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Ear Op on Vinyl

EAR OP is now available for pre-order on Bandcamp. Global release: 9/8/17

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Ear Ops

Above photo is the Stormo brothers after the ear ops, taken from the second time, when “I watched you sleep as you watched me die.” I think “ear ops” plural might’ve been a better title for the song “Ear Op” but I didn’t think of it.

Take a listen here:

At over ten minutes, “Ear Op” is our longest song yet but that was an accident. I meant to write a three minute pop song until the prog muse took over. As program music, “Ear Op” mimics the three stages of a real ear operation. It starts with the conscious section in a happy major key before general anesthesia kicks in, followed by the much longer unconscious section in minor, and a spiraling instrumental leading back to the conscious ending section. There is also a key change up three steps to evoke an awakening, a successful surgery, and a more expansive ear.

Live Take

Here’s “S’long” from our recent album release. It’s dark so you can imagine the colors on top.

As If It Were So

Thanks to Emerging Indie Bands for featuring “As If It Were So”.


The song title is taken from an old idiom meaning a “thing not exactly as described,” which only makes sense in its original form. College professors like to use the Chaucerian contraction “as it were,” as a fancy way of saying “pun intended.” Today the idiom lives on in the ’90s Valspeak, “As if!”

“As If It Were So” is about the psychotronic superweapon known colloquially as “the music industry,” in all its black magik trappings.

It’s no secret what Lucifer’s job was in Heaven—the guy is practically made entirely of musical instruments! So it’s only logical that when he fell, he took over the industry to stage his eternal teen rebellion here on Earth.

If I may quote the Scripture, Ezekiel 28, Chapter 13:

The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes Was prepared for you on the day you were created. You were the anointed cherub who covers; …. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you. By the abundance of your trading You became filled with violence within, And you sinned; Therefore I cast you as a profane thing Out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the fiery stones.

But, like the preacher says, “Why should the Devil have the best tunes?”

As if!

Gotta Smash

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Ear Op

EAR OP is our first studio effort with local producer, Kevin McMahon, in his crusty old barnyard studio in Gardiner, NY, with the reverb silo out back. This is a kinda personal album for me about my childhood ear tube operations with a more minimalist live-band sound. Since Kevin takes this approach in his production style, I knew he’d be a perfect choice and spoke to him about the project vision a year before we recorded anything. We both wanted to capture the raw sloppy indie-energy with a nod to ’70s pompy prog-rock—the result is EAR OP, four songs specifically written for our live-studio barnyard band. After the ear tube operation, my ears never quite recovered and have been showered with nerve noise ever since, so Kevin’s ears made sure it sounded golden. Enjoy!


New Song Premiere

“S’long” is up on Pure Grain Audio!