Infants on Thrones Podcast

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Hey TLB fans, Ben here. I recently sat down and did an interview with the podcast Infants on Thrones, and excited about what I was able to share in the interview. A quick note – the first 40 minutes of the podcast are focused on my personal experiences with the Mormon church. After that 40 minute mark the podcast focuses on The Lacuna Brotherhood’s music specifically. You can find the podcast here: http://infantsonthrones.com/the-lacuna-brotherhood/

For those who don’t know, I was born in and grew up in the Mormon church and moved away from that philosophy about 5 years ago. It was a big part of my life, and “losing my religion” so to speak greatly influenced my songwriting. Infants on Thrones is an ex-Mormon podcast, and in this interview I take a look back in time at some of those events – in addition to providing an inside peek into the creative process itself and the songs on the Aftermath EP. I had a lot of fun and thank you so much to the Infants on Thrones crew!

Please check it out and let us know what you think! If you don’t want to hear the Mormon related stuff, feel free to skip forward to about minute 40 and listen to the music related portion of the podcast. Excited to hear what you think!

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Aftermath on iTunes, Amazon mp3 or your digital outlet of choice.

Song Highlight: Solitary Man

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Solitary Man is the second track from the EP Aftermath. The song is a mellow and brooding ballad, and is available now on iTunes and Amazon mp3. The song is bare compared to the other songs on the EP, featuring acoustic guitar, tabla drums, and a simple vocal melody which exposes the raw emotion of the song. Preview the song on Soundcloud by clicking here.

The song is obviously a breakup song, I had come out of a really intense relationship and was really exploring a lot of my emotions. Including my internal guilt over how it ended, the blame that was being leveled in both directions and reconciling that with the great memories–and yet trying to move forward on my own and get my life moving again. It is a very personal song.

This song came together in only about 2 hours in the studio – it was really remarkable. I had originally intended this to be a more upbeat song with a full band and electric guitars, but once we laid down the acoustic guitar and the vocals it was just magic–the song works so well when it is bare like it is. Dave brought his tabla drums in and it added so much, and after that 90% of the song was done and it took just some minor tweaking in the studio.

Song Details

Time: 4:41

BPM: 130 BPM

Credits: Written by Ben Fellows, Vocals, and Guitars by Ben Fellows, Tabla by Dave Miller, Produced by Ben Fellows, Recorded by Shawn Palmer and Micah Lundy, Mixed by Micah Lundy at Spin and Swirl Studios, Mastered by Gus Skinas.

Lyrics:

I know that you won’t forgive me,
even though I think you know you should.
‘Cuz after all the times you shoved me,
I stopped stepping back from where I stood.

I still feel your countenance,
but even now the image blurs.
In your wake I seek forgiveness
from a wounded ego that is impure.

I follow my intuition
from the black place in my soul.
I invent my superstition
and grant myself illusion of control.

I’m a solitary man,
I’m doing the best I can.
And I don’t know all I should, but I’ve heard
that I’m not the only man
whose living his life underneath a ban.
Anyway I’ve done all that I could.
And I’m a solitary man.

Song Highlight – Taboo

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Taboo, the first track from the EP Aftermath, is a heavy and moody rock song, and is available now on iTunes and Amazon mp3. The foundation of the song is an acoustic guitar riff that quickly is overpowered by driving and grungy electric guitars with deliberate bass and percussion. A heavy distorted and flanged guitar solo hearkens to the days of Nirvana, but has a fresh modern and independent feel. Preview the song on Soundcloud by clicking here.

I wrote the song several years ago after going through some dark times, and felt like I was all alone in the world despite the friends and family that surrounded me. I think that a lot of people go through that feeling at some point in their lives, where you feel like you are suddenly radically different or a pariah — maybe after a breakup, or a choice that you made — but at the same time you are still human and connected to everyone else in your life. You are taboo, but you are the same as them, and they can’t see it necessarily so they judge you. Its a strange place to be in, but I think it is pretty common in the human experience.

It has been interesting to hear the reaction from people who listen to this song – its a little dark, slow, and grungy, but the acoustic guitar and some of the effects make it sound just a little different. Micah and I had a blast mixing this in the studio – the song really came to life in the mixing and mastering process.

Song Details

Time: 5:31

BPM: 90 BPM

Credits: Written by Ben Fellows, Vocals, and Guitars by Ben Fellows, Drums by Dave Miller, Produced by Ben Fellows, Recorded by Shawn Palmer and Micah Lundy, Mixed by Micah Lundy at Spin and Swirl Studios, Mastered by Gus Skinas.

Lyrics:

I
am a hole
and I
am not full
I
lost control
and I
feel null
And I’m not you
and I’ll be your taboo
I
am nude
and I
am tatoo’d
I
await abuse
‘cuz it’s no use
I’m not you,
and I’ll be your taboo.
And I’m not you.
And I am taboo.
I
am your whore
and I
am your sore
I’m
what you deplore
and I’m what you ignore
I am you.
And I am taboo.

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Aftermath Digital Release

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Finally made it! After a day or two of waiting, this morning I woke up to see Aftermath finally available in iTunes and Amazon mp3. Super excited! Here is the iTunes link. I will post individual song highlights in the next few days. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/aftermath-ep/id845400327

Photo Shoot Done

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Photo shoot was amazing this weekend. I just posted a few pictures on the home page so you can see them (and some below). We drove from Denver down to the Great Sand Dunes – took us about 4 hours. On our way there, we ran across an old dilapidated mill of some kind, and stopped there. The pictures we got there were amazing, so much character, and photographic opportunities that really go well with the whole thrust of the EP. An hour later we got to the Dunes. Although it may look like a hot desert, it was freezing cold for the entire shoot. But we survived. Here are a few of the better ones… thanks to Olivia Langford or photographer. The photos look amazing!

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Photo Shoot

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This Friday we are headed to the Sand Dunes for our photo shoot – really excited about it. I have some really good ideas of the shots that I want to have, but interested to see what ideas our photographer comes up with. Will post pictures as soon as we have them!

Website launch and a little history

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Whelp, I just set up the website – its 1:30am. I am bleary eyed, exhausted, but excited as hell to be where I am. The band is coming together and the EP is nearly done. And now we have a website. Hot Damn.

The Lacuna Brotherhood has been a dream of mine for a long time and over the last year I have put a lot of blood sweat and tears into the project. Over the course of the last year I have been working with the great guys at Spin and Swirl recording and engineering our first EP, Aftermath. I expect the mastering to be complete in the next few days. Been working with Gus Skinas up in Boulder.

Stay tuned – the website will be changing a lot in the coming weeks as we get it figured out and set up just the way we want it. Good thing I have some computer hacking skillz in addition to my guitar chops, or I would be paying someone to do this. But the band will be blogging here regardless if we pay someone to maintain the website. All feedback is welcome. Links coming soon with some music and all kinds of good stuff.