Fact: I’ve released five full-length albums, three EPs, and two live albums within a span of five and a half years.
Time has a way of clarifying things, and it’s become clear that I probably won’t release a new Whomping Willows album in 2011. This is mostly because I’m very focused on releasing a non-wizard album this year. I’ve been writing songs about my real-life experiences in high school, and I plan to start recording these new songs in coming weeks. I think that wizard rock fans will be able to relate to these new songs, mostly because most wizard rock fans are (or started out as) teenagers and are also quite nerdy, and I happened to be a teenager AND a nerd in high school. If I’d had a community like wizard rock back then I would’ve been a much happier person, but alas — I had little more than a ragtag group of misfits for friends and four years of misadventures.
The other reason I probably won’t release a new wizard rock album this year is that I think it’s time I take a break from frantic touring and album releasing. For the past four years, I’ve been touring and releasing albums non-stop. Most bands give themselves several months to record and release an album, but it always seems like I’m squeezing the process into 6-week breaks between tours. I have big plans for my next wizard rock album, and I want to give it the time it deserves and not rush it for the sake of releasing it at the most financially advantageous time (i.e., summer tour and LeakyCon). There is a sliiiight possibility that I’ll have the next Whomping Willows album done in time for Wrockstock 2011, but then again I’m getting married in September, so… probably not.
Realistically, I’m looking at summer 2012 for my next Whomping Willows release, and since I’m not planning on extensive touring between fall tour and next summer, I’ll basically have about six or seven months to really focus on it. The thought of having that much time to make a new album actually gives me butterflies!
In the mean time, I AM planning on anniversary re-releases of old albums, specifically in the form of seeded dropcards (when you plant them, they grow into flowers!) and accompanying booklets, which will tell the story of the making of each album. I plan to re-release my debut album in time for summer tour. I’ve already written the text for the booklet, and it contains a lot of information that has never been revealed about the process of writing and releasing that album. I think hardcore wizard rock fans will really enjoy reading about what goes into this process, both on a technical and personal level.
Finally, I’ve decided that ALL of my albums released before 2011 will be on sale, permanently, for just $5 at shows and $5+shipping online. Hop on over to my Merchandise page to check out what I have available. In most cases, the price averages out to about 50 cents per song! SUPER CHEAP!!! 😀
PS. In case you missed it, I’ve posted my summer tour dates HERE!