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OKAY SO

I am in a band. We are called These Estates. We don't have a drummer right now. We're working on that.

What we do have are the mixes for an almost-finished EP titled I Can't Wait! It's going to be released sometime this year, physically if I can help it.

Anyways I'm fairly proud of it and fairly excited, and I think if you like bands like Sloan, Weezer, Silkworm or Ladyhawk, and the last couple of Thermals records, or maybe you're a fan of a lot of stuff on Touch & Go or Jade Tree or Jagjaguwar or maybe Mint Records you'll like us, or maybe you just like drinking and rock music. I'm going to have to process that down into a much shorter sentence if I want to put it on a one-sheet but I think it gets the point across!

If you want to listen to it the entire EP is up on our Myspace, and if you like it the best thing you can do is tell your friends about it. I'll probably toss it up on a file-sharing website or something at some point, but not until I have it finished.

Please feel free to distribute it as you see fit - I'd like to sell some copies and play for people eventually, but we can't do that until we actually have an audience for it. Since we're basically doing this all ourselves and can't afford advertising, the only way we can get an audience is through old-fashioned word of mouth.

So uh, yeah! Please enjoy the preliminary sketches of the I Can't Wait! EP up there and I'll update this thread once I have some more information. We'll be sitting down to finish the mixes sometime in the next two weeks so I'll have more news for you then.

i don't wanna delete the original post so here is the original post

Okay well first thing's first: this thread is just a placeholder and when we put finish our actual EP I'll be probably bumping it with a new title and a bunch of other stuff in the OP and then when it's actually available for you to buy I'll also let you know

BUT FOR NOW

We're playing a show tomorrow night at the Marquee Room in Calgary. And by "we," I mean myself and Johnny Amore, the bassist. Maybe my laptop will make an appearance.

If you're in town, come check it out. $10 cover, doors at 9 PM.


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if i could teleport there, i would totally be there. but my teleporation machine isn't working right now :(
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Okay I've cleaned up the Myspace and it's getting closer to being done. Take a listen!
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Listened to the first few songs earlier, and they were sounding really good.  I'll take a longer listen this evening.

Hope you manage to get things together enough to tour at some point.
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Anachromance is so so good. Song of the week, undoubtedly. Granted, it's the first day of the week, but I doubt I'll hear anything else new that I enjoy as much. I'll see if I can convince somebody to put it on the playlist at my favourite local pub.
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Your voice sounds really great, especially on "I Can't Wait!".
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Johnny will this be on vinyl?

The correct answer is yes.
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I have a sack full of boners for this.
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Hey guys, wanna do an American West Coast tour anytime soon?
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You guys should come back to Calgary, on a day when I am actually in town.
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Hey guys, wanna do an American East Coast tour anytime soon?
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When the mp3s become available, the best way to ensure that we might be able to afford tours outside of a very small area is to bump us up on last.fm and maybe tip us off to hype blogs if you feel like it? We're going to try doing promotion ourselves too but it'll be a lot easier if Internet people help us get our buzz on.

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your songs are so catchy! I love these estates.  I am going to spread the word!
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Johnny, these songs are really awesome.  'Anachromance' and 'American Lover' are early favourites of mine.  If you ever manage to get yourself out to Montreal (or Vancouver if it's the summer time), I'll do my best to my friends out to the show.
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I've just finished listening to the tracks on the MySpace. Great stuff! If the E.P. ever gets released in physical form I will mail-order the hell out of it.
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This is so good.  I will pay extra for a CD if you autograph it so that if/when you become famous I can brag about it.
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Johnny I can't wait til we play in a band together because you know it is going to fucking happen


hopefully

Top notch tunes dude.
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I've just finished listening to the tracks on the MySpace. Great stuff! If the E.P. ever gets released in physical form I will mail-order the hell out of it.

THIS

I have shitty things happening later today and I am scared shitless but "I Can't Wait" still made me nearly explode with anticipation. That's gotta be worth at least 20 points on your 360's achievements score.
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Hey Patrick did you take my advice.
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Doesn't matter I want a copy of this

(I did but I'm serious about the whole "making my day" thing)
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This is real good stuff Johnny! "American Lover" is fantastic, and I love the outburst in the middle of "I Can't Wait." Definately gonna spread the word about your band's EP.
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Johnny, I will buy a physical copy of your EP when you get it all set. Please make this happen. Also, do a west coast tour.
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You are now amongst my(our) top friends on myspace! Your stuff is just so good.
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I would definitely listen to this on a regular basis. Good stuff.
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Great stuff. I really love it. You should really make this happen.
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Also John ROCKS OUT!

