The Bleak (special ‘addition’)

A month ago, Towering Above released our new album The Bleak to streaming services (Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon, etc.) but now there is a special “addition” of the album available on Bandcamp.

The 13-track special edition contains some demos and a different mix/version of the song “Lake City Quiet Pills.”

I’m #JustTheDrummer of course, but Towering Above guitarist J. Slickwood had this to say:

I think it’s like pulling the curtain back. When a band releases a demo you aren’t getting a clean studio product. You’re hearing this basic version of a song, the skeleton, sometimes with mistakes still intact. Instrumentals, or testing vocal melody and harmony. This was music the band recorded on their own to prep for the studio, not really for everyone to hear. So even though it’s rough, you can hear how songs progress from the band room to the studio.

We hope you’re enjoying the new album and the music video trilogy. Ooh, also, you can find some Towering Above shirts here.

Thanks for listening, reading, supporting, and everything else. Much love!

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Part 3 of the Towering Above music video trilogy and ‘The Bleak’ release

Part 3 of the Towering Above music video trilogy is up! If you haven’t seen part 1 (“A Certainty“) or part 2 (“How To Abandon Ship“) then catch up! And… you might want to refresh yourself on the video we did for “Jumper” from our previous release to get a couple of things in part 3.

Starring: Kendrick Golsen and Jeff McKinney

Many thanks to my 1st A.D. – C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions – and my Director of Photography – Stephen Poff of Body Thief Films – for their incredible work on this! (This was a Terrible Master Films production.)

The Bleak is out today on Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, Apple Music, and more!

We’re performing with Uncaste and Duos Locos at the Sanctuary tomorrow (Saturday, Aug. 6) so come to the show!

Thanks for listening, reading, supporting! Much love!

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Montgomery Advertiser piece about ‘The Bleak’

[album art for The Bleak]

Towering Above guitarist J. Slickwood recently talked with Montgomery Advertiser‘s Shannon Heupel about the band’s upcoming release, The Bleak, our music video trilogy, and our show this Saturday at the Sanctuary with Uncaste and [now] Duos Locos.

Read: “The future looks ‘Bleak’ for Towering Above

Part 2 of the Towering Above music video trilogy is out!

On July 15, Towering Above released the first single and music video for our upcoming album The Bleak, and today, part 2 of the trilogy dropped!

Check out the continuation of the story and the song “How To Abandon Ship”! (If you haven’t seen part 1: “A Certainty,” be sure to check that out first.)

Starring: Kendrick Golsen and Jeff McKinney

Featuring:
Chris Eckels
Jacob Lee
Raina Scudder (Eaton)
Katie Walden
Amber Moody
C. DeWayne Cunningham
and my bandmates J. Slickwood, Clay Smith and myself.

Many thanks to the people listed above and to my 1st A.D. (also mentioned above) – C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions – and my Director of Photography – Stephen Poff of Body Thief Films – for their incredible work on this! (This was a Terrible Master Films production.) And thanks to the Cloverdale Playhouse for helping us with such a perfect location for this!

I would have posted earlier today, but, like last time, I was on set working on a feature film called Shadow Tag, from the same folks behind Coffee With Friends. More news and stuff coming soon!

Much love!

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First single and video from Towering Above’s upcoming album!

Towering Above just released our first single and music video – the first of a trilogy! – today. The song is called “A Certainty,” and it’s from our upcoming album The Bleak, set to release on August 6!

Starring: Kendrick Golsen and Jeff McKinney

Featuring:
Lindsey Adkins
Jasmine Curtis
Ahsen Bilal
and my bandmates J. Slickwood, Clay Smith and myself.

Many thanks to the people listed above and to my 1st A.D. – C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions – and my Director of Photography – Stephen Poff of Body Thief Films – for their incredible work on this! (This was a Terrible Master Films production.)

I would have posted earlier, but I’ve been on set today for an upcoming feature film called Shadow Tag, from the same folks behind Coffee With Friends. More news and stuff coming soon!

Much love!

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Towering Above updates!

Towering Above is performing this coming Friday (June 17) with Abusements and The Cancellations (from Nashville.) All ages at the Sanctuary in Montgomery, AL. Details here.

In other news, we’ve been working on album art, finishing up music videos, and getting everything ready to release a new album. We’ll provide more details on all of that soon. And we’re already working on even newer stuff (yay!)

Ooh, speaking of those music videos, here’s a screen grab from one of them that the band posted recently:

OK, that’s all I got for now. Thanks for reading. Come to the show this Friday!

