Friday August 27th 2010, 11:10 am
The Swell Season Offer Fans Counseling After Concert Suicide
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Last week, the Swell Season were mid-set, playing at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California, when a fan suddenly leapt from an adjacent building and fell to his death on the stage—a few yards from lead singer Glen Hansard, and in front of over a thousand witnesses and concertgoers. Medical personnel in attendance and paramedics called to the scene tried to revive the man, but to no avail.

The concert was ended and the incident obviously left all who witnessed it in varying degrees of shock and sadness. The band released a statement the next day that read:

The band, crew and all involved with them are shocked and saddened by the unfortunate events of last night. Their hearts go out to the victim and his friends and family.

Now, the band has released an additional statement, adding their condolences to the family of the man who committed suicide, as well as offering free grief counseling to those who were in the audience that night.

At some point over the weekend we met with grief counselors to help try and make sense of this situation. While we likely will never gain the answers we need, what we did get out of the conversations were of great service to our mind, body and soul. In regards to coping with what we witnessed it was a step in the right direction. We have come to realize that some of those in attendance may be in need of similar counseling and may not be receiving it. Our hearts go out to you and we want to encourage you to talk to someone who has experience in these types of matters.

We have reached out to Kara, a Bay Area organization that is available to assist with grief counseling for attendees. Kara offers one-to-one grief counseling and have also set up several drop in groups specifically for you over the next couple of weeks.

If you or your children were at The Swell Season concert at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA Thursday, August 19, 2010, you witnessed something that is traumatic and has the potential to stay with you.

More information on how to get in touch with Kara is available on the Swell Season’s website.

Tuesday August 17th 2010, 1:02 pm
Breathe Owl Breathe Offers MP3s From New Record
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Photo by John Hanson

Ah, summer, where have you gone? We hardly knew ye.

Well, no matter. As we let another month slowly slip into another, we can also welcome a shift in mood and weather—and a new record by one of our favorites, Michigan’s Breathe Owl Breathe. The threesome have given us an early listen to their latest: a doubly pleasant glimpse of what to expect in our very-soon fall futures, and an encompassing ode to the end of yet another season.

“Swimming” is an appropriately nostalgic post-summer track, a perfect look back at the lazy trips down the river, enjoying the remnants of a sweltering afternoon—”Bring the frisbee, baby / Bring something to drink / Bring your purple bathing suit / Depends on where we’re going to / If we’re going to the swimming hole / We won’t need nothing at all”

“Own Stunts” is one for the nighttime, inviting a bit of a cooler, earthy darkness in which lead singer Micah Middaugh admits, “No one can tell that I’m trembling—cross my heart and hope to live—my blood is boiling . . . Thinkin’ about settling down, thinking about settling in. What gives?”

Magic Central is out via Hometapes on September 28th.

MP3: Breathe Owl Breathe – “Swimming

MP3: Breathe Owl Breathe – “Own Stunts