The Onion AV Club’s Pioneering series focuses on artists paying homage to legendary hometown heroes, so it’s fitting that the latest installment features LA band White Fence covering Gram Parsons’ “Lazy Days,” at his former stomping ground, The Troubadour, no less. You can watch a full performance of the songhere and also a discussion about Parsons with Tim Presley of White Fence and host Eef Barzelay (remember Clem Snide?) here.
White Fence also recently announce a new LP, due in July on Drag City – the announcement about that record is below, ICYMI:
They say to be thankful for what you got. And we at Drag City surely is – we count a bit of it almost everyday and seek to share it all with others. However, they also say that you don’t miss your water ’til your well runs dry – not true! Sometimes you miss your water before it even gets up in the well. Take White Fence. What a record-making machine! Pop songs cut and strung up, aired out and pasted down into new perfect pop songs blown dry in today’s new air! Old-school psyike digitally re-imaged in 21st century stripes and polka-dots (and others)! Lyrics to make us laugh in reverie, lines from the private libraries of the nobility of old, fucked. From the moment their records hit our eyes and ears, we are entranced. And guilty, wondering who we had to disenfranchise to make the pleasure of working with them ours. But how to chase a shadow? Even after we stewarded the Hair album of Ty Segall and White Fence, we could not nail them down. Then, not so long ago, a package arrived at the front door, bulging slight, and with this note within:
Fear, anger, pain, anxiety. Guilty! I needed something new. I needed to be free and innocent. I was floating in my room. Sick of the wall Bounce-A-LuLa. I could not get high. I wanted to put some songs in someone else’s room. I wanted to see what they sounded like with a real drummer. I wanted to see what it would sound like using an Aliens ear. For a lack of a cooler/humble word, Ty Segall “produced” this album.
I had to choose the songs. We then went into Ty’s Fiat-sized garage and recorded them. He placed the microphones, hit record and played drums on some songs. Then Nick Murray was called in to finish the rest of the drums. Nick was perfect, seeing as he’d been a solid member of the live group, and I had played demo versions of most of these for him during car rides. This all was a bit different to the WF formula. I had to put dates on a calendar. It forced me to pick the best songs of the litter, and apply those to the tools I had: Ty Segall, Nick Murray, musical instruments & tape. We then dumped all that LA jive into Eric Bauer’s studio in San Francisco. Added some things, and then Ty mixed it all up. I was the farmer and this was Ty’s soup. He somehow knows exactly what I hear.
This record, I had to make a change, not drastic, but a change nonetheless. My room was tired of me, so we took a break, and I fucked some other room.
“Credence of substances, rights of any sex, and situations of finding a place in this world now next. From the drug dealer, to the honest stealer. From the homeless ex-solider to the privileged creep, to the fine Latina walking down the street. We are all guilty of anger, pain, envy & greed…..to the recently found innocent …. we all will soon be freed. “
And the record – ooh! To the Recently Found Innocent is phase-reversed White Fence, bringing their altered air into the “real” world, with Tim’s moody blues and righteous tunes intact! Such great songs, one after one, and produced quite naturally so, in their service, by Ty Segall – bringing White Fence at last to a plot in Drag City and making them ever so much more so their selves. A new high in White Fence, To the Recently Found Innocent, coming July 22nd, 2014.
Photo by Ruth Swanson.
WHITE FENCE TOUR DATES
08/05 – Big Sur, CA – Woodsist Festival @ Henry Miller Library
To The Recently Found Innocent
Street Date: July 22, 2014
1 The Recently Found
2 Anger! Who Keeps You Under?
3 Like That
4 Sandra (When the Earth Dies)
5 Wolf Gets Red Faced
6 Goodbye Law
7 Arrow Man
9 Hard Water
10 The Light
11 Afraid of What’s It’s Worth
13 Raven On White Cadillac
14 Paranoid Bait