Speak, Memory

Adirondack, OUT May 21st via Clerestory AV

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Bio

Unrequited love is one of the most universal feelings we have here on Earth. In spite of how embarrassing or depressing it can be, there’s something beautiful about it being such a shared feeling. While methods for dealing with the aftermath can vary, Speak, Memory’s Timothy Miller dealt with his own experience of unrequited love the only way he knew how; by picking up a guitar and beginning to write some songs.

Much of his band’s first project in nearly 7 years, Adirondack, deals with this feeling, but not head on. Somewhere between the limitless worldbuilding of early Explosions in the Sky and the mathy noodling of American Football, Miller and his band take the listener on a journey that’s as spiritual as it is grounded in our reality.

The Oklahoma City three-piece, made up of the previously mentioned Timothy Miller on guitar (and vocals on “Lakes”), Cody Fowler on bass (who also plays bass for the Bella Union-signed Horse Thief), and Jonathan Thomas on drums, put together the EP throughout 2018-2019 while simultaneously building up their profile in the surprisingly deep OKC scene, playing shows with the likes of TTNG, PVRIS, awakebutstillinbed, Free Throw, The Appleseed Cast, Greet Death and more.

But one name tied deeply to Speak, Memory is that of Bartees Strange, whose roots were once planted in the OKC music scene as he served as an early member of Speak, Memory at the beginning of the decade. Now an accomplished solo artist and budding producer/engineer, Strange supplied his mixing skills to his former bandmates, with every guitar tone feeling sharp and melancholic and every percussion hit lending some serious heft to Adirondack’s songs.

Recorded live throughout three days in early December 2019 at Breathing Rhythm Studio in Norman, Oklahoma, Speak, Memory experimented with a myriad of amps, drums and instruments to achieve a big sound. Adirondack’s songs are both expansive and adventurous that take you throughout the mountain range it was named after, with opener “Trails” transporting you to a night with clear skies and bright stars before frisking you away into adventure as Fowler and Thomas play beautifully off Miller’s unique guitar work that conjures up memories of young love.

“Lakes”, at times, recalls one of the greatest and most satisfying feelings music is uniquely set to create: when you begin to hear a song fall apart before our ears when suddenly, you realize that was the plan all along as its moving parts shift together, forming a tighter bond than ever before as Miller pulls a trick out of his sleeve that his band has never deployed before: his voice. While it may be muffled in parts, the human memory is a tricky beast at times as past moments appear foggier than they did before, and especially in the realm of love and loss.

The EP then ends on colossal “Cabin”, its layers of sounds swelling and swelling throughout its 6+ minute timeframe, with its final emotionally wrought guitar tone bursting into a drone.

While being released now after a full year of lockdown, Adirondack’s songs were written before we entered our new normal, and already seemingly found peace with the isolation these times have forced upon us. In a world that looks to destroy us every day, Speak, Memory’s latest project is a calm victory, a breath of fresh air after barreling past impossible circumstances, with its three songs capturing the ambitiousness those words imply and so much more, conjuring hope amid uncertain times.

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Videos

Trails

from our new EP Adirondack

Absent Within Skies

From our debut ep Value to Survival

Live @ Tower Theatre, 2018

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PAST SHOWS

2020


January 25, 2020
OKC, OK @ Blue Note
w/ Alumus, The Lost End & Elderly Smackdown


January 11, 2020
OKC, OK @ Speakeasy
w/ Sensible Shoes & The Branches


2019


December 11, 2019
OKC, OK @ ACM@UCO
w/ Local Man Ruins Everything & Blue Odyssey


November 29, 2019
OKC, OK @ 89th St (Prairie Artisan Ales Showcase)
w/ King Pink & Westering


November 16, 2019
OKC, OK @ Britton District Day


October 15, 2019
OKC, OK @ 89th St
w/ The Speed of Sound in Seawater, So Much Light & Catbamboo


October 11th, 2019
Norman, OK @ The Deli
w/ Via Luna, Plain Speak & Giant Stride


August 29, 2019
Norman, OK @ Resonator
w/ Proper., Alfred & S. Reidy


June 2, 2019
OKC, OK @ 89th St
w/ TTNG & Giraffe Massacre


April 27, 2019
Norman, OK @ Bison Witches (Norman Music Festival)


April 24, 2019
OKC, OK @ Festival of the Arts


April 6, 2019
Tulsa, OK @ Chimera
w/ Hikes, Jr. Clooney & Tallows


March 18, 2019
Norman, OK @ Resonator
w/ Greet Death


2018


November 7, 2018
OKC, OK @ 89th St
w/ Heart Attack Man & Neoromantics


August 25, 2018
Denton, TX @ Killer’s Tacos (Plus Fest)
w/ Hikes, halfsleep, Terra Collective, Chess Club, Islands of Pear, Mannequin Mishap, Parachute Day, Trying Science, Abelia, Doggo & more


August 23, 2018
Norman, OK @ Resonator
w/ Young Readers & origami ghosts
Note: Young Readers Vinyl Release!


