Oakland, CA – Songwriting deviants, Tumbledown House, are releasing their third full-length studio album and will be celebrating with a CD Release event at Merchants of Reality in San Francisco on Friday, December, 2nd. Tumbledown House performs music described as “modern speakeasy music”, “gritty saloon jazz”, or “Tom Waits in a cocktail dress”. The songwriting duo will be joined by Zac Johnson on the clarinet, Ryan Lukas on bass, and Aaron Kierbel on drums.
The duo relocated to the Bay Area in 2012 following the release of their last album, Fables and Falsehoods, which featured several members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. All in all, the band has played over 700 shows, and since relocating to the Bay, has performed at The Edwardian Ball, Stern Grove’s ‘Grove on the Road’ series, the Priceless festival, The Eastlake Music Festival, and countless clubs and venues including a continuing residency at Club Deluxe every 4th Friday of the month.
In the band’s new album, titled Sum and Substance, songwriters Gillian Howe and Tyler Ryan Miller have found a certain maturity and perhaps a level of vulnerability not found in their earlier work. “We love to write about historic figures and locations or weird fiction that borders on magic surrealism, but a lot has happened to us in the last 4 years. We’ve grown a lot as artists and humans and I think some of that growth may have sneaked into our music”, said Miller.
As in earlier albums, the songs on the CD focus on an incredibly disparate array of themes and topics, such as an ode to Josephine Baker, a song inspired by Mark Twain’s novel ‘Roughing it’, a rollicking backwoodsy tune about an ayahuasca ceremony in Peru, and a number about the band’s time in Arizona. The album was tracked at Tiny Telephone Studios and mixed at Hyde Street, both in San Francisco.
The CD Release Event will be held at Merchants of Reality, a non-profit art space that supports, promotes, and connects artists with their community through creative expression. Doors will open at 8pm and Bisi Obateru will start the evening off promptly at 8:30pm. A suggested donation of $10 is requested at the door. Copies of the new album (and more information) are currently available on the band’s website, www.tumbledownhouse.com.