Today TOLEDO offer up another glimpse into the new material added to their deluxe edition reiusse of last year’s How It Ends. “Shirley” is brief but potent. Little more than the voice of Jordan Dunn-Pilz, an acoustic guitar, and some background coos from a child, the track is in and out in under a minute and a half, but it packs the emotional wallop of a much bigger proceeding. The track comes only a few days ahead of the band’s tour alongside Philly’s Another Michael. Tickets available in the tour section now.
TOLEDO’s debut album How It Ends was an accomplished collection of songs about family – a divorce record, a friendship record, an album about those who make us who we are. A heavy subject, indeed, so it’s no wonder the band is back with an addendum in the form of How It Ends [UNRATED EDITION], a deluxe version of the album featuring seven additional tracks. Some are wholly new songs, like the sweeping and gently beautiful “Oak Hill” that arrives today.
“’Oak Hill’ came at a point in our lives when we were both finally able to look back at past relationships and see our own mistakes; not just the faults of others that we typically fixated on,” says the band.”Young men in particular get away with using people under the guise of personal growth. It’s sort of a pathetic plea for forgiveness for being a shithead in your early years.“
Others are revamped or stripped down version of songs from the record and beyond – there’s an old iteration of “Beach Coma,” a lo-fi take on “Hideout,” and a few voice memo moments that encapsulate some of the more magical moments in TOLEDO’s songwriting process.
1. Soda Can
4. Keep It Down!
5. How It Ends
9. Leopard Skin
10. What Happened to the Menorah?
12. Fixing Up the Back Room
13. Oak Hill
15. Flake (Demo)
16. Snow Day
17. Hideout (Lo-Fi Version)
18. Beach Coma (Demo)
In other news, the band is hitting the road for their first proper headline run in support of How It Ends and in celebration of the upcoming digital deluxe edition. Tickets available over in the tour section.
How It Ends, the debut record from TOLEDO, is officially out. An album of reflection, self-doubt, perseverance & exasperation. A real *life* record, about how our parents fail us, how we fail ourselves, and how, through that failing, we find a way forward.
Fittingly the release-week saw the drop of a video for the title-track. Don’t let the upbeat folk-rock vibe of “How It Ends” fool you — this song is about to have a nervous breakdown. Or at least get some therapy. Like much of the debut album from TOLEDO, the title track reckons with how our relationships with our parents impact who we are today. It asks the question, are we doomed to repeat their mistakes, or can we be better because of them?
“Watching my mother struggle in love, it planted a seed deep down that keeps me afraid of love and hesitant about marriage,” says Jordan about the song. “Even when things are going so well, there’s a looming tension in the back of my brain that suggests everything is going to fall apart eventually. How do you navigate love and relationships when you don’t have a clear example to follow? Is this the curse your parents leave you with?”
Physical copies available over on our Bandcamp right now.
Today TOLEDO share another pair of new singles: “Flake,” a devastating ode to broken homes and hating guts, and an instrumental Hanukah love letter called “What Happened To The Menorah?” “Flake”, like any good song about deadbeat dads, hits its climax as TOLEDO harmonizes on the heartbreaking, empowering line; “I fucking hate your guts right now.” The new single traces the path to finding yourself from beneath the weight of generational trauma.
Of “Flake”, TOLEDO says; “It’s one step forward, two steps back. Sometimes when you feel like you’re heading in the right direction, you slip up and fall back into old habits. You only have yourself to blame, but aren’t your parents to blame for how you end up? It’s really a fuck you to myself and my dad. Our legacy of shit. Sonically it’s Barenaked Ladies meets Fleetwood Mac. And that’s Twitch live streamer Dakotaz in the opening of the song! Accidentally caught in the recording crossfire.”
The video for the song continues the narrative that began on “Climber,” with our pool protagonist returning with his family. And the accompanying visualizer for “Menorah” also takes place int he same universe as the more narratively-driven videos for How it Ends.
How It Ends is the debut album from TOLEDO. They made it themselves. We’re simply honored to say it has our little name on it.
You might have discovered the Brooklyn duo back in 2021 on the strength of their Jockeys of Love EP like us, or you may have first encountered them when we released “L-Train” last month. Either way, today Dan & Jordan have released a duo of songs from the record: the chiming 90s folk rock of “Climber” & the moody come-down of “Leopard Skin.” The video for “Climber,” a nervy day beside the pool for a kid with a lot on his mind, also arrives today. It was directed by Matt Hixon, who Grand Jury fans might remember as the mind behind Samia’s mind-bender “Waverly.”
You can pre-order the album starting immediately. It’s available on solid ivory vinyl at Bandcamp or Rough Trade (US, UK). Or you can get it on coke bottle clear at your local record shop. Standard editions, CDs and a small run of cassettes are available at Bandcamp or wherever you buy your music.
Say hi to TOLEDO, the newest member of the Grand Jury family.
Today we’re delighted to release “L-Train,” the Brooklyn duo’s first new music of 2022, along with an animated video directed by the wonderful Kohana Wilson. That’s the art below – like the front page photo, it comes courtesy of our friends over at POND Creative. As far as first impressions go, this one is pretty damn strong. “L-Train” might sport a breezy arrangement, ambling banjos and soft falsetto, but that’s all hiding a rumination on the sort of “how did I end up here?” hangover that leads to tough realizations.
We fell in love with the band’s music when we first heard 2021’s Jockeys of Love EP, a six-song release that somehow managed to be both spare and lush all at once. It was an alchemic sleight of hand on both the production and songwriting side and it drew us in immediately. Then, of course, we fell in love with the human beings behind that magic: Dan Álvarez de Toledo and Jordan Dunn-Pilz. They’ve been playing music together since they were kids in Newburyport, Mass. And while that lifetime hangs in the air on every song, their closeness hangs in the air with practically everything the band does. Watch one show, one IG story, or have one conversation. It’s like a third member, the uniquely charming interplay between the two.
We could go on and on (and we will in the future), but suffice it to say: the fact they trust us to help deliver their music into the universe is pretty humbling. A few chances to catch them live in July – tickets over in the tour section. Some other very special things on the way, and we can’t wait to be a small part of it.