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S​/​t Demos

by Howlin Rain

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The S/t demos were recorded by Ethan Miller onto cassette 4-track at home in August of 2004, between Comets On Fire's 'Blue Cathedral' and 'Avatar' albums. The demos were sent to original Howlin Rain drummer/ Sunburned Hand of the Man bandleader John Moloney and HR bass player Ian Gradek in anticipation of the budding trio's first studio recording for Howlin Rain's self-titled debut. 

Fuzz drenched, not enough open tracks for harmonies, usually an acoustic guitar and hand percussion at the center of the mix ~ these demos are raw raw raw but after 17 years, they show a great deal of spirit and charm.

More interesting perhaps than just hearing raw versions of the final songs on the album, there are songs on 'S/t Demos' that didn't end up being recorded for the album, as well as a few tunes that went through such a radical rewrite in the time between these demos and the studio session that they are barely recognizable. In a few cases songs that were included here were later dismantled and their lyrics ended up on Comets on Fire's 'Avatar' album completing songs that COF had written and recorded in the studio instrumentally (Dogwood Rust and Jaybird.) 

"John Moloney has dutifully been singing the praise and the worth of these demos since I first mailed them to him in 2004, and he even wrote about them in Wire magazine once ~ well, finally I listened! Thank you John for the encouragement and for hauling them around in your archive for the last 17 years!"

'S/t Demos' is available in a one time small pressing of 150 handmade LPs and digital.

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released April 2, 2021

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