Since forming in Louisville, Ky., in 1998, Second Story Man has carved a robust creative path: two EPs, two full-lengths and a rarities collection, shared stages with Sleater-Kinney, The Gossip and Of Montreal, and tours with Sebadoh and Shipping News. On it's forthcoming self-titled release, the band scrapped all previous material in favor of work focused on massive walls of guitar noise, broad grooves from bassist Jeremy Irvin and new drummer Drew Osborn, and braided vocal harmonies by singer-guitarists Evan Bailey and Carrie Neumayer. Engineered by friend and longtime collaborator Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, White Reaper, Ray LaMontagne), Second Story Man captures a veteran group's exhilarating, explosive turn.
Following the critical acclaim and enthusiastic response to Heavy Sugar: The Pure Essence of New Orleans R&B, compiler Stuart Colman has dug deep into the city’s unique recording legacy to bring about a sumptuous second helping. In addition to the requisite sourcings, the net has been cast wider still in order to focus on material gleaned from such picayune outlets as Rustone, Pontchartrain, Athens, Winner and Spinett. There is a very good reason for this.