A Sunny Day in Glasgow is a post-nation musical outfit. Its members live in three different cities and two different hemispheres but, the band began in a Philadelphia bedroom in 2006. Back from several years in the UK, Ben Daniels enlisted the help of his twin sisters to sing on a bunch of songs he had written. The Sunniest Day Ever EP was the product of this experiment. Ben soon moved to Montreal from where the band released their debut LP, Scribble Mural Comic Journal. SMCJ, recorded for exactly no money and with one microphone, pushed the boundaries of both dream pop and DIY and allowed the band to tour North America and Europe, including stops at the Whitney Museum, KEXP, and WNYC. After these tours the band had pared down to Ben and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Josh Meakim and the two decamped to a cavernous dance studio in rural New Jersey on the shores of a bucolic Delaware River to record the follow-up album. Over the next (very stressful) 6 months Anne Fredrickson jumped in on vocals/cello and the three finished their sprawling opus, Ashes Grammar. AG once again found the band pushing away from dream-pop convention into stranger waters, without losing the hooks. Eager to take it on the road, the band grew to include Philadelphia life enthusiast, Adam Herndon on drums; long time ASDiG-fan, Ryan Newmyer on bass; and after a (seriously) global search, Brooklyn-based Jen Goma joined up and A Sunny Day in Glasgow was truly born. This group went on to release The Nitetime Rainbows EP, spent the better part of the next year touring North America and Europe (culminating with a show at Primavera), and capped it all off by releasing Autumn, Again (recorded while on tour), in October of 2010 The week following Ashes Grammar's 2009 release saw Ben move to Sydney, Australia, and with Jen and Ryan calling Brooklyn home, the distance added challenges to the writing process, but recording of the new album began in December 2011 at Jeff Zeigler's Uniform Recording studio. After some twists and turns and an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, Sea When Absent was completed by September 2013. Fueled by this truly overwhelming support from their fans, A Sunny Day in Glasgow can't wait to send it out to the world via Lefse Records in 2014. Dear Humble Reader, We are Field Trip. Our definition falls not far from the term as you already know it. We are friends, excited types who have embarked on something special and new. We are on an expedition. We are longtime friends and collaborators Lucy Michelle, AshleyBoman, Eamonn McLain and Geoff Freeman. After four full-length albums under the auspices of Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, and the departure of two of our members, we felt that this was an opportunity to let circumstance guide our musical endeavors and change the band altogether. Our transformation began with instrumentation. As Field Trip we have adopted lineup of drums, bass, guitar, and synthesizer. With three members in the Midwest and one on the east coast, our songs became frequent fliers departing from the Twin Cities of Minnesota and arriving in Brooklyn NY then being sent back over and over again. We spent the summer humming bits of parts played back over phones and computers. By January we were ready to come together in person to Vacation Island Studios in Brooklyn and commence recording our first album under the new moniker, Field Trip. Lucy Michelle's sincere songwriting is still central to the new album and anyone familiar with her projects will recognize Michelle's fingerprint on this record. Given new instruments and a new freedom to explore, our songs are a product of mindful ears and busy fingers. With our new EPready to be heard this fall, we invite you to listen and to get to know us in our new project. We are so very excited to get to know you as well. We are Field Trip.
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