Does anyone have some high resolution concert photos from the SCF era? Looking to use them on the website and credit will be provided!
Hey everyone! Just a quick update on what's happening around here.Upgraded Website
I just launched an upgraded main website in preparation of Stanley Climbfall's 20th anniversary. There's an all new blog and some SCF-related goodies with more to come as we get closer to September.New Logo
I've redesigned the LHF logo to match the style used during the SCF-era:
lhfans_logo_dark-sm.pngNew Forum Theme
I'm working on a new theme for the forum to match the new website and hope to have that done in the next couple weeks... if you haven't noticed, the Stanley Climbfall era was my favorite in terms of design 😉More Blog Content
@robert has graciously agreed to become an author on the blog as well so between the two of us, it should have a bit more content going forward especially now that the new site is mostly finished.
My attempt at lyrics for a few tracks (in addition to yours @shawn, which I agree with; things I'm feeling more unsure of are italicized :)
All these smiles look afraid
All these miles of masquerade
And all the while we've been played
In a sea, blue and grey (?)
Feel all spotlights (?)
Welcome to some limelight parade
Young bloods, no one feels like letting down (?)
Running for the exit signs,
Tryin' find a new (lost love)
Tryin' show the world what you're made of
Old kicks tryna make the climb, tryin' find a new (lost love)
A Couple Runaways:
We'll been running down the ghost town
Feelin' like we are close now
The coast is all clear
Watching the world disappear
Yeah, you're my kinda trouble
Yeah, we're both on the level
WCG just released his fifth (and best!) studio album titled “Baker Hotel”. I would say it’s a mix of country and southern rock. Not the typical mainstream country sound though.
When it comes to album art, his take the cake. Seriously creative, beautiful, storytelling artwork.
“Gun to Your Head”, “Give a Damn”, “All You Got” and “Leave Me Alone” are just a few of my favorite tracks on the album.
The title track is a fun song about the abandoned Baker Hotel which is located in Mineral Wells, TX. Another stand out song is “Dog Song”. Not my favorite on the record but it’s definitely a good laugh. As the owner of two dogs, I can empathize with some of the shenanigans.
His Live albums are really good also and he shares stories behind several of the songs.
Ringling Road and Hebert Island are my favorite as far as album art go:
That’s pretty crazy! I was just thinking about this last night in fact. They’ve got 6 records done so far which in a traditional release cycle is ~12 years worth of music.
Artificial Odyssey is easily my favorite ØZWALD record to date, though I’m not a huge fan of most of the others (Sweet Delirium was the only other I really enjoyed). I’m interested to see how Garden of the Sun stacks up with the rest of their discography.
@snowfist Good way to put it. The music itself wasn't bad but the lyrics read more like generic filler... similar to a few tracks on S&M.
@robert No worries! I've been checking in from time to time but everyone gets busy. That's the nice part of this community and a large part of why I wanted to preserve it. We don't all get on and post every day but we all do end up coming back when we can.
@snowfist I totally agree. Haven't discovered an artist like that since the early days of Lifehouse. London is Lonely is phenomenal! She really has serious talent and since she won the BRITs Rising Star award I feel like her career is really going to take off quick.
Happy Monday! Today's interesting piece of trivia is a two-parter. Both Lifehouse records released under Dreamworks, NNF and SCf, had tracklists that were reworked prior to the albums' respective releases. These are known as 'Advance' copies in Dreamworks-speak, and they can shed interesting light on the process of making the records that otherwise wouldn't come to be. Let's go through 'em :sunglasses:
No Name Face, before it had a name:
Jason's said before that the album was otherwise almost finished when HBAM was written, and that he was tracking vocals for Somebody Else's Song the day he sat down and created the song. What's interesting to me is that the record name seems to have come later – this copy of the album has no title and contains WWWT as a thirteenth track, nestled in between Quasi and SIB. But wait, there's more! Check out the reorganized tracklist... Only One and Trying are moved up and swapped, changing the feel of the first half of the record. Also note that WWWT seems to be 22s shorter than the version that made it onto the HBAM Single (which was 3:54), unless this was a typo. SSC is also a bit longer, at 4:31 versus 4:23... perhaps they sped it up for the final release? Cling & Clatter was slowed, and Breathing is 4:18 instead of 4:25, a significant enough difference that it must've had a fade or an extra bar or something added in. Super nerdy but it's fun to geek out ;)
Stanley Climbfall, four months before its release:
As for SCf, some of us have seen this before, but The Beginning was the last track written and Wish was a placeholder for a while. This album was closer to the final, except for one difference: My Precious and the title track (the two softest songs on the album) were in opposite places. I've been listening to it this way for a couple of months now and honestly prefer it – I never really liked My Precious because to my ears, it didn't fit with the nine songs that came before it. But moving it up allows for less build-up, and it's a nice change of pace from AIEGFO that would've come before it. Interesting!
Bonus trivia piece: the self-titled album has no record of the tracklist ever almost being different, but The End Has Only Begun was originally simply titled, "The End". A fitting nod to "The Beginning".
Just listened to James Morrison's Greatest Hits. A singer-songwriter from UK. One of my fav artist, been following him since his first album. Some songs are a bit overproduced I think, like Too Late For Lullabies, This Boy; stripping its raw feeling from the songs. But I guess I can always listen to the original ones.
Anyone here also listen to James Morrison?
Also, share what are you listening to. I'm always searching for new music, artists, and acts to listen to.
@snowfist I was thinking the exact same thing. And it wasn't just after Head Movies – when they published the very first single (Technicolour Sky), the description for the band on iTunes said something close to "fuelled by mutual heartbreak, the band wrote and recorded twelve songs in fourteen days", referring to the Sweet Delirium album. I also found a playlist of Steve's on Spotify recently labelled 'Delirium Ref' and another one labelled 'Ozwald Ref' that were both last added to in March 2018, so whatever this heartbreak was must've been in the late '17, early '18 range when the duo was formed.
Deluge feels oldest to me for that reason too. It'd be great to hear the stories behind these songs the way he did for Paper Cuts for sure! Perhaps some of the meanings hit too close to home for him to comfortably go into detail...