N E W G O D
In the spring of 2013, Baltimore-based art-pop band New God, lead by brothers Kenny and Curt Tompkins, began crafting songs for their sophomore LP, Firework. After a family of skunks invaded and sprayed their studio in the mountains of western Maryland, the brothers jumped ship and headed downstate, where cheap recording space proved much harder to come by.
One warm night in June, while exploring their new surroundings, they stumbled upon an abandoned racquetball court where they sat and sang in harmony for several hours. With the long-booming decay and natural reverb that only an empty gymnasium or stone room can provide (think Mountain Man's Made the Harbor), the space naturally shaped songs like the album-opening title track. For several weeks they returned to the court each night to write and record, occasionally retreating to a nearby soccer field to work out ideas under the stars.
Sessions continued in Baltimore throughout the summer of 2013, and by early fall they had completed a large collection of songs that would eventually be boiled down to the lean eight tracks found on Firework. The album is a slight departure from the sugar-rush fuzz-pop of their debut, 2012’s polished lo-fi Motorcar, but maintains the stylized production values, thick harmony vocals and sun-soaked melodies that originally won them so many Beach Boys comparisons. Firework was released digitally, on vinyl and CD by Yellow K Records on July 29, 2014.