Damien and Drake Jurado’s Hoquiam Now Available from St. Ives

Damien and Drake Jurado’s Hoquiam Now Available from St. Ives

ST IVESFor those not obsessed with the finer details of goings-on at Secretly Canadian headquarters, St. Ives is our long-running label offshoot that releases limited-edition runs of vinyl-only albums with unique, handmade covers.

The latest record, released just on February 23rd, is Hoquiam’s debut and self-titled LP.

In the fall of 2008, Damien Jurado began a side project with his younger brother Drake, to run opposite to, yet borrow from, the folk music leanings that he is known for. He wanted to add a dark early 60’s garage feel to the songs. Infusing this sound came easily with the addition of his younger brother. With no musical experience other than high school choir (and being mistaken for Damien on the phone) Drake took naturally to drawing out the dark tales from the city where he was born. The songs are compelling in story, but also pay tribute in feel to the real town of Hoquiam. Gothic folk, personal narratives, and simple strong percussive elements define the music of Hoquiam. Sparse, desolate, and a place you will find yourself passing through from time to time – both the town and the band.

Damien Jurado has a great entry up on the Secretly Canadian blog talking about the project. Of course we have a free mp3 for you, internet! Download “Zombies of the Sea” here!

One can order the mp3s or LP (only 500 were made) at SC Distribution here.

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