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New Remember Sports album, Like a Stone, out April 23

Posted on February 10th, 2021

Philly's Remember Sports are back with a new album entitled Like a Stone, out digitally, on vinyl, CD, and cassette April 23rd. We're teaming up with Big Scary Monsters who will release Like a Stone in the UK and throughout Europe. The Peach & Pink Moon Phase vinyl is a Father/Daughter exclusive color. In addition to the physical formats, there are new t-shirt and hoodie designs available in bundles with the record and separately. LP/CD/CS orders include a free sticker sheet by Faye Orlove while supplies last. Pre-orders are available now here: http://fatherdaughter.co/likeastone

Remember Sports has also shared a video for first single from Like a Stone. Watch "Pinky Ring" below.

'How Many Times,' the new album from Esther Rose out 26 March

Posted on January 26th, 2021

We are ecstatic to announce Esther Rose's third album entitled How Many Times, out March 26. The new album is available to pre-order on Transparent Red vinyl (Father/Daughter exclusive), CD, and cassette here. Watch the Sarrah Danziger-directed video for the title track below.

Listen to Father/Daughter's Best of 2020 picks

Posted on December 18th, 2020

As the year comes to a close, we'd love to share a mix of songs that helped us through this crummy year. Enjoy 22 songs hand picked from the F/D team, our artists and friends who've made so many of our releases this year possible. Listen to the playlist here!

Carmen (Remember Sports)
Hannah Sun - Lomelda
The first time I heard this song was when we did a few shows with Hannah in January 2019 and it's been stuck in my head ever since, like a ghost, because all I could do was hum along with what I remembered of the song. To me it perfectly encapsulates feeling blue on tour and I will always love any song that shouts out my home state, New Jersey. Hannah is the best at writing a soaring melody that sticks to all the edges of your heart.

Andrew Lopez (Father/Daughter)
Fact Almighty - Yves Jarvis
The closing track to a beautifully textured and emotive record from Yves Jarvis. The echoes of Acetone alongside blues tinged riffs on this track make me feel like sitting on my porch on a rainy day, watching people go by for hours. The drifting cadence and earnestness of this closer make it impossible to not hit repeat.

Jordan Lee (Mutual Benefit)
If You're Sure You Want To - Alabaster DePlume
I was immediately drawn to these subtle little melancholy instrumentals which valued humanity over virtuosity in the performances and have spent many long walks around Brooklyn with this album playing in my headphones. In particular, If You're Sure You Want To takes a simple motif and builds a whole world out of it while still pausing in between each phrase as if to remind the listener to take a deep breath. I don't know about you but that is a reminder I've needed more than a few times this year.

Esther Rose
Shadow on the Wall - Video Age
This song is a pop masterpiece; every second and every beat feels like it was designed to make you want to dance.

Jessi Frick (Father/Daughter)
Waxahatchee - Can’t Do Much
It was really, really hard to listen to new music in 2020. I wanted the comfort of the familiar, old staples that could transport me back to a time that felt more “normal.” But one album gave me those feels, and that was Waxahatchee’s Saint Cloud. “Can’t Do Much” in particular makes me want to go for a long drive to nowhere, blasting it on repeat until I reach the end.

On the Floor - Perfume Genius
I think it's a perfect song in every way, and it's the coolest song I've heard in a long time. It's retrofuturistic, it's exciting, and it's beautiful.

Rollerskating - Sizzy Rocket

Sara Gibbs (Father/Daughter)
Pretty Please - Dua Lipa
Future Nostalgia coming out at the very beginning of quarantine was such a blessing. I would listen/sing/dance to this album to trick myself into believing I was in a good mood at least once a day.

Tyler Andere (Father/Daughter)
Big Fun Party - Eliza Niemi
This little slice of Canadian indie pop stayed in my head rent free all year. It zips and zaps with Eliza’s cool as a cucumber vocal delivery and her perfectly placed cello accompaniment. Put this on a loop and every detail starts to come to life.

