Also new to the act are two members: Paul North, Joel's younger brother who also performs around the region under the moniker of Sunnybrook, and Spencer Stephenson, a musician from Weatherford that Blay and North met through mutual friends in Matthew and The Arrogant Sea. Both additions were made as a result of North and Blay's desire to expand their band's sound.
"We wrote [our upcoming] record for four people," North says. "And the next record, we're going to write with all four people contributing."
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As for the record the band is currently writing? "I've got four more songs to play the cello on and then we're done," North says. And, after which, the songs will be sent John Congleton's way for mixing in March. The disc should then be available at some point in the summer.
OK. But why then choose to name the band after one of its own songs?
Says North: "That song in particular, when I moved to California for a few months before we started recording... Bruce wrote that song and I was like, 'OK, I'm coming home."
No one ever said these guys weren't sentimental.