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On July 21, Twang-Fueled Indie Rocker CINDY EMCH Branches Out With THE SECRET EMCHY SOCIETY
'The Stars Fall Shooting Into Twangsville' Is Mix of Gritty Americana, Boozy Ballads and Rootsy Punk Rock, Featuring Duets with Toland McNeil ("Jagged Edges") and Carolyn Mark ("Had Enough"). Record Release Show at Hotel Utah in San Fran on 7/22.
By: 1888 Media
After burning out from years of day-job overtime, the loss of friends and family members and watching her own health decline due to the stress, Emchy found herself sitting in a haunted bar in New Orleans, her spiritual second home. On her travels that day a "grizzled and gorgeous" old woman who told her, "come on honey, this is New Orleans. You gotta shake your ass!" The musician took the women's admonition as a sign – it was time to get down to her real work as a musical artist. This is where the album begins, with the stompy-and-swinging "Two Feet and a Dream."
Next up is "Down to the River," a deceptively catchy song about love and loss. "I'd been talking about writing a 'don't go down to the river' murder ballad for about eight years," says Emchy. But the song transformed into something more devastating after she lost two friends to suicide and a third to the infamous Oakland Ghost Ship Fire. "I realized the song needed to be a cautionary tale for how we harm ourselves, how much we try to love and support and save our people from themselves but sometimes...it's not enough."
"Jagged Edges" is a slightly melancholy waltz "all about how you sometimes have to wait out those stressful times in relationships"
"End of Pretty" is a deeply personal song, the one that Racine Poet Laureate Jessie Lynn McMains singled out as "the song I keep returning to," the one that just might become an "anthem" for "those of us on the edge of American culture" – the queers, the misfits, the outlaws, the "crazy and witchy." Emchy describes herself as "a plus-size girl" and wryly notes that she's often left out of band and event photos. "I realized that I'd rather the songs be pretty than care about being magazine-cover ready." Fun fact: the line about being paid in dolphin bones comes from a true story!
Emchy wrote "Beautiful" for her wife as an anniversary present. "I played it for her on my phone, sitting in Washington Square Park in NYC before going to see Cabaret. It's all about the magic and adventure of my longstanding crush on my favorite person in the world."
"I've Been Staring" acts as Emchy's secret artistic manifesto, so it's fitting that it sits at the center of the album. "It's about having to push forward and deciding to live for yourself and your own art and not be a cog in the machine. Make up your own standards of success! Define your own happiness! Be a beatnik! Fuck the man! It's not a new idea in our culture but damn we seem to have a hard time learning this lesson."
"Sunday Hootenanny" is "my little love song to all of my Victoria music family," a direct reference to Carolyn Mark's famous events of the same name, where you can expect to find "sing-a-longs, whiskey, poutine, and some of the best times in the world."
The last two songs on The Stars Fall Shooting Into Twangsville may technically be orphans from previous Emchy projects, but they're fully integrated into the extended family here. The zydeco-tinged "Songs Are All We're Left With" was originally written for Emchy's band Feral, and it's fitting to find it here as a reminder that sometimes the people go away, but their songs linger long after they've gone. The track features an "extra-special"
Emchy threw her all into the process of releasing her solo debut. "There are scraps and orphans of songs that made it onto this record that were years and years old. There are songs on this record that were less than two weeks old" when they were recorded. "But what I know is that I threw every bit of myself into it." The result is both highly personal and wholly contagious. The Stars Fall Shooting Into Twangsville is by turns happy, sad, heartbreaking and humble. "What I have to offer the world is music, stories, and finding ways that I can throw the most powerful parts of myself into a few muddled chords and some danger." Thanks to Emchy's big heart, smoky voice and dedication to her craft, Shooting Into Twangsville is more than a little dangerous – and contagious.
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