Sep 112017
 

Vagabonds (Luke Dean) checked in with the following:

“Last week I moved into a house that I really love! It’s provided me with a much needed space to create, so that’s just what I’ve been doing. Expect a new video live from my house every Thursday in September!”

“This is the first one of those videos. It’s my rendition of Paul Baribeau’s beautiful song “Wild Eyes”. I have really sentimental attachments to this song, so I’m glad I got around recording my version of it. Share with a friend who likes Paul Baribeau so they can roast me.” Continue reading »

Jul 012017
 

There are bands like Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Vagabonds, whose music is so personal, so intimate, that it eclipses these other purposes for the listener, and the album becomes almost memoir-esque. “I Don’t Know What To Do Now,” the band’s first full-length, is singer-songwriter Luke Dean’s story, a memory book stuffed full of black and white photos, of powerful quotes, of artifacts of a life survived.

The album starts with ‘A Memory,’ in which Dean quite literally recounts a moment in his life as if reading an excerpt from his diary, but quickly moves into ‘A Self Fulfilling Prophecy,’ a song whose mood and melody transports the listener to this scene. Here, gentle guitars cradle Dean’s subdued voice while a lonely trumpet floats above them. toward the end of the album, a song like ‘Nineveh’ offers the counterpoint; Dean screams, “I close my eyes and I see violence,” above tumbling drums during a tense verse, then repeats, “I am darker than you think,” as his guitar paces back and forth like a caged tiger. But on most of I Don’t Know What To Do NowDean sets his scenes using only his voice and his Telecaster. When a quiet beat swells at the end of ‘Paralysis,’ when a tambourine shivers on ‘Ambulance (I Am Nothing),’ it’s easy not to notice. This is because Dean’s delicate melodies and brave confessions possess enough weight. His songs are about heavy subjects: depression and self-care and suicide—and, of course, courage and redemption. Continue reading »

Jun 282017
 

There are bands like Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Vagabonds, whose music is so personal, so intimate, that it eclipses these other purposes for the listener, and the album becomes almost memoir-esque. “I Don’t Know What To Do Now,” the band’s first full-length, is singer-songwriter Luke Dean’s story, a memory book stuffed full of black and white photos, of powerful quotes, of artifacts of a life survived.

The album starts with ‘A Memory,’ in which Dean quite literally recounts a moment in his life as if reading an excerpt from his diary, but quickly moves into ‘A Self Fulfilling Prophecy,’ a song whose mood and melody transports the listener to this scene. Here, gentle guitars cradle Dean’s subdued voice while a lonely trumpet floats above them. toward the end of the album, a song like ‘Nineveh’ offers the counterpoint; Dean screams, “I close my eyes and I see violence,” above tumbling drums during a tense verse, then repeats, “I am darker than you think,” as his guitar paces back and forth like a caged tiger. But on most of I Don’t Know What To Do NowDean sets his scenes using only his voice and his Telecaster. When a quiet beat swells at the end of ‘Paralysis,’ when a tambourine shivers on ‘Ambulance (I Am Nothing),’ it’s easy not to notice. This is because Dean’s delicate melodies and brave confessions possess enough weight. His songs are about heavy subjects: depression and self-care and suicide—and, of course, courage and redemption. Continue reading »

Jun 062017
 

There are bands like Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Vagabonds, whose music is so personal, so intimate, that it eclipses these other purposes for the listener, and the album becomes almost memoir-esque. “I Don’t Know What To Do Now,” the band’s first full-length, is singer-songwriter Luke Dean’s story, a memory book stuffed full of black and white photos, of powerful quotes, of artifacts of a life survived.

The album starts with ‘A Memory,’ in which Dean quite literally recounts a moment in his life as if reading an excerpt from his diary, but quickly moves into ‘A Self Fulfilling Prophecy,’ a song whose mood and melody transports the listener to this scene. Here, gentle guitars cradle Dean’s subdued voice while a lonely trumpet floats above them. toward the end of the album, a song like ‘Nineveh’ offers the counterpoint; Dean screams, “I close my eyes and I see violence,” above tumbling drums during a tense verse, then repeats, “I am darker than you think,” as his guitar paces back and forth like a caged tiger. But on most of I Don’t Know What To Do Now, Dean sets his scenes using only his voice and his Telecaster. When a quiet beat swells at the end of ‘Paralysis,’ when a tambourine shivers on ‘Ambulance (I Am Nothing),’ it’s easy not to notice. This is because Dean’s delicate melodies and brave confessions possess enough weight. His songs are about heavy subjects: depression and self-care and suicide—and, of course, courage and redemption. Continue reading »

May 262016
 

Blood & Ink Records is thrilled to announce the 2nd annual Blood & Ink Records + Friends Tour! This year’s lineup includes their very own Comrades and Withered Bones along with our friends, Vagabonds! The tour will be making stops at Audiofeed Festival in Champagne, Illinois and Sonshine Festival in Somerset, Wisconsin. You don’t want to miss this! Dates and locations are listed below. Continue reading »