So, as people have noticed, LATR has been down for about a week now.
Here’s what happened: there have been plans in place to transfer the hosting of the site to me (Sigafoos) for quite some time now. Last week this process was started. Like all good things, it has not gone as smoothly as it should.
There are two parts to a website: the domain (lakeandtheriver.com) and the data (the forums itself). I have the data. It is all set up. Hooray! The domain is still not pointed at the new server, and I’m not sure if it’s because the current owner hasn’t done it yet or the internet gremlins are taking their time obeying or what.
In the meantime I registered lakeandtheriver.info because it was only $3 and why not. If you go there you can see the forums. Awesome, you say! Except there’s a bug where you can’t log in. I’m not sure what’s going on with that.
This all happened while I was on vacation, and my ability to mess around with settings was severely hampered by the crappy wifi I was stealing. I’m going to try to figure out the issue now while also catching up at work so I don’t get, y’know, fired.
If you’re technically inclined: you can’t log in, or retrieve a lost password, or change the forum skin. These all use POST variables, so there’s something going on in there. If you can figure out the issue, let me know. I have a sinking feeling that even when latr.com is transferred over this issue will persist, so I’d like to get it worked out now.
Includes the 36 song set on three CDs in a “deluxe wood box,” with an exclusive linoleum woodblock hand pulled print, numbered, and signed by Casey Crescenzo and designer Cameron Thorne (who designed all the artwork for the EPs and appeared on the Blue and Yellow EPs), a DVD includes over 2 hours of new material (details on LATR) and a 52 page booklet.
PropertyOfZack recently caught up with Casey Crescenzo of The Dear Hunter for an incredible interview. Casey discussed in heavy detail the process behind finally creating The Color Spectrum, how much of a role Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra had in helping the project finally come to fruition, what’s next for The Dear Hunter musically following The Color Spectrum, touring, and so much more. Make sure you take the time to read the full interview, because it’s something you don’t want to miss out on!
The Color Spectrum project began somewhere around 11 months ago and we’re one day from its release. At times did it seem like the concept would never be able to be finished? It started a lot longer than eleven months ago when I tried a few times to get it off the ground while simultaneously dealing with the normal politics of being in a band, but this sort of project really demands a lot of hard work. I just was never able to actually get things going, and most of it was because it was a project that required a lot of dedication, time, energy, and a lot of your life to do something that is this ambitious. That’s not me commenting on the quality and saying that I necessarily did a great or a bad job, but that amount of work just requires a lot of work. After trying to get it done so many times, the only thing that kept me thinking it wasn’t going to get done, was that I was relying on the people around me to sort of be a part of it and help me out and help see this big undertaking actually happen and only at the point when it was up to me personally did it seem to me that it was something that I would do. About eleven months ago is when that happened and when it became obvious that it was going to get done. It was going to require me going away for a better part of the year and working as hard as I could on something that I really loved to do. As soon as that happened, I knew it was going to happen. I didn’t have any other thought in my head other than that I wasn’t going to stop until I accomplished this.
The Dear Hunter is obviously not new to concept releases, and you’ve said that The Color Spectrum was a long-delayed idea, but what originally inspired you to do this project? Originally, it was while I was working on the first full-length of the other concept that is running in the band. I realized the timeline that would be required to finish that concept and that was about eight years away at that point, and I just got to thinking about what I might do once I finish that concept. As time went on it was more about what was another outlet for music, not that I’ve dug myself into a hole, but that I have set out to do this one set of six records and just wanting to have some idea in the back of my head about what I’d do when it was over. It developed into a project that became a break in between working on Act III and Act IV.
What does The Color Spectrum mean for you as a whole? The idea of the whole project was not necessarily to declare to every listener that this is the way that they should hear these colors. It’s not me putting my foot down on me saying what I think everyone should feel. At the end of the day, it is just music, but it was more about naming the inspirations for the music and for me taking these things that were absolutely visual and representing them in the way that I am inspired by them sonically. When I sit back down I look at an entire collection of music and I see it as a very wide representation of my inspiration from something that is not audible. If that could sound any less emotional, but it is definitely from the heart. I wanted to be inspired by something that is very basic, and let that inspiration kind of grow and run wild in my own head. I think that’s what it represents at the end of the day.
