Happy Birthday Blayne!! Nearly three years after we lost our frontman to cancer, we release this album to honor his memory, on his birthday. Take a journey with us as we work through our thoughts, memories, and feels.
Free on 4/3/18 to celebrate Blayne's birthday.
released April 3, 2018
Written, produced, and recorded by idiot stare, Alan, Bishop, Bruce, Fin, except “Stayin’ Alive” written by the BeeGees. “Black as Pitch” written with Brittain Alexander. “Ghost People” based on the novel by S. Talada. Additional vocals on “Into the Dirt” by John Mulhall, Mitchell Sigman, Dan Levey, and prophei. All lyrics written by or for Blayne - except Sucker Punch by Alan & Ghost People by Shane - but they're here anyway. Photography & design by art|ma.
This was supposed to be sung by Blayne, but by the time the music was written he was too sick to track it. In a way that’s a good thing, because this is a rough song about a very low point in his life. The beginning of the end starts here. “But make it wrong.”
More old Blayne lyrics that never made it to production. Like a lot of Blayne tracks, we’re not totally sure what it’s about. “I have so much to teach you.”
“You’re in a band?! What do you sound like?” This is our answer to that age old question. Noise fuck. We sound like noise fuck. “We don’t belong here.”
When Blayne was fighting cancer his friend re-wrote the lyrics to the BeeGee’s classic to be about how he was going to beat the disease and we did a tongue-in-cheek cover with those parody lyrics. After Blayne passed, it was only fitting to redo the cover with the original lyrics, but now in a much more solemn tone. “Got the wings of heaven on my shoes.”
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Black as Pitch
To our knowledge this is the last recording to be released with Blayne singing, although the vocal tracks themselves date back to 2007 and the lyrics to 2002. A dark song that just didn’t fit on any of our albums at the time, it’s released here now as a totem to the force that was Blayne.
The amount of people who came forward with wonderful memories of Blayne was truly inspiring. “I am your witness.”
Originally an STG demo, but it just fit the theme here. Still might be an STG song in a different version. Props to Shane for allowing it to appear on this album. “I see straight through you.”
Survivors guilt. “Nothing is left alive.”
Probably the last song we’ll write as Idiot Stare. The time has come to move on. “Like a sucker punch.”
I love this album because it is such a heart felt exploration into existence, while being stripped down to the barest of bones. It does help that Steven is a genuine, energy infusing being who has more vocal range than any one album can convey. Then there's his music and coordination to consider and I begin to wonder why we waste time with bands with more than 1 member. I guess we just can't hold the rest of humanity up to Seibold the Terrible's humble existence. Tim Hall