After much jubilation and reflection, the dust of our endeavors is settling to reveal an open horizon. The release of our latest effort Catharsis marks the first studio recordings of the band as a whole. Though SFTW may have begun with one individual, it was never meant to stay that way. Immediately after the band’s lineup solidified to what it is today, the desire to share in the creative process was clear. This gave way to a long, but necessary shift in focus from live performances to the writing process. As the riffs and concepts began to collect and assemble into coherent structures, each member found their voice. And as comfortable patterns began to reveal themselves, some were embraced while others were nurtured into something new.
Four quiet, mild-mannered, and somewhat normal individuals come together to make something beyond ourselves. Something that can be anything we need it to be, and potentially something you need it to be, should our paths meet. What began as one album became something more. Eventually, it became clear that in order for these songs to do what we believe they are meant to do, they should be delivered separately and in a deliberate order. Catharsis is part one of a three-part album we refer to as Readings 1-3. Displayed as cards in a tarot reading, each part represents a step in growth or otherwise ascension. Be it personal, spiritual, or ideological growth, these parts serve separate needs yet work together to function as a whole. The remaining parts will be revealed throughout the progression of 2018.
After much time, intension, and hopeless passion, we are honored to share this music with you. Careful thought has been placed into every detail of the music, artwork, and additional material we are releasing in support of this album. It is with great gratitude that we offer you Catharsis through these digital music services:
We want you to know that your support moves mountains for us. Thank you for taking the time to listen to our music. And as we share it with you, we hope that you’ll share it with others as well.
Ian, Robb, John, and Eric