On Little Slugger’s upcoming release I Want To Live Here Forever, childhood friends Sam Bevet and Ben Chugg blend powerful guitars, ethereal synths, and triumphant horns as they explore the fallout from shattered romances.
Little Slugger was born in the cold winter basements of Burlington, Vermont, where your breath hangs in the air and black mold corrodes your guitar strings. It grew out of a shared love for DIY pop music and a blatant disregard for genres.
The album sways between the conflicting emotions that spring up in the wake of a relationship’s end. There is the deep sense of loss, a yearning for a return to the comforts of domesticity, and the terror of suddenly being untethered and adrift. But there is also a sense of wild elation, as you realize you have absolute freedom to follow any road you choose. This is not a “sad” or a “happy” break-up album: it is everywhere in between.
Recording initially began as a fun way to take advantage of the fact that Ben’s brother had just started renting a recording studio in Brooklyn. It quickly became an all-encompassing passion project. Sam would drive down to New York City from Vermont on weekends in between graduate school classes to do tracking; Ben, who had just moved to Brooklyn, would experiment with audio mixes and arrangements in between working two cheese-monger jobs. Both recently single, recording became a way to channel turbulent energy, while deepening their friendship through a renewed focus on collaboration and creativity.
Two weeks after finishing graduate school, Sam joined Ben in Brooklyn to finish up recording. Collaborating with friends from Vermont and New York on all-night sessions, the end result is what you might expect to hear if Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley, Cursive) produced The Raconteurs. Little Slugger also drew inspiration from Vampire Weekend, who had used the same room years earlier. I Want To Live Here Forever will be released on July 19th, while Little Slugger is already hard at work demoing their follow up album.
You’re on Your Own: A new city with boundless potential seems like the right place to go after a devastating breakup. At first, it seems the city is your oyster, but it quickly feels like it’s rejecting you. Surrounded by millions, you’re still on your own. Only perseverance will carry you through this unforgiving new world.
Impossible: Trapped in limbo after she leaves, you’re a transient in the cold. Time moves, but the seasons don’t change. You hope that some distance will lead to reconciliation and domestic bliss, but in the back of your mind lies the gnawing suspicion that domestic bliss will ultimately be impossible.
The Morning: The Morning presents an intimate look into the struggles of love, examining how technology and twenty-first-century communication play into an already failing relationship. Our phones are for more than just talking. From social media to dating apps, calendars and alarms: these are all distractions from what is truly present.
Sam Bevet: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keys
Ben Chugg: Backing Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keys, Trumpet
Liz Stafford: Backing Vocals, Bass, Keys
Tom Shahan: Drums
Grayson Webb: Lead Guitar
Nick Campolo: Guitar on “You’re On Your Own”, “Storm”, “Circling The Foam”
Willoughby Morse: Lead Guitar on “Please Come Back”
Jim Osborn: Backing Vocals on “You’re On Your Own”, “Baltimore”, “I Am Aware”, “Please Come Back”
Henry Webb: Additional Guitar on “The Morning”
Joseph Chugg, Annabelle Maroney, Jim Osborn: “Jean Jacket!” on “Never Let You Go”
Check out “You’re On Your Own” below!