House Of Lull, House Of When
“I’ve never been interested in perfection because I’ve never even felt close to being able to achieve it. I wanted this record to be a living, breathing entity, flaws and all” Marshall explains of the writing and recording process for the album. Soliciting help from his childhood compatriot Jon Syverson (Daughters), musical colleague Kristin Hayter (Lingua Ignota), and former tour-mate Evan Patterson (Jaye Jayle, Young Widows), Marshall and the band convened at Machines with Magnets studio in Pawtucket, Rhode Island with producer/engineer Seth Manchester. The strategy was to embrace new sounds, employ the element of chance, and capture the creative process in a song format. Drums were the first priority, so Manchester led Marshall into the basement of the studio to cobble a kit together out of various bits of broken drum parts and construction materials. A marching drum became the kick. Scrap metal served as the cymbals. It was as if the team was attempting to make music from literal scratch. As the team assembled their collages of scrapyard percussion, no-wave guitar abrasion, and piano dirges, Marshall threaded together his poetic diatribes and acidic litanies from stream of consciousness exercises.
Age has not tempered his vitriol. As a man that delved deep into self-destructive behavior in his twenties, it’s a small miracle he crossed the threshold into his forties earlier this year. With his recent introduction to fatherhood came a new perspective on youth, and the conflict between nostalgia for lost innocence and disdain for naivety became a focal point on the album. Alexis Marshall has never been one to color within the lines but given free rein to paint his picture as he pleases, he produced the most bold and exciting work of his career."
Released: July 2021
Label: Sargent House