Equal Vision Records and South Carolina-based indie folk quartet All Get Out are thrilled to announce the Friday, June 3 release of Kodak, the band’s first full album since 2018’s No Bouquet.
An album centered around the concept of small town living in America and how they – along with its people who remain behind – continue to remain frozen in time.
One of two Kodak songs that reference the temporary memory loss suffered by frontman Nathan Hussey’s mother, “Sumter” finds him self-recriminating aware of his attitude towards those memories of his hometown via a heavy nostalgic jangle. Lyrically, the track is the centerpiece of the album and is another reflection on the unaffordable things that still bother you from another time in your life.
As much as you try, you can never completely run away from who you are because that will always be part of who you are. It’s in your soul, your heart, your essence. That feeling of resigned futility is something All Get Out captured on their touching new album, Kodak.
Formed in Charleston, SC in 2007, frontman Nathan Hussey is the only original member remaining in the band, joined by guitarist Kyle Samuel, drummer Dominic Nastasi and bassist James Gibson. And while Hussey and Nastasi really fleshed out the demos between them before recording the bulk of the songs in May 2021, a conscious decision was made this time around to also incorporate the same kind of approach that Hussey took. with the two solo albums he released.
“We wanted to make a record where my voice, as a writer, was heard first – and then we added everything else,” Hussey said. “That means it’s more of a songwriter record, and that’s on purpose.” It’s a method that suits the introspective nature of the record perfectly.
After uprooting from South Carolina to Texas, Hussey recently found himself moving back to his home state, albeit to Charleston, not Sumter. He says that’s not why the theme of the record is centered around the idea of small American towns like Sumter – and all the good and bad they represent – but they are nonetheless steeped in his experiences. and his memories.
“A lot of the record is about growing up in small towns that don’t move,” Hussey explains. “There are these small towns in America that just haven’t moved on, and that’s on purpose – the way Bubba still has a Confederate flag on his van, or how friends and family members of mine have perpetuated the thing. small towns of having kids at 18 and doing drugs. It’s just that cycle that keeps happening.”
Throughout these 10 tracks, Hussey immerses himself in the history of his home country, and in a strange and ironic way, it is here – initially but trying to get away from it – that he finds himself and the closest manifestation of what he always wanted All Get Out to be. As such, it’s only fitting that with the final song “Know Your Tell”, Kodak ends up where it started – in a car, with no answer and nowhere to go, but both forward and backward. the same time. And just like a photograph, it’s a physical snapshot of the past that also exists now, in the moment.
“This album is either who I am or where I’m from or a combination of both,” Hussey says. “I’m very slow to evolve, and that’s part of the charts too. Not to get too meta, but sometimes it takes me a while in life to get there. I don’t know if I can reconcile my past with my gift, but it definitely got attention – and that’s what was so important about this record.”
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