Wow. This whole thing started as a dream collaboration between local artists Tim Tindle and Emi Brady – it’s a great honor to have worked with such amazing and talented people to conceptualize this project and put it all together. And thank you to Denver Westword for putting together the list of Best Album Artwork – because let’s face it – liner notes, packaging, design, layout etc are all part of experiencing an album. Couldn’t be prouder of Tim, Emi and everyone that worked on the project.
“The Raven and the Writing Desk tapped artists Emi Brady and Tim Tindle to design the cover art for its luminous 2013 EP Scavenger. True to the band’s imaginative aesthetic and songwriting, Brady and Tindle created a fold-out raven, colorful on the outside and black and white on the inside, where you’ll find the bird’s skeleton along with hand-lettered lyrics and credits. It’s the perfect accompaniment for the group’s literate, baroque pop songs. Many bands want to create a secret musical world, but The Raven and the Writing Desk went beyond the songs, providing a real work of art in which to wrap the music.”
Link to the full article here.
Thanks to Brennyn Hoose over at the UCD Advocate for stopping by the practice space to listen to some new songs, hang out and write some very kind words about us.You can link to the article here.by tratwd
Honored to be a part of this year’s TreeFort music fest in Boise. Soo many bands that we love and adore in this lineup – Built to Spill, Mr Gnome, Budos Band, RJD2, Polica not to mention about 300 other of the sickest bands out there.
schedule to be released soon, see you in a few weeks Boise!by tratwd
Packing up the van to see our friends in the Northwest…more shows to come.
APRIL 24 SLC @ Bar Deluxe
APRIL 25 Boise @ WavePop House
APRIL 26 Portland @ Slim’s Cocktail Lounge
APRIL 27 Portland @ House Show
APRIL 29 Vancouver @ The Railway Club
APRIL 30 Seattle @ High Dive
MAY 2 Moscow ID @ TBA
MAY 3 Boise @ TBA
footage from Eric Paton and Jeremiah Reddickby tratwd
We love what CPR’s OpenAir does for our local music scene and were honored to be named as a top 11 in-studio session by the man himself, CPR audio engineer Dave Fender. Other acts on the list include Steve Earle, He’s My Brother/She’s My Sister, Paper Bird, The Other Black, Ark Life and Lucero.
Here’s what Dave had to say:
After 100′s of shows and countless hours of playing and riding in cars together, 2013 marked the end of an era: Mr Matt Murphy, formerly of the raven backbeat, moved eastward to North Carolina with his longtime girlfriend as she pursues veterinary school. Matt’s creativity and musical ambition will be sorely missed. Here is a picture of Matt for us all to remember him by, circa 1986, which i believe to be the year his confidence was broken – because he never brought this much style to a Raven show.
Though this transitional period has meant fewer shows for you all, it’s been an important time for us to rethink, rewrite, rework and create new sonic possibilities. We’ve added a new member, Scott Roush (of Rossonian, Crazy Gorilla Drummer), who has a long history of sultry beatmaking with our bassist Kramer Kelling. The addition of Scott has led us to a new dimension in our sound and our take on modern music.
We have a new full length lbum in the works and tours that will bring us to the West and MidWest again in mid-2014.
so STAY TUNED. We’re coming to get ya.by tratwd
Scott and Juls performing St. Ides in tribute of Elliott Smith on the tenth anniversary of his death at the Oriental Theater, Denver, CO.by tratwd
“Orchestral-rock, avante-pop, gypsy-dance, art-whatever — the Denver sextet The Raven and the Writing Desk begs to be jammed in to a host of hyphenated genres, none of which accurate describe the music. Yes, there are world music elements to the dance tracks, and they bring an unrestrained creativity one might equate to avante garde, and simply having six members begs an orchestral comparison. But this is not as pretentious as all this sounds. It’s essentially vibrant, dynamic, accessible rock music that breaks the rock mold by refreshingly incorporating instruments and styles appropriate to the songs of lead singer and keyboardist Julia Libassi. If forced, an appropriate hyphenated genre might be whirling-dervish-at-a-carnival-sideshow. See how awkward it can be?
Whatever you call it, it’s great music worth checking out. Download “Cutting the Lime” below. The track is off an EP entitled “Scavenger,” which will be released June 26 at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. Not sure how the dancing will happen around all the cocktail tables, but with a theatrical stage presence — think Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, a band they’ve shared a stage with — the venue seems appropriate otherwise.”
- Josh Johnson, Denver Post Reverb Blog
See the full review and steal a track here.