Joe (Sat. Nite Duets)
Describe - Perfume Genius

Andrew (Sat. Nite Duets)
Be There Still - Woods
Makes me feel like I am in the midst of a peaceful montage in a movie about my life riding in a convertible feeling serious in a good way.

Anna McClellan
Hannah Please - Lomelda
This song makes me sad in a happy way. Fiercely relatable, I can practically feel her breath waft through the speakers and enwrap me, reminding me that we are both small potatoes and the big picture all at once. "Swear I try/ I'll be sky/ Somehow"

Dumb Driver - IAN SWEET
Everything from the drums to the guitar to the vocal is hypnotizing. This song has been on repeat on my long drive to work when I want to feel powerful and achey.

Robin Edwards (Lisa Prank)
Back of the Truck - Michete
This song (and the corresponding video) is the best thing to come out of Seattle since the Space Needle. Michete is a genius.

Christelle Bofale
Mother Nature’s Bitch - Okay Kaya
This song always comes on at the right time one hundred percent of the time because I don’t think there is a moment these days where I am not feeling like I’m mother nature’s bitch. I just feel like this is what the inside of my brain sounds like.

Drake Maxson (Polyvinyl Records)
Loom - Olafur Arnalds
The whole album radiates this soothing energy that is beautiful to listen to and provided me with many moments of peace; standing in stark contrast to this very un-peaceful year. If you need to slow down and relax, I highly suggest making a huge cup of tea and listening to this.

Chris Burque (Ghost Town)
The Serpent (In Quicksilver) - Harold Budd
Do Me Like That - E. Live feat. Chesta Blake
I Wish You Love, Pt. 1 - Joe Bataan
Working from home, navigating the very weird waters of the music + entertainment industries in 2020, while also overseeing remote learning for three kids, the moods in our house were constantly shape shifting. Depending on where we were at at any given moment, the music played in our house was either a way to calm and anchor us, bring us max joy, or ride a peaceful wave in between. Harold Budd (RIP), E. Live, and Joe Bataan were three of the artists who helped accomplish that and helped me and my family get through this year.

Chris Hassen (Polyvinyl Records)
Simmer - Hayley Williams
This song came out right at the beginning of the year as the first taste of her debut solo record and true to its name, "Simmer" was a slow burner for me. It initially caught me off guard with how different it is sonically from her work with Paramore, but something about it just kept tugging at me until I gave in and my love for this song (and the whole album, really) reached a full boil.

Shannon Kurlander (Terrorbird Media)
Hearts Collide Way 2 Fast - Jasper Lotti
Any song that doubled as a therapeutic song in both my bathtime and morning walks, immediately became my most played in 2020.

Dawood Nadurath (Terrorbird Media)
Pashto - Gary, Indiana
2020 has been a year of pretty heavy personal music discovery, and very few labels have aided in that search by championing a specific and evasive allure the way that Fire Talk has. Their risk-taking on artists from across the pond has not gone unnoticed, and I'll die singing their praises - "Pashto" is the perfect example of a track that, without their help, I would never have come across before but can confidently say has shifted my taste for the better. The raw, discordant, pulsing guitar feedback swims menacingly below the borderline-panicked and breathless vocals, while explosive percussion crashes and shatters along the craggy shoreline of a track that leaves you feeling winded and desperate for more. The title's nod to my own personal heritage is a nice bonus too :-)

Shop our Holiday Sale now!

Posted on November 26th, 2020

Now through December 17, score 25% off everything in our store (including pre-orders) using discount code "holiday20" at checkout. All physical orders will receive our 2020 holiday ornament designed by Saoirse Alesandro (while supplies last). For the first time ever, we have e-gift cards available. They make great stocking stuffers for the music buff in your life.

Happy holidays & happy shopping!

Anna McClellan's newest full-length, I saw first light, is out now! Watch the new music video for her song "Raisin"

Posted on November 19th, 2020

Watch the beautifully animated visual companion to Anna McClellan's single "Raisin" dir. by Thalia Rodgers. Her highly anticipated third full-length, I saw first light, is out now.

