ELEVENTH DREAM DAY – ” Since Grazed “

Posted: July 15, 2021 in MUSIC

One of the bands who’ve been a part of Thrill Jockey Record’s history since the earliest days of the label, our head honcho Bettina Richards waxes lyrical about Chicago band Eleventh Dream Day and their importance to Thrill Jockey:

Since first hitting the road in a battered Econoline van in the 1980s, Eleventh Dream Day continues to build on their history by moving forward musically, while never forgetting what inspired them. Core band members Rick Rizzo, Janet Beveridge Bean, Mark Greenberg, and Douglas McCombs are joined by James Elkington (Brokeback, Tweedy), marking the first time the band has recorded with a second guitarist since 1994. Elkington’s addition has unleashed the band’s strengths. The ferocious and visceral interplay between Rizzo and Elkington charge the band with a joyous exuberance

Before I started Thrill Jockey, I worked at Atlantic Records and then London Records… so what you say – yeah I sort of agree! However it matters a lot, as the first band I worked with / signed to Atlantic was Chicago’s Eleventh Dream Day! This started a Chicago connection and spawned Thrill Jockey working with other bands Freakwater and Tortoise and Brokeback. Most importantly it was and is how I met what are now some of my closest more enduring friendships.

I was blown away by their music and their live show – and even David Yow throwing chairs backstage (that is another story) could not keep me away. I love these records still and am super proud to continue to work with them. They are about to release a record on Comedy Minus One and we wanted to celebrate that new release by looking back at some of the great records we have done together! (and have no fear… they will be back home on the next one). We recently caught up with Janet Bean, Rick Rizzo, and Doug McCombs, and asked them to talk about these records! “

The band’s new album, Since Grazed, can be streamed now but LPs will be shipping August 6th. In celebration of the new record, we’re running a week-long deal on our website – enter the promo code ‘Eleven’ when buying anything Eleventh Dream Day from the web store.

“One of the most sublime and engaging works in their nearly 40-year history.” – Chicago Reader

“It’s gorgeous. It’s laid back, it’s twangy, it’s sometimes orchestral and often beautiful and definitely heartfelt. It’s Eleventh Dream Day.” – Brooklyn Vegan

“Since Grazed” is fantastic. ‘Just Got Home (In Time To Say Goodbye)’ rides the country-storytelling line, ‘Yves Klein Blues’ is a frantically propulsive that name-checks the king of minimalist art, and ‘A Case to Carry On’ is the R.E.M. song that Peter Buck wished he wrote. Just when you think the album is about to slide to a permanent slow down, you get uptempo tracks with pop inflections like ‘Cracks in My Smile’ or spacey freak out likes ‘Take Care’. But it all comes back to that country shuffle, and album closer ‘Every Time This Day it Rains’ is a beautifully bittersweet send off.” – Far Out Magazine.

Released April 2nd, 2021

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