Skeleton Coast: A Remote Recording Journey
Released Year: 2020
|Belly Of The Whale
|Dead Man's Coat
|Pigeons And Spies
|Last, Last Words
|How To Rot
|Don't Look At Me
"Skeleton Coast" was meticulously crafted 30 miles east of El Paso, Texas, at the secluded Sonic Ranch Studios. Collaborating with producer Matt Allison, the band embraced a unique "album camp" approach. For two weeks, they found themselves immersed in a remote, focused environment, starkly contrasting to their usual recording sessions in the familiar hustle of Chicago. Chris McCaughan, the band's lead singer and guitarist, reflects on this novel experience, highlighting how the absence of everyday distractions significantly shaped their creative process.
This album marks a pivotal moment in the band's two-decade journey, presenting a familiar yet evolved sound that resonates deeply with our collective history's current, unusual chapter. Intriguingly, although the album's creation predates the global upheaval caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, its themes and narratives eerily predict an apocalyptic future. It paints vivid imagery of a world where wild coyotes sing and wolf packs roam uninhibited.
Brendan Kelly, the band's vocalist and bassist, emphasizes the album's significance in their long-standing career. He describes it as a compelling, urgent expression of their art, intertwining darkness with a relentless search for light. Despite its somber overtones, the album is fundamentally about discovering glimmers of hope in bleak times. Kelly articulates this as a quest for small, meaningful moments that make life bearable amidst chaos, a sentiment that echoes powerfully in their latest work.