Anna says the following about the track:

"I have long romanticized the idea of jumping off a cliff, and categorized it as the perfect metaphor for letting go. If I could only take that leap of faith, I’d awaken. I’d been wanting to capture the idea in song for a while and thought it would be a longer and more epic endeavor. And I’m sure there is still much more to say about it. In Raisin though, upon jumping, the subject appears to float and become weightless. Never actually landing at all."

Stream & buy the vinyl, CD, and cassette here!

10 years of Father/Daughter - An interview and playlist with Carmen of Remember Sports

Posted on November 19th, 2020

Listen to Remember Sports' curated mix here!

Father/Daughter: How'd you first hear of / begin working with F/D?

Carmen Perry: We first heard of Jessi when they bought our album on bandcamp in January 2015. I don't think any of us had heard of Father/Daughter till we saw Jessi's email address, and then we saw that they were releasing cool stuff, so that's when we first sort of became aware of them. Later that year we recorded All of Something and thought of F/D when we were looking for someone to put it out. I looked up the email lol and this is what angel Jessi said when we sent them our mixes and asked if they wanted to release it: "Well these are super good. Been listening pretty much nonstop since you send them yesterday (except to take a time out to see buddies Field Mouse & Hop Along last night). So yeah, let’s talk about Father/Daughter releasing this! Are there lyrics written out somewhere? I love to read along while listening." :)

F/D: What were some inspirations for some of the original songs on the record?

CP: Oh gosh. Mostly my stupid year-long fake relationship from freshman year of college. I wrote a lot of the songs that first summer while I was at home. I guess it was a period where a lot of changes were happening very quickly, and writing songs about it was a good way for me to deal with them and try to keep up with my new life. Being a teen and also being a new adult at the same time is tricky. It was an uncomfortable time for me, but I wrote more frequently than I ever have since. I think if there's one thing I can always find songwriting inspiration in, it's change, because I don't handle it well in basically any capacity.

F/D: How does where you live / where you're from affect your songwriting process?

CP:I've only ever been from New Jersey and that feels particularly poignant to me, since everyone hates us. It was a boring place to grow up, but I've found that a lot of the things I've accomplished in my life thus far have been born out of boredom, so I've come to really appreciate where I'm from.

F/D: What was the recording process like? Any super memorable moments? Difficulties?

CP:We recorded in our college's radio station where people were also doing radio shows and could see us through the glass, so we were being watched by someone at pretty much all times during recording. That was hard for me because I'm shy and don't like being looked at, especially when I'm singing and no one else can hear the music lol. I remember doing the loud part at the end of "I Liked You Best," just straight up yelling while someone was trying to do their radio show. Obviously it was disruptive. I believe I did that in one or two takes because I just wanted to get it over with and hide.

F/D: Any favorite F/D albums thus far?

CP:Well obviously all of them...... but PLLUSH Stranger to the Pain is so eternally baller. I miss those guys. Oh My by Nadine too is so good, Anna McClellan's first album and Tasha's Alone at Last <3

F/D: Once touring becomes a thing again, who would you like to go on tour with?

CP:Well first things first, we MUST go to Europe with Ratboys, then we wanna tour with any of our friends, who we miss so much. It's sad how many of my friends I only get to see on tour and don't anymore. After that our dream tours would include Courtney Barnett, Tegan and Sara, Haim... we're aiming high once this is over. Putting it out into the universe now.

F/D: What've you been up to since the rerelease of Sunchokes?

CP:It feels like nothing much because 2020 has been such a train wreck and we haven't been together at all, but I guess we did record a new album last fall... Plus I started a patreon where I'm putting up demos, covers, and writing stuff and livestreams, so that's been a new and exciting path for me. I've always liked writing, so it's been a good outlet for that. And obviously I'm playing a lot of sims.

10 years of Father/Daughter - an interview and playlist with Tasha

Posted on October 22nd, 2020

Listen to Tasha's hand curated mix here!

Father/Daughter: How'd you first hear of / begin working with F/D?

