Thursday, December 11, 2008

Weinland: Live @ Doug Fir

Among his stories and patient instrumental interludes, Shearer manages to interweave hope into his songs of loss with melodies and lyrics that battle for poignancy. Proving the old adage that pain equals art, John Adam Weinland Shearer started working on a new batch of songs in 2007 with WEINLAND's second record, La Lamentor. Darker in feel and heavily influenced by the struggles Shearer faced in relationships and at work in a flawed and troubling mental health system, La Lamentor portrays life's misfortunes with dark-hued tones and moving lyrics. Shearer says of his experience and how it affects his song-writing, "My eyes are open to a new level of struggle. The people I've known and our relationships play recurring roles in the stories I tell."

Shearer, who spent the last six years working with emotionally disturbed teenagers says, "The complications that come along with working in such an emotionally charged environment force you to think... sometimes it gives you amazing perspective and sometimes it shuts you off." Featuring guest performances by Adam Selzer (M.Ward, Norfolk and Western), Rachel Blumberg (M.Ward, Bright Eyes, The Decemberists, Norfolk and Western), and Nathan Delffs (The Shaky Hands) among others; La Lamentor was primarily recorded with close friend, and Demersville (2006) co-producer, Adam Selzer at Type Foundry studios. WEINLAND also collaborated with Dylan Magierek, proprietor of Badman Recording Co. (My Morning Jacket, Hayden, Mark Kozelek), hatching a plan to record full band songs with Selzer and hire Magierek to record and co-produce the band's more acoustic songs with the intention of giving the new recordings a greater depth.

A regularly contributing author to Willamette Week's Tour Diaries, WEINLAND recently recorded "Hey, Hey, What Can I Do" for a Led Zeppelin tribute LP alongside Laura Veirs and M.Ward. They also contributed a track to a live compilation from Portland's Mississippi Studios featuring Feist and Regina Spector. Both albums are set for release in 2008. With La Lamentor complete, Badman Recording Co. as a new home and a 2008 tour planned, a self-assured WEINLAND prepares to take on the next step when they release La Lamentor on March 4th, 2008. Resigning from his career in mental health to pursue the band's success full time, Shearer hopes his difficult experiences translate as the musical healing that aided in the record's manifestation.

PRESS: HARP / Blurt / West Coast Perf.


MP3/Download: Weinland- God Here I Come
MP3/Download: Weinland - Sick As A Gun

Doug Fir Lounge
Friday December 12, 2008
Doors 8pm, show 9pm / $12 advance/day of show

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