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‘Carry the Wounds’…iversary?, videos, updates, stuff, things…

It’s been two whole years (like official years, not pandemic years where we can’t tell one from another anymore) since Carry the Wounds was released. Some friends and I worked on a music video for the song “Liquid Heart,” the release show was a lot of fun, and then Covid shut everything down a week or so later.

Then, with everything shut down, I decided to try to make another video by myself for the title track because, hey, why not, right? I put “quarantine” in the description since, like many others at the time, I was a little behind on the whole haircut thing.

And then my band, Towering Above, started work on an acoustic EP since we couldn’t get up to practice and playing shows was out of the question for a good while. (Wait… there are no drums on it, and I’m just the drummer… hey!)

Speaking of Towering Above, our new album is in the mixing stages. Shhhhh…. that’s a secret, k? And we’re currently working on some music videos for it… and they get kinda weird, so I’ll talk more about that as things progress.

OK, so what else…? Oh! My friend Megan T. Kuehner put out a new EP a couple of days ago called The Truth. It’s really good; give it a listen. A couple of months ago, I directed a couple of live videos in advance of the EP release. We filmed these at the Cloverdale Playhouse in Montgomery, AL. (Many thanks to the Playhouse staff!)

Ooh, also released this past Friday was the new Spirit Guardian album titled Seasick. Spirit Guardian is a project by Jeremy Aitken, a good friend of mine and former bandmate from years ago (we were in a band called Easy Kiddo.) If that name sounds more recently familiar, it’s probably because we collaborated on a song called “Promises” that I blogged about last month. Anyway, give Seasick a listen. It’s really good! (And if you’re wondering who did the awesome album cover, that would be his super talented wife, Gloria. Check out her art here.)

And, since we’re talking about music and videos, and since those are types of art, it makes sense to talk about the month of March being Arts Education Month. Last month, the Alabama Arts Alliance tapped Terrible Master Films to put together a video for the occasion. I directed the video with help from my shooter, C. DeWayne Cunningham of Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions, and my friend Jeff McKinney of Early Riser Films. Special thanks to the educators and students from Booker T. Washington Magnet High School and Alabama State University for being part of it!

I think that’s all for now. Thanks for reading, listening, supporting, not punching me in the face, etc. Much love! Oh, and like, subscribe, follow… you know… all the things you do on social media. Thanks!

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Montgomery Advertiser talks about this Saturday’s show, new album, and Postcard Living

Check out the Montgomery Advertiser article here.

Postcard Living is a side project from my friend and Towering Above guitarist J. Slickwood. The first single, “So Long,” is out on streaming platforms everywhere now.

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Live this Saturday – Jan. 22, 2022!

Haven’t blogged in a month; lots going on behind the scenes, buuuuuuut, I wanted to make sure to do a quick post about the upcoming show this Saturday!

Towering Above is joining Grasping at Pieces and new band Venusville (their debut) at the Sanctuary in downtown Montgomery, AL. Doors open at 7:30, showtime at 8. It’s $10 at the door, and it’s all ages, so feel free to bring the kids so they can get inspired to be broke musicians like the rest of us! But for real, click attending on the Facebook event (and then actually attend! It’ll be fun!)

In other news… Towering Above has been working on music videos for the next album (which is still in process.) We shot one video in December and one this past Saturday. I’ve been directing, but I have to give a special shout out to my First Assistant Director C. DeWayne Cunningham (Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions) and Director of Photography Stephen Poff (Body Thief Films.) Their dedication to this project has been absolutely crucial to making it happen, and I can’t thank them enough. Also, lead actors Sean Golson and Jeff McKinney have been absolutely killing it. And many thanks to the other actors that have helped us make these projects happen; their dedication has been amazing, and we appreciate it!

Also, I recently worked on a project for my friend, singer-songwriter Megan T. Kuehner. She’s got a new EP coming out March 11 called “The Truth,” and I recently captured a couple of live performances (at the Cloverdale Playhouse; many thanks to the staff there!) Be sure to follow her for updates.

You might remember Megan (formerly McMillan) from a video I directed a few years back for a song called “Things that Change.” You can see it here.

OK… that’s it for now. Thanks for reading, listening, subscribing, following, etc. Please keep in touch. Much love!

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‘Hymns of Mare Nostrum’ turns 10…

I’m old. (Get off my lawn.)

The Hail the Titans debut album “Hymns of Mare Nostrum” came out 10 years ago today.

Coincidentally… that album was engineered by Chris Lantrip at Headless Dinosaur Recording, and my current band – Towering Above – is working on our new album, again recording with Chris at HDR.

Be sure to follow us on the ol’ FB for updates.

OK, that’s all for now… cause I’m old.

Much love.