Tasha: In 2017 I was asked to open up for Vagabon for a Pitchfork aftershow (quite honestly one of the most exciting and dreammaking moments of my life, to this day) and sweet, wonderful Jessi was there, and we exchanged information. We stayed in touch very casually for the next several months, and then she brought Tyler into our conversations to begin talking about the possibility of releasing something -- this was the end of 2017, early 2018. And now look at us!

While I’d entertained the idea of one-day releasing a record on a larger scale, or pursuing music more “seriously”, it was the enthusiastic interest from F/D that pushed me to develop my songwriting and musicianship and eventually write the songs that would become Alone At Last. While I’d like to think I would have found my way there no matter what, having Jessi and Tyler on my side to encourage me, and inspire me to make something I felt proud of was absolutely necessary for the life of this little album.

I certainly feel the age of these songs (and sometimes get embarrassed listening to them) but they do show me how far I’ve come as an artist in the time that has passed, and also what feelings haven’t changed at all. Am I a better songwriter than I was then? Sure. But do I also still praise a day spent alone in my bed over most anything else? Oh yes.

F/D: What were some inspirations for some of the songs on the record?

Tasha: Most obviously and famously, my bed. It was through that rest space, and everything I did in it (listening to moody music, writing and reading poems, dreaming, holding lovers) that these songs were born.

F/D: Any favorite F/D albums thus far?

Tasha: Vagabon’s Infinite Worlds is a forever favorite, as well as Swim Team by Christelle Bofale, Slop from Forth Wanderers, and Nnamdi’s DROOL (to name just a few).

F/D: Once touring becomes a thing again, who would you like to go on tour with?

Tasha: Everyone! Anyone! But I definitely dream of touring with Christelle Bofale (again), Vagabon, Julie Byrne, Emily Yacina, Moses Sumney, Angel Olsen, Lomelda, Faye Webster, Lala Lala, Chastity Belt....the list really does go on. There’s little I’ve missed more this year than playing music in a room full of people.

F/D: What've you been up to since the release of Alone at Last?

Tasha: Sleeping, reading, sitting in parks, writing (a little bit), drinking coffee, falling in love.

10 years of Father/Daughter - an interview and playlist with Vagabon

Posted on September 21st, 2020

Listen to Vagabon's hand curated mix here!

Father/Daughter: How'd you first hear of / begin working with F/D?
Vagabon: Back in 2015, i played the CMJ Father Daughter / Miscreant Records showcase at Palisades in Brooklyn and that is when i met Jessi. A year later when my album was done being recorded, I sent it to Jessi and she was interested in releasing it.

F/D: What were some inspirations for some of the songs on the record?

Vagabon: It was a record where i wrote songs very unabashedly to heal from what i was going through at the time - the inspiration was very much personal life.

F/D: How does where you live / where you're from affect your songwriting process?

Vagabon:I definitely feel like living in NYC and being a part of a indie/rock punk scene informed how "Infinite Worlds" came out. Part of its sound is attributed to working with the resources I had available but part of it was influenced by the music I would see live multiple times a week.

F/D: What was the recording process like? Any super memorable moments? Difficulties?

Vagabon: It was equal parts exciting and challenging. Adjusting to hearing my voice in headphones was not easy. Singing live was always where I felt more comfortable at the time but it was a process of discovery.

F/D:If you could go back in time and add one song to Infinite Worlds, what would you want it to be about?

Vagabon:I wouldn't add a song.

F/D: Any favorite F/D albums thus far?

Vagabon: Love Tasha's "Alone at Last", Christelle Bofale's " Swim Team", Esther Rose's "You Made it this Far".

F/D: Once touring becomes a thing again, who would you like to go on tour with?

Vagabon: Hm the list is long. Would love to visit the covid-cancelled tour with Brittany Howard, and too many more artists to count.

F/D: What've you been up to since?

Vagabon:Well since Infinite Worlds, I released my second album, Self Titled, and did a tour promoting it with Angel Olsen before the pandemic cancelled touring. Now i watch 90 day fiance and wear a mask.

Anjimile's Giver Taker is out today!

