One evening in 2009, in a dark corner of Yur’s Bar & Grill in northwest Portland, Tyler and I met a man with some strange ideas.
In record label school the first thing they teach you is to not sign the inactive 15-person orchestral-basement band. There’s a variety of practical and financial reasons for this. And yet, here was Jared Mees—one half of the husband-and-wife-operated record label, Tender Loving Empire—with a simple proposition:
“If you make an album, we’ll release it.”
At the time of this proposal the band called Typhoon had been on an undefined hiatus for over a year and this particular songwriter was considering a career in the United States Postal Service. I had a few new songs in the works, but my big plan to release them was a cassette tape buried in the ground.
Luckily, Jared’s strange idea won out and consequently we recorded Hunger & Thirst. From there it’s not a great leap to say, without TLE, Typhoon would be a band even fewer people have heard of.
To Brianne, Jared and entire TLE family: Happy birthday! Can’t wait to celebrate.
Tickets go on sale Friday July 21st: http://bit.ly/TLE10YR
Note: For those of you wondering “Why is Typhoon only playing ten-year anniversaries?”—I hear you. What began in late 2015 as a musical meditation on memory, its relation to fiction and its invariable deterioration—after over a year of writing, arranging, recording, revising, hair-pulling, ear-bleeding, the occasional joys and traumas of everyday life and the world’s tipping towards post-modern fascism—I now hold in my hands the final masters of our fourth LP.