Old Man Gloom have released two new songs, “Willing Vessel” and “Storms In Our Eyes,” via Bandcamp. The tracks were recorded during the sessions for the band’s latest albums, “Seminar IX: Darkness Of Being” and “Seminar VIII: Light Of Meaning.“ Proceeds from the songs and other SIGE releases will be donated to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, National Bail Out, the Navajo Nation COVID-19 Fund, and more.
Old Man Gloom are streaming their new album “Seminar VIII: Light Of Meaning“ in full. That effort will officially be released tomorrow (May 22). This news comes after the group previously surprise released another new album, titled “Seminar IX: Darkness Of Being,” earlier this year.
Old Man Gloom commented:
“As you all are able to hear the full scoop of the newest Seminars, I thought I’d shed a pinch of light on two tracks in particular.
First, Final Defeat.
That one I know I’ve talked a little about, but that was a demo Caleb made for a Zozobra project we never got around to about 5 years ago. He recorded it on his iPad at home, and when he sent it, I sent an email simply saying “WHERE THE FUCK DID THIS COME FROM?”.
Unfortunately we never got around to working on it together, but I’m really grateful we put it on this album. Caleb’s family was kind enough to lend us the iPad to get all the individual tracks off it. We were pretty blown away to find a lot of weird ambient noise and even super distorted weird vocals.
All that stuff at the end is caleb. Of course Steve added vocals and some very contextually inspired lyrics, and Kurt made the recordings sound super beefy, but it’s mostly caleb at home, including of course the only appearance of his bass on the album.
It was really weird for me to record to it in the studio, simultaneously painfully feeling his absence, but joyfully basking in his presence. Emotional is an unbelievable understatement, but the result is something I hope you all can find a fraction of the value we all feel it has.
Steve’s addition of “time to shake our world, prepare to live” hit me like a ton of bricks twice, once when I heard it the first time, and again after the pandemic started. If I was the kinda guy to get word tattoos, I would get this on my damn face.
Second, True Volcano.
This was the original demo Caleb sent us for the song Volcano, on Christmas. It was just one guitar, to show us the arrangement. As you know, we took it from him and butchered it without him knowing.
On the way to rehearsals steve and I were listening to Caleb demos, and I played this one, and we just thought it might be cool to honor Caleb’s original vision for the song. Again, Kurt weaved his magic, Nate added some amazing vocals and lyrics, Aaron wove it into the Gloom fabric, and Steve channeled our man on bass. It, again, became something I couldn’t envision. A true Caleb banger.
Hope you all are finding the light of meaning, and I hope you’re not being bogged down by the darkness of being. I had no idea these titles would find such a prescient hold on our current lives.
Old Man Gloom have cancelled their West Coast tour with Deafkids and Sad Vicious due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band commented:
“Unsurprisingly, our west coast tour is cancelled. We’re really bummed about it, but hey, we’re all in this together, and hopefully we’ll all come out of it together. We wish we could reschedule, but there’s just no way to know when things like this will be possible. We’ll make it up for sure though. Please contact your point of purchase for ticket refund info. Stay safe.”
Old Man Gloom have surprise released a new album titled “Seminar IX: Darkness Of Being.” The effort is available in digital outlets now and it will receive a physical release on May 22. As previously reported, the group will also be releasing another new album titled “Seminar VIII: Light of Meaning“ on May 22 as well.
Old Man Gloom commented:
“As we’re all locked down, and uncertain about what will shake out of all this bonkers shit, we at Old Man Gloom have decided to reverse Gloom you all. What is a reverse Gloom? Well, it’s pretty simple. Instead of playing a trick on everyone, we’re going to play a trick on ourselves, and unfortunately for Profound Lore, our record label.
Here’s what was GOING to happen….We made two records. I know, it’s not a surprise, we usually do. Over the course of recording, we had so many plans with how to release it. There was the -let everyone preorder one record, then send them the other one without notice and release the other in stores only.
There was – releasing one, then dropping the other 2 days later without any announcement at all. There was the idea that Aaron and I would make an entirely different record without the other guys knowing and releasing that on the same day to fool our own band.
Eventually we settled on doing all the announcements for Seminar VIII: Light of Meaning, and then a week before its release, drop Seminar IX: Darkness of Being without announcement. A sort of PRE Glooming, if you will. It would’ve been a pleasant surprise for everyone in the lead up to the LoM release, and we get our trick.
Well, since a few weeks ago when we made this plan, the world has drastically changed. We’re all confined to our cities, towns, and mostly our homes right now. Most of us can’t make a living, all of us in Gloom included, and we’re all just sitting and waiting for the tides to turn.
Last week we spoke together and wondered if we could just send “Darkness of Being” out into the world now, to help bring a little light into this situational seclusion. All of us knew one sticking point could be Profound Lore, because our dear friend Chris is running a label, and not everyone exists like Old Man Gloom, most people have a plan and want to succeed on practical terms.
We don’t. We just want to make each other laugh. It should have been very unsurprising that Chris was instantaneously IN for this plan. He’s never said NO to us, he’s been nothing but supportive of our bullshit from day one.
So here it is, truly our gift to you, and the whole world. Please enjoy what we’ve had an amazing time making. These records have taken the simple act of being a band and transcended into a bonding and healing process I never thought music or specifically Old Man Gloom could be.
Almost every song has elements of our last two years without Caleb, and even the songs that aren’t directly related to him are embedded with the emotion and struggle for closure and healing that we’re all going to be in for a long time. This pandemic we’re all living through is creating so much distance between all of us. This is our way of bringing us all a little closer.
Please share, and listen, and talk, and respond. Tell us you love it, tell us you think it sucks, tell your friends that you like our old shit more, or that you wish it was an Old Man’s Child record. We don’t care, just put yourselves into the world through this.
