A Sunny Day In Glasgow have shared The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart remix of their latest single “Hey, You’re Mine” today. The original version of the song can be found on the band’s recently released double EP Planning Weed Like It’s Acid / Life Is Loss, out now via the band and Mis Ojos Discos. A Sunny Day In Glasgow’s Jen Goma has been a frequent guest vocalist on the last few TPOBPAH releases, and here the band repays the favor with a remix that Stereogum says “most resembles a dance party on a cloud”. The band will be bringing the party to a few select cities on the East Coast this holiday season.
A Sunny Day In Glasgow make dreamy pop music. Sometimes loud guitars, sometimes drum machines & synths, sometimes just voices. All of the time pretty cool. A Sunny Day in Glasgow has released several albums including Sea When Absent, Ashes Grammar, and Scribble Mural Comic Journal; and toured North America and Europe more times than they can remember. For the overwhelming majority of its life, the band has been (and remains) Adam Herndon, Anne Fredrickson, Ben Daniels, Jen Goma, Josh Meakim, and Ryan Newmyer.
Planning Weed Like It’s Acid / Life Is Loss: Pop Songs 2015 is the new double EP from A Sunny Day in Glasgow. Here’s a story about it:
Two and a half years is a long time to spend making a record and waiting for it to be released. Sea When Absent not only took up a lot of time but a lot of emotional energy, and that can really knock you out!
When we got back from tour in August 2014, we thought it would be a good exercise to write a bunch of songs, record them right away, and get them out there. Kind of like doing push-ups or meditating or getting drunk after work. Something to reset yourself-engaging in process over pursuing content.
But then our friends at Geographic North invited us to make a Christmas album, which was great because we love those guys and it was a fun project. Once that was finished, almost immediately life intervened in lots of really stressful and annoying ways that you can’t get into in one-sheets but helped inspire one of the EP titles here.
So the push-ups had to wait until May 2015 when we all got together in Josh’s basement to work out a bunch of songs. And it was great. Nothing but good times-hanging out drinking coffee until it was time to start drinking beer until it was time to start taking drugs. Haha sike, we’re not big drug takers, but that was definitely the vibe. And our lack of drug-doing prowess inspired the title of one of the EPs.
Everyone wrote songs and then steered their songs to completion, with everyone else chiming in with whatever they thought would make it better. Or they didn’t, and that was fine too. We wanted a music making process that worked at the speed of satisfaction, and once we were rolling our only satisfaction would be these songs, in the world-now. Whoever wanted to, played whatever instrument they felt like playing. Josh played roto toms on a few songs; Adam laid down a rad bass solo; Jen played the pan flute; etc… This band has never had big egos but what little there was went out the window. Any “stakes” were very consciously locked behind good times and hanging out.
The end product is what we wanted-a bunch of songs written, recorded and mixed at light-speed (for this band). That we love the songs is a wonderful byproduct of everything else. And we feel great-can’t wait for the next one. Meanwhile, we are trying to schedule a time when everyone can get high and that email chain is really bumming me out.
TOUR DATES (Tickets On Sale November 13th):
12/29 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
12/31 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
01/02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
01/03 – Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong