‘Carry the Wounds’ music video

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Let me start off by saying this: I hope you and your family have been safe and healthy during this pandemic. The world has been pretty crazy – more than normal, as I’m sure you’ve noticed.

A lot of artists have been trying to create things during the COVID-19 quarantines. In fact, since we have not been able to practice, BARRENS has been working on stuff by sending each other tracks (along with releasing a cover of Pedro the Lion’s “Bad Diary Days” on YouTube.)

I released my newest solo album back in early March and then – BAM! – quarantines and stay-at-home orders and no more live shows. I haven’t done any livestream events so far, either. But hey, I’m a filmmaker as well as a musician, so I had to do something. And this is it: The official [quarantine] music video for the title track from my most recent album Carry the Wounds.

Normally, I tend to veer more towards music videos with a storyline – more of a short film type thing, like the “Unalienable” video I directed for my friends in Brineaboy or the BARRENS’ “Jumper” video. Or even the previous “Liquid Heart” video from my new album.

The challenge here was more of an answer to the question: “What can I film by myself in isolation (and still make look… decent)?” So here’s the video, with me barefoot, as usual, and desperately needing a haircut while all the salons are closed. I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks for watching, reading, and supporting. Much love. (Imagine Facebook’s new “care” reaction emoji here.)

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BARRENS covers Pedro the Lion

Hey everyone!

So, during this quarantine, as everything is being canceled and schedules are crazy in completely different ways than normal, and social distancing is upending band practice, your boys in BARRENS have still been working on stuff – just individually.

Yep. We’ve been recording pieces and sending them to each other, and one thing we decided to do was cover a song, which ended up being “Bad Diary Days” by Pedro the Lion.

We did an acoustic version of it and put it on YouTube yesterday:

I did the photography for the cover art as an homage to the original album that the song came from. You can see the original art and hear the original version on YouTube as well.

Anyway, we hope you enjoy it, and we hope to be able to share more stuff with you soon. In the meantime, stay safe out there, and thanks for reading.

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Hey, remember when we had events and stuff?

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Photo by Thomas Tingle, taken March 6 at Goat Haus Biergarten during my Carry the Wounds album release show. 

I joined my first band when I was 15. I loved it then, and I still do. The music, the crowds, the energy, the rush that comes with performing live.

I enjoy going to concerts with friends, and going to see friends perform, and being in a place with people and music and drinks.

All that to say: shit is weird right now.

This COVID-19 situation is rough on everything – families, communities, hospitals, businesses, arts, etc. Everything is canceled.

I do want to give a shout-out to all the artists out there doing live streams and promoting their fellow artists and just keeping things going as best they can. As artists, we have this burning desire to create, and we try to figure out ways to continue no matter what.

The thing is, live streams aren’t the same. They’re not a substitute for the actual live experience. We know this. They’re a stop-gap during this pandemic, but it’s impossible to have the energy that comes with being with our fellow art lovers in one place for one reason.

And I hope that when things get back to normal, or we as a society have something of a new normal, that we can develop a deeper embrace and appreciation for the arts and community, and remember that it was artists we turned to during this pandemic – whether watching those live streamed musical performances, listening to our favorite albums, or binging Netflix; the arts got us through.

I hope we don’t take for granted the live concert experience. I hope we make it a point to go see a play, catch a movie on the big screen, and catch that art show.

And in the meantime, if you’re able to, watch some of those music live streams and tip the artists (many are using Venmo, Cash App, and PayPal.) Buy their albums. Pick up a gift certificate or season pass from your local indie theater or community theater. Get some takeout or delivery from your favorite local restaurant.

Support the arts. Shop local. And be sure to thank those who work in the healthcare industry.

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Get music, help our community

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Hey everyone. As I’m sure you’re already aware, things are getting crazy out there. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading, and that’s affecting pretty much everything.

Many people are working from home (when possible) and some people are staying home to self-quarantine. These are good things to do for safety, especially for vulnerable friends and family, the elderly, and those with weakened or compromised immune systems.

I also know that many people want to help and are unsure as to how to do so. I am one of those. I don’t know what needs are out there or what needs are being met versus those going unmet.

I did read some stuff recently about the strain being put on local food banks due to school closings and some people being temporarily out of work. Here’s one article that mentions some of it.

So here’s the thing:

All of my solo albums are on Bandcamp, including my latest release; from March 16-31, 2020, all profits from any downloads on my Bandcamp page at music.joshcarples.com will be donated to the Montgomery Area Food Bank.

If you’re unfamiliar with the way Bandcamp works, you can read their “Fair Trade Music Policy” here. Basically, when you buy a song or album, they keep 15 percent as their share, and the payment processor takes somewhere between 4 and 7 percent. So what’s left after that goes directly to the artist.

I can’t do anything about the Bandcamp share or the payment processing share, but the percentage that actually comes to me between March 16 and 31, 2020, will be donated in full to the Montgomery Area Food Bank.

And if you think my music sucks and want to donate directly to them – boom! – here’s the link. (Donation button/link is near the bottom of the page.)

If you need food assistance, click here. From that link, you can enter your zip code and find partner agencies in your local area.

If you’ve got other ways to help, please leave a comment below. Feel free to share this if so inclined.

Stay safe out there. Much love.

‘It’s refreshing’

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Many thanks to Montgomery Marauder for taking time to review Carry the Wounds and for the kind words for both my art and me.

“His gentle voice pairs perfectly with his acoustic guitar, creating an otherworldly sound that seems suspended in midair… It’s refreshing.”

Check out the full review here, and be sure to follow them on social media for updates on things happening in the Gump!

‘Carry the Wounds’ out now!

