LoveLand, the now-posthumous project of local music John Spalding has, is set to release its album The Beautiful Truth this next month. The project is a benefit to raise money for Spalding's widow (which is why there were many benefit shows throught January) and the album is officially being released on Tuesday, February 17 on Tigre Blanco Records.
Says the press release:
I’m not afraid of anything, that’s why the album is called ‘The Beautiful Truth,’” John Spalding says about his debut under the moniker LoveLand.
Featuring 12 songs John has been working on for over ten years, LoveLand’s “The Beautiful Truth” is an instant Pacific NW classic, created out of the passion of a major player in Seattle underground rock. In the early part of this decade his work with Raft of Dead Monkeys kept raw creative power alive when he was playing inspired guitar for them and writing their best songs, and now he is finally releasing a solo work that is anything but solo.
Since 2006, John’s beloved friends from the bands Minus The Bear, Pretty Girls Make Graves, These Arms Are Snakes, Botch, and other musical landmarks have helped him collaborate on songs that describe the life John has been given and certain marked events that surround. It exists as well due to the compassion and devotion of recording geniuses like Matt Bayles (Pearl Jam, Mastodon, Minus The Bear, Heather Duby, Isis), Ben Verellen (Helms Alee), and Chris Common (Minus The Bear, These Arms Are Snakes). Bayles mixed and mastered the entire album, and one of the places it was recorded was at legendary Litho due to the grace of its owner Stone Gossard, who blessed John with donated (expensive) studio time.
The next benefit show is January 31 at El Corazon with MxPx and Amber Pacific.