Six years in the making, Right Away, Great Captain! has finally completed its trilogy of albums. The pet project of Andy Hull, of Manchester Orchestra, Right Away, Great Captain! tells the fictional story of a 17th century sailor who heads out to sea for 3 years only to return home and discover he’s been cuckolded by his own brother – and the vengeance that swiftly follows. The story comes to a close with the recent arrival of the final chapter, The Church of the Good Thief. To celebrate, RAGC released the complete set in this limited edition deluxe 4LP vinyl set, on Andy’s own vanity imprint, Favorite Gentlemen Recordings.
TopShelf Records and Mylene Sheath teamed up to co-release this split 12″ from Caravels and Gifts From Enola (respectively) – a quick collection of post-hardcore and experimental instrumental rock (also respectively). I’m hesitant to call Gifts From Enola “post rock”, their experimentation with fuzzy guitars and metal/post-hardcore drumming shouldn’t be pushed into the same box as The mercury Program or Godspeed You! Black Emporer. What I really enjoy are the increased use of Nate’s (bass) vocals, buried in the mix of Gifts’ tracks. It creates a pained, haunting sound, animalistic even. This split is my first real listening experience with Caravels and I find their songs enjoyable. But I really like the play on words they use for their song titles: “Sagan Genesis”, “Beer Pressure”, & “Bone Voyage”. Clever.
Artwork was handled by the always wonderful Charlie Wagers. He used an old photograph he found in an antique store for the cover. Printed on 12″ single pocket sleeves with a slight metallic sheen. The cover looks like an old silver nitrate photo. Even more striking, are Charlie’s contributions to the insert (see below) – his hand lettering is gorgeous. Plus, there’s the beautiful array of colors this record comes. Each record label received two exclusive colors, while Gifts From Enola and Caravels split up the clear copies.
Check out Caravels tracks from Well Worn on TopShelf’s website, here.
And Gifts From Enola’s tracks can be streamed on their BandCamp, here.
Copies of Well Worn on white vinyl are still available from Mylene Sheath, here.
Want to win a copy of Well Worn? I’m giving one away right here.
I hold an opposite opinion of the majority ofThrice fans I’ve met – I love the majority of their newer work (Vhiessu, The Alchemy Index, Beggars) more than their earlier efforts. But that doesn’t mean I can’t buy this long needed reissue of The Artist In The Ambulance and remember what the end of high school felt like.
An immensely beautiful package for a really nice indie/pop album. The band is gracious enough to let you download it for FREE. Links to purchase physical copies are on the same page. You have nothing to lose other than hours of your time listening to wonderful music.