And has anyone else here seen These Estates live?
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Added as a friend on MahThpace.  Good stuff, man, good fuckin' stuff.
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johnny
if you want to play with a noise-rock band

you know who to call

hey sam

go on tour

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If you tour to Winnipeg I can probably get there! Well, as long as the tour happens before June 1st or July 1st, after one of those dates I will need a passport to get into your silly country.
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So get a passport you dang ignorant isolationist American-type person.
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Hey I legitimately and legally hold two passports, does this make me extra culturally-aware?
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You also own a T-shirt that says "Women: You Can't Beat 'Em"

(Your answer is no).

Johnny these are absolutely killer. I will blog about you in my weekly column which I have not updated in weeks because I am without a computer currently (I am painstakingly posting this from an iPod Touch).
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Really, come by Winnipeg. I"ll get as many people as I can muster to the gig, probably get you stoned and drunk too.

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Excellent album art you have thar
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Sounding pretty good. I would go and see a show and maybe buy a tshirt depending on whether I got payed that week or the week before.

In the zip you've got We've Got Snakes one and a half times though. The half is labelled 'Track 04'.
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Shit yeah, I'm gonna make everyone I've ever met listen to this.
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hey how did i miss this! i only have my radio show for a few more weeks so i will try to squeeze as much out of this ep as possible.
also if you are able at all to play in guelph in the near future, the head music coordinator/librarian at cfru has awesome bands in his attic all the time and also really loves everything on young soul records so i think he would be pretty big on you guys.
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we aren't going to be on young soul, but other than that feel free to like make a copy and just have it for your station. also i would love to come to guelph but it probably won't be doable until august at the earliest
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I quite enjoy this, possibly because of:



Anyways I'm fairly proud of it and fairly excited, and I think if you like the last couple of Thermals records...



Great work! I agree on getting this some play on at least my own radio show.
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I just sent a message on facebook to ten people with the link! I am positive that they will like it.

Edit: I'm in love with the woahh ho whoas on anachromance
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Fuck YES Johnny I am so putting this in my "play this and see how many people are like 'holy fuck who is that?'" playlist on my iPod.
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This is sort of a question that I've always wanted to ask a songwriter, or band, but have never had the opportunity, and I hope that it doesn't sound too offensive. How much thought goes into your lyrics? I ask this because a lot of the time lyrics tend to be obtuse and sometimes confusing, and my assumption is always that any meaning that I find in them is intentional. While, certainly, it's what I take away from the piece that's significant, but I've always been curious how much of the writing is done deliberately and how much is done to simply fit with the music. Doing prose occasionally, I recognize the difficulty of giving every word significance, not to mention how haphazard the final product often reads in such a case, and even given music's shorter length sometimes I wonder. Your music definitely falls into that paradigm that I would tend to analyze, so my curiosity gets the better of my at the chance. Sorry again about this.

Regardless of that, on a more standard note, your work is amazing. I've been listening to it for the past few days. Especially notable to me were "He Said She Said" and "Anachromance". Hopefully everything goes well for you guys. 
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i would really like to turn this into something where i get used to hearing questions like this so i ought to give it a good go right away, huh?

I know a lot of people who don't put a lot of thought into their lyrics, and I know a lot of people who do. I'm one of the latter. Making stuff haphazard is risky because then you're just Paul Banks spitting out word salad and your bassist is calling you a poet in order to justify how awful your lyrics are.

Most of my lyrics come from an idea or a phrase that I then decide is interesting enough to expand upon. A lot of the time they aren't, but occasionally I hit something I'm comfortable with. Take "Anachromance," for example - I think it's a pretty coherent sequence of thoughts bound together by a central motif. It was all pretty deliberate! I have nothing against music where the lyrics don't mean anything but if people are going to spend time listening to them I figure I at least owe them something interesting.
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i feel like such a turd for answering questions like that extensively when they probably only need a line or two

if anyone wants lyrics by the way i can Post Them
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I would like that.
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i feel like such a turd for answering questions like that extensively when they probably only need a line or two

if anyone wants lyrics by the way i can Post Them

It's fine; I like the response more than I would a short one. I also have one more question; do the lyrics come before the music for you, or is it the other way around?

I would like the lyrics as well.
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