Gently Among the Coals

by Threefifty

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Threefifty’s latest full-length record, Gently Among the Coals, finds the band blazing down new pathways with an energy and earnestness that is immediately genuine in spite of its indefinable novelty. Having hinted at an 8-piece configuration on their previous record, Collapses, Gently Among the Coals showcases the expansive yet tightly-knit band that Threefifty has transmogrified into. From the very first track, “Crossing State Lines,” Brett Parnell and Geremy Schulick tease with electric guitar interplay draped in overdrive and effects, only to be joined by Kenji Shinagawa’s refreshing mandolin, Joanie Leon Guerrero’s swaying, wordless vocals, and the swoon of Andie Springer’s violin. “Allegiance” offers listeners their first taste of the vivid poetry of Vicki Kennelly Stock, the late mother of Schulick's wife and fellow band member Jennifer Stock. Parnell and Schulick’s signature thematic lines are tucked into a rich tapestry of effects and musical forces, from Eleonore Oppenheim’s impeccable work on bass, Evan Mitchell’s driving percussion, to Stock’s electronically-inspired organ lines. The middle section in “Andromeda” serves as an homage to the baroque repertoire Schulick and Parnell mastered whilst honing their craft as classical guitarists, and "The Door" pays tribute to the infectious layered textures of Steve Reich. “Fields” opens with electric guitar played through a polyphonic octave effect that imbues the sound and aura of a massive pipe organ, implying sacred music before the tide rolls into a pounding, full-band theme that ought to be played from a mountaintop. Renowned producer and electronic musician Daedelus created the emphatically kinetic drum part for “More,” a jangly steel-string driven tune that repeatedly crumbles into splintered syncopations before its optimistic theme returns. “Running in a Burning House” is a Morricone-inspired Spaghetti-Western ballad featuring Nathan Koci on trumpet, accordion, and whistling with a vibrancy and clarity that would make a chickadee blush.

-- Elias Blumm

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released May 12, 2017

Produced by Brett Parnell and Geremy Schulick
Engineered by Brett Parnell at Bear in a Barn NYC
Evan Mitchell, assistant engineer

Brett Parnell -- guitars, vocals, pedal steel, bass
Geremy Schulick -- guitars, bass, mandolin, vocals
Evan Mitchell -- drums
Eleonore Oppenheim -- bass
Joanie Leon Guerrero -- vocals
Kenji Shinagawa -- mandolin
Andie Springer -- violin
Jennifer Stock -- keyboards

Daedelus -- electronics (track 9)
Nathan Koci -- trumpet, accordion, whistling (track 11)

All music written by Brett Parnell and Geremy Schulick, except track 9 written by Geremy Schulick, Brett Parnell and Daedelus

All lyrics are settings of poems by Vicki Kennelly Stock

All music published by Threefifty Music (ASCAP)

Album cover: “Rocky Landscape with a Gorge, First Version” by Hercules Segers, courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Album design by John Verdery

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Threefifty Brooklyn, New York

Threefifty has been called a post-rock band before, but that seems too plain – labeling the eclecticism of Threefifty’s sound requires something that gets more obnoxiously specific – perhaps post-minimalist-baroque-folk-rock. As Spinal Tap as that amalgam may sound, Threefifty has gotten their hands on something that rings authentic despite the fact that it’s never really been heard before. ... more

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Track Name: Allegiance
ALLEGIANCE (poem by Vicki Kennelly Stock)

November brought a hill, a sky
choked purple, and a heathen wind
which beat the wreaths and swallowed
whole my prayers. It gloated
with a ravaged whisper.

I knew it would not rain. I broke
an infant limb from a long-lived oak
and wrote across
freshly turned dirt,
Can ghost answer ghost?
Track Name: The Door
THE DOOR (poem by Vicki Kennelly Stock)

He abides in tabernacles
but is anywhere. He listens
to prayers, to declamations,
to shouting, even to screams.
Didn’t He say he would be there.
Didn’t He say he would help us
open the unlocked door.

Heaven and earth may appear
to dissolve and yet the words remain
on the wall: open the door,
it is unlocked. Don’t be afraid.

It isn’t a test, isn’t a joke:
just open the door.
Track Name: Running in a Burning House (feat. Nathan Koci)
DUST STORM, 1938 (poem by Vicki Kennelly Stock)

From an underground cave
a fiery-brown wind scours
the prairie. It plows ice
and frees the tall grasses.

Clouds of albino dust
Drown the thunder. Clumps
Of horned skulls flower.
No one can chase the storm away.