Posted On 02 Nov 2018
TODAY the Nashville based indie rock trio Coyote Choir released their debut album, “Vol. 1.” Earlier this fall, they put out the collection’s lead single “Kingdom of Love” via Ground Sounds.
“Coyote Choir bellows a message as urgent as it is infectious,” said Ground Sounds, who described “Kingdom of Love” as “infectious, powerful, impressive.”
Fans can listen to “Kingdom of Love” on Spotify, Soundcloud. Apple Music, and Amazon Music.
“‘Kingdom of Love’ was written to remind ourselves and the listener of the healing power love holds,” says the band. “Yes, it is inevitable that our hearts will be broken and we will go through real times of darkness and pain, but these times are not permanent. There is hope and a future. Love wins!”
Vol. 1 is a spirited mix of indie rock, americana, and folk, blending the spirit of The War on Drugs and Ryan Adams with the nostalgic 80’s sheen of acts like Dire Straits and Traveling Wilburys.
With producer/multi-instrumentalist Joe Causey in tow, Vol. 1 is a savvy blend of dazzling programming and production, vintage synthesizers, and jangly, Heartbreakers-inspired guitar. A connection over childhood cultural artifacts was a major part of the creative process, with writing sessions often taking long detours into discussions of old movies and 80’s sitcoms. “There was no pressure to do anything—just this joy of connecting over all these things we love,” recalls vocalist Jason Watkins.
“Keep the heart high.” For Coyote Choir, this is less a mission statement than it is a summary of their experience. Brothers Jason and Paul Watkins (vocals and bass respectively) and drummer Mathew Linton bonded over a mutual case of musical burnout. Their collective journey of reclaiming the joy results in their debut, Volume 1. It is a sound both new and familiar—combining smart pop song-craft with gorgeous soundscapes. Songs like “Awakenings,” “Rainbows,” and “Sing!” declare the arrival of a new spirit of creation, and invite the listener to take back their joy from whatever or whoever stole it.
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Follow the links below to start listening to “Kingdom of Love” today!
Apple Music: http://hyperurl.co/cc-kingdom-apple
Amazon Music: http://hyperurl.co/cc-kingdom-amazon
Learn more about Coyote Choir in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! What is on tap for the rest of your day?
We’ve been recording new songs for our next album.
Since we are now at the back-end of 2018, how has this year treated this band? What is one musical goal that you have had for this year? How close are you to reaching it?
This has been a fun year of creating music. We were hoping to release Vol. 1 this year and we’re excited to share it with you. One of our main goals is to try and keep songwriting in working order. When we write, we have some themes or situations we tend to think about, and sometimes those songs remain a family til it’s time to record. Vol. 1 releases on Nov. 2.
Can you recall the moment when you thought you could be in this group together? Was it hard to think of a name that you could agree on?
When we first started writing together, we were starting to sense this shaping into something. We just enjoy each other’s company, and songwriting was an outlet to spend time together. It’s mainly a lot of fun for us, and it feels natural. We were enjoying the word Coyote for a while, but we were wondering if it needed something else added on. We were listening to a Rodney Crowell song and Coyote Choir presented itself to us.
How do you think your hometowns have influenced the sound and how you all carry yourselves in this group?
Our hometowns are our family. There’s no way we can deny where we grew up, it makes up who we are. We had large amounts of country music flowing through our childhood. Our music isn’t country strictly speaking, but it’s more about the mentality of it. We each love our families and love spending time with them. There is something regarding our hometowns and upbringing that we try and inject in our songs; a familiarity.
How has your various musical backgrounds helped shape the sound of this band?
We love a lot of the same music, but at the same time we try and discover new things as well. Lately, we’ve been enjoying Jeff Bridges ‘Sleeping Tapes.’
What was the inspiration for your single “Sing”? How would you say that it compares to the rest of your “Vol.1” collection? How did you go about selecting which songs would come out ahead of the album release?
We were thinking of writing a song for someone that may have forgotten the truth of who they are. A person may believe that their abilities are crippled, but actually they’re just waiting to be used for the purpose of encouraging others. A lot of the songs from Vol. 1 come from the same place; a place of renewal and remembrance. We placed these songs together so that they could complement each other for this album.
Did anything surprise you about the making of your debut album, “Vol.1”? How long was the overall process?
I think we were surprised at how the songs wanted to say something to us too. We write our songs with other people in mind, but sometimes they end up a little more personal than we thought. The process for this album took about a year and a half to finish.
Where do you think you are all happiest- in the studio recording new music, on stage performing or elsewhere?
We love writing and recording.
We don’t have any plans to tour at the moment.
Do you find that all of social media and keeping up with your fans has gotten so overwhelming? OR do you rely heavily on others to take care of that for the band? Which platform would you say that you enjoy engaging with the most?
Social media is a great way to connect with the people you love. We tend to like Instagram.
We are currently living through a very trying and politically charged time right now so I am curious to know how you all think being musicians and in this band still gives you the most joy in life today? Do you find that your music is an escape to all the current events?
Every now and then we’ll write a song for someone who is hurting. There is a lot of hurt out there, so we want to help with the healing and provide some encouragement. There is a hope for the future.
What musicians would you love to work with in the future? What artists have really been inspiring this group and your music since day 1?
We would love to work with Dolly Parton. We love Don Williams, Jeff Lynne, Bob Wills and Fleetwood Mac.
What do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people continue to take away from your songs?
Love one another. We hope that people will want to go on, to live another day and know that they are loved by others.
Would you like to share anything else about your music or the history of this band to our readers?
If you want to go get donuts and listen to music email us!
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