Shut-ins and the Colony
Lo-fi Love Songs
"You're listening to Nightlight Love Songs, where the tri-state area falls in love every night," assures the radio, which must mean it's after 9pm on any weekday and you are still stuck behind the counter of this ailing Midwestern town's only gas station. Muffled dedications are called in; little fuzzy serrations supply intermittent texture. "Mark called to say happy anniversary to Cindy." "We've got Jan on the line; she's got something to share with Don." The DJ is smooth but not cool. "Jackie just wants to say hello to a special someone." There are professions and remembrances, and each is quick to surrender itself to the gummy sentimentality that follows: love songs as selected by KNAR, your regional soft rock leader.
You have come to regard this place as an island. Outside is all rolling blackness; farm lights are distant ships on a soundless ocean. The FM signal fades quickly out there, gradually taking on hiss until it sinks entirely. All these eager messages get illegibly rewritten and stuffed into shattered bottles. There is some hope of salvage, but the further the signal travels from its source, the more unlike itself it becomes.
We called in and asked them to play a song for you, but you're only going to hear it out there.
On Tuesday, December 29th, Portland residents, emcee Lucas Dix and producer Ed Curtiss, will release their second Shut-ins and the Colony project of 2015. The four track EP, titled Lo-fi Love Songs will be available digitally at https://neonautumn.bandcamp.com/. Listeners can also purchase a limited cassette, which features unreleased instrumentals produced by Shut-ins.
"Kill All Heroes" Video
The video for the song "Kill All Heroes" is an ode to the late producer/emcee Gavin Theory, a member of Hives Inquiry Squad along with Dix. Featuring footage from past live performances, radio appearances, and music videos, "Kill All Heroes" focuses on some of the captured highlights of Gavin's musical career before he passed away due to cancer in 2012. The spoken word at the end is from one of his last live performances as he rapped a song he never got a chance to record.