The Sound They Make is the debut album from East Central Illinois duo New Ruins, file under: Small Town Midwestern Gothic. Folk-rock guitar-mantras tinted with martial snares and cooing organs. New Ruins architects Elzie Sexton and J.Caleb have been making music together for a decade and there is an intimacy between the two here that rivals friendship and brotherhood. Compared to: Ugly Casanova, Iron & Wine, Talk Talk, Mojave 3, Silver Jews, and John Fahey.
Elzie Sexton and J. Caleb Means grew up in rural Southern Illinois, and have been playing music together for more than a decade. After a youth spent playing in punk rock bands, they went their separate ways to attend colleges and universities around the Midwest; J. Caleb north to film school, while Elzie went South to study fine arts. In 2004, they formed New Ruins as a long-distance recording project, trading tracks in the mail. During weekends and breaks from their studies the band recorded and self-released a couple EPs and a full-length “collection”, mixed and matched from songs created with plenty of first class postage. In August of 2005, Elzie and J. Caleb moved to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, to work on the live representation. After a year of playing shows as a duo, the band ran across likeminded souls and have welcomed aboard the rhythm section of bassist Paul Chastain (Velvet Crush, Matthew Sweet, Unbunny) and percussion stylist Roy Ewing (Braid, Very Secretary, Unbunny), the tag-team duo who man the mailorder department at Parasol.
released April 17, 2007
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