Alan Huck of Self Defense Family's "No Strings" Playlist 18 December 2015

Today on our new blog: a collection of songs put together by Alan Huck of Self Defense Family, partially inspired by the band's new release with Iron Pier, When The Barn Caves In and centering on drummers. Alan's photography work graces the front and back cover of the new single, and the B-side, "Alan," is named for him. A multi-instrumentalist, Alan put together a selection of songs inspired by his experience recording When The Barn Caves In titled "No Strings." 

Alan writes: "I don't actively consider myself a drummer and bandmates know me to be somewhat of a curmudgeon when it comes to actually playing them, but there are certain players who make me want to...

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"It's Better This Way": Making a Photo-book for Self Defense Family 18 December 2015

Iron Pier recently published a low-run 5"x7" perfect-bound photo-book of tour photos by Kai Stone of Self Defense Family, It's Better This Way. The book was paired with the limited Iron Pier mail-order-only vinyl color-way of the new SDF single, When The Barn Caves In, with the remaining few photo-books to be available just through the band. The polaroid-style photos are intimate and stark in appearance but warm in spirit, showing everyday moments of the band on tour. They show them at Magpie Cage studio recording WTBCI with J. Robbins, at Mary's family's farm, and on the side of many highways. The style of the polaroids inspired the production: The idea was to create something limited, fun, and memorable, something tangible to...

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