This is the first full band album from Four Eyes, featuring the songs and lead vocals of Erin Lovett, who did not write this, so I can say has an easy way with song and a very nice voice that has been compared to every single female singer ever because people lack imagination. She's also pretty funny. In general, I'm going to say that this band is a solid B+ in the funny department. Which is going to surprise you when you're listening to these (VERY CATCHY) songs about heartbreak, loss, pain, heartbreak, surviving the service industry, and heartbreak, and you're all "why am I so depressed?". Well, remember that this album was crafted by generally funny people. I don't know why I have to tell you that. Maybe not to worry? We're okay. Everybody's fine.
If you think that song is for you or about you then it probably is.
Who made this thing? Well, here are your answers, mysterious question!
Recorded by BC Fortenberry, who recorded that great Grape Soda album and has a cool Little Gold record coming out any day now. His patience and hard work was astounding. This was recorded in Lucas and Bill's living room, which features way too many orange things. They both grew up in Auburn, AL. War Eagle.
Mastered by Scott Wilson. Hey, Scott? Nailed it. Scott and Lucas were bandmates in college, and Scott is just one of those smart dudes. Great engineer. Worked at LEGO.
Artwork by Lauren Gregg. She's talented in tons of ways. She played glockenspiel, keyboards, and percussion on this, including some notable Wall of Sound floor tom work on "I Bend" and generally fine tambourine playing throughout.
Erin Lovett sang most everything and played uke, guitar, and even a keyboard now and again. She runs the show with the steely determination of an Eisenhower in his/her prime.
Ryan Gray Moore did the bass and backing vocals and did the yippy-skippy Wurlitzer part on the title track. He's in Brothers, a band from Athens that you should also listen to and like. This is secretly a bass player record.
Lucas John Jensen played drums, percussion, and keys. He is in Venice is Sinking, Big Gray, and Woodsy Friends. He did stints in Casper & the Cookies and pacificUV. Oh! Lauren's in Woodsy Friends, too. She was in the Buddy System as well.
Everybody was in everything everywhere.
So those there are your core folks, but tons of Athens finest talents stopped by to help out. It's a perk of living here, to be surrounded by people who do amazing stuff for you at the drop of a hat. Those people are the following geniuses:
Jason Trahan (Madeline, Moths, Old Smokey) jammed it on the lap steel on "Autobiography", "I Bend"*, "Born Under A Star", and "Help Me Hate You". Jason channels some kind of "Country Feedback" thing on this that I can't quite place, but it slays me. Er, us. Four Eyes. Anyway, everyone put him on all of your records. Just the most amiable guy and talented to boot.
Jace Anselem Bartet (Reptar, Bit Brigade) stops by on "Grey" and "Happy New Year" and shows off his sensitive side and for a second you'll swear the ukelele was a real instrument…
This is the part where you check to see if you're forgetting someone.
We hope you enjoy Our Insides. It took us a while, and we tried very hard. It's available for the price of "on the house" or "pay whatever you want" via foureyesathens.bandcamp.com
and soon through your iTunes and Spotifys of the world on The Chamber of Commerce.
released 31 January 2014
Erin Lovett (guitar/ukulele/vocals)
Lauren Gregg (glockenspiel/keys/percussion)
Ryan Moore (bass/keys/vocals)
Lucas Jensen (drums/percussion/keys)
Jason Trahan (lap steel) on 3, 5, 6, and 10
Jace Bartet (guitar, uke) on 7 and 13