Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra is releasing Hang On To Each Other, a vinyl- and digital-only remix EP, which includes the track “Birds Toss Precious Flowers.” As the band said in a statement about the EP, “We made this thing like a for-real disco 12-inch, for to give to d.j.’s to play because we live in the kind of town where some d.j.’s maybe will.” Read what they have to say in full and listen to the new track below.
It’s like that famous quote that Emma Goldman never said = “DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION”!
Somewhere around 1964 or thereabouts, we wrote a tune called “Hang On to Each Other”. Acapella mostly, with just a few chords on harmonium. Recorded the thing in the woods ’round a campfire = heady times.
The chords to that tune are like house music chords, and we figured we’d re-record it someday, thusly and EARNESTLY. 4-on-the-floor. Drum machines and arpeggiators. Pink lasers and grape-flavored smoke machines. Most important thing = No irony.
Because we love that kind of music, and impromptu dance parties too.
Guess it took a long time to manifest, but this past x-mas we finally rustled up the necessary gear and holed up in the snow to loop thee joyful noise = 808, Oberheim Two-Voice, bright yellow toy keyboard, low pass filter, auto-wah bass guitar, wooden drone-box, squeaky tape delay, broken oscillator, string machine, distortion pedal, and violin. No guitar.
We let the machines yell at each other until they were hoarse and wheezing. With a baby in her belly, Ariel Engle of AroarA did the kind of singing that we can’t, and we are thankful. Outside of the studio, the city was frozen, and thin tendrils of fine snow whisped across the ice like dragons.
We made this thing like a for-real disco 12-inch, for to give to d.j.’s to play because we live in the kind of town where some d.j.’s maybe will. Much respect and much love to thee sweaty dancers, and the lost ones, and the ones who fell away.
– xoxoxox thee silver mt. zion memorial orchestra
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Tour Dates:
04/06 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs
04/07 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
04/08 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
04/09 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
04/10 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
04/11 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
04/12 – Philadelphia, PA -Union Transfer
04/13 – Carrboro, NC – Cats Cradle
04/15 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
04/16 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle Tavern
04/17 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
04/18 – Nashville, TN – Exit In
04/19 – Birmingham, AL – Bottletree
04/20 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
04/22 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk
04/24 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
04/25 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
04/27 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
04/28 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
04/30 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
05/01 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
05/02 – Vancouver, BC – The Rio Theatre
05/04 – Calgary, AC – The Republik
05/05 – Saskatoon, SK – Vangelis Tavern
05/06 – Winnipeg, MB – Union Sound Hall
05/07 – Saint Paul, MN – Turf Club
05/08 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
05/09 – Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom – Pike Room
05/10 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre