I Was Totally Destroying It: The Key & The Rose

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John Booker, of Chapel Hill’s I Was Totally Destroying It, had about 35 songs and, much like any working musician, not much time to do anything with them.

The story of Preludes begins here, before its time – six years before, to be precise. Originally planned to be material for a new I Was Totally Destroying It release, when the band decided to take a much more collaborative approach to their upcoming album (Vexations, due out sometime in 2012) Booker shelved most of the material, intending to save it for a future release or solo record, feeling it no longer fitted the feel of the new full-length. But when discussion began about a single or EP to release as a precursor to the new full-length, Booker brought the songs to the band. “Before we started writing Preludes, I had Joe and Rachel sit down in our practice room with pencil and paper and I stood in front of them with just an acoustic guitar. I ran through all 35 ideas and they marked down their thoughts on each and voted. That’s how we picked which songs we’d tackle.”

The songs focus mostly on themes of alienation, introspection, and anxiety; environs that I Was Totally Destroying It thrive in. Six years worth of music that just didn’t fit anywhere else, painstakingly (and expertly) rewritten and refocused into a fully realized album that defies concept, a natural flow born of chaos and entropy, the start and end of the writing process. And a prelude to something big, just on the horizon… [Team Clermont]

As of October, IWTDI wrote that they have three more “album shows” over the next few months, and a southeast tour in December. After that, they wiill be disappearing for a while, gearing up for the impending release of the new album.


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