We also spoke to Aaron Pauley all about the band's reunion!
Jamie's Elsewhere are back, and we are delighted to be able to offer you an early listen to their new track 'The Soil And The Seed'.
Picking up where '10's 'They Said A Storm Was Coming' left off, the track is a triumphant, technical and terrifically atmospheric taste of what to expect as we move forwards into 2021 with a new narrative and a new story to tell. Taking everything that made the band such a wonderfully unique and welcome addition to the post-hardcore scene a decade ago and bringing those elements crashing into the modern day with flair and fire, it's really good to have them back.
We caught up with vocalist Aaron Pauley to chat about why now felt like the right time to return to the project and what it was like creating together again...
What was the moment that you decided that it was right time to return to Jamie's Elsewhere?
"I was contacted by the guys, originally, about doing a handful of ten year anniversary shows for our 2010 album, 'They Said A Storm Was Coming'. The pandemic changed that whole plan though, obviously. The conversation then shifted to creating new music, which was when the guys invited me back into the fold to create new music."
How does it feel being back in this creative headspace?
"It's been a lot of fun. It'd been almost a decade since we'd last created music together, so it's been fun to see how advancements in technology have both affected and expanded the creative process."
How has the band's time spent on other projects affected what you ended up producing when you stepped back into the studio for this track?
"I think it streamlined the process without necessarily artistically affecting it, if that makes sense. We're all able to work more efficiently due to our experience. As far as the finished product, I think it's harder for us as creators to say."
What were your intentions with this new song? What did you want it to represent? How much did those intentions change as you got deeper and deeper into the process?
"Truthfully, we just wanted to make some songs together again. Beyond that, given the current state of the world, it's unrealistic to expect too much or to plan too far ahead. I think that sort of gives us reprieve to sit back and say, 'Hey. Maybe we should just create something for creativity's sake' rather than needing it to be a means to a specific end goal. As we're continuing to work on music, I think that's only becoming more engrained in our collective psyche, and it's yielding really cool results."
How has this track in particular influenced the other pieces of music you have ended up working on with the band?
"Hmm, I'm not sure. I don't want to be dismissive of your question, but I don't want to give too much about the future material away. That's also a clever copout for not having a good answer. I'll let the readers decide which is which. Haha!"
Who do you feel Jamie's Elsewhere are in 2020 compared to the last time you all worked together?
"We're all older, wiser, probably way more sore, haha! The guys all have such tremendous work ethics in and outside of the band, and it's inspired me to be more diligent in my work. That comes with growing up and living life, I think."
What do you want to achieve with this era of the band?
"We exist to create and play music that our fans enjoy. Nothing more, nothing less. Stay tuned!"
Well, without further ado, here we go. 'The Soil And The Seed':
How brilliant was that?
And if you want to get into some more JE right now, here's 'They Said A Storm Was Coming':