August 11, 2018
Norman, OK @ Resonator
w/ Mess, Tom Boil & Giant Stride


July 21, 2018
Norman, OK @ The Deli
w/ Giant Stride & Foxburrows


July 19, 2018
OKC, OK @ Tower Theatre (Coop Ales Showcase)
w/ Sativa Prophets & Millie Mesh


June 23, 2018
OKC, OK @ Speakeasy
w/ Sativa Prophets, The Dirty Little Bettys & Bread & Butter Band


June 10, 2018
Norman, OK @ Opolis
w/ The Reptilian & Edhoculi


May 19, 2018
Norman, OK @ Mom & Dad’s Club
w/ awakebutstillinbed, Sylvania Ave. & Junfalls


May 12, 2018
OKC, OK @ Speakeasy (Raised By Wolf Gods Art Show)
w/ Tricknology Beats & Jordan Zabel


April 29, 2018
Norman, OK @ Red Brick Bar (Norman Music Festival)


April 28, 2018
OKC, OK @ Festival of the Arts


April 27, 2018
Norman, OK @ Main St Event Center (Norman Music Festival)


April 7, 2018
OKC, OK @ 89th St
w/ Strawberry Girls & Giraffe Massacre


2017


July 19, 2017
Tulsa, OK @ PH Community House
w/ football, etc. & Junfalls
Note: Cody’s first show!


June 14, 2017
OKC, OK @ 89th St
w/ Unwed Sailor & Astral Planes


May 13, 2017
OKC, OK @ The Arrow
w/ Rousey, Side Effects, Giraffe Massacre, Rachel Lynch, S. Reidy, Weak Boyz, Mike Black, Giant Stride & Jarvix


April 29, 2017
Norman, OK @ Earth Rebirth (Norman Music Festival)


April 27, 2017
OKC, OK @ Festival of the Arts (Daytime)
Norman, OK @ Main St Event Center (Norman Music Festival, Nighttime)


April 20, 2017
Stillwater, OK @ OSU (Bennett Jam)


April 18, 2017
Norman, OK @ District
w/ You Never Were, Seasonal & Giraffe Massacre


2016


December 16, 2016
OKC, OK @ Blue Note
w/ Traindodge & Found Footage
NOTE: Traindodge Record Release Show!


September 25, 2016
OKC, OK @ Blue Note
w/ Hollow Ran & Plastic Smile


June 5, 2016
Norman, OK @ Pastafarian Church
w/ I Was Afraid, Valleys, No Render & Megan Wiggins


May 23, 2016
OKC, OK @ Power House
w/ You Never Were, Lifelink & Wallclouds


April 23, 2016
Norman, OK @ Pastafarian Church (Norman Music Festival)


April 22, 2016
Norman, OK @ Bison Witches (Norman Music Festival)


April 20, 2016
OKC, OK @ Festival of the Arts


2015


August 1, 2015
OKC, OK @ Industrial Skate Park
w/ Mourning, Lesser Men, Null, Bloodhound, Frontage & Mammoth


July 30, 2015
OKC, OK @ Speakeasy
w/ Chateau & Oklahoma Cloud Factory


July 24, 2015
OKC, OK @ Speakeasy
w/ Shy, Low & Forum


July 21, 2015
Norman, OK @ Dope Chapel
w/ Perennial Reel & Headbutt


July 10, 2015
Norman, OK @ Dreamer Concepts (Norman Art Walk)
w/ Brother Rabbit & The Lonelys


June 12, 2015
Norman, OK @ STASH (Norman Art Walk)


June 10, 2015
OKC, OK @ Industrial Skate Park
w/ Pierre, Wanderer & Neoromantics


June 6, 2015
OKC, OK @ Ten Penn
w/ Staghorn & Ecchi


May 21, 2015
OKC, OK @ The Conservatory
w/ Comrades, Valleys & Vacant Mind


May 11, 2015
OKC, OK @ The Conservatory
w/ A Lot Like Birds, I The Mighty, Ultra City & Naturalist


April 25, 2015
Norman, OK @ Dope Chapel (Norman Music Festival)


April 24, 2015
Norman, OK @ In front of Guestroom Records (Norman Music Festival)


April 15, 2015
Norman, OK @ The Deli
w/ Plain Speak & Matt Moran


April 14, 2015
OKC, OK @ The Shop
w/ Dahling & Teen/Ragers


April 11, 2015
OKC, OK @ Empire Pizza
w/ The So Help Me's


April 2, 2015
OKC, OK @ The Root
w/ Mothercoat & Earth Made Of Glass


March 29, 2015
Norman, OK @ Dope Chapel
w/ Ylla, Stifle, Headbutt & Community Pools