Was your work for The Color Spectrum a necessary break from Acts, or did it happen naturally? I think it was both. It came about naturally and the amount of times the situation presented itself was very natural as well. At the point that I realized it was what felt right to do next it seemed even more obvious that I needed it and if that I was going to go write myself to write Act IV or jump right into the standard release system for labels with an eighteen month record cycle that I felt like I was going to write something that was going to be very forced and something that would be very dishonest and that I would just be doing it to do it, because at the moment I didn’t really feel like doing it and it didn’t strike me as what I should be doing. It was kind of like everything aligned; we had just finished touring for Act III, and by default we were getting less tour offers and it made less sense for us to tour around the country for the tenth time on the same record. I was thinking if I should do Act IV, and I was sitting with my cousin in my studio late at night and it was like, “Remember that idea that I had about doing a bunch of records about colors? Maybe I should do that right now.” It was very easy going. That’s what I did.
When did the writing process for the EPs actually begin? The last false start was about eleven months ago when I was trying to get people behind it around me. I was trying to get it started that way with musicians behind me that I knew. As soon as it became obvious that it was another false start, but that I still felt compelled and inspired to complete it, the actual songwriting didn’t really start until September.
Naive Thieves, who you may recognize from such recent musical endeavors as the Yellow and Blue Color Spectrum EPs, have released a new song on their Bandcamp. You may be interested in the producer of said track, one Mr C Crescenzo.
(and for what it’s worth, their five song EP and two song Christmas album are also free on Bandcamp)
First of all, welcome everybody to the other side. If you’re reading this you’ve had at least 24 hours to get your Color Spectrum on. The official fan forums are lighting up with new members and immense praise. Twitter is filled with nothing but TDH love. Here on Tumblr we’re seeing all sorts of reblogging. Yesterday was a very big day indeed.
1. Peaked at #3 on Amazon’s Hot New Alt. Rock Releases. (proof!)
2. Made it to #18 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases
3. Topped out at #6 on the Movers and Shakers list
I don’t have stats for other mediums (and I have to get to work soon) but The Color Spectrum took off in a major way, and it’s in large part due to you awesome fans. Let me share with you what the ever humble Mr. Casey Crescenzo had to say about the launch efforts:
How to start this..?
For the past 5 years I have been working without pause on trying to be the best I could be at this strange thing I do- doing my best to power through any hurdle that presented itself, be it personal or professional. I have always written from the heart, and done my best to remain transparent as an artist and an individual.
You guys have been with me the whole way, and have given me such amazing inspiration throughout this strange birth of a ‘career’. Simply writing here is not enough to show you how grateful I am, and I wish there was a more tangible way for me to show you, but I just want you to know in your hearts that it means the world to me, and that I know for a fact I would not be anywhere close to where I am if it weren’t for the unwavering support and love you have shown me.
It is incredibly humbling that you have all been so kind to me, and I hope with every future release you feel more and more gratitude, because it is most certainly due to you.
So we made a difference, and should be proud of our support.
But that was only the first day! While it seems like that was the most important part, what we really should be doing is continuing to support this release. So here’s your post-launch plan: promote like crazy.
Tweet about your favorite ep/song (use the #colorspectrum tag!), blog and reblog others (and tag appropriately!), share the streaming tracks with friends, change your profile picture to your favorite ep cover art, join the forum and discuss more ways to keep the interest level high,write a review of the album (either on a blog or on the site you purchased from), suggest the $8 compilation instead of the full collection for your cheap friends, or think of a new awesome way to represent.
We’d love to hear more suggestions on how to keep this multicolored ball rolling! Submit your ideas in whatever way you see fit. We’re listening to you (because we are fans just like you)
It’s here, it’s finally here! The Color Spectrum has been released as a 36 track, 9 EP exploration of, well, the color spectrum. It took Casey Crescenzo over a year as he traveled across the country to record the EPs with collaborators like Naive Thieves and Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra. Now you can buy it. It’s true!
