happy new year!

Okay, so we’re a little late. But here’s the first thing we played together in weeks, live from the Gandy Dancer stage. We probably hadn’t played this in a couple years, so it was kind of a leap of faith to start with this, two weeks after the new year.

from the Gandy Dancer, 14 January 2023

We’ll see people again out in the world on Saturday, January 28th, from 4-7pm at Compass Rose Lodge for their Apres Ski Series.

videos of us in handcuffs

We’ve been keeping this under wraps, but we’re pretty excited to see that it’s now coming out into all your streaming platforms. Introducing:

Videos of Us in Handcuffs

Album art by Leslie Hetland — isn’t it spectacular?!
Title inspired by Ian’s musing that he wanted us to get arrested during a gig.
(Listen to the last track of the EP to hear his daydream while drumming.)

We’ve put together the track list and commentary on our “liner notes” page, but probably you should just listen in on your favorite streaming platform. And listen often: We get about one-tenth of a cent for each of your streams. Go crazy.

Better yet, come visit us and pick up a real CD at a future gig in the new year! We’ve got some shows coming up and we’ll even play all of these songs and many, many more. For now, we’re just really excited that we were able to press the record button, mix our own sounds, and distribute them into your car stereos, earbuds, and living rooms. Enjoy!

gratitude for music

No big gigs or Black Friday rushes for us this weekend. We’ll be rehearsing in Tim’s basement, prepping new music and conspiring on a project.

We’re grateful for good music. Listening back on a few recordings is a good reminder. For example, here’s a recording we remixed from a Van Session a few months ago:

It’s fun to hear this again and listen to the interplay between the four filling in around one another. Also, listening to our studio recording of this, you get to hear how a song evolves. The studio version might even sound too fast now.

Here’s another that we’d kind of rehearsed and then later just threw into the mix of a set while the red light was on. You can hear us figuring it out as we go, with Caryn saying “I think there’s a downbeat” to start, and later suggesting we make up an instrumental.

We’ve worked on this one some more since this recording, and it’s completely different now. It’s fun to document something as it “grows up”. If we ever record this one in the studio, we think it’s going to take on a whole new feel.

Anyway, just sharing a few things as we take a breath and consider how fun it is to get to make music the way we like it. There’s more to come.

light(house) at the end of the week

It’s a good week for S&S music.

First, we’re so delighted with what Van Sessions captured and released as individual tracks and videos of our live performance with them at The Monarch at the beginning of the month. Take a look and play these on repeat at our music page or directly at this YouTube playlist, and then tune in as the full episode of that live podcast recording goes live on Friday.

And THEN, come see us live, in person, for multiple hours, late into the night, at Lighthouse Lounge in Ogden on Saturday (9/24/22) from 9:00p to Midnight ($5, 21+). Past our bedtime but worth it.

August shows

We had a great time in July, playing the Layton Amphitheater for the Davis Arts Sunday concert series, a couple of private events, and a full patio at UTOG.

In our natural habitat. (Photo credit: Karyn Johnston)
Come Together sample, live at UTOG

Summer has one last gasp of shows including:

And, practically in August, look forward to Van Sessions on Friday, Sept. 2.

And, you really ought to look into tickets for Ogden Nature Center’s Wildwoods Bash on Sept. 9 before they sell out, since it’s a really good cause and a great time AND your favorite band is playing. (No, NOT The Proper Way! It’s us!!)

Check out our gigs calendar for all the latest.