After a hard year I found myself picking up the pieces of my mind; dealing with a break up, defining my relationship with alcohol, discovering what the definition of home means, and trying to find my place in the crowd. A dark year dealing with an addictive personality, newness, depression, living in close quarters, and delving into the meaning of life led me to writing these songs as a catharsis, a way to understand what was going on around me. The year morphed from the worst year of my life into one of the best; playing shows, getting a fulfilling job, traveling and living in Japan during the summer, defining who I was as a person. Growing up has been a process of dealing with the internal, reacting to the external, and finding a balance through it all.
This record is very personal to me; it was recorded in four days with the incredible Evan Kunze; each song produced by the way of gut instincts to enhance the lyrics and overall song, but also with no time to overthink. Each song was an attempt to understand what was going on in my life during the past year. From the song Like the Good Ones do, about recognizing my addictive personality and how a bad relationship with alcohol can be demining to a creative process. The song Westward from Eden is about being stuck in life and finally realizing it. The song Driving with my home in a hatchback is about heading home after being away for a long time and not knowing what is waiting there, a place which once held so much meaning turning into a memory, no longer a physical place. Sad old Songs is about being fed up with being pissed off, depressed, and tired, it was written to pull myself up onto my own two feet. Here is my Record Sad Old Songs. Thank you so much for listening, it means the world.
released February 26, 2016
All songs written by Arran Fagan
Recorded, mixed, mastered, and Produced, by Evan Kunze
All Photographs by Joel Simard
Artwork by Cece Martin
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