Published May 29, 2015The Fresh & Onlys are known for their prolific output, having released an album or an EP every year since 2008. It turns out that they've got even more unreleased material sitting in their vaults, and they're preparing to unearth some of it with the compilation Early Years Anthology.
The album will be out on August 31 through Castle Face Records. In a statement, label boss John Dwyer (of Thee Oh Sees and Damaged Bug) called this a "companion" to the band's 2008 self-titled debut. Appropriately enough, Castle Face will be reissuing The Fresh & Onlys on the same day that Early Years Anthology comes out.
Read Dwyer's nostalgic, poetic statement about Early Years Anthology below. Scroll past that to hear the newly unveiled crunchy rock tune "Sunglasses" [via Stereogum].
These were carefree times.
We were young enough to put our bodies to the test every night on the 7 x 7 mile patch of the bay
The endless wars seemed less at home
Songs were hanging off the branches heavy, plump and threatening to rot on the vine if they weren't polished and put to tape
The band was on their 3rd live drummer but the line up in The Fresh & Onlys recording tower was a consistent group of pop soldiers writing, working, and whiling away the hours
A beeramid of cheap cans, endless dope smokery and a pretty strong vibe of dudes who would play together into oblivion.
Tape spilling over itself
Drum kit covered in mufflers
A chest of shitty percussion toys
Lots of ideas and multiple secret weapons at their disposal:
Shayde Sartin: the beast from out east, the thud of a heavy slow bomb…the best bass player in the bay
Unaccredited infinite times on records that were made better by his finely crafted skills.
I can pick him out on records instantly.
Wymond "the count": you can almost smell his hair on his hooks
If there was a stage monitor in your living room his fence-climber boot would be on it
Wymond always had the riff that made the jets of the song take off.
Listen and you'll see what I mean
Tim Cohen: the man behind the beard
Some would say the leader. In the game as long as Bette Midler
Cohen writes great songs in his sleep I think
Once referred to by a buddy as "like 3 weirdos in one"
Think of these as basement tapes, a companion to the first F+Os castle face release (which itself deserves another listen)
I remember watching some of these tunes get banged out live in a sweat pit in Oakland
The sound guy so gacked out that there was no sound guy basically
ah memories…" John Dwyer, Feb 16th 2015