Formed by its creative mastermind, Joe Syverson back in 2010, the Seattle, WA-based quartet Joseph Giant quickly found themselves with a growing local and national profile as they’ve toured with and opened for a list of renowned bands including The War On Drugs, AA Bondy, Fruit Bats, The Moondoggies, Quiet Life, The Maldives, Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas and others.
The band’s recently released sophomore effort Break It Together was recorded by Kevin Suggs, known for his work with Cat Power and Eddie Vedder, and the album is reportedly influenced by personal events that Syverson had experienced over the past five years. In fact, during the recording of the material that would wind up becoming Break It Together, Syverson and his family became homeless and had to find temporary housing — and in some way, the album’s material has a desperate hunger and urgency, which you can feel in the album’s first single “On The Run,” a swaggering, old school, jangling, boogie rock song with bluesy guitar chords, thunderous drumming paired with earnest vocals and twinkling keys that builds up into a frenzy until it fades out. And although the song employs some modern production techniques, it feels and sounds as though it could have been recorded in 1974, which shouldn’t be terribly surprising as the song covers some common classic rock tropes — hitting the road without having any particular place to go; being a badass and evading the law or old lovers; being adventurous and wanting to break free from old situations, etc. — but it does so in a way that’s remarkably timeless.
… Jangly backwoods indie rock with an introspective yet upbeat feeling straight out of Seattle, and layered with lots of warm tones and wandering electric guitars and slides.
Break It Together is the 2nd album from the Seattle band Joseph Giant. Recorded by Kevin Suggs (Cat Power, Eddie Vedder) in his South Seattle Studio the Imperial Room & Mixed by Chris Woodhouse (Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Meatbodies, Wild Flag) at The Dock in Sacramento, Ca and Mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI in Seattle, Wa in July of 2015.
The album is a personal scrapbook of events that Joe Syverson experienced over the past 5 years. During the recording of the album Syverson and his family became homeless and had to find temporary place to live causing him to come up with the title Break It Together. Putting everything he had in the making of the album pushed the process into a surge of creativity and urgency. With scrappier songs, like debut single “On The Run” & flushed out acoustic songs like “Blink Of An Eye”. Break It Together will draw you in!