Williams Shift is a new project from Matthew Stone (Soporus, Saxon Shore) and Stephen Roessner (Saxon Shore, Small Signals). We Were Wonderers was recorded in various home studios, produced and mixed by Grammy award winning producer Roessner in conjunction with Stone, and features the vocalist Jill Purdy. Williams Shift comes to life as an outgrowth of the pop elements incorporated in songs recorded as members of the instrumental band Saxon Shore combined with the concept of the "Williams Shift" where defenders would align themselves to better field naturally pulled hits from Boston slugger Ted Williams. The band blends soaring synthesizer pop influences with an ever-expanding and spiraling Williams mythology and weight of the Cosmos. Captivated by theories of human cryonic suspension and the cagey details post- Williams mortem, the band embraces an actively dreaming suspended head and an alternate future of Williams' awakening. His frozen head orbits the earth on a satellite with other cryogenically frozen beings, a tragic Greek chorus echoing Williams' thoughts through Brian Wilson-esque (musician, not reliever) melodies. This is an ode to melody, love lost, remembrance, baseball, Ted Williams' legacy, and the universe with a hefty dose of artistic license and imagination and the resulting existential and philosophical ramifications. We Were Wonderers was predominantly conceived as a studio side-project, but Stone and Roessner have assembled a live band that is currently practicing and preparing Williams Shift tracks for live shows later in 2015. We Were Wonderers is available on both CD and 2 x LP. The 2 x LP features a 4th side etching from John Ringhofer (Half-handed Cloud) representing some of the album's thematic elements. The vinyl is pressed on blue vinyl with white marble veins and white vinyl with blue marble vein sand presented in a gatefold jacket. Additionally, there is a limited edition cassette featuring the instrumental version of We Were Wonderers and released in conjunction with our good friends at Flannelgraph Records in Bloomington, IN.
The Heads And The Bodies
Dock Ellis Spirit Animal
Tuning Into You (A Love Song From Voyager)
Peace Is Our Profession
They All Can't Be As Right As Us
The Bodies And The Heads
And In The End, We Will Return To The Stars
Each record is protected within its record sleeve by a white vellum anti-dust sleeve.
All items are shipped brand-new and unopened in original packaging. Every record is shipped in original factory-applied shrink wrap and has never been touched by human hands.