Posted on September 17th, 2020

The day has arrived... Anjimile's Giver Taker is out today! We are so excited for the world to hear this wondrous album. Join Newbury Comics, your fellow Anjimile fans and Anjimile & Justine on Twitter tonight starting at 8pm EST as everyone presses play together to talk about the album. Follow along at #AnjimilexNewbury.

Anjimile will be joined by his bandmates Justine & Gabe for a YouTube exclusive virtual release show. Tune in live this Saturday, Sep 19 starting at 8pm EST here.

Save with on our multi-format 2017 Bundle until 9/21!

Posted on September 14th, 2020

For the next week you can save on our multi-format 2017 Bundle to celebrate our 10th anniversary as a label this year. Revisit records from artists such as NNAMDÏ, Fits, Vagabon, Pardoner and more! We've got 3 LPs for £30, 3 tapes for £15 and 3 CDs for £15!

Sale comes down 9/21, so act fast!

~ Shop here ~

Anna McClellan's new album, I saw first light, out 20 November

Posted on September 7th, 2020

We are thrilled to announce I saw first light, Anna McClellan's third album, out November 20th. I saw first light documents Anna’s journey from Omaha to the east coast and back again, probing both the roots of her creative impetus and her ongoing commitment to social issues. Today, Anna has shared two songs from the new album: "Desperate" as well as "Pace of the Universe" accompanied by a music video by Anna, Charis Forrester, and Ameen Wahba. Listen to both songs below.

Pre-order the orange + pink half / half vinyl, CD, cassette + t-shirt here.

This weekend - save BIG with our Western US Geo Sale

Posted on September 4th, 2020

Now through Sunday, save on a number of records from artists based in the Western half of the United States such as Lisa Prank, Whitney Ballen, Pllush, Pardoner, SOAR and more! Nab a bundle of 3 LPs for £30, 3 tapes for £12 or 2 CDs for £10.

Act fast - click here to view this month's Geo Sale!

10 years of Father/Daughter - an interview and playlist with Robin Edwards aka Lisa Prank

Posted on August 27th, 2020

Listen to Lisa Prank's hand curated mix here!

Father/Daughter Records: How'd you first hear of / begin working with F/D?

Lisa Prank: I was a fan of bands that Father/Daughter had put out at the time like Remember Sports, Happy Diving, and Diet Cig and once I had finished recording Adult Teen my friend, known angel Nathan Walker suggested I send the record to Father/Daughter and seemed like a perfect fit. I emailed it to Jessi, who responded shockingly fast, and the rest is history!

F/D: What were some inspirations for some of the songs on the record?

LP: Big dramatic feelings, failed romantic relationships in Denver (where I lived before moving to Seattle), playing around on my Roland MC-505 drum machine, feeling bratty, being young and in and out of love.

F/D: What was the recording process like? Any super memorable moments? Difficulties?

LP: My friend Eric Randall recorded the record all at the house we live at in Seattle. We would record as we both had time so it was recorded over many months in the living room, with the vocal booth in the bathroom. I remember for the recording of “Starting Again” I wasn’t singing it with enough emotion the first few times, so Eric really producer-ed me and made me read some old emails from my ex to get me in the mood. Once I was upset enough again I sang the take we used on the record.

F/D: If you could go back in time and add one song to adult teen, what would you want it to be about?

LP: It’s funny, most of these songs are about romantic relationships. But when I think about the era of my life when I was writing and recording this record, the biggest thing I remember about the time was just night swimming and having heart to hearts and falling in deep platonic friend love. If I could go back I would add a platonic love song for all my wonderful friends who are the true loves of my life.

F/D: Any favorite F/D albums thus far?

LP: How do you choose favorite stars in the sky? I’m really inspired by the Father/Daughter catalog. Just a few off the top of my head are: Vagabon, Happy Diving, Pllush, Diet Cig, Remember Sports, Shamir, Christelle Bofale, Anna McClellan, SOAR, Fits, Art School Jocks, Tasha, Hiccup, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, and so so many more! Oh also the Faux Real comp rocks and I wanna be on the next one

F/D: What've you been up to since?

