Date Released: 11/3/2011
LN&SWD's latest full-length album takes its title from a "Far Side" cartoon by Gary Larson in which a distressed cavewoman is complaining to her husband that they aren't keeping up with their neighbors who have started using fire and the wheel.
Musically, "Everyone's Evolving but Us" goes farther down the road already traveled on "That Dog Won't Hunt," their last EP: they have pared the instrumentation for most tracks down to a 4-piece drum kit, bass, guitar and keyboards, with Stella wailing away on her harmonica on a few tracks. Lyrically, this is the most personal collection of songs they've ever produced. The result is one of their most intimate studio releases to date.
On the surface, the songs might seem to have little connection to one another. For instance, some of the songs -- such as "The Carwash on the Edge of Forever" -- tell of everyday life in their small Southern town of Hawkins Springs, Kentucky. On the other hand, "Neanderthal" is about the problem of being perceived as a middle-aged rocker whose best days are in the past.
All the songs, however, reference to one degree or another the central theme of staying true to one's self in a rapidly changing world. That small town may look different from the way it did 30 years ago, but the core values of its people are still the same. Likewise, LN&SWD has followed very few of the musical fads of the last three decades but has proudly gone its own way and carved out its own niche in the musical world.
Perhaps saying that they aren't evolving overstates the case, but for die-hard LN&SWD fans it's a welcome promise that the band will continue to give them what they want.
All songs written by LN&SWD
Recorded July 30 - September 18 at The Sprawlin' WIMP Complex
Produced by LN&SWD
Cover design by LN&SWD, based on a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti
Sandwiches by Purdy Bros. Market
Ms. Delcielo's hair by The Curl-Up and Dye