheric noise, that’s more than just distortion.
“We spent a lot of time getting everything right with this record,” Taylor Shute explains. “From a hanging note at the end of a song, to a barely audible sample in a breakdown in the middle of a track, we tried to make a record that will reward repeated listens.”
Tearjerker, in its current form, operates on instinct and sincerity. They’re less concerned with touring and selling singles than they are with being a prolific group that consistently unveils interesting new music. And it’s important to them that each piece of that music exists in the world in palpable form. “We take pride in making a really cool product that we can hold,” Hawkins says. “It’s exciting for us as much as it is for anybody who is a fan.”
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