LP: I put a record with my supergroup Who is She?, released a Lisa Prank record with a full backing band last year called Perfect Love Song, and in quarantine I just bought another Roland MC-505 (the original one was stolen years ago). Right now I’m back living in the same Seattle house I recorded Adult Teen in and planning a return to my first love, the drum machine, for the next Lisa Prank songs.

10 years of Father/Daughter - an interview and playlist with Alex Luciano of Diet Cig

Posted on July 23rd, 2020

Listen to Alex of Diet Cig's hand-curated mix here!

Father/Daughter Records: How'd you first hear of / begin working with F/D?

Alex Luciano: I think the first release that clued us into F/D was the Rivergazer - Random Nostalgia album, It was such a favorite of ours and our friend group in 2014, it came out right when DC was just a little idea in our heads. We began working with F/D when our pal Dean Engle from the band QUARTERBACKS sent the freshly recorded Over Easy EP to Jessi and they were just as stoked about it as we were! I couldn’t believe we were going to be able to release a physical cassette of the songs! It was so exciting and such a privilege to get to work with Jessi right off the bat in our career. I was so new to being in a band and it all felt so surreal. It still does! I cherish the moment I first held that little pink cassette in my hands, it’s so cheesy but I just could not believe our music was made into something I could hold.

F/D: How'd y'all meet?

AL: Noah and I met at a house show his other band Earl Boykins was playing in New Paltz where I was going to school. We chatted about making a music video because I was a digital media production student at the time. We started hanging out after that, I would go take videos of Earl Boykins at shows and eventually we started trying out playing some songs together!

F/D: What were some inspirations for some of the songs on the record?

AL: We were really inspired by the catchy, poignant songwriting of bands like Best Coast, Frankie Cosmos, Radiator Hospital, and P.S. Elliot. We liked the earnest lyrics and upbeat, dancey punk vibe of bands like this and wanted to make songs that were emotional but also made people wanna dance in a basement.

F/D: What was the recording process like? Any super memorable moments?

AL: Awww it was such a nice time! We did it on Halloween at our friend—and now longtime collaborator— Chris’ studio, Salvation Recording Co. It was recorded in one day and it really felt like we just did it on a whim. Everyone was stoked but I was SO nervous about tracking vocals. It was the first time for me and I remember not being able to figure out the timing on Breathless and Chris just being like “dude, this is your song, sing it however you sing it. If it’s not perfectly in time with the rest that’s fine because that’s how you sing it” and that felt like a revelation. Diet Cig could be whatever we wanted it to be and however we recorded it or played it live was the correct way because that’s how we did it! I also remember Chris and Noah spending a lot of time trying to get snare sound perfect for Scene Sick and in the end they duct taped a sneaker to it to damper it the right amount lol. I know there’s a picture of it somewhere… There were so many sweet memories of that time though, it was truly such a warm environment to make songs. I remember staying up late to make celebratory burritos, I think late night cooking and communal kitchen time is a very important and special staple of recording at Salvation and we had a lot of that while recording Over Easy.

F/D: If you could add one song to over easy, what would you want it to be about?

AL: Okay this is so corny but I truly wouldn’t add any song to Over Easy, it’s such a treasured piece of history for us as a band and also makes me so nostalgic as a person and I just feel like it’s so pure??? Like we had no idea anyone would listen to it!! I feel like we’ve grown so much as a band that we would just ruin it if we tried to add a song to it haha.

F/D: Any favorite F/D albums thus far?

AL: OMG so many!!! We both are such fans of a ton of F/D releases, here’s 5 that have been on heavy rotation for us throughout the years:

Crush On Me - Sir Babygirl

Fear & Force - Vagabon

Stranger to the Pain - Pllush

Ultra Pink - NADINE

Adult Teen - Lisa Prank

F/D: What've y'all been up to since?

