"... really goddamned great music... I've listened to it about ten times in a row now...and I'm incredibly happy. Now it's your turn." - CORY DOCTOROW - BoingBoing.net
"To Comfort and Destroy is amazing and as complete a realization of Pillow Army's talents as I could hope for. I can't wait to hear the full-length. I can't wait to see them again." – TYSON LYNN, Seattle P.I.
Elements of your favorite indie bands march in the fluffy ranks of Pillow Army. Drummer Paul Culala and bassist Tim McClanahan drive the songs with a non-standard minimalism popularized by Spoon. Cellist Peter Ellis, violinist Mara Sedlins, and violinist / vocalist Rachel Sage weave rich and complex sonic landscapes that appeal to fans of Arcade Fire and The New Pornographers. Soaring overtop is lead singer / guitarist Tim Franklin, who’s raw energy summons the spirits of Neutral Milk Hotel and Violent Femmes. Armed with an expansive arsenal of brilliantly composed and arranged songs, Pillow Army is advancing quickly, so you better put on your cammies, grab your brain-buckets, and prepare for battle!
Pillow Army's debut CD, "To Comfort and Destroy", features five original songs and an orchestrated cover of Neutral Milk Hotel's "Oh Comely". Clocking in at over 27 minutes, it stretches the paradigm of the standard EP and is an economically sound use of your budgeted music dollars.
released 16 July 2009
Pillow Army - “To Comfort and Destroy” – Credits
Tim Franklin – lead vocals, guitar
John Simpson – cello, right guitar on Happy, vocals on Happy & YNHA
Paul Culala – drums, percussion, vocals on The Price & Happy
Ben Hawthorne – violin, viola
Kaitlin Morrison – vocals on Happy & Model Citizen
Produced and Engineered by Tim Franklin
Co-Produced by Marc Lacuesta and Pillow Army
Recorded at our homes
Mixed by Marc Lacuesta @ Two Sticks Audio – Seattle, WA
Additional mixing by Tim Franklin
Mastered by John McCaig @ panicStudios – Seattle, WA
Assisted by John Simpson, Michael Lerner, and Jackson Long
All songs written by Tim Franklin and Copyright 2009 Screaming Bloody Music except“Oh Comely” written by Jeff Mangum, copyright 1996 / 1997 Egg As A Whole Music
Strings arranged by Tim Franklin except for tracks 2 and 4 which were arranged by John Simpson and Tim Franklin
Art and design by Jessica John and Tim Franklin
Photography by Jessica John