The Couch Abides

A few weeks ago, Couch by Couchwest, the online music festival for everybody who couldn’t or didn’t want to go to South by Southwest, called it a day. They started in 2011, and they were recommended to me just before we released The Ghost of John Henry in 2012, so Sci-Fi Romance participated in every year but the festival’s first.

As a tip of the cap and a thank you to the festival organizers, who all had their own lives, jobs, blogs, cats, taco recipes, dogs, and beer can pyramids to attend to, I decided to make one more video, and keep the spirit of Couch by Couchwest alive for 2016. So I give you “The Masque of the Red Death, 1964” from our October EP, recorded in my garage two nights ago.

If you weren’t hip to CXCW, it presented a staggering — staggering! — amount of great music recorded in fields, back yards, front porches, living rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens all over the world. Do yourself a favor if you haven’t and spend some time going through the archives on their site. You can catch up on all the Sci-Fi Romance performances here, for instance. But if you only have time for one video, I will leave you with what is probably my favorite: Rosanne Cash and her band playing “A Feather’s Not a Bird.”

 

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Announcing: “Dust Among the Stars” by Sci-Fi Romance

Big news. A lot of you know we’ve been working on new music, and I’m thrilled to be able to officially announce our third album and its release date.

The album is called “Dust Among the Stars,” and it will be available January 26th, 2016, with pre-orders starting tomorrow available now at Amazon and rolling out at different sites over the next few weeks. Check out the cover below:

Sci-Fi Romance - Dust Among the Stars

Tomorrow New Noise Magazine premiered the first track from the album. So stay tuned for that. Until then, feel free to watch our behind-the-scenes videos for a taste of some of the sounds on this record.

New Year, New Record

As I’ve discussed in previous posts, Sci-Fi Romance’s third album has been written for a while now, but life has prevented it from being recorded…until now!

Right before Christmas, we went into the studio for three days and broke ground on the new record. We got six songs in the can, and have a few more to polish up and get done in the coming weeks. And then this beast can finally lumber out into the wide world.

Sci-Fi Romance song lyrics in the vocal booth

Sci-Fi Romance song lyrics in the vocal booth

It’s a diverse record that’s both as loud and as quiet as anything we’ve done before, with what I think is a nice balance of light and darkness. Not quite as bleak as the last album, top-to-bottom. You’ll dig it.

These drums sound amazing.

These drums sound amazing.