AL: We’ve gotten to release two full length albums, two more singles, and lots of videos! We’ve toured to so many places in the world I never thought I’d even get to visit, let alone TOUR to!! Releasing this EP with F/D truly kickstarted our entire music career and we’ve been able to truly follow the dream of performing our music for people who are just as excited about what we’re making as we are. We just released our sophomore album “Do You Wonder About Me?” and have also gotten really into rock climbing when we’re not on the road! As I type this we’re in the van on the way out to the woods to do some climbing out in West Virginia haha. But for real, Diet Cig has truly changed our life, starting with Over Easy! <3

Anjimile joins Father/Daughter ~ their debut album, Giver Taker out released 18 Sept

Posted on July 7th, 2020

Today we are proud to welcome Boston singer-songwriter Anjimile to the label! Their debut album entitled Giver Taker will be released on September 18, 2020.

Giver Taker is a beautiful piece of work that encompasses a wide swath of musical genres - think Sufjan Stevens-esque pastoral ballads against warm, steady instrumentation informed by a mix of 80’s pop, Malawi music and The Lion King. Anjimile Chithambo (they/them, he/him) wrote much of the album while in treatment for drug and alcohol abuse, as well as while in the process of living more fully as a nonbinary trans person.

The first single, "Maker" is accompanied by a visually stunning lyric video by illustrator Gemma Tracy-Burns. Watch it below.

Pre-orders are now open for vinyl, CD, cassette, unisex boxers, as well as a few bundle variations. Shop HERE.

10 years of Father/Daughter - an interview and playlist with Matt Berry of Happy Diving

Posted on June 25th, 2020

Listen to Matt Berry of Happy Diving's curated mix here!

Father/Daughter Records: How'd you first hear of / begin working with F/D?

Matt Berry: Before F/D I had never worked with a record label. Happy Diving put out a song from an EP we had recorded to share with our friends and F/D caught wind, got in touch and made it all happen for us. We were clueless with regards to music industry stuff but Jessi took great care of us. We did that cassette release and then later that year put out Big World.

F/D: How'd you meet the rest of your bandmates?

MB: We were all scattered around the East Bay at the time. We met through the small music scene that existed in our part of the bay, Newark, Dublin/Pleasanton, San Ramon Valley, etc. Our previous projects started to fall apart and our common interests in heavier, guitar centric stuff brought us together to start HD.

F/D: What were some inspirations for some of the songs on the record?

MB: We were all quite young when we started the band, around 18-19. Ascending from childhood to adulthood played a large role in the material. We really didn't know better than to try and emulate our favorite bands at the time. Older groups like Dinosaur Jr. and My Bloody Valentine but also modern acts like Milk Music, Tony Molina, Ovlov and California X. We had serious intention with the band but it was mostly just a breezy and fun time, writing music, practicing and hanging out.

F/D: What was the recording process like? Any super memorable moments?

MB: Recording was probably one of the best parts about being in Happy Diving. We did every record at The Atomic Garden with Jack Shirley back when he was based in Palo Alto. I haven't had a recording experience like it since. Being on a budget forced us to really hone things in before we got to the studio. When we were there we would do one or two takes of a song and call it good. Big World was recorded in basically one day. I could never do that now. It's a very tired phrase but things just seemed easier back then.

F/D: Any favorite F/D albums thus far?

MB: Well I must give a shout out here to Lisa Prank and Who is She? as those are now my housemates.

F/D: What've y'all been up to since?

MB: Happy Diving has been on hiatus since 2016 but we've all kept busy. Mikey and Sam have a TON of projects. too many to list but their main projects are New Circle and Toner, respectively. Sam also runs a record label called Smoking Room which has put out a lot of cool music. We had a rotating cast of guitar players over our short stint as a band. Our original and longest standing guitar player, Matt Yankovich, now plays guitar in Just Friends. Kevin Prochnow joined the band as our third guitar player somewhere down the line; he also plays in Just Friends. Our friend Will Anderson did a short stint in the band, he now has a group called Hotline TNT. As for me, I have two main projects, Big Bite and The Berries.

Bandcamp NAACP Legal Defense Fund donation + artists to support!

Posted on June 18th, 2020

This Friday, June 19, from midnight to midnight Pacific Time, Bandcamp will be donating 100% of their share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Below are some BIPOC artists we recommend supporting, following, and sharing!

