GoldenGoat, THE BITTERSWEET WAY
Mon, June 12, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
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From their 1998 debut EP release, Firecracker (featuring Dave Bazan from Pedro the Lion, and Casey Wescott from Fleet Foxes, The Vogue & Seldom) to their 2001 full length release The Faithful Anchor (engineered by Dan Burton of Early Day Miners), the band strived to create side door studies into the pictures behind sound, while opening multiple avenues in the creation of reflective, legitimate, sometimes-instrumental music. In 2002, these studies also produced two short film soundtracks for independent film maker Chris Bennett - Stateless (a musical collaboration with Early Day Miners), and For Jonathan, a multi-genre compilation featuring artists as varied as The Album Leaf and Mikael Jorgensen to Jessica Bailiff and Her Space Holiday.
In 2003, the shape of Unwed Sailor changed dramatically as the sound became less a standard suite of instrumental rock songs, developing instead into a full scale storybook tale presented through classical baroque and nursery rhyme melodies, overlayed with organic/toy like percussion. The resulting album was recorded and released as The Marionette and the Music Box; music set to tell the painted "story-book" story of a lonely little marionette in search of a cherished, lost music box. With this change in musical direction, Unwed Sailor composed pieces just as suited for concert halls as they were the hot, impassioned stages of dark night clubs.
In 2006 the band introduced two brand new recordings with Dan Burton (Early Day Miners) once again behind the soundboard, the ambient/Eno-esque EP Circles, and the atmospheric and brooding full length The White Ox. hese two releases ushered Unwed Sailor's sound into a dark, minimalistic world of Native American imagery, and soothing meditative moods.
These releases were supported by national tours with Me Without You, Murder By Death, and The Appleseed Cast, as well as an extensive 5 week tour throughout Europe.
In 2008, Unwed Sailor combined its instrumental rock roots, with the experimental/ambient sounds from its recent previous releases to create Little Wars. Little Wars features energetic and highly melodic instrumental rock songs, gently colored with layered synth keyboards and percussion. The album moves along steadily with danceable rhythms, melodic distortion, and delicate ambience. Little Wars is truly a unique, progressive, and challenging addition to instrumental music.
Unwed Sailor has continued to tour throughout 2008, sharing dates with This Will Destroy You, and Sybris. More touring is planned for the fall of 2008 in the U.S. and Europe.
The Bittersweet Way is the pet project of lead singer Jedidiah Foster. It has been through a rotating cast of players and styles since it's original inception in 1997.
The Bittersweet Way is currently a duo featuring Danny McWatters (Fine China, Tell Me About The Rabbits) and Jedidiah Foster.
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