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Carry the Wounds is out now and available from digital retailers everywhere – Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, YouTube, Bandcamp, etc!

CDs are available here.

 

And if you missed it previously, here’s the music video for the song “Liquid Heart

I truly hope you enjoy these songs. Thanks for listening and supporting both myself and my art. Much love!

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‘Liquid Heart’ video!

The first track from my new solo album Carry the Wounds is called “Liquid Heart.” Here’s the music video for it. Carry the Wounds is out this Friday, March 6!

Many thanks to Somica Spratley, C. DeWayne Cunningham, Jeff McKinney, Alana Taylor, and Jon Himsel for making this happen.

Produced by Terrible Master Films, Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions, and Gefilte Films.

Self-promotion… ugh.

It’s always been a lot easier for me to promote a band or film than to promote my solo acoustic stuff. I think a big part of that is because a band and a film are both collective endeavors – I’m not just promoting me, I’m promoting us.

It’s easier to say “hey, go like my band” than to say “hey, go like… me.” And that’s how it feels in my head sometimes. And it’s kind of weird.

Also, one of the human traits I find most abhorrent is arrogance, and I don’t want to be even remotely misconstrued that way.

So therefore, the closest I’ve come to having merch with my name on it – other than CDs – was some small stickers and buttons. Never went the t-shirt route because in my head I’ve always thought “why would anyone want a shirt with my name on it?”

(Even with the stickers and buttons, it said, “I ❤ Josh Carples’ music” because at least it didn’t say they love me, right?)

But as I’ve continued as an artist, I’ve been lucky to have friends that genuinely support me – from streaming my music to buying my albums to sharing events and statuses when I’m looking for actors or locations for projects. And that means the world to me. (Thank you. For real. Thank you.)

I think sometimes it’s hard for artists – especially those with a history of depression and/or regularly use self-deprecating humor – to realize that there are people who genuinely want you to succeed and genuinely want to support both you and your art.

And this post isn’t to say that I have arrived at some epiphany and have magically changed my thought processes. Oh no… it’s a very slow process with ups and downs that go between “Hey, look, some people seem to like me” and “I suck at everything; why do I even try?”

Hashtag the struggle is real.

I recently started an account on Teespring to put up some t-shirts. It’s on-demand printing, so orders and fulfillment are all handled by them online, and I don’t have inventory. But I did, for the first time ever, design some shirts with my name on it. And yes, I still think “why would anyone want a shirt with my name on it?” But for anyone that does, there are currently six designs available.

Thanks for reading my stream-of-consciousness blog posts and for the love and support you’ve shown me over the years.

Much love.

And a quick reminder: my new album Carry the Wounds is out March 6!

There. I’m done with self-promotion and the weird feelings that come with it for a while.

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New album out March 6!

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So hey, back in January, I mentioned that Carry the Wounds would be the title for a new solo album I plan to release this year.

Well, after three attempts over, I dunno, maybe four or five years (sigh), the album is complete. Finally.

Sure, with life and chaos and film projects and writing/performing with BARRENS and anything else that pops up, maybe it makes sense that it’s taken a while, but it’s finally done – eight songs that will encompass my new solo album, Carry the Wounds.

Track listing:

  1. Liquid Heart
  2. Imperfections
  3. Carry the Wounds
  4. An Empty Phrase
  5. Crescent Glow
  6. The Southern Wind
  7. Fake a Smile
  8. Stay on the Wire

That’s the main news, but if you want a little more back story, here ya go:

Some of these songs I’ve had for at least six years. Maybe slightly longer. I had planned to work on a ten-song album originally. I kicked myself for not starting on it; if you’re an artist, you more than likely understand the self-hatred where you call yourself lazy for not doing the thing you think you should be doing – in this case, recording my album.

I have recorded my own work as a solo artist, but I wasn’t feeling it at the time. It felt tedious and daunting. So I thought that maybe I should go into a studio for the basics – guitar and vocals – then I’d have that foundation in place where I could just have fun layering other parts and instruments.

I thought going into the studio would be the kick in the ass that I needed to get going. So I went into a friend’s studio and began tracking. Well, due to a variety of life circumstances for both him and myself, that session was never completed.

So after more time and life and chaos and other projects, I started once again, this time attempting to record at home like my previous solo releases.

I tracked the main guitar for ten songs, then began to layer vocals and other instruments. I got vocals on maybe five or six songs, layered other instruments on a couple of those, and got busy with other things and uninspired and it fizzled out.

Of those ten songs, I only finished one that I thought was good enough to put out into the world – “This Barren Land,” the single I released in December 2018.

During the last bit of fall and early winter 2019, I went back and listened to what I had started a couple of years ago, and I decided to start over. Those incomplete recordings were not inspiring. I felt that I could do better. I hoped that I had grown as an artist. So I scrapped those recordings and began attempt number three.

With all of that – the eight songs on here are not even all part of the original ten I had planned to record. “Carry the Wounds” and “Liquid Heart” were written after I began those previous recording sessions, but I wanted them on this album.

I’ll be announcing album art and more details as things progress, but I hope that the wait was worth it. I hope you will enjoy it when it’s finally out there (on March 6!)

If you’re interested in hearing my previous solo releases, check out the “Music” page on this site. They’re on streaming outlets such as Apple Music, Spotify, etc. Or visit the links below:

This Barren Land (single, 2018)
Live at Seville (EP, 2017)
No One (Reprise) (single, 2015)
Ghost of a Town (album, 2013)
Ocean (Piano Version) (single, 2012)
The Final Scene (EP, 2010)
Note from the Georgian Hotel (album, 2008)

Thanks for reading, listening, supporting, and for encouraging me as an artist. It means a lot, and I’m very appreciative.

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