Americana Trio Warden and Co. Set to Release Debut Full Length Album
Saratoga Springs-based Americana/roots rock/folk trio Warden and Co. is set to release its debut album, Somewhere, on April 8th. Band members include frontman/vocalist/ guitarist Seth Warden, violinist/vocalist Doug Moody, and drummer Brian Melick. The album, an independent release, was co-produced by multi-instrumentalist Chris Carey and Warden, and recorded at Millstone Studio in Ballston Spa. Somewhere offers up 11 servings of auditory earnestness. The band has created a mood of emotional tenderness, meeting in a special place where rock, folk, and Americana converge. And the feeling is personal, familiar, and true.
“We wanted to create a fresh take on the folk-rock genre, with songs that are meaningful yet still rock,” Warden says. “This album covers a broad spectrum of human emotions and experiences: love, uncertainty, frustration, desire, fear, and compassion.”
Warden and Co. released three singles in advance of the album. The first, “Living for Love,” came out on January 14th, with Americana Highways premiering the song earlier that week. “This song has a very enjoyable intro, layers and grooves for miles to draw you in,” they wrote of the song. “The stringed instruments will haunt you while the song carries you up to its vistas and peaks and down to the valleys in between.” A Tom Petty-esque, driving rock anthem, “Living for Love,” was written back in 2006, a song that “just sat silent for so many years waiting to get rediscovered,” and whose universal message about the importance of opening our eyes and enjoying life’s ride made it the perfect one to lead off.
The second single, the title track “Somewhere,” was released on February 11th, with a premiere a few days prior at Independent Clauses, who said the band’s music “feels like home” and boasts “a sonic palette that blends the best of Americana with a sound reminiscent of the groundbreaking Traveling Wilburys.” The song was inspired by a common human longing for home, even if it takes us a while to admit that longing.
“Growing up where I did, I wanted to get away as fast as I could,” says Warden, who was one of 28 kids in his graduating class in the Thousand Islands region of upstate New York. “Now, when I get home, it’s nice to go into the grocery store and see someone I recognize. Everyone is from somewhere, and those somewheres connect so completely within us.” The song boasts delicate, father-daughter harmonies and features Warden’s daughter, 13-year-old Lovella. Being able to connect that song with his daughter, who was making her musical debut, was special, Warden says. “It’s undeniable, her talent at such a young age. This was her first real recording experience. Listening to her, I realize just how deep this song just became. Someday, I’m not gonna be here, and she’s gonna have this.”
“Middle of Madness,” the third single, came out March 11th and premiered the same week at Glide Magazine, who dubbed it “well-crafted folk-rock.” On the song, Warden and Co. ponder the difficulty of defining truth when everyone seems to be selling their own. “I think I was watching one of the many news programs that we can get sucked into,” he says. “You turn on one station and there’s one truth, and then turn on another station, and find a different one. We’re in the middle of something in which I can’t find the truth.”
Longtime veterans of the New York State music scene, Warden, Melick, and Moody originally joined forces in Saratoga Springs in 2011 as the award-winning children’s and family artists, Seth and the Moody Melix. For Warden, a father of three and a middle school music teacher, making good, honest music for young ears felt organic. “There’s no fooling them anymore,” he says of little listeners.
In 2019, the trio released Songs for Everyone, their first EP as Warden and Co. The follow-up, Somewhere, presents an impressive range of instrumentation, from acoustic and electric guitar, violin and viola, to organ, piano, drums, and electric bass. For a bit of creative continuity, it also features keyboardist James Mastrianni, who recorded and produced Songs for Everyone.
Somewhere, with its strings and organic percussion that evoke a relaxed late-night backyard jam with lights in the trees and possibility in the air, is a clear musical statement. “I felt that people who listen to this full-length debut will know who we are,” Warden says. “Our music is relatable, thought-provoking, introspective and straight-up fun. I think people of all ages will be able to find songs that speak to them on this album. We felt that there was much to say about the world we are all living in and navigating right now, and it would’ve been easy to write 11 depressing songs about our current global situation, but I wanted to make sure there were as many positive messages as there were negative.”
The band plans to tour in 2022 (see current tour schedule below). For additional tour dates, news, and more, visit: www.wardenandcompany.com or check out the band’s social media.
Warden and Co. Tour Schedule
Apr. 8th – Clifton Park, NY | Peddlers Bar and Bistro
May 26th – Glens Falls, NY | The Park Theater
June 22nd – North Creek, NY | Barvino
Aug. 24th – North Creek, NY | Barvino
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