Not long after Chumped’s untimely demise last year, vocalist Anika Pyle and drummer Dan Frelly started a new project called Katie Ellen, and released a few demos last fall and winter. Their lineup has since expanded to include Eric Sheppard and Anthony Tinnirella, and they’re gearing up to release their debut full-length. But first comes the TV Dreams 7″, which contains two full band tracks — “Wild Heart” and “TV Dreams” — that were previously only available in demo form.
Both songs deal with the dust settling around the end of a relationship. On “Wild Heart,” Pyle is collecting reminders of what once was during a trip to Paris — “We’re saying nothing at the footsteps of the Louvre” — and partaking in some tender self-reflection: “Wild heart with a tendency for staying/ Talk a lot and say absolutely nothing.” But the real heart-wrencher here is “TV Dreams,” a wistful song about leaving somebody but wanting them to know that you’re still there for them. “I hope you’re happy/ I think you want the same for me/ You can call me/ If you can’t sleep and you feel lonely.” Depending on your mood, Pyle’s repeated declarations of “I guess I called to say that you can call me” could either be taken as an invitation for reconciliation or the resigned acceptance that it’s finally over, but isn’t it in that ambiguity that it hurts the most?
Listen to both songs below.
Tour Dates (w/ Jeff Rosenstock, Hard Girls):
10/24 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
10/25 Durham, NC @ Duke Coffee House
10/26 Athens, GA @ Georgia Theater
10/27 Tallahassee, FL @ Club Down Under
10/28-30 Gainesville, FL @ The Fest
11/01 Houston, TX @ Walter’s
11/02 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
11/03 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
11/05 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
11/06 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
11/07 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
11/09 Madison, WI @ University of Wisconsin Madison – The Set
11/10 Detroit, MI @ El Club
11/11 Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop
11/12 Ithaca, NY @ Martha Hamblin Hall
11/14 Providence, RI AS220
11/15 Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
11/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Philamoca
11/17 Washington, DC @ DC9
11/18 Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel
Katie Ellen’s “TV Dreams” 7″ is out 10/21 via Lauren Records. Pre-order it here.