Storming The Beaches With Logos In Hand is more than just a band, it is an entire universe. Not your typical narrative, the story of STBWLIH is a world building project intended to grow and develop overtime with each new song and collaboration. Founded by multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Luke Carr, STBWLIH first began taking shape with the release of Pigrow in 2013, Carr's first solo record and musical preface to what would eventual become STBWLIH. Pigrow was recorded, mixed and mastered by John Dieterich of Deerhoof and introduces the listener to elements and concepts that begin to build the foundation of STBWLIH.
STBWLIH's debut record and the first official episode of the project, Southwick Howls was self-released in 2015 and is defined by it's diverse percussive instrumentation, influence of traditional West African polyrhythms and eloquent song-writing all of which come together to immerse the listener in the characters and history of the city of Southwick in an alternate universe where European colonization of North America failed. In this first chapter, founder Luke Carr formed a power-house ensemble, performing live with five drummers (Max Kluger-Bell, Leticia Gonzales, Andrew Tumason, Will Dyar and Adam Cook) with Peter Duggan on bass and Caitlin Brothers (ppoacher ppoacher) contributing her distinct vocal work and additional percussion. The record was released as a double LP and featured the first part of the project's literature alongside an illustrated map to orient the listener to the landscape of STBWLIH.
In October 2016, STBWLIH entered the studio to begin tracking the second episode, Bailiwick, Refused. The album picks up the story from where the first episode left off, but quickly flashes back into the past, providing much more backstory than previously revealed. Bailiwick, Refused features a condensed line-up (Luke Carr on guitar and vocals, Caitlin Brothers on vocals, harp and percussion and Max Kluger-Bell and Leticia Gonzales on percussion) whose delicate dynamics, tender harmonies and mournful melodies perfectly encapsulate the memories of an alternate world. Bailiwick, Refused comes out on Matron Records in August 2017.
*Prologue to Southwick Howls by Storming The Beaches With Logos In Hand: