Sam Champion’s newest album Heavenly Bender has been playing in my ears all summer, but after spending the better part of a Wednesday in studio listening to them bang out tunes from the same album, I have now a whole new appreciation for the band. In particular, “Lorraine” has become one of my favorite songs of the year.
In the tunes below and at their show at The Empty Bottle following the session, the boys added some new flavors to the tunes. I was in the studio with Shirk and my friend Jefe, and every time something new was added to familiar song, we’d mumble to each other, “oooh, that was cool,” or “oooh, I like that new thing they’re doing.” Hey, listen. We have a very simple relationship. Most of our talking is done through eye contact and grunts.
In a previous post, I said I wanted to be pals with the Brooklyn foursome. After the session I am sure of it. They play music without pretense. They’re just four dudes that kick out great tunes and have fun doing it. In talking with Noah (guitar/vocals) about the positive buzz the band has been receiving, he said it will be the next album that really takes them to the new next level, sort of like The Stage Names did for Okkervil River. That may be true, but why wait? Heavenly Bender is tremendous so hop on board the Sam Champion train early.
Shirk and I brought about 10 people with us to their show later that night. Most had never heard of Sam Champion, but all loved the show and walked away fans. Rarely when I leave a concert do I want to listen to that same band on the drive home. I just really can’t get enough of Sam Champion.
Coming up in future sessions: Dead Confederate, Gringo Star, The Everybodyfields, The Rumble Strips, and Ben Sollee.