The following blog was originally written for Save the Ship’s myspace page. It is a synopsis of the feelings behind the release of our new album, “To Form A New Compound”, which came out today. Leah and I wrote the post together:

After 4 years of being in a band, Save the Ship has reached a goal that we have been looking forward to for a long time. We are finally releasing a legitimate record.

If you have been following STS for a while, you know that we have put out a few different CD’s over the years… none of which have been to our satisfaction. Our first EP “Look” was downgraded to demo status after we realized how much we hated the way it sounded. Then in 2008 we started selling a 2-song demo that we recorded at First Street Studio in Cleveland, TN. These songs sounded good, but two songs don’t get you a lot of mileage.

We are overwhelmingly proud to announce the release of “To Form A New Compound”. 

It is appropriate that this album would release around the time of the birth of our children. You could definitely say that the last 4 years as a band have caused us a great amount of labor pain, and like childbirth, the release of “To Form A New Compound” was worth every bit of it.

The name is taken from a T.S. Eliot essay entitled, “Tradition and the Individual Talent”. In it Eliot speaks of the poet’s mind as “a receptacle for seizing and storing up numberless feelings, phrases, images, which remain there until all the particles which can unite to form a new compound are present together.”

To us, this quote not only sums up beautifully the creation process of our songs, but hints at the truly miraculous feat of writing them together as a band. Eliot’s quote discusses the complexity of one artist’s creative process, throw 5 more artists into that mix and crap, you’ve got a whole lot of “feelings, phrases, and images” to contend with! Basically, living life together, creating art together, is hard, really hard. But the end result, the new compound, is so much greater than anything any of the 6 of us could ever do on our own!

In addition to all those “feelings, phrases, and images,” Save the Ship has also drawn heavily from people. We have had so many influential people in our lives that have shaped who we are. If you have ever given us food, booked us for a show, bought one of our aforementioned CDs, let us sleep on your floor, driven any amount of miles to see our show, sang on our album even though you lived in a different state, or shared a kind word with us, you are a part of this album and a part of the Save the Ship story. We greatly appreciate all you have done.