This Old Earthquake
West of west, where the west never ends. This is the territory occupied by This Old Earthquake, an indie folk quartet based in Bolinas, California, an eccentric small town on the coast of Marin County just north of San Francisco. Described as “West Marinicana” and “sophisticated back porch music”, influences range from roots artists like Gillian Welch and The Band to indie pop artists like Bon Iver and Iron and Wine. The sound is intimate and sparse, a pick against a string, a breath anticipates a lyric.
2009 saw the release of the band’s debut album, Portuguese Murder Ballads, a record described as “spare, dark, elegant and contemporary” by Grateful Dead historian and author Dennis McNally. At the behest of long time Bonnie Raitt engineer Paul “Pappy” Middleton the band trekked thousands of miles to Palmer, Texas where Middleton’s Palmyra Studios is located. This is where the PMB sessions took place and when they were done Middleton desribed it as “one of the best albums I’ve heard in many, many years. To me it was the perfect marriage of people wanting to put heart and soul into the music so that it will translate for years to come, and I think it will.”
2012 saw the release of their second full length record, Gospel Flat. The band set up shop at Saltwater Studios in Bolinas where Damien Rasmussen recorded and mixed the album. Once again their rootsy and catchy folk/pop tunes feature soaring vocal harmonies and jangly acoustic guitars, this time supported by acoustic bass and drums as well as organ, mellotron, melodica, flugelhorn and mandolin. The Marin Independent Journal hailed it as a top 10 release for 2012.
West of west, where the west never ends
Might not be best, to swim towards the sunset
No no not just yet...
This Old Earthquake is:
Steve Trivelpiece - Guitars, Vocals
Ethan Okamura - Guitars, Vocals
Taylor Cutcomb - Bass
Michael Pinkham - Drums