We also ask that you preorder physical copies, or pay for digital in some way, if you can. Not for us, but for Profound Lore, who are always onboard to go against record label practicality to support our silliness, and whom we want to not lose money because of this baloney we cooked up.
Steve, Nate, Santos, Aaron“
Old Man Gloom have premiered a new song titled “EMF.” This track is from the band’s new album “Seminar VIII: Light Of Meaning,“ which will be released on May 22.
Old Man Gloom have shared a new trailer for their new album “Light Of Meaning (Seminar VIII).“ The effort is expected to be released in May and it will be the group’s first with bassist Stephen Brodsky (Cave In, etc.), who was recruited as a replacement for the late Caleb Scofield.
Old Man Gloom have announced a spring West Coast tour. Deafkids and Sad Vicious will open.
05/21 Vancouver, BC – Astoria
05/22 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
05/23 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
05/25 Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club
05/26 Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex
05/27 Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge
05/29 Taos, NM – Monolith On The Mesa
The group commented:
“We know. We know we’ve had some rough times, you and us. We haven’t always been honest with you, and you, well, you’ve taken comfort in the arms of some other “bands”. We don’t blame you, we know we haven’t always been the band you thought we could be. The truth of the matter is, well, we just didn’t know if we could be enough for you. You, you’re just so special, and we just want to make you the happiest Gloomelo you could be. We’re carrying a lot of baggage. We’ve had our hearts broken too many times. It’s not an excuse, it’s just, well, it’s just the truth.
This is it though. From this day forward we are gonna be here for you. We’re not gonna be staying out all night, running around, playing games. Not anymore. I want us to be together, and i’ll do anything it takes to hold onto you. I need you, baby. We’re gonna be the band of your dreams, and you can say goodbye to Mutoid Man, Isis(The band that you don’t need anymore), and Converge. You can take them out of your contacts, because Old Man Gloom is ready to commit to you for the rest of our lives. Just say it. Just say you’ll have us, and you’ll give us one more chance to show you we love you. We’re doing a West Coast tour starting Vancouver on May 21st, and our record will be out shortly before. This is the NEW us. We’re gonna be so happy, baby. I can’t wait to form a whole bunch of tiny side projects with you, boo. But here’s the thing, my car is in the shop, and I just need $150 to pick it up. And once I get the car, i’m gonna go see a guy that sells Juul cartridges out of his aunt’s mudroom that has a locked and loaded business opportunity for me. I also am looking into flipping houses, seems like easy money. I’m gonna make you so happy baby, just you wait!
OLD MAN GLOOM
5/21 – The Astoria, Vancouver BC
5/22 – The Crocodile, Seattle WA
5/23 – The Doug Fir, Portland OR
5/24 – Driving through the pacific north west and that weird methy part of NoCal and probably going an hour and a half out of our way to hit some health food store Aaron likes. I’ll probably be one day into An emotional breakdown. Definitely shoot me a text to check in on the 24th, ok?
5/25 – Starline Social Club, Oakland CA
5/26 – The Echoplex, Los Angeles CA
5/27 – Rebel Lounge, Phoenix AZ
5/28 – this will be the day where I ask why we didn’t play Denver or some shit. But then we’ll get to NM a day early and I’ll get sad because my Grandmas dead, but then I’ll remember how mean she was and how she put a homemade label from her typewriter on my high school girlfriends car that said “I’m a whore, try me!” And I will get less sad. And more sad, because that’s kinda hilarious.
5/29 Monolith on the Mesa Fest, Taos NM”
Old Man Gloom drummer Santos Montano has confirmed that late bassist Caleb Scofield will be featured on the band’s upcoming album. He said the following about that on the “This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours Podcast“:
“We have a bunch of songs that Caleb wrote coming on this record. And some of them are even tracks that he did multi-tracks at home, just on an iPad. And so we’re gonna be including those songs on this album.”
“…Caleb‘s wife was generous enough to give us the iPad and let us take all the stuff off of it and there were 15 songs on there.”
[via The PRP]
During Old Man Gloom’s set at the 2019 Psycho Las Vegas Festival, the band performed a new song. You can see footage of that below at about the 43:21 mark.
[via The PRP]
Old Man Gloom have finished recording the first half of their new album. If all goes according to plan, the second half will be completed later this summer. The effort will be the band’s first since the tragic death of Caleb Scofield.
The group commented:
“The travel day away from my Gloom family is always tough, but today feels very bittersweet. We had an amazing week with Matt Bayles recording half of our new record, including a song Caleb and I wrote many many years ago and never finished.
It still amazes me that 20 years on we still find so much joy in each other’s company, and we still laugh out loud with excitement at the music that comes out of us. Although Steve and Matt are new to the gloom fold, the comfort and output was instantaneous, and we are all working to honor Caleb in everything we do.
Not having Nate there was tough, and very sad, but that’s adulthood. We’ll be in God City with him and Kurt later in the summer to finish this thing, and I can’t wait for you all to hear it. There are more surprises to come.
All the love in the world to my brothers in Gloom, and all of you! #calebscofield”
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The travel day away from my Gloom family is always tough, but today feels very bittersweet. We had an amazing week with Matt Bayles recording half of our new record, including a song Caleb and I wrote many many years ago and never finished. It still amazes me that 20 years on we still find so much joy in each other’s company, and we still laugh out loud with excitement at the music that comes out of us. Although Steve and Matt are new to the gloom fold, the comfort and output was instantaneous, and we are all working to honor Caleb in everything we do. Not having Nate there was tough, and very sad, but that’s adulthood. We’ll be in God City with him and Kurt later in the summer to finish this thing, and I can’t wait for you all to hear it. There are more surprises to come. All the love in the world to my brothers in Gloom, and all of you! #calebscofield