You can buy the 36 track mp3 set on Amazon for $35. If that’s too much for you, the 11 song sampler is also available for $10, or the EPs can be purchased individually. You can also buy the full set or the sampler on iTunes, but we’d prefer if you went with Amazon as it’s our goal to get on their sales charts.
What is The Dear Hunter?
The musical baby of Casey Crescenzo and a wide variety of collaborators. Until now, the band has been working on a six album epic story. After three acts, they took a break to produce The Color Spectrum.
Who are you?
I’m just zis guy, you know? Lake and the River is the fan community for The Dear Hunter. We feel passionately about spreading this music to as many people as we can, and so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to organize a social media bonanza for the Colors' release.
Will I like The Color Spectrum?
How do you know?
Because there are nine EPs, each sounding totally different. Do you want some industrial? Listen to Black. Acoustic crooning? That would be Green. Kickass classic rock, suitable for grilling and fixing cars? Orange has you covered.
$35 dollars is kind of a lot of money.
36 songs is kind of a lot of music. You can always buy the 11 track sampler for $10, or just an EP or two for $4 each.
No seriously, what does it sound like?
Here’s We’ve Got A Score to Settle from the Red EP:
Now here’s Things That Hide Away from the Green EP:
Okay, so I like The Dear Hunter. How can I help spread the word?
Tweet about The Color Spectrum using the hashtag #colorspectrum. Facebook a link to this post, or to one or more of the videos. Watch Reddit for TDH posts and give us an upboat. Essentially, tell as many people as you can about this awesome music, and hopefully this amazing band will get the kind of exposure they deserve.
Tomorrow is it: the day The Color Spectrum is released. We’ve been waiting for this for quite a long time. Many of you have doubtlessly ordered the vinyl set, with others waiting to buy the mp3s. At least one or two of you are crazy enough to have done both.
If you’re reading this, it’s because you’re already a fan of The Dear Hunter. You’ve been converted. There are many others who have never heard of TDH. Wouldn’t it be a great way to celebrate the Colors' release by spreading the word?
So, that’s what we’re going to do: we’re going to promote the everliving hell out of The Color Spectrum. Tomorrow, 6/14, is Visible Spectrum Day.
What does that mean? It means you need to get on all those newfangled social networking sites and tell your friends about The Dear Hunter and The Color Spectrum. Encourage people to buy the set; if not the full package, at least the 11 track sampler or an EP or two. Post videos, like the live recording of We’ve Got A Score to Settle. Maybe post two or three, to show the diversity of the songs.
mp3s: Let’s try to get this on some charts. High sales give more exposure, which will lead to more sales and therefore more exposure. We’ve decided to ask people to buy their digital versions from Amazon mp3 and not iTunes. Links to the two versions of the album are at the bottom of this post. Also note that there are two songs you can download for free (Deny It All and Lost But Not All Gone).
Facebook: We’ll have another post tomorrow explaining what the project is, with links to some of the tracks and so on. Tell your friends! You can also RSVP to the release.
Twitter: Tweet using the hashtag #colorspectrum. Follow @lakeandtheriver, @therealTDH and @caseycrescenzo and retweet as much as you feel comfortable. Don’t spam your timeline: we don’t want people thinking TDH and its fans are a bunch of dickbags. Retweets count more heavily towards making a hashtag trend than individual tweets, though, so we’d appreciate it if you’d at least spare an RT during the day.
Reddit: We’re going to post a link to the Amazon mp3 page in /r/music, and a video in /r/listentothis. We’ll link to these posts tomorrow: we’d love some upvotes if you’re a Redditor. Again, we must reiterate: we are not trying to spam. If you use Reddit, and you like TDH, you’d probably want to upvote the posts no matter what. Do not make multiple accounts to upvote with, and don’t spam the comments section. If you have something to add to the conversation, please do.
That’s about it. The general idea is that we, as a group, all start talking about The Color Spectrum in as many places as possible and to anyone who will listen. If we all do it at roughly the same time, we can hopefully attract more attention and therefore start a feedback loop of exposure. We can’t do this without you, so please: let’s make this Spectrum visible.