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American Pageant

by Strangled Darlings

It's like children's music, but for adults.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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1. Modern Man
4:24 $0.99
2. I Want to Chase Your World
2:44 $0.99
3. Conrad
4:28 $0.99
4. Wages of Sin
2:56 $0.99
5. Dreaming
5:32 $0.99
6. Oh Mercy (Harvey Weinstein)
2:52 $0.99
7. Homeless
4:03 $0.99
8. Dickie Bennett
2:46 $0.99
9. Buckets of Sand
3:39 $0.99
10. Racing
5:50 $0.99
11. People Rejoice
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Album Notes
Strangled Darlings left Portland, Oregon 5 years ago having just completed their new album, “Boom Stomp King”. They even made a video about how to kill a drummer should you want to fit into today’s indie music business model. Obama was president, liberals were ascendant, health care covered and the price of gas took a nose dive in the first month of the odyssey. (Thanks Bakken shale deposits!) Their first show of the endless tour was Long Beach, WA facing the Pacific Ocean of their beloved Northwest coast on the 2014 summer solstice. It’s been over 600 shows since.

The duo climbed in a 20 foot RV with Googlemaps, a small dog, and three months of booked bar gigs shows as their only defense against an America on the verge of major social upheaval against globalism and toward localism. Their naive but hope-filled goal: get out of their hipster bubble (aka Portlandia) and really get vulnerable with other Americans. The album American Pageant is the result.

Their drummer is still dead but that’s ok because Jess Anderly, in addition to picking a killer bass (technically a fretted six string cello but, yeah), manages to keep that beat in her pocket like a kid stealing candy. She owns the beat with a full kit Farmer Foot Drum.

The duo feels like it’s finally found it’s stride in this current iteration. They are still open to having you the listener find a genre for them. Veech plays a four string mandolin and now mandola. “Yeah, my disagreement with the guitar has just continued and I shouldn’t just take it out on the little guy so I got a mandola cuz it’s less, or maybe more, precious than a banjo or accordion. But mostly it’s just kinda ignored. But I get to have a scroll for my strap which is nice.”

The songs on this album are a tribute to and an argument against all the complications and contradictions of the US. “We played everything on this one and mostly just sat down with Dan [Davine, sound engineer] and hammered out tunes we’ve been playing live for a couple years. This album is very close to what we sound like live right now. That’s sort of a first for us,” say Anderly.

The opening track, “Modern Man” dives right into with Veech stating that to make it with said “Man” you got smash his brains out with a frying pan, which rhymes and gets the point across that maybe these darlings are not so aligned with the peace & love of their native Portland afterall.

A stand out track is “Homeless”. A rare hipster homage to Walmart, the ubiquitous American super-store (employer of 1% of the American workforce and no, not *that* 1%). “Sam Walton made it a thing, you can park free overnight in any Walmart. That beats the shit out of our public parts. Easy parking, $2 DVD’s, inflatable canoes for the bayous,” quips Veech.

Other things happened too, “Yeah, like #MeToo,” says Anderly, “George was surprised, when I MeToo’d along with, like every female and plenty of men if they could admit it. Next thing I know, he’s singing this tune to me about Harvey Weinstein getting killed by his own progeny, which is weird and vivid but still weird.” Check it on “Oh Mercy”.

“We spent a lot of time in Florida,” says Veech
“Yeah, that got us a bit of grief on FB, back when people were still using that spy bot. They were like ‘oh no, not Florida!’ and we were like ‘Hell yes Florida, have you been boondocking north of Orlando in January?’ We spent 3 months there one year and we go back every six months now.”

“Walmart parking lots are still parking lots and being on the road is really lonely. So we did a song balanced between loneliness and solitude called ‘Conrad’ and that was totally a Florida influenced song. Hard to say why but that state is powerful, unique and utterly impractical. I can admire that.”

The American Pageant was recorded deep in the Vermont winter of 2019 with Dan Davine in Burlington, VT. You see, somehow the duo ended up in an apple orchard on a hillside in Bethel (yeah, most Vermonters haven’t even heard of it).
“My mom’s was buried in Vermont and that she never got to move back here. It hangs over the family. We were staying at her house in Londonderry, VT but it was just too painful and complicated so we moved to Bethel and started all over. But yeah, I mean, who moves *from* Portland, Oregon *to* Bethel, Vermont. It’s like backwards. And yet we’re still so tied to Portland.”

“Now that we live in rural Vermont, Jess’ Dad brought us the family shotgun.” Veech goes on to admit that both bandmates dads seemed sort of relieved when they accepted the family firearm by ceremonially blasting the shit out of a pine tree overlooking Bromley Mountain Ski Slope with Steve Anderly helping the duo to aim.
“Self segregation will make America a foreign country to me. Liberals in gated Farmer’s Markets sniffing at rednecks makes me ashamed. We get these sort of false desires thru the mediazation of everything and think that’s culture. What a joke,” laments Veech.

And so comes the song, “I Want to Chase Your World”, a breezy number about desire and “People Rejoice” a group sing along about lying that manages to mention smiling Joel Osteen of Prosperity Gospel fame. And if you really want to know what they saw on the great American highway, you can read their blog ( which is both informative and hilarious.

The duo figures it won’t take so long for the next album to come out. They’ve found it a lot easier to compose in a snowy Vermont than in hipster Portland or hoboing in Florida.
“Don’t forget we almost moved to Indiana,” says Veech.
“Almost, but we’ve got homemade hard cider from VT” emphasizes Anderly.

And as for an album release tour, yeah, they got that part covered. And homemade cider, that’s pretty local and pretty American. Globalism can wait.



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