Extremely Limited UK delivery of Self Defense Family's 2015 7" on Iron Pier. Available in an even more limited bundle with a cassette version of the 7".
Recorded with renowned engineer and producer J. Robbins (Jets to Brazil, The Dismemberment Plan, Promise Ring, etc.) "When The Barn Caves In" is the first major release from post-hardcore musical collective Self Defense Family since their third LP released spring 2015.
Boasting two of the band's most accomplished songs, this record seems destined to become a signal release for the band. Robbins' production imbues the songs with warmth and size while the band lays down some of their most mature, personal, and emotionally wrought songwriting.
"We're not scared of our influences," says Self Defense Family singer and lyricist Patrick Kindlon, "and plenty of them come from Baltimore. We saw recording in that city as an opportunity to channel some of those influences. Then we ran the tracks through a filter of Mary's combusting relationship. The result is songs guaranteed to bring you the fuck down." Recorded during a time of personal turmoil for several of the members, the two songs on this release channel that disquiet. Guitarist Benjamin Tate says, "Almost everyone was in a bad mood and feeding off of each other. Writing was way more of a struggle than it usually is and I think everyone came away from the day unhappy with the songs" but upon hearing them 'unlike' almost any other recording I have ever done, I had almost no feedback on them. The songs sound huge and warm and even the songwriting seems better than I remember it being. I left the session feeling defeated and now I would say this will be among my favorite recordings to come out this year."
'When The Barn Caves In' consists of the titular track and 'Alan' on the B-side. While both are about personal and relationship disintegration, 'Alan' is named for the band member who connected with it most, Alan Huck, the multi-instrumentalist and photographer whose art graces the cover of this release. The intimate black and white photo shows Kindlon tying back his hair and lingers on tattoos that spell out 'Then What.'