In May 2012, Some Say Leland gathered their gear and hit the road, bound for Marfa. It was time to make an album.
Surely, they could’ve done so in Austin, but the band had three important factors they wished to adhere to: One, they really wanted to record in a studio outside of Austin, away from any distractions, like…breakfast tacos, maybe; two, they wanted to record the entire album straight to tape; and three (a crucial part of the entire process for any band on a budget, mind you), they wanted to work in a studio that wasn’t too expensive. After searching far and wide, including checking out some options in Chicago and Boulder, they found they didn’t have to travel too far after all. Marfa Recording Company was where all the magic came together.
Despite a few harrowing moments outside of the studio (their car catching fire on the way back from the McDonald Observatory, for one), recording the album went rather smoothly. The result: Brought Low, which, most appropriately, happens to be an old idiom referring to being humbled by situations that are out of one’s control. Indeed. Amidst the surrounding chaos, Some Say Leland created something quite beautiful.
The band is difficult to catagorize, which is a wonderful thing. Hear for yourself when you check out their recent performance in Studio 1A. And be sure to see Some Say Leland at their release show tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the inside stage. And what a splendid bill: Jack Wilson and Devin James Fry (Salesman) will also be performing. Doors open at 9 p.m. Recommended.