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Blank Range An­nounce De­but Al­bum Ma­rooned With The Trea­sure out Au­gust 25 via Thirty Tigers On Au­gust 25, Nashville’s Blank Range will re­lease their de­but al­bum Ma­rooned With The Trea­sure via Sturdy Girls Records dis­trib­uted by Thirty Tigers. This re­lease makes the band’s first full length al­bum af­ter three years of tour­ing the coun­try heav­ily be­hind their first two EPs Phase II and Vista Bent.

To­day, Noisey pre­miered “Open­ing Band,” the first track to be re­leased from the forth­com­ing al­bum. An­nalise Domenigh­ini said, “It’s a great ex­am­ple of how, some­times, a song just needs to be sim­ple to be good... Jon Childers’ vo­cals re­sem­ble a south­ern-fried Bob Dy­lan.”

Lis­ten to “Open­ing Band” via YouTube:


While singer Jonathon Childers deftly uses “Open­ing Band” as a mul­ti­fac­eted metaphor through­out the song, the phrase func­tions lit­er­ally as well. Over the last three years the band has tra­versed the coun­try, al­most al­ways as a sup­port act, with artists like Ben­jamin Booker, The Wild Reeds, Black Joe Louis & The Honey­bears, The Moun­tain Goats and many more.

Late last year, the four piece band com­prised of Grant Gustafson (gui­tar & vo­cals), Jonathon Childers (gui­tar & vo­cals), Matt Novotny (drums & vo­cals) and Tay­lor Zachry (bass & vo­cals) trav­eled to Durham, NC to record the al­bum with pro­ducer Brad Cook (Hiss Golden Mes­sen­ger) at Over­dub Lane in just four days. Much of the in­spi­ra­tion for Ma

rooned With The Trea­sure is the re­cent so­bri­ety of singer Jonathon Childers, who was thir­teen months sober at the time of the record­ing. He re­counts, “When you’re con­sum­ing zeal­ous amounts of a de­pres­sant everyday it’s easy to lose the light. I was bummed on ev­ery­thing, prob­a­bly my­self the most, and the party had been over for a long time.” The themes of ad­dic­tion and con­fu­sion pop up in “Open­ing Band,” as Childers ac­knowl­edges his past with the lyrics: “Well I took on earthly plea­sures / Til they stayed and staked their claim / And I’ve got a cou­ple demons / That know me by my first name.”

“My life is much richer now than it was. I’m present for the good mo­ments, and there are plenty of them,” as­serts Childers.

Af­ter many years of trav­el­ing the coun­try, the band is ex­cited to fi­nally re­lease their de­but al­bum and hit the road once again, with tour dates to be an­nounced for this fall.

“We’ve be­come so com­fort­able with each other over the years that the risks are eas­ier to take but even more ex­cit­ing,” Zachry says of the band’s ca­ma­raderie. “We’re very fo­cused on bring­ing out the drama in the mu­sic, find­ing the ups and downs and re­ally sculpt­ing them.”


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