Daymé Arocena - https://daymearocena.bandcamp.com/
Ivy Sole - https://ivysole.bandcamp.com/
Les Filles de Illighadad - https://lesfillesdeillighadad.bandcamp.com/K
Kaiit - https://kaiit.bandcamp.com/
Kwame- https://thatboykwame.bandcamp.com/
Bartlees Strange - https://barteesstrange.bandcamp.com/releases
Zara McFarlane - https://zara-mcfarlane.bandcamp.com/
Armand Hammer - https://armandhammer.bandcamp.com/
Reneissance - https://reneissance.bandcamp.com/
Shormey - https://shormey.bandcamp.com/
Spelling - https://spellling.bandcamp.com/
Soul Glo - https://soulglophl.bandcamp.com/
Toro y Moi - https://toroymoi.bandcamp.com/
Evil - https://evilmusic777.bandcamp.com/
Alfred. - https://classicalfredosauce.bandcamp.com/
Jelani Sei - https://jelanisei.bandcamp.com/
Felicia Douglass - https://feliciadouglass.bandcamp.com/
L'Rain - https://astronautico.bandcamp.com/album/lrain-deluxe-edition
Mal Devisa - https://maldevisa.bandcamp.com/

Anjimile - https://anjimile.bandcamp.com
Arlo Parks - https://arloparks.bandcamp.com
Beauty Pill - https://beautypill.bandcamp.com
Beverly Glenn-Copeland - https://beverlyglenn-copeland.bandcamp.com
Channel Tres - https://channeltres.bandcamp.com
Contour - https://ar-contour.bandcamp.com
Denise T. - https://sourcreamqueen.bandcamp.com
Denitia - https://denitia.bandcamp.com
dream wave - https://dreammmwave.bandcamp.com
Ehiorobo - https://ehiorobo.bandcamp.com
Evenings - https://shop.world.limited
Ezra Collective - https://ezracollective.bandcamp.com
In Kind - https://inkind.bandcamp.com
Irreversible Entanglements - https://irreversibleentanglements.bandcamp.com
Jesus Piece - https://jesuspiecehc.bandcamp.com
Jon Bap - https://jonbap.bandcamp.com
Kadhja Bonet - https://kadhjabonet.bandcamp.com
Madison McFerrin - https://madisonmcferrin.bandcamp.com
McKinley Dixon - https://mckinleydixon.bandcamp.com
Medhane - https://medhane.bandcamp.com
MIKE - https://mikelikesrap.bandcamp.com
Moor Mother - https://moormother.bandcamp.com
Moses Sumney - https://mosessumney.bandcamp.com
Nardeydey - https://nardeydey.bandcamp.com
Niecy Blues - https://niecyblues.bandcamp.com
Orion Sun - https://orionsun.bandcamp.com
Pink Siifu - https://ronee.bandcamp.com
Ric Wilson - https://ricwilsonisme.bandcamp.com
Sammus - https://sammusmusic.bandcamp.com
serpentwithfeet - https://serpentwithfeet.bandcamp.com
Simpson - https://whoissimpson.bandcamp.com
Sneaks - https://sneaks.bandcamp.com
Standing On the Corner - https://standingonthecorner.bandcamp.com
Vonne - https://vonnemusic.bandcamp.com
Wizard Apprentice - https://wizardapprentice.bandcamp.com
Yazmin Lacey - https://yazminlacey.bandcamp.com
Yuno - https://yvno.bandcamp.com
Yves Tumor - https://yves-tumor.bndcamp.com
Zulu - https://zuluca.bandcamp.com

F/D Affiliated
Christelle Bofale - https://christellebofale.bandcamp.com
NNAMDÏ - https://nnamdiogbonnaya.bandcamp.com
Shamir - https://shamir.bandcamp.com
T-Rextasy - https://t-rextasy.bandcamp.com
Tasha - https://tashamusic.bandcamp.com
Vagabon - https://vagabon.bandcamp.com


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