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Smart, Sexy, Witty Album of Substance by Duo Goodnight Moonshine Evokes the Emotionally Resonant, Mature Music of Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin
(Published: May 02, 2018)

For Immediate Release                                                                                                        
May, 2018

Smart, Sexy, Witty Album of Substance by Duo Goodnight Moonshine Evokes the Emotionally Resonant, Mature Music of Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin

"An exploration of post honeymoon, post-kid relationship in all it's heart-opening and door-slamming glory!"

Every once in a while, an album comes along that's a breath of fresh air...a statement of substance and grace that reminds us of life's bigger picture: keeping a marriage afloat, raising children, dealing with death, loving your partner, finding yourself, claiming your independence. On Goodnight Moonshine's upcoming June 1st ‘I'm the Only One Who Will Tell You, You're Bad,' the duo delivers a funny, smart, explicit, raw, honest, mature, witty collection of Folk-Pop songs that reflect the messiness of ‘partnership' (in its many forms,) parenthood and growing up, while evoking the emotionally resonant aesthetic of Shawn Colvin and Patty Griffin.  

For Goodnight Moonshine's wife and husband duo Molly Venter and Eben Pariser, the journey was cathartic and, and Venter describes it in her album notes, below, "an exploration of post honeymoon, post-kid relationship in all it's heart-opening and door-slamming glory!" Pariser adds, "The album chronicles a revolutionary time in our lives, and the country and world at large."

The semi-autobiographical CD's opening track and first single, ‘Settle Down', opens with blunt cleverness: "We never got to experiment with psychedelics before you knocked me up, We never had that 3-way in the heart of Paris, and now we're all grown up...Baby I love our life, but I don't want to settle down."  The Bluegrass Situation premiered a lyric video for the track, here:

Other highlights on the album, from ‘I Love You Goodbye' to ‘January Skies' to ‘Scientist', blur real-world themes with invented details, as Pariser describes below, in his song notes.

An engaging look/listen at the genesis of the project and at Venter/Pariser's relationship is in this local CT print and radio interview:
New Haven Independent - It Takes a City to Make an Album
By Brian Slattery 1/19/18
WNHH Radio interview:

A recent NBC-TV Maine performance and interview previewed the album as well: https://www.newscentermaine.com/article/news/local/207/goodnight-moonshine-good-night-moon/97-528624759

Album/Song notes by Molly Venter:
"I'm the Only One Who Will Tell You, You're Bad" is an exploration of post honeymoon, post-kid relationship in all it's heart-opening and door-slamming glory! Fiercely independent even after marriage, Eben and I lost any autonomy over our time and decisions after the birth of our son, Otis. We had to learn cooperation in earnest in order to grow this little guy and experience mind-bending love together, and we had to maintain our distinct individual journeys if we didn't want to violently implode our marriage. The album is a reflection of that tension. It's raw and right there in the lyrics as well as the production; I did a lot of my vocal takes alone, for example, pressing the buttons myself in the sound-proofed closet of our home studio. After several takes Eben would listen back and coach me on my singing. I wanted to sing "just for myself", AND I wanted him to make me better. Again and again we tried to stand solidly within ourselves while letting the other influence our artistic choices. It wasn't always pretty, but we got up in each other's business and we let ourselves be moved! We made a killer record and our son is still... wait, Otis...? The songs themselves also pay homage to the familial and friend relationships that give us context and support in our lives. Likewise, we couldn't have made this beast of an album without the help of our co-producer and longtime friend, Adam Chilenski.

Album/Song notes by Eben Pariser:
The album chronicles a revolutionary time in our lives, and the country and world at large. It's not all biographical- in some cases, like the story of Molly and I falling in love as told on "January Skies" the themes are real but all the details are made-up. In other cases such as "What We Asked For," the writing explores an alternate version of our life. It's more fun to explore these little moments and snapshots of our life together, as discrete, tiny 3.5 minute universes where the "truth" is best described by a mix of fiction and fact. The title track "Settle Down" has changed its meaning over the course of the making of the record. At first I was thinking about it literally: how do we avoid settling down into some dull and monotonous version of ourselves, as we have become married and now parents? Now I see it ironically: being full time touring musicians, while trying to maintain a home, raise a child, and have a robust and exciting marriage, is the least settled-down feeling I know! It strikes me as funny now, imagining that single people are the exciting ones- of course some are but in general I think we've got this term "settled down" all wrong. This chapter of my life is the greatest adventure so far, both outward and inward. The record chronicles the time from us meeting, through our son Otis' conception and birth, through the 2016 election. It is an album that explores our relationship, which is a flashpoint for relationships to friends, family members, the country and world at large, and possibly the most important relationship: the one we have with ourselves. This is what makes the romantic partner dynamic so complex and challenging- you must learn, absorb, and respect all the relationships that your partner has. It's worlds colliding. The album includes these external relationships as an extension of our own. "Looking at Forever" is a song about friends and the importance and strength of those early-20s friendships. "All Men Are Brothers," tells of an extremely dark time between my brother and I which was traumatic for the whole family, and which I used as a metaphor for the human race. "True North," is a devastating list of unanswered questions for Molly's father who passed when we first met. "Lost and Found" is a love song to Otis. "We Need You," Is a response to the 2016 election. "Scientist," is insight into Molly's internal struggles. "In The End," is a meditation on my relationship to my physical self, and my eventual death.

Upcoming Performances Include:
May 20                      The Barn                                  West Creek, NJ
May 31                      Pearl Street Warehouse          Washington, DC
June 1              The Southern                          Charlottesville, VA
June 2              Music & Mingle                       Laurinburg, NC
June 3              Isis Restaurant & Music Hall   Asheville, NC
June 10            Space Ballroom                       Hamden, CT
June 14            Club Passim                             Cambridge, MA
June 15            Rockwood Stage 3                  New York City
June 21            Caffe Lena                              Saratoga Springs, NY
June 22            The Town Crier                      Beacon, NY

Full Schedule here - http://www.goodnightmoonshine.com/shows/

There's no time to sit still, as Eben Pariser is also member of the band Roosevelt Dime, and Molly Venter is also a member of the band Red Molly. Both bands are on tour now. Learn more about how this all works, in the recent Goodnight Moonshine bio, here:

Visit: http://www.goodnightmoonshine.com
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