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Here’s the deal. In 2012, people loved Silver Age (to a degree that surprised me, pleasantly), likewise Beauty & Ruin in 2014 (despite the heaviness of the subject matter, which I thought might be a bit alienating… apparently not. Another pleasant surprise.).
But Patch The Sky is the darkest one.
After the Letterman performance in February 2015 where “dust fell from the rafters,” it would have seemed logical to go the punk rock route—an entire album of two-minute songs—but that wasn’t where my soul was at.
I withdrew from everyday life. I wrote alone for six months. I love people, but I needed my solitude. The search for my own truth kept me alive. These songs are my salvation.
I’ve had a solid stretch of hard emotional times, and thanks for the condolences in advance. I don’t want to go into the details—more death, relationships ending, life getting shorter—because they’re already in the songs. Just listen and see if you can fit yourself into my stories. The words make you remember. The music makes you forget.
Allen Epley has spent the last couple of decades sleeping on floors as the leader and singer/songwriter in his first band, post-rock cult-faves Shiner and now currently for The Life and Times, a less mathy but still very loud trio who are releasing their 5th full-length album on April 28th, 2017 for SlimStyle Records. Allen is also a band member and musician with the Chicago BlueManGroup and currently lives in Evanston with his wife and children.