March 16, 2015
OKC, OK @ Richard's Club
w/ Motion Theatre, Wither & Himalayas


March 13, 2015
OKC, OK @ The Music Room
w/ Drmcthr, Uh-Huh Baby Yeah!, Lion In The Mane, Paperscissor & Forum


January 20, 2015
OKC, OK @ The Conservatory
w/ The Appleseed Cast, Forum & Himalayas


January 3, 2015
Norman, OK @ Dope Chapel
w/ halfsleep, Biscuit Head, Himalayas, Earth Made Of Glass & Sardashhh


2014


November 8, 2014
Shawnee, OK @ THE V.F.W. 1317
w/ King Cold, The Orchid, Party Boy!, Ansem, Matt Moran & Bill Nocturnal


October 24, 2014
Norman, OK @ Industrial Skatepark
w/ Octonana Trio, 100 Onces & Headbutt


October 23, 2014
Norman, OK @ The Deli
w/ Foxburrows & The Hitt Boyz


September 27, 2014
Depew, OK @ Bright Lights Music Festival
w/ Shiny Toy Guns


September 25, 2014
OKC, OK @ Speakeasy
w/ Foxburrows & The Hitt Boyz


September 16, 2014
Norman, OK @ Dope Chapel (Nice Tuesdays)
w/ Similarity & The Lion of Tallasi


August 14, 2014
Norman, OK @ Dope Chapel
w/ Comrades, Swan Of Tuonela, Household, Pierre & Pancake Buddy


August 1, 2014
Norman, OK @ Dope Chapel
w/ Cerulean Giallo & Bearatroopers


June 30, 2014
OKC, OK @ VZD Restaurant & Club
w/ Save Us From The Archon, Vangough & Void Opus


June 7, 2014
OKC, OK @ Blue Note
w/ Akiba & Headbutt


May 20, 2014
Norman, OK @ House (Nice Tuesdays)
w/ Eric Massey & Prairie Rat


April 30, 2014
Norman, OK @ Industrial Skatepark
w/ Lonely Horse, Lakeside Manor & Fictional Maladies


April 26, 2014
Norman, OK @ Generator Set (Norman Music Festival)


April 24, 2014
Norman, OK @ Red Brick Bar (Norman Music Festival)


April 4, 2014
OKC, OK @ Artisan Studio
w/ Siloh, Fictional Maladies, Semblance & Anatma


March 26, 2014
Norman, OK @ Industrial Skatepark
w/ CityCop, Free Throw & Alice Awaits


February 8, 2014
OKC, OK @ Hilo Club
w/ My Education & Brother Gruesome


2013


December 29, 2013
OKC, OK @ Twisted Root Gallery
w/ Azukiwashers, Giraffe Massacre, The Hitt Boyz & Headbutt


December 13, 2013
Norman, OK @ Industrial Skatepark
w/ Comrades, Can’t, Cute Buddies, Dare We Say, Pioneers? & Creepozoids


November 30, 2013
Edmond, OK @ Pete's House
w/ Frameworks & Citadel


November 14, 2013
OKC, OK @ Blue Note
w/ Traindodge & Self-Evident


October 24, 2013
OKC, OK @ The Conservatory
w/ PVRIS, Matt Moran & Chateau 


September 29, 2013
Tulsa, OK @ The Soundpony
w/ Giraffe Massacre & Sleep Like Trees


August 9, 2013
Tulsa, OK @ Osage Event Center
NOTE: This was for a commercial shoot


July 7, 2013
OKC, OK @ Bad Granny's Bazaar
w/ football, etc., Acidic Tree, Cedres & Power Pyramid


April 25, 2013
Norman, OK @ Tres Cantina & Grille (Norman Music Festival)


2012


April 28, 2012
Norman, OK @ Red Brick Bar (Norman Music Festival)


March 11, 2012
OKC, OK @ The Conservatory
w/ Lovedrug, Take To The Oars, theguiltracket & O Fidelis


February 25, 2012
OKC, OK @ Bad Granny's Bazaar
w/ Perfect Skin, All We Are, Monotropa Uniflora, Cedres, Dave & Kiltro


February 1, 2012
OKC, OK @ The Conservatory
w/ A Lull & Deleted Scenes


January 4, 2012
OKC, OK @ Bad Granny's Bazaar
w/ Arc and Panther (ex-Capsule, ex-Devices), Partners & They Stay Dead


2011


November 12, 2011
Norman, OK @ The Red Room
w/ Taylor Thrash, Bartees Strange, Regg, The Jerry Ghouls, Barry Hachet & Purple Mouth Bandits
NOTE: Our first show!

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7 Feb 2021

First blog post on our first website with our first .com. Who would've thought? Anyways, more news to